Floral Compendium

Don't know much about flowers, just think they are beautiful. These pictures are taken from all over the world. New pictures will be added to this album periodically.

Chengdu (China)

One of the largest city in China and gateway to Tibet and vicinities, Chengdu offers interesting experience in culture and tradition of the old China.

Floating Market (Thailand)

The river and 'klong' markets give a realistic glance of how daily life must have been in earlier times. The floating markets are where the sellers, their boats laden with a wide variety of tropical fruits, flowers, vegetables and fresh produce, come to meet and barter their products with other traders.

Ta Kone Ghost Mask Festival (Phee Takone)

Phee Takone or Takone Ghost is a festive annual merit-making ceremony of Dan Sai District, Loei Province, Thailand.

Highlights of the festival are the identity in wearing the festival costumes. A part of these costumes is the ghost-look masks, which are made of the northeastern-style “Huad”, triangular-shape, sticky-rice cookers painted traditionally in beautiful, vibrant colors. The participants wear these “ghost” masks and costumes made of pieces of cloth. The costumes are punctured to allow two holes for the player’s hands.


Vilnius is classified as a Gamma global city according to GaWC studies, and is known for its Old Town of beautiful architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

MEXICO Chichén Itzá

Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.

MEXICO Teotihuacan

Located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan was one of the largest urban centers in the ancient world. No one knows who built it. The city flourished between 2,100 years ago, when construction began, and about 1,400 years ago, when it went into a period of decline, including a fire that caused great damage. However, even with the decline, the city was never truly “lost” — the Aztecs made regular pilgrimages to the site in later periods.

What the city’s own inhabitants called the city and its structures is unknown. The current name, Teotihuacan, was given to it by the Aztecs and means “the place where the gods were created.”

FINLAND Helsinki

Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.


Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population.
Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.


Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 430,772.[2] It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[5] It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world.[6] The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.

Galapagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve.
The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.


The Nosy Be Archipelago is situated off the north-west coast of Madagascar. It’s tropical climate and superb location makes it Madagascar’s beach-resort destination per excellence. The name of Nosy Be means "big island" in Malagasy, though the island has been granted several nicknames over centuries, being probably “Nosy Manitra” (the perfumed island) the most popular of all.

MONGOLIA The Gobi Desert

The third largest non-polar desert in the world with an area of almost 1.3 million square km., The Gobi (from Mongolian gobi, meaning “waterless place”) stretches across huge portions of both Mongolia and China. The sceneries, however, are amazing, day or night, and yes, it does rain in Gobi.

MADAGASGAR The Chameleons

Chameleons are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The approximately 160 species of chameleon come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green. They are distinguished by their zygodactylous feet; their separately mobile, stereoscopic eyes; their very long, highly modified, rapidly extrudable tongues; their swaying gait; and crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads. Some species can change color, and many have a prehensile tail. Uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting, they are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions.


Madagascar is a very special place where people, animals, and nature are in harmoneous existance. The fourth largest island on earth split from India around 88 million years ago allowi native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth.

SPAIN Dali Museum in Figueres

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was a prominent Catalan surrealist who is remembered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His brand of Surrealism combined with his eccentric behavior has guaranteed him a legacy. Though what he might be less remembered for was his brilliant technical mastery of the art of painting.


Sintra is a small beautiful town near Lisbon which is where this remarkable Pena Palace situated. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.