December garden flowers in MtLawleyShire

Despite the heat of an early summer, there are many flowers in people’s gardens, along garden walls, on verges, which makes walking somewhere slow going 🙂

Hibiscus:

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Crepe Myrtle in so many colours:

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tallow candles:

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Magnolia in my garden:

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sunlight absorbers: marigold and poppy-like:

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Mexican rose and crab-apple flower:

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yarrow flowers and honeysuckle:

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and others, the last being morning-glory all closed for the evening:

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MtlawleyShire’s Native Flowers in December

Despite the hot dry weather of an early summer, there are still many flowers around, including native flowers.  I love them all and there are many intriguing ones:

Grevillea:

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Bottlebrush in all colours & cloud blossom:

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Coral and other blossoms:

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Lily pilly – flowers like stars:

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Feather flowers still flowering in Hyde Park:

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Kangaroo paw:

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and others:

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MtLawleyShire’s Roses in December – Red and Pink

Red roses are iconic and there is no shortage of them in the gardens around MtLawleyShire.  They range from light to the deepest of red, from small to large, majestic blooms:

this one has a touch of apricot:

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and this a softness:
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buds glowing in strong sunlight:

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buds in shadow:

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and opening out into beauty in sunlight and shadow:

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MtlawleyShire’s Illawarra flame tree

The Illawarra flame tree is native to the tropical areas of the eastern coast of Australia.  they are now grown in other parts of the world because of their beauty, especially when flowering.  There are many throughout Perth as well, and I find them unremarkable for much of the year, but then, in summer, they explode into outrageous scarlet.  This is the largest individual in my area, and it’s on the edge of Hyde Park.

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against the clear, hot blue sky of summer, the scarlet of the flowers is so clear, stark & primary:

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in detail the complexity resolves into simple flowers, millions of them:

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and through sunlight, that simplicity becomes additionally beautiful:

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It was windy when i took these photos and the indistinct flowers, blurred with endless movement, adds an unexpected softness:

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against green the scarlet gains richness

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and even shadowed they remain wondrous against the blue sky beyond;

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Simple scarlet bells:

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no matter which way you look at them, they are lovely and startling

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against the sun, and sun coming through the flowers, the trees attain a fairy-tale like appearance, barely real.

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But they are 🙂

Sunflowers and a Bee in MtLawleyShire

Who doesn’t love sunflowers?  These were way taller than me (OK, not tall, me, but even so) and I had trouble taking decent photographs.  I swear they were six foot tall!  Lovely though 🙂

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But – what is here?  Ooo – bee on sunflower!

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Busy bee moving slowly through the intricate landscape of the sunflower’s centre:

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head down, bum up – so much pollen a bee could get drunk 🙂

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bee traversing the pollen-laden circles

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and this is the best shot of pollen-dusted bee and petal bases, and the lovely interior landscape of the flower.

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Sky calligraphy and the moon over MtLawleyShire

Another night in mid December was another wonderful example of moon-enclouded.  The sky calligraphy looked too sparse to have an effect, though it was lovely:

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to the west, the calligraphy was sunset stained:

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the eastern skies were clear

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but the sky calligraphy reached out

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almost snared:

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She escaped and began to take on a little colour from the dying day

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moving through wisps of calligraphy stained with the ink of dying sunset:

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then in the clearing sky, her colour deepened:

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golden moon:

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becoming silver:

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a last ink-stained swirl of sky calligraphy

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and as sky darkens and deepens, she shines:

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silvered light:

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and in her proper dark, in the clear sky, tonight’s beautiful moon:

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