The Pink Dancer

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Two-toned curving whorls,

The floral dancer swishes

In pink flourishes.

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Walking by an enclosed garden near my friend’s house in Augsburg-Inningen, Germany last week, I couldn’t help but notice this shrub that was bursting with clusters of pink magnolia flowers.

It was the first time I’d ever seen magnolia flowers beyond gazing at them in illustrated horticultural books.  🙂

 

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Eurasian Coot

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Looking a bit naked around the head and with pokey pre-feathers sprouting, this little duckling is keen and curious!

About a week ago on a hike along the shores of the Weitach River on the outskirts of Augsburg – during my recent trip to Germany – I had the pleasure of watching this Eurasian Coot family.  Known as “Blässhuhn” in German.

 

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At first Mama coot was nestled snugly on the nest with her two babies’ heads poking through her feathers, seemingly enjoying the warmth of her embrace.

 

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Papa coot was swimming around and close to the nest.  At one point, one of the ducklings decided to follow Papa and splashed into the water.  Swimming about a bit and then it was time for feeding.

 

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Meanwhile, Mama coot and the sibling stayed nestled in warmth.

 

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Cheery Faces!

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Daffodil duo;

In among the brown and green,

They smile – springtime cheer!

 

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A week ago I went exploring in the front garden.  I found a few yellow daffodil buds popping up and a couple of flowers opened in full, like these two.

Something about their sunny yellow colour that has me singing inside.  🙂

I also noticed how some daffodil’s leaves and buds were so determined to show themselves, that they broke their way through last year’s leaves, taking them upwards with them!

Leafy collars are the new fashion.  🙂

 

 

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The Art of Falling

 

I just came across this gem via one of my girlfriend’s posts.

It gave me goosebumps.

I found it impactful and beautifully done.

It has a profound message.

The Facebook page Access Oneness posted this clip with this lead-in comment:

“So, you lose balance and you fall … but, what do you do next? Stop? Or go on? Make art out of falling …”

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P.S. Re-watching it…..I just noticed something else. Look at the colouring of the trees from the aerial view.

 

First Flowers of Spring!

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Popped up from the ground,

Tiny green stems holding up

White flower greetings!

 

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The start of every new spring season I always keenly await those first brave little bulb flowers who cheerily greet me with their delicate white faces.

Such a joyful sight to behold amid the backdrop of last year’s brown and dried vegetation.

Just now I went outside to capture some of their beauty to share with you.

I hope you like them!

The flower in the photo above is a snowdrop.

 

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These next ones are called “Glory in the Snow” and also “Striped Squill.”

(….the names I found as I was googling…..  🙂 )

 

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For me it’s an endless pleasure to gaze at these tiny white spring flowers.

Here are more snowdrops…..

 

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A Burst of Orange!

Cactus Bloom; Dec. 12, 2012

 

Arching cactus arms;

Noduled stems of deepest green –

Flower flames at tip.

 

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Such a welcome warm colour at my windowsill.

Christmas Cacti (Schlumbergera) can be so generous with their blooms.

(Archived:  photo taken in December of 2012)

 

Six Word Story #12

 

Hemingway, taken by Conrad April 2nd, 2017 on his phone

 

Relaxed….yet watching with utmost concentration.

 

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This photo of our cat, Hemingway, was taken by my son, Conrad, a couple of days ago, when he was also immersed with computer tasks….(you can see a bit of the computer cord).

He happened to show it to me just this evening, and my other son, Jason, and I immediately “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” over it.

What can I say?  All six of us in our family are majorly fond of our cute ‘n furry friend!

And seeing this photo – and it’s been a while since I posted something with Hemingway in it – I decided it would make for a fun, new Six Word Story.  🙂

Her face with the attentive gaze is clear in detail, while the rest of her body and long-haired fur have a nice out-of-focus look.