Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sunday Selections #438




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.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.  
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 

 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme.  This week I am returning to bus trips.  Or more accurately walking to and from bus stops.





These colourful murals brighten the bus stop which is now closest to home.



I took these one chilly morning (on my way to the dentist) at the first point where I changed buses.


Another early morning trip to town.  I liked the spiderweb of fairy lights illuminating this arch.




And smiled when I came across this wintry tableau - inside and away from the weather.

I am going to finish with some early morning shots from home.




 I was fascinated to see that a lower hill was dusted with snow, while the higher ones were snow free.



Enjoy your weekend - and the week(s) to come.

142 comments:

  1. Beautiful, but oh so cold looking photos. I just love your murals.

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    1. Uglemor: I really like the murals too. We have (mostly) had a fairly mild winter. A few chilly days, but not as cold as usual.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Like you, I am seriously addicted to skyscapes.

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  3. Those murals are really appealing. We are starting to see murals a little more in Canada, but based on what I see on line we have a long way to go to catch up to some other areas of the world.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: We have a number of murals, and I do love it when I see new ones. They add life to what can otherwise be very boring looking areas.

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  4. Dear EC
    More lovely skies to enjoy. We are about to have a hot week (well, hot for the UK), so to see some cooling images was perfect timing.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I hope your heat is not too oppressive, and am glad to provide cooling images.

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  5. Absolutely stunning EC. I love the murals, and also the skies, precious.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. I liked them all too.

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  6. Those murals are fun. I sometimes see little squalls that leave part of the mountain white, while the rest stays untouched. I love the expression on that happy polar bear. :-)

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    1. DJan: The polar bear roared as people went past. Not a frightening roar, but more along the lines of 'hello'.

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  7. I always love your photos - murals, clouds, snow - all of them. Polar bear that says "hello"?? Squee! If I'd seen him, I'd try to smuggle him home with me. :) Thanks once again for taking me with you on your walkabout.

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    1. River Fairchild: That bear was big and would have been difficult to smuggle. I think his friendly roar was attached to a motion sensor which would have added to the challenge. There was however a smaller (and silent) cub in the enclosure...

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  8. They are colourful, happy murals enough to brighten up the dullest of days. :)

    I visited the dentist during the past week, too.

    I hope the coming week treats you well, EC....keep warm...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I was selective in which bits I photographed. Some of that mural is just plain weird and other bits are lovely. I have another trip to the dentist this week, and the final next. Root canal is a slow process.

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  9. Those bus stop murals are great - they would certainly lift my mood! Nice skyscapes too: cold, austere, and beautiful.
    Off to take Manu for a walk. Have a lovely week, EC.

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    1. Alexia: Enjoy your walk with Manu. Jazz has been out this morning but said 'sod that for a game of soldiers' and is hunkered down inside. Shortly I may go and do a bit in the garden.

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  10. Such talent. Winter in July! Where are my corellas?

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    1. Susan Kane: Most definitely winter in July. I will post some corellas for you soon.

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  11. Lovely skies!
    Enjoy your week

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  12. So many pretty sights, and no need to go searching they are right on the way. Many of us, i believe, miss such things because we think we have to go far and wide to see something interesting or pretty.

    My selections include a gaggle of geese.

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    1. messymimi: I am looking forward to your gaggle of geese. Beauty is everywhere - for which I am very thankful.

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  13. I do love colourful murals and clouds, snow not so fond of wet cold stuff.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merlesworld: How I would love some of the wet stuff - cold or not. We are desperately dry.

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  14. Lovely pics, even the chilly ones! It's hot hot hot here in Maine, 93F with high humidity. I'm melting, even with two fans blowing.

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    1. mshatch: Bleah. I hope you can get some cool relief soon.

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  15. Is that arch a temporary installation? I can see the fairie lights, but there also seems to be ice or dew on the structure. Just lovely.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Decidedly a temporary structure. I enjoyed it though, and have no idea how long it will remain.

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  16. Do you know what the fuzzy critter is in the second mural shot? I don't recognize it but I like it. What a lovely sky in the second last shot of the Sister Trees (as I think of them ... although, perhaps it's one tree that splits into two?)

    You were out and about very early. And I suspect had some long walks again. Grr.

    Speaking of Grr, was that a real polar bear (stuffed but real)?

    Okay, that's too many questions and I'm over my quota. Have a good week, or as good a week as you can, given the continuing dental torture. Hugs, dear friend.

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    1. jenny_o: That is a stylised (but totally recognisable emu). I think of them as sister trees too. I think it is one split into two, but they grown separately from the ground.
      I think it was a totally articial polar bear. Which suits my wimpy self just fine.
      And yes, the long walks continue. And will continue.

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  17. The birds mural is fabulous! In the first two cloud photos, do you see a cloud puppy racing to you for a cuddle? I do. I would like to see the fairy lights when they are lit in that arch. That would be a pretty sight.

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    1. River: I really like that part of the mural too. The fairy lights would look lovely at night. Off to review those clouds on a puppy hunt. I do hope I never stop looking for shapes in clouds.

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    2. puppy: top left hand corner, two eyes, mouth underneath, paw under that.

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  18. I always love your photos of the skies and those murals are beautiful though they hardly make up for the increased distance you now must travel. I hope you are keeping well.

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    1. e: Thank you. New medication is kicking me hard at the moment. I like the murals, but you are right, they aren't really a consolation for the walk. I hope you and Lukas are doing well.

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  19. It's a cold, grey day here and I've decided I've been out long enough,,,so what do I find , but icing sugar all over the hills!
    Lovely to look at if one is warmly clad. wanders off channeling Billy Connolly...

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    1. dinahmow: Crisp and cool here too. Not grey though, bright chilly sunshine. There are much worse people to channel than The Big Yin.

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  20. Amazing how that dusting of snow is there.
    Like you photos from home and the first two murals are looking good too.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: I was surprised at that dusting. The hills behind it often get a bit (though not this winter).

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  21. I find the emu a bit nightmarish... I like the parrots, though. Beautiful sky shots.

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    1. Bill: Nightmarish? I am so sorry. I like the birds and the skies too.

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  22. Hi EC - beautiful views ... your bus shelters are gorgeous aren't they. Winter inside - is good ... but the snowy tops just lovely, looks like the dusting of snow has dropped down into the trees ... I'm pleased I'm in warmer climes for now - that snow dusting looks a bit much and I don't want to think that far ahead!! Cheers and hope the dentist trip went well ... Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: This is the only bus stop (and there is precious little shelter) I have seen with the murals and I love them.
      I am enjoying our cool weather and am happy to keep it for a while yet.
      The dentist trip was ok. Two more and the job is finished. Have a great week.

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  23. I love seeing colorful murals, this one looks great.
    oh, your lovely cloud, snow and cute polar bear photos have me longing for cooler temps!

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    1. Marfi-topia: I am a big fan of colour and also of cooler temperatures. I find the sweaty season hard to bear.

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  24. Snow! Wow! I am surprised to see it!

    The mural brightens the day! Such lovely colours!

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    1. Marie Smith: We are only sixty miles away (flying with the crows) from one of Australia's snow fields so a dusting of snow is not uncommon.
      The mural is a lovely splash of colour isn't it?

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  25. I'm glad the bus station is now closer to where you live and those murals are fantastic. Besides adding interest to the buildings, murals also make good landmarks.
    I love your sky landscape photos. Very interesting about the lower hill having a dusting of snow while the higher ones are snow free. We are in a heatwave at the moment.

    I love the arch with spiderweb like lighting. It must be so nice to see in person.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: The bus stop with the murals is a little over a kilometre away from home. And it is an uphill walk coming back. I like the mural though.
      I hope your heatwave breaks. I find heat energy sapping.
      The arch was a surprise and a treat.
      I hope your busy and productive life (and garden) is going well.

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  26. Those fantastic murals...WOW... absolutely stunning!!
    And those wintry photos are so atmospheric, especially as we are in the height of summer here...makes them appear "Otherworldly" and truly magical.
    Such a wonderful post. Thank you so much!!

    I do hope you are well, and are having a fabulous day.😊😊

    All my love and hugs, always ❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: Thank you. I will take more photos of those murals which are quite extensive.
      I watch the sky daily, and often marvel at its beauty.
      I have my second to last dentist trip today - and am looking forward to having it in the past.
      I hope your tests and treatments are being as kind and gentle as they can at the moment.

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  27. I'm always delighted to see your photos. They are gorgeous and make me smile. Thank you for sharing a part of your city. You and I are both lovers of sky scenes. Have a great week my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you so much. Skyscapes are a joy aren't they? I am so grateful to have discovered the blogosphere. Through it and its wonderful residents my world has expanded.

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  28. Even the sun looks chilly behind those clouds!

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    1. John Wiswell: I suspect it was. We struggled to get to double figure temperatures that day.

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  29. I like the bus stop murals. They are pretty and bright, which one would need in winter.

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    1. Strayer: They are fun aren'nt they? Or at least most of them. There are other parts to the mural which have me scratching my head. They aren't dull though, and brighten the area.

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  30. The murals are so neat. I love seeing what people come up with when they paint really well. The cloudy days look peaceful.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: I am unable to draw or paint and seeing artist's work fills me with awe. And gratitude.

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  31. I particularly love the murals and the arch. But all of them are worth the post, the skies have such character!

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: Growing up my family frequently told me 'small things for small minds'. These days I stick my adult tongue out at them. The small thing brighten my world.

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  32. Walking with you via your posts is wonderful! Thanks for your friendship ❤️

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    1. Cloudia: It is a pleasure and a privilege to walk with you.

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  33. I like these murals. They do brighten the atmosphere. Thank you for always taking the time to treat us to such lovely images.

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    1. Myrna R.: I am so very grateful to those who decided that the boring bus station needed murals.

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  34. First, I was wondering what polar bears are doing in Australia...
    The mural is fantastic. There is so much fun and great art in your town!

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    1. Carola Bartz: The polar bear (and its cub) were obviously on holidays, and came to my city during the school holidays.
      The Chief Minister who first made a commitment to public art in my city was a controversial figure but for that he has my thanks. I am so glad that the ministers who succeeded him continue the work he started.

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  35. Your walk to work is quite inspiring and just as much for us to follow! Those colorful murals are charming too especially the second one. I bet they bring a lot of conversation to folks seeing them. Quite uplifting. Enjoy your week too!

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    1. 21 Wits: I do like walking but also wish that the changes to the bus system didn't make quite so much of it necessary. Sadly I think that most people are used to the murals and no longer notice them. I do.

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  36. Beautiful pictures. I always look for faces in clouds. I didn’t see any in these.

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    1. Rick Watson: I didn't see anything but glorious light and shapes in these but River, who commented above, could see a puppy racing for a cuddle. Which is lovely.

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  37. Your walks are always colorful. I love those murals. That is strange that the lower elevation had the snow.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: I am a colour and a beauty addict and feed my addiction daily. I am still surprised that the lower hills got the snow while those behind them missed out. Weird.

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  38. That is one happy-looking polar bear! :)

    Great sky shots, per usual. x

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    1. Bea: I can only assume that the polar bear was on holiday and hope that he or she (and the cub) had a wonderful time. I really liked seeing them (when I got over the shock).

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  39. The sun snaps always get me. The lower slopes dusted with white while the upper remain snowfree - there's a moral in there somewhere which I can feel but can't articulate accrately. As always your photographs brighten my day here (where it's well above 40 degrees). Have the most wonderful week.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Over 40? Shudder. In temperatures like that I hunker down and try and only come out at night. I hope you get some cool relief. That snow image is still nagging at me, well over a week later.

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  40. Those mural pics are magnificent, and I could look at pics of the skies and scenery forever! Happy Day! Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: Thank you. I hope your day is filled with beauty.

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  41. Beautiful pictures are what to see

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  42. nice article..
    thanks for sharing and have a nice day

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  43. Hello Sue! Lovely photos as always! I'm glad to hear you've been having a rather mild winter. We've been having such a Heat Wave, but today finally cooler temps and supposedly they stay for a while.

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    1. BECKY: I hope that our winter stays with us a lot longer. Sadly there are strong hints that spring (and her ugly cousin summer) are on their way.

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  44. The mural looks cool.
    Lovely pictures.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: Thank you. The mural is a lovely splash of colour.

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  45. I love the three murals painted on buildings in our neighborhood. They're cheerful. I would love to be so creative. I would be out of my mind with joy if Banksy came to town.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: Snap. I would also love to be creative, and to see a Bansky work of art in the flesh? I would be beside myself.

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  46. Such pretty skies and wonderful murals!

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  47. Those murals are amazing! Have a lovely day☺

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    1. natalia20041989: Thank you. I hope your day is equally wonderful.

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  48. I love the murals...and the fairy lights:)
    The views from your home are amazing.

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    1. Sandra: I am a big, big fan of fairy lights. When we went to India (last century) lots of places were bejewelled with them.

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  49. Hello, hello! I have missed your posts. I love the murals- so bright. I am curious about the lower level snow versus the higher level...very strange. Maybe a downburst of flurries!

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    1. Terri: Lovely to see you again. I am still wondering about that snow. It was a windy (and chilly night) and I expected to see snow on the higher peaks.

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  50. A lovely selection, beautiful murals, lovely skies, lovely arch and the bear with the lights. Liked those wintry scenes. I have to remind myself that you are the opposite of us in the season. Mind you, we had a deluge of rain today and it was quite chilly from when we were at home. We are up in the mountains. Very nice actually after 100 degree heat.

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    1. DeniseinVA: I am so glad you got some relief from the heat. Feel free to send some rain this way. Please.

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  51. Lovely photos. The fairy lights are enchanting and wonderful skies.

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    1. RasmaSandra: Thank you. The skies in the morning at the bus stop were particularly dramatic.

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  52. Those are some great scenery and sky pics. I love how the light is illuminating in the ones in the middle!

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    1. mail4rosey: Thank you. It took the sun quite a while to break through the clouds that morning.

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  53. I love the muted colors you captured in the sky.

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  54. I love the colourful murals, and the lighted arches - so pretty! And the polar bear made me smile. I much prefer the cuddly stuffed version to the real thing! :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: I would love to see a real polar bear - from a considerably larger distance. The apex predators fascinate me.

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  55. I love seeing the murals because it shows how talented people are. We had an artist come to where I work and donate a mural. It's beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: You have a mural at work? Lucky you. I can't think of any of my work places which wouldn't have been improved by one. Artists (of all genres) enrich my world.

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  56. I love your posts EC! I think I have told you that before, right? LOL!
    The art where you live is amazing! Truly love it! Makes me smile! Love the sky photos! Wow! The fairy lights and the polar bear display are magical! Truly love the photos of the hills, showing one with the snow!!! So beautiful! Big Hugs and I hope you are well!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: You are one of the artists who enriches my world. I am always blown away by your creations - and those of nature. The polar bear was fun wasn't it? Totally unexpected (and very welcome) fun.
      It is still dark, but certainly chilly - I will look for snow on the hills when it gets light.

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  57. That arch at night must be wondrous.
    Hope you are well.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: I haven't seen that arch at night but agree, it would be wonderful. Still battling the nausea, but fine. Ish.

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  58. We are enjoying another round of thunderstorms and drenching rain which will ensure our humidity stays above 90%. So, thank you for the wintry images to help cool us off a bit!

    Love all the art work! Hope your dental appointment went well.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Wally Jones: Humidity over 90%? Bleah. I would be a sad sorry and grumpy mess. I am happy that our wimpy winter cools you down.
      The dentist visit was as ok as they ever are. Another (and hopefully the last) next Monday.

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  59. what is it about the fairy lights that make everything better? great shots - also love the murals at the bus stop! also a nice way to make the mundane glorious!

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    1. daisyfae: Fairy lights speak to so many of us. I love them. And am a huge fan of brightening the mundane.

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  60. I liked your selection of images.
    Good continuation of the week.
    janicce.

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    1. A Casa Madeira: I am glad you enjoyed them and hope your week is lovely.

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  61. Lovely pictures! I'm surprised to see how many leaves are still on your trees. I figured they'd all be pretty barren about now. The mural, the fairy lights, the gorgeous sky and scenery, the indoor polar bear... so much beauty and whimsy around you must put a little lilt in your heart every day. Or maybe I should say adds to the lilt. It's already in you by nature.

    Have a super weekend.

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    1. Susan: We have had a mostly very mild winter. I do hope that spring and her ugly cousin summer don't arrive too early. Whimsy and beauty DO always lift my heart.

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  62. That is strange..... the lower hills with snow.

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    1. Haddock. It was. Really odd. I haven't seen it before.

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  63. Enjoy your favorite season as much as you can. I ran away from the heat wave. 22 degrees today where I am spending a few weeks... up north.

    Be well.

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    1. Caterina: I have been watching the temperatures in much of the Northern Hemisphere in horror. I am so glad you have found an escape.

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  64. I loved looking at wintry photos in the middle of the summer and, in my case, the monsoon. Strange how that lower hill has snow and the higher peak doesn't. Blown off by wind perhaps?

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    1. Kalpana: It was a still morning (at least where I was) so I don't think wind was the answer. I hope that summer and the monsoon treat you kindly.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I did too, and when I was in town yesterday they were gone.

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  66. Hope your weekend is as wondrous as your photos.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra: Thank you. A very busy day yesterday, and a quiet one today. I am surrounded by frosty beauty this morning and revelling in it.

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  67. I'm a little late to this post, but I enjoyed it.
    Fabulous photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Never too late, and always welcome.

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  68. Stunning Sue. Looks like another country. 😉

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    1. Denise Covey: The snow is back again this morning. And the wind chilly.

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