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Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Selections #220

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?  Come walk with me, into early morning drizzle and revel in the autumnal colour in my neighbourhood.

Starting at our veranda.   I do love our begonias.



Then wandering around the street.  In my usual restrained fashion there are a LOT of photos.

















 

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  1. Lovely colours EC ~ you could just sit back and take the colour in I think. We don't do Autumn up here ~ just shades of green, but I will take a closer look as I go about my week.

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    1. CarolHasANewBlog: I am fond of shades of green too - and always amazed at how many there are. I do love autumn though. So very much.

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  2. My hat's off to the neighborhood.I wish it were warm enough to pot begonias. Or hang a basket....

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Your spring will come. Soon I hope.

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  3. At first I was thinking that your plant and flower life is far superior to ours in No Cal. But then I realized, while it's gorgeous around there, you're a wonderful photographer.

    Have a nice weekend, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: A lovely (Martha free) weekend to you too. My point and shoot camera has been good to me. Allows me to masquerade as a photographer.

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  4. what a visual treat, all those beautiful colors

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    1. Linda Starr: It was. It is. We have sunshine today and the colours look quite different. Still beautiful - but different.

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  5. A bright and beautiful start to Sunday. There are a few protea trees growing on this property here, but not as many as there once was. My landlords used to sell on a roadside stall on the land's boundary along with other produce. I used to make jams, pickles, chutney, pickled onions etc., and sell them from my own separate little set-up, as well, for while. But I no longer do that. And these days my landlords take their produce across to the "Green Shed" each Sunday morning and sell it through that outlet. And I didn't intend this to be so long!!!! So I'll say - "So long!" :)

    I hope the week brings all of you down that way everything that is bright and beautiful, too. Hugs to your furry mates, EC. :)

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    1. Lee: I love proteas, but have never succeeded in growing them. And wouldn't have the energy to make jams and pickles for more than home consumption.
      I hope you and your furry tyrants have a wonderful week.

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  6. Where can I get those pink plants that seems to be crawling its way on the walls? Or that tall looking pink tree? I want them in my yard so badly. :P

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    1. Lux G: The pink/red wall hugger is a grape vine. And I do love our trees of colour.

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    2. Grape vine or Boston Creeper? Glory Vine?

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    3. River: I am pretty certain it is an ornamental grape. I will ask the owner next time I run into her.

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  7. Is the ivy on that tree invasive? We have it here and it grows up trees and kills them. It is a real problem and we have teams of people that go out to rip ivy down.

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    1. Birdie: That particular ivy doesn't seem to be. It has been growing up that tree for over twenty years (that I know of) and the tree is fine.

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  8. So interesting looking at fall flowers when our spring has barely begun. Many things you pictured we have too but not the bottle brush plant (is it a guava tree?) and the enormous pink blossom (starts with 'w', only grown in Oz). Love to look at these.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: The Bottle Brush (Callistemon) would probably grow in a lot of the US. And the pink is a protea. South African native which I have tried (and failed) to grow.

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  9. Glad you showed so much restraint! Gorgeous begonias, I used to grow them too but, not having reticulated water, there is just so much one can do.
    Glorious autumn colour. With three months without rain, most of our trees lost most of their leaves, so the colour we are getting is rather sparse.

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    1. Arija: A lot of our trees also lost their leaves before any colour change. We got just enough rain at the right time for these. And I am revelling in the colour.

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  10. The low growing heather bed has interesting color and serves a purpose. Ground cover such as these are great for keeping weeds away.

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    1. Spacerguy: Weeds will always find a way. Believe me. Always. But I do like that garden with the diosma and lavender behind it.

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  11. The trees, leaves, the whole of it are beautiful EC, IIII am in love down under Australia autumnal, fantastic.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. I love it too.

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  12. With your cold nights, you do autumn colour very well, but there is a surprising amount of other colour in your streets. The mock grape vines look terrific at this time of the year.

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    1. Andrew: I was surprised at how much other colour there still is as well. And am very, very grateful for our cool nights. And days which are cooling down as well.
      And the ornamental grapes look fabulous at this time of year. Boring for a lot of the year, but wonderful now.

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  13. Oh my, your collection of flowers is absolutely stunning!

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  14. You live in a veritable rainbow! Fall is my favorite season, esp. in your corner of the world.

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    1. Susan Kane: It is a season I love as well. I relish the weather, and the colours...

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  15. I love the second flower, the begonia, red tinged edges and the vines creeping up to the roof of the house. is that your house? If so, what is that roofing material? And the tree covered in what looks like ivy. We have so many like that around here. Your photos are beautiful. Your street photo edged in shrubs and trees, looks like a park!

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    1. Strayer: I am partial to that begonia too. I smile at it each time I walk past. The grape vine covered house is not ours - but it looks gorgeous. I think the roof is tiles, but will have a better look later. This is a pleasant street. Lots of trees, gardens, and relatively quiet.

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    2. Yes, tiles. We had the same style on the first house we built here in Adelaide.

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  16. Amazing amount of red! It's just exploding. We have a lot of red and pink now, but they are from spring flowers.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I wasn't quick enough to catch the golden, which is now brown, crinkly and on the ground. Love the scarlet/orange/burgundy/magenta look though.

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  17. Such pretty flowers (and leaf), EC. I just bought myself a begonia plant (pink) to admire on the front porch. I really do like your yellow ones, too. :-)

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    1. DJan: I have become a begonia addict. Love their foliage at least as much as the blooms. Be warned, they will try and take over...

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  18. Absolutely stunning colours - and those begonias!! So glad you went for a wander, and also that you are finally getting some rain.

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    1. Alexia: It was a lovely wander. I stopped and chatted, I ogled, I ambled. And we could do with some more rain - but a start has been made.

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  19. How beautiful!!! I don't even try with flowers. Getting them to stay that pretty requires work. Knowing that, though, I totally admire anyone who puts that kind of work in.

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    1. Stephanie Faris: There are plants I no longer have anything to do with - in total shame. There are set and forget plants which I love. And wandering the neighbourhood was an excellent way of enjoying other people's work.

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  20. Gorgeous colors! I miss seeing any kind of fall foliage. Looks like I'll have to move again. I know how happy you are to welcome fall back and give summer the boot!

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    1. River Fairchild: Goodbye summer. Yay. Though she snuck back in last week and baked me. Autumn kicked her out the door again the next day. Good riddance.

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  21. Those begonia look like prize specimens to me.
    I do envy you your autumn colours as we see so few of them in Perth.
    We have ivy climbing a Kings Park Special bottlebrush tree and both seem to be thriving ... so far.
    That leaf....only you would see the beauty in it and although it's been 'got at' by a lerp or similar it still is lovely.
    Once again, thank you for sharing so many lovely things and hope your weekend is going well.

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    1. Mimsie: I put the yellow begonia in with you in mind. And yes, I am very grateful for the autumn fireworks we get every year. Such vibrant colours. Such unexpected colours.
      That leaf? You too saw its charm. I really liked the muted colours on it.

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  22. Love those begonias! So stunning. I really enjoyed looking at all your pictures. The treed and leaves are so vibrant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Thank you. It is a beautiful time of year.

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  23. Oh glory, love feasting my eyes on all the colour! Autumn is truly my favourite season, although spring is running a close second this year. Methinks I'm going to have to move to your street; it's lovely!

    Thinking of you and Sir Skinny-A-Lot.

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    1. Jacquelineand...: It is a wonderful season isn't it? Though I am a spring addict as well. His high and skinniness goes into surgery again next week, so all thoughts are welcome.

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  24. That one picture of the tree with all the green stuff (ivy?) around it is really cool, but (and as always, no blowing smoke up your arse) all your pictures are fantastic...

    (Do the neighbors ever grumble if they see you walking with your handy dandy camera slung around your neck? :)

    PS.. it's also neat to see an Aussie autumn when Virginia is only starting to apparently defrost after a horrendous winter (not that I was here for THAT, mind you:)

    Oops... gotta go... hula dance lessons in 10 mins... can't let the lessons of the islands fall to the wayside :)

    Have a *wonderful* weekend, EC... and seriously, thanks so much for your very kind words/comments :)

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    1. Mark Koopmans: Ivy it is. The neighbours seem to have become accustomed to my 'mad woman with camera dances' and treat me with ignore. Which is just the way I like it.
      Love the thought of you keeping your hula mojo practised.
      And I am loving your memoir and WILL have a copy when it is published.

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  25. The colours in these photos are incredibly beautiful, EC. We don't get the pinks/magentas in the fall, just orange, red and yellow, so this is a treat. Thanks so much for sharing them. I'm glad your weather is finally cooling off.

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    1. jenny_o: We get a lovely range. The yellows were brief and not as vivid this year, but the other colours have been a joy. And yay for cooler weather. Though a lot of people are nothing like as happy about it as I am.

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  26. That's a beautiful street for a leisurely stroll. Love all the colors. Simply stunning !

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    1. Whisper Mist: It is a pretty street. Which I hardly ever remember. The walk was an excellent nudge.

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  27. WOW! So much color! Is that moss growning up the tree? Beautiful. Thank you for sharing all this wonderful color!

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    1. Teresa: Ivy. We are nothing like moist enough for moss. Lichen, but very little moss. And I am more than happy to share the colours. How is your mama doing?

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  28. Love that clear yellow begonia. All that autumn colour was certainly worth coming here for :)

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  29. What is that tall pink tree fourth photo down? I know all the others.

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    1. River: That is a liquid amber. It is always the first of its kind in the street to change colour - and usually one of the most spectacular. We have three of them, and they still mostly green. And I don't think ours have ever turned red/pink all at once. Theirs is obviously in the perfect spot.

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    1. librarygirl: Aren't they? Such a vivid time of year.

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  31. Dear EC
    Thank you for sharing your walk - some really stunning autumn colours in your area.
    Best wishes for a happy week
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I have been enjoying your spring magic too. And a great week for you and yours as well.

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  32. I love all this color. Your photos are beautiful!!!

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    1. T. Powell Coltrin: I revel in the colour. All of it.

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  33. Oh EC you are a gem. I have just spent ages putting together a reply to a hunter on lirralirra and I needed to see something beautiful - thank you x

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    1. Kim: I saw your comment. And his. Sigh. I so hope that it can be banned. Soon. And I am very glad to be able to feed you some beauty to take some of the taste away.

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  34. I'm loving all of the pretty pinks in there. You got a ton of great pics!! Here to wish you a Happy Sunday and a great rest of the week. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: It isn't over yet either. We had a very windy night and there are a lot of leaves down - and more hanging on tightly, changing colour, brightening my world.

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  35. Gorgeous colors.
    I smell the pinks and leaves.
    xx kiss from MN.

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    1. My Inner Chick: Beauty feeds my soul. And I am very glad that you can feel it too. Hugs.

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  36. So much color there! We are beginning to get the pinks and white of redbud, dogwood, lilacs and flowering trees. It has rained so much here that it is hard to get out and enjoy the beauty. Supposed to have two days coming without rain so yeah to that.

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    1. Bookie: We have had a little rain - but not enough to make walking in it a challenge. I am looking forward to seeing some of your spring beauty. I have to find a dogwood to plant for our spring...

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  37. Flowers are one natural ornament I am mostly fond of. You have made a good collection. Really loved it.

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  38. Nothing is more beautiful than Autumn....love that it's happening for you now:) Enjoy the mellowing of the year and all the softening she brings.
    I especially love the cosmos:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: I loved the cosmos too - particularly because I am pretty certain that they were 'volunteer plants'. They weren't in a garden bed - and were thriving.

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  39. Everything in your corner of the world is so beautiful and alive. I just love it. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Sonya Ann: We have our seedy side as well, but I tend to concentrate on the positives. Or I go down.

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  40. A friend just returned from Australia. Thanks too you I feel I've been there too. Thank you, thank you for these splashes of luscious colors. Please keep wandering in your garden, your neighborhood, the parks, etc. Just make sure you have your camera.

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    1. Myrna R.: What part of our big country did your friend go to? And did he/she like it?
      I will keep wandering, and my camera is usually with me.

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  41. I love the pink in the trees, I've never seen a shade like that before. You can certainly tell it's autumn!

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    1. Michael G D'Agostino: Canberra does autumn well doesn't it?

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  42. Oh, how beautiful!! The colors are wonderful, I especially love the wonderful reds. Fantastic. The "golden" (green and red as well) tree is a Chinese pistache, I guess?

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    1. Carola Bartz: Aren't the reds and burgundies lovely? We usually have more yellow, but this year the yellows were quickly over and not vivid. The mixed tree could be a Chinese pistachio, but I am not sure. If I see the owner of the property I will ask.

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  43. Vibrant!!! I'm loving seeing the colors bloom.

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  44. Gorgeous pictures as usual! I need to send you one I took of a bunch of roses that a very sweet volunteer brought me at my luncheon.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Given the work, and the aggravation you go through you deserve a florist shop full of roses. At least.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Made even brighter on a grey day.

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  46. I am a lover of begonias also. They come in all shapes and colors and, best of all, take little care. And, my of my, what is that beautiful pink plant that is trellised around the roof?

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Begonias are great aren't they? Love the foliage, love the blooms. And a set and forget plant. The plant climbing over the door way is an ornamental grape in its autumn finery. Gorgeous isn't it?

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  47. I think I looked at the photos three times. They are so beautiful, like they draw you in to soak in all the colors of nature.

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    1. Angela Brown: I soaked too. Soaked and marvelled.

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  48. An absolute visual delight EC! What a brilliant post for me to return to blog-land. I have a lot of catching up to do! Beautiful images..

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    1. Rose ~ from Oz: You have been missed. I hope you have been having fun.

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  49. Soosie I love all the pinks and fall colors in your garden and I also love begonias....

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: Not just my garden sadly - but very, very beautiful.

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  50. Pretty pretty, enjoyed the walk around your area.
    Merle............

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  51. I'm just ooh-ing and aah-ing at each photo. You have an amazing talent for capturing the best views of everything you see.

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    1. Carol Kilgore: I was oohing and aahing myself. Mad woman with camera time.

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  52. I love the vibrancy of your autumnal colours!

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  53. wonder what those 2 birds on the table are talking about?

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  54. I come here and find joy Joy JOY!

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  55. Even in autumn there are flowers there - so beautiful! Love all the pink.

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  56. Wow- you've really found some beautiful color! I think fall is my favorite time of year for just pure gorgeous colors...especially the brilliant reds and oranges. The third shot- is that an ivy? Around here, I would probably first think of poison ivy, but surely that is not the poison kind hanging so close to the door. Anyways, these are all wonderful- thanks for sharing!!

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  57. What a beautiful neighborhood you live in. Thanks for letting me feel as though I just walked through it!

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