Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sunday Selections #272

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?  Not so much.  Colourful snippets from the week which have given me joy.


Dawn.



Dusk.





An inquisitive cockatoo,




And the beginnings of the annual fireworks which autumnal colour brings.

 


 

132 comments:

  1. Ooh I do like that first dusk photo EC, and I am glad you found some joy in this past week. We can't ask for anything else. I snapped some photos of cockatoos myself this week, but haven't check what they look like yet.

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    1. carol in cairns: That sky was on fire wasn't it?

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: That particular dusk had both of us outside doing mad person with camera dances.

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  3. Lovely photos :-)

    PS: I do the onions in the potatoes too. How great are onions and potatoes together. So YUM :-)

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    1. The Happy Whisk: I am a big, big fan of potatoes and onion. And tomato and onion.

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    2. Yum on both counts. I had a friend once that had a problem with eating tomatoes, something about the acid. So she would peel a big honkin' tater and place it in the tomato sauce pot, in efforts of draining the extra acid from the sauce, into the potato.

      I don't know the science behind it or if it really worked but she felt better, anyway and that's good enough for me.

      Banana crumble cake is now cooling ...

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    3. The Happy Whisk: I had trouble with tomatoes for a couple of years. I am very glad I can now enjoy them. A home grown tomato is bliss.
      I am carefully not thinking about cake. Any cake.

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    4. Homegrown really is bliss.

      The crumble cake didn't work due to the texture of the top. Back to the drawing board (good thing I enjoy the process of writing bakes).

      Happy New Week to YOU :-)

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    5. The Happy Whisk: And to you. Successful baking too.

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    6. Just saw your most recent post and wishing you lots of good healing :-)

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  4. lovely photos, thank you for sharing

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  5. Your skies are lovely. Pure sky!

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Soft grey skies this morning. Hopefully soft moist grey skies. Though I won't hold my breath.

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  6. I love the dusk, it is beautiful. And the Cockatoo, fantastic.

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    1. Bob Bushell: At the moment there are three or four cockatoos outside, hinting strongly (and loudly) about breakfast.

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  7. Awesome photos. Love the sky.
    Mary

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  8. The first picture almost looks like a painting...love the orange and blue combo...also such lovely yellows!

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    1. Bookie: You are right it does look a bit painterly. And if I saw a painting like it I would probably think 'exaggerated'. Which is silly of me.

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  9. Your precursor...what gave you joy this past week...made me think what gave me joy. Other than the birds, with their napkins at the ready alerting me of their presence every afternoon as they waited for their dinner before flying off to their nests to settle in to watch "Birds of a Feather" on their TVs, and, of course,, my two furry rascals, the sound of rain falling on the roof as I woke one morning during the week gave me a feeling of great joy.

    I hope this coming week treats you well, EC....cuddles to the two Js. :)

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    1. Lee: We have rain forecast. I so hope we get it. We did get a little last night, but 0.8mm doesn't count in my book.

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  10. Each is so beautiful and tells a story. Love them.

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    1. T Powell Coltrin: I get heart balm from nature each and every day.

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  11. That is one red sky I like no 3.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merlesworld: It was. It was almost too bright to look at.

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  12. Love the fiery dusk photos. And Mr. Cockatoo. That's quite the embellishment he has :)

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    1. mshatch: Mr Cockatoo and his family are regular visitors. Welcome regular visitors.

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  13. Brilliant skies - and that tree in the first two autumn colour shots is just gorgeous. What is it, please, EC?
    It's raining here - I'll send you some virtual rain thoughts. May you have many joyful moments this week!

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    1. Alexia: A weeping mulberry. It glows doesn't it?
      Your damp virtual rain thoughts would be more than welcome. We DID get rain last night but it was negligible. More needed. Much more.

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  14. They're all good. That first dusk picture is my favorite though!! That's a really wonderful picture.

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    1. mail4rosey: When I could just wander out the bedroom door and feast my eyes on that I was very happy.

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  15. Your dusk photos make me mentally start singing "Orange Colored Sky" They are gorgeous, but I honestly prefer the dawn photos. Maybe it is because I am such a night owl and just don't participate in a lot of dawns .

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Our dawns are almost always more subtle than dusk - and I love them. I am an early riser and dawn is one of my favourite times of day. Always.

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  16. The photos are so enjoyable. So there, you do have a theme - joy. They bring me joy. Thank you so much!

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. I am always happy to share the joy.

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  17. Hello Cocky! :)
    Love that sunburst through the trees and that last photo with the red leaf carpet.

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    1. River: Our red leaved trees are slower this year. Some of the yellow leaves are carpeting the ground, and the red is just starting.

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  18. This year seems to be very good for autumn colours, as your photos show. I wonder if that is a bad climatic sign. Watching cockatoos is one of life's simple pleasures. He or she must feel a little chilly with the feathers up around the beak.

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    1. Andrew: We have had several mornings in the single digit temperature range so yes, the cockies have been fluffed up. It must be cold under foot too.

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  19. These are colourful indeed. Beautiful Autumn colours.

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    1. Country Mum: I hope that in the next week or two the red and orange shades will explode. Mostly yellow at the moment.

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  20. A treat for the eyes, to be sure. Wonderful feeling, floating in all that color!

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    1. Susan Kane: It is wonderful. I do like our native trees, but am grateful for the deciduous exotics as well.

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  21. I love your photos this week, EC, but then I always do. But there's something about that cockatoo that just made me smile. It's like he is saying, "this side?" "now, this side?" to make sure you got him from both angles. I'm sure his real motives were probably food-related, though :)

    We had more snow the past two days, and our poor robins fresh from the south are having a hard time of it. Even the birds that winter here were looking miserable today when I went for my walk. It was very cold!

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    1. jenny_o: The weather can be hard on our avian friends. Hot or cold. I always put out extra in winter, and in summer try to keep the water levels up.
      Mind you, snow is magic to me. Which is both because I rarely see it, and can get out of extremes of temperature.

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  22. These photos are SO AMAZING!!! Wow!! I love dawn! And I love dusk!! And the cockatoos are just fantastic!! Wow!!

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    1. Nicky HW: We get lots and lots of cockies visiting. And love them. And the sky is never ending delight.

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  23. Beautiful and joyous, EC. I feel happy just looking at them. And this morning it feels, finally, like autumn, and it's raining, just a teensy bit! Cheers!

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    1. Carol: We got a very little drizzle overnight. I hope we get more. We need more. It has been slow but the autumnal colour change is starting to happen. Lots of gold, but the reds and oranges are slower.

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  24. The softness of dawn and the harshness of dusk. Red sky at night!! Was the next day hot then I wonder.
    Love your cockies...they never fail to please.
    Your are so fortunate with your autumn colours in Canberra. We see so few in Perth and, after seeing so many in New Zealand year ago, I now know what we are missing.
    Thanks for sharing so much beauty and hope the coming weeks will continue to be better for you.

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    1. Mimsie: The next day was warm. Not summer heat, but hotter than I expect/hope for/want at this time of year.
      I do love the autumn colour changes and you will probably get tired of them as I splash photos across the blogosphere. Again.

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  25. Again lovely sunset. And I love cockatoo.
    I can see you have coming the autumn (or color spring). We are waiting our springtime, but now it is cold (+5 C) and raining.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. orvokki: Autumn is coming here. Slowly. Some rain would be nice though. And I love the sound of your temperatures.

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  26. So strange to consider autumn while we await spring. Beautiful skies it brings. Love the cockatoo.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I am enjoying Spring photos from your side of the world and revelling in our (mostly) cooler temperatures.

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  27. I hope you enjoyed the weekend!

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  28. Life takes place between the two most beautiful times of the day. If it could only be that peaceful and lovely.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Quite a lot of my life takes place AT dawn and dusk. The rest is the interlude between them.

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  29. Wonderful autumn colours.
    Such a vibrant sky in the last two photos and what a joy to see to see the cockatoo!

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: I always love the cockies. Noisy, destructive, vandals - and enchanting.

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  30. Here I am in the Arkansas Ozarks for a week of writing/ poetry activities. Remnants of redbud and still-flush dogwood are the belles of the woods here. Love your photos.

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    1. Patricia A. Laster: I hope your writing goes really, really well. And redbud and dogwood are both beautiful. Yet more things I discovered through the blogosphere.

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  31. I have a friend who sits out on her large glassed-in porch and usually calls me to look out at beautiful visions in the sky. She has been sick but this morning my roosters called be to see a breathless sunrise. Never get tired of looking.

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    1. Grannie Annie: Never, ever tired of sky watch. I hope your friend is getting better.

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  32. The sun blazing through the trees is glorious and I'm so glad autumn is starting its show for you. Cooler weather ahead!

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    1. River Fairchild: Autumn is still flirting with us, but the signs are good that she plans to move in for a while. Thankfully.

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  33. Many nice shots. HOpe your weekend was lovely

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Thank you. The weekend was a bit like the parson's egg in that parts of it were excellent. On balance a good one.

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  34. What a darling cockatoo. I wish a bird such as he would perch in my northern hemisphere cherry tree and look in at me through the window. Your tree leaves turn to their dying colors while ours here, being spring, sprout, unfold and leaf out in glorious shades of green.

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    1. Strayer: There are quite a number of your birds I would love to see outside the window. I love the autumnal colours and don't begrudge the trees their rest. I like the elegance of their bare bones against the sky too.

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  35. Popping over to see you pictures is always a delight.

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    1. Claire: Thank you. I am soooo impressed at your Sunday morning. Impressed and awed.

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  36. Awesome pictures. I love the white cockatoos.

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  37. Your Dusk photo is amazing - the sun rays are warming my skin through the photo. Smiles.

    Be well, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: The photo was a pale shadow of the event though. It really was incredible.
      Happy A-Zing to you.

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  38. Lovely.
    S, whenever I see your birdies, I smile :) xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: We do too. Which makes for lots of smiles.

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  39. I've been sick in bed and got here late, to find 67 comments ahead of me, so I guess I'll skip reading them all. I always love your pretty skies and birds. I'm on the mend but nowhere near well. :-(

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    1. DJan: I am so glad to hear you are on the mend. You have been having a rough time on the health front lately. Keep getting better.

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  40. Both of you, keep on healing.
    These are delightful pictures, all! Thank you!

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    1. Yolanda Renee: Slow and steady. And thank you.

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  41. Thanks for letting us know you are mending. We care about you. And I enjoyed these photos

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    1. Cloudia: There is a way to go yet, but I will get there. And I am very glad you enjoyed the photos.

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  42. Hi EC - love the colours of your skies ... they always amaze me when they appear here ... and the colours are so glorious.

    Love the cockatoo ... enjoy your autumnal colours ... we could do with some warmth here ... still I guess it is coming ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I would gladly share our warmth.

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  43. Running late to say it, but your photos always make me smile. :-)

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  44. Good morning, EC (At least here:)
    You got some great shots, especially the dusk pics.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Morning here too. Possibly different mornings, but morning it is.

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  45. Good morning, what a lovely visit this is again, and, Hello sweet cockatoo you have a wonderful lookout point! Life is beautiful everywhere we go. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Karen S.: There is always a watch cocky about. They keep a close eye on the house (and food). And are welcome. You are right about the beauty, and I hope your week is wonderful.

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  46. You need to make calendars and post cards out of your pics. They are amazing. Can I be your agent? We will be rich, well mostly you but me 10%. ;p

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    1. Sonya Ann: 10% or even 50% of nothing is not going to make either of us rich.

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  47. I agree with Sonya! I would buy an Elephant Child calendar! Great post!

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  48. Such beautiful pictures! I love dawn and dusk- such amazing colors in the sky. All of your pictures are just stunning. Love the trees and bird too! :)
    ~Jess

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  49. I love the snippets! You live in such a gorgeous part of the world. Just beautiful.

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    1. Lynn: There is beauty everywhere. Which is wonderful.

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  50. Snippets that gave you joy.....gosh I love that.
    What a beautiful idea.
    And I love your snippets:)
    Glad they found you.
    Happy new batch of snippets this week,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: The way you make words dance always gives me not snippets but chunks of joy. And awe.

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  51. I just can't imagine having exotics like cockatoos in my backyard. What a treat that would be.
    That dusk picture with the sun shining through is a story waiting to happen.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The cockies (and the other birds) ARE treats. And I would love to see where that image takes you.

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  52. I wonder do birds have the power to see at night - some probably do. The Cockatoo looks ready for something, I bet it stayed up the whole night.

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    1. Spacerguy: Some birds do indeed have night vision. Without carrots. And cockatoos are ALWAYS ready for something.

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  53. Gorgeous skies EC. That third shot down is very eye-catching. Love all your photos. Always smile at those Cockatoos.

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    1. DeniseinVA: The sky that night certainly caught our eyes. And lifted our hearts.

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    2. I would have the same reaction. Have a good blogging break and hope you feel better real soon.

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  54. Gorgeous photos again :-) Sorry to be predicatble but of course I especially love the cockatoo :-) Hope you are well. All the best, Angela.

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    1. Angela: Of course you do. And so do we.

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  55. Just read about your break - take care of yourself and all you have to do and we will see you in May. I have one more post this month and then nothing until May 4 for IWSG post.
    Yes, I'm sneaky slipping my comment in here...

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Sneaky indeed. I hope the A to Z treated you kindly.

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  56. I'm sneaking in behind Alex. Wishing you a happy respite and looking forward to the great pleasure of your renewed company.

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  57. Gorgeous shots! Enjoy your time away...

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  58. I hope everything's OK with you and yours. I hope the that beautiful sun in your photos shines on you again. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Ok(ish). And I am longing for rain...

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  59. Beaut images, as always. Visiting your blog is a breath of sunshine in my week. I hope your sabbatical is uplifting and that many birds sing for you

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    1. Kim: What a lovely thing to say. And yes, the birds sang. As they always do.

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  60. How lovely is God's creation! Your flowers and magnificent birds always brighten my heart.

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    1. Susan Kane: I am glad my images met with your approval.

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  61. Take good care of yourself, EC....come back when you're ready...we're not going anywhere...well, speaking for myself...I'm not. Best wishes. :)

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    1. Lee: It is just after 3 in the morning and I am sort of back.

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    1. Farebucket Travel: Welcome and thank you.

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