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August 28th, 2014


I have just started photographing seashells and I absolutely love it!! 'Plenitude' and 'Sola Soledad' are one of my first photographs of a seashell. I will be posting more photographs of shells in the near future. Please note that I am offering a 30% off discount on all of my artwork (code is ZCVNVS).
Have a blessed day!!

'Plenitude' by: The Art of Marilyn Ridoutt-Greene

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*Seashells are the external skeletons of a class of marine animals called Mollusks. Where people have our skeletons on the inside of our bodies, mollusks have theirs on the outside of theirs. This way they help protect the creatures from predators, strong currents and storms, help camouflage the animal, and do many other things. Seashells are primarily made of calcium, a hard mineral, as our own bones are. When a mollusk dies, its shell is left behind, just as land animals leave their skeletons behind. The shell often washes up onto the shore, or remains in the tide pool where the creature lived. (

Rose Facts For Kids

August 16th, 2014

Rose Facts For Kids

My sweet little girl who is now 6 years old has a special love for nature, especially flowers. She is such a curious little one, always wanting to learn about everything. She is such an inspiration to me and I really cherish all the special moments that we share together admiring nature and talking about it and how beautiful it is. This summer we have taken many long evening walks around the neighborhood just the two of us, and I always make sure to bring my camera with me. This summer the roses did not do so well due to the bad winter we had in Toronto, many of our rose bushes did not survive. My daughter also loves roses, she especially loves to smell them. I'm always doing research about roses and this time I came across a site that talks about them in a very easy to read and straightforward way. I thought of my little girl right away and how happy she would be to learn in more detail about roses. If you happen to have a curious little one at home, you may wish to teach them a little about roses, here are some simple facts about them. Also, feel free to browse through my rose gallery if you haven't yet, it is my favorite flower to photograph and I put my heart and soul into each and every image. Also please feel free to leave a comment and if you are interested in my artwork I am running a summer sale until September. Have a wonderful and blessed day and don't forget to stop and smell the roses, take time to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of life!!

*There are over 100 species of the rose.

*We usually call the sharp spikes on the stem of a rose bush "thorns". But these are in fact technically prickles.

*The flowers of most species of rose have five petals except for the species 'Rosa sericea' which has only four.

*The name "Rose" is often used as a girl's name in English speaking countries.

*For hundreds of years the rose has been widely recognized as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow.

*The rose is most commonly used as an ornamental plant grown in the garden for its beautiful flowers.

*The rose can be used in perfumes. The nice scent of the rose comes from microscopic perfume glands on the petals. Sometimes rose petals are also dried and packed for commercial use as decoration or for scent.

*Because they're low-maintenance and nice to look at, rose shrubs (classified as a shrub even though some don't look like shrubs for example the climbing rose) are used as landscape plants for hedging (the thorns can discourage intruders) or planted on hillsides as a slope stabilizing method to stop soil erosion.

*The fruit of a rose is called a rose hip. The berry-like hip are usually red in color but some can be dark purple or black.

*Rose hips of some species are extremely rich in vitamin C, because of this the hip is sometimes made into jam, jelly, or brewed for tea. The hip also has minor medicinal uses, used in food supplements and can be pressed or filtered to make rose hip syrup. Hip seed oil is also used in skin products and makeup products.

*Historically the rose was of great importance to the Romans and Egyptians. Romans would use them as room decorations, or wear them on string around their neck and anything which was said "under the rose" was deemed to be a secret. The famous Cleopatra of Egypt was believed to have covered the floor of her palace room with roses before Mark Antony visited her.

*The rose can come in all colors although a "black rose" is not actually black it is usually a dark red. Each color has a different meaning or symbolises something different to us for example red means love, orange - desire, yellow - joy etc.

*Traditionally England is signified by the rose, it is the country’s national flower. The rose came to prominence there during the 'Wars of the Roses', 1455 to 1485 when the house of Lancaster was represented by the red rose and fought against the house of York which was represented by the white rose.

*In 1986 the rose also became the floral emblem of the United States. It is the official flower of four states including the state of New York, Iowa, North Dakota and Georgia.


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