Macao, one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China, is the fourth richest region in the world. Whileits opulent malls offer onyx and diamonds, the casinos can take your bank balance from O to !,000 000!
The orange tinge in the computer generated sky in the casino makes you feel o!so relaxed. The obdurate opine that they can obtain oodles of money by observing the game, but they know not that the odds are against their ocular prowess!
It was early in the morning when I visited the Flower Market, and the shop keepers were still arranging their flowers for sale. Therewere lovely flowers and foliage everywhere- they had all arrived that morning from Thailand, Australia, Netherlands and from all over the world. It was a beautiful sight.
Lisianthus blooms from Mexico were new to me. They look like roses although they belong to the Gentian family. I was sure I could make them bloom in my garden, but could not find any shop selling Lisianthus seeds. They are also known as Eustoma.
Proteas were another flower we never get to see in India. They are startling in their appearance.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday, for giving us an opportunity to get a peep at what is happening in the other parts of our world.
Honnavar was once, truly a city of gold. It was a prosperous town with pleny of European gold coming in from its exports of spices and chemicals. Queen Channabhaira Devi who ruled over it and kept the Portuguese at bay, built great waterways and canals from the river Sharavathi.
The municipal office is housed in a colonial building.
Mangrove line the sides of the river, which are home to many different birds, as well as crocodiles.
The river joins the sea at Honnavar. Tiny white flowers of aquatic plants dot the canals.
Grasses are the food factories of the world. Millions of humans are dependent on the grass called Rice for their sustenance. The picture above is a grass known as Job's Tears, which is also a food for many. Besides rice and wheat, we are dependent on the Sugarcane grass for sugar , and Bamboo grass for paper and other uses.
The desert grass Stipagrotis plumosa plays a major role in sustaining the ecology of the desert. It is a food for the desert animals, and a shady nook for the small birds. Its roots hold the shifting sands of the desert. Nitrogen fixing bactria in its roots make te soil fertile.