MtLawleyShire’s Hyde Park – Trees

I’m not sure there will be a Hyde Park calendar for 2016, but if there was, it would include some of these photos which are mostly of the park’s beautiful trees.  A most loved place, and definitely loved by me.

Trees form the park, the paths, the sense of being far, far away from the middle of a large city:



There are the Moreton Bay Figs:

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living sculpture of woody coating unseen muscle:


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they act as frames for the park’s restricted yet expansive vistas:


The plane trees are beautiful in all seasons,

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but so gorgeous in Autumn:

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The jacarandas:

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The plane trees are frames for the ponds:


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Then there are the trees on the islands in the ponds:

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There are the ancient and massive:

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there is a sense of wilderness:

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& above all, there is a sense of the magic, the wonder, the mystery of light and shadow within trees:

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It is one of my favourite places in this city.

MtLawleyShire 2016 calendars #4: waterdrops on roses

This is a ‘specialty’ post – I hae had one enquiry for such photos.  Doesn’t mean no-one else can enjoy them :-)  Most of these would be included in a calendar.

Roses after rain.


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Deeper red:


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Yellow and apricot roses:

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& one lone pink (that’s in my garden):



They are pretty.  It has not, I have learned on going through my photos, rained a lot this year at all :-(

But these are pretty :-)

MtLawleyShire 2016 calendars #3 – Raindrops

Many people have asked about a calendar of raindrop photos, so here is a selection.  It’s been difficult choosing them.  Again, there are too many for one calendar, so these are the photos most likely to appear in a calendar.

raindrops on jasmine leaves:

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jasmine flowers:

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Jasmine tendrils:


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rosemary flowers:

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beautifying the dead ends of plants:

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glowing on grass:

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on small tree spines:

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on bottlebrush:

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on tulips:

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on magnolia:

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poppies & nasturtium:

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There were so many to choose from.  I won’t be able to use all of these.  sigh.

If you want a calendar filled with raindrops, let me know :-)


Mtlawleyshire’s 2016 calendars: 1: Wildflowers

These are photos from which I will choose those to go into the 2016 Wildflowers Calendar.  There are too many photos (soooo many!  I *do* like photographing flowers) for one calendar, but it is merely to present what will likely be included rather that what definitely will be.

Bottlebrush types:

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paper daisies:

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blue leschenaultia:

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pea flowers:

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myrtle types (fluffballs):

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others (don’t know their names or types) – & some may be cultivars or not native:

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& kangaroo paws – cultivars but lovely

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If you wish to order a Wildflowers Calendar, let me know.


Mid-October Rain in MtLawleyShire

It rained today – in an October that has seen more dryness and heat than is normal.  So I celebrate with a page of photos of raindrops.

On leaves of jasmine:


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on jasmine flowers:

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on leaves of dragon trees:


petunia leaves:


on dead tendrils:

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on petunia flowers:

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scorched roses:

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daisies (& the alien exotic is a hoarder, even when barely open):

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magnolia bud:


and on Bauhinia buds & flowers:

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MtLawleyShire’s Buhenia flowers

Buhenia are huge, magnificent trees.  Wide and tall, wonderful beings.  they lose their leaves and flower in Spring, grow leaves and the flowers become long bean-like sed pods that in February spring open explosively, shooting teh seeds far & wide.

A few years ago, I lived on the top floor in a small apartment block – the 3rd floor – and outside the flats was a huge buhenia tree.  A white one.  It was wonderful looking at the flowers at night – it looked like a Japanese painting.

When the seeds were dispersed, all of us in the flats became accustomed to the seeds hitting the balconies and windows.  And they fell into my potplants.  I ended up with a  veritable forest of them – seedlings that continued to grow.  The landlords took most of them (with my permission & thanks) and I was left with two.  I have planted one out the front where the growing conditions aren’t brilliant, but it is growing, slowly.  It has yet to have flowers.

The other is in a pot in my courtyard, and while it hasn’t grown very big, it has in teh last two years, begun flowering.

The other day, when we had a little rain, there were clouds in the east and sunlight in the west – for a moment.  The white of the flowers against that sky was just beautiful:


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and with the bright sunlight on them against a blue sky:


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Just a short post.