Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sky, Tree and Shades of Green

From left Duranta, Lilli Pilli, Scribbley Gum and in the foreground Coastal Rosemary set against today's beautiful blue sky

Palm fronds and Ornamental Cardamon Ginger plant bathed in sunlight

Sago palm frond at dusk...these are related to pre-historic plants

Palm frond in sunlight

Thalia leaves and Sago palm fronds (don't look at the weeds :/)

Zamia (Cardboard plant left rear) Thalia leaf and Sago palm frond

Blechnum Gibbum 'Silver Lady' fern frond

Today was such a beautiful Winter's day and as I am sick with some kind of cold... no not H1N1 thankfully...bronchitis, which is bad enough... so I decided to sit outside in the sunshine for a while to warm up, get some vitamin D and try to think happy thoughts and ponder life's mysteries...
If I had felt better I should have removed some of the 'bad' weeds from my garden...not the nice ones, some of them are lovely and I encourage them to grow.

While I was sitting there I noticed how beautiful the sky looked... such a lovely blue... looked at my tree which was filled with singing birds earlier in the morning... all of the lovely shades of green... the sun felt warm on my skin... my bed sheets which were on the clothes line looked like billowing sails on a ship as they moved with the gentle breeze which sprung up occasionally and stirred through my garden...rustling the leaves making them glisten in the sunshine...I was feeling much better already.

I had a 'light bulb' moment, I thought it would be a perfect time to try out my new camera, I wouldn't have to go far I could just practice by photographing plants in my own garden and I have heard that some of you are experiencing very hot temperatures in the US so I thought this green foliage might soothe you and make you feel cooler.

Please bear with me, I am just getting used to this camera and all of its features and as I have told Foamy I don't like reading instruction manuals so it is all a bit of 'hit and miss' for the moment...I'm sure to get better with more practice...well hopefully I will... ♥

Please left click on images to enlarge.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Winter Garden

My lime- leafed bower

Entrance to my Secret Garden

Tree ferns and Hakea Laurina

A shaded retreat in Summer

Eucalyptus Haemostoma - Scribbly Gum

Blue sky and leaf canopy

I hope you enjoy these photos of my Winter garden, I took them today, Sunday 19th, the sun is shining, the sky is a clear blue, it is a truly lovely Winter's day here in Sydney...temperature 16º C or for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere approximately 61º F.
The foliage isn't as verdant as the greens of Summer, it takes on a different colour under the light from the Winter sun and sky... ♥

Please left click on images to enlarge.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mid-Winter Sunset

Tonight's Dark Mid-Winter Sunset

I couldn't find a good vantage point in my garden to capture this sunset tonight because of the surrounding houses ; I must say these photos don't do it justice, the colours were spectacular. It was very cold and started to rain so I went inside and these photos are taken through the glass window of my upstairs study/office...it would have been better as a panoramic shot..have to wait for a proper camera for that. Please left click on the images to enlarge. ♥

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

First Sight

First sight
First glance
Of you
and I knew
Our lives
would be
You and me

Your first words
rocked my world
Your voice
touched my soul
Resonated in my heart
never part

The first touch
from you
touched my core
I wanted more
Not alone
any more ...

Our first kiss
took my breath
your desire
Set my heart
on fire...

Your first smile
Stole my heart
And now only you
light my face
light my life
Light my heart
with your warmth
and love


Poem by Dianne

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day

To all of my friends in the United States of America as you celebrate this auspicious day.

July 4th, 2009 - Happy 233rd Birthday!! ♥

Freedom has its life in the hearts,
the actions, the spirit of men and so
it must be daily earned and refreshed-
else like a flower cut from its life-giving
roots, it will wither and die.

~ Dwight D. Eisenhower