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first_imgWildfire temporarily shuts LA’s ‘La La Land’ observatory LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The landmark Griffith Observatory overlooking Los Angeles is temporarily closed in the aftermath of a nearby brush fire that forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 tourists.The observatory’s website says its grounds as well as roads, parking lots and trails in adjacent areas of sprawling Griffith Park will remain closed Wednesday.The observatory and urban wilderness park, attractions in their own right, are destinations for movie fans after being prominently featured in decades of films ranging from “Rebel Without a Cause” to “La La Land.”The fire erupted Tuesday afternoon about a quarter-mile northwest of the observatory, burning about 25 acres of brush and several parked cars before water-dropping helicopters and firefighters stopped its spread.The Los Angeles Fire Department says the observatory itself was not directly threatened. A wildfire burns on the hills surrounding the famous Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Los Angeles Fire Department officials say the blaze has burned about two dozen acres of dry brush but its forward spread is stopped and crews have it nearly surrounded. Water-dropping helicopters are aiding firefighters on the ground. (Brooke Clements via AP) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 10:06 am PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_imgCyprus’ national flower has recently been seen by millions, though they were almost certainly not aware of it.The Cyclamen Cyprium or Cyprus Cyclamen was one of the 53 national flowers of Commonwealth countries hand-embroidered on the five-metre-long silk tulle wedding veil of American actress Meghan Markle’s at her marriage to Britain’s Prince Harry last week.The Cyclamen Cyprium was declared Cyprus’ national plant together with the golden oak tree as its national tree on February 1, 2006.The delicate flower was chosen from 140 endemic plants because of its beauty.“It is a pinky-red colour and is beautiful to look at but doesn’t grow to more than three to four inches in height. It flowers during the autumn,” says plant expert Alexander McCowan.It can be found in the lower mountains and along the coastline of Cyprus.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. Saturday May 19, 2018. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERSThe Council of Ministers made the decision after the forestry department proposed the idea to the agriculture ministry.At the time, different international institutions had inquired as to the names of Cyprus’ national plant and tree, and a decision had to be made.The cyclamen was chosen for its rarity and beauty and the golden oak for its high ecological value as it protects the soil and forms the undergrowth of much of the local pine forests.The plant has since been depicted on postage stamps.It was reportedly Markle’s special wish to have the countries with her during the wedding, and British designer Waight Keller suggested a veil with a floral composition made of the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country.The gesture was an acknowledgement of the work she and her husband intend to carry out as members of the royal family across the Commonwealth nations. Queen Elizabeth recently appointed Prince Harry as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.You May LikeBlitzLiftThese 20 Mysterious Places Are Still Yet To Be Fully ExploredBlitzLiftUndoElectric Mosquito KillerThis New $89 Trap Finally Solves The United States Mosquito ProblemElectric Mosquito KillerUndoSquare MileHow eSports conquered the worldSquare MileUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more