Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Sunday Selections #484



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.   As I am (sort of) this week.  The garden is an ongoing obsession.  At the moment both the garden and I are a bit confused.


Winter is here.  And so are some spring bulbs.



We also have Japanese Iris in bloom.  They are apparently summer bloomers, but this one (given to me by a neighbour who has since died) is happily blooming now.  In theory it likes wet soil, but this one doesn't get it and has mulitiplied happily.


I have also been watching 'frost flowers' which confirm that it is indeed winter.  It isn't quite cold enough to freeze bubbles to my satisfaction (I tried yesterday) but we are getting good frosts.  Today's garden job is to cut down the tree dahlias which have lost their battle to the frost.







While I was attempting to freeze bubbles (- 4C is not quite cold enough) I was also marvelling at the sky.

These shots were taken over about half an hour starting just after sunrise.









Always the same, always different, always beautiful.

Have a safe, healthy, happy and beautiful week.

 

174 comments:

  1. Wow those photos! Your ice flowers are so so pretty and your cloudscapes are marvellous. I love to see your part of the world through your all seeing eyes.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): Thank you. I am endlessly grateful to the blogosphere for the way it brings parts of the world I will probably never see for myself into my home/heart/brain.

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  2. Klasse Bilder vom Himmel.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  3. I tried to look up the name of that particular cloud formation. "Altocumulus (or possibly cirrocumulus) clouds" was the best description.

    When I did a search on the second picture, google came back with 'tree'.

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    1. Mike: Sometimes google is a fibber. I am ignorant about most cloud names, but enjoy them anyway.

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    2. They are altocumulus clouds. It is also called a Buttermilk sky or Mackeral sky. Cirrus are thin wispy clouds which are at a high altitude. Cumulus are fluffy.

      Clouds can be classified as one of ten types of clouds. There are numerous names for clouds https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cloud_types_en.svg

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: Thank you. I am really pleased that people continue to comment on your guest post and even more pleased that people all over the world are wishing good things for you.

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  5. Those are stunning clouds. I rarely see anything like them around here. The frost flowers are lovely! :-)

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    1. DJan: I kept getting distracted from the task at hand (freezing bubbles) and gazing at that sky in awe and wonder.

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  6. That's a fantastic sky.
    Amazing so many flowers are blooming when it's almost winter there.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Our winters are fairly wimpy on a world scale. I am surprised (again) that some spring blooms have put in an early appearance though.

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  7. The flowers, of course, are beautiful...but so are the cloud formations...once again, Nature at its best.

    A very heavy dew has dampened everything around here this morning...so heavy one would think it had rained overnight...but rain it did not.

    I hope you have a good week ahead, EC....keep taking good care...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: No rain here either, much as we need it. Frost again this morning, though not a hard one.
      I hope you and the furry overlords also have a wonderful week.

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  8. Such beauties in your part of the world. The blooming flowers must be in a sheltered place to still be blooming in winter. Those clouds in the sky are beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing your frozen bubbles.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: The yellow Sol D'or is in the backyard which is a little more protected, but the other blooms are out the front and are not sheltered at all. I am hoping for a good hard frost to freeze bubbles in - and may be one of the few hoping for such a cold start.

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  9. Your sky shots get ever more impressive, Sue. The show is there just waiting to be captured, isn't it? It is dramatic, beautiful - and free!

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: I have always been a big fan of skyscapes, and the months over summer when the skies were severely polluted has given me an increased appreciation. As you say, they are dramatic and beautiful. And we need to be conscious about maintaing clear skies.

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  10. Splendor above and below...Hugs.

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  11. Oh my gosh, blossoms in winter! And that sky ! Wow wow wow !

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    1. Laurie: We usually have blooms all year round - but I agree with you about that sky. I said rather a lot of wows myself.

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  12. Your sunrise is gorgeous, dahling--absolutely gorgeous. And all your flowers! Carol said she'd garden with me. We didn't do it so that's probably it for this year. It's too hot and humid to go outside now.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: I don't garden in heat and humidity either. Unless it is very, very early.

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  13. I love your shots of all the frost on the plants. You have an amazing ability with your camera and I'm only too happy to vicariously indulge in your pastime. :) Thank you as always for sharing.

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    1. River Fairchild: Thank you. I enjoyed wandering around admiring the frost flowers (and didn't even do MUCH gardening as I went).

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  14. That's a lovely series of cloud photos, each one related to but different from the one before - and all beautiful. I love the Japanese iris - the colours are so delicate. My mother used to grow masses of the old bearded irises, which I'm afraid I don't like as much as the Japanese ones.
    Your frost-on-the-leaves shots are great too. Like River Fairchild, I am very envious of your camera skills.
    Have a lovely week - I shall imagine you out in the frosty garden making bubbles!!

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    1. Alexia: I grow the Japanese iris that the neighbour gave me, Dutch iris AND bearded iris. Obsessional? Probably.
      Enjoy your week too, I hope you can get out for walks and wanders.

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  15. No offense to your beautiful flowers, but I had to spend more time looking at the magnificent sky. Wow!

    Summer is arriving in a couple of weeks. They say it will be a very hot summer. I am just hoping we will be able to swim in the indoor and outdoor pools. Nothing has been said about it by our officials, as far as I know.
    Be well and keep enjoying the new season.

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    1. Caterina: I do hope that your summer isn't hot. And that if it is you can have the respite of pools. 'Some' of our indoor pools are starting to open.
      I am loving the season and hope yours is kind to you.

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  16. Those frost flowers are lovely and so are those frost clouds.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Thank you. I thought so too.

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  17. Those skies tho, magnifique. Weird reading about winter when our summer is just beginning.

    Lovely shots as always.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: Weren't those skies a treat? After the summer from hell I am very, very glad to welcome winter. Even gladder than usual.

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  18. I don't think I've ever seen frost on flowers.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: We see it every year. Some plants it kills and others shrug it off and keep going.

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  19. That first huge yellow blossom is magnificent. What richness! Can you tell me what it is? It's not something I recognize.

    Those clouds are amazing.

    I hope you get your bubble-freezing weather soon.

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    1. jenny_o: It is the perspective which confused you. It is the first bud on a yellow jonquil. A double yellow jonquil whose name I cannot remember.
      A look at the weather suggests I will have to wait to freeze bubbles. Most people will be happy about that.

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  20. The clouds a looking different.
    Frost - had one last night/this morning, was a beauty but it didn't touch my large leaved nasturtiums.
    Nice photos you shared as always EC.

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    1. Margaret D: Thank you. We have had a few frosts now. They are gone by mid morning though - so far.

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  21. I like alto cumulus, too, though when I was a toddlebod I called such skies "like plum juice in custard."
    If the BOM is right, you'll be playing bubbles this week!

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    1. dinahmow: I like the plum juice in custard analogy.
      I have just had a look at the forecast. No bubbles this week. We really need it to be -6 (or less) at first light. It will come. The other morning I succeeded in freezing a few, but they didn't last.

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  22. you could title those skies "The Migration of the Clouds", they're so pretty. I love the frost too, we don't get any here, not that I see anyway. Maybe I need to get up before dawn one day...
    My Jades are all flowering profusely too, I meant to take a photo. I have green shoots popping up in odd places where I thought I had removed all the bulbs, but there's no sign of them flowering at all.
    484 is just over 9 years of Sunday Selections!

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    1. River: I wish that Kim of Frogspondrock fame knew how well her meme had lasted. We do get frosts, but not as hard as the ones I remember growing up.
      I would love to see a photo of your flowering jade - a plant which does not grow for me.

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  23. Glorious cloud photos. Bulbs are sending forth here too. Isn't it too early?

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    1. Andrew: I think it is too early for spring bulbs to flower, but the plants don't. Mind you a lot of other bulbs are only just starting to poke through the soil so I hope we will still get a spring display.
      Weren't those clouds spectacular?

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  24. Dear EC
    Each season has its own beauty. The cloud formations never cease to amaze. A lovely way to start a rather damp Sunday.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: You are so right - though I struggle to see the beauty of summer. Or at least I can see it but don't appreciate it.
      Feel free to send your dampness your way. We still really need rain.

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  25. EC- you certainly have got a lot of replies this week! I do love your sunrise photos as I am very rarely able to get up early enough so I really appreciate your sunrises. I am more of a sunsetter. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Rosie: I am so very grateful to the people who comment - they make my posts much, much better. I am a very early riser and usually see sunrise AND sunset. Sunset is usually more dramatic though.

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  26. Hi EC - beautiful shots ... I'm just glad it's not full 'summer' as we have it - so the greening is still going on - but May was rainless ... we did have a storm last night - not sure how much rain though ... still better than a drizzle.

    I do see the sunrise coming ... but I'm afraid do not move very far! All the best with cutting back the Tree Dahlias ... and stay healthy - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I hope that the areas in need of rain get some - which (as usual) includes us.
      Cutting back the tree dahlias was a sad essential. I tired before cutting them all up though - more work for tomorrow.
      Take care, and enjoy a healthy, happy week.

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    2. We might get more rain tonight ... not sure though. Well another day to finish the job - not bad at the moment ... and yes rain for you too - all the best - Hilary

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    3. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Good luck. Rain-washed air is one of my favourite scents.

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  27. Exquisite sunrises, beautiful silhouettes, fuzzy leaves--- what more could one want! Stay well!

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    1. Bill: Many thanks. I would love to be able to go down to the woods with you...

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  28. Frost flowers - how unusual. Beautiful, looks like they have been dusted with icing sugar. If over we can get these here, but at 33 degree C every day, its impossible

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    1. kestrel: They do look to have been dusted with icing sugar don't they? I relish our cooler days and would wilt if our temperatures stayed at 33C all year round. The summer inferno is more than enough for me.

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  29. I was loving your frost flowers, as I always do, then was totally mesmerised by that glorious sunrise.

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    1. Kim: Wasn't it spectacular. I couldn't believe just how quickly it changed, and how beautiful all of the manifestations were.

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  30. WOW, those frost flowers are so striking! They really do look as though they have been dusted with icing sugar, don't they?!
    And your sky photos are really something! I love how you've captured the changing hues of sunrise...so breathtakingly beautiful!!😊😊

    Hope your Sunday has been a good one!

    Stay safe and happy, my dear friend.

    Muc love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: When kestrel mentioned the icing sugar analogy I thought that it was a totally accurate description. I suspect in the coming months there will be more liberal spreads of the white stuff.
      I am so very glad I could share some of my delight in that sunrise. It took my breath away. Repeatedly.
      I hope that your day is happy, healthy and fun.
      Huge hugs.

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  31. The clouds look spectacular!

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  32. I love your Sunday posts. It’s like a walk in the park.

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  33. Heavy frost and the flowers are so unusual for us but you pull it off in Australia! That sky was pillowed.

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    1. Marie Smith: Some of our plants are killed or burnt back by frost, but a surprising number survive. We really do have a wimpy winter.

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  34. Those sky pictures make me think of rough water, they look as though they should be underneath, not above. Lovely flowers even if they shouldn't be blooming now. The frost on the leaves looks pretty, sad it means winter and they will be dying off.

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    1. Jo: I hadn't thought of the rough water - but can see exactly what you mean. The plants I photographed dusted with frost will survive our winter quite happily. We will lose a handful of other plants but others will cope well with the cooler weather to come.

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  35. I love those cotton ball clouds! I'm a sky watcher too and it's always beautiful. :) There is something about frost on leaves that really catches my eye, it's like a work of art by Mother Nature! The "frost flowers" are very pretty! :) I want to see frozen bubbles!!

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    1. Rain: I hope you can see frozen bubbles. They are a winter treat I look forward to every year. Hooray for sky watchers. There do seem to be a lot of us about.

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  36. It's beginning to get very hot in my part of the world. The desert has stopped blooming and is simply seething now. So I really appreciate the frosty pictures you've taken. The leaves and flowers look so beautiful. The sky pictures are beautiful too. I love skywatching.

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    1. Myrna R: I love your description of the desert seething in the heat. I really wouldn't cope with it at all well. I think that it is much easier to get warm (and stay warm) than the opposite. I hope you have some relief from the summer inferno.

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  37. Your garden is truly amazing. So many beautiful plants and as always the sky photos fascinate me. Take care and have an amazing week.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. I hope you have a safe, happy, healthy and book-filled week.

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  38. The heat is getting intense here. We have a guest cat who brought her brood to my back porch about two weeks ago. She is often panting in the shade. So enjoy your cool months.

    I love your sky photos.

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    1. Ann Bennett: I do enjoy the cooler months. A lot. Your poor guest cat. A fur coat in intense heat sounds like a fore-taste of hell to me.

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  39. Those clouds are so pretty with the various lighting. I love the flora too.

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    1. gigi-hawaii: Thank you. I loved them both too.

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  40. The flower are so pretty. I do not see enough flowers around where I live. The sky pictures are very pretty too.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: Most of the houses around here have at least a small garden. Some of the obsessionistas (like me) have a big one. However yesterday a person walking by said how lovely it was to smell the jonquils as she went past - and thanked me for the garden. Which was lovely.

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  41. While winter is coming on your side of the world, it's summer for me. I'm not looking forward to warmer weather at all.

    Those sunrise photos are so lovely. I like seeing clouds change especially if the lights changes as well.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. lissa: I am not a summer fan either. I hope yours is gentle.
      Changes in light fascinate me too.
      Have a great week.

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  42. The frost on green plants can get so pretty. I'm glad the vegetation isn't hurt by it!

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    1. John Wiswell: It is pretty. We lose some plants to frost but I think we lose more to the searing heat of summer.

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  43. Que lindos olhares e fotografares!
    Um abraço florido e colorido.😊
    Megy Maia🌈


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  44. I can understand your obsession. Your blooms are stunning, as are your frosties :) Skies are gorgeous too :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: I have so many obsessions I am a little ashamed. Thank you.

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  45. Frost! Bubbles! First time I saw them on one of last winter's posts, I thought they were for sure fake. Looking forward to seeing them this year.

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    1. Susan Kane: They are assuredly not fakes, and I hope to be able to freeze bubbles again sooner rather than later.

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  46. It's always a treat to walk with you and see your skies and flowers.

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  47. Very nice post, you helped me lot:)

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    1. Helfoo: I am glad to hear it, but have no idea how this post can have helped.

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  48. Beautiful garden pics as usual EC. Love how frost makes those leaves look fuzzy!

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    1. molly: Thank you. I am fascinated by the frost and the sculptures it makes.

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  49. YOur frost flowers are lovely. Terrific skyscapes!

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    1. Karen: Many thanks. I am anxiously waiting for the weather to be cold enough to freeze bubbles. Soon I hope.

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  50. I love your frost photos Sue and those skies. I should know this but I don't - what kind of a camera do you use for these gorgeous photos?

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    1. Kalpana: Thank you. I use a Panasonic Lumix. It has been good to me. I was given a much more upmarket camera - which I haven't come to terms with at all.

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  51. The dawn is always beautiful but I am never there to see it!

    that sky, in particular, was just dazzling

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    1. kylie: There is no virtue in my early rising. It is a combination of pain and insomnia. Dawn is a sweetener.
      I agree about that sky though - it was completely amazing.

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  52. I like all of your pictures.
    Especially flowers look so beautiful. sunrise, cloud in the sky.. is amazing.
    Great pictures..

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  53. Pretty photos, nice flowers, especially this blue one ❤

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    1. Kinga K.: That blue iris was given to me by a neighbour who died a few years ago. I think of him kindly each year when it blooms.

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  54. Aquí estamos en primavera y pronto dará comieno el verano. Las temperaturas suelen ser bastante calurosas en mi ciudad, por lo que las plantas hay que regarlas bastante a menudo.

    Son preciosas las flores, pero lo que más me ha llamado la atención es los fantásticos cielos que has captado.

    Que tengas una linda semana.

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    1. VENTANA DE FOTO: Thank you. It was the skies which caught my attention too. Absolutely beautiful - and mesmerising.

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  55. Wow ... the photo of the cloud looks dramatic! Almost similar to the wave form of the sea ...

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    1. Himawan Sant: Someone else pointed the wave form out to me - and you are both right. It was beautiful wasn't it?

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  56. Wow you are having frosts there. We haven't had a good one in two years. I want so badly to do the freezing bubble thing. In fact we're having a summer winter, with cold temps and pouring rain, which is depressing, after much of same for months. Those cloud photos are unbelievable. Love them!

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    1. Strayer: We are indeed having frosts but I am hoping for a much colder start to the day. At the moment they are teasing me - it is cold, but not cold enough.
      I loved those clouds too.

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  57. All my favorites, flowers and clouds! Great selections! Thand you for sharing.

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    1. Yolanda Renee: Thank you. I so often turn to the natural world when ours is overwhelming me. I find solace there too.

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  58. Wow! Fabulous Flowers. Stupendous Skies.
    Thank you for sharing, EC.

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    1. Wally Jones: It was my pleasure. I do envy your captures of dragon flies though. So very much.

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  59. Vengo a sacarte de tu error, la máxima, es la que figura en rojo y la mínima en azul. Nunca ha sido la mínima más alta, que la máxima en Córdoba.

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    1. VENTANA DE FOTO: Thank you. I think it is language difficulties which have caused our problems. I notice on your site that you were expecting a minimum temperature of 17C today. Our maximum temperature is expected to be 12C which is less than your predicted minimum.

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  60. Beautiful clouds and flowers.

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  61. SpikesBestMate9 June 2020 at 06:53

    Those skies are fantastic, EC. I shall be taking a much more careful note of skyscapes in future. We have enjoyed brilliant blue cloudless skies here recently, and the trees in spring green against the blue have been stunning, but I envy you those big wide skies just full of clouds. I've never seen a frozen bubble, so I hope you get to post some pictures.

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    1. SpikesBestMate: I am a huge fan of skyscapes and look to them every day for comfort, for wonder, for awe...
      It needs to get a bit colder yet before bubbles will work this year but I am hopeful. If you put bubbles into the search tool on the blog you will (hopefully) find earlier attempts.

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  62. I always enjoy your garden photographs - but the stars today are all the wonderful sky photographs - those cloud formations are marvellous.

    I do hope your week is going well, our weather has turned a little cooler and we could do with some rain …

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I was completely awed by that sky. I hope you get your rain. I hope we get some too (though none is on the radar).

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  63. Meadows on the sky! Love those pics!
    Love doing bubbles in the winter :)

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    1. Jemi Fraser: Isn't freezing bubbles fun? A heap of fun. Hooray for healthy, happy inner children.

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  64. What a spectacular sky! It seems strange to think that you're heading into the frosty season just as we're looking forward to some heat to put some red in our strawberries. Enjoy your frost flowers! :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: I am going to love our winter. After the summer from hell I have been looking forward to it for what seems like forever.

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  65. Love the magnificent skyscapes. And also the 'frosted' pics. So much beauty! Thank you.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: As you know I am a beauty addict, and so very grateful to find it.

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  66. Great pics. Beautiful frost flowers.
    Hope your day is filled with (just enough) sunshine and sparkle.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: It is early yet but I am hoping there is sunshine when dawn breaks.
      Have a wonderful creative day.

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  67. Good morning, and hello dreamy skies! Your captures are always so incredible, and full of life overhead. Not to mention your flowers and even the frost has a simple beauty that not everyone can see. Enjoy your week and all that is around you. Stay safe.

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    1. 21 Wits: I so often turn to nature for solace, for healing and for beauty. All of which she supplies in generous quantities. Stay safe, stay well.

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  68. Wow - loving those clouds!

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    1. Lady Fi: I did too - and thought of your skyscapes. HOW I would love to see clouds like these reflected in a body of water...

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  69. Wow! Those sky views look pretty impressive, and such colorful pictures of the flowers. I keep forgetting that your weather times are different there, but you know I love it when it's cold. Totally opposite here. Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: I really like the cold weather too. Sadly our winter has backed off a bit (though others in the house disagree). I hope you are coping with the heat. Hugs received and reciprocated.

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  70. Some amazing skies there. (Yes, they were poppies on my blog).

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    1. John "By Stargoose And Hanglands": That sky was spectacular. I am glad I was outside to revel in it. Thank you - I thought they were poppies but had to check. And how I would love to see wild lupins.

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  71. Such calm quiet beauty. It is goodness which gives excellence which the bees appreciate.

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    1. Spacer Guy: I also NEED that calm, quiet beauty.

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    1. Romance Reader: Thank you. And don't we all need both beauty and peace more than ever.

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  73. So beautiful. Loved all your photos.

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  74. That daffie just pops.
    Hope your day is filled with just the right amount of sun and sparkle.

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    1. Sandra: It is a brilliant colour isn't it? So far, just the one though.
      It is dark now, but I am definitely hoping for sunshine tomorrow (when the fog is gone).

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  75. You do manage to get some wondrous sky shots. That last one especially pops.
    Hope today and those that follow are filled with energy and good health.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you - and to you. I am so grateful for digital photography. Take dozens of photos, keep a few...

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  76. I love the Japanese Iris, as it carries on the spirit and memory of the neighbor who so thoughtfully gave you the bulbs.

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    1. J C: I remember that neighbour fondly often. And think of him with gratitude each year when the iris blooms.

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  77. Frost? Aw. Feels too cold for a Queenslander, but we don't get beautiful pics like this of shivering plants. Oh, except for over the range Stanthorpe way. Those skies! Wow!

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    1. Denise Covey: My partner has family in Brisbane. They look at our temperatures and cringe (as I do when I look at their temperatures for much of the year).
      I am glad that other people are as impressed with that sky as I was.

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    1. P-and-P: Welcome and thank you. It was a spectacular start to the day.

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  79. Wow- those sky photos are just gorgeous. Amazing to have summer flowers blooming as winter is getting ready to start. Especially when you have frost! I hope you can make your frozen bubbles soon. :)

    Have a wonderful day!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: We have (relatively) warm weather predicted for at least the next week. No frozen bubbles. Yet.

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  80. Lo primero es decirte, que me has dejado boquiabierto con esos maravillosos cielos de que disfrutáis por esa bendita tierra.
    En cuanto a las plantas imagino que se han ido adaptando a esas temperaturas tan bajas y a las heladas, igual que en nuestra tierra hay plantas autóctonas que soportan el clima tórrido del verano, y no se puede sembrar otro tipo de plantas, porque son incapaces de resistir eso 40º C. de media que tenemos durante casi todo el verano.
    Las fotografías son todas preciosas.
    Un fuerte abrazo y que tengas un buen domingo.

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    1. Manuel: Many, many thanks. I am a huge fan of skyscapes and that morning was particularly spectacular.
      Many of our plants have adapted to our changing climate. Your summers are regularly over 40C? Shudder. We have the odd day at those temperatures and I (and the garden) find it hard to cope.
      I hope your weekend (and the week to come) is blissful.

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