Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Sunday Selections #246

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 the 'home and away' theme this week. 


Starting with home., revelling in birds and the garden.


An adolescent crimson rosella, pigging out on our veranda.



King Parrots.


Corellas.  I was in danger taking the last shot, and he let fly just as I moved away.


A sulphur-crested vandal cockatoo.

And just a few shots (really) from the garden.  Ok, I lied.  Several shots from the garden.  Some of the roses are starting to come out.


Woburn Abbey.


Oklahoma.


Brindabella Pearl.


A rock rose.

A dratted dandelion I didn't spot till after it had flowered.


 A bearded Iris I love.


Snowball tree entwined with banskia rose.

Now to the more exciting part of the post.  He is loving Moscow but the temperature shift was huge.  It was over 30C in Iran (85+ F) and is struggling to reach 2C (35F) in Moscow.  A much better temperature for walking though.



St Basil's Cathedral.  Which would look amazing when there was snow around.


 These were taken inside a shopping mall near Red Square, and the ones below it in and around Red Square.





I think this is the Bolshoi Ballet building.




Red Square at night.

 

140 comments:

  1. Oh my, those Russian photos are beautiful. Another world. So are your birds, glad you got missed. I've been hit by Canada Geese multiple times, so that now, when I hear them flying over, in their noisy "V" formations, I run for it. I like the Snowball tree, even the name. I wonder how it might do in this climate.

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    1. Strayer: The snowball tree (also known as a guelder rose) is happy in Scotland and the UK so would probably do quite well for you. Worth investigating some time.
      His photos are amazing, and I am looking forward to seeing all of them when he gets home.

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  2. Wow! What a post!








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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. A mixed bag wasn't it?

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  3. Fascinating post with beautiful photos!! I was intrigued by the lack of crowds in Moscow, especially in the shopping mall.

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    1. fishducky: I wondered about that too. He isn't an early riser, so it wasn't that.

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  4. I am in awe of your photos. They are always so beautiful. Love the birds photos, but the flowers are amazing. The photos from Russia are stunning.

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    1. Mason Canyon: My point and shoot camera has been very good to me. He took an updated version of it with him, and it seems to be being kind to him too.

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  5. Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo! Eee! I used to own one of those!

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    1. Robert Bennett: We get lots of them visiting each day. They are noisy, destructive and incontinent - and welcome visitors. My mother had one when I was a child, but these are free. Which I prefer.

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  6. Plants, animals, places. You could take a photo of a puddle and still magic beauty out o fit. Loved this post. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: I am a beauty addict, and luckily do see it everywhere. Thank you for your kind words.

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  7. Shots around Red Square are amazing.
    You were Brave taking that one bird shot!

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: He is not long back from a performance at the Bolshoi Theatre. I hope he could take some photos there too.
      While I was grateful not to be bombed by the corella, I am washable.

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  8. Lovely. All of it, even the vandal (so long as he doesn't come here!)

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    1. dinahmow: The vandal and his relatives are shrieking outside as I type. And we have been relatively lucky. They behead the odd flower, pull up some loosely rooted plants, but so far have not started in on destroying the house.

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  9. Great post. Always love seeing your birdlife and of course your beautiful flowers & roses. The combination of the snowball tree and banksia rose is just gorgeous. And we got some bonus Moscow photos. What an incredible place - the architecture is just amazing.

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    1. CountryMum: The banksia forms a wall down the back fence, and the snowball struggles to get through. I like the effect of the two together though.
      Moscow does look incredible doesn't it?

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  10. Certainly a bird's eye view of Moscow!

    A great array...that cockatoo is looking very cocky! I would've had to have been fleet of wing yesterday to have caught a photo of the king parrot that flew by when I was out in the yard; particularly seeing I didn't have my camera with me.

    One of these days I must remember to use my camera!!

    When does the Happy Wanderer return?

    I hope you have a wonderful week, EC...cuddles to your two furry mates. :)

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    1. Lee: He is due home in the second week of November. More time in Russia, and then the Netherlands.
      I really need to remember my camera more often too - but sometimes just enjoying the moment is better.
      I hope you and your furry overlords have a great week.

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  11. Favorite rose photo: the Oklahoma
    Favorite bird photo: the rosella
    So much more colorful than the vultures I pictured today.. And the St. Basil photos, so lovely. Very rich in beauty post!

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    1. Sue in Italia/in the Land of Cancer: All of the roses are scented too. A must in my book. With luck each day more roses will come out. I love all of our birds - and St Basil is very special indeed. He tells me he has taken 1400 photos on his camera and several hundred on his phone. Not surprised.

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  12. I've been through four times, frontwards, backwards, big and small. It was a great trip.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: What a lovely thing to say. Thank you.

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  13. Twenty plus years ago I had never heard of the snowball tree. We always called it a guelder rose. Now everyone calls it a snowball tree and I was surprised at the high price the blooms were selling for when we saw them while shopping. For the first time I can see why bearded iris has beard in its name. Moscow buildings are amazing and while cold, there are blue skies in some photos.

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    1. Andrew: Moscow does look incredible doesn't it? In a few hours he is headed to St Petersbury - which a friend tells us is even more amazing. I have reminded him to take photos of the station and the train too.
      When I was growing up every garden had a snowball tree. They seem to have fallen out of fashion now.

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  14. Right after I hit the button a vandal sqwaaaark'd his way in.sigh....back to prune the mang I s'pose

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    1. dinahmow: Of course. The birds are sooooo quick at letting us know when the fruit is right. And taking a bite out of each one.

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  15. Wonderful shots of Red Square.
    The snowball tree is it hard to grow, I have a spot now and are looking for a flowering small tree, to fill a space.
    You do get lots of colourful bird visitors.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merlesworld: The snowball tree is pretty much a set and forget plant here. It is overgrown, rarely watered and comes back each year. They can get fairly large though. Worth checking at the nursery to see whether it is right for you.

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  16. I love the Crimson Rosella and crew, they are beautiful, well done EC. And I love the Russian buildings.

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    1. Bob Bushell: The young crimson rosellas look pretty scruffy until their adult plumage comes in - but I am always glad to see them. First the parents bring them, and then they come on their own.
      Moscow looks pretty special doesn't it?

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  17. Wow on both counts! I love the birds and roses, and then... Russia! I'm glad he's still enjoying the trip and doing well. The pictures of Red Square are awesome! :-)

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    1. DJan: He is having a ball, storing up memories in his camera and his head.

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  18. The Red Square at night (and during the day) looks amazing! Glad he is enjoying himself.

    As for the birds and flowers- they are each so beautiful that I can't pick a favorite. Just gorgeous!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: It is an incredible adventure he is on, isn't it? My favourite flowers and birds changes with the wind.

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  19. Moscow looks amazing. I would love to visit there someday.

    And as always, your bird posts are my favourite.

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    1. Birdie: I have been trying all week to catch the magpie family singing. Hopefully next week. They are plain to look at, but I love their warble.

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  20. Your blog is always a feast for the eyes! I love birds and flowers, especially!
    Thank you!

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    1. Yolanda Renee: Thank you. I do worry that I get stuck in same old, same old mode.

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  21. Never heard of a snowball tree ~ perhaps it is just a southern plant.
    I do love the names of roses, so classy.
    And did the mobile phone reception improve in Russia?

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    1. Carol: The snowball tree is grown world-wide but may not appreciate your temperatures. Just as snow wouldn't.
      I have been able to actually speak to him (briefly) in Russia - which was lovely.

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  22. Your shot of the king parrot is my favourite! it really does justice to how spectacular they are.
    How's all the "me time"?

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    1. kylie: They are very beautiful birds aren't they? Several of them visit each day at the moment and I am very glad.
      The me time is lovely, but has also been surprisingly busy. With luck things will calm down from the middle of next week.

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  23. Gorgeous pics! ;) I love the Woburn Abbey rose - any apricot coloured flower is irresistible to me. :)

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    1. Snoskred: That one has a delightful scent too. I hope that it blooms bountifully this year.

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  24. You always have beautiful pictures EC. It's a lovely glimpse into your world.The birds are amazing, the flowers are gorgeous, and Moscow is intriguing.

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    1. Whisper Mist: Thank you. I am very lucky with the beauty around me - and himself is making the most of his time away.

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    1. Teresa Hennes: Thank you. It is a lovely time of year here, and it looks as if there is always beauty in Moscow.

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  26. I love your Woburn Abbey rose and the rock rose (cistus), I used to have three of those, but cuttings I took didn't survive after I moved.
    The snowball tree/ banksia rose combination is very pretty. The corella was a bit cheeky!
    Moscow is a beautiful old city, I like the colourful St Basil's cathedral and the final photo with it lit for the night is just gorgeous.

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    1. River: I am very fond of that rose too. It is one that I wait for each year, and greedily dive my nose into. I have never been good with cuttings. Except things like geraniums which are harder to kill than strike.
      I was surprised at how beautiful Moscow is. Himself told me, and I can well believe it, that he hadn't spent long enough there...

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  27. Your roses are out already! And they are very lovely. Woburn Abbey is such a gorgeous colour. I really like that iris, too. I've never managed to keep a cistus going for long - they are pretty but probably don't like our frosts much.

    I'm still envious of the other portion's trip - he's obviously having a wonderful time.

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    1. Alexia: There are more of our roses not out than those that are, but they are coming on. That particular cistus doesn't seem to mind frost. It gets hit hard every year and thrives.
      He is having a great trip. Which is lovely given the years of medical mayhem he has endured.

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  28. I can't almost believe, the parrots are there for free, you can see them at all times, wonderful. They are really beautiful. We see them only in a zoo.
    Your roses are also very beautiful. We don't have them any more, all natute is in yellow autumn color.
    Have a happy sunday.

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    1. orvokki: We are very lucky and get eight or more native bird species visiting each day. Somehow caged birds (and the big cats) strike me as beyond sad.
      A great weekend to you too.

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  29. Beautifull birds; beautiful garden; beautiful architecture. I think that about covers it.
    P.S. I do envy you your feathery visitors. Rarely do parrots seem to visit gardens in Perth but you see them fly overhead. The black cockies come in spring and tear flowers and twigs off the bottlebrush but that is about it.

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    1. Mimise: Black cockies? We almost never see them, and when we do it is a sign that conditions are tough in their home territory. The others have made my city their home.

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  30. love all your bird images as well a the shot from Russia. Must be a wonderful trip and fun time he is having. the deep red Rose is beautiful.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: He is having a wonderful trip. On his way to St Petersburg at the moment (or perhaps he has arrived).
      There is something about a red rose isn't there? Mind you of the ones pictured Woburn Abbey is my favourite. I think.

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  31. Love your bird visitors, always do :)
    Wow, you'll need to wear a hat next time you attempt a dangerous under manoeuvre such as that, lol.

    I adore your roses! Sigh, they're lovely.
    And, don't underestimate the nutritional power of dandelions - mother nature's best liver tonic. I make herbal tea infusions out of fresh dandelion leaves.
    Viburnums are glorious.

    Oh, what wonderful images from your SP!
    Those gorgeously rich, decadent curved domes are classically Russian.
    Love these. Hopefully, there's more to come...

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    1. Vicki: Gardens (and birds) are heart balm aren't they? Lots of work, bigger rewards.
      The smaller portion is in St Peterburg at the moment, which I have heard is a truly beautiful city. I am really looking forward to seeing it.

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  32. I am always in awe of your beautiful birds of Australia. They are magnificent. Your roses are lovely and reminds me to cut my last blooms today because we expect to get our first frost tonight.

    It looks like your partner is having a good time on his vacation. Russia has some magnificent sights.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: He is indeed having a wonderful time - which is lovely. The birds of the world stirr my heart, but I am so very grateful for the ones which visit us.

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  33. Hi EC - the parrots and cockatoos are a delight to see - perhaps a pain to have around .. but nature is sometimes ... as with the dandelion. Wonderful roses ... and what a name "Brindabella Pearl".

    Moscow - gosh hot to cold ... yes - it is cold over there at the moment. Oh how wonderful that he's seeing so much ... lucky chap!

    My favourite picture is the snowball tree intertwined in the Banksia - I love Banksias .. just beautiful - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I suspect that Brindabella Pearl was developed near here, since I look out onto the Brindabella ranges from home. It is a beautiful area - and a lovely rose.
      I am partial to banskias too. We have a yellow one, and a white one which climbs the pergola.

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  34. I will take lots and lots of your garden/bird/cloud/any-other-subject pics any day of the week! I have to say I don't blame the corella for taking "aim" at you after you took a pic of his hind side. ;) Love the snowball tree!
    That would be too wide of a temperature variance for me in the same trip. How would you pack for such a thing? I'm glad you're both enjoying your vacations - stay and away!

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    1. River Fairchild: Huge temperature variations are not for me either. He is adept at layering, and will probably buy more warm things (which he will never use again) while he is away.
      The corella needed no encouragement. They never do.

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  35. St Basils is so colorful and almost looks like a child's brightly painted toy.Love the Rosella, it like a Christmas bird.

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    1. Bookie: The Christmas Bird look is even more vivid when it gets its full adult colouring.
      You are right about St Basils too.

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  36. How lovely are the photos from Moscow...gosh a great difference in temperatures.
    The parrots are so pretty, I do like them but for the noise they can make, but of course they are permitted to voice their opinion..

    Your roses are lovely. We came home from the beach today and I found one of mine in bloom :).

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Rather a lot of our birds have unfortunate voices don't they? And yes, we love them anyway.

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  37. A lovely eclectic collection this week EC, and a lucky escape from the corella! My Albertine rose has just started budding, I always look forward to its fragrance.

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    1. Kim: There are things in my garden that I look forward to year after year. And the rose fragrance is very special.

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  38. you have such a lovely garden, and vandals

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: The vandals are a part of the garden. A very decorative (albeit noisy and destructive) part of the garden.

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  39. I cannot imagine looking in my yard and seeing such cool birds! All we see in Ohio are starlings, crows, sparrows - and robins, which I do love seeing.
    I did spot two bald eagles up near my mom's house a couple weeks ago, though. Awesome.

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    1. Dawn@Lighten Up!: Bald eages?? They would be amazing to see. Any of the eagles are incredible.

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  40. Great Moscow photos. I lived in Moscow for many years, and the memories they stir... Especially the Bolshoy Theatre. The birds are wonderful too but in an impersonal way, no memories attached.

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    1. Olga Godim: He has been loving Russia, and I expect he will go back. Probably for a longer visit. I am glad to have triggered memories with his photos.

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  41. My goodness, where to begin. I think I'll start with the birds. I always love your bird shots. Your birds are so much larger and often times more colorful that ours. Though, we've got beauties too, they're just smaller.
    Have a wondrous, Sunday.....is it still Sunday there?

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    1. Sandra Cox: Monday morning here now. You do indeed have some beautiful birds. Lots of them.

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  42. such exquisiteness.
    Is it spring there?
    How are Jazz & Jewel? xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Technically it is spring. It is feeling more like summer. Jazz n Jewel are fine, but missing himself. One person is insufficient to cater to their every whim.

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  43. Lovely bird pictures, so colourful, and the garden too, bursting with loveliness. And here in the N hemisphere we are just putting our gardens to bed for the winter.

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    1. Shammickite: The birds bloom beautifully with no effort from me, and are always welcome. The garden is harder work - but worth it. Since our winters are much milder they don't completely sleep in the winter months either - the weeds particularly.

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  44. That's a lot of wow. I especially love that snowball tree entwined with roses and Red Square at Night. The cockatoo has a rather attractive crest, no?

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    1. mshatch: The sulphur-crested cockatoos have a lovely yellow crest which they raise when they land, and to show interest. And they are interested in a lot of things.
      Red Square at night looks like an amazing place to be doesn't it?

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  45. I love these photos - the birds are lovely and the flowers. The shots made in Russia are perfect. I enjoy your blog.thanks for visiting mine.

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    1. Glenda C. Beall: Thank you. I am hoping that himself will keep the photos coming while he is away. And really looking forward to seeing them all when he gets home again.

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  46. What beauty in all those flowers, but I loved most of all the lavenders and purples in the iris. And I'm glad you did not get pooped upon by the corella :) Here it is seagulls we must watch for.

    The buildings in Russia are so ornate and colourful and fantastical. They almost don't look real - they remind me of pictures of Disneyland. It's lovely to see them through your partner's camera lens.

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    1. jenny_o: I love that iris too. There is a deep burgundy/magenta one which is nearly out which I also love - and watch for each year. I knew I was taking a risk standing under the corella and as I said to Alex, I am washable.
      I agree with you about the Russian buildings - particularly St Basil's cathedral.

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  47. All your photos are lovely, but I think if I lived there I could get nothing done for watching the birds. They are just gorgeous!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Believe me we spend (not waste) a LOT of time watching the birds. All of them.

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  48. This post was a feast for my eyes! From birds to flowers to Russia - can't beat that. That final photo is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing so much.

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: That final photo is a stunner isn't it? Almost the stuff of fairy tales...

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  49. It's funny and ironic to me, that Red Square looks like an amusement park. I enjoyed all of this post -especially photos of Russia/former USSR, EC. My heritage - would like to visit some day.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: If only those stones and bricks could talk...

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  50. excellent photos and variety. I'm impressed that you know the names of the roses (of course I guess you did plant them, so you know what you bought). I never know what I've got - just "that purple" or "you know....the darker purple". I would like to visit Russia someday.

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    1. Joanne: I have similar memory lapses. Rather a lot of them. Which is why I leave the name tags on the roses for as long as possible. Hopefully by the time they fall off the names will have stuck. No guarentees though...

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  51. Lovely photos. This post made my morning!

    Cheers.

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    1. Kelly Steel: What a lovely thing to say - I hope your morning (and day) stay bright.

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  52. Holy cow! These photos are amazing!

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  53. Very enjoyable, thanks for posting!

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  54. His HAS' photos are gorgeous, but I still want to move into your garden! I'll be posting some photos of autumn tree colour tonight. =)

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    1. Jacquelineand...: I do love autumnal aboreal firework displays. I am looking forward to oohing and ahhing at yours.

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  55. I love Irises. Mine traveled with us on our moves from Indiana, to Illinois, to North Carolina.

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    1. Sandra Cox: We have plants like that too. They make a place feel like home...

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  56. My local feathered friends look drab next to your flamboyant ones! And I just love those "onion " spires!

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    1. Molly Bon: I suspect your feathered friends are rather more musical than ours. When my partner's nephews arrived from the UK (where they were born) they were appalled at the cacophony. Loved the beauty, hated the noise.
      The coloured onion spires are incredible aren't they?

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  57. We do have some gorgeous, unusual birds do we not, EC? Great pics. And the flowers. Lovely spring shots! And those pics of Russia were intriguing and good! Haven't been, but it's lovely to see real-life pics. :-)

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    1. Denise Covey: Himself is having a wonderful trip, and I am loving the photos he is teasing me with.
      And I love our noisy, destructive, beautiful birds.

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  58. Incredible post! The photos in Russia are amazing with those fabulous iconic structures. Always love your birds and those gorgeous flowers. You put together a marvelous series of photos.

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    1. DeniseinVA: It is an eclectic mix - and I am glad that you enjoyed it.

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  59. I'm really loving this theme! Pretty birds (so cool!) and Moscow looks amazing! I've always wanted to go there :(

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    1. Madilyn Quinn: I am enjoying it too. I get to marvel at some of what he sees, and enjoy being at home as well.

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  60. The Russians sure know how to build in style and shoot for the stars with those majestic buildings. I really wonder what its like up there looking down on us mere humans.

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    1. Spacerguy: They are incredible buildings aren't they? On wondering what it is looking down on us mere humans? Think watching ants. Or perhaps I am being cynical.

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  61. Your birds and your flowers are all so beautiful. And thank you for sharing the photos from Moscow as well. This post was a true feast for the eyes!

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    1. Susan F.: Thank you. There is such a lot of beauty in the world...

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  62. From birds to flowers to Moscow. Wow, all the shots are fascinating but Red Square at night looks really amazing, much more vibrant than I would have imagined it to be.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: It amazed me too. In the best possible way.

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  63. The Red Square is magnificent! Lovely birds too...

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    1. ladyfi: Even from a distance I was blown away by the colour and the magnificence of Red Square.

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  64. I think the bird and flower parts are the most exciting! That bird is looking down at you rather menacingly though. I love a bearded iris, too - I guess they are still blooming in the spring at the side of my parents' home (where someone else lives now.)

    It's neat he is sending photos for you to see - what a wonderful trip.

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    1. Lynn: I am loving the photos, and cursing my ISP which often witholds the photos (and random other emails) for days on end.
      Thank you so much for enjoying the 'home' part of this series.

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  65. Ohh how exotic! All of them! I think that is one of the most beautiful images of a rose I've ever seen, may I have it to sue in my artwork? The others are gorgeous too mind. Russia an all, blimey, he's taken some nice pictures too tell him. *nods*. x

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  66. All Consuming: Of course you can use my rose. If you let me know which image you want I will send it to you.
    He has taken some good photos hasn't he? And all of these were taken from his phone. I imagine the ones on his camera are even better.

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  67. the birds and flowers are wonderful, and what a whirlwind tour the skinny one is having, how super is that.

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    1. Linda Starr: He is having a ball. Which is wonderful.

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  68. Am catching up on my blog reading. I don't like to miss the pictures. Love the birds. I find their colors fascinating. And the travel photos, well they make me jealous. Thanks for these posts.

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    1. Myrna R.: I am not a good traveller - but his photos are giving me the odd jealous twinge too. And the birds and the flowers are a daily delight.

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  69. What a cornucopia of gorgeous photos! The vivid colors and wide variety of your birds never fail to amaze me, and the flowers sing of spring. (Who doesn't love that?) And your husband's pictures tell me he is enjoying the trip of a lifetime.

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    1. Susan: At the moment both home and away have charm. Lots of charm. He is indeed having a wonderful time, and the photos I will put up for his part of Sunday Selections tomorrow blew me away.

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  70. You take incredible photos, as always - and I continue to be amazed that you have such wildlife in your backyard!

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    1. Riot Kitty: We are lucky. I am also amazed at what we have in our yard.

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  71. Wow, wow, wow. All your photos are lovely.

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