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I've been told this plant is called " silver dollar ".

Some call it " honesty " maybe because of its translucent characteristic.

Others prefer calling it " money plant " since it shines like silver ( or silver coins ).

translucent " silver dollars" at sunset

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and ... at the end of this week I am gonna have a little break ... a nice vacation .... : ))))


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Macro of Lunaria annua, called honesty or annual honesty money plant, silver dollar,

Thanks!( Explore 11-14-12)

monete del papa o "lunaria". by a.z.

Nothing fancy here, just very simply textured with a Flypaper texture

A little around the house experiment on a lazy Sunday. Thank goodness for extension tubes....

Explore #500 April 21, 2008

Show us what you've got.....


The Passover Seder is a time when our children learn the history of their people. Several portions of this service are light hearted so even the smallest child can take part.

One such portion involves the hiding of a piece of matzoh.

The child who finds this first brings it to the elder leading the service and is entitled to a prize. For generations in my family, that prize has been a silver dollar.

This generation of children are very clever and have realized that if they break the matzoh into pieces, everyone can have a piece and claim a prize!

The problem arises when you give a little piece of matzoh to a hungry 3 year old.

Yup, they eat it!

We all realized this was about to happen at the same time... we were laughing and yelling "don't eat it, don't eat it..." but to no avail. Before you could say afikomen (that's the name for the hidden matzoh) it was popped right into his mouth!


So now this poor little fellow was crying because his cousins told him he couldn't get his sparkly silver dollar because he ate the evidence! OH NO!


Luckily, his Daddy came to the rescue!

He had his little boy open his mouth really wide (he opened it so wide I was afraid his little jaw might unhinge!) and quickly rushed him to his grandfather who after a careful and for me, painfully elongated inspection found remnants of this special piece of matzoh clinging to the roof of his mouth!

All was saved and little Nate got his precious coin and the rest of us had a fabulous laugh!


For those who celebrate- have a sweet holiday!

For those who don't - happy Spring!

the secret world of plants......................View on black with B l a c k M a g i c

I was inspired for this in part from contact adampop. I like what he does with macro and very small model railroad figures.

2012(S) Silver Eagle

Early Release

MS 69

NGC 253, aka The Sculptor Galaxy, Silver Coin or Silver Dollar Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor about 12 million light years away. It is called a starburst galaxy because it is currently undergoing a period of intense star formation. It is also one of the brightest galaxies in the sky and is easily visible when viewed through a small telescope.


This image is cropped (at full resolution) from the full frame for effect.

Full frame version here:


Officina Stellare Pro RC360 @ F8.7



This is an 8.25 hour LRGB composite (195, 120, 90, 90 minutes).

FOV 32.6 x 19.5 arc minutes @ 0.59 arc second/pixel


Data: CCDAutopilot and TheSkyX

Data Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CS6

looking better, I think, in the snow, than when I tried to photograph this before the snow.....

Click for a better view with B l a c k M a g i c


Thanks for the visit, comments, invitations and favorites.


Please don't use this image without my explicit permission.

© all rights reserved.


Regards, Bram (BraCom)


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This juvenile Black-barred Silver Dollar (Myleus schomburgkii) will grow up to be quite a hefty fish at up to 16" long. Large aquariums are needed to properly house these fishies, particularly because they're most at peace in schools! Looking similar to their distant cousins, piranhas, silver dollars are mostly vegetarian. In my aquarium, they feast on a wide range of greens and prepared foods. These beautiful fish hail from much of northern South America and its Amazonian tributaries.

Flowers from the garden series.


These annuals and perennials are found naturally from Europe to eastern Siberia. They are grown for their pretty flowers and decorative seedpods, called silicles. Lunaria (commonly called Honesty, Money Plant, Moonwort, Satin Flower and Silver Dollars) is derived from luna, the moon, and refers to the shape of the seedpods.

It really doesn't matter that the work I produce is not always profound and amazing and worthy of hanging in a gallery.


What does matter is that I am doing it. I am learning how to make better art (closer to my vision) and constantly discovering what I have inside myself. That IS profound and amazing.


Something about each and every thing I do has something to say to me. Life is precious and short. What I choose to listen to, and do, is important. It determines what I am evolving into.


So I try to be as conscious as I can, as aware as I am able, as honest as my courage allows me to be.


I took the silver dollars, which I thought looked rather like they were on a trellis consisting of shadows, and made that effect even more pronounced.


CWWOL 2011-07-22a

80:365 ~ First day of spring and able to open the windows - aaaahhhhh :)

The humble cottage garden favourites.

Apologies to ANVRecife, who definately wins the Gold in Woody shots!


For Macro Mondays theme: Olympics (sorry I'm late)


Looks like Woody finished in the medals. He hit Explore! YAY Woody!!!


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Money Plant, Honesty, Bolbonac, Moonwort, Silver Dollar

(Lunaria annua)

The Striped or Tiger Silver Dollar (Metynnis fasciatus) is a rare silver dollar fish with a beautiful olive coloration and deep striations. This is a juvenile of approximately 3", on its way to an adult size of up to 6". While it looks piranha-ish and is, in fact, a relative of these famous meat-eaters, it is a vegetarian. They hail from Brazil and have been found in Rio Capiru. This little one lives in a school of silver dollars in my 360-gallon aquarium, and was photographed as a sunsetting light streamed in through a nearby window and played off his flanks.

Taken with a Canon 60mm USM Macro lens. Type L for a better view.


A few weeks ago, I rescued a baby Hummingbird that flew into one of my picture windows and fell to the ground. I picked it up and carried it to small table I have in the back yard. I stayed with it until I knew it was going to be ok. After about a half an hour, it started to be more energetic and when it flew away, it left me one of its tiny feathers. I was so happy it was ok!


The 1889 Morgan Silver Dollar was one my stepfather gave me in the early 90's. He gave it to me out of the blue for good luck. Has it worked? It depends on how one defines luck. I'll just say that I have a lot I really appreciate...


For Macro Mondays. Theme: Smaller Than A Coin




Flowers from the garden series.


These annuals and perennials are found naturally from Europe to eastern Siberia. They are grown for their pretty flowers and decorative seedpods, called silicles. Lunaria (commonly called Honesty, Money Plant, Moonwort, Satin Flower and Silver Dollars) is derived from luna, the moon, and refers to the shape of the seedpods.


88:365 ~ Gray days and then sometimes the light comes streaming in.

... one of those times when the last thing you try is the most interesting. In case anyone is curious, the guitar pictured here is a "Martin Custom MMV Solid Wood Dreadnought Rosewood/Sitka Acoustic."


Camera: Sigma SD15

Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro

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