Freesia are one of my favourites…their simple form and beautiful smell are one I hold dear…
Whilst the northern hemisphere is experiencing heatwaves, here down under, winter continues on for a little longer (which I confess I enjoy!). I saw these flowers at the greengrocer on Saturday and was immediately drawn by the incredible red and what seems an almost alien form. These are Banksia coccinea, and are native to the south coast of Western Australia. The many forms of different Banksia amaze me with each flower head made up of many individual flowers.
I seem to be doing a lot of sunrises, apologies….so here is another one!! I hadn’t anticipated the temperature to fall as low last night (-2 C), so had a shock when everything was frozen this morning and with no wind. The dam at work is rarely this still. Handheld 😦
As I have mentioned in a previous post, this vista is one I see everyday at work. The constantly changing light fascinates me. I watched it just after sunrise today and caught this light just before the ridge completely vanished behind clouds of heavy drizzle. I liked the light through the distant tree line and the brooding clouds.
There are a few ornamental Quince hedges (Chaenomeles) in the garden. I love the bright colours at the end of winter. These have started flowering a little too early and so have been hit by the frosts.
A slightly different post…When I saw Yertle, one of the farm cats sitting against the doorway, the image immediately reminded me of the late 19th century French poster, Le Chat Noir. Yertle is a rescue cat who has the most amazing, friendly character and a lazy eye.
This weekend has been wet, dark and quite miserable. Today we went to visit Post Office Farm Nursery owned by a friend who is a Hellebore specialist. The nursery is open on Sundays during winter when the plants are at their peak. I have to admit the weather was not ‘macro friendly’ with high winds and rain so I shall be going back before the flowering season ends. They are beautiful plants with so many different colours and forms.
This dead tree struck me by its elegance. I liked the simplicity of the scene from the sky through to the surroundings.
One day last week after work I noticed that one of the horses, Adele, was backlit beautifully by the late afternoon winter sun. I was drawn by the light in her eyes and whiskers on her chin 🙂