Mrs. Herbert Stevens: Hybrid Tea Rose Flower

Mrs. Herbert Stevens Hybrid Tea Rose free wallpapers

Perhaps you know Mrs. Herbert Stevens. For those who do not know Mrs. Herbert Stevens, it is one of the most loved Hybrid Tea Roses, a white variety that can be found in most home gardens because it has a high stamina to grow even when it is not cared for much. These hybrid roses […]

Theobroma cacao: trees that provide chocolates

Cocoa pods of Theobroma cacao trees, free hand-colored photo

Cocoa trees (or cacao trees) of the species Theobroma cacao are medium-sized evergreen trees of Sterculiaceae family, native to the Americas. The famous products of the Sterculiaceae family are chocolate and cocoa powder (from Theobroma cacao) and cola nuts, though some of species of this family may also be used for timber. Cocoa plants have […]

Lady Godiva, painting by John Collier

Lady Godiva (1898), oil on canvas painting by John Collier

Seen on the left is an oil painting, depicting a brave Anglo-Saxon noble woman who rode naked through the streets to mitigate the tax burden of the people of Coventry. It is the celebrated oil painting titled ‘Lady Godiva’ (1898) by the British writer and artist John Maler Collier (1850-1934). In modern times, her legend […]

Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Laughing Kookaburra Kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae) of Australia

Do you love Kingfisher? I am not talking about the Kingfisher some Indians fly on, or the calendar for which some women buy a lot of lingerie with the hope that they will be on its next edition. I started this article this way, because I asked the same question to a few friends in […]

Rosa Barkarole: Free red rose flower wallpaper

Rosa Barkarole: free red rose flower wallpaper 1600 x 1200

For those who love red rose flowers, and especially those who are looking for beautiful desktop wallpapers featuring red roses, here is a beautiful flower of the variety Rosa Barkarole. Rosa Barkarole is developed by cross-breeding Hybrid Tea Roses with Hybrid Perpetual Roses. Rosa Barkarole is a hardy garden rose cultivar believed to have been […]

Different species of rose flowers

Yellow-ochre hybrid rose flower, free wallpaper 1600 x 1200

How many species of rose flowers have you seen? Perhaps too many to remember! As for me, I have seen several varieties of them that produce flowers of different shapes and colors that I simply cannot make out which is which. When I became convinced that there are too many to remember, I left the […]

Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love

Taj Mahal, free wallpaper size 1600 x 1200

The Taj Mahal, considered the symbol of eternal love, is a mausoleum in Agra, India. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631 at the birth of their 14th child. The Taj Mahal was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, […]

Amedeo Modigliani: the saddest life of one of the most expensive artists of modern times

Portrait of Amedeo Modigliani (1919) oil painting by French artist Jeanne Hébuterne

It is sometimes hard to believe that some of the artists, whose works are now counted as the most expensive paintings in the world, once lived hand-to-mouth lives during their lifetimes. They are often referred to as ‘struggling artists’ and, sadly, many of them had died poverty-stricken, after a lifetime of hard work, without earning […]

White Indian Peacock: Pavo cristatus

White Indian Peacock (Pavo cristatus), at Jardin des Plantes, Paris, wallpaper

Have you ever seen a white peafowl? Yes, possibly, if you have visited zoological gardens or similar sites where birds and animals are generally housed and looked after. It is very rare in the wild. I have seen some of them in zoos. The first photo in this post shows a leucistic white peafowl that […]

Mussaenda erythrophylla, the colorful garden plant

Flower of the plant Mussaenda erythrophylla, or Mosantha, the colorful garden plant

The flower that you see in the picture is the inflorescence of the plant Mussaenda erythrophylla, mostly found in African countries such as Ghana, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanganyika, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Togo, Zaire, Cameroon, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and in several other parts of tropical Africa. This photo was taken by me […]