Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sunday Selections #388

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme. This week we are going back to the National Arboretum.  It is a piece of art in its own right, but is also home to other art.  And glorious scenery




This is a Californian Fan Palm.  Aren't those spikes on the fronds vicious?


 


 

That large building with the green roof on the shores of the lake is our Governor General's residence.


The wide brown land sculpture is a tribute to Dorothea Mackellar's poem 'My Country'  This link will take you to the poem.

Our big country very often is brown too.  The sculpture's form and style was apparently inspired by Mackellar's own handwriting and was created by Marcus Tatton, Futago Design Studios and Chris Viney.





The dragon trees have been caged again.  I hope they will be released in summer.



The Pod is a children's play area.  And is very popular.



I adore Richard Moffatt's 'Nest'.




Detail from the railing at the lookout near Nest.


It is a steep hill, and I am impressed at the cyclists I often see tackling it.

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Finishing with two shots of Louis Pratt's 'A Backwards Attitude'.  I first saw this sculpture at Floriade a few years ago and apparently the artist donated it to the Arboretum.

I thoroughly enjoy our visits here.  It is a less than twenty minute drive from home and we should go more often.


Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sunday Selections #387

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  I am continuing to focus on winter this week.


Each year, our National Arboretum, has an exhibit called 'Warm Trees'.  Selected trees are given winter woollies to combat the cold - and entice more visitors to the arboretum.  The woollies are knitted by volunteers.  When the exhibit is over the woollies will be repurposed, and washed (repaired if necessary) before being given to cold humans and/or animals.  Which is lovely. 

We headed off on a chilly day last week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The arboretum is still a baby and I will be long gone by the time it reaches its peak, but it is a lovely idea and I am always happy to visit.  More forests are planted each year, which I love.  I enjoy the colourful quirkiness of the warm trees exhibit too.







I chuckled in rueful sympathy when I noticed that some of the trees stretch the seams of their woollies.



The views are lovely too.


There was a special feature piece in tribute to our near neighbours in New Zealand.  


Close up?  It is a colourful mess.



So we went some distance to get a different perspective.  And yes, with a generous helping of imagination it is possible to see that colourful mess as a kiwi.







The trees weren't the only things given woollies.  The walls leading to the Visitors' Centre were also decorated. I think the fern was a nod to New Zealanders too.




We stopped in at the Bonsai Centre (aka Tree Torture Centre) and saw some teensy weensy scarves there too.

As usual I took lots and lots of photos.  There will probably be another Arboretum post in the coming weeks.  That is, if my computer which is behaving very, very badly lets me.  If I am absent in the next little while it is almost certainly hardware issues at fault.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Where are the Words for Wednesday



Words for Wednesday has become a moveable feast.  A big thank you to everyone who has stepped up and provided the prompts to keep it going.

Not only do we have the whole year covered - we have a back-up ready in case life gets in someone's way.
 
 June:  Lee provided some stunning prompts on her blog July 2018:  Vest will post the prompts on his blog (and the first collection are already up). August 2018: River will post the prompts on her blog September 2018:  Delores is stepping up to the plate again. October 2018:  Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton.  The prompts will include photographs taken by her Margaret's friend Bill.  The prompts will be here. November 2018:The prompts will be here. December 2018:  River is again posting the prompts on her blog.
And C. Lee McKenzie has offered to act as backup if we should need her assistance.
Thank you, one and all.  

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday Selections #386


Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  As I said last week, winter has arrived.  We had a couple of very brisk starts early this week - so I went out and froze bubbles.  Himself was still asleep and Jazz ensconced in the warm but I had a heap of fun.  And yes I did get some weird looks from early birds heading off to work.




It was a lovely soft dawn too - another bonus.


More frost flowers






 If you embiggen this one you will see a reflection of the hills behind.  A very lucky shot.







Not only do I love the frozen bubbles I am endlessly fascinated by their demise.  Unlike normal soap bubbles they don't pop and disappear.  Some develop slow leaks and wither, and those that pop leave a shell behind them.








Lots of bubbles







Some of them lasted a couple of hours, only disappearing when the sun was directly on them








This one made me think of brains (frozen zombie treats?).










I think the spots on the last one was a layer of frost developing.  It was chilly, but I did have a wonderful, wonderful time.  I suspect that if we get another chilly snap I will continue to feature as mad woman with camera.