These stunning photographs, which look like a glorious late evening sky with dashes of pink and purple, are actually pictures of Japan’s largest wisteria (or wistaria, depending on whom you ask) plant.
This plant, located in Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, is certainly not the largest in the world, but it still comes in at an impressive 1,990 square meters (or half an acre) and dates back to around 1870 (the largest, at about 4,000 square meters, is the wisteria vine in Sierra Madre, California). Although wisterias can look like trees, they’re actually vines. Because its vines have the potential to get very heavy, this plant’s entire structure is held up on steel supports, allowing visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms.
Image credits: Takao Tsushima
Once in high school my friend kicked her leg up and her shoe flew off and smashed into the ceiling with this huge BANG and the teacher whirled around and yelled “WHO DID THAT?” and my friend just stared at her as the ceiling tile fell and shattered on the floor between them and the shoe thumped down on top of it and my friend just went “that’s not my shoe” while standing there with one shoe on
What did you do, Bela?
#QUEEN OF MY HEART MY LIFE MY SOUL MY EVERYTHING #THIS LINE SAYS SO MUCH THOUGH #SHE TRIED TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO HER #AND NO ONE WOULD HELP HER #DID THEY EVEN BELIEVE HER? #SO SHE TOOK THE ONLY WAY OUT SHE COULD FIND AND SHE PROBABLY DIDN’T FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANT AT THE TIME #SHE WAS ONLY FOURTEEN #SHE WAS TWENTY FOUR FUCKING YEARS OLD WHEN SHE DIED IF YOU DON’T THINK BELA’S STORY IS A GODDAMN TRAGEDY #THEN YOU ARE WRONG #HOW DO PEOPLE HATE HER WE JUST DON’T KNOW (via norasergeants)
September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.
Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. Read More || Edit || Quote by me.
"I feel I owe you another explanation, Harry," said Dumbledore hesitantly. "You may, perhaps, have wondered why I never chose you as a prefect? I must confess… that I rather thought… you had enough responsibility to be going on with."
Harry looked up at him and saw a tear trickling down Dumbledore’s face into his long silver beard.
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