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
I feel like gay/lesbian couples shouldn’t be too upset if they can’t get married because here’s my theory: I mean why do you need to be married? Being a married couple vs not being married doesn’t mean you love the person that you’re with any more. Marriage is a part of religious and social society that says “it’s not official” until the I do’s have been said. I challenge the homosexual community to say “Fuck you!” to society telling you that marriage is vital to a relationship. If you want social change, maybe one saying that marriage isn’t essential for a serious, legitimate relationship is a step forward as well. I mean I’m all for gay marriage but people being devastated about their state not voting for it is silly. Just keep living and loving the hell out of your life! :)