The top three food exports of Costa Rica are pineapples, bananas and coffee.
It was interesting to see blue covers on the bananas. The use of a banana fruit blue ripening bag can improve the quality of the fruit as well as increase the yield, and in many case reduce the ripening time. The ripening fruit gives off a gas that in turn speeds up the ripening of remaining fruit. Covers also help to protect the fruit against insects and other animals.
The vapor of Old Faithful’s eruption at Yellowstone and a bright sun form a rainbow further beautifying the world famous geyser. There is an illusion of two rainbows in the first image – one in the geyser and another one against the blue sky.
Fairy Snow White Balloon Flower is an interesting clump forming perennial so named because the buds puff up like balloons before they open. This compact Platycodon produces white bell-shaped blossoms with delicately contrasting blue veins in mid through late summer. Captured in Santa Monica, California.
Lily of the Nile, with Latin name Agapanthus (African Lily), is a marvelous perennial that blooms from spring to summer, producing magnificent floral-scapes. The flowers are funnel-shaped and typically blue, purple, or white in color; the clusters are borne on long stalks. Found these in Santa Monica, California.
This week’s theme is Designs of Nature. Nature creates unique, sometimes simple, designs if you look around. Here is an image of the branches of a leafless tree spread out in a random formation against a blue, cloudy sky.
Metalmorphosis, in Charlotte, is a modern art piece by artist David Cerny featuring a huge head in the center of a circular fountain. The polished steel surface acts as a mirror reflecting North Carolina’s blue sky and clouds.