Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Sunday Selections 279

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. Friday of this week was grey.  Rain was predicted (though none fell).  I went out into the garden early and weeded myself to a standstill.  Again.   So I came in for a rest.


I knew that I had done enough in the garden for the day.  I also knew that I was likely to find an excuse to do 'just a little bit more'.  So when himself got up I demanded an outing.  And said that a kangaroo fix would be nice.  He was happy to comply, and we took the twenty minute drive to the lake.








As well as the roos, there were other joys.

The clouds, the delicate filigree of bare branches against the sky, the water.  It was just after midday, but the clouds made it quite dark.  Moody magnificence...

Which we revelled in.







And when we came home again I managed to resist the lure of the weeds.  One garden photo only.    A japanese iris (iris ensata I think) which a neighbour (now deceased) gave us.  And despite the grey skies, it provided a splash of colour and brightness.


The promised rain finally arrived yesterday.  The garden and I are happy.  The cats?  Not so much.  And with luck the same happiness will fall from the sky today too. And it is.


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  1. Splendid landscape, and lovely photos, thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday and week ahead!

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    1. Blogoratti: Thank you. A happy week to you too.

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful outing

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    1. Martin Kloess: I am glad you liked it.

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  3. Sounds like you AND I were gardening. Good to stop and see the Roos and the pther photo gave a lovley moody look to them.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: I would be gardening today - except that it IS raining. Blissful lifegiving rain.

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  4. How fantastic--living only 20 minutes from kangaroos!!

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    1. fishducky: There are often some even closer than that. We go to the lake for the roos, the birds and the scenery.

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  5. The kangaroos look so carefree. It is nice to remember a neighbour by a plant they gave you.

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    1. Andrew: The kangaroos were totally relaxed, and didn't appear bothered by the weather or us. I have a number of plants which remind me of the giver each time they flower. Sometimes bitter-sweet, but the sweetness is always there.

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  6. So happy you got rain. Seems you haven't had much lately. I would imagine the birds are taking lots of baths.

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    1. donna baker: We very, very rarely get enough rain. And yes, the birds are indeed bathing.

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  7. I'm glad you didn't rue your trip to the lake to see the roos.

    Rain started here during Friday evening and continued through yesterday. It ceased late afternoon. I loved it and wished it had lasted longer.

    I used the rain as a great excuse to stay indoors snuggled up with my two roomies reading the paper (I read, my roomies just looked at the pictures and comics)...and I caught up on some recorded TV programmes. And I felt no guilt whatsoever!!

    I hope you have a great week, EC....cuddles to Jazz and Jewel. :)

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    1. Lee: We had rain most of yesterday and are getting heavier rain today. Which is lovely. Jewel is complaining though. She really wants to go out, but when the door is opened for her is unimpressed.
      A great week to you and your roomies too.

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  8. Oop north (here) they say our high today will be 23 (76 F).After the rain everything is chilly.I'm wearing fleecy slippers.

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    1. dinahmow: I don't think we will get to 23 for some months now. Which suits me fine. The rain yesterday and today warmed the morning temperatures a little. We had been in the minus territory.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: That particularly outing is always a treat. The kangaroos are almost always there, and the swans. And often pelicans and cormorants too.

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  10. Love the lace of the trees and sky. We simply have cold and grey--another blanket on the bed night, and it's June, for crying out loud.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I loved the tracery of the bare branches against the sky too. Grey here too today, but productive grey. Rain - and lots of it. I hope you get some warmer days soon.

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  11. What a selection of the Kangaroos, they are superb EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: They are always a joy. And there are usually lots of them at that spot.

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  12. The swans are so familiar, but it's still odd to think I could walk out and see kangaroos. Then again, I saw a deer in our neighborhood last week. Probably the same thing.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Deer/kangaroo. Almost exactly the same I think. We do have some (imported) deer in some places, but not here and seeing them would be an exotic treat.

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    2. paddock full of [farmed] deer on the road to my place. they are pretty. I saw BAMBI as a child in 1950's and am not 'over' it yet. Sadly there are 20,000 insurance claims per year for cars damaged by kangas and I cannot bear to begin mine. Huge kanga in full flight at 40 kms ph leapt out of roadside scrub in front of my 6-day-old car. At least his death was instant but my shock has lingered. I have been told how lucky he was not in the air when struck as they come through the windscreen and scratch you to pieces trying to escape. I shouldn't be a downer, but city folk need to know the country is red as well as green.
      Those mauve irises are a wintery joy in gardens when there is not much else. Thanks for the lovely pics and love to you from the western district where we are all going to The 20th Great Casterton Kelpie Muster next weekend to see someone pay $12,000 for one, and see another leap 2 metres high. woof!

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    3. Annie ODyne: And in our drought stricken land the country is often redder than it is green. I well remember a trip north where we saw MUCH more roadkill than live animals.
      I am glad that you were not physically hurt by the kamikaze roo. And glad it died instantly.
      The Kelpie muster would be a big treat. And I assume anyone paying that much money would have space for them, and work for them. Kelpies need both I believe.

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  13. Kangeroos intrigue me
    Neither cuddly or fearsome

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    1. John Gray: They can be both. They do look v soft and cuddly, but look at those claws. And the powerful hind legs. I love to see them, but treat them with respect.

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  14. Kangaroos are..marsupials? Is that right? We see opossum as road kill, but that is as close as we will get.

    Rain skies give ma that unusual feeling that feels like a gift.

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    1. Susan Kane: Kangaroos are indeed marsupials. We have a few of the 'odder' species over here. And rain is a gift. A generous life-giving (and sometimes life-taking) gift.

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  15. Nice that you were able to walk away from the weeding for a bit.

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    1. carol in cairns: Yesterday and today are way too wet for weeding, so I am having a mini vacation. The weeds (as well as the rest of the garden) will thrive but will be easier to lift when the rain stops.

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  16. So disappointed, I go to the lake and see only an occasional fox, deer and water birds. There are no kangaroos anywhere! Bummer!
    Your photos are beautiful as usual!
    I left my camera at the lake place. maybe I should start taking an occasional picture while I am there. I will be very intentional looking for roos.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: I very, very rarely see foxes now. We can have a deal. You look for kangas and I will look for deer. And we will be grateful for whatever we see.

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  17. I do love bare branches against moody skies :)
    The roos look very peaceful, you must have caught them just after a meal.
    The blue boat looks like a great place to spend a weekend, just reading and floating. what is that small structure near it? Looks like a sunken doll's house.

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    1. River: I have no idea what the structure near the boat is. I wonder whether it was measuring water quality?
      The roos were totally laxed. And why wouldn't they be? The spot is theirs, and they are safe.

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  18. time spent outside, especially in the garden is time not subtracted from your life, it adds to it! What a delight to see the animals and the water. Enjoy!

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    1. Mohave Rat: Time spent outside is always a gift. Except that I have a nasty tendency to do too much and work myself into the ground. My last overdoing it session led to a fortnight where I was in dramatically increased pain and could barely walk. So the lake was an essential (and delightful) distraction.

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  19. The kangaroos are looking very relaxed and carefree, not minding the human company at all by the look of them. Out here they are very wary of us humans.

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    1. CountryMum: The kangaroos are at home. And usually in very little danger. Our local government culls them from time to time, but not (to the best of my knowledge) from this spot.

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  20. Roos relaxing they are almost as good at it as cats.
    Those are dark clouds, well we are getting the rain now.
    Merle............

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    1. Merlesworld: Roos and cats relax better than anything I know.
      We too are getting rain. Lots of it. From considerably less dark clouds...

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  21. Ha! A kangaroo fix. I totally get it even tho we don't have roos here :) And that iris. To die for.

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    1. mshatch: A kangaroo fix has saved my sanity more times than I care to remember. The iris is lovely, and I remember my neighbour with a smile each time it blooms. After successive owners have 'improved' his garden I don't think it blooms there.

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  22. A wonderful day out!
    Kangaroos always know how to chill out and look comfy.
    The sky... perfection! I am a sucker for moody, rolling dark clouds, especially if they include thunder :)

    That old boat is gorgeous.
    xx

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    1. Vicki: It was a wonderful interlude. All of it. I get so much solace from being near the water. Some day I will be rich enough to live there. In my dreams.

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  23. I need a kangaroo fix too! I would love to have one in person, but these photos are great. What a gorgeous iris, and I love your "moody skies".

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    1. Alexia: Kangaroo fixes are lovely things aren't they? It is hard to think bad thoughts about a world which includes them. And I did love that moody magnificance. The skies are softer today, but very, very productive.

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  24. Love the skies, have had some of those here, but the roos! Wow...wish I could see them in person.

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    1. e: We see roos two or three times a week at least, and never tire of them.

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  25. The iris is definitely a splash of color in the grey day. The clouds look interesting- I always like to check them out and see what I find. :) The kangaroos shots are awesome. I would love to see one (or more) in person one day.Thanks for sharing.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: I hope you can see kangaroos in person too. Free, where they belong.
      I watch clouds, and invent stories about their shapes. And hope I always do.

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  26. Awesome splash of color from the iris and love the roos! You take lovely pictures of tree silhouettes, too. I always revel in your photos. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: Thank you. I am glad to share the revelry.

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  27. Ohhh, kangaroos. For me, in Canada, they seem so charming and so exotic. It's amazing that you could see them so close to home. I've only ever seen them in digital formats: photos or documentaries. Wonderful pictures.

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    1. Olga Godim: Here in the 'bush capital' of Australia, kangaroos are common. We see them several times a week, and love them. In other cities they are less common, or confined to the outskirts. And in rural areas they, like a number of our other indigenous critters, can be a pest. Not here. They are more than welcome.

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  28. In some ways I like a dark and moody sky/ sea/ lake better than a sunny one.

    I hope you enjoy a nice quiet rainy day
    xo

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    1. kylie: Me too on the dark and moody front. It has been a busy day, but the rain is making me smile.

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  29. Such restful places and a very beautiful iris.
    Glad you received the much needed rain. We had some this week and more due next week. So wonderful but could do without the resulting weeds.

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    1. Mimsie: I saw you had a little rain, and rejoiced. We have had buckets. Perhaps too much, but I would rather an excess than the drought we have been having. And the weeds are easier to pull while the ground is soft.

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  30. We have had and are continuing to get rain in greater quantities than is needed at present. my front lawn ? oasis around the garden taps where I planted a variety o petunias mid October are beginning to wilt due to the latest down pour. I attended them regularly by pulling off the heads of deceased blooms which encouraged new bloms, the next generation still in the seed packet.

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    1. Vest: We have had very little rain this year. We have had (perhaps) too much in this fall, but I am happy to see it. I do love petunias, but haven't planted them for a number of years because they are water hungry. Wilting in the rain? Hopefully they will recover quickly.

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  31. Fantastic selection and adore those Roos. Their faces always seem to be vey expressive.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. Roos are expressive. And relax beautifully. Which encourages me to follow suit.

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  32. Lovely set of photos.
    Do love to see kangaroos, they are big ones compared to ours, well the ones I see hopping around in the bush.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: There are some very big ones in the mob. We love to see them too.

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  33. Hi EC - wonderful photos of the roos - large and small .. then the Iris - they are gorgeous ... and rain - bliss that life giving natural watering ... I'm just glad ours has gone for now ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: We are still having rain. Lots of rain. Some (like our cats) are over it. I am loving it. And the garden is drinking deep.

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  34. Okay, are these ROOS in the wild because that freaks me out.

    Thank you for my roo fix.

    They ROCKKKKK. xxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: They are free. Not wild precisely because they are used to people, but definitely not tame. Which is lovely. They live in a local park. And hop round the corner to our Governor-General's home. A privilege not extended to many people. And a roo fix is a wonderful thing.

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  35. I know that lure of the weeds. In fact, I'm hearing them calling my name right now. I'm resisting. Love the roos and the lovely skies! :-)

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    1. DJan: We are still having blissful rain. The weeds are no doubt loving it as much as the garden. However, when the rain stops the garden will be soft and lots of weeds will become compost.

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  36. Quite a nice trip with good sights!

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    1. Cloudia: It is an outing we take quite often, and I never tire of it.

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  37. Not too much, but a tinge of jealousy did peak it's head in my green heart. It's so fascinating to me that you can go twenty minutes and see so many kangaroos. I'm glad you stopped weeding. I'm so grateful for the pictures of the sky, the lake, the flower. Glad it's raining. Enjoy.

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    1. Myrna R.: I am enjoying the rain. Lots. And I am so glad you enjoyed our outing.

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  38. I love a rainy day, a misty day, a foggy day ... the grey has never bothered me and I feel fortunate for that, although it does make other people feel down, I know. Your skies are beautiful and you know I love the bare branches against the sky. Looking at the kangaroos, it is not hard to see the resemblance to our deer and to other animals, is it? So many! What a good distraction from the ever-pressing need to weed.

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    1. jenny_o: I quite like grey skies too. And love rain, mist and fog. The grey days without water can feel a little 'wasted' though. It really was a wonderful distraction. And there were more kangaroos than I captured. Lots and lots of kangas.

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  39. Looks like quite a herd of kangaroos. Is that what one would call a group of Kangaroos, a herd? Or something else? The lake looks ready for winter and the trees, stark against the moody sky, look ready to bear it also.

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    1. Strayer: A mob of kangaroos mostly. Winter is pretty much here. Which is fine. It is a season I enjoy. As I do all of them (except the sweaty season).

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  40. I love that after you were in the garden, you went out and enjoyed more nature. Very cool.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Nature is my healer, my solace and my entertainment.

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    2. I love to heal outside, too. Great stuff. If given the choice, I would rather have a cold during the spring and summer, because I like to go outside and stick my runny snot-filled head in the sun.

      Happy Weekend :)

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    3. The Happy Whisk: Yup. I have been outside this morning. Came in to find himself had got up and put the heater on. Probably a fair call. It was 14C (about 55F) inside. And less outside. Lovely though.

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  41. Love the Roos and so nice that they are able to wander freely. We have wallabies here but I've never seen any in our garden. After a weekend of torrential rain the garden is battered but for once, no branches or trees down. I feel so sorry for all those people flooded out...

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    1. Carol: We had more rain over the weekend than we have had in the preceeding two months. Very welcome albeit very wet. And yes, I am very sorry for the people flooded out, and learned today that a local drowned.

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  42. I've been away getting a grandchild fix, which is kinda like your kangaroo fix, only the kids don't kick quite as hard. :)

    I just responded to your last comment on my blog post, in which I said I think you are a bit of a dreamer, but your post reminds me of another reason I think I'm right. Gardening. I think all gardeners are dreamers. You look at the catalogs, and imagine what your garden will look like... and then you do the work to make it happen. As much as I appreciate a beautiful garden, I'm definitely a "muddler" on that front.

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    1. Susan: I suspect your grandchildren kick harder - I don't get within kicking distance of the roos. And yes, the garden is sometimes a place of dreams. Often shattered ones. So I muddle along there too.

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  43. How lovely kangaroos. When I look at your photos, I really realize that you are so very far away from my country. The animals (except swans) and landscapes are so different..
    Dark clouds often know the rain, and I'm glad you got it.
    Have a lots of fun and diligence in your garden in this new week.

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    1. orvokki: Do you get the black swans too? I am so grateful to the blogosphere for making our world smaller. I have seen things I will probably never see. And loved them all.

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  44. Another great look into a different part of the world, though all of us are really the same--both humans, roos and nature. I'm working on my acre to make it more pleasant. And because of a July birthday gathering for my 80th. Must have it as inviting as possible.

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    1. Patricia A. Laster: I hope you are getting LOTS of assistance in getting your acre inviting for your big day. And hope you will feature the fun too. A happy birthday in advance.

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  45. I love those cloudy skies!! I so want to see a kangaroo in person (outside of a zoo) someday :)

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist: We loved them too. And the next day got some more than welcome rain. Kangaroos are a treat. Which I can say and mean because I am not a farmer.

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  46. I love the photo of the Japanese iris and the sky photo just above it (not that the other photos are beautiful too). The kangaroo amaze me. I can't image seeing one in person.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Those clouds were dramatic weren't they? Dramatic and beautiful.

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  47. Love that cloudy day - I never mind that. And it must be so neat to see kangaroos in person like that - I'm so glad you shared your outing!

    The iris is gorgeous and love the heritage of it.

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    1. Lynn: There are now two iris flowers. Which makes me smile. I hope he is smiling too, wherever he is.

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  48. ahhhhhh

    so many lovely shots. I love critters, and trees, and clouds...

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: I know you do. Shared loves.

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  49. It would be so cool to just jump in the car and go look at roos. Love it. And your sky shots, wondrous.
    Have a good one:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: I never, ever tire of having roos close by. And hope I never do.

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  50. You've shared a full range of beauty! What do you call a group of roos? Gaggle has been used, so has pod and swarm and herd. Just curious.

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    1. cleemckenzie: Roos come in mobs. Sometimes very, very big mobs. There were probably a hundred or so in this one. Mostly totally 'laxed and oblivious to our presence.

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  51. I LOVE the iris!!!! It's perfect.
    I have never had a roo fix in my life. Lucky girl!

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    1. Sonya Ann: A roo fix has kept me sane(ish) often and often. A public health service.

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  52. How wonderful that you can visit Kanga and Roo with just a short drive. We've had our share of dark, stormy skies the last few weeks, so we're enjoying sunshine today. Love the iris!

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    1. Carol Kilgore: Kanga and Roo are a part of me now. I need to see them. I loved our moody skies and the rain too. It has stopped now, but was more than welcome.

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    1. rosaria williams: Welcome and thank you. The moody skies speak much louder to me than cloudless blue.

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  54. What sweet shots of the kangaroos!

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    1. Lady Fi: They really were relaxed and didn't care that there were people around. Which I loved.

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  55. Top shots! I love roos. It finally rained here after about 3 weeks of none. My tomato plants are happy.

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    1. Karen: I know you love the roos. We had gone a lot longer than three weeks without rain, and I am very, very grateful that it finally fell. In quantity.

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  56. Oh my! Loved the photos, thanks so much for sharing!

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  57. Love the photos especially the ones of the roos. I like misty, rainy foggy summer mornings when the fog rolls away in the afternoon and the sun comes shining through.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: We don't get a lot of summer fog (or rain). I do love a foggy morning. Mystery and magic.

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  58. Hey Sue,

    Always a visual delight with your photos. I knew I had to hop over here and check it all out.

    Thanking you kindly.

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary, it is always a treat when you hop my way.

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  59. Oh how I love your photos, and today...the Kangaroos!! Do you know what else I love? This: "The clouds, the delicate filigree of bare branches against the sky, the water.... Moody magnificence." Yes, those words, I love!

    Teresa

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    1. T Powell Coltrin: If my words have pleased a writer I am humbled and grateful. Thank you.

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  60. Kangaroos are so funny and fascinating.
    The flower is almost popping out of my screen - lovely.
    Take care of you.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Are you still flying after meeting Bern? I suspect you are. Which is lovely.

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  61. 'delicate filigree of bare branches' I love this.

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  62. I would enjoy seeing the kangaroo the way they carry their babies in the pouch.Beautiful pic of the clods and flowers

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    1. Weekend-Windup: Those poor mama kangaroos carry their babies for a very long time. And the pouch remains open when the young are simply too big. Heartwarming, and it looks very, very uncomfortable.

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  63. It's nice to be outside, I know. It's been so hot here that being outside is the only place to be, at least there's a little breeze. I love the Japanese Iris!

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    1. mail4rosey: On hot days I skulk inside. Winter has (finally) started and it is blissfully cool. I hope you can find some relief from the heat.

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  64. If we didn't have workman outside the house all the time I'd be outside more too. We are having some rare hot weather and I'm stuck inside hiding.


    The photos of the kangaroos are amazing.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: How nice to hear of someone else who skulks away from the tradies. I do hope the work is finished for you soon.

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  65. Look at those swans! I think I heard twitters coming from the robin's nest.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Robin twitters? Happy dances.

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  66. Those clouds make the day look like a sunset. Gorgeous. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Sunset that day (and ever since) has been muted magic - but glorious just the same.

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  67. This is so lovely!! My goal is to visit you at some point and see the roos.

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    1. Riot Kitty: I do hope you can. Roos - and a lot of laughter.

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  68. Amazing photos! Sure do like the photos of the kangaroos!

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: Some days a roo fix is an essential.

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  69. What wonderful sights to behold!

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    1. Grannie Annie: It doesn't matter how often we take that trip, it is always a treat.

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  70. Greetings, EC.
    I caught a brief glimpse of a baby robin's head. Mamma looks pretty worn.
    The picture of silvery water with land in the background and those wispy clouds is gorgeous. You take great pictures.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I am not surprised that mama Robin is tired. A very, very busy job. As it is for almost all mothers

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      Have a wondrous weekend.

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  71. Glad you had some much needed rain. Here in eastern Canada we've had lots of rain and cold this spring.

    Love the kangaroos. Saw them once on a trip to Australia and can understand the need for a fix. Beautiful creatures.

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    1. Marie Smith: Welcome and thank you. We very, very rarely have enough rain. The cold has been late this year too. Kangaroos are gorgeous aren't they? Such an unlikely critter, but beautiful.

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  72. A vicarious visit to the lake with you was delightful EC, thank you. Do you know why the roo is wearing a collar and ear tag?

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    1. Kim: The kangaroos here at Weston Park are part of a fertility trial program. A fertility control vaccine is being trialled. It isn't permanent but they are hoping that the roos won't breed for two or three years. And I much prefer that to the culls which our local government undertakes from time to time.

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    2. What a great idea! I much prefer the idea to the culls too, I've been hearing quite a bit about the culls recently and it's horrendous. Thanks for letting me know something so positive is being trialled.

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    3. Kim: I hate, hate, hate the culls. I am very happy that they are trialling something different. Not a fan of collars and tags though.

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  73. Thanks for sharing the roo shots...I know for sure this is something I will never see live so I appreciate your photos! I, too, was wondering what the solar panels and structure beside the boat is? Have a great weekend!

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: I am happy to share the roos. And will investigate further about the panels beside the boat. There are others in/on the lake too.

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  74. I love dramatic clouds! We have some as I write this. The promise of rain, the charge in the air...exhilarating! Hope you're feeling okay these days.

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    1. Carolyn McBride: I am a dedicated cloud/sky watcher. We very rarely get enough rain, so those heavy clouds stir my heart.
      I hope you are doing well after your surgery.

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  75. Oh..... the roos. Liked the pose it gave to your camera. Haha. So perfect that it signifies tranquility.

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    1. dumcho wangdi: They are often the 'most' relaxed animals. And can move very, very quickly from that 'laxed pose.

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  76. oh those black swans - here is the post about the butterfly garden I went to in Florida - http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2011/05/butterfly-inspiration.html - nothing like seeing them in person, I also went to a butterfly festival when I lived in Arkansas and it was so enjoyable, they had guides who took us on walks to point out the various native butterflies in the wild and children dressed up as butterflies in a parade it was quite fun, dh even enjoyed it. Ha.

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    1. Linda Starr: Thanks for that link. Someday I will get to one... And I always welcome the flutterbyes that visit here.

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  77. I always look forward to your Sunday Selections EC. I can only imagine what it would be like to come across all those roos like that. The black swans are very special and your Japanese Iris is gorgeous. Every photo is lovely.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. The kangaroos are lovely. We watch out for them and are always happy to see them. Many people are less interested than we are. Familiarity?

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