#6- Queen of the Night-Selenicereus grandiflorus
For years, the night-blooming Selenicereus grandiflorus has mesmerized anyone lucky enough to be up when its huge white fragrant blossoms open in the dark. These nocturnal bloomers are members of the cactus family. But the sad fact of the matter is it blooms only for a single night and shrivels up shortly thereafter.
The Selenicereus can reach up to a height of 10 meters or more. The flower bud which appears as a tiny white pearl inside of the leaves swells as the days pass, until one evening, before our very eyes it opens up. It fills the night with an unforgettable fragrance- smelling something like vanilla. The flower stays open all night, waiting to be pollinated by the moths before withering back to the skeleton.
#5- Veteran’s day Memorial
Veteran’s day (no not the same as Memorial Day!) celebrates the service of all US military veterans. Celebrated as an official public holiday in the United States, Veteran’s day takes place at 11th November every year. What’s fascinating that each year on 11th of the 11th month at 11:11 A.M in Arizona the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States of America. A number of people gather near the monument to view this amazing phenomenon orchestrated by the sun.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to all US military veterans. The memorial, designed by Renee Palmer-Jones (an Anthem resident) consist of five pillar marbles which symbolize the five branches of US Military- Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.