My new baby: a Living Stone

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

John Muir is certainly right. I can assure you that, because I have a window garden that makes me really happy! So, it’s not this time of the year without my plants. This is my newest little plant, which I bought the past week-end: a lovely lithop with a big yellow flower.

Lithops are also known as “living stones”, because they seem to be stones, as you can see, but they are living plants. An example of this amazing mimicry is that when I showed my little plant to a friend, he asked me about those curious stones that surrounded the flower, although it is the plant itself.

There are about 109 varieties of lithops, and they are native to the South of Africa dry regions. I read that this camouflage helps the plants to survive the animals in drought times, which otherwise would eat the plant to obtain the water they keep.

They are really impresive, when I see them, I’m always amazed by their variety.

Weekly photo challenge: it’s not this time of the year without…

White cactus with pink flowers

The Huntington Botanical Gardens. San Marino, California.
The Huntington Botanical Gardens. San Marino, California.

Crowded Tajín

Tajín, Veracruz
Tajín, Veracruz

London City Café’s Street Corner

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

I read that the London City Café of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was the favorite café of one of my favorite writers: Julio Cortázar.

It is a traditional café which is located at Avenida de Mayo and Peru, and it forms part of the list of notable bars of the City.

It is said that Julio Cortázar used some of its tables to write his novel “Los Premios”, in the 60’s.

Goddess

San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas.
San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas.

Contemplating the pond

Huntington Botanical Gardens. San Marino, California
Huntington Botanical Gardens. San Marino, California

For my monochrome thursday