Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday Selections #380

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.  The week just gone by has been busy.  Our gutters were removed and replaced.  The tradesman arrived about seven each morning and worked late too.  Lifeline and other things filled in the 'spare' time.


Each morning I took photos just after dawn and am going to share some of them.  I do love the early hours.  A soft light.  A gentle light.







There is other colour about just after dawn too.
The leaves on the ornamental cherry in the back yard just about glow...



There have been frost flowers too.  If I get lucky we will soon have mornings which are cold enough to freeze bubbles.





And, at the other end of the day, we have had splashes of more vivid colour.






This coming week is going to be busy too.  A different set of tradies (roof restoration), Lifeline, a medical procedure for himself, and (hopefully) some mulch delivered and spread.

134 comments:

  1. Early morning skies always have a certain glow about them.

    Having your guttering removed and changed doesn't sound like a bundle of laughs though!

    I hope the medical procedure is painless.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I don't think any influx of tradies can be described as a barrel (or bundle) of laughs. The guttering team was good though.

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  2. Such beautiful photos. The sky, both morning and dusk are what I miss living here in the city.

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    1. mxtodis123: I would badly miss dusk and dawn. We are lucky to have a ring-side seat.

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  3. You are busy indeed with trades people at your house! There seems to be no end to expense sometimes but it is only wise of course to keep the house in good repair. Hopefully we have nothing major to cope with in the near future.

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    1. David Gascoigne: I hope you can escape major work too. We had put off this work (for a variety of reasons) for too long. It will be wonderful to have it done.

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  4. It has been very busy there!!
    Taking pictures is always a good activity, a relaxing one.
    Beautiful colours. Fall colours which I do not miss yet!!!
    Be well.
    ; )

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    1. Caterina: Thank you. I hope that you are enjoying the spring display on your side of the world. I am sure you are.

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  5. Absolutely stunning EC, the skies are amazing, love them.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. As I type my answers I keep looking outside. Dawn is almost here again.

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  6. Whether far away or up close, the beauty you capture is enjoyed around the world, EC. Nature's colours are everywhere, aren't they? And they are a balm for the spirit.

    I hope the challenges of the new week go well for you and your other half.

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    1. jenny_o: Nature is indeed heart balm. I am so very grateful. This week will pass - and thank you for your good wishes.

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  7. Even the sunset photos seem soft at this time of the year. It looks like you have had a pretty good week, weather wise. Isn't have tradies in such fun!

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    1. Andrew: Having tradies is indeed a 'treat'. I hope the next lot are as good as this one was though. He was prompt, efficient, cleaned up after himself and did very little damage. A rarity now. I will certainly be posting a positive review.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: We have been busy. We will be busy. And the dawn and dusk provide pretty good antidotes.

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  9. Hi EC ... all the best with the mulch spreading ... and a little more frost - but more importantly I hope things goes well for himself, and for you with the roofers ... and lifeline volunteering ... lovely etheral photos - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Thank you. Those ethereal skies have been a huge help.

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  10. Frost is pretty. Need a little frost since we've been in the upper eighties all week.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Upper eighties? Shudder. I hope it is at least six months before we reach those temperatures again.

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  11. Both sunrise and sunset skies are magic! And your leaf photos reminded me of a quote - (autumn is)...when every leaf is a flower. Can't remember right now who said that but very apt...

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: LOVE that quote that every leaf is a flower. I may have to track its origin down. I have. Albert Camus - which was unexpected.

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  12. I'm up with the dawn each morning... but not very excited about it. I do love sunsets though. I'm sure you're anxious to get started on frozen bubbles! Hope you get some rest with all the goings on in your life. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: I like the dawn - but it is a completely voluntary thing. Rest? Queue hysterical laughter.

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  13. Such great pictures every time.

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  14. Early morning: the best time of the day, in my opinion - and your photos more than do it justice, EC. And you've had frosts already! Hope the repairs to the roof (and to himself) go well:)

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    1. Alexia: Only very mild frosts, but frosts we have had. I am crossing my fingers for all the repair work.

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  15. Hugs. I hope all goes as planned and ends well the week. Love the early morning photos.

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    1. e: The roof (and indeed the gutter) repairs have needed doing for a long time. A range of things delayed them and it will be a huge relief to cross them off the list. I hope your days are gentle and kind.

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  16. Your colours are glorious! Good luck with the renovations EC.

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    1. Marie Smith: Thank you - on both counts.

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    1. Bea: I see those leaves when I look out the kitchen window and they are a lovely early morning treat.

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  18. Beautiful skies, i hope the weather holds good for all the tradespeople’s work to get done.

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    1. messymimi: We really, really need the rain, but yes, it would be nice if it held off this week.

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  19. And my daughter was talking today of getting mulch delivered. Two yards, I think she said.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Snap. I think we will order two cubic metres. And hope that it is enough.

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  20. You have got a busy week, so hope it all goes well.
    Do adore the morning colours but also never up that early - will be tomorrow though..
    Evening shots are so very different that day..

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: What is getting you up early tomorrow? I am almost always up early. Himself is not. Emphatically not. He suffered last week (and will this week too).

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  21. No frosts here as yet, that I am aware of, anyway. The cooler temps I am enjoying...the more the better as far as I'm concerned.

    I hope all goes well for you this week, EC. Cuddles to Jazz when he sneaks out from the closet! :)

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    1. Lee: The cooler weather is bliss isn't it? Jazz has been doing quite well over the weekend. Monday will probably also be ok. He won't be happy when the roofers arrive though.

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  22. Interesting theme and lovely pictures...

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  23. Despite my being an early riser, we have not had brilliant sun rises here lately.It may change...

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    1. dinahmow: Our sunrises are generally quite muted affairs. Galah colours rather than flamingo.

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  24. Comment number 3000---- I share the love. Wonderful dawn pix. Wonderful sunsets. Wonderful inbetweens.

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    1. Bill: I am so lucky with the people who comment, you included. And so very grateful. And thank you.

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  25. I always prefer the more vivid sunsets over the beautifully soft dawns. the frosted leaves are very pretty, not something we see much of here in Adelaide. Those cherry tree leaves are like drops of liquid gold, I love them.

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    1. River: The cherry tree is pretty at any time of day, but at dawn and dusk liquid gold is a beautiful description.

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  26. Dear EC
    I'm not usually up quite early enough to see the dawn, but love seeing it in your photos. There are some beautiful subtle colours in the frosted leaves too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Over the years I have become a confirmed early riser - and revel in the peace and the beauty.

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  27. Such stunnning beauty at both ends of the day Sue. Ah Frost! BURR! but stil beautiful

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    1. Margaret Adamson: It was only just a frost. There will be (I hope) much better ones to come. I do love dawn and dusk though - all year round.

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  28. Your skies are awesome. Is it autumn in your part of the world? Your golden leaves are beautiful too.

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    1. Jo: It is indeed autumn here. It took its time, but seems to have settled in. Beautifully.

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  29. one of the sunsets is the same color as the cherry leaves, love seen the eucalyptus reminds me of california

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    1. Linda Starr: I am very fond of our eucalpyts too, despite the fact that they drop leaves and branches on a regular basis. And certainly contributed to the need for a gutter replacement.

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  30. Your photos of the sky are always breathtaking. You can't help but smile looking at them and feel the gentle peace.

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    1. Mason Canyon: What a lovely thing to say. Thank you.

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  31. I spend a lot of time with eyes to the skies. You can scan back through my blog if you doubt it:)
    The sky is beautiful there too.

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    1. Rick Watson: I know you are an avid sky watcher. A club with many, many members.

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  32. I am an early riser also and the morning sky is usually worth my loss of sleep. I am hoping to enjoy the sunsets of summer as soon as it stops raining (eight consecutive days of it)

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Eight days of rain? I am jealous. And hope yours comes to an end (and comes here).

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  33. I felt like I was walking with you in the crisp, cool morning. The frost flowers are lovely, and the sky is ever changing.

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    1. Mary Aalgaard: Thank you. Do you have a blog I can visit?

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  34. Ah...who would have thought serenity could be captured with a camera?

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    1. Sandi: Captured, preserved and shared. Which is lovely.

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  35. I suppose you are gearing for winter and preparing your house and yard (gutters and mulch).

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    1. Strayer: Sort of. The gutters have needed doing for a long time, and the mulch will be of benefit in summer too.

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  36. Such beauty, color, majesty!
    If we truly look, beauty can be found in almost anything. Especially in the morning hrs! xxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: I am a beauty addict, and fortunately don't have to look far to find it.

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  37. Your life is very full. Thanks for sharing its colors. The pictures are gorgeous.

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    1. Myrna R.: Most people's lives are full. Perhaps too full? I am glad your husband's health is improving at last.

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  38. Just keep those lovely sky shots coming.

    :)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: I will. And next weeks Sunday Selections will have other things you like too.

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  39. Ah, just lovely sky colors, on both ends of the day. Sending best wishes to Himself for a successful procedure. :-)

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    1. DJan: The sky is a gift isn't it? And thank you. I/we hope the procedure goes well too.

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  40. Wonderful photos EC. Keep them coming because I never tire of seeing them.

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    1. Terry Stynes: I am very glad to hear that you enjoy my photos.

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  41. Goodness, it does sound as if your week has been extremely busy!

    Thank you for taking time to share your lovely photographs. So good to see the different shades of colour in each of them.

    I do hope the new week goes well for you, and all good wishes for the medical procedure for himself.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. It was a busy week, but a productive one. I hope the same is true this week.

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  42. Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Love the photos. Strange to see the frost as we are now fully into spring in the US. I have traveled but never lived in the southern hemisphere. But I did live near the equator, both in SE Asia and in West Africa, for a number of years. Very different seasons there--took a lot of getting used to! Anyway, wonderful photos.

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    1. Galen Pearl: I am grateful that my part of Oz has four seasons and would miss any of them (except possibly summer) if I didn't have them. Living near the equator would indeed have given you a very different perspective.

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  44. I love the early mornings, too, so can understand your feelings. That first light - and I also love when the sun has come up and has the warm tint to it. The long shadows, the play of light and shadow. Beautiful.

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    1. Carola Bartz: There is something about early morning isn't there? And yes on the warm light front too. Always changing, always beautiful.

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  45. Aha! Now I know that the leaf I asked about last week was an ornamental cherry leaf. I loved all the photos, but the very last one stuck me as very unusual. Loved all of them.

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    1. Patricia A. Laster: Thank you. I am surrounded by beauty - and grateful.

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  46. Your pictures, especially the sunrises, are amazing.
    Hope everything that is going on this week goes smoothly, particularly the procedure.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. The week so far isn't terribly smooth. The roofing team is conspicuous by its absence. Sigh. Hopefully the procedure will be quick and easy.

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  47. Those "glowing" leaves absolutely amaze me.

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    1. Grannie Annie: Aren't they lovely? They blow me away each morning.

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  48. I'm a morning person, so I simply adore looking at all the glorious scenery you've shown here. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: I have become a morning person over the years - and love it. Still dark here, but I can hear the first birds...

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  49. The colors at dawn during autumn are magnificent. You've captured an awesome moment here.

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    1. Spacer Guy: Thank you. An awesome moment which gets regularly repeated. Wow.

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  50. Your pictures are so pretty. In contrast to your frost pictures, we're reaching nearly 90 degrees today in MO, US. A little too hot, too fast.

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    1. Teresa C.: Definitely too hot too fast. I hope it isn't a sign of a long hot summer.

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  51. Wow - that ornamental cherry tree, and it's in your backyard?! Blissful sigh.

    Have a productive, smooth week, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I see the cherry tree looking out my kitchen window. It is lovely all year, but particularly special in autumn and spring.

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  52. Oh, wow—these photos are amazing! You're right about the dawn light; it's got a softness that's all its own. But the splash of color at sunset was gorgeous, too. The blog hop sounds fun; I might join in one of these days, get some of those archive photos out and into the light :)

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left last week at Elsie's for my guest post; so glad you enjoyed it! And really happy to hear you've given your cat such a loving home :)
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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    1. Guille Castillo: Welcome and thank you. Sunday Selections is fun - and it is wonderful to see photos from all over the world.

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  53. Oh my you captured some beautiful colors! in the sky...I like the bright leaves, frost too

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    1. Kim Standard: Thank you. I was out with camera in hand just after dawn this morning too. No frost though.

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  54. Dear EC, thank you for these photographs that display the slow dawning of light in the morning sky. I sleep late--I mean sometimes I don't get up until 10 am. So I seldom ever see a sunrise. I am so glad you share yours. Peace.

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    1. Dee: It is my pleasure and I am glad you like them.

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  55. I love the gentle morning light, too. Your photos are so peaceful - they bring me peace this morning. Thank you for that.

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    1. Lynn: Thank you. I am glad to bring you peace and a tad worried that you need it. Are you ok?

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  56. The frost flower pictures are outstanding. Can't wait to see your frozen bubbles.
    Have a great one.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I am looking forward to frozen bubbles too. Not nearly cold enough yet. I hope your day is bright and beautiful.

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  57. Your lovely photos make me want to break out in the old song - the falling leaves...

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Sing to your hearts content - and be thankful you can't hear me.

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  58. Like those velvety leaves.

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    1. Haddock: Thank you. I do too. And take many, many photos of them.

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  59. Hey!!!!! Isn't it Wednesday over there lol?

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    1. only slightly confused: It is. It has just turned 5am, and Words for Wednesday has gone live.

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  60. Hey Busy Girl! Take everything one day at a time! Make sure to breathe! Love the photos! Gorgeous! I love the frozen bubbles! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Thank you so much. I am breathing. Just. When I remember. Big hugs.

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  61. Wow! Wonderful, fantastic photos just after dawn!
    The leaves on the ornamental cherry are gorgeous too. Well done! You are a great and talented! photographer!
    Have a nice week!
    Love!

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    1. sonia a. mascaro: Thank you so much. I hope your week is wonderful.

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  62. I don't know if I've seen frost accumulate on flowers like that. Have the flowers evolved to thrive with their edges like that?

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    1. John Wiswell: The leaves seem to take the frost with no ill effects. Some flowers are not so hardy.

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  63. Such beautiful colors. The sky looks lovely! I love the gentle light. I also think the glowing leaves are fabulous. Thanks for sharing your sights with us. Hope the medical procedure goes well. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. The medical procedure is very early tomorrow and we have our fingers crossed.

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  64. Quite a few of those would make great puzzles!

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    1. Tara: Welcome and thank you. That is a perpective I hadn't (until this morning) considered.

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  65. Gorgeous pictures, as always. Early morning is my favorite time of day, too. It's so soft and peaceful.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Susan: Thank you. I am a huge fan of the early mornings - though with workmen in the house ours have not been peaceful recently.

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