Fav things

Parrots Beak (Lotus Berthlotii)

Parrots Beak (Lotus Berthlotii) Native to: Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Tenerife.. and happens to really enjoy our front yard. It’s grown quite a lot since I took these images, I’ll have to take some updates. We’ve had it five months now and seems to really like this spot it’s in. We’ll bring it inside for the winter months. 

I love this plant.

I call this “our flaming bush”. It has a wonderful soft texture to it.

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Blue Dawn Flower (Ipomeoa Indica)

Here is our much loved Dawn Flower (Ipomeoa Indica — also known as blue morning glory, oceanblue morning glory, koali awa, and blue dawn flower) in a brilliant display this year. It claims to enjoy full sun.. but ours has mostly shade and is quite happy, much to our enjoyment.

Up close. Didn’t realize the one flower was ripped.. must have been one of the crows or squirrels that like to eat them as snacks. The humming birds drink them from the back of each flower, most unusual to watch. 

In sun

Harder to see, but the best display day.. in early morning shade.

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Easter Tulip

This tulip was an unexpected gift from some wonderful people. We’ve taken pictures the past couple of weeks to share the magnificence of the purple tulips journey through spring bloom.

 

The colour is so pretty! It blends with our kitchen perfectly. 🙂 So thoughtful.

 

Gorgeous blooms starting to open up.

 

A different perspective.

 

On the inside.

 

Happy faces.

 

Thank you our dear heart-friends!
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Baby Violets

I had forgotten about this image. One of my families Sweet Violet plants had been damaged last year on accident, I had put it in water in an attempt to save it – (which it worked for those interested, replanted and re-established) It wasn’t until I placed the remains of the plant in water that I realized it had seed pods on the base of the stem cluster.

The next morning the pod opened and dropped the seeds into the bottom of the dish. I never knew what Sweet Violet seeds looked like having been given the plant originally as a cutting to spread around my yard, so this was a wonderful experience. My families favourite flowers.

Sweet Violet “nursery”

Sweet Violet

 

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Hawaiian Smiles Hibiscus

My Hawaiian Smiles Hibiscus just produced the 1st two beautiful flowers of the season.

Two hours after taking these images they were fully unfolded flowers.. but the buds are so pretty.. thought I would share them.

“Hawaiian Smiles” Hibiscus

I love the fuzz! Nature is so pretty.

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1st White Banks Rose

My first banks rose of the season.. I had to capture it one film.. and of course share it!

Lady Banks Rose (white)

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Same sunset, different photographers.

I was skimming through various peoples tweets and came across a picture that struck my memory. Not two weeks ago I took a picture of a brilliant sunset that matched. I uploaded my film tonight and the dates match too. Scottish lad Sam Heughan (@samheughan) and I seem to have taken a picture of the same SoCal sunset, almost at the same time, I either captured it late.. or early.

What a magical feeling.

Ironically, I took a picture of the sunset the day before also.. that looks more like a match. Date on the image is proof though.. Fun stuff. *cheers* Mr. Heughan.

Sam’s picture and mine. Only slightly off time and I’m a fair distance from the coast.

 

Here is my image from the day before.. the stunning colours match, but the clouds.. not so much now that I look at it again. Thought I would share regardless, as it is a beauty too. Enjoy.


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It’s been one of the toughest years of my life, I hope to get back into posting again. 
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My Ash does bark

The bark of my beloved Ash tree.

I find the details fascinating, “stop and smell the roses” type of capture.

Ash tree bark

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Sun soaked rain, wonderful natural effect.

I seem to be cloud gazing a lot lately, can’t help it though. Nature is putting on pretty displays.

It was an unusual cool and overcast day the other morning. The sun was just rising. I managed to catch several images where the sun caught the rain, but not the clouds themselves. Thankfully I had my camera handy again. It reminds me a bit of the Northern Lights.

Sun lights up the rain at dawn

Sun lights up the rain at dawn.

Sun soaked rain, a little closer.

Brighter now. Such a terrific natural effect.

Another section of the same sky, slightly less visual effect.

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Stange clouds

I was out with the dogs the other night and saw these strange clouds in the distance.

Even to the naked eye they almost looked photoshopped, but really pretty.

Whipped clouds behind eucalyptus trees ©Trilby

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