Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sunday Selections

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.

Like River I generally run with a theme.  Earlier this week I visited Linda Starr and fell in love (all over again) with her ceramic leaves.  I started to think about the vast variety of colour, size, texture and shape that leaves come in - and this is my theme for this week.  All the leaves shown are from our garden.





















72 comments:

  1. well, I am so jealous of your garden, I could just SPIT.

    How's that for a sweet compliment, Sue? I love these pictures. I may need to steal them to help me for background textures and shapes for future, work, you know. I promise to write a "with thanks to EC for inspiration." Or even I might just put your NAME with the acknowledgments.

    I was so happy to see that you had an entry today. I mean tomorrow... Oh, YOU know what I mean!

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    1. JeannetteL.S: That is quite a compliment, and I treasure it. The garden is really too much for me now, but I refuse to acknowledge that, and will keep at it.
      I would be more than happy for you to steal them for inapiration - and I grew them, not made them so acknowledgement is not necessary.

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  2. Oh this makes me homesick for spring and summer.

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  3. I love the leaves... and the ceramic leaves on Linda Starr's page! My Sunday Selections will publish early in the morning... it is still Saturday here...

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  4. your post is full of healing joy for me!

    Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence
    Today in Honolulu

    Weekend Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
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    1. Cloudia: I am more than happy that our little patch of green can help.

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  5. You just reminded me about how much I love the shape, color and texture of leaves. Some people won't get plants that don't flower, but I think you need them to balance everything out. You always make me think. :)

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    1. Teresa: We have both. I firmly believe I need both. The begonias will flower before long - but their leaves are my first passion.

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    2. I was going to say how much these remind me of the love I have for the leaves of plants, but Teresa beat me to it. I completely agree! These are lovely. You reawaken the plant lust that's been sleeping inside me.

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    3. Paper Chipmunk (aks Ellen): In my experience, plant lust is never far away...

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  6. I love spotted leaves above all others, for some reason ... giraffe in a former life? leopard? polka-dotted bikini? Not sure!! Thank you for the lovely greens.

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    1. jenny_o: A giraffe in a spotted bikini perhaps? I have a soft spot, for the spots myself.

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  7. Bonza photos, i especially like the display of leaves in the 12th photo, its real eye catcher.

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    1. Windsmoke: A self-seeded euphorbia surrounded by geraniums (also pretty much self seeded).

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous greens, with every shape I could imagine. I forget that it's summer in other parts of the world until I visit you! Thank you for reminding me that it's beautiful right now in your hemisphere, while I watch the rain and wind outside my window. :-)

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    1. DJan: We also have wind - and would welcome the rain. Green is such a soothing and restful colour at this busy, busy time though.

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  9. Aha! 'Leaf' it up to you to delight us with such garden splendour. A visual wonder that um leafs me with admiration :)

    Time for me to leaf and go back to my human's site. Check the 'bark' on the trees. Arf! Arf!

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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    1. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar, and Gary: You are always more than welcome to visit here as I love your puns. Very, very clever.

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  10. Hi El Chi,
    I will branch out from Penny Klahanie's comment above and focus on those Begonias - native plant of South America that Ballarat trades on. Once again you have stunning images and give us all pleasure.
    Your beautiful plants' leaves make chlorophyll from light (photosynthesis) and give us the oxygen we need to survive.
    Their flowers feed the bees we need to grow food, and every day, timberfelling and concreting chip away a bit more of this symbiosis we rely on for LIFE. Gardens are where it's at baby.

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    1. Ann O'Dyne: Thank you. I love the begonias and like them as much in their leafy state as in the flowering delight they will give us in a week or two. And yes, gardens are indeed where it is at - or should be.

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  11. Thank you for this bit of cheer. It has been a difficult few days.

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    1. Riot Kitty: A bad and sad few days. I am glad that the green helped.

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  12. A lovely show of leaves! Very few left over here in Canada land as winter is about to set in!

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    1. Karen: Your snow would lift my heart as well. Stark and beautiful.

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  13. I'd love to see your garden in real life - it resembles paradise. I am a gardener myself, and the garden is the place where I can find real peace.

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    1. Carola Bartz: As you will know, the garden is a work in progress but yes, there is real peace to be found in it. And real work as well.

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  14. I'm always excited to see a 'Sunday Selections' post come up on my sidebar. Beautiful leaves - what a great idea! And i was able to identify them all, except for the 4th from the end.

    We are in our new house now, with *sob* NO GARDEN, just clay and and a few weeds. There is no point in doing anything now until at least February, because of water restrictions and heat...
    Yesterday I couldn't stand it any longer and planted basil, parsley, coriander, mint and dill in big pots, so at least I will have something growing.

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    1. Alexia: Thank you - the fourth from the end is a calla lily. I don't think it will flower this year but I love its heart shaped leaves.
      Your herb pots sound a wonderful idea, and the garden will come. And yes, in the midst of summer is not a good time to plant them - to plan them yes... I am looking forward to photos as your new garden takes shape.

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  15. Wonderful to see true green--our part of Calif. is pretty gray-green desert. I love the begonias!

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    1. Susan Kane: Grey-green has elegance and charm as well.

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  16. There is so much joy in green on green. Lovely collection.

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    1. Arija: That is the way I feel about it as well - but it may be something that is most shared by garden tragics.

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  17. Everything is so grey up here, with winter rolling in and unusual amounts of overcast. I deeply appreciated a few seconds with each verdant photo. That's some life.

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    1. John Wiswell: There are things being cut back and burned by the heat each day, but some green will linger on. Thankfully.

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  18. I just love it that you're "Down Under" and are experiencing summertime now. So weird for my little brain to grasp! We really haven't been having our "normal" winter temperatures here yet, though. Last winter was really mild...almost non-existent. I do hope we have cold and snow SOON!! I really like having a white Christmas! :)

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    1. BECKY: We got brought up on tales of white Christmases, so it is perhaps not as alien to us as our heat would be to you. That said, I would love, love, love some cool (cold) weather. March or April.

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    2. I wish I could share some of ours. We had a light dusting (not sticking) of snow in the wee hours and it's now a steady, hard cold rain. I love it! Reminds me what I loved so much about the woods here when I arrived from monotonous hot Los Angeles so many years ago. I know I've said it before, but I do not envy your hot Christmas season. (On the other hand, your garden certainly loves its natural hothouse qualities...)

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    3. Paper Chipmunk (aks Ellen): We had some incontinent pigeon rain yesterday. More needed. Much more needed. The grass is crisp underfoot, and plants are dying.

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  19. I love all the green! Leaves are one of my favourite things, there is so much variety in size and shape, as well as shades of green.

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    1. River: They are simply amazing things aren't they? A joy.

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  20. You always come up with some great ideas...and equally great photos, EC. :)

    You don't need to put up artificial decorations, EC...when you're surrounded by Nature's decorations!

    That's my excuse for you; I'm sticking to it...I think you should, too! ;)

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    1. Lee: Thank you - it sounds like a wonderful excuse to me.

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  21. Superb images, as always. It's remarkable how you maintain the standard. Never fails.

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    1. Dave King: Thank you - the images take the credit - not me.

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  22. This is one of those posts that makes me go Wow! Because although they're all around us, one never really notices how different from each other leaves are. I must admit that it's only in autumn and spring that I notice the leaves in our back garden. Or in the neighbourhood. In autumn because of the colour and in spring because of the revival. Many thanks, I really enjoyed those images.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you so much. Small delights to treasure.

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  23. Beautiful, beautiful green.

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  24. Thanks for the link and what I couldn't do with all these leaves, one of my favorite things to do when I was a landscaper was to design an all foliage garden vignettes with different textures and colors of leaves. the plant kingdom is an amazing thing that is for sure. I never tire of seeing the various colors, shapes, textures, and sizes of leaves. I used to make so many more leaf impressed clay pieces I really need to get back to them again, these photos are beautiful and truly inspiring.

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    1. Linda Starr: It was my pleasure to link back to your beautiful leaves and to show them to people who may not have seen them. And yes, foliage gardens have a real beauty which is often neglected.

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  25. That's some collection of leaves! It's so interesting what we find when we really look for something :D

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    1. WildBlack: And sometimes when we are not looking as well.

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  26. Wonderful photos! I enjoy the lovely variety you have shown.
    As we enter an oncoming hot summer, your beautiful greens remind me how restful and cooling they can be :)

    Linda's leaves are beautiful aren't they?

    I too like to find leaves on our walks with deep veins or unusual shape/texture to impress on clay, with very interesting results once glazed.

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    1. Vicki: Summer is here sadly, and I seek out the coolth of the various greens as a balm for my soul. Linda's leaves are a delight - and reminded me just how much pleasure I take in them as well.
      I will/would be interested in seeing your leaf impressions as well.

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  27. What a magnificent collection of truly beautiful leaves. I've never thought of a display such as yours but one day perhaps will investigate the different leaves in our own garden. Thanks for sharing. xx

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    1. Mimsie: Thank you. I get my sanity (such as it is) and peace from the garden and find the almost endless variety of greens and the different shapes a joy and a delight. When I am not finding it a source of frustration. It is far too dry here at the moment and the garden is suffering and I am grieving for it.

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  28. A wonderful green theme, EC, I just love that you've showcased something we take for granted. How beautiful!

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    1. Carol: Thank you = green is good. As is green-gold, grey-green and all the manifestations the garden can produce.

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  29. Leaves are works of art as your photos show. Lovely!

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    1. ladyfi: Thank you - often underappreciated works of art.

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  30. I marvel at the hues of greens and abundances of different textures you have in your lovely garden.

    I'm okay thanks for your kindness

    Be well and Happy ~:)

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    1. Pam:): Thank you. I am very glad you are ok.

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  31. I'm green with envy! Nature is the best artist, but you're pretty handy with a camera and a sharp eye, my friend. Beautiful!

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    1. Austan: Thank you. Nature is a pretty amazing artist isn't she?

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  32. I can tell that you have a green thumb and gain a huge sense of peace from your lovely! Golly, how wonderful!

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    1. runningfromhellwithel: My green thumb has some decidedly black patches - but I do love my garden and find peace there. When I don't find serious aggravation.

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  33. THOSE ARE WONDERFUL!!! So many textures, so many shapes, some thin, some meaty, some large some small... isn't the natural world wonderful! THANK YOU for the wonderful photos!!!!

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    1. Nicky HW: Thank you - as you know, I LOVE my garden. It is a very thirsty garden at the moment...

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