Beauty Bush - Linnaea amabilis (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

One of the great advantages of photography is that you become aware of things that surrounds you but you never paid attention to before.
I often passed by these bushes by car but I never came closer to see what they are, until now.
This is the beauty bush, Linnaea amabilis, earlier known as Kolkwitzia amabilis and it really deserves its name.
This spreading shrub, with gracefully arching branches, blooms in late spring with light pink bell-shaped flowers.
Flowering Beauty bush (Linnaea amabilis)
Beauty bush (Linnaea amabilis) flowers This shrub is usually as wide as tall and needs plenty of room to develop its long, arching branches. Not a good idea for a small gardens but if you have the necessary space for it, this bush is a real garden delight.
These shrubs in the photos are growing wild and they love it, though they are very rare and threatened in the wild. They don't need any care and don't like to be pruned.
Beauty bush flowers with a bee-macro Bees and birds love these flowers too.
In autumn, once again the shrub lives up to its name, developing intense purple or white berries on their branches, another color spectacle of nature. I can't wait to take some photos of those beautyberries too.

Visit and join Macro Flowers Saturday for beautiful macro flowers.

Rubber duck race on the river

As I'm always looking for photo ops, I took my camera and went out to the river banks. There is always something going on out there in summer.
I was right, I just found a rubber duck race organized for fundraising.
I'm sure everybody knows those cute, yellow, toy duck that can be adopted (sponsored) for charity fundraising challenges and events.

Yellow rubber ducks
People adopt (sponsor) a duck and they get a numbered ticket for the derby duck race. At this event here, 2000 ducklings were placed in a dragnet anchored on this blue pedestrian bridge over the Somesul-Mic river.

Rubber duck are being dumped in the river

After dumping them into the river, they were left to float about 700 m downstream.

Rubber ducks floating on the river

Ducklings that reach the finish line first win a prize for their sponsors.
All profits resulting from this duck race will be donated to a local Children's Home (so they say).

Back home I googled this local children's home where the profit goes and this is what I found:
 "We are a nonprofit organization, an alternative to state care system that provides a home for 10 children in this system. We provide a family environment for both girls and for boys , cultivating the idea of responsibility and family. We focus on education, in all its forms : the school , the arts and sport, through various experiences such as visits , camps, etc."

Though people out there knew that the fundraising is for a children's home, not many knew that all the agitation was for a children's home with just 10 children. And then, some people wonder why do we love to hate nonprofits?

Families are having fun outdoors
All in all, it was nice outdoor fun, children, parents, young and old, all enjoyed the duck race.

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