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Sunday, 21 March 2021

Sunday Selections #525

 


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.  I am taking you back to Enlighten this week, with a jaunt into the city to marvel at the Illuminating Mini Beasts.

Starting with Enlighten, and at the display on the walls of Questacon our interactive Science and Technology Centre.





Wandering down towards the National Library we were delighted to find a flock of illuminated birds.  They were decidedly wind swept so I apologise for the blurry photos.




I have no idea how the lighting was done, but the last one looks very like a sulphur-crested vandalcockatoo.

The National Library featured slides about fruit growing/harvesting/processing in early years and was enhanced by voice overs from some of the people involved.






I said earlier in the post that I was going to show photos of the Illuminating Mini Beasts (also part of Enlighten) which brightened our city centre.  I lied.  As is usual I took a heap of photos and I think they deserve a post of their own.  Next week.

As I prepare this post much of Eastern Australia is under flood watch and some areas have been ordered to evacuate.  My heart goes out to them.  Here we have been promised rain which is conspicuous by its absence.

I hope you all have a healthy, happy, brightly coloured and safe week.


132 comments:

  1. The flooding in some areas of NSW is heartbreaking. The image of that house floating away on the flood waters was unbelievable...sadly, it occurred. Let's hope no one takes unnecessary risks on the roads and elsewhere.

    Enlighten does lighten one's spirits.

    Have a good week ahead, EC...take care...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: The news reports are horrendous aren't they? My heart goes out to those who are affected. Our predicted rain has finally arrived but it is still in the welcome category here. And yes, Enlighten IS a mood lifter. Jazz is going back to the vet tomorrow and will appreciate your cuddles. I hope you and the furry overlords have a wonderful week.

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    2. I hope Jazz is okay, EC....give him a couple of extra special hugs for me. :)

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    3. Lee: He has developed yet another chronic condition. With care (which he is getting) he will be fine. I don't relish giving him tablets twice a day though.

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  2. Floods are awful and so destructive! It's a shame that a bit of (gentle) rain couldn't be funneled in your direction. It's a picture of feast or famine.
    Awesome colorful birds on display. I'm glad that you brave the night to bring the rest of us such wonderful photos to enjoy. :)
    I hope this week brings you less pain and a plentiful supply of roast beef to stay in good graces with you-know-who. Hugs always.

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    1. River Fairchild: Floods or fires. It is always something. We have gentle rain at the moment. When Jazz wakes again he will be unhappy - though his morning tablet and the roast beef went down easily. For which I am very grateful.

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  3. These are all fun to look at and enjoy. As always, your Enlighten series makes me wish I could see them in person. Your blog is a close second. And I do hope the flooding situation resolves quickly.

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    1. DJan: I wish that you (and rather a lot of other bloggers) could see it in person. And thank you. We are told that the rain (and floods) will continue well into next week. Fingers and toes crossed that the weather boffins are wrong.

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  4. The Enlighten displays always bring me joy to see.

    When i get my post done, i'll come back and add a link.

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    1. messymimi: Enlighten fills me with joy too. I look forward to your Sunday Selections (when Sunday rolls round for you).

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    2. messymimi: I look forward to it - as I always do.

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  5. Ha Ha. Sulphur Crested vandal. Rascally little sweethearts. Thanks for the fun tour. Happy Spring.

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    1. J C: Definitely rascally and sometimes sweethearts. A happy spring to you - we are moving into autumn - a season I love.

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  6. Cool bird display. Does your mother know you're out wandering around at night?

    We are having flooding here in the St. Louis area also. Not as bad as yours sounds. And my house is well above flood level. If my house ever flooded the end of times would be upon us. ... Although, the Midwest was in inland sea 400 million years ago.

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    1. Mike: I am pretty certain that my mother neither knows nor cares about my night time peregrinations. Our floods continue today. And probably for much of next week.

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    2. HEY! You made me look up a word!

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    3. Mike: Learning is always a positive.

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  7. So sorry about the flooding.
    The lighted birds are rather cool.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: The birds delighted me. Of course. I hope the floods subside but a lot of damage has happened.

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  8. Dear E.C.! Thanks for the amazing fun tour. Pictures are wonderful. Have a great new brand week.

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    1. bread&salt: Thank you. You have a wonderful week too.

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  9. We had much flooding here as well. Hope all will be safe. Vandalcockatoo, Ha! yes! Love how you have introduced me to to many birds I'll likely never meet elsewise. Nice outdoor delight for the eyes. I'm happy you saved you other shots for a deserved post of their own. Good! Aloha, Pal <3

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    1. cloudia: I am sorry that you (and other parts of the US) are also under flood. The sulphur crested cockatoos ARE vandals - but much loved.

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  10. What fun for the cockies to be part of the fun :).
    Yes we are all hoping NSW sees some dry fairly soon but their bureau says to expect more of the same for days to come. And the young couple who owned the floating house were due to be married yesterday. Never rains but it pours eh??
    I’m joining you today

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    1. Cathy: I saw that the floating home belonged to a couple who were to be married yesterday - and was glad to see that a fund to support them is already in place.
      I will head over to see your selections shortly.

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  11. I must have a look at the flood. It sounds tragic.

    How I wish governments all over the world would find ways to use water from flood. Instead, they fight over oil. Wouldn't it be great if they could run pipes to channel the water the way they run pipes for oil?

    The birds!! How did they do the birds? It is fabulous. The entire show is lovely. I'm getting all kind positive creative vibes. :-)

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): The floods are devastating - for several communities and many people We are so often desperately short of water here that it would be wonderful if we could make better use of it.
      Weren't the birds wonderful, dancing above our heads...?

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    2. How many times in the past have I written to the newspapers saying exactly that about flood waters and pipes.

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    3. River: And sadly nothing is likely to happen. Again.

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  12. The birds in flight are great and the lighting of the library is interesting, rather than just showy.

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    1. Andrew: I really like the library display and listening to the voices of the long ago farmers, pickers, processors really added to it.

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  13. The enlighten displays are so interesting. Thanks for posting these interesting photos.

    I really feel for those who are dealing with evacuation because of flooding and for their losses. I know all too well the hardship and the massive cleanup and recovery after the flood. It takes years to fully recover. We had to sell our herd of milking cows because two devastating flood in a row was just too much for us. At least the (vandal) cockatoos can find a safe place to land.

    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Julia: I know that you are only too aware of the damage that floods carry with them - and just how long it takes to recover. And yes, the birds can land, which during our fires they could not.
      I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  14. Interesting and dramatic images

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  15. The Questacon displays are excellent - lots of lovely colour, and interesting ideas. The National Library slides are great too. The birds are in good shape really, considering the weather conditions - it was very sad to see the damage on our news last night. Fingers crossed that you get some good rain, but not too much!
    I hope that His Furry Lordship is not unwell...? His mood will certainly be improved by roast beef :)
    Take care of yourself and enjoy the season.

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    1. Alexia: We have had some gentle and very welcome rain here (finally). Other areas have had and continue to receive torrential downpours. If it is not one thing it is another. Jazz IS unwell. The vet has diagnosed hypothyroidism and he has to have two tablets a day until his days end. He is NOT good about tablets but the roast beef makes it easier. He has a follow-up visit tomorrow. I have visits of my own too.
      Have a great week - with benevolent weather.

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  16. I enjoyed the cockatoos. They were beautiful, even if they are considered vandals. We get them here in pet stores. People buy them and put them in cages. I think that's a shame.

    The National Library had some incredible Enlighten shots. I loved the grapes, and have NO idea what I am seeing in the final photo. I'm "assuming" fruit of different types.

    Sorry about the flooding. Our rivers are swollen here, but there hasn't been mass flooding like in years past. For your country it's either fire or flooding. Too bad mother nature can't seem to get it right. Have a super colorful week, dear

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Cockatoos (and birds generally) do not belong in cages. Indeed I wish that no animal was caged. The final photo on the library features fruit, and flowers though I will admit that I couldn't identify them all for certain. You are right about the extremes my country so often goes through. A little moderation would be very nice.

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  17. The illuminated birds are fabulous. I like the first and last images on Questacon.

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    1. River: Aren't the birds a joy? I wish that you could have seen all of the illuminations unfold.

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  18. Adoro los pájaros te mando un beso

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    1. J.P. Alexander: We adore the birds too - and thank you.

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  19. I am always filled with happiness when I see your gorgeous photos! Then sometimes it turns to envy because there is so much wonder for you to see. I am going to have to start looking at my surroundings with a different eye!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: I don't go and see lots of the events held in my city - but am very, very glad that you enjoy the places I do go.

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  20. Well these are something else to see of those birds - certainly brightens up the place.

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    1. Margaret D: The birds were a definite highlight for us.

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  21. You photographs especially the illuminated birds brightened up my morning Sue. It is wonderful to see all the lights in person. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Margaret Birding For Pleasure: The birds were an addition to Enlighten - and I am glad to see that other people liked them as much as I did.

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  22. Brilliant photos, love those birds. No, the floods have not hit us yet but the pool has turned green, and the rain continues on and on.....x

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    1. aussie aNNie: We have had a bit of rain - but not much. I am glad that the floods have not hit you yet - and hope they don't.

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    1. Bill: It is. Definitely crazy and a bit scary for a lot of people too.

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  24. Beautiful pictures ! Love the illuminated birds !

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  25. Hi EC - the rains do seem to be very severe ... but sorry you haven't had some of them. People are incredibly creative - and it must be lovely to see those illuminations ... love the fruit ones - though first thought they were prison bars! - I think being there would be better to so appreciate them. All the best - and see you Wednesday - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: The library colonnades do look like bars don't they? Enlighten is much better in person - not least because the crowd (which I usually avoid) is good natured and happy. I am looking forward to seeing (and attempting to use) your prompts on Wednesday. And seeing where they take other people.

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  26. Oh I like those birds too, so pretty. It's always tricky to photograph birds in flight on windy days! I hope the heavy rain settles soon and that everyone stays safe

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    1. Kim: Thank you. Real birds are much less predictable in their movements than these were - and I still struggled. We are yet to get any heavy rain but sadly it continues in too many places.

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  27. The way the lighting plays on those birds creates an amazing effect. I am glad that you took a few pictures so that you are able show it to us. Wonderful!

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Just a few photos... And thank you.

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  28. Dear EC
    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos. I particularly like the birds.
    Have a good week and stay safe.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: We particularly liked the birds too - and missed them when we walked past before the lights were turned on. I hope you and your garden have a wonderful week.

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  29. Thanks for happy bright photos - and that kinmd of lies are always excused :)

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): Thank you. I try to be honest but sometimes fail.

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  30. I like the illuminated birds.

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: They were fun weren't they?

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  31. The illumination is fabulous! I hope everyone is safe from those floods. Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: I am safe from the floods. Sadly the heavy rains continue in some areas and more evacuations are under way.

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  32. The illumination is amazing. Your city has such wonderful events. Hope you get a bit of rain and the flooding stops for others. Take care my friend and have a great week.

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    1. Mason Canyon: We are getting a little rain this morning. Which is lovely. Sadly the flooding rain continues in other areas. You take care too - and keep reading.

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  33. my eye focused in illuminated bird photos...the colour change from blue into red...so beautiful photos ^^

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    1. Gustyanita Pratiwi: The birds were beautiful - and even more amazing to watch in person.

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  34. those birds are amazing. I love the Enlighten series and look forward to more.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: Enlighten is an annual treat. I am very grateful that it could go ahead this year - and that we went.

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  35. Thank you for sharing this wonderful event. Love the birds.

    May the rain go only where it’s needed with a safe moderation.
    Have a healthy, happy week.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. Some weather moderation is desperately needed. I hope your week is just what you wished for me.

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  36. Floods this year, not fires. We're maybe to get up to 60F degrees next weekend. But until then, just more damp and rain. If I ever visit Australia Enlighten is an event I would love to experience. those bright beautiful lights in the dark. How did they do the birds on a string?

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    1. Strayer: We seem to go from one extreme to the other don't we? Devastating extremes. I wish I had notice the birds before the lights were turned on - I might (just might) have been able to answer your question.

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  37. Love all these pictures and the stories they tell in lights. The birds are gorgeous and I would love to see them in person. Thanks for sharing!

    Here's hoping everyone gets the weather they need this week- and in the perfect amount. Stay safe!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. Sadly too many people have got and are getting more rain that we need. I hope it settles soon.

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  38. Una buona serata e un sereno inizio settimana a te.

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    1. Giancarlo: Today will be busy, but I hope productive. I hope your week is lovely.

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  39. Love your Enlighten photos, especially the birds on a wire.
    Hopefully, the flood doesn't touch you and your house. A natural disaster is always horrific, but when it affects people you know, it becomes more personal.

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    1. Olga Godim: Thank you. I am safe from the floods here (and would like more rain than we are getting). I watch in horror as the affected areas spread though.

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  40. Amazing photos particularly love the birds on a wire, I wish you a great new week to come and stay safe,

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    1. RasmaSandra: Thank you. Those birds were lovely weren't they?

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  41. I really liked your photos this week. I hope you have a good week too.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: Thank you. I hope your week is excellent - and that the police are less in evidence.

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  42. Sunday comes around again, and once more you have provided a wonderful selection of photographs, thank you.
    Enlighten looks such a good event.

    The terrible flooding in Eastern Australia has been shown on UK news, my thoughts are with all those affected.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Enlighten is a wonderful event. Sadly it will be towards the end of the week before the flooding goes down. The affected areas are expecting more heavy rain in the next few days. My heart goes out to them.

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  43. I rather like the fruit picking photos, especially the one with the baskets of grapes. For some reason I think fruit and veg are the most gorgeous things......

    I hope you enjoy your rain and it stops at just the right time

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    1. kylie: I agree with you. I think fruit and vegetables are often very, very beautiful. I am loving our rain which is still falling gently today. We are expecting more tomorrow which is fine by me. I do hope that the flood affected areas get a reprieve thought.

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  44. I especially like the images of those birds, that's truly beautiful!

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    1. Lon Anderson: Seeing the birds dancing overhead was a real treat.

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  45. Honestly the mild blurring gives them a sense of motion that has its own beauty. I love what you captured. Thanks for sharing, EC!

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    1. John Wiswell: What a lovely thing to say. Thank you - and move they did.

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  46. These are amazing images! Love the birds especially :)
    Wishing you a good week, too - hope you receive your rain and the floods are not too devastating elsewhere.

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    1. karen: Welcome and thank you. We do have rain. Gentle blissful rain. Sadly the floods continue.

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  47. Aquí en Sevilla, hubo recientemente un espectáculo de luz en el centro de la ciudad, al que no quise acudir por motivos del COViD, así que me alegro de poder ver el vuestro aunque sea a través de este medio.
    Me han encantado esos pájaros volando, así como los motivos reflejados en la Biblioteca, que están muy bien trabajados.
    Quedo expectante de tu próxima entrada, por que se que van a ser espectaculares las imágenes.
    Un abrazo, y cuídate mucho. Y ojalá que esas inundaciones previstas, no se produzcan.

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    1. Manuel: Many thanks. Sadly the floods did occur - and are still happening. Here we finally have rain. Welcome rain which is not flood producing. Some world wide weather moderation would be nice. Have a wonderful and safe week.

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  48. That must have been totally stunning to see it. It looks marvelous from your photos and I look forward to seeing the Illuminating Mini Beasts next week. I give my heartfelt sympathy to those who are dealing with the floods. I have been reading about it and it sounds awful! I hope this week finds some relief for them. I do hope your week is a good one.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. I hope you enjoy the Illuminating Mini Beasts - I loved them. The rain and the floods continue and we are told that the next twenty-hour hours are critical.

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  49. EVERY illumination was just as awesome. Seriously, how did they do the birds as if they were in flight. I liked the ones done by the Science Centre as it had illustrations of different aspects of Science. You are so lucky to stay in a city with such artsy management and the trouble they take to bring Arts in different imaginative forms.

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    1. kestrel: A heap of work goes into the illuminations and they often relate to the purpose of the building they adorn. I am endlessly grateful to live in a city which celebrates art.

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  50. The display of lights are beautiful. As for the floods... I hope the meteorologists made a mistake.

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    1. Caterina: The lights were wonderful. Sadly the floods are real and more and more people and areas are subject to evacuation orders.

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  51. Your photography is great as you capture these colorful images. I am sorry to hear about the floods there. I know how bad that can be. Hope you get the rain you need. We had a pretty spring day today, but still I hesitate putting out plantings. Have a good week.

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    1. Glenda Beall: Thank you. The floods continue. We really do seem to lurch from one extreme to another. Enjoy your spring.

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  52. So very cool and beautiful! Looking forward to next week!

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  53. My sister gave me solar powered illuminated hummingbirds for Christmas. They hang in my kitchen window and I see them in their lighted beauty every night as I get ready for bed.

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    1. Granny Annie: I would love to see solar powered birds. I must investigate.

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    1. Lady Fi: They are. Having discovered this festival we have been back every year since (sometimes more than once).

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  55. How pretty! I do love light displays. Probably why I like Christmas: because it's so pretty! We are moving into spring here and oh boy does that make me happy.

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    1. mshatch: I am a big fan of light displays too. The consumer greed of Christmas turns me off a bit though. Enjoy your spring. I am reveling in our Autumn.

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  56. I love love love the illuminated Birds - how wonderful! Your city certainly does wonderful and interesting things.
    I have read about the floods and was wondering how you are doing. I'm glad that there's no flooding in your area, but sad to hear that you're still waiting for the rain. I remember that we had severe floods after our big fire.

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      We did get the rain (and also some very minor flooding in and around my town). Other areas have not been so lucky and the flood peaks are yet to come. Flood after fire is particularly damaging isn't it?

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  57. Crazy weather - our planet is getting angry. I hope things settle down soon over there.

    I loved the windswept birds! Your city is wonderfully creative. :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: Sadly the planet has every right to be angry. The windswept birds were wonderful - I still smile thinking about them.

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  58. I love the flora in the last photo. It must be lovely to attend this in person at night - lights at night make for magical viewing. Stay safe in the weather there, dear friend.

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    1. jenny_o: It is a wonderful festival and how I would love to share it (in the flesh). Our weather has mostly calmed down quite a bit. Thankfully.

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  59. Hello, and thank you for the lovely evening lights, and the opening murals, they are amazing. What a delightful place to wander about and snap photos! You are spot on with using magical viewing, there's something so lovely about it!

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  60. Sorry to hear about the flooding in eastern Australia. As for the lights, they are gorgeous!

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    1. gigi-hawaii: Thank you. The floods seem to be largely over for the moment - and the huge clean up is under way.

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  61. Truly breath taking!!!
    Sorry about the flooding! I have seen it on the news!
    Big Hugs!

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