It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane … No, It’s an Orchid !

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major ) 

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The scientific name for this unique Australian flower is Caleana, but is more commonly known as The Duck Orchid. The two petals in the back make this flower appear like a bird in flight which makes the labellum, the lips appear larger than they really are.

This orchid is only found in the wildlife of Australia where it originates so you might be disappointed if you try to grow your own Duck Orchid. It’s height is about 50 centimeters and almost becomes invisible in the wild due to it’s deep purple and red coloring.

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Isn’t Mother Nature Amazing ?? ­čÖé

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Maryland Must See: 600 Acres of Sunflowers

During my visit in Baltimore, MD last weekend my sisters and I took a drive to Jarrettsville, MD to take photos in a field of Sunflowers. The Sunflowers were starting to die off but the best time to go is during their full bloom season between the dates of September.8-22.

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The best location to view the sunflowers are between routes 23 and 165.

The Rose Family, owners of Clear Meadow Farm planted over 600 acres of sunflowers which took about 3 months to bloom and now take over numerous fields for the world to view.

http://www.clearmeadowfarm.com/aboutus.html

Sunflowers are Native to North America but planted all around the world and were cultivated as a valuable food source. The petals of the Sunflower resemble the rays of the sun, hence the name. This flower is bright, warm and cheerful and sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. The flower was a common crop used by American Indian tribes and it’s petals were used for paintings. The seeds of the flower were used for foods such as breads, cakes or eaten as a snack. This North American plant was first taken to Europe by ┬áSpanish farmers then by the 19th century Russian farmers began growing them. In the late 19th century the Sunflower made it’s way back to the U.S. after routing through Europe for it’s high demand in sunflower oil.

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According to Ms. Rose,┬á“This is a farmer’s crop, not something people can cut down,┬áI wouldn’t go into your yard and pick flowers.”┬á

So, if you are ever in Maryland take a drive up to Baldwin, MD and head up to the sunflower fields to lift your spirits, take photos and smile turning your heads up to the sun ! 

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Photo by: Ashley Gough

Newly Crowned Miss. America and 110 Cm. Roses

The results are in !! The top 5 Contestants in the Miss. America 2014 Pageant and 1 to be crowned the title. Congratulations everyone !

Fourth runner-up: Miss Minnesota

Third runner-up: Miss Florida

Second runner-up: Miss Oklahoma

First runner-up: Miss California

WINNER:┬áMiss New York Nina Davuluri┬á– The First Miss. America of Indian-American Descent.

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Bill Schaffer, Kristine Kratt and Deborah De La Flor were the master designers behind the florals for the Miss. America Pageant 2014. Beautiful work everyone !

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Flowers by Passion Growers. The official Rose of the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Miss. America Pageants. Simply gorgeous !

http://www.passiongrowers.com/web/home.asp

For those in Baltimore, MD or nation wide looking for a pageant coach look no further. Contact Victory Mohamed of Be Victorious Pageant Prep and Image Consulting for all your pageant needs ­čÖé

http://www.bevictoriousprep.blogspot.com