China Calandine – a real hero survivor

This lovely plant with lovely bright yellow flowers is China Calandine (or Greater Calandine).

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

It grows everywhere, literally everywhere – on ground, on rocks, anywhere where it can find a little bit of soil.

To me this plant is a real symbol of life – it can even drill into cement to find a place to thrive. China Calandine is a real hero survivor!

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

I’m also fascinated with the colors of its leaves. Its colors are so different – when it is in full bloom or when it turns to ‘autumn mode’.

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

The botanical name of China Calandine is Chelidonium majus. It can be found growing wild in almost all European countries, West Asia, North Africa, and North America. The plant prefers dry sunny areas and is often found next to buildings, or thickets.

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

Greater Calandine is a perennial plant belonging to the poppy family (Papaveraceae). It can grow up to 60 cm in height and the whole plant contains a large amount of yellow that turns orange when it comes into contact with air.

China Calandine. Photo by Shorena Ratiani

The whole plant is widely used in herbal medicine in many countries. I remember how my grandmother collected and dried them for medical purposes – it was a pity that I never asked what ailments it was believed to cure.

Part of my greater calandine photos in my gallery.

I hope you all have a bright and happy day.

Shorena

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Tree Textures on a Rainy Day

It was raining for several days in Tbilisi. Usually I prefer to be at home looking out at the rainy city from my window but not in summer! I absolutely adore walking in the rain, jumping in puddles and sometimes, when no one is watching, I even dance.

And of course I love taking photographs while people are trying to find a sheltered place to stay dry 😀

It was raining hard enough for people to look at me as if I was crazy.

I was photographing wet tree textures this time.

More photos of wet tree trunks. Their color and character appear so attractive to me and it’s worth getting soaking wet 😀

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The symbol of life

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of change and life. I love changes and challenges. I love life and possibilities it gives us. I love to paint butterflies.

Here are my digital butterflies.

Shorena Ratiani Art
Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of  change and life.  I love changes and challenges. I love life and possibilities it gives us. I love to paint butterflies.
Shorena Ratiani Art
Shorena Ratiani Art

I hope you found something interesting while you were here. Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions! My contact information can be found on my ‘Keep in Touch’ page.

XOXO

Shorena

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