Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Sunday Selections #124

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.  Yesterday morning we started the day with fog and frost.  When the sun started making valiant attempts to break through I wandered out to pick up the papers.  There were many, many sparrows greeting the sun with noisy chirps from within the crab-apple tree and at least a little blue sky...  An hour later, there was nothing BUT blue sky.  As always, clicking on the photos will embiggen them.



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  1. Ohh, a very dramatic sky. How wonderful to see those clouds opening up and revealing the blue!

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    1. Karen: I am always surprised to see how fast the sky changes. A daily treat.

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  2. The trees look so small under all that sky....

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    1. mybabyjohn/Delores: They did, didn't they?

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  3. What a lovely frosty morning EC. Your view is much like nine, whichever direction I photograph, I have trees on the sky-line.

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    1. Arija: Another early bird I see. I love the trees, and would like to see more of them. We lost quite a few from the skyline during the bushfires, but some are recovering and others are growing.

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  4. I enlarged them and enjoyed gazing at the pretty birds in the tree, with that sky behind them. And then the clouds, blue sky, silver linings... so lovely. Thank you, dear EC. :-)

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    1. DJan: The birds were singing up a storm. A bright and cheery start to the day, and I loved the drama of the clouds...

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  5. All I can say is WOW. Look at the split in the sky. And no Chicken Little available to start a fairy tale.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: 'the split in the sky' sums it up beautifully. Thank you.

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  6. At first I thought "frost?!" and then I remembered it's winter there. Have a great week!

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    1. A Scattering: Winter it is - a season I love for its crisp elegant beauty.

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  7. Fantastic pictures; the contrast of colours is beautiful!

    I have to keep reminding myself that you are headed into winter while we are facing summer instead. There's beauty in every season, though.

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    1. jenny_o: It looked a little sombre when I first went out, I am glad I took the time to look - and see just how beautiful it was. And I am a fan of winter. And Spring and Autumn. Summer? Not so much.

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  8. Very artsy ... isn't nature amazing. Love these pictures with the silhouettes on the horizen and the blazing bright blue sky trying to break through. Sorry you are facing winter ... I am also sorry I am facing summer. If I had my way it would stay fall or spring all year. But then, we wouldn't appreciate it because there would be no contrasts. Great post EC, as usual ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea: Thank you. It was a very dramatic start to the day. It started with soft greys and damp and moody feel, and then the sun just started to burst through. Winter is fine - summer not so much.

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  9. Okay and now it's Sunday here and the weather in Britain has been very sunny. Am I really in England....

    Your photos, a visual delight. Your accompanying words always superb. Yes, "embiggen" them to get the full impact.

    Happy day to you.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary: I do like the peace of the early morning - one of my most favourite times of day. Thank you - and I hope you get the summer that has passed you by for a few years.

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  10. My favourite here is the middle one, that streak of blue is full of hope somehow. We're starting off our days with clouds too, but often enough have sunny blue skies by the time I'm dressed.

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    1. River: It was such a quick turn-around. Total cloud cover, with fog which prevented me seeing across the street, then to moody skies, and then to a blazing blue. All in about an hour and a hal.

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  11. it takes a moment to realise taht tehre are trees tehre and then it puts everything into perspective.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: And perspective is all.

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  12. I know those skies! Beautifully captured Sue :-)

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    1. Geoffrey Dunn: They are a delight aren't they? I do love our city in the early morning - whatever the time of year.

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  13. We've had a few frosts too - but here the sky is always clear of clouds if there's a frost!

    Nice sombre moody shots.

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    1. Alexia: We usually have clear skies if we have frosts too. I think the fog must have come in just before the dawn when the frost had already settled.

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  14. Beautiful photographs EC and thanks for sharing your early morning with us. We don't have sparrows in W.A. They won't let them cross the Nullarbor; nor do we have blackbirds or mynah birds.
    You spoke of fogs and frosts. Many years ago one of our radio announcers said "There will be early frogs and fosts" when doing the weather report. I can remember it still. : )
    We actually had frosts in Perth last week but we seldom see them nearer the coast where we live but further inland.

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    1. Mimsie: I didn't realise that you didn't have sparrows, blackbirds or the mynahs. I can do without the mynahs since they threaten our natives, but I have a soft spot for both of the others. I would remember 'frogs and fosts' too.

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  15. Wonderful images, as always El Chi. Keep looking for beauty, the ability to see it is something that keeps us going. X X

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    1. Ann ODyne: Thank you. I don't have to look far at all to find beauty. It leaps out at me. I am really very lucky.

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  16. One of the great things about winter in Australia is our blue skies. Lovely photos, EC, and very cheering.

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    1. Carol: And it is one of the lovely things about Canberra. Yes, we get chilly, but we also usually are flooded with sunshine. Bliss.

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  17. I love these moody skies. So gorgeous.

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    1. ladyfi: So do I, and it was a very temporary mood. Which is also nice.

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  18. What a beautiful way to start the day!

    Love these pics EC - they're deliciously atmospheric.

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    1. Vicki: Thank you. It was a truly lovely start to the day.

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  19. Ah, beautiful. I love all weathers. I do love the heat and miss Perth, but the cool of Melbourne has got me now. "Fresh" I call it. Love it.

    Great photos. And you're quick - pictured today, posted today!!

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    1. wordsfallfrommyeyes: I don't love the heat at all. Just the same, there is magic around whatever the weather. I just watch said magic from inside in summer. Thank you for going back through many of my early posts. I appreciate the effort involved.

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  20. Early-morning birdsong is one of my favorite things. Even when the birds wake me up I can't be annoyed; it's too beautiful. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures!

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    1. Ms. CrankyPants: I love it too - although the wattle birds get up well before first light. Always good to hear though...

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  21. Cool photos! Love those brooding clouds and river of blue :)

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    1. Carol Kilgore: It was cool - literally and metaphorically.

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  22. Always wonderful being with you here :-)

    Aloha

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    1. Cloudia: That is lovely to hear - our worlds look very different, but there is beauty in both spots.

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  23. I love when Nature is just like special effects. :) x

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    1. Austan: And it often leaves special effects behind in the dust...

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    1. Andew Maclaren-Scott: Thank you. I love your skies too.

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  25. It's always intrigued me...with the wide variety of birds we have here where I live, in the 11 years I've been living here, I've not seen one sparrow.

    It's just started raining...and I think we'll have it for the rest of the day. Now...that's a good excuse to do a spot of reading and watch a couple of movies, I do declare!

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    1. Lee: We have lots of them. Lots and lots and lots. Which is fine by me. Mimsie told me that they don't have sparrows in Perth either.
      Send the rain this way when you have finished with it. And a day of blissful reading would be very good indeed.

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  26. What a dramatic cloud formation! There's something magical about clouds, not sure what, but I could watch them for hours.

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    1. Wendy aka Quillfeather: I do spend a lot of time watching them. I am fascinated by the shapes, the colours and the speed with which things change...

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  27. Just want to add to the chorus of ecstatic "Oooooo"s. Really, really f'ing beautiful these are.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Thank you so much. Coming from someone with your artist's eye, that means a lot.

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  28. Oh MY this is almost surreal :).

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    1. unikorna: It was a dramatic start to the day. The early fog and cloud cleared to a sky of bright blue - without any clouds at all.

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  29. Your photos have such emotion in them. Loved this!

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  30. Love that word "embiggen." :) The blue through those clouds is gorgeous!

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  31. Such a huge dramatic sky with stubborn trees buttoning down for winter! Great photos.

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  32. I love the golden clouds in #2 and #3. Much nicer than our perpetual white overcast. You could almost think someone forgot to paint a sky around here!

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    1. John Wiswell: Today we have muted grey. Quite dull by comparison - though the promised rain will be welcome. If it happens.

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  33. Gosh these are really beautiful. There's something slightly melancholy in there too.....which appeals to me. Well caught. I love them.

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    1. All Consuming: It did look that way - and then blue skies blazed through. (Much less interesting.)

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  34. I would choose the last one as a bookcover for Wuthering Heights.

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    1. lynners: It would work well, wouldn't it?

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  35. Love the atmosphere you've created with these shots.

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    1. reneejohnsonwrites: Thank you. I tried to catch it - but can claim no responsibility for its creation.

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  36. Wow. You missed your calling. Your photos are always wonderful, but these are breathtaking. They don't just please the eye; they create a mood that touches the heart, as well.

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    1. Susan: Thank you so much. I am a happy snapper (a very happy snapper), and there is so much beauty around me.

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  37. What a beautiful silhouette of the skyline!!

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    1. Nicky HW: It was a stunning start to the day...

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  38. i especially adore the top pic, something beautiful and romantic as well as ominous, depending on the mood of the viewer perhaps.

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    1. Pia K: I do love the light in the early morning. This started off as soft, and perhaps a little sombre and moved into a bright and beautiful day. Very quickly.

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