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Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday Selections #346

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.  
Floriade is my city's celebration of Spring.  It runs for thirty days, starting in mid September, and is an explosion of colour and scent.  It is now in its thirtieth year.  We went to see it this week, but many of the tulips are not yet out, so we will have to go back again (oh, how we suffer).

However, while the flowers were not at their peak there was sculpture, fun and whimsy in profusion.  So much that even my obsessive self thinks I will need to devote two posts to the fun.


Floriade is set in Commonwealth Park, beside the lake in the heart of the city.  This chess board is a permanent fixture, and I believe it is very well used.


I suspect this lotus/waterlily is illuminated (as are a lot of the other exhibits) for Night Fest.  It looks fine during the day as well.


I hope that if you embiggen you can read this sign.

 


This is a new one.  Horizon by Lucy Humphrey.  I would be perfectly happy to see it given a permanent home by the lake.


The kangaroos are always there, but the strings of balloon lights behind them are temporary.


As is this installation (another I suspect is illuminated at night.)


 This colourful gentleman was having his photograph taken by a professional photographer, but I have no idea what the story behind his blooming beard is.




I liked the umbrella plant too.

And the lights festooned across garden beds.  Not quite so sure about the disco balls.







And yes, as usual we went on the Ferris Wheel.  Photos will follow.

The Darleks have returned too.  Propagate, Propagate...





They are quite big aren't they?

There really is a lot more to come so I am stopping at this point.  More next week.

Despite the largely absent tulips we had a lovely wander.

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  1. I absolutely love the lotus/water lily!!

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    1. fishducky: We liked it too and may even break our self-imposed rule and go to Night Fest to see it illuminated.

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  2. wow great spring photos. I am so jealous of your season. Here autumn and later winter is coming

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    1. Gosia k: Yesterday we broke a fifty-two year record for the hottest September day. I am so not looking forward to the sweaty season.

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  3. The lanterns make me think of BON Dancing.....

    Horizon by Lucy Humphrey is a keeper. What fun with you today and roos!

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    1. Cloudia: I really liked Horizon. And the fact that it changes with the time of day, the season, what is around...

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    1. Joanne Noragon: It is a must see every year. It is a free event (though there is plenty to spend your money on) so going back in the hopes of seeing more tulips in flower is no hardship. And there is another (I think better) spring festival nearby we will also go to. Next week perhaps. Or the week after.

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  5. Die Regenschirme im Baum sind klasse.

    Noke

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  6. The bubbles and lotus are just lovely. You have such innteresting things in your area.

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    1. only slightly confused: We do don't we? We are so lucky, and see only a fraction of what is available. Must do better.

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  7. Glorious spring! The sculpture always fascinates! It looks beautiful and a great place for a wander!

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    1. Marie Smith: It is a lovely place to wander - whatever the time of day or year.

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  8. You live in such a neat place. I bet you are enjoying spring.

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    1. donna baker: I am enjoying Spring but yesterday we moved into early summer. Not happy about that.

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  9. Aren't they beautiful, but, the balls translucent are my favourite, although, every one is brilliant.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I couldn't decide on a favourite, but did love Horizon. And rather a lot of the ones I will show later this week.

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  10. Are you going back at night to see all the lights? Love the lotus too.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Not certain. It is only open at night for two weekends - and is expensive and crowded.

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  11. What a wonderful place I could spend hours there.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merlesworld: We did. And will spend more hours there when we go back again. Happy hours.

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  12. Some colorful and interesting exhibits. What a shame you have to go back.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: It is a hard life isn't it?

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  13. Wonderful, as usual. I love,love the glass sphere - so beautiful. You definitely need another visit, and also a night one I should think! What an interesting city Canberra is.

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    1. Alexia: Shhh. Don't tell anyone. Canberra is dull. You know that.
      We do need at least one more visit. Probably just during the day, but we will see.

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  14. Good photos. I enjoyed seeing them. The photographer seemed to like them too. It's hard to get the right angle to shoot from sometimes but getting as low as you can make you see things differently.

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    1. Treey: Thank you. I also took some photos of the tulips (and other blooms which were out) and got down low for them. Getting up again is an issue though.

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  15. Literally umbrella tree! Floriade is always a potpourri of wonderful, interesting sights...so much to enjoy.

    And, while on the subject of "enjoying"...I hope you enjoy the week ahead, EC...cuddles to the Dark Night aka Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Floriade is a treat. And you are so right about there being a lot to enjoy. The Dark Night is in disgrace this morning. I had a bad night and was up v early (I have up at 3 and got up). Jazz got up with me, and when he discovered it wasn't yet breakfast time he skewered me. He has now had breakfast and has gone back to bed.
      I hope you, Remy and Sharma have a wonderful week.

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  16. You know I LOve trees, and bright color. So I had an easy favorite today. Even bare trees look great with a dozen colorful umbrellas hanging among their limbs :)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: I smiled rather a lot when I saw the grove of Umbrellas Trees. And thought that others would enjoy them too.

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  17. Dear EC
    Despite the tulips not being at their peak, there was a lot to see and take in. As with some of the other commenters, I liked Horizon too - it would never be boring as the reflections would always change and the location was perfect. I hope it stays too! Looking forward to further instalments!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Horizon was lovely. I would never tire of it, and hope it does stay. Rather a lot. We will go again to revel in the tulips - and had a lovely day anyway. Hugs.

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  18. No one has asked me to "judge" the displays, but I'm going to stick my neck out. #1, by a country mile, that wonderful"Horizon."
    And all the lanterns strung about.Disco balls? Well if they are temporary I wouldn't mind them.
    Great day out.Thanks for "taking me with you."

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    1. dinahmow: As I said, I would be very happy for Horizon to have a permanent home by the Lake. Very, very happy.

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  19. I always enjoy seeing your photos of Floriade. I do love the giant glass sphere, and it would make a great permanent feature. Look forward to more next week.

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    1. CountryMum: I am glad you enjoy it. At least one, and probably two more posts to come. Then Tulip Tops.

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  20. Wow the whole place is beautiful, I really like the new one "Horizon by Lucy Humphrey" it would be nice to see that as a permanent display, I imagine it is much more impressive in person.

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    1. Jimmy: The lake is man-made and I think it is a wonderful addition to the city. Horizon would fit in really, really well.

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  21. Those are some remarkable photos Elephant's Child, but I must say, my favorite one is the one of the Chess Board, seeing my wife's and my favorite game is Chess.

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    1. Lon Anderson: There are a lot of chess fans about. I like it, but it isn't a passion. I would love to see an outdoor game though.

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    2. P.S. If you'd like to know my new location, just click on my name in this comment of mine, and you'll be taken there.

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    3. Lon Anderson: Another new blog? I will be over in a minute.

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  22. These were amazing pictures. Thank you very much for sharing your delights. I'm sure they will never end.

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    1. Martin Kloess: We live in a truly amazing world. I am glad you enjoyed coming with me.

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  23. Brilliant and an enjoyable post EC. The gigantic water lilly, I would love to see it all lit up at night. I love the bright umbrellas, everything really.

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    1. Denise inVA: I am glad that you enjoyed it. There is more to come. Much more.

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  24. These are all amazing, but the Horizon is fabulous. A giant ball of wonder.

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    1. Truedessa: Isn't it spectacular? The bed underneath it is full of tulips. It will look amazing as they open.

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  25. Love all the giant balls, especially the one near the water and how it captures the image of the water.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: Those reflections are very special aren't they?

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  26. Lovely photos as usual. Not sure if I will be able to read the sign or not. I did make it larger but had no glasses around and was honestly too lazy to go fine them right away. I will try again when my cheaters are close at hand. I love the way your ares has "happenings" all the time and that you take advantage of them. I need to do better with the things available here.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: We don't take advantage of everything the city has to offer by a long way. Something which occasionally makes me feel guilty.

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  27. What a lovely festival! You've made me think of my university days -- I often took my lunch to the other side of campus (eek! the arts and humanities!) and ate among the statues in the sculpture garden. Good memories. :)
    -Marty K

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    1. Marty K: I was in the arts and humanities area. And wish that my university had a sculpture garden. Football was MUCH more popular. But not with me.

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  28. I really like that daisy windmill and wouldn't mind one in my garden and the big crystal ball too. Nice to see the Daleks back again.

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    1. River: I really like the Daleks too. And the crytal ball. I am not as fond of the daisy windmill (not sure why). It is clever, but not to my taste.

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  29. Hi EC - love the bubble sculpture and yes I'd agree - let it be! Wonderful area especially when they put on displays such as these ... amazing range and so clever in their ideas -let alone settings in the Park. Glad you're going back to give us another tulipae day ... and yet the Ferris wheel photos ... a happy time by the look of it .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I hope they do leave Horizon where it is. Commonwealth Park is a lovely area and sculptures like that only add to it. We will go back at least once more, and possibly twice - and there will be lots of smiles.

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  30. I like the glass sphere too... and the Daleks :)

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    1. Anna: They are good aren't they? There were other sculptures/statues I enjoyed too.

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  31. Wonderful. I can't remember if you have visited at night time in the past, but perhaps you should, although night time photography is not easy for amateurs. The chess board does not seem to be so popular. I think Horizon might look quite fine in your garden. The bloke with the flowers in his beard would have been very welcome in 70's San Francisco.

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    1. Andrew: I would love to have Horizon but suspect it needs water to be shown at its best. And (sigh) I don't have even a tiny water feature.
      We are at least considering a night time visit. It is only open at night for two weekends though (and one of them has gone).
      You are right about the bearded bloomer. Why didn't I realise that.

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  32. Fantastic!

    The giant glass sphere makes me think of a Fairy Godmother arriving on the scene.

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    1. Sandi: I hope the Fairy Godmother moves in. Permanently.

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  33. What a wonderful event. I am surprised that there wasn't a larger crowd in attendance. I imagine that more come in the evening when the displays are all lit up.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: We went early on a weekday just to avoid crowds. The weekends are always packed, and Night Fest (which only happens a couple of times) is too.

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  34. Oh how I wish we had something like that here. So beautiful. It would be great fun to wander through it for hours. Looking forward to seeing more photos from there.

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    1. Mason Canyon: It is something we look forward to each year. And we do spend hours wandering. And smiling.

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  35. That is a beautiful place. I love the crystal ball and how that plays to the things around it.

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    1. Rick Watson: Horizon was (probably) my favourite installation. Though I also love the splashes of colour and scent from the gardens.

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  36. Lovely place to spend your time. I especially like the sphere by the water and the windmill thingy. Does it spin?

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    1. Sharon Quails: The windmill didn't spin while we were there - but I will have a closer look next visit.

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  37. The umbrella plant is absolutely delightful!

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    1. Birdie: It is a heap of fun isn't it? I was amazed at how many people just walked straight past it. Their loss.

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  38. Orbs of all kinds are always my favourites when it comes to sculpture and this selection have led to no change there - the glass one is absolutely stunning. I love that chap's flowery beard too hahahaha. Lovely day out for you, I'm glad X

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    1. All Consuming: Isn't it a stunner. I was sooooo impressed at it. And when we go back will undoubtedly take more photos. Lots more.
      His blooming beard made me smile too.

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  39. That glass sphere is amazing. I can just picture how that lotus would look at night time. Stunning.

    Men with decorated beards seems to be very much in fashion now.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: If we go back at night I hope to capture the illuminated lotus in that sphere. Fingers crossed. It won't be an easy photo, but if it works...

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  40. I dig the reflective cylindrical ball siting by the lake. Its something one might see in the future or sci-fi movie.

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    1. Spacer Guy: It transcends time doesn't it? And I can so see it as a portal to another world.

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  41. so many white lanterns! i bet they look amazing at night

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    1. kylie: I wonder whether they are all illuminated with the same colour. We may have to go back...

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  42. As always, fabulous pics. I especially love the giant crystal ball by the water.

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    1. mshatch: Horizon is definitely one of my favourites too.

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  43. Will you go see it after dark? I bet it would be beautiful after dark! I always love the umbrella trees.

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    1. Strayer: I don't know. It is expensive and crowded after dark - and there will be a lot on that we aren't interested in (which is why it is expensive when it is free during the day). I would like to see the illuminations though.

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  44. I am definitely going to get down under before I die.

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    1. Jono: Oh good. The world is full of wonders isn't it? There is a lot I would like to see too (and probably won't).

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  45. The Horizon sphere is wonderful; I'm glad you included several photos so we could get a sense of how it works as you move around. The other globes, both the white and the silver, really make an impact when there are so many. Love it all. Looking forward to more!

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    1. jenny_o: I was fascinated with Horizon. When we go back there will be more photos. Probably many more photos. In the few hours we spent there I took over 200 photos. Something I will probably repeat.

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  46. There's got to be an interesting story behind that blooming beard!

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    1. Molly Bon: I hope so. I am a sucker for stories, and tend to invent them if I don't know them. I don't share the ones I invent, but they do pop into my head.

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  47. My favourite is the gentleman with the flowery beard. I wonder what he was doing? Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts Hugs <3

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    1. farawayinthesunshine: I wondered that too. He looked happy whatever it was.

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  48. I absolutely loved the 'horizon' - amazing concept! and the umbrella fruits are not too bad either...a monthlong festival to celebrate spring, now why doesn't every place have that?? and for all other seasons too.

    Looking forward to more...

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: My 'boring' city celebrates well. Floriade is an annual treat - but there are other ones at other times of the year.

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  49. What a fabulous place to wandeer around and I love the sculptures. The man with the flower beard was a bit odd. Next week I am off again to mAlawi to visit my daughter and her family. Bit short notice but life is too short to turn it down. Hope you are well. Have a great week ahead.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Have fun in Malawi - which I know you will. I really couldn't keep up with your travel schedule.

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  50. I could read the sign, thank you for including it. The water lily is just beautiful, and as you say I’m sure it must light up. Horizon is probably my favourite thing of all. It reminds me of a giant glass marble.
    Thank you for commiserating with me this morning, get well soon.
    I will look forward to the next posts, Hugs Barbara

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    1. Barbara Fisher: Horizon is most people's favourite (so far) and I agree. It is lovely. I hope your poor mouth is healing quickly.

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  51. I tried to read the sign but couldn't. Maybe after my cataract surgery I can. I love your pictures, all of them. I'm late getting here and I think your comments are in the hundreds! Thank you for taking me along. :-)

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    1. DJan: I hope your cataract surgery opens up MUCH more interesting things than my Floriade sign. Hugs.

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  52. OMG - everything looks so whimsical and lovely. I would really enjoy visiting a place like this, but you've done such a great job sharing the pictures to fire our imaginations. Hugs...and Happy Monday! RO

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    1. RO: The organisers did a really, really good job this year. Last year I was disappointed. This year we will go back at least once, and possibly twice more.

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  53. I'd love to see the illuminated lotus at night! Gorgeous as is. That chess board is a great touch. Harry Potter style, haha. The new art piece Horizon is unbelievable.
    The sign was rather strict, shows the value at heart for the artists work.

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    1. Harlynn: I am a bit sad about the need to remind people to take care... Artist's work is too often underpaid and underappreciated.

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  54. Ah yes, Lucy's Horizon by the lake forever would be something wonderful, that is just incredible and with each new light I can just imagine how it changes. Everything there is truly an uplifting gift, that I enjoyed right here! Have a wonderful and happy week!

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    1. Karen S.: It really is a gift. There were families, couples, groups of friends, singletons - and we were all smiling. And entry is free.
      I hope you week smiles on you.

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  55. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Just love those bubbles.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Tnank you. I am very happy to share it.

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  56. I love the sphere, and basically, everything. What a place.

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    1. Susan Kane: Isn't it a lovely use of public land?

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  57. A crystal ball! Did you see the future in it? Beautiful, beautiful photos. I see more beautiful photos in your future.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: Thank you. I hope so. I really, really hope so. We all need beauty in our lives.

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  58. So very wonderful park, and these photos are wonderful. I like all of these things, ... crystal balls, umbrellas, flowers, sculpture, the whole park. Man is obviously a former hippie.
    Have nice this week.

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. We like Commonwealth Park too. I wonder whether the man was perhaps a little young to be a former hippie? The child of hippies perhaps.
      I hope your week is lovely.

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  59. Everything is lovely, and I suspect even more so at night. Ferris Wheels disconcert me a bit. Rollercoasters? Any time, but the wheels always make me hesitant (so weird, right?). :)

    The flowering beard!! Wonder what the story is... :)

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    1. mail4rosey: As they go, that Ferris Wheel is tiny. Just the same, some people like them, some loathe them.
      The illuminated display would be lovely, but their is something about spring blooms in the sun...

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  60. What a beautiful and exuberant celebration of spring! Love love that gentleman's flowered beard!

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    1. Lady Fi: Spring IS beautiful and exuberant isn't she?

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  61. I still have my Floriade magnet from your excursion last year - it graces my refrigerator.

    What a wonderful place! I always love to see your excursion photos.

    Could you explain Darleks?

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    1. Lynn: I bought more Floriade magnets this year too. Would you like another?
      Daleks are villians from Doctor Who - whose catch phrase is Exterminate, Exterminate. And the pansy stands look very like them.

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  62. You share so many beautiful and unique scenes with us that we would never see otherwise. Thank you:-)

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    1. Granny Annie: Thank you - I am glad you like the snippets from my world.

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  63. Oh my! Y'all decorate so unique. It is so festive looking....I like the gass ball, kangaroos too. Of course what flowers you have

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    1. Kim Standard: Thank you. We hope to go back later this week to see more flowers. And take more photos. Many more photos.

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  64. Loved all the pictures of flowers and other amazing things. Sounds like a fun celebration.

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    1. Natalie Aguirre: Welcome and thank you. It is a delightful celebration and there will be many more photos to come.

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  65. What a feast for the eyes! Lovely photos.

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    1. AK Coldweather: Welcome and thank you. It is a feast for the eyes - and nose with hundreds of hyacinths in bloom.

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  66. That Horizon orb is so well placed! What a great spectacle to have inside a beautiful area.

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    1. John Wiswell: It is a lovely thing and yes, beautifully placed. When we go back later (towards sunset) I hope to take more photos.

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  67. This is so cool! It kind of reminds me of the Huntington Gardens but it honestly looks a lot more fun.

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    1. Robert Bennett: My city is notorious for being duller than ditchwater, but does some things very, very well.

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  68. So cool!!! I LOVE the big glass ball.

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    1. Mich: Welcome. I loved it too. Wouldn't it look amazing with either a sunset or sunrise reflected in it.

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  69. Horizon? That is stunning! I would love to walk around that... would also love to see this in person. Perhaps it must go on the bucket list!

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    1. daisyfae: Isn't it special? I really, really hope it is a keeper - but don't know. Our local government sometimes makes some very odd decisions.

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  70. Oh my!!! I love the Horizon - I have the feeling I could spend quite some time just watching it and then taking photos. How fun! I also like the disco balls, the reflections are just splendid!

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    1. Carola Bartz: You would love Floriade - and the companion festival Tulip Tops which we will go to in the next few days. My camera gets a work-out at both.

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  71. I could spend all day here soaking in the sun and enjoying all the sights. That man with the flowers in his beard is just the best. Thank you for sharing these with us.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: Thank you. It is a lovely place to while away the hours - and the people watching is often spectacular.

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  72. After a long night spent studying as part of my language teacher training your images were the visual rest I needed. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: I am very glad to have been able to give you a rest.

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  73. 'Horizon' is stunning, I hope it stays too. Your reflective image of the disco ball makes me like that one more than I thought I would and the daleks remind me of an exhibit my mum took me too where she was followed around by one of the originals, it was so comical

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    1. Kim: The reflections give the disco ball charm that it wouldn't otherwise have for me. As a child the daleks freaked me out. I suspect if I had been followed by one, it would have to move fast. Very fast.

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  74. Flowers plus whimsical art... who could ask for anything more? Oh yeah... tulips. "Too bad" you'll have to return to see them. Such a sacrifice...

    Who knows? The bearded dude may show up in some big ad campaign or on the cover of a magazine. i.e. "What became of the flower children of the sixties?"

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    1. Susan: My noble self will make that sacrifice and go back again. This week probably.

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  75. Love the crystal ball, although the future looks unclear (as ever), and planting flower seeds in that man's beard was a fine idea!

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    1. Andrew Maclaren-Scott: We loved the crystal ball too. The present is enough for me (sometimes more than enough). I don't want to see the future.

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  76. Horizon by Lucy Humphrey. That is my favorite, but all of it is spectacular. What a glorious day to see all of this and enjoy. I know it is hot and I don't do hot very well, but you still made great pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Glenda Council Beall: I don't do hot well either. It was less than 70F, so I suspect you would have been comfortable too. And I love Horizon. When we go back I am aiming to get there a little before sunset...

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  77. Its so beautiful there. like walking in the wonderland

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    1. Small Kucing: Welcome and thank you. What a lovely thing to say.

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  78. What a wonderful festival. I particularly loved the glass round sculpture. The bearded gent was Costa Georgiadis, hyper, extraverted host of Gardening Australia. He's known for his fulsome beard, so this is a very funny photo.Reminds me of the Edward Lear poem - There was an Old Man with a beard,
    Who said, "It is just as I feared!—
    Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
    Have all built their nests in my beard.

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  79. I was here...loved your wander...I need to go on one of my own.

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  80. Thanks for sharing your little tour- I love the glass ball, and the flowered gentleman was a little strange to see! This garden is a little like our Garvin Gardens in Hot Springs..very pretty.

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: catmint who commented above solved the mystery. The gentleman with the beard is the host of a gardening program. He is, as she said, an extravert and known for his bushy facial hair.

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  81. So many interesting pieces. I especially love Horizon and the chess board is really cool. The umbrellas really pop! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS~Jess:I really like Horizon too. I hope that it will stay.

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