Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Sunday Selections #581

 

 
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. We had a very wet day last week.  The following morning was not wet precisely (though more rain was predicted), but it was certainly grey.  When I went out just after first light the sunrise was invisible, but I delighted in rain bejewelled leaves instead.  And yes, the tree dahlias are coming out more each day, and many of them are well over ten feet tall now.

 





As the day wore on it continued to be grey.  However I noticed that the autumnal colour really popped in our garden so I went for a damp walk.  As I so often say, come walk with me...
 

I loved that even on a damp day this bee had found the camellia.







When first I saw this fungi emerging from the leaf litter in a near neighbour's yard I thought they were plastic.  But no, they weren't.  There were at least half a dozen of them, with more coming up.  Captain Google suggests they are Baorangia bicolour and that they are edible.  I wasn't tempted.





Do you see what I mean about the abundance of colour, despite the grey day?

Late in the afternoon some more colour came by for a visit.  King parrots.  Himself fed them while I took photos.



I hope you find colour and joy in your week(s) too.


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  1. Oh WOW, What beautifully jeweled leaves you captured. And your autumn colors are spectacular. The grey skies make them especially colorful. I took several photos of the trees turning in our Valley but will take my Canon to church tomorrow. I will take photos of the avenue of plane trees lining the main street. Thank you for always visiting my blog and commenting. Have a great day. Jo

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    1. Jo: Thank you. My city does the change of seasons well, and autumn is one of my favourites. I am looking forward to seeing your avenue of plane trees.

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  2. Such beautiful autumn colors! And the fungi...!!! Gorgeous, though I wouldn't be adventurous enough to eat it unless I found it safely in a store.
    I cherish taking these walks with you and seeing everything that tickles your fancy. Thank you for opening up the other side of the world (and equator) for me.
    Hugs to you and scritches to Captain Cranky Butt.

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    1. River Fairchild: I wasn't adventurous enough either. I may go back today and see if there are more of them. And still won't pluck and eat them. Each year people die in my city from eating fungi growing in the streets.
      I will give Captain Bad Tempered a scritch from you later. Hugs gratefully accepted and reciprocated.

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  3. Just delightful. You really have an eye for the beauty and are such good company. Thank you pal

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. I am a beauty addict and make no attempt to 'cure' this addiction.

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  4. Very colorful! Great shots of the mushrooms and the water droplets. Peaceful.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: It was very peaceful. I didn't see anyone else walking, and very few cars went past either.

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  5. My first guess at your 'shrooms would be Fly Agaric. NOT edible!! But without seeing gills and stalk I'll pass. Stunning, all the same. And thank you for the autumnal tones

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    1. dinahmow: Thank you. The colours rang alarm bells for me - and I would have needed to pick them to show the gills. As I said earlier I may go and look again today. And photos of Fly Agaric and Baorangia bicolour on the net don't help. Aren't the autumnal hues lovely? Mood lifters.

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    2. try this site. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria

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    3. dinahmow: It looks right - and the stem looks closer to what I saw. I see the wikipedia says that this variety is eaten in some parts of the world too. A variety of magic mushrooms I will not be trying...

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  6. Thoroughly enjoyed walking with you, Sue; the more as rather don't do mornings. ;-)

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    1. Sean Jeating: My partner doesn't do mornings either. Getting up at the crack of noon is much more to his taste. It is coming up for 7.30 here. I have been up for hours and it will be hours before he surfaces. And it is raining lightly. Again.

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    2. Ah, 7.30 is fine. I thought of 4.00 , of getting up to see the first morning light.

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    3. Sean Jeating: I was up well before four this morning. I see most dawns including those that (like today) sneak in rather than breaking.

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  7. I love those drops clinging to the plants. Great eye for beauty and detail, EC. The autumn colour is so pretty!

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    1. Marie Smith: Thank you. I do love the autumnal displays.

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  8. "A wet day"! If only....we're having many very wet days, and nights here. I never thought I'd ever say it...but enough is enough already. We've had enough...rain, rain, go away, not until another day, but until next year!!!! We've been having far too much rain up here. It's become very depressing, and I feel for those who are, once again, going through flooding, similar to what they did a couple of months ago. What does blue sky look like?

    Thanks for the lovely pics, EC. I hope the coming week treats you gently. Take good care...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Many people would agree with you. I don't remember a wetter summer/autumn. It is raining again now, but not at the deluge levels that too many have experienced.

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  9. I am torn between which pictures I love more, the raindrops or the autumn color. And then there is bird envy, naturally!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Thank you. The birds, the rain drops and the colour are here again this morning. As is gentle rain.

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  10. Dear EC
    What beautiful colours to be found if you look. I do love a raindrop photo and a bird photo too. I hope you continue to find colours that lift the heart.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: While I knew that the colour was there I was surprised (and delighted) to see how it 'popped' on a very grey day.

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  11. My comment failed to publish before. I'm trying again.

    What a beautiful and colorful post, even on a grey day. You live in a gorgeous neighborhood and I was completely impressed with the color and variety in it. I always love autumn when the leaves change colors and put on a vibrant show.

    The water droplets on the flowers are magical. Such beauty and very effective photos, too.

    Talk about color!! Those fungi are unique and very colorful. I've NEVER seen any like it before. I was also surprised to read they were real, too.

    What a beautiful bird. It's really amazing they fly free in your area. They are worth a fortune in the states. I sure hope they are protected against evil poachers who want to sell them in the states.

    Thanks for taking me with you on this very colorful walk today, Sue. I hope Jazz is having a good week, too.

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to repost your comprehensive comment. The king parrots are more than welcome visitors and we often see them. On a lucky day we will see up to half a dozen at a time - though they quarrel with each other. I haven't seen them caged here, and hope I never do. Sadly, others of our native birds are often caged. Budgerigars for one. Having seen a flock of literally hundreds of them dancing in the sky the thought of them (and indeed any bird) caged hurts my head and my heart.

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  12. WOW!! So much color. Those mushrooms are amazing, they really don't look real. Wonder how they taste or how one cooks them? I would be too unsure to taste them myself though. Beautiful tree colors, and your damp pictures are awesome. Love seeing the water on the plants.

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    1. Sandy: A later comment suggests that they might not be edible. I am definitely going to be safe rather than sorry - though I may go and look at them again later. When it stops raining.
      There will be rain jewels again later today, which always fills me with joy.

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  13. You live in such an attractive area, EC - I love your rain jewels, the beautiful colours of the leaves, the king parrots. If I had to pick a favourite this week, it would be the twig with the line of raindrops - so lovely. I hope you have a relaxing and peaceful week, and that all is well with your furry friend - does he ever chase the birds, I wonder?

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    1. Alexia: Thank you. I was pleased with that shot too - and like the one above it that includes a damp spider web too. A much younger Jazz did chase birds (without success). These days he ignores them, and they him. Fingers and toes crossed he is doing a little better today. Long may that last.

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  14. I love the water droplets!!!!!!

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  15. The art of raindrop photography was well executed. I enjoyed the stroll with you and no way would I eat those mushrooms with their very obvious 'do not eat me' colour.

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    1. Andrew: That colour SHRIEKED poison didn't it? I admired them but felt no temptation to try them. It was a lovely damp walk - and if I am to go out today it will be even damper.

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  16. Those raindrops laced together on leaves is striking. What a study in a large print.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Weren't they beautiful? Such a simple thing, and truly lovely.

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  17. What beautiful colors to feed the eyes on. It sure brighten up a grey day. I love that the parrot is so tame as to let Himself feed him and even perch on his wrist. It wouldn't surprise me if the parrot said "hello." Thanks for sharing the beauty with us.

    Sorry for my tardiness to leave a comment. It's been one of those very busy week. I hope the sun comes out for you.

    Have a good week.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Julia: You were welcome whenever you drop by, and are not late at all. I have just been out feeding the parrots on this wet morning, and they were perfectly happy to come down.
      I hope your busy week was productive.

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  18. Oh! Those raindrops! Thank you for those little jewels. I have never seen such red mushrooms before! I love all the autumn colour too. we have some around here, but not much.

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    1. River: I suspect that your autumnal colour would be more dramatic in the Adelaide Hills. It is possible your city is too warm for the best display. The red fungi was VERY red wasn't it? The jewels delighted me too.

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  19. The mushrooms are lovely but I wouldn't be eating them.

    I am told that they are a quite remarkable food: one meal will feed you for the rest of your life.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: Not quite, but I take your point. Today there is only one left - and another emerging from the ground.

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  20. All so colourful and I do admire your raindrops, so clear. Well done EC.

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    1. Margaret D: Thank you. There were more this morning. Quite a lot more.

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  21. Still lots of color. I hope it holds out a lot longer for you.

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    1. Mike: There is still lots of colour, but our winters are mild so there is always some.

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  22. A scattering of rain droplets adds a certain magic to the scene. The autumn colour looks amazing too, as we slide into that season that we call "summer", when it gets slightly warmer.

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    1. John 'By Stargoose And Hanglands': I strongly suspect I would prefer your summer to ours.

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  23. Thanks for a lovely walk. I do love the raindrops and the birds are great.
    I hope you have a good week xo

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    1. Kylie: Suburban it was, but I enjoyed it just the same. Thank you.

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  24. Once again a fabulous Sunday selections. The twisty tree really wowed me!

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    1. Bill: What a nice thing to say. I like that tree too, and often admire it.

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    2. I loved the twisty tree too - what is it? And I do envy you for your camellias and tree dahlias. Here in Boston it is springtime and I am working hard on appreciating the weeds in my garden. An ongoing challenge

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    4. Anonymous/Frances: Thank you for identifying yourself though blogger will not allow me to follow you home. That tree is one of our eucalypts, though I am not sure which one. And yes, I hear you on the weeds. After a very wet summer/autumn they are thriving here and I need to do a lot of work before I can plant spring bulbs.

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  25. Hi EC - grey here today ... but plops of green out there with dripping leaves I shall see in all their glory later on. Beautiful photos and lovely looking neighbourhood ... the King Parrot does look happy, as too the bee hiding in the camellia. Your tree dahlias are gorgeous ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Our grey (and rainy) days have delayed the frosts. The tree dahlias are lasting much longer (and blooming better) than usual. I hope your green spreads - and thank you.

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  26. Wishing you a happy week and always glad to see your parrots!

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    1. e: Thank you. We are always glad to see them too.

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  27. Beautiful colours EC. I'm interested in the lighter area on the tree photograph. At first I wondered what arboreal critter had been climbing there but when I embiggened it didn't look quite right for climbing marks. Do you know more?

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    1. Kim: You have a good eye. That area marks (I think) where a branch and some bark was ripped away in a storm. Mind you, we also have possums in the area, though they were not responsible.

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  28. Lots of bright colours here, Sue, to set my day off on exactly the right footing. A cheerful beginning is always a great tonic!

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Lots and lots of colour. Which is always welcome. I hope your day goes really well, and keeps its best foot forward.

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  29. We desperately need a wet week where I love! I can tell how happy those plants are under their beads of moisture.

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    1. John Wiswell: We are usually in desperate need of rain too. I welcome it, though rather a lot of Australia has/is flooded and that sentiment is not shared universally. I hope you get some much needed rain soon. Some world wide weather moderation would be nice.

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  30. thank you for spectacular post dear EC ,i loved the fall color in your part of land so lovely and delightful yes despite the grey day :)

    the fungi looks like red mushroom very intriguing images wow .
    i loved the raindrops specially beaded in twigs ,you are amazing at capturing .
    blessed healthy prosperous days to you and loved ones!

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    1. baili: Thank you so much. Nature so often gives me solace, heart balm and healing. I try very hard to capture some of her wonder. And thank you for that generous wish - which I reciprocate for you and those you love.

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  31. I picked a good day to make a return visit! Love all the colours and textures, and yes, I'd be wary of that mushroom too :-)

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    1. Lisa Southard: The colours and the textures gave me joy on that grey wander. I actually liked seeing the beauty of the mushrooms that was enough in itself, and that I will not be consuming...

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  32. Oh wow, so many wonderful photos, which I always enjoy each Sunday. Those King Parrots are delightful! I wouldn't be tempted to taste those mushrooms either, though they make great photographs. Pretty scenery and the raindrops look like jewels on the flowers. Thanks so much for these and a happy week ahead.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Sorry to be so late to respond to your comment. Blogger in its wisdom decided (again) that you were spam. And thank you for your always positive comments. The King Parrots definitely have a home in our hearts.

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  33. I love this walk you took us on. Such beautiful fall colors. I love all the pictures of the water droplets too. So pretty! :) And those mushrooms look magical!

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    1. DMS: The colours were a joy to me as well. I think that those mushrooms may have been 'magical' but I will leave them where they are.

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  34. Well, I didn't know you had magic mushroom, are they trippy?

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    1. Bob Bushell: We have at least one other 'magical mushroom' that I am aware of. I leave them to others though.

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  35. I love the water droplets on the ferns and the stem. the kind parrot is beautiful too. I've seen mushrooms here that look similar.

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    1. The mushrooms like like Amanitas we have here, often seen along streams, very colorful indeed, toxic though really, make you sick or crazy intoxicated.

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    2. Strayer: The colours of those 'shrooms are a warning. And yes, I believe that ours are intoxicating too. And will intoxicate someone else.

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  36. Wow, what beautiful photos; and hooray that your tree dahlias are still dodging the frost! Your fall colours are lovely, too. And I always marvel at how you manage to photograph birds - those king parrots are spectacular. :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: The birds trust us (at least a bit) and are hungry. Which means that we can get quite close. And marvel at their beauty. The tree dahlias are looking more spectacular by the day - but of course most of the flowers face our next door neighbour.

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    2. Of course. At our place, the flowerbed is south of the house, so all the flowers bloom toward the sun and show us their backs. Who says nature doesn't have a twisted sense of humour?

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    3. Diane Henders: Of course she has a sense of humour. And equally of course it is very twisted indeed. I don't think that the neighbours in question so much as look at their yard - much less spend any time in it.

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  37. Love all your pics, but especially the rain drops on the fern and the parrots! It looks like a very beautiful place to live.

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    1. Rian: My city is widely condemned as boring. I think they are wrong. And aren't the king parrots a joy?

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  38. So many beautiful autumn colors, i hope the rain is a good thing and not too much.

    It's late, but my selections are over here.

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    1. messymimi: Thank you. The rain here is welcome. The same is not true of far too many other areas. As always I loved your selections.

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous raindrop pictures, and your fabulous fall colors just make me smile with happiness! Thank you for this look at your lovely world. :-)

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    1. DJan: I am so very happy to have made you smile.

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  40. I so enjoyed this walk with you. The big trees...the flowers (have never seen a tree like that flowering one, delighted in the raindrops on the foliage, and the birds. Oh my the color! Please take me along on your next walk too.

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    1. J C: I am so glad that you enjoyed walking with me. After the frost hits them I cut the tree dahlias back to ground level each year. In their short growing season they grow up to twelve feet high!!!!
      Birds, colour, beauty are all essentials in my life. And today the sun is shining too - though that is expected to change tomorrow.

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  41. your photos of rain drips off leaves were excellent. Red topped fungi? Not evil?

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    1. Susan Kane: Thank you. Further information/consideration suggests the the red topped fungi isn't evil - but consumption is not recommended either.

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  42. Rainlight is just divine. So romantic! Marvellous captures as usual. Loved the fungi photos especially - very cheeky shade of red!

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: I adore rain and welcome it. This summer/autumn a lot of Australians would disagree. Justifiably. There have been some devastating floods - as recently as last week.
      That fungi is eye catching isn't it? I was so pleased to see it on my walk.

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  43. Wonderful photos-but don't try those mushrooms, they are so not boletes, but fly agaric, a hallucinatory/poisonous 'shroom. You can see them having "pleated skirts" in your photo, a thing the boletes do not have.
    And a curious question, hov do you walk there? it looks like you have to walk on peoples' lawns and driveways.
    I do love how different everything looks! Thanks for the view of your world.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): Fly agaric they are - which an earlier commentator told me. Lovely but not tempting. You do indeed walk on people's lawns - or more often on the edge of the road. Some suburbs have footpaths. Some of my suburb has footpaths. My street mostly does not. Which brings the gardens closer to the walkers. It is a quiet street and it is safe to walk there, despite needing to be on the road.

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    2. Sorry I did not read all of the comments - like with Poetry Monday, I cannot write a comment if I read them, then everything seems to have already been said. I love mushrooms and mushroom hunting, so I had no problem recognizing these beauts. I did not know they grew in Australia too, so I learned something new here.
      At my place we have no footpaths either, but then I live in the countryside. Mostly though there's a strip of grass or earth as a kind of "no man's land" between gardens/fields and the road proper.

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    3. Charlotte (MotherOwl): Not a problem. I am lucky enough to get a lot of comments. I prefer footpaths, because they are often more level. Council prefers no foot paths because they don't have to maintain them...

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  44. What beautiful parrots!? The dahlias and those water droplets are just so soothing to look at :)

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    1. Damyanti Biswas: The king parrots are lovely - and welcome visitors. Unlike many of our native birds they are not screechers either.

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  45. Your post is full of wonderful colour and I certainly enjoyed my walk with you :)

    We've had a mix of weather recently some sun, some sunshine and some quite heavy thunderstorms ...
    Currently waiting for a rain shower to pass and then I think we will enjoy a walk :)

    Have a happy day and a good week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: As part of the comments malarky at the moment, blogger sent your comment to spam. Which it definitely is not. Thank you - and I hope you got and enjoyed your walk after the shower.

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    2. Yes, we too get quite a few that go to spam when they clearly aren't.
      I think we will all be pleased when blogger once again settles down :)

      All the best Jan

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    3. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Very, very pleased. Blogger seems to have taken a particular dislike to you, and I had to release this comment as well. Sigh.

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  46. Such beautiful pictures, lovely colors. Gorgeous parrot.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: I have just retrieved your comment from spam which is where blogger sent it. Thank you.

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  47. I love the red fungi. It looks just how you imagine it to look, or the way Disney would use it in one of their films. That King parrot is stunning too.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I have never seen that fungi before and will keep my eye out for more. It is dramatic isn't it? And yes, we love the king parrots too. Of course.

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  48. What a beautiful parrot. Thanks for taking us along for the walk. I would have to pass on the mushrooms.

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    1. The Liberty Belle: Welcome and thank you. I passed on the fungi - but really enjoyed seeing it.

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  49. I don't think I'd be tempted to eat the fungi either. They are pretty though.

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  50. So beautiful! I love the raindrops! Water and bubbles and water bubbles are so very pretty!

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    1. Jemi Fraser: No arguments from me. I love them too.

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  51. Those tree dahlias are so beautiful. I have a weakness for blooms in the purple/lavender/mauve family. I also have a weakness for rain droplet photos so I really enjoyed those, too. You are right that there is still so much colour there despite the grey day.

    I hope Mr. Bitey-Scratchy is feeling good and taking his pills without any backtalk :)

    Have a good week, dear friend.

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    1. jenny_o: The tree dahlias are looking spectacular this year. No frosts yet, and sunny days... And yes, my beauty addiction was well fed on that walk.
      Mr Bitey-Scratchey agreed to have his magic pill and is feeling good at the moment. Hopefully he will agree to the next one too. You have a lovely week too, sister across the seas.

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  52. What a joyful mix of beautiful photos EC. Those mushrooms look positively poisonous but they are edible? Wow. And the birds are delightful along with your marvelous rain-jewels.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: I did love the rain jewels and always love the birds. Unfortunately my first result from Captain Google was misleading. The colours are right but the fungi is actually Fly Agaric. Hallucinogenic and mildly toxic. Still a dramatic addition to the landscape though.

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  53. I keep reading about photographers who carry a water bottle with them to create the "droplet effect" and here you go and just wander outdoors and snap stupendous "droplet effect" images willy-nilly!

    And we appreciate it.

    We're enjoying the colors of spring flowers and your post reminds us how wonderfully diverse our planet is by sharing the colors of autumn.

    Gini and I hope you're feeling well today and thank you for this colorful post. It has made our day better.

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    1. Wally Jones: I have heard of people striving for the droplet effect too. Fortunately I didn't need to. I really enjoy being able to enjoy two seasons at once, particularly in our summer when I revel in your cooler seasons. I hope you and Gini have a wonderful day.

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  54. Loved the rain droplets on the fern.

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    1. Granny Annie: Thank you. It was not a fern (which I don't grow well) but water on the silk trees but I loved it too.

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  55. These are all so beautiful. I love the photo of the mushroom.
    -Quinley

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    1. Quinley: Thank you. We live in a beautiful world.

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  56. I never cease to be amazed at how large the world is when I come here and see Autumn coming on in our Springtime blooming frenzy. Just so big and wide and wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing the turning colors and the cool rains,
    Jennifer

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    1. SingingRiverSoulSpa: Thank you. Isn't it wonderful the way the internet shrinks our world... (and simultaneously expands it).

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  57. The world is big and full of life, trees and birds and they were all here before we came along, I guess we're one big happy family.

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    1. Spacer Guy: How I wish we behaved better (a LOT better) to our other family members.

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  58. Thank you and oh my did I ever find and enjoy the colors and sights from your world, and yes, the rain-drops-of-joy they are a gift for all. Sweet birds at the close too, they are enjoying life as well it appears. Take good care and may the sunshine happiness all around you.

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    1. 21 Wits: Thank you. As you know well we live in a beautiful world. It is indeed sunny today - but cool. Which is fine.

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  59. Such wonders: beautiful birds, flowers and mushrooms.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. I do hope that you and HH are feeling much, much better. And reciprocate your hugs (very gently).

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  60. I love the autumn colours and the fungi that are around at this time of the year for you. Loved seeing the bee deep in the Camelia flowers. Even on dull and raining days, there are always lovely shots to be taken. Thanks for all of these images. Sorry I have not been commenting much recently. It is because my daughter had a bad car accident and I was asked to come over to the Isle of Wight to help her and the family so it is keeping me quite busy and will be here for a while still.

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    1. Margaret Birding For Pleasure: Thank you. I do hope that your daughter is recovering well and am sure that she is very glad of your assistance.

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  61. I didn't know there were tree dahlias. Lovely.
    You have an energetic and creative day.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Tree dahlias are amazing things. They grow between ten and twelve feet high - in a single season. Energetic? Creative? I fear neither will be happening things today.

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