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posted by davek on Jul 24

We end the Midsummer Night’s Gleam series with a photo I took before the sun set. This is the Flame of the Forest flower which just happened to be in full bloom. This plant is usually found in the region between India and Burma.  It’s scientific name is Butea Monosperma and is also known as the Bastard Teak or Parrot Tree. It is just one of the many trees and flowers on the ground of the Foster Botanical Gardens. Though the Gleam happens only once a year be sure to check out the botanical gardens and see whats blooming during your visit. I’m taking a brief break gather some new photos and go on vacation. See you back here in August with more photo of the day pictures.

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posted by davek on Jul 23

We continue our Midsummer Night’s Gleam series with these glow in the dark rocks. One of the nice things about a night event at the Foster Botanical Gardens is the darkness allows for different experiences. Here is a collection of glowing rocks on display. These are calcite and some other similar minerals that look glow under the dark light. This is caused by a physical property knows as “fluorescence” where these rocks absorb a small amount of light and later release them in a different wavelength. This causes a temporary color change in the mineral that we see.

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posted by davek on Jul 22

We continue our look at Foster Botanical Garden’s Midsummer Night’s Gleam event. Down one of the lantern lit plants was this section of trees decorated in lights. Above lanterns were hung from the trees and also baskets containing plants. Below in the bonus photo is a tree with strands of lights. These lights flashed and delighted young and old alike.

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