Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday Selections #305

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 pretty certain that grief is grey.  So this week I have been looking for colour.  And have found it.



An eastern rosella which visited.








In the garden.








 


 And in the sky.











The last is reflections of the sunset in the windows along our veranda.










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  1. You found some stunning colors! Those sky shots are amazing.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I stood watching the sky in awe. And missed more shots than I took.

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  2. Oh, EC ... these are all so beautiful. I hope they were indeed a balm for your grief.

    The second shot of the twin trees in that series, with the navy and purple and pink - that one gave me goosebumps, actual goosebumps. Thank you for sharing these.

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you. The sky fills me with wonder. And joy. Often. The grief continues but it is lovely to remember there is also beauty and wonder.

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  3. Stunning skies. Oh, and a lovely red cactus! wink,wink.I'll show The Man.

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    1. dinahmow: I hope you and the man enjoy the succulent. They are flowering prolifically this year.

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  4. Your colorful birds make ours look so pale. And I was so excited that our red bellied woodpecker came back. I hope seeing the beautiful, colorful skies diminished your grief.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer: I would be excited to see a red bellied woodpecker too. Very excited. I hope his mate comes back too.

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  5. You posted glorious colours today. I love them, EC.

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  6. Oh Rosella, you are the most beautiful of them all.

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    1. Bob Bushell: That rosella is a charmer isn't it?

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  7. Everything looks so powerful this week...the birds, the blooms and the sky. I hope the positive vibes are the conductors are directed your way, EC...and rays of happiness are shining upon you.

    I hope the coming week treats you kindly. A special cuddle for Jazz from me...and a hug to you, too. :)

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    1. Lee: There have been some spectacular skies. Thank you for the hugs. Returned. To you and your furry friends.

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  8. Some fabulous pictures there. The colours are awesome.

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  9. Those purple skies!!! Just wonderful

    If you keep finding colour like that, the grey grief won't have any room to move!

    Big hugs

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    1. kylie: I like grey - in moderation. And am a big fan of colour. Thank you.

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  10. The second rozella photo is great. You have had some interesting skies of late.

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    1. Andrew: Like many small birds, the rosellas move quickly and are difficult to capture with a camera. We have had some great skies. I would like some rain to go with the cloud though.

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  11. It looks as if you have it all. Your Christmas cactus is right on time, and the blue and amethyst sky are beyond price.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: The Christmas cactus may even have peaked a little early, but while weeding this morning I noticed that the night-flowering cactus has buds.

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  12. Oh beauty. Do the parrots there like flowers?

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    1. donna baker: The king parrots delight in tearing camellias apart, but the rosellas are more restrained. This one was enjoying apple. And they also eat seed.

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  13. The birds in Oz are gorgeous!!

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    1. fishducky: They often are. I lust after some on your side of the world too. Cardinals. Hummingbirds. And rather a lot of your raptors.

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  14. Oh my goodness! The eastern rosella is beautiful and so colorful! I also enjoyed the sky and flora photos. I sorta felt like all three created the feeling one has at sunset. The bright full promise, then beauty and closing moment.

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: Thank you. Three of my obsessions combining to bring me colour and beauty. Hard to complain about that.

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    2. You are so right. We both have no complaints for sure.

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    3. Ginger Dawn Harman: Not arguing with that.

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  15. Fantastic captures!

    I wonder if the parrot talks?

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    1. Sandi: Thank you. The rosella is not a talker, but does make his appreciation of apple clear.

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  16. Do you have budgies where you live? I saw a video the other day and it showed thousands and thousands of them in a flock. I didn't know they lived that way.

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    1. Birdie: We don't have budgies close to us here, but in one of our homes we often saw flocks with hundreds of them. Which is an amazing and beautiful sight. Thousands at once would be mind-blowing.

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  17. All are gorgeous! Thanks for coloring the gray spots in my life as well. Hugs to you.

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    1. River Fairchild: Hugs and punch to you. In generous quantities.

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you. There is a lot of it about.

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  19. The parrots are so very pretty, the cacti flower is always lovely and that sky is magic with it's colours.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Thank you. The lovely dinahmow is sending me a pink (or a white) one of these succulents and I am looking forward to adding to the hoard.

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  20. That eastern rosella is beautiful. Love all the colors! The flowers are also bright and bold. The sunsets are really putting on a show- so I am glad you were able to snap photos of it all. I hope the colors have been helping. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Thank you. Still sad, but yes, the colours help. Despite the fact that I know Jewel would have been as glad to see the Eastern Rosella as I was. For much less laudable reasons.

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  21. Such splendid light and life and colors! Your birds blow me away. Your flowers were better. Then those SKIES!!!!! Bravo!

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    1. Cloudia: We live in a beautiful world don't we?

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  22. All so pretty! I must get your posts late, because there were already 41 comments when I got here. I'm not the only one who loves to visit you. :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank you. If you get notification of my posts by email, it does seem to be a bit delayed. Just the same I am very, very grateful and happy to see you - whenever you drop in.

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  23. Lots of gorgeous, vibrant colour! These certainly brightened my day, and I hope that yours was a little better from having experienced such beauty.

    Aroh​anui x

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    1. Alexia: Thank you. Colour helps. Life helps.

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  24. What beautiful pictures: the sky, the flower and that beautiful rosella.
    Wishing you a day filled with a rainbow of color.
    Hugs,

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. Rainbows and colours are always welcome.

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  25. Ooooh! That sunset!
    The Eastern Rosella is a very pretty bird. I'm jealous of your zygo cactus, I was never able to have one flower for me, and they didn't live long either. Under or over watering, I'll never know.

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    1. River: This isn't a zygote cactus. It is a succulent of sorts and thrives on neglect. Would you like a cutting? I have them in hanging pots and they get hot, they get dry, they get frosted on - and still flower.

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    2. I would love a cutting, unless it is illegal to send one across the border. I might get lucky and have it grow and flower. I have a hook attached to the outside of the back porch, it was there when I moved in and I could put a hanging basket there.

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    3. River: I am happy to post a cutting or two to you.

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  26. These are lovely. When you scroll down looking, the movement makes the red flowers look almost fluid!

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    1. mail4rosey: You are right. I went back and tried, and they do look almost molten. Thank you.

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  27. Lovely and colorful photos. Love that parrot.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Thank you. We are always happy to see the Easterns.

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  28. Very dramatic skies Sue. Beautiful images from your garden and I do like the wonderful colours in the parrot

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you. Amazingly the eastern rosellas camoflague well in the grass - so long as their heads are down.

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  29. You're such an amazing photographer. I especially like the bird. So much character!

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    1. Olga Godim: Thank you so much. These birds definitely come under the heading of feathered enchantment.

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  30. Gorgeous skies and garden and that parrot...

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  31. Hi EC - love the Rosella, the flower and those skies ... all glorious and I do hope they lifted your greyness and continue to help you ... cheers Hilary

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  32. The parrots are lovely, you are nice when you put pictures about them.
    And the flowers are very beautiful. Christmas cactus blossoms here now (at home), but flowers are not at all the same size.
    You have had wonderful sunset, beautiful sky.
    Wish you happy time.

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    1. orvokki: The rosellas are lovely. Hopefully next week I will have some more to show you.

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  33. thanks for sharing your great photos. the Eastern Rosella is one of my favourite birds. Your Cactus is spectacular as was the sunset last week!

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    1. Anna: Thank you. I can never decide what my favourite bird is - but the Easterns are right up there...

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  34. How in the world did you manage to capture those photos of the Eastern Rosella? Amazing!

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    1. Grannie Annie: The eastern rosella was just outside our front door. I stayed inside and took photos through the window.

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  35. I couldn't take my eyes off those first couple of photos. What colours! :-) Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: They are special aren't they?

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  36. Dear EC
    Amazing colours to brighten up a grey and gloomy day here. Beautiful photos - thank you so much for sharing.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I am glad to share the colour. Hugs.

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  37. These are remarkable photos of color. You live in a beautiful place.
    R

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    1. Rick Watson: We live in a beautiful world.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: They were good weren't they?

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  39. What's in the background of the photo of the flower with water drops on it? A spider web?

    That bird is so beautiful!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: There is a metal smiling sun which hangs from our pergola in the background of that succulent. And yes, the rosellas ARE beautiful.

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  40. It seems your wish to find color was granted. That is a glorious bird full of brilliant color. It looks like the sky brushed some amazing colors as well. Just lovely. I hope the greys are going away and you are enjoying the colors of the day.

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    1. Truedessa: Thank you. The greys are still here, but (mostly) not biting as hard. And colour is always a gift.

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    1. My Inner Chick: The world is full of beauty, and I am happy to remain here for the moment. Hugs.

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  42. I'm sorry that it's grief that has made you seek out colour. But these are , as always, impressive photos. Still sending virtual hugs...

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    1. Carolyn McBride: Thank you. And the hug is gratefully received and returned.

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  43. Pretty bird! And I'm so envious of your weather now. We're heading into winter which is my least favorite time of the year (the cold and I are NOT friends). Lovely flowers, gorgeous sky :)

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    1. mshatch: I am envious of your weather. Heat is not my friend. Never satisfied are we? Given my druthers I would avoid the sweaty season.

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  44. Colour, colour everywhere ... and simply lovely to look at.
    Great series here

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~ Jan: Thank you so much.

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  45. I have never seen a Rosella before... It's so gorgeous! You always have the best birbs.

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    1. Robert Bennett: Oz has quite a number of rosellas. And they are all pretty. Very, very pretty.

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  46. I'm so loving the brilliant colors here. Pleasing.

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  47. Glad the skies brought you comfort. Grief is indeed a drab colour.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Drab is a better word than grey. Thank you. I like the subtle beauty of grey.

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  48. You found gorgeous colors. With each photo the colors intensified. The photos of the sky are beyond words and breathtaking.

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    1. Mason Canyon: The sky is a never-ending always changing delight. Even today when soft rain is falling.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Thank you. I hope you did.

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  50. Whoa! That eastern rosella is beautiful! I'm so glad to come to your blog to see things I have never seen before.

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    1. Dawn@Lighten Up!: Isn't it a gorgeous bird? Small, but incredibly coloured.

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  51. Glorious colour! It always cheers me! Love thes pictures!

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    1. Diane Tolley: I am a big fan of colour too. And thank you.

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  52. I am sooo deeply touched by this post. I know how much you must grieve your dear Jewel. I sincerely hope the colors you captured help to ease the sorrow. But I know it will linger a while.
    I've missed so many of your lovely posts. Been busy taking care of hubby, who is getting better daily. I am grateful, and looking forward to resuming more blog activity. Take care. Be kind to yourself. My condolences to your husband too, who I'm sure misses Jewel as you do.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you so much. I know you are feeling the pain too. Gone they might be, but not from our hearts. I am very glad to hear that your hubby is improving.
      Hugs.

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  53. How fortunate we are to be so surrounded by this beauty. And, yes, grief is gray, but I believe it's that way to give us some time to turn inward, reflect and come to terms with what life has just handed us.

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    1. cleemckenzie: Thank you. Some days those inward reflections hurt - necessary as they are.

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  54. Wow, wow, and wow. My favorite is the flower painted in crystal dew drops.

    Be warm, safe, and loved.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Having just read your latest post I am hoping (so much) that you are feeling warm, safe and loved. Again.

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  55. Those sky pictures look like paintings. Breathtaking.
    Hope today is filled with color.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: They do like paintings. And yet, when I have seen skies like that depicted on canvas I have sniffed and thought exaggerated. Which is wrong.

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    2. They are glorious.
      Hoping color is coming through the drizzle.

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    1. peppylady(Dora): It is isn't it? Thank you. I will be over shortly.

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  57. Wow - glorious shots of the sky! And I love all those colours in the birds and flowers too.

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    1. Lady Fi: We live in a colourful world don't we. I loved your early morning magic...

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  58. I found a downy feather from an Eastern Rosella in my garden this week, it is exquisitely delicate with a fine yellow band separating the grey down from the red tip. The colour you've shared is gorgeous, thank you

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    1. Kim: Aren't they beautiful little birds. This one has been back most days this week, and we have smiled broadly every time.

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  59. The Rosella's are so bright, I wish they lived in Oregon, in the winter, to brighten the constant drear and gray. Your flowers, too, bright and beautiful and the sky.

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    1. Strayer: They are bright, and I am grateful for them. I hope your winter isn't tooooo grey and drear.

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  60. Incredible display of colour in the sky! Some of your finest photos yet I'd say dear as the flower is a stunner too, plus the pretty boy/girl at beginning. *nods and enoys them all* X

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    1. All Consuming: A pretty boy. His girlfriend's colours are a little more muted. And thank you. Hugs.

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  61. Wow I am once again amazed at the beauty of these birds and flowers

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    1. Kim@stuffcould...: Thank you. We are very, very lucky.

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  62. Oh my goodness, your collection of photos are fantastic.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Thank you. I was (and am) so grateful for the beauty around me.

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  63. Your pictures are gloriously uplifting. Thank you, sweet Sue.

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    1. Susan: Thank you. Beauty is a glorious thing isn't it?

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  64. Dear EC, I've been away from blog reading for a while, so I'm very sorry to hear about Jewel. Big hugs to Jazz (perhaps tentatively), to you and the SP. I'm pleased you have such beauty around you to temper the grief. As always, your photographs are glorious.

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    1. Carol: Thank you so much. Definitely tentative hugs for Jazz (if you can find him). He doesn't do strangers well. Hugs for us are gratefully received. As is the beauty.

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  65. Gorgeous sky views! Sending hugs for you- it is so hard to lose a furry family member. All is still the same here...waiting on biopsy report on my mom.

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: I really, really hope the report is good. Hugs.

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  66. What lovely photos! I am in awe of that sky. And so nice you donated an apple for the rosella to nosh on. Hugs!

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    1. Lynn: Thank you. Apples for the birds are a fixture on our shopping list. And for some reason they prefer green apples.

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