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Capture: The Colour Of Spring

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  • Jos,

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    Boysenberries…

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

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    Boysenberries

    what is it about bees? so appealing. great the way that bottom bee is cupped so neatly in the boysenberry bloss.

    all i have is loads of roses. oh, and this little cormorant that couldn’ta cared less as i crept closer and closer.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    oh, and
    cineraria heart with a golden center

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    this little cormorant that couldn’ta cared less as i crept closer and closer.

    Your city shag, or cormorant,
    was feeling rather dormorant;
    the reason you will see, no doubt,
    was cos it spent the night hard out
    drinking like the fish and shagging,
    as cormorants do, to gain the bragging
    rights against the lesser birds –
    now it dozes, lost for words …

    (with respect to Christopher Isherwood)

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    On the riverbank, from my door-post 5 mins after posting the above –
    shags little and Sheila the pied with sun-warmed backs and wings after a night of clean living.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Questionable tone, poem?
    Then Sheila, notwithstanding elegant curves,
    rhyming walnut branch and lines of hers,
    lowers back and sheets it home.

    While stilted pied stalks by on the other side

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to ChrisW,

    lowers back and sheets it home.

    never stand behind a cormorant!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Colour of spring still black and white….

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Mr Whippy gets away

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Your cinerarias sing!

    Whip it good!

    our garden after rain, the snowballs are starting to snow

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

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    Floral snow shower
    floral fireworks – light fuse and stand well back

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Missed

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Less colourful, but definitely Spring on the riverbank -
    Auntie's first showing of her brood, before 6am on their Day 2.

    This morning ditto Day 3, just a little more confident, and there are still 3 ducklings. I'm impressed she incubated any successfully, after her choice of nest site was submerged for a while in a spring tide or two. But there are many more hazards ahead ...

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Later in the morning, better light and further afield.
    Easy to imagine that's an expression of wary pride.

    This afternoon's great weather for the ducks.
    Twin brothers Halfring and Fullering have agreed they share paternity and family flotilla flanking escort duties.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Little yellow.

    Tutu-lip.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to ChrisW,

    That is real spring! I like

    Twin brothers Halfring and Fullering

    And Jackson, your tulips taking their final bow after a short two week appearance : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Duckling update –
    It is indeed a hazardous world for ~Peking ducklings in the ‘wild’.
    Dawning yesterday Day 4, the three ducklings were at peak agility, climbing a metre-high hedge of dense grasses etc, lined up at the top before plummeting to earth again to stay close to mum as she got her share and a bit of the small pottle of maize I feed the adult ducks, a token of my esteem encouraging them to hang out around my patch of riverbank, as I have for twenty years. But no sign of any ducklings in the afternoon – Auntie and all were on the river without them. Not the usual pattern of duckling disappearance by ones and twos – on circumstantial evidence, a rarely seen neighbourhood cat is the prime suspect.

    This morning after feeding, as if to formalise that absence and loss, the parents climb the slope to my doorstep and maintain their solemn symmetry, Halfring and Fullering flanking Auntie, for an hour. (These seen through a glass door brightly, albeit a little smudged.)
    Then after a thorough preening, she signalled her readiness to Halfring the alpha male and they were back into another attempt on the cycle of life. Fullering’s turn will have come later.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to ChrisW,

    absence and loss

    briefer than Jackson's tulips.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    California poppy suggesting summer

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Found a most eclectic second hand shop this week

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Found this on the way to lunch. Most unseasonal-seeming. And I don't think I've seen one of these in Beijing before.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Found this

    basking in the lunchtime sun, imagining itself as ..... batman?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Last night in Beijing.

    Not much of a photog but was very happy to see this Mandarin duck at the zoo...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    waiting in the wings...

    I don’t think I’ve seen one of these in Beijing before.

    Perhaps a pausing cast member,
    part of some passing lepidopterist opera?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    a most eclectic second hand shop

    Click go the blade runners...
    Do androids dream of eclectic sheep?*

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    *(does that break PA's 'Don't be a (PK) Dick rule'?)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

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