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Houston Aquarium front entrance.


Staring in the eyes of the white tiger of the Maharaja's Temple



A Shark Voyage that takes you under a shark tank.


Watch out for the Great White Shark!

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Yes, the pineapple does come in these cool colors of red, white, blue, purple hues. The colors are so awesome that is why i posted it so all can see. In my previous blog the colors were intensified for the sake of photographic art.

I bought this pineapple over 2 years ago at one of the local grocery store somewhere in Houston (maybe at Food Town, HEB, Kroger, Hong Kong Market). The ripe fruit that i bought was yellowish green, like your typical pineapple. Last week to my amazement when i saw the young fruit bursting with colors like Skittle candy, I knew i had to blog it.

Below is the original pix straight out from my Canon 5d on a Canon 24-70 glass. I hope this help. And thank you all for viewing my pineapple blog.

Straight out of camera

Straight out of camera

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Go to the store and buy a nice juicy pineapple. Pick one with a crown, leafy green spike protruding from the top of the pineapple, that is green and healthy.

Then take your hand and twist off the crown. If you can’t do this then cut the crown off with some flesh attach to it. Then trim away the flesh until you see the base of the crown.

Take the crown and air dry it about a day, dig a hole and plant the crown in a nice sunny place. Make sure you have nice loamy soil; otherwise the crown will rot in poor draining soil. Another way is take the crown and soak it in water until the root starts to form, make sure you keep your water clean while rooting the crown.

Now is the fun part, you have to wait about 2 years to see result. For me, from crown to fruit has been about 2.4 years. As you can see the pineapple is a gorgeous plant.

Top view of pineapple plant

Top view of pineapple plant

Pineapple close up

Pineapple close up

Pineapple fwith so many beautiful colors

Pineapple with so many beautiful colors

Close up of my pineapple fruit

Close up of my pineapple fruit

Full view of my pineapple plant bearing fruit

Full view of my pineapple plant bearing fruit

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My Angel’s trumpet flower almost year-round in Houston. I plant my angel’s trumpet next to my house and not directly in the sun. Texas heat might be too much for it during the blistering summer. If it get droopy just give it lots of water and it perks right up. The flowers open downward. So if you have a tall burgmansia it is really cool looking up at the flowers. Alert!!!!Angel’s trumpet are poisonous. The flowers are fragrant, especially in the evening.

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's trumpets flowering in late June

Angel's trumpets flowering in late June

Angel's trumpet: such a beautiful flower

Angel's trumpet: such a beautiful flower

Angel's trumpet flowering next to gardenia.

Angel's trumpet flowering next to gardenia.

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This week my dragon fruit flowers bloomed. Each flower is Gi-normous, as you can see by the pictures. The dragon fruit’s flower only bloom at night, but I was able to catch some good images of it at late dusk.

Dragon fruit, hylocereus undatus, pitahaya, pitaya, strawberry pear, thanh long is a vining, terrestrial or epiphytic cactus, with fleshy stems that climb up any vertical surface. It grows very fast here in Houston. It is a hardy plant and can withstand Houston occasional freeze.

Hopefully, from these wonder flowers, I will get some dragon fruits in late summer. If you guy are curious about how good it taste, you can stop by any Asian supermarkets and pick some up. I think it averages around $2.99 – $3.99 per pound. You can’t miss it, just look for the pinkish magenta fruit.

OMG! a foot long dragon fruit's bloom

OMG! a foot long dragon fruit's bloom

Dragon fruit, pitaya, thanh long flower bud

Dragon fruit, pitaya, thanh long flower bud

Dragon fruit, thanh long, pitaya close-up

Dragon fruit, thanh long, pitaya close-up

Pitaya, thanh long, dragon fruit flower bud about to bloom

Pitaya, thanh long, dragon fruit flower bud about to bloom

Dragon fruit flower big bloom

Dragon fruit flower big bloom

Pitaya/dragon fruit/thanh long flower in bloom

Pitaya/dragon fruit/thanh long flower in bloom

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Paraiso Maravilla is Houston’s premier location to host wedding ceremonies, receptions, business, and social functions. With courtyards full of blooming bougainvillea, hibiscus, and other greenery, Paraiso Maravilla truly presents itself as a “marvelous paradise,” which is the translation of the venues unique name. The indirect light and an abundance of candles transform this already beautiful facility into an overwhelmingly romantic atmosphere. “Once the gates close and the visitor is tucked inside, he or she is transported thousands of miles away to a Latin American and Mediterranean fantasy. All traces of Houston are gone. Every visual angle with the high walls is picture perfect – a romantic arched gateway in this direction, a splashing fountain surrounded by rich foliage straight ahead, a playful curving stairway in the other direction. “Here, a massive mantle. There, a vast expanse of Italian marble just right for dancing.”… brides feel as if they are attending their fairy-tale wedding. It’s hard to believe that such a place exists in Houston, TX. ”

-Houston Chronicle/Paraiso Maravilla

Paraiso Maravilla  during sunset

Paraiso Maravilla during sunset

paraiso maravilla entrance

Paraiso Maravilla garden entrance
Paraiso Maravilla Houston, Texas

Paraiso Maravilla Houston, Texas

Paraiso Maravilla ballroom / reception

Paraiso Maravilla ballroom / reception

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