Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday Selections #385

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. Winter has finally arrived, and we have started getting frost again.


One morning last week I trotted out with the camera just after dawn and captured frost flowers in their chilly beauty.  










And a slightly warmer dawn a little earlier in the week.  My street has been seeing quite a few 'mad woman with camera dances' recently.



 

With luck it will get a little colder yet and I can freeze bubbles again.

As an experiment I have enlarged the font - please let me know whether it is too big.

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  1. I love frost flowers From Australia

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  2. Those are gorgeous plants. Awesome pictures. To me, the font is fine.

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    1. mxtodis: I am glad the font it fine. I have been having trouble reading my own blog.

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  3. The font is fine, once I diminished it a teeny bit. And the frost flowers? Beautiful! Your madwoman dance with camera must be quite a sight! :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank you. I suspect many of my neighbours have become accustomed to the mad woman dances. I do notice some quizzical looks from passersby though.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: I think they are beautiful.

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  5. Your font is not too big. I am not familiar with the term frost flower and I confess to not being sure whether it is the name of the plant or refers to the fact that it has been cold overnight and there is a morning frost on the leaves.

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    1. David Gascoigne: Frost flower is indeed my term for frost on the leaves. I think it is often as pretty as a traditional bloom.

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  6. The font is perfect...my eyes appreciate it.

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    1. only slightly confused: I am glad. Mine do too.

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  7. Grateful for font, frost and flowers. Thank you.

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  8. We are in the nineties here so those frosty shots are much appreciated!

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Temperatures in the nineties are a foretaste of hell for me. I am glad to spread some coolth your way.

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  9. Hi EC - the frost flower photos are lovely to see .. just glad I have sunshine and some warmth. I could really do happy mad woman dance up here - no-one to see me!! But do understand neighbours looking askance, or perhaps more sensibly joining you ...

    The font is perfect ... have a good week ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: If you can dance - do so. I have had neighbours join me in the road to take photos of sunsets, but not sunrises. And definitely none to join me freezing bubbles.

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  10. It boggles the mind that your part of the world is in winter. How on earth? I forgot to try the bubble trick last winter.

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    1. donna baker: Winter took its sweet time, but it is finally here. And I do hope to play bubbles next week. My inner child is alive and well.

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  11. Good morning, EC. The font is perfect. I like the larger font.

    Shama and Remy have reverted to being kittens since the colder temps have hit. It fun and games here between them every morning. Scampering around playing hide and seek, and chasey...chasy (?). And they want to be up close and personal with me all the time. Shama is here fighting for her right to be on my lap right now, while Remy is demanding he be allowed, too.! :)

    I hope you have a wonderful week...keep warm. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Thank you. Jazz is hunkered down on the back of my chair, nestled into my dressing gown. Which means despite having been up and dressed for hours I can't put the gown away.
      I hope you and the furry tyrants have a lovely week.

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  12. Thumbs up on the new font size! I like the greenery outlined by white. How pretty it would be, to grow that way.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I may stay with the bigger font size. It suits me eyes much more better, and doesn't seem to offend others.
      A blogging friend first introduced me to embiggen, but it was coined on The Simpsons.

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  13. Love the font size and the frost flowers!

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    1. Marie Smith: It is lovely to find blooms in the garden even in the colder months.

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  14. The frosted leaves are incredible. How amazing that plants can withstand that.

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    1. Andrew: We occasionally lose plants to frost, but most of them don't seem to care at all. Which I am grateful for.

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  15. Love both the font and the photos, nature is truly amazing and you have a great eye, too.

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    1. e: Thank you. I am a beauty addict. And find it often.

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  16. What a wonderful collection of frost flowers! The top one looks as if the white is carefully painted on.

    Keep warm EC - your mad woman dances should help towards that...

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    1. The bigger font is good x

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    2. Alexia: I was blown away by the intricacy and delicacy of the frost flowers. Beautiful things. I am very glad that the bigger font seems to suit others as well as me.

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  17. The font is wonderful! Now I'm contemplating doing this on my blog also.

    Your frost flowers are even lovelier this year than last. Seems like it was a harder frost, perhaps? I have never seen plants look like this in the frost here. But then again, I'm not usually conscious until the frost has disappeared . . . that might explain it. I will have to show my husband your photos and ask if he has seen similar here. Thank you for sharing! I hope you get bubble weather soon.

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    1. jenny_o: It was a moderately hard frost, but I was pleased with the beauty it revealed. I will be interested to hear whether your husband sees similar magid. Please let me know.

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    2. I'll ask him now, but knowing his inattention to detail, we might need to wait for a definitive answer until next winter! Stay tuned :)

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    3. jenny_o: I am happy to wait. And snap on sharing our lives with someone who lacks an eye for detail.

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  18. The font looks the same to me as it always did. I think. The comments section is a smaller font, but still easily enough read.
    I love the frost tipped leaves, they're so pretty. I've only seen frost once here in my area and that was only a small patch on my lawn close to the path.

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    1. River: The comments section font is the same size as the post were in the past. We get frost regularly. And sometimes impressive ones.

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  19. I like the larger font.
    Your frost photos make me shiver but they are lovely nonetheless. I can't wait to see more of your frozen bubbles! I know you're relieved to see the cooler weather.
    Give Jazz a scratch behind the ear from me.

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    1. River Fairchild: This winter has been so wimpy I didn't think frozen bubbles were going to happen. The last few days have me hoping. I will give Jazz a scrootch when he wakes up.

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  20. I checked your previous post and now I see the font difference, much more better now.

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    1. River: I thought so. The previous font is described as 'normal' and is is bigger than that when the post is in draft mode. This is large.

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  21. You are a wild and wacky lady--- That's what makes you so interesting! I admit it's harder than it should be for me to wrap my brain around pictures of frost at the moment. I need to travel more...

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    1. Bill: I am so very grateful for cooler weather. In our sweaty season your cool photos provided welcome relief. Me? Wild and Wacky? What gave it away?

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  22. sometimes the hardiness of plants amazes me, your photos are so calming and lovely; the font is never too big for me. I have taken to wearing magnifying glasses as the computer. Ha.

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    1. Linda Starr: I am often amazed by how resiient nature is. Even after our boiling summers, a little rain brings things back to life.

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  23. Jack Frost has painted your plants beautifully and that is a splendid sky. I am happy to hear I am not the only mad woman dancing ;)

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    1. Denise inVA: Mad women of the world unite?

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  24. The font is good, I like larger font sizes.

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    1. De3nise inVA: So do I. If only I could find a way to enlarge the font in comments as well.

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  25. The frost flowers are beautiful!

    And the bigger font means I can manage to read it without finding glasses

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    1. kylie: Bigger font is helping me too, so have decided it can stay. And I do love the frost flowers.

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  26. Dear EC
    Beautiful frosted leaves and flowers which you capture so well. The skies are glorious too. We are apparently in for a mini heatwave here in the UK (I don't cope well if the temperature gets over 21 degrees C, but I think it is the humidity which is really the problem). Lots of watering and trying to keep cool - looking at those photos might help!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I am with you all the way on the temperature front. I prefer it under twenty. Quite a bit under. And humidity? Bleah. Stay as cool as you can. And I hope my frost flowers help.

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  27. You dance with the camera for a lovely reason. Your picturs look nice and cool to us in the heat of summer.

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    1. messymimi: Thank you. When our summer comes round I often find relief in photos from your side of the world.

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  28. These are beautiful. I’ve tried to get pictures of frozen leaves in the past but could never manage it. I’m hoping my new camera and lens help men get some shots this fall and winter.
    R

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    1. Rick Watson: I hope you can. I think that frost has a beauty all of its own.

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  29. I like those frost flowers/plants. Not easy to find them here. The winter is so cold they just stop existing!!

    I like the font.

    Hugs

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    1. Catrina: Our winters are wimpy by comparison with yours. Some things will die, but most will survive and a few hardy plants will continue to flower.

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  30. As much as frost on flowers upsets me cause it often ruins them, I have to say your photo's are beautiful. And the sky...wow.

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    1. Sandy: Thank you. Wow was what I said about the sky too.

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  31. Sitting at my computer enjoying a Sunday afternoon cuppa, the sun is shining … so it was kind of strange seeing frost flowers!

    I did like all of your photographs though, so thank you.

    With regard to the size of the font, I like it.

    Have a good week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I hope your weekend is/was lovely and your weather treats you kindly.

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  32. Great photos of the plants and you can see all the fuzzies. Nice shots.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Thank you. Not soft and warm fuzzies, but fuzzies just the same.

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  33. Just Perfect post. Great pics 👍👍

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    1. cztery pory swiata: Welcome and thank you. Do you have a blog where I can find you?

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  34. Frost on plants is so beautiful and you've captured it perfectly! I always go crazy when we have those frosty mornings - there aren't too many of them and I usually take photos as well. Beautiful dawn as well. I find that winter has some of the most stunning dawns and sunsets.

    I like the size of the font. I had actually thought about enlarging the font on my blog as well.

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    1. Carola Bartz: Frost is beautiful isn't it? It is a few hours before dawn here, but it is another chilly one and I expect the mad woman with camera dances will come into play again.

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  35. That first photo is perfect with the frost outlining the leaves. I love frost photos, and your fog photos and hope you do the frozen bubble thing again.

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    1. Strayer: I hope to freeze bubbles in a couple of hours from now. It may be a little too warm - but it is worth a try.

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  36. Frozen leaves, phew, it's cold. Beautiful photos.

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    1. Bob Bushell: It is chilly again this morning. I will be outside shortly after first light.

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  37. So it really does get a bit chilly down there! We are coming into our warm season now, even as the light begins to slowly fade.

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    1. Jono: On a global standard our winter is a wimp and a wuss. It does get chilly though, and we have another frost today. A frost which I will explore when it is light.

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  38. Back again, EC. I got my husband to take a look at the plants with frost, and he says he has never seen anything like that here. Interesting, isn't it? I'd love to know the science behind the difference!

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    1. jenny_o: Now that is fascinating. And weird. I wonder why? I have been out (freezing bubbles) again this morning and the frost flowers are there in droves.

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  39. So awesome to see frost and we're sweating over here like crazy, ha. And I just realized my post today is sort of a Sunday selections. I was actually thinking as I wrote it that I always have these random photos and I should just put them up every weekend. Now I see I might just have to join Sunday Selections!

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    1. 1st Man: We would love you to join in Sunday Selections - the more the merrier. I much prefer frost to heat. Stay cool, stay safe.

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  40. With our temperatures reaching the upper 90s today, your photos are refreshing (and beautiful as always). Look forward to the bubbles.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. I am glad to provide some cool relief.

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  41. Frosty, good fun! Thank you for sharing, EC!

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  42. My goodness, I have never seen frost so thick on plants before - the photos of the frost just amazing..

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: We do get some thick frosts here. I think this mornings was even thicker.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Thank you. So do I.

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  44. Hi EC, the font is fine and the pictures just wonderful. I think you could take pictures of people though. That would make a nice change.

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    1. Terry: Thank you. I am much less interested in people than in natural wonders so I don't think that is going to happen anytime soon.

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  45. Breathtaking, EC.
    This fall I'm going to try the frozen bubbles.
    Have a wondrous week.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I froze bubbles yesterday. And could have again this morning.

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  46. Love the frost on the flowers and leaves photos. So much beauty right at our feet!

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    1. Galen Pearl: There is, for which I am so very grateful.

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  47. Dear Mad Woman,
    Please don't stop being mad. "No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” Aristotle

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    1. cleemckenzie: I think my madness is at least as integral to me as a skeleton. No Greatness though.

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  48. Wow! I know it's winter down there, but when I see photos like these, I'm nonetheless surprised.

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    1. Snowbrush: Why? Because we get frost, or because the flip in seasons is hard to hang on to?

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    2. It's because I tend to judge the whole world by what I see outside my window.

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    3. Snowbrush: I don't - which surprises me a little. Perhaps because I spend all of our summer ogling cool photos from your side of the world.

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    4. Winters in western Oregon are gray and wet, and I hate them.

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    5. Snowbrush: We have a grey and wet day today. And I am applauding. We don't get nearly enough rain. Mind you, it would be nice to have a functional heater as well.

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    6. It's drought here every summer, hence the forest fires that are already raging in Oregon.

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    7. Snowbrush: My country too burns each summer. We get most of our rain in autumn and winter, and this autumn just gone we got less than 30% of our already inadequate average.

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  49. Dear EC, lovely photos. Thank you. As to the font: with my compromised vision, I loved it! It was so helpful. thank you. Peace.

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    1. Dee: The bigger font suits me better too. I will continue.

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  50. "chilly beauty" indeed. Those are like colorful drawings.

    Take gentle care, my friend.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I am a beauty addict and look for it everywhere. I was glad to find it here...

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  51. Frosty leaves! They need sweaters.

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    1. John Wiswell: The trees in our arboretum will get scarves next month, but I don't think anyone is going to knit sweaters for the leaves.

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  52. Don't mind the font, didn't notice actually until you mentioned it. I admire you for the dedication needed to get up early on a frosty morning. I think I heard on the radio that it's been record - breakingly cold in Canberra at night.

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    1. catmint: I am an early riser anyway. And the beauty of the frost is incentive enough.

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  53. Heipsan for a long time.
    First, the font is now very nice, it's easy to read.
    How beautiful the frost makes the leaves.
    I think it's sooo long time ago I saw it here...:). I love your photos.

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    1. orvokki: Lovely to see you again. I hope you are much better. The frost does indeed makes the leaves look lovely - and thank you.

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  54. I love your frosty shots! So gorgeous.

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    1. Lady Fi: High praise from a photographer of your calibre. Thank you.

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  55. ahhh

    love that parting shot

    (and I can think of those frosty thoughts and ignore it's hotter than snot outside here)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Skyscapes get you every time don't they? I know we have had this discussion before but I really don't think of snot as hot.

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  56. Your frosty plants feel good as our heat intensifies:-)

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    1. Granny Annie: Good. There will be more chilly photos for the next Sunday Selections too.

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  57. Our weather timing always surprises me with its polar opposites. Such beautiful shots. It is hot here. Hug B

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    1. Buttons Thoughts: Lovely to see you. Stay cool, stay safe.

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  58. Again, these photos are just beautiful.
    Hope your day is as well:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. A busy day ahead after very little sleep. This too will pass.

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  59. It seems to me our highest goodness of providence seems to rest in the flowers and the bees. We are blessed by excellence, hope and much goodness on this planet of ours.

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    1. Spacer Guy: We live in a beautiful world - which we need to look after better.

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  60. What lovely frost flowers. I suspect you and the flowers enjoy the cold. I hope your neighbors get to see lots more of the photographer mad woman. And the font is great, especially since my eyesight isn't.

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    1. Myrna R: I do enjoy the cold. Possibly (probably) more than the garden does. Lots of the garden hibernates while I revel in it.
      My eyesight is also fading.

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  61. I like the font size! I know when I did my blog, I made sure the size was bigger all around, even in the comments. Makes it so much easier! Thank you!
    Loving your frosty plants! So beautiful!!!
    Gorgeous sky photo!!
    (I hope you get my card soon!)
    Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: How did you make the font bigger in the comments? We love our frosty plants too - and I am really, really looking forward to your card arriving. Hugs.

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    2. EC, I will e-mail about how to make the font bigger in the comments. By friday, hopefully! LOL! I am no "techno" when it comes to a computer, but I will try to explain it as easy as I can! LOL! It's actually quite simple, I think! LOL! Will e-mail soon, promise!

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    3. Magic Love Crow: Thank you. I look forward to it.

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  62. Thank you for this visual treat. Those frost flowers are just brilliant. How early did you have to get out to get these photos?

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    1. Kalpanaa M: It is winter here, and it doesn't get light until nearly seven. From memory I took these just after first light. I am really pleased that you liked them too.

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  63. That fifth picture is especially mystic.

    Have a great one.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. I do love frost flowers. And think they are as beautiful as other blooms.

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  64. Please send some of that coolness all the way to NC EC! The frost on the flowers looks unique and so lovely! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: I am sorry that you are overheated. I am enjoying our cooler weather. To the max. Hugs.

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  65. These "frost flower" pictures are truly beautiful. I love how frost transforms shapes. I liked all of them. And I had to smile at your comment how a little bit of warmth led to "mad women with camera dances". Great description!

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    1. Elizabeth Varadan, Author: There are a lot of mad woman with camera dances here. And more of them in the winter months.

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  66. Seeing a dawn like that would almost be worth getting up early. Although, the dog is certainly encouraging me to get up earlier than I like.
    Have a great one.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I am almost always up well before dawn. Jazz might have something to do with that.

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  67. Making blog rounds, so thought I'd pop in and say hello

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    1. Sandy: Thank you. I hope your world is treating you well.

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  68. The font's not too big for me, but my eyes are not what they used to be, so I like bigger letters. I just bought a clock with numbers so big I can definitely see them. A relief to me. I don't have to squint anymore. Laughing at your imagery of a camera woman out in the frost. I know I've said it before, but I'd be out there too. Some opportunities just shouldn't be missed. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: Other mad women/men would be welcome. I do get some very quizzical looks as I do my camera dances.

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  69. It is far too cold at this time of year for me to attempt gardening despite being on the sunny coast, I have the Ideal Summer bedroom(Cool) but in winter the sun never reaches the outer walls, in contrast the rest of the house is warm.
    Next Thursday the gardener will cop a B g for whipper snipping our tulips. any disagreeable outcome will find him getting fired. There is not a shortage of gardeners in this area.

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    1. Vest: It is probably too cold here - but doesn't stop me. It is cockatoos snipping our tulips - and digging the bulbs up and eating them. Not happy Jan.

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  70. This would make my husband very happy. He prefers the cold over the heat we're having right now. Today it's supposed be close to 90. I love it! Him, not so much. :)

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: I am with your husband. The sweaty season is not one I like. Enjoy your heat and I hope you get to the beach.

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  71. The world could use more "mad people with cameras" capturing the beauty of the world. The things most people tend to take for granted... you notice, and you make us notice, too. That's a real talent.

    As for the font, my eyes say the bigger the better. I like it!

    Have a wonderful weekend. It's sometimes hard to wrap my head around you seeing frost when we're cooking in the heat of summer. It's a wondrous world.

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    1. Susan: Thank you. The bigger font will stay - and hopefully I will learn how to make the comment font bigger too.
      I am a beauty addict and more than happy to share.

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  72. And there was me thinking my new specs were unbelievably good! I get seriously cold when I look at cold images and yours gave me the shivers and a flurry of goosebumps (which are still on my arms). I particularly love the first and last leaves in your series, and am wondering whether they are some kind of mallow. Whatever they are they've been beautifully decorated by Jack Frost, or maybe it was Jenny Frost, and beautifully captured by a early riser dancing with her camera.

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    1. Kim: The first and the last are both anenomes etched by Jack/Jill Frost. I love them, and elsewhere in the garden some are just coming into bloom. There are many happy dances at the moment. Your difficulties with cold must make bird watching a challenge for you from time to time. I am so glad you persevere.

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  73. How can it be frosty there and so hot here? (I know they say it's a big world out there, but I don't believe it!)

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    1. Sandi: I am so very grateful that we are getting frost instead of your heat.

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  74. Oh gosh, your freeze shots send a shiver, but also make me long for fall to hurry up. Summer is my very least favorite season, and it's barely even started. I think I have expressed this opinion all over the blogosphere for the last at least 5 years. :( But it's true- I do not like heat and humidity!

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    1. Terri: You won't get any arguments from me. The sweaty season is my least favourite too. The others I love.

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  75. I am always fascinated where frosty icicles form.
    Great photos!!

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    1. CountryMum: I am fascinated by it too, and awed by the beauty.

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