Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday Selections #167

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 usually run with a theme.  This week I am again looking to the sky for inspiration (and beauty).  Dusk and dawn, taken over the last month or so.

I will be slow visiting other blogs and responding to comments left on mine today.  Yesterday I started two full days of training for Lifeline.  In their wisdom the organisers decided that we could cover the material in a day.  We did.  I feel like chewed string and am going to put this post up and go back to bed, and hopefully to sleep.  

Pre-dawn to start.  I took this on Friday, delighted to see a star, before it started raining again.  If you click and embiggen there will be a little detail in the sky.


And then a much more colourful dawn ten days ago




And then some sunset shots.  That moody sky had me out the door to do the mad woman with camera dance in seconds flat.  I even postponed wine o'clock.








PS:  I haven't forgotten that I promised video of the corellas indulging in pigeon battery, but they have (naturally) been recalcitrant about performing in front of the camera.  It will happen.  Sooner rather than later I hope.

94 comments:

  1. Oh the progression of photographs is so spectacular together here, love all the colors, these are superb, they'd be lovely enlarged and printed on wrapped canvas. Have you ever done that with your photos. I blew up a couple of mine and one of my Gary's of some old trucks and entered them in a show and Gary won a blue ribbon and sold the photo, Ha

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    1. Linda Starr: I do love sunrise - and dawn. And can never decide which is my favourite. And no, I have never put my photos on wrapped canvas. Some day...

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  2. You got some really fantastic photos!! Thank you for sharing them with us!! And we've got sun in our sky here, which is a long time coming (and I'm oh so grateful!). Have a great weekend!

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    1. mail4rosey: Thank you. The skies are a source of such much wonder for me.

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  3. Did you make a wish on that star? I still do that when I see a lone star (but alas, as Colin Firth still hasn't proposed to me, I can't say that it's a particularly successful strategy)

    As for the sunrise and sunset photos, I'm just going to go with "WOW". I tried to pick a favourite but found it impossible. I love the golden hours too and after seeing this collection, I wish that I wasn't so lazy that I miss many dawns.

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    1. Marie: Of course I wished on that star. How could I not?
      And rather a lot of my photos are of dusk and dawn. I have rather a lot of folders with that title. Month by month, year by year.

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  4. Wow! Even I would have delayed wine o'clock for those shots, EC. They are fabulous! :-)

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    1. DJan: Postponed - but definitely not cancelled. The wine waits much more patiently than the sky.

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    1. Carol in Cairns: I am up again - but may return to bed (several times) over the course of the day.

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  6. Those are amazing. A palate of dreams to paint the sky...

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Great description - thank you.

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    1. fishducky: They were. They really were.

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  8. Another wonderful array of photos, EC. I particularly like the predawn one...there's something quite magical about it.

    I hope you managed to go back to bed and caught up with rest and sleep. Don't worry about us....we'll still be here when you wake up! :)

    Have a great week.

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    1. Lee: I did get some more sleep. And I am very glad that you liked the pre-dawn shot. I ummed and aahed for some time before putting it up.

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  9. Lovely skies! The pink and purple...such Easter colors too! Nice job!

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    1. Bookie: A colourful start and a colourful end. Who could ask for more?

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  10. Now that is serious......postponing wine o'clock , lol! Smashing pictures as always.

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    1. Gillie: Postponing is fine. At least occasionally.

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  11. Raining here and likely to get even rainier as Ita heads south. I was hoping to see the eclipse, but think that hope is a wash-out! So thank you for some non-rainy sky pics.

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    1. dinahmow: I hope it is only the eclipse which is washed out.

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  12. Stunning photographs. Don't know which I love the best.

    I hope this finds you snuggled snoring in your duvet :)

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    1. Wendy: Thank you. Up again, but probably not for long...

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  13. You certainly get some great skies. Dawn photos are my favourites.

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    1. Andrew: Dawn is always a joy in my world - but the sunset skies can be spectacular too.

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  14. Your single star is great, as is the cloud curling over to go to sleep. last photo.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: It was a truly lovely sunset, and I took many, many photos. And I did love the predawn that single star illuminated.

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  15. I love these photos EC, you captured some beautiful scenes of the sky here. I also think you are marvelous for training with Lifeline. You can't hear me but I am applauding :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you - I get a great deal more than I give to Lifeline.

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  16. Ooh, I like your sky photos - amazing colors! I would have postponed wine o'clock for that as well!
    What is Lifeline, if I may ask?

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    1. Carola Bartz: Weren't those skies a treat? I spend a lot of time ogling the sky, and am rewarded.
      Lifeline is a telephone crisis line - and the weekend's training (retraining) was in suicide intervention. Important - and gruelling.

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  17. Beautiful, EC - I especially like the first one, because I love the night sky.

    Rest up.

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    1. jenny_o: I am really glad you like them - and I am not doing a lot today. What I am doing, I am doing slowly.

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  18. Beautiful! I don't see sunrises like this. Too many trees to the east.

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    1. Teresa: I am lucky to see them - and revel in them.

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  19. I love the second from last, just beautiful!

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    1. Strayer: It was - and I am glad to share it.

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  20. Superb, the first one is number 1, but all of them are beautiful.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. It was such a lovely sight to see - and I am very glad that others like it too.

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  21. The skies are first glorious then wonderfully moody, I love them.
    Two days training crammed into one? No wonder you feel like a piece of chewed string. Had a budget cut did they? Yet the gubmint sees nothing wrong with paying Mr Rann way too much including his rent.
    Can't he pay his own rent? He has enough income!

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    1. River: They cut the training back so those volunteers who also work could have at least part of a weekend. Which I understood - but it was too much for me. And I am so angry about the areas the guvmint feels free to cut, and the people it continues to support. I think they have it round the wrong way.

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  22. You captured some beautiful colour but I think I like the single star best.

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    1. Delores: That single star against the purple blue night made my heart sing.

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  23. These photos took my breath away. Wow. WOW! I keep looking at them. Just glorious. There aren't really any words to describe the beauty... but I'm sure it was even more magnificent in person. You are a fabulous photographer.

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    1. Raquel Somatra: Three different occasions - and they were all a joy. And I am a very happy snapper.

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  24. Those shots were definitely worth postponing wine o'clock...as long as you got to indulge afterward. Beautiful!
    I'm sorry you feel like chewed string. Only Jazz and Jewel should have the honor of chewing on you. The training was probably worth it though...once you've recovered. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: Jazz n Jewel agree with you - and Jazz swiped me as I came in the door. As punishment for my days absence you understand...

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  25. Lovely.
    I so much appreciate the lilac sky!
    Hope you are well, S. xxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Are you back from India? How was it? Hugs.

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  26. I got a thick sigh of relief watching that sky. Why haven't I gone sunset watching around here recently? Clearly a failing on my part.

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    1. John Wiswell: Too busy? And I am very glad to have given you that sigh of relief. I watch the sky often - and would be lost without it.

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  27. Lovely skyscapes.
    There is so much free beauty around at all times, we only need to look.

    Stay well.

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    1. Friko: There is isn't there. And it often trumps the beauty we pay for (in my eyes anyway).

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  28. Your wonderful photos confirm the saying "right place at the right time". Nicely done.
    Missed my corellas!

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    1. Susan Kane: The corellas will be back. Of course.

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  29. You have the most beautiful skies and capture them beautifully, too.

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    1. Lynn: Thank you. And I wish I could capture the beauty completely.

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  30. These photos are a true sight my my sore, tired eyes this morning.
    Thank you EC, your delicious sky shots always pep me up :)

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    1. Vicki: Are you working too hard again? Stop, relax, be kind to yourself. (And do as I say, not as I do.)

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    2. Haha, must be. I just saw my (my) typo.

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    3. Vicki: I knew what you meant - and rest my case.

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  31. What gorgeous sky shots!

    Hope you get some rest...

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    1. ladyfi: Thank you - they were gorgeous skies. Some rest achieved, more to come.

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  32. Some of my favourite cloud colours EG! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ellie Garratt: My pleasure - thanks for coming by.

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  34. Blogland is being difficult today as I can't embiggen the pics but never mind I did see the start and all those CLOUDS. Please send clouds our way.
    Thanks for sharing such beautiful photography.
    Sorry to be late in viewing blog.

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    1. Mimsie: You are welcome whenever you arrive. And I hope some clouds come your way. Soon.

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  35. Those photographs are so lovely. I tried to capture a double rainbow last evening but haven't had the nerve to even look at them yet.

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    1. Granny Annie: A double rainbow? Magic - you are going to show us those photos aren't you? Please?

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  36. Thank you for doing the 'mad woman with the camera dance', those skies are so beautiful they gave me goosebumps!

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    1. Kim: I can't remember which of my nearest and dearest described that dance - but they had a point. Standing in the middle of the road - early, late...

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  37. Chewed up. I know that one and how. I hope you have managed to get some rest dear. These skies are your best yet. And there you are saying you have no talent on my blog. Pshaw! And Pffffft to that. You have.such a knack with the lens it's amazing. Seriously. Gorgeous items, have an oooooooh back.

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    1. All Consuming: The camera does the work. So, yes, no talent. But I am glad you liked them. And I love that we are trading oooohs.

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  38. What gorgeous pictures! I can see how they would be inspirational.

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    1. Cherie Reich: Beautiful, soothing and inspirational. Can't ask for more than that.

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  39. oh! the way the light dances in your images this week!
    so beautiful the sun as she dips and rises:)
    thanks for the sharing,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: Daily (sometimes twice daily) magic. Thank you.

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  40. As a rare blood courier, I sometimes drive the night through -- and the awakening dawn is truly breath-taking to watch with bleary eyes. :-)

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    1. Roland D Yeomans: And it is such a life affirming sight too. Thank you for the work you do. A life saver.

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  41. Oh it's beautiful! I love watching the sky change colors. The other morning I saw the most perfect rainbow in full arc... bright and brilliant! All I could think of was God's promise.

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    1. Pk Hrezo: It is a delight isn't it? And rainbows are something I NEVER tire of seeing. Never, ever...

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  42. Hi EC WOW! Those sky shots are fabulous. Each one a winner.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: It was the skies which were the winners - and me, watching them.

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  43. "chewed string" is a wonderful description. Must borrow it.

    One (*the* one?) nice thing about getting old is waking up early enough to see the dawn. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

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    1. Ms. CrankyPants: Help yourself to chewed string. I was pleased with myself when I coined it - and use it more often than I like to think about.
      Dawn is fine, I am getting a bit tired of waking up WELL before sparrow fart though. The crack of dawn is still some hours away here, and I have been up for a while.

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  44. wow, well worth postponing wine o'clock for...stunning

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    1. Andrew Maclaren-Scott: They were - all of them.

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