Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Sunday Selections #544

 


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.  Today is National Tree Day in Australia - and coincidentally I had already planned to post about trees.  Warm Trees to be precise.  Our National Arboretum runs this exhibition each year, and each year we visit.  And smile.  This year the exhibition is partnered with
the High Commission of the Republic of Singapore and the  theme is based on the national orchid of Singapore, the merlion, and butterflies.

I love our arboretum, and it is yet another place we don't visit often enough.  Please, settle down with a beverage of your choice.  As is usual LOTS of photos follow.  I should add that the tree's woollies will get two lives.  When the exhibition finishes they will be washed, unravelled and turned into warm rugs for people in need in my city.  Our winter is definitely not yet over and I am sure they will be appreciated.

 



 














 

Some of the trees in the bonsai exhibition were also rugged up.  Bonsai worries me.  I am aware of the work which goes into creating/maintaining them but it always makes me think of foot binding.



This Desert Ash has been styled/trained since 1961.


This Trident Maple has been styled/trained since 1999.

Even in winter, when many of the deciduous trees are bare branches filigreed against the sky there is a lot to enjoy at the arboretum - and the views are spectacular.










Last night I went back to the arboretum for an evening which was well out of my comfort zone (and past my bedtime) of glitz and glamour.  Photos may follow in the fullness of time.

In other news, my reading list is still conspicuous by its absence.  I miss you, and feel guilty putting up posts while I am not reading yours.  Hopefully the blogger boffins will fix it.  Soon.

I hope your weeks are packed with colour and fun.


Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Oops.

 I do hope this is a (very) temporary glitch, but at the moment I cannot access my reading list so I cannot see any of your posts.  I follow so many blogs that I rely on the reading list to see when/whether posts have been added.
 
Hopefully normal service will be resumed quickly.

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Sunday Selections #543


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. Wednesday of the week just gone was chilly.  Bright, clear and chilly.  So filled with anticipation I headed out just after first light to try to freeze bubbles.  And had some success.  Settle back with a beverage of your choice.  In my usual minimalist fashion there are lots of photos to come.

 Dawn brought a soft blush to the sky.

The ground was frosty - though it didn't seem to bother the magpies who were searching through the leaf litter for tasty treats.

When the bubbles first land they are transparent with a beautiful iridescence.


As they freeze they become opaque and the iridescence disappears.

Remember this double bubble.  I will come back to it later.

I adore the edging of frost around the anemone leaves.  I think of them as frost flowers.


You can see that this bubble has started to freeze and the iridescence is limited to the very top.



The bubbles fascinate me when they pop too.  Who knew that a frozen bubble would leave a shell behind it.



Or that a popped bubble could look like stretched chewing gum.

I liked the bubble which landed in the lavender.  Sadly it didn't last.
A close look at this bubble will show you that it has holes in it - but retains its shape.






The series of photos above blows me away.  A soap bubble with a slow leak collapsing in on itself.

Just a few more photos now.  Ok I lied, several more photos.  I am returning to the bubbles I first blew and photographed.  They froze beautifully, and the frost was just starting to settle on those frozen bubbles when I came inside.  The double bubble (remember it) had lost its top bubble but the shell remained and it didn't pop its twin. 







I was outside for a little over an hour and had a wonderful time.  It wasn't 'quite' cold enough.  I didn't succeed in decorating the lawn with a plethora of bubbles but was still smiling when I came in.  In an extra bonus, my ongoing nausea was at low levels and I could reward myself with a cup of tea.

I hope that you (and your inner children) also find fun in the week to come.