Friday Photography - Shades and Shapes of Green

Evening all. I don’t know if it’s true, but there seem to be more shades of green than any other colour.

I'll be back later. Enjoy yourselves, and have a wonderful weekend.

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magiamma's picture

Posting and running. Hope to be back later.

Flower - Its name is unknown to me. It is quite beautiful but smells like carrion!
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It is very large
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And the bloom lasts only a few days
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https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/voodoo-lily/voodoo-lily-inf...

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@magiamma
Also known as a voodoo lily.

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@magiamma

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as was your artistic shot of frozen dew on bollox ref's (?) last friday photography night.

we live between the mountains and the desert, so lush vegetation is awesome to behold. this year we're burning up, wildfires & smoke galore in the SW.

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@wendy davis
The Friday night photo essay is a bright spot during a week of endlessly overwhelmingly frustrating news. We behold the beauty in spite of the fact that the world does seem the same as it ever was.

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@wendy davis

I’m glad you stopped by, and thank you for your appreciation.

Auckland has a subtropical climate, the western part of which contains the particularly lush Waitakere Ranges. We get lots of rain and a good amount of sun. ‘Indescribable’ is a word that I often hear in my head as I regard this landscape.

I haven’t been to where you live, but from your photos I’ve seen, it looks like you enjoy great natural beauty around you. I am sorry for the drought and the fires that continue to threaten life as it should be. I hope the land gets the rain that it needs to sustain life. When will we ever stop starving the earth?

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I found another flowering tree to follow as it goes through the seasons. In the fall it's loaded with chestnuts that apparently aren't edible.

The amount of blossoms on it are incredible to see in person. My photos don't do it justice. Next year I'll lug out my better camera. It just seems that every time I do bring it with me I find nothing to see worth lugging it around.

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I'm not sure if these are the baby chestnuts because it seems that there are so many more in the fall. I'll keep watching it.

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Thanks for hosting tonight, Janis. You might be right about how many colors of green there are. The other color that has a lot of shades is red. Look at any sunrise or sunset and see how many shades are in them. It looks humid where you live because it looks like you live in a jungle. True or not?

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@snoopydawg
Loved the white fence photo from last week. Where was that?

The last photo with the yellow greens is almost abstract. So many colors of green but I am going to vote for gray as the color with the most variants. If you consider gray a color that is. Personally I like bright clear colors generally, except when I don't.

The chestnut tree is magnificent and I look forward to following it with you. Smile

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@magiamma

Looks like green is the color meme tonight and I doubt it was planned. ?

Where did you find that plant? I bet it's beautiful in person. The tree was just stunning when it was fully loaded with the blossoms and I really should quit using the camera on my phone and use my SLR instead. As for the last photo the wind was blowing hard and it's the only one that's not too blurry.

The fence is at a city park that I used to go to when I was a kid. It's right at the foothills. They tore down a lot of trees and put in a golf course.

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@snoopydawg
to my house from a construction site. And I transplanted one of them into my garden not knowing what it would be. The plant really smells like a dead animal. The flower is about a foot long. What an odd but beautiful voodoo plant.

I just read this about a chestnut branch and wanted to share it with you. It is from 'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor Frankl who writes about his theory of psychological thought which he developed in Auschwitz. There he spoke with a women he knew would be dying in several days.

She said, "This tree here is the only friend I have in my Loneliness." Through that window she could see just one branch of a chestnut tree, and on the branch were two blossoms. "I often talk to this tree," she said to me. I was startled and didn't quite know how to take her words. Was she delirious? Did she have occasional hallucinations? Anxiously I asked her if the tree replied. "Yes." What did it say to her? She answered "It said to me, 'I am here--I am here--I am life, eternal life.'"

What a powerful and wonderful chestnut branch. No?

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@snoopydawg

I love the patterns of its different flowering stages. It seems somehow apt to have such a monumental presence in a cemetery.

True, where I live is a little jungle-like.

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@janis b

There is always so much life happening in a place surrounded by death.

Thank you for helping me understand why I love that place, Janis

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There is always so much life happening in a place surrounded by death.

Thanks snoopy.

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Gotta go, but a couple of shots....

Possibly Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last view of the world?....

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Gëzuar!!
from a reasonably stable genius.

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@Bollox Ref

I can imagine his last visions were quite grey and icey.

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The river that is.
Thanks for hosting janis Smile

Blue Iris.
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White Water Lillie.
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Yellow Water Lillie.
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Beauty in decomposition.
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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

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@Pricknick
are quite beautiful. Thank you.

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@Pricknick

Did you float by it today on your float?

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@Pricknick

Again, I wish I was there.

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Thank you for them. Green seems to be an agreeable color for the world, I'd like to see more of it.

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made me smile. Smile

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@detroitmechworks

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Each shot is so different. My favorite is the last with just a touch of red to set off the greens.

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@magiamma

Thank you for covering all the colours.

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@janis b
My new job description will definitely include "coverer of colors" Smile

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Green just makes everything look more alive huh? It's much greener here than in Utah.

Here's a photo of the rookery from last week:

I couldn't tell when we were there but I'm pretty sure there are birds on all those nests.

The sandhill cranes; they were pretty far away, but a blurry photo is better than no photo:

A cheerful yellow warbler:


These loons nest on our neighbors' pond I think; they like to fly around calling to each other around the same time each evening.

I found this house wren singing his head off by our brush pile the other day:

Mrs. Oriole landed on our mop; she's telling me to put out a new orange. (I had to go to the store to get more.)

They have a nest in the big tree in our yard!

And finally, this swan nest is right by where I saw the osprey nest; I haven't seen the osprey again but I've got my eye on this one! They incubate their eggs for up to 37 days.

Yesterday I saw a cardinal here, the first one I've ever seen in our yard in 33 years. I heard him singing in the trees, and located him a few times but wasn't able to get a photo of him. I hope he comes back. We've also seen the green herons around!
The water lilies will be blooming soon here too; I've got to get out and get some photos of them. I was going to say corpse flower for that one Magiamma, but I think I like voodoo lily better!

Lots of stuff keeping us busy here too--cats and kittens, the horses, grass to mow, plus we have a small garden, on top of the usual baking and birding adventures and my part-time job. Cheers everyone!

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This shit is bananas.

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@Daenerys

Hope you can get some pictures of the babies. Cute photo of the bird on the mop. Sounds like the birds have you trained ..

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@Daenerys

Hope you can get some pictures of the babies. Cute photo of the bird on the mop. Sounds like the birds have you trained ..

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@Daenerys

The rookery looks like an amazing nesting place. Lucky you for being able to visit.

The two bird photo (loons ?) is an amazing photo. Thanks Daenerys.

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Fred can now ride a unicycle.

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@Bollox Ref

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@snoopydawg

Thanks snoopy.

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@Bollox Ref

It does Fred proud.

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or in this case, crocs.
gators crocs gotta eat

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@Wink A rare one happened down near a So. FL lake. A small woman was walking 2 small dogs near the water's edge. Signs were posted and she had been warned about the gators who lived there. Didn't listen. A 12+ footer charged out and grabbed her. The gator tore off one of her arms and her body was found further down in the lake. Why are humans so willfully stupid? Fatal gator attacks are very rare here. The gators shy away from humans. But you do not bring small animals/kids near a gator infested lake. Gators live in lakes; humans don't.

Beautiful photos and informative comments. Thanks and Rec'd!!

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Some yahoos make me want to change species!

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Thanks to all the posters all week for all the great thoughts and ideas. Some green... some not,

'the pond' at Lost Maples State Natural Area, on the southern edge of the Edwards Plateau in south central Texas. In the NE part of the 99 x 29 latilong.

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further up the canyon
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Mountain Pink - can cover the mountain in a good rainy year
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Basketflower - in the thistle family
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y'all can probably figure this one out...
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Have happy ones!

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
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@dystopian

It leads me further up it to where I might go .... this is the gift of photography.

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@dystopian

for your glimpses of Texan temperates and a peacock portrait.

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