Leaves

The word prompt from Bren: Leaves

I was looking about as I have taken a few photos of leaves lately, then changed my mind and decided to go with some of my favourite leaves – Begonia leaves. I have quite a number of Begonias in pots. I was first attracted to the leaves many many years ago and then when the Begonias flowered it was a pleasant surprise. No flowers here just a few of the leaves.

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Propagating Begonias is easy. I get a leaf, put some cuts into the veins especially near the stem but not cut through, place in seed raising mixture and keep watered. Begonias don’t mind being a bit dry. Too much water the leaf will rot.

Pink #31 – The Begonias

My supplementary photos for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

I have a quite a number of Begonias in pots around the house, in the shade house and on the verandahs. I fell in love with Begonias many years ago, mainly for their leaf colour and structure. I don’t know any of the names of the individual plants. Some are just Rex begonia or Painted Leaf types. I really should sit down and try to work all of the different plants I have shouldn’t I?
All the photos were taken over the past few days.
I propagate by leaf cuttings. Have been known to “borrow” a leaf from plants I come across in various locations.

I will start with the leaves.
I love the leaf on this Begonia. As you can see, the leaf starts off red and the has shades of pink.
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This leaf has texture as well as a blend of colours.
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Another leaf with texture and spots of pink.
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This one is similar to the above. You can see other Begonias in the background
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Now for the flowers
Shades of pink with subtle spots on a very hairy stem. The leaf shape in the background
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This pink has come out more of a light tangerine. It really is pink.
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The leaf seen in this shot of the flower is red. The flowers white with prominent pink spots again a hairy stem.
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The profusion of pink flowers. This is in a pot in the garden and the possums haven’t found it. The leaves when in shade are almost black and dark green in the partial sun.
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The same type of plant to the one above only this one is in the shade house.
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One of the first Begonias I got. A rather boring leaf but the flowers are lovely. This one is in the sun room.
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There so many Begonia species. This list is huge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Begonia_species

If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

The Begonia

A photo challenge from Lost in Translation: Once Over

I like this photo challenge as I quite often am not satisfied with a photo I have taken and want to try and capture the feeling or mood when I was attempting to get what I wanted.

Here is the original – the closest of many photos to what I hoped to achieve.
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What I wanted but just couldn’t adjust my camera to the right settings to achieve was a dark background in order to fringe highlight the small hairs on the begonia leaves and stems. Once I had manipulated the image to what I desired, I then removed some of the elements that I didn’t want in the photo with cropping and cloning.
This is my final result.
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This is December

This is just the one big photo blog. I hope you have time to scroll through. It started rather small at the start of December and just seemed to grow as stuff happened. I have included some of the skies that may have been in Beckys Square Sky photo challenge or missed out. I really enjoyed Beckys #SquareSky challenge. Perhaps you may need a pot of tea to get to the end!

Lets go. I love skinks and how they just move about on brick walls.
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Come Summer and the Dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
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I couldn’t find this Dragonfly at first when it disappeared into the garden.
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Summer in Australia with the deafening cacophony of cicadas. When the tree you were in many years ago has gone, make do with anything to get out of your shell.
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Brown Ringlets have wonderful “eyes” on their wings.
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I was visited by an Assassin Bug who did a bit of fluff cleaning for me.
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Mud Daubers make wonderful clay pots to raise their young. They lay an egg in the clay pot, they go about gathering spiders which they comatose for the grub to eat when it hatches.
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I have been watching this one build a cone shape on the architrave of the office door.
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Some mornings the chicken wire fence has lots of spider webs in the mesh.
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What a fabulous green the grasshopper has which contrasts with the yellow of the Deities flower.
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I love the Line Blue Butterflys antennae
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The Bromiliad flower with a bonus spider shell.
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The Stingless Native Bees loved the Day Lily flower.
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After the rain, the Crocus flowered much to the delight of the Stingless Native Bees
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They certainly have a laconic way of flying don’y they?
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The red Dahlia is one of my favourite flowers.
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The Tree Begonias supplied a splash of red in the garden too.
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It was a great year for the Agapanthus flowers.
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A tiny native flower with a fluffy centre.
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Another lovely flower I was given from my friend Geoff.
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A very pretty Rose in a friends garden.
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I think this flower is an Egg and Bacon plant flower.
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The Hibiscus flowers welcomed the rain  in December.
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A field of Daisys on the side of the road.
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The Curry Bush had a great flowering last year as well
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The storm season arrived a bit late last year but when it came, it was spectacular.
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This sky was incredible
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And again
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I love capturing the suns rays.
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The palm leaf had shiny spots of water which glistened in the sunlight.
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People must have thought I was mad walking around trying to get the sun in the right spot.
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This sunset was amazing. The colours changed every minute.
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It’s hard getting a sunrise photo when you live in a forest.
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The Spangled Drongo was wondering what I was doing interrupting bath time.
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It isn’t often I see a Peaceful Dove at the bird bath.
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When White Ibis flocks glide overhead it is just magnificent.
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A female Figbird or a young Figbird just getting his red mask.
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One day he will look like his dad.
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Check out the pants on the Channel-bill Cuckoo
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They have a very serious looking bill don’t they?
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Rainbow Lorikeets are quite raucous as they nibble about on the Lemon Scented Tea Tree.
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I am so glad the Forest Kingfisher has returned this Summer to forage around the house.
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An activities box outside of a Cafe in Toowoomba.
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The Moon was just wonderful with the coloured rings on a cloudy night.
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If pupils were white it could look like an eye.
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Some people have said this photo has a Japanese feel about it. What do you think?
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Thanks for dropping by

Black and White Sunday: Texture

I thought for a while what I could do for Lost in Translations Black and White Sunday theme of Texture. I like collecting Begonias as their leaves are so different but is mainly the colour of the leaves that is the draw card for people. I wonder how many look closely at the leaves?

Here is a selection of the few plants I have in my sun room.
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This one has lots of little hairs
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The leaves have little lumps and bumps
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Some leaves grow quite big
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Some are small. This one also has fine hairs all over the leaf.
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As an afterthought, I should show the some of the leaves in colour

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Flowers are so wonderful

When I first got the bug to take photos, I loved to take photos of flowers. The colours, the textures, the shapes and the huge variety and sizes. One day (don’t we all say that) I will scan some of my old photos but at the moment I have so many I’ve taken since I have had a digital camera that it was hard to select a some to have here for now. I have another folder of the native flowers I have here and decided that they would be another blog as they are special. Many of the woodland flowers are quite small so it combines another love of mine – Macro photos….getting in close to the tiny world we live in. So off we go…..

Some flowers are individuals and look good by themselves. But others grow on a spike and have many many flowers that the whole spike that they look great as a whole.

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I love Begonias and have heaps of different types. They are more spectacular for their leaves…colours and shapes. Their flowers are quite small and are mostly the same shape, just different colours. Again, they look good as a group.

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Crinums also look good as a group as they have many flowers all close together. Their shape and colours are great.

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The shapes that flowers have is so many and varied and many flowers are purple(ish). Here are a couple of ones that are quite weird and wonderful don’t you think.

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I found this flower at Evans Head……the fringe is so different.

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The orchid is one that my Mother gave me….she loved her orchids

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I like to look deep into some flowers…..the different shades and shapes are those that you never see from a casual glance.

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Sometimes nature supplies special effects as well.

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A crocus bud with added magic

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Or you get photo-bombed by a Lady Beetle

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Even just a small part of a flower can look special. The Ginger flower is huge and one part can look good, the colour is so 1960’s with the orange and yellow.

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I wonder why they called it a Butterfly Bush….

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Same with the spotted lily

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Some flowers are almost see through

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While others come in a range of striking colours….even the humble daisy.

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Or the colours ands shape of a waterlily…..photo-bombed by a native bee.

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The richness of colour and form in a dahlia. My Grandfather grew dahlias. The side of the house down the driveway in Orange was a riot of colour and huge plants. The memory of a four-year old.

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The sun can also help make a flower look spectacular.

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Thanks for coming with me on a journey through many gardens that I have wandered taking photos, some are mine, others are public gardens and of course the wonderful garden of my bestie.