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Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sunday Selections #323

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.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week is a little bit more random.


I am sleeping abominably at the moment.  Pain is waking me often and I usually give up and get up around four.  One morning this week I trotted outside a bit before dawn to photograph the moon.  Or that was my intention anyway.


 When I looked at the photo later I wondered whether it was the moon - or a UFO.  A little later the dawn was soft and gentle.


Autumn is finally here.  Hooray.  The arboreal fireworks (autumnal colour) are slow though.  So we headed down to the lake to see if it was more advanced there.

Not really.  Pretty, but not ablaze yet.  For some reason the trees which turn yellow are considerably more advanced that the red/orange/burgundy ones. 



I liked the red berries though.  And the next tree which is making valiant efforts to change colour.



We stopped and admired  this golden corner on the way home.



And loved the tree outside my mother's old shopping centre.

We have been having beautiful days, and I don't think it will be long now before the trees turn.  Expect many more photos.  The lake was pretty anyway.  Very pretty.






The begonias continue to give me joy.



Some of the many bulbs we weakened and bought are in the ground.  When it is light planting will continue today.  And tomorrow.

And for those who celebrate - a Very Happy Easter.

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  1. Hard to imagine fall when we are just starting spring. Love the tuberous begonias

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: The begonias are spectacular aren't they? And make a nice splash of colour on the veranda.

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  2. There is a unique shade of blue to autumn skies which doesn't happen any other time of year. Beautiful! The shot of the moon/UFO is gorgeous! As long as it didn't land anywhere I think you're safe. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: I am pretty certain that there was no moon landing (in the opposite way to its usual use) anywhere near here.

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  3. Your autumn is beautiful we have the same colours as you Now.we have a great spring have a healthy Sunday

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    1. Gosia k: I suspect we get the autumn colour from the same trees. Very few Australian trees are deciduous.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Thank you. And to you and yours.

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  5. Already your trees are pretty though. Liked the moon shot too! I certainly understand about sleepless nights. The days, no matter what, are easier to take if we could just sleep soundly at night. I wish you some sleep!

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    1. Bookie: Thank you. And you are right about sleep making hard times easier. I hope you are getting lots.

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  6. I'm glad the cooler temps of autumn have finally arrived, too....more please!!

    The flowers certainly have brought a bright start to my morning. I've already been out to pick up my Hot Cross buns...and am now about to enjoy same with along with a mug of coffee as I descend on the paper!

    Have yourself a great week,EC. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I hope your Hot Cross Buns were wonderful. Have a great week.

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  7. Happy Easter! I am so sorry that you have been in pain. However begonias and a book is sure to bring some joy! Autumn is my favorite time too. So this is a wonderful post. <3 Ginger

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    1. Anonymous ~ Ginger: Thank you. Books are always a joy. As are begonias. Autumn is a beautiful, beautiful time of year.

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  8. Your photos are lovely as usual! As you are cooling we are warming. Spring blooms have passed us by and now we are at the tip of summer. Time to get the hot weather veggies planted! Happy Easter or Happy Fall depending on what you celebrate.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: I would have a major hissy fit (pointless but still) if spring was pushed out of the way by summer. Happy vegie planting - and Easter.

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  9. How could anyone live where there is not an autumn display. Your skies are very clear and I expect the air is brisk.

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    1. Andrew: It is getting brisker by the day, though by mid-day it is often warmer than I like. I hear you on the autumn front too. I would miss it. Badly.

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  10. My but those begonias are striking, and the rest of your photos, so serene...as a kid, I loved the moon and regret that I see it less now. I'm sorry to hear of your pain and lack of sleep. That is an unfortunate circumstance I know all too well...I end up napping. Is there anything you find helpful?

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    1. e: I go on until I can't and then nap. Sadly a nap often guarantees that the night sleep is even more fitful. I practise denial. I can't make the pain go - so I ignore it as much as possible.

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  11. I love that pinkish tree. But... you're in pain? :(

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    1. Blue Grumpster: I loved that tree too - and am looking forward to its final display. Pain is a common companion. It is one of my MS symptoms and mostly I have learned to live with it. I could do without the spasms which wake me shrieking though.

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  12. Happy Fall, EC. I hope the cooler temperatures give you some comfort.

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    1. Marie Smith: Thank you. When the weather stops playing yo-yo games the cool will give me comfort.

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  13. I am so very glad we are going into Spring here. I can't handle one more day of cold and snow. You enjoy your Autumn, I will enjoy my Spring. Aren't you just so glad the seasons change?

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    1. Birdie: The thought of being stuck in summer forever gives me the horrors. I am definitely glad the seasons change - and really like three of them. I hope spring settles down and smiles at you.

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  14. The trees are a beautiful color, and that beautiful blue sky is much to be admired. And those begonias, heaven! :-)

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    1. DJan: We are lucky and get lots and lots of blue skies. And begonias. Hugs.

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  15. I wish you Happy Easter, sleep and cooler weather! A liquidamber down the street from us is doing that colouring in patches thing, too. Love the pretty pastel shades in the gentle dawn picture.

    We were visited by the remnants of Cyclone Cook this week - in the event it didn't hit our part of the country too badly, as the centre passed further east than expected. We did have several days of endless rain, however. It's a lovely warm day today, though. Strange weather!

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    1. Alexia: I am glad that the remnants of the cyclone treated you relatively kindly. We have a beautiful day here. Bright, bright sunshine, and no wind. The weather is weird though.
      Our liquid amber is still almost entirely green, but a neighbours has much more colour.

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  16. Thank you for sharing a touch of your spring.
    May you enjoy a wonder Easter

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you very much, and a happy Easter to you and Amor. We are going into Autumn rather than Spring though.

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  17. Oh yes fall can be so pretty with its bright colors....love the tree. The lake is beautiful. Your flowers are bright! Hope you can enjoy the cooler temperatures

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    1. Kim@stuffcould...: I am loving the cooler temperatures. The cat and my partner are not as convinced.

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  18. I LOVE that fiery begonia and the golden corner. Here in Adelaide we don't get such spectacular autumn colour changes although the ornamental pear trees are looking fabulous right now. I saw them as we whizzed by in a bus, no camera :( I need to get up into the hills for autumn colour photos.

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    1. River: I love the begonia and that corner too. The corner is in the suburb I grew up in, and has always been beautiful. The manchurian pears along the lake edge will be spectacular in a week or so. And we will go and look. I hope you can get into the hills...

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  19. Gosh I hope your pain is not too bad and that you can control it to a degree:)
    Love to see autumn colours on our trees, especially those liquid ambers, the colder it is the more colour they have.
    That last Tuberous Begonia is lovely.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Thank you. At the moment the pain is out of control. This too will pass. Canberra's temperatures do make for a vivid autumn - if we have had enough rain. I am looking forward to our liquid ambers, and neighbours claret ashes.
      And yes, that is one spectacular bloom.

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  20. Hope the pain is temporary and soon gone.. the autumn colours are lovely but I'm not looking forward to winter. Contrary that I am I would like just spring and autumn weather and to do without the extremes of summer and winter. thanks again for the lovely photos.

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    1. Anna: I like winter, but could definitely give summer a miss. I am hoping (perversely) for a cold winter so I can freeze bubbles again. The rest of the household (partner and cat) think I am insane. They may be right.

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  21. Love your Begonias and thosse gorgeous blue skies. I hope you have a happy Easter

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you - and to you.

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  22. HI EC - wonderful to see the photos - the moon at night is special isn't it ... sparkling and glowing above. I'm glad I'm seeing lots of green, and masses of flowering trees, let alone the bulbs up and out - even the bluebells are early ... cheers and a very Happy Easter and enjoyable cold months ahead!!! Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Spring and Autumn are my absolute favourite times of year. I find both invigorating and exciting. Love winter too. On this side of the world some of our bulbs are already shooting, and we have a few violets out. Early, but...
      Have a wonderful Easter.

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  23. I am so sorry to hear you are in pain! Feel better soon.

    Autumn is really my 'favouritest' season, no other quite like it, the sky and earth both assume colours that are absolutely inimitable, totally glorious! Your photos capture that beautifully. Thank you for brightening my spring!

    Best wishes for a pain-free, wonderful weekend
    Nila

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. It is a delightful time of the year isn't it? The colours, the gentle weather... Bliss.
      It has been a good weekend. There is still pain, but things have been achieved.

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  24. Dear EC
    I hope things improve on the pain front. I have been sleeping badly too recently and it is so debilitating. Your photos are beautiful, as always. I love the multi-coloured tree - a liquidambar has the same sort of colours and reminds me of Rowntrees Fruit Gums sweets (UK readers will, I hope, know what I'm talking about, but I'm not sure whether you have these in Australia)
    Keep enjoying those begonias and your beautiful skies.
    Best wishes and Happy Easter
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Oh yes, we get (or got, as I haven't seen them for a while) those fruit gums. I am enjoying the colours and the sky, and hope your Easter weekend was/is lovely.

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  25. I'm sorry about your pain and missing sleep, it's certainly a tough combo.
    The dawn sky is beautiful and your bulbs will only add to the views

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    1. kylie: I think of those dawns as 'galah dawns'. They mimic the colour so well. Our sunsets are often more dramatic, but this soft beauty charms me too.

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  26. I'm not sleeping well either. I hope the pain subsides. Jilda and I worked in the yard and garden yesterday so last night Imslept like a baby.

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    1. Rick Watson: It was a very fretful baby sleep here last night. A teething baby. I am glad you did better.

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  27. Bless you amidst your beauty, both natural, and the love we all feel for you. Thank you for showing us how to face challenges - even pain - with grace. I love you, S

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you so much oh sister across the skies.

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  28. Hard to believe I'm looking forward to spring while you look forward to autumn. The one thing I absolutely look forward to is seeing your beautiful photos each week. Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous day, my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. I hope your spring is beautiful.

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  29. This blog is my lovely, quiet space where I can unwind, relax.

    And if you can't identify it, it is a UFO :-)

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): We all need a quiet place, and I am honoured to give you one.

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  30. Autumn is such a gorgeous and inspiring season. All the colors seem to be warmer and more vibrant as if they're feeling a relief from the heat as well. No wonder it's my favorite season. I look forward to more photos of brilliant fall colors.

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    1. Carola Bartz: I suspect that the plants DO feel relief. And love the colourful display. I can never decide which is my favourite season, but like them all. Except summer. The sweaty season is NOT my friend.

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  31. Oh, the sky is so beautiful in those first two photos! Lovely. And the yellow and white begonia is especially nice, to my eye. I'm sorry to hear that your pain is high. Along with the lack of sleep it must make for a very wearying time. Gentle hugs, EC.

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    1. jenny_o: I am weary, but very, very pleased that the bulbs are going in. I won't (as I hoped) get them all in this weekend, but the back has been broken. And mine hasn't.
      Looking to the skies gives me so much beauty. And peace.

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  32. Good luck on your autumn coming on time and normally because our spring here still has not arrived. Still the nights are cold and the days, if not still pouring, if we should see the sun, its still cold. This is not normal for an Oregon spring and probably will adversely affect Oregon agricultural products unless we see a sudden reversal. I will say the lack of warmth and missing sun have been terribly depressing. I don't know when we last hit 70 degrees where I live in Oregon, a some point last fall. I'm sorry to divert into such a rant about the dreary gray here. Perhaps I should invest in a sun lamp so as to pretend.

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    1. Strayer: I like the temperatures in winter, but grey day after grey day can be depressing. Particularly for me if the grey days are lying and there is no rain. Which we always need.
      I hope that you do get some sunshine and warmth. Soon.

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  33. It's ok not to have a theme. I like the random pics. They are the things in your day. Sorry, you're in pain. I admire how you proceed with life and find its beauty.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. I am a beauty addict, and luckily find lots of it. Lots and lots of it.

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  34. That second begonia is magnificent!!

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  35. Never saw begonias like those. I bet you are loving the changing season. I had Easter at my house today and everyone was complaining about the heat so I had to turn on my air conditioner. Isn't it funny how our seasons are opposite?

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    1. donna baker: I am loving the change of season. I got through summer in part at least by admiring your winter.

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  36. Ellie we all recall Rowntree Fruit Gums as gumming our jaws together. Children of these days are not so easily occupied.
    Autumn in A.C.T as lovely as in Daylesford, Bright, Vermont or Tasmania really. So sorry you have the ache/sleep thing too. I often log on at 4 AM to my Ann ODyne @Twitter for distraction.

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    1. Annie ODyne: I wonder whether you can still get Rowntree Fruit Gums. I hope so. Canberra does Autumn well. Very well. It is a beautiful day today and I am having a brief break from weeding. And planting.
      It is no wonder so many cultures use sleep deprivation as torture. It is.

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    2. Yes I can buy Rowntree Fruit Gums and Fruit Pasilles here in Canada..... but pretty expensive as brought in from UK, and only available in British style shops.

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  37. That is one freaking valiant tree! I love the array of colors in the photo following the berry one.

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    1. John Wiswell: Isn't it? I loved it, and valiant was the only word I could find for it.

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  38. Always enjoy your Sunday selections EC. So sorry for the pain and little sleep. Dreadful combination to have to deal with.

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. It is what it is.

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  39. Beautiful. Fall is my favorite season but, in this hemisphere, must content myself with spring --not a hardship after rainy winter but the colors in your photos have a calm that I miss.

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    1. Geo.: It is a truly lovely season isn't it. And the arboreal fireworks are starting to explode. There will be more photos. Probably many more.
      Enjoy your spring.

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  40. I love those cherries, or whatever. Beautiful trees EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Berries, rather than cherries - but very beautiful.

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  42. Your begonias are really colourful and lovely. You are welcoming fall while we are looking forward to spring. It was a lovely day on Friday but we have had rain yesterday. I haven't quite put away my winter clothes just yet. "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out", as my mum used to say.

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    1. Shammickite: I certainly haven't put away my summer clothing. The nights are cooling down, but the days are still warm. Too warm for my wimpy self.

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  43. Beautiful photos as always. The first two....breathtaking.
    Sorry to hear you are dealing with pain. Wishing you a pain free, healing sleep.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. I do love the sky...

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  44. I love photos so the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned. I do hope you get a few better nights this week. Sleep deprivation is awful, especially if it is caused by pain. Happy (almost gone) Easter. :)

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    1. Barbara Fisher: I didn't get up till nearly 5 this morning. Progress. And thank you.

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  45. When the trees finally do turn will they cry out in anguish? lol but seriously I suppose once the trees do bear all, they'll be barren again without all their glorious magnificence to shine and show off. What a lovely thing are trees, we have much to hope from the trees.

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    1. Spacer Guy: I love trees, and like the lacy filigree of their bare branches against the sky in winter. They too are entitled to sleep - and I hope they have pleasant drams.

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    2. I'm shy, bashful and afraid to tell about my feelings EC, so maybe I should talk to the trees, lol

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    3. Spacer Guy: Trees are good at keeping secrets - so yes, talk to them. I do.

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    4. Theres growing evidence that plants can sense, learn, remember and react which means they can think!!!, right? Plants are trees? Now if only they could talk, one of the oldest, a north wales yew tree is 4000 years old, imagine what its first words would be!

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    5. Spacer Guy: We are definitely 'johnny come latelies' compared to trees. And I would love to hear them talk.

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  46. Lovely shots! But so sorry to hear you are in pain.

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  47. Beautiful colors. I am sorry you are having trouble sleeping- and I hope the pain lessens. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: The pain is often with me, but I am learning to ignore it. I hope that you also have a great week.

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  48. I'm awestruck by those trees! What beautiful colors they have. We're coming into spring, so all of our trees are blossoms and green shoots. Love those seasons that are showy.

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    1. cleemckenzie: While we were out a few days ago (without a camera) we noticed that more of the red/orange/burgundy colours are starting. Joy. And Bliss.

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  49. Thank you for the colorful tour. Beautiful flowers. Hope your week turns out good and inspirational. I know just how you feel. I have been woken up for around a week now with stabbing pain in my knee. I take Ibuprofen and it really helps.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: I am glad that ibuprofen helps you. And am happy to share the colour.

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  50. Sorry to read that you are in pain and not sleeping well. I hope you get some relief... and longer sleep-ins through the coming week. xx

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    1. CountryMum: Thank you. I imagine a sleep-in is a rarity in your busy life.

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  51. We enter our summer in a desert climate, while you into your fall in its glorious colors. Enjoyed your begonias!

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    1. Susan Kane: Aren't we lucky that both seasons and locations give us beauty?

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  52. You live in such a beautiful area! That first tree that's changing color is quite eye catching.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Isn't it? We have been having beautiful sunny days so I suspect the change is considerably more advanced now. Blazing even.

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  53. Sorry you are not sleeping well at the moment, I do hope this may pass soon.

    You've given us a wonderful selection of photographs here, a joy to see.

    My good wishes for the week ahead

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~ Jan: Thank you. This too will pass - and there is beauty around me as comfort.

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  54. I'm entranced by the grand finale flower. I also love the color of the sky in your first photo - a gorgeous deep blue.

    Be well, beautiful lady.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Thank you. I think of that colour as 'midnight blue' - even though it was much closer to dawn than that.

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  55. Fabulous pictures!! I hope you are sleeping better now. I can't believe you are looking forward to Autumn. In our part of the world, we are fed up of cold weather and awaiting the summer months to cheer us up :) Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pictures.

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    1. Nicola: Welcome and thank you. I am so over the sweaty season (aka Summer). Autumn can't come soon enough. And while our winters are wimpy on a global basis, I like them too.

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  56. Beautiful shots. I hear you about not sleeping, and sometimes from pain (darn car accident), sometimes from allergies, sometimes from the joys of pregnancy. Here's to the insomniacs in the house! *high five* --The only people who can get no sleep and function like a normal being...because we have to. ;)

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    1. Crystal Collier: Sometimes that 'because we have to gets old' though. I hope that you are getting more sleep and that your pregnancy (and busy life) are being kind to you.

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  57. Wishing you good tidings and healthy non-pain days. I really enjoyed your photos, always a delight, but also your comment on your mother's shopping center, I too am spending my days of work in one of her old haunts. It was her go to Target, and just knowing she spent many moments conversing with some of my friends, co-workers as well!

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    1. Karen S.: We drive past my mother's old home often. Or at least where it was. It was bulldozed and replaced with a McMansion. The suburb still triggers memories though.

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  59. I hope the pain you have vanishes my friend.

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    1. Lon Anderson: Thank you. Not yet, but I am hoping.

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  60. Pain sure sucks indeed.

    Maybe flag down that ufo and get the aliens to use their advanced technology. Might be worth a probe lol

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  61. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing! I do hope you are feeling better now!

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  62. Wonderful selection for autumn! Makes me feel all cosy. And I hope your Easter was lovely! And that you're feeling on top of your world!

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    1. Denise Covey - Author: Autumn is a beautiful time of year isn't it? Easter was lovely, despite the pain. Not on top of the world, but not at the bottom either.

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  63. The skies in the first two pictures are such lovely contrasts. Both beautiful in their own right.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. They were beautiful - and only about half an hour apart.

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  64. Love the tree attempting to change color. I want to cheer it on...You can do it! You can do it!...

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    1. Granny Annie: I am pretty certain you are right. And will check next week.

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  65. Beautiful cats, the autumn pictures are very good. But a cat is a force of nature. I love them. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Ann Bennett: Welcome and thank you. I also love cats. Even when, like Jazz, their characters are not entirely benevolent.

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  66. I'm getting up around 4am, too, for work - as much as I hate the actual getting out of bed, I do love the early morning and seem to have the most energy then. It's just the opposite for you, I think. I'm glad you got to enjoy the moon - I do love your moon photo and the gentle morning.

    You live in an enchanted place, I think - so full of beauty.

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    1. Lynn: My energy is morning energy too, and like you I love the early morning. I would prefer that it wasn't pain acting as my early alarm though.

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  67. Love autumn and everything that goes with it. Cooler days and changing colours galore. Bliss.

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    1. Just Wendy: Me too. I am always glad to see the back of the sweaty season, and the colour changes are a bonus.

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  68. Sorry you're in such pain. Ack.

    Love the photos.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: This too will pass. And the colours go some way to making up for it.

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    2. There is something for me, calming about trees.

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    3. The Happy Whisk: Me too. I loved my trip to Antarctica, but suffered (quite badly) from tree deprivation.

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  69. Those colours are exquisite EC, I especially like the gentle morning image. I was out and about before sunrise a few times recently, you've captured that magical light perfectly. I hope you are able to sleep well again soon, thinking of you

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    1. Kim: Thank you. I am a big fan of dawns - and am amazed at how often ours wear galah colours.

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  70. Gorgeous pictures. Hope the pain subsides.

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  71. I'm sorry you are in pain and not sleeping well. I hope you get a chance to have a nap during the day. I've tried to take photos of the moon and they always come out like yours. Love all the colours in your photos.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: Napping hasn't been happening. Today. Perhaps. The moon is really difficult to photograph isn't it?

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  72. Your autumn colors are beautiful, and will be more and more beautiful with time.
    And I like the sky and like and flowers.
    I have had a long pause to write any comments.... I don't know why, maybe I have too much something to do, and I'm a little tired. I hope you are now well.

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    1. orvokki: I am sorry to hear you are tired. I do love autumn colours - and you are right they are getting more beautiful by the day.

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  73. I meant to add in my comment, that I was sorry to hear you are in pain. Clearly my head is in the clouds .. or, engrossed in my new phone!
    Take care xo

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  74. A Happy Easter to you too - your photos are absolutely lovely. Hope you start sleeping better soon.

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  75. I am so sorry for the sleep troubles. I know how disruptive that is. Your pics are amazing as always- particularly love the flowers and moon/ufo.

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  76. Sue,
    I'm sorry about your pain at night. It's always worse at night for some reason...but I LOOOOVE your perspective and attitude about beauty and life and your deep compassion for others.
    You amazing me.
    Gorgeous photos. WOWwwww. And that moon. Isn't it amazing that we share the same moon even though I live in America?! xxxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: I sometimes think it is worse at night because we have no distractions...
      It is wonderful that we share the world. Hugs.

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  77. Happy Earth Day, EC:)
    I hope you're feeling better and the pain has backed off.
    Hugs,

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    1. Sandra Cox: And a very happy Earth Day to you too.

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