Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sunday Selections #332

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.


Before I start,  a big thank you for your patience while I wrestled with the lurgy.  I am still coughing and sneezing and still fairly miserable but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  My city is often fog bound.  It is almost a given in winter that planes will be delayed.  


A relatively recent forcast was for 'patchy fog'.  And it was certainly foggy in our street.



So we headed off to the lake to capture more moody, mellow magnificence.  We discovered that 'patchy' was a very accurate description.  In my usual restrained fashion rather a lot of photos follow.



 No fog here, but only feet away...




Just turning my head could change the view.  Into fog/out of fog....













Then to some different photos - also taken on the fog excursion.  Watching the news hurts my head and heart on a daily basis.  Our treatment of those we classify as 'other' in particular.  And on my lake wanderings I was reminded (again) that there IS good in our species.



I really hope you can read this sign.  SIEV stands for Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel.  This tragedy has been echoed across the world.  There is an article here written by one of the people who worked on the memorial which some of you may like to read.  The article is not new, but very little has changed.

The final lines on the sign 'Love is stronger than fear.  Kindness is stronger than greed' are hopes that I hug to myself on dark (or foggy) days. 








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  1. Love those last photos--what is in those?

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    1. Jamie Ghione: To the best of my knowledge there is nothing in the poles. They stand as silent memorials to those who were lost in an appalling tragedy at sea.

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    2. I meant what are those things in the pictures. Sorry for being so confusing . But you did answer my question :)

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    3. Jamie Ghione: Sorry about the confusion. The sign says it all. The tall poles are for the adults drowned, and the myriad of smaller ones for the children.

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  2. Love your autumn so similara nd so different from European one

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    1. Gosia k: We won't get the snow you are blessed with though. A little perhaps, but no dumping of it here.

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  3. Thank you. To my shame, I had never seen this very bright and beautiful memorial.
    It makes its point, but with bright patches of cheerful colour.

    And all your pictures are beautiful today.I like fog sometimes, but not if I have to drive through it!

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    1. dinahmow: I really like the memorial, and I like the decorations on the poles too. A quiet place, a solemn place, a beautiful place.

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  4. Your fall pictures are wonderful. The memorial poles--too sad to contemplate.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I am glad that the memorial is here. Sadly the lives lost have been (and are) used for political gain. I think this memorial is more respectful and appropriate. And yes, my heart aches for them still.

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  5. These are beautiful, but I agree the memorial photos are difficult to process.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: They are sad aren't they? But not forgotten. And here at least, the tragedy is not used for political gain.

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  6. I love the fog, it is pure genius. And it is memorial poles, sad.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. I am a big fan of fog - since we no longer have to travel in it on a regular basis.

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  7. That memorial brought tears to my eyes...I do hope you feel better soon.

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    1. e: The memorial is sad - but also beautiful. And thank you - we are getting better.

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  8. I thought the weather in Australia was different than it is here. It's the same. That's a good sign to have there. It means so much. Great words.

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    1. Treey Stynes: Here in my city I suspect we get hotter than you do, and don't get as cold, but there are lots of similarities in our weather. And like you, I think the sign is worded really well.

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  9. Hi EC...we had frequent showers most of this past week, but I like the rain, and am not one who complains about it. Remy and Shama don't complain about it, either, because indoors is their permanent domain.

    We must always try to remember and hold onto all that is good, even during the times we feel we've being overwhelmed by the bad.

    I hope you're feeling lots better now...and that this coming week is a bright and cheerful one for you. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I would love some rain. Jazz would not. But would recover. He, like Remy and Sharma goes out very briefly in the morning.

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  10. That is a beautiful memorial. I hope that all who see it will consider their actions accordingly.
    I love the fog... if I don't have to drive in it. ;)
    Those birds! They are so bright I thought they were flowers at first!
    So happy to hear you're feeling (somewhat) better, EC!

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    1. River Fairchild: The effect of the light on the King Parrots is almost electrifying isn't it? And yes, driving through fog is no fun.

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  11. beautiful photos they almost look vintage, the parrots look like xmas parrots in their red and green; and love that spider web dotted with rain droplets. love the orange tree; we had fog this morning and then it warmed up at the market.

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    1. Linda Starr: We have bright blue skies this morning. Chilly, but lovely.

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  12. Here in the UK we've had very warm temperatures so far this weekend, so it was quite strange to see the fog in yours ...
    Those words 'Love is stronger than fear.  Kindness is stronger than greed' I really like them.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I hope those words are true. I really hope those words are true. I hope your weekend continues to be warm and lovely.

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  13. These pictures are so wonderful, that I feel as if I was there in the moment. Our weather in NC is hot, muggy and uncomfy. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: Thank you. Hot and muggy is my idea of hell. I am enjoying winter, and starting to improve nicely.

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  14. Thank you. This was very nicely done. I was particularly impressed by the memorial.

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    1. Martin Kloess: The memorial is lovely isn't it? I really like the location chosen for it too. And the gentle curves. And the colour...

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  15. Really hope you pull through and get better soon. And that is some fog over indeed, judging by the pictures. Speaking of which what type of birds are those? So beautiful. Greetings!

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    1. Blogoratti: The birds are King Parrots. Those with red heads are the males, and the females (and adolescent males) have green heads. Lovely things aren't they?

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  16. We've also had lots of patchy fog here lately. Your photos demonstrate that it can produce some magical and mistical (*ha*) effects. Your tree beats my tree!

    Thank you for the thought-provoking and saddening shots of the memorial. Such a treasure to have in serene and beautiful surroundings.

    Get well soon, EC x

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    1. Alexia: Why didn't I think of mistical. Thank you. Smiling widely.
      The memorial is a sombre thing of beauty isn't it?

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  17. I love all these photos. There is such a variety here. The 12th one (foggy island) is wonderful; I could see it framed and put in a place of honour.

    That is a lot of poles, sadly. A unique and sobering memorial, and beautiful, too.

    I hope you are feeling much better before long. It is tiring to be sick, and seems worse when it drags on and on, even if the intensity is less. Hugs and good wishes, EC.

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    1. jenny_o: I loved the beauty of the fog. It added a new dimension to familiar landscapes.
      There are over 300 poles. Tragedy heaped on tragedy.
      I am getting better, slowly, but you are right it is tiring. And frustrating.

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  18. Gorgeous pictures!! And those birds!!! It seems they are wearing the Portuguese flag: green and red! : )

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    1. Caterina: King Parrots are native to Australia, but look beautiful even if they are wearing another country's flag. They have a little hidden navy blue on them too.

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    2. Oh! the king parrots are undoubtedly beautiful. I wish I could see them flying around in my neighborhood.

      And guess what... the Portuguese flag has 5 smaller shields that are blue!!! : ))

      Hope you are feeling much better.

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    3. Caterina: Thank you. I suspect that each time I see the king parrots I will think of Portugal's flag...

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  19. The memorial is very understated and therefore hauntingly beautiful.

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  20. Child, what a wonder place in the world you live in.

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  21. This is a truly beautiful memorial. I didn't know anything about it before you wrote it here. Sometimes I despair for the amount of information I don't have about other countries, especially about things like this. Thank you for enlightening me.

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    1. DJan: I am frequently appalled by my ignorance so don't feel bad about it. It is a beautiful memorial - to a dreadful event which still reverberates today.

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  22. Always a meaningful visit, dear

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. I hope that sometimes there is just fun here, but I suspect it has been a while.

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  23. Fog here is beautiful but it can be frightening if too heavy. I was on a lake once in a boat in heavy fog...fearsome. I appreciated the memorial...I did not know about this.

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    1. Bookie: Fog can be terrifying. And dangerous. And beautiful. Simultaneously. Nature is like that.

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  24. The parrots are gorgeous.

    The memorial is wonderful. That you for the awareness!

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    1. Marie Smith: Thank you. I love the memorial but am not at all happy at the uses the tragedy has been put to by both of our major political parties.

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  25. I do love foggy scenes, we had a fine mist here this morning and I should have taken my camera out. That dew-bedecked spider web reminds me of pearl strung snoods from long ago. I warmed my hands over that yellow-orange tree.
    I really like the memorial and love that every pole is decorated and carries a name.
    So many king parrots all in one spot!

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    1. River: You are right. A pearl strung snood is just what it looked like. It was about the right size too.
      I didn't check every pole, and suspect some don't have names (where people couldn't be identified) but loved what has been done.

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  26. Certainly your photos this week are full of atmosphere. Maybe because I am looking at the photos on my phone but the birds seem incredibly bright.

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    1. Andrew: They did seem brighter than usual. The light breaking through the fog had something to do with it I think.

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  27. I love fog but it's quite rare here so i don't see a whole lot of it.
    I hope you feel better soon

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    1. kylie: We usually see a lot of it, but this year has been exceptionally foggy. I am better than I was, and hope to kick this to the curb soon.

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  28. Hi EC - fog is an extraordinary phenomenon to experience - dangerous ... I watch the fog roll in off the Channel, up the Downs, and over it like the Table Cloth on Table Mountain in the Cape ... love your photos though ... so desperate about the SIEV X - I'm glad to see there's a memorial ... there will be lots more sadly ... and other things to wonder at and thank our stars we're nowhere near ... The final lines on the sign 'Love is stronger than fear. Kindness is stronger than greed' are definitely words to remember ... thank you and all the best - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Our fogs are more nuisance than dangerous, though I am well aware that they can be deadly. Weren't those final words lovely? I am so glad that there is a memorial, and wish there was no need for more.

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  29. We are having endless fog this year on the coast, almost every single night, it is like a spooky horror movie out there.. :)

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    1. Snoskred: So it isn't just us (or my imagination) that there are more fogs than usual...

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  30. Lovely photos.
    I enjoyed seeing the changing leaves and the reflection photos.

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    1. Tammie Lee: Welcome and thank you. We live in a beautiful world don't we?

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  31. We had a beautiful foggy,sunny morning a few days ago. I didn't have my camera. :(
    Love is the answer to so much, but our species is very slow to learn despite our big brains.

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    1. Jono: Sometimes I think our brains are largely left unused. As are our hearts.

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  32. I love photos of the fog. It's just so mysterious and magic. Great photos as always.

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    1. Mason Canyon: I too love fog. And happily walk in the magic and the mystery.

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  33. So many people drowned is a very painful memory. The memorial is well done. I like the wording on the sign.

    Fog is common in the mornings here. My favorite is the ribbon in the pasture most mornings.

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    1. Ann Bennett: I was very, very impressed with the wording on the sign.
      I like the idea of a ribbon of fog - and can just picture it. Thank you.

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  34. Thanks again for wonderful photos. So many King Parrots we mostly get them as pairs. Love reeds too and thanks for telling me about the installation.

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    1. Anna: We more often get the King Parrots in pairs or small family groups too. This spot by the lake often gets bigger groups. Noisy, vibrant, beautiful bigger groups.

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  35. Dear EC
    I hope you are recovering now. The foggy photos are so atmospheric and beautiful. The memorial is very moving when you realise what each pole represents.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. Those simple poles have a beauty and a grace about them don't they?

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  36. Love the photos!
    The colorful parrots are very gorgeous.
    Have a nice Sunday!

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    1. sonia a. mascaro: Aren't the King Parrots lovely? A splash of colour. It is Monday now - but I hope your weekend is going well.

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  37. You have some beautiful photos here. The King Parrots in the leaves under the tree---wow! The fog photos of the lake, with the shore and the fall colors of trees muted, love it. The long picnic table with the fog shrouded lake in background, the lake grasses, their colors and textures detailed---some beautiful photos!

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    1. Strayer: Thank you. It was a beautiful morning. Quiet and lovely.

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  38. I do like those foggy photos. The King Parrots make such a bright splash of color, very cute birds. The memorial is very moving, such a sad time. Hope you feel 100 percent soon.

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. I am so glad to share, and even more happy that people enjoy it.

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  39. I absolutely love the fog. Reminds me of the South. However the memorial is definitely sobering.

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    1. Robert Bennett: I suspect your fog is warmer than ours, which is mostly a winter phenomena. And yes, the memorial is sobering. And there is not enough space by the lake for all the poles we would need...

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  40. I do love your king parrots. So sad about the refugees sinking and the military ships just letting the people flounder. I guess Trump and his supporters don't have the monopoly on hatred.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Hate is noisy and seems to be worldwide at the moment. I am grateful for any dialogue like this memorial which challenges it.

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  41. The article was a tragic and fascinating read. I'd never heard of the event. It seems at times that politics does less for the people than what it was ever intended to do.
    The parrots were such a bright spot in your fog.
    I do hope that you are feeling much better soon.

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: So many tragedies which blur into each other... And sometimes politics does the complete opposite of its stated intent.

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  42. The memorial was heart breaking, but sweet at the same time. I had no idea such a thing existed. Your fog shots are stunning. You always take the most vivid photos!

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    1. Carolyn McBride: Thank you. Aren't digital cameras a boon? Take forty photos and ditch 37 of them.

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  43. The red parrots are wonderful. Your yard birds is colorful, ours are black or gray. I love your fog images, and autumn colors are lovely.
    I love these memorial poles, they are wonderful way to remember dies.
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. We have black, grey and brown birds too. Lots of them.
      Like you, I really like the memorial.
      Hugs to you too.

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  44. The fog photos are utterly breath taking. The pole ones are simultaneously heartbreaking and heart lifting. Thought provoking all of them, all your posts are that, today even more. Thank you.
    Good to know that you're feeling somewhat better, wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: As you go through the chaos of moving house I am awed that you find time to drop in. And glad to lift your heart (after tugging on it).

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  45. What a wonderful memorial and how sad that it's necessary.
    Love that beautiful flock of birds and they apparently love the EC Bird Hostel.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The birds are at their own hostel there - and aren't they beautiful. I agree with you about the memorial too.

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  46. To me it would be amazing to see all those parrots...Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora): We think it is amazing too.

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  47. Those birds are beautiful, they make me think of xmas in their splendor of red and green.

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    1. Truedessa: And their presence in our lives is a gift.

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  48. Interesting set of photos.
    Love the fog ones.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Fog can be beautiful can't it?

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  49. From moody magnificence to chilling, tearful words and images. I'm going to hold onto that quote. Thank you.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: That sign is amazing isn't it? A memorial arranged by community groups. Funded by community groups. Stressing things which I firmly believe.

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  50. Love your foggy day pics. And I wish hope was stronger than greed but certain people certainly behave otherwise, setting a bad example for too many.

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    1. mshatch: Greed is indeed powerful, but I need to hang on to hope.

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  51. Beautiful post of your homeland followed by heartbreaking story of tragedy.

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    1. Granny Annie: Tragedy and beauty are sometimes an uncomfortable mix, but not uncommon.

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  52. Foggy days can provide beautiful photo opportunities!
    A very sad memorial. And important to remind people of the tragedy.... and in fact I had forgotten about it, thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Shammickite: This particular tragedy seems to have slipped off a lot of radars - unless it is being used by politicians. Which is wrong.

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  53. Those fog shots are breathtaking.
    Wishing you a colourful week:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. Not yet light, but the chill in the air suggests that today is going to be bright and clear.

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  54. Bless You! I hope you feel better soon, there is nothing worse than a bout of the lurgy. I absolutely love the second photo and enjoyed all the lake photos. The sign is perfectly legible, and I will remember those final lines.

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    1. Barbara Fisher: Thank you. I was happy with the dew bejewelled spider web. Those final lines are lovely aren't they?

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  55. Dear EC, the Biddulph article was a revelation to me. I know nothing of Australian politics because the national news here in the US deals mostly with homegrown politics, Europe and some Middle East. You would think that the rest of the world doesn't exist. Was a commission ever formed to get to the bottom of this tragedy or is the same political party still in control? It would seem that the unethical behavior we are experiencing here in the US is rampant throughout the world. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Sadly both our major political parties are in a fight/race to the bottom on the asylum seeker issue. Which, not to put too fine a point on it, pisses me off. Big time. Humanity has been sacrificed in the process.

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    2. Dear EC, yes, I'm "pissed off" also at what's happening here. I try to think positive, life-giving thought, but often I find myself not only jaded by all of it, but despairing. I want to be hopeful and that's part of why I always end with---Peace.

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    3. Dee: I too often despair, but ignoring the chaos allows it to continue. I will call it whenever I can. And find ways to retain peace. In nature usually.

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  56. To be able to turn your head and see a stark contrast is exciting. Beautiful pictures as always. Thank you for posting about the memorial. It's good to be reminded of tragic events and to find out how they've been remembered by people.

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    1. cleemckenzie: Thank you. To many tragedies slip from public awareness. I am in favour of memorials, particularly when they are beautiful and emotionally significant.

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  57. Finally getting back to blogging a bit on Gardens Eye View blog....I adore your haunting, restful autumn pictures and I especially love your colorful birds....good to catch up with you my friend!

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    1. Donna@Gardens Eye View: Welcome back - and thank you. Are you posting again? I will be over to look shortly.

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  58. What lovely, mist-ical shots!

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    1. Lady Fi: Thank you. It was a lovely morning. Chilly, but lovely.

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  59. I thought those birds were plastic at first! Such brilliant colours...Love those foggy photos.

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    1. Molly Bon: Definitely not plastic. We had another foggy morning and now (at 1.40) it is just starting to lift.

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  60. Your foggy images are so evocative, I keep re visiting the one with the waterbird, it's particularly stunning.

    I didn't know about the memorial, I'm glad it's there, though I wish it hadn't been needed. I'm ashamed and anguished by our governments' (both sides) shameful, inexcusable and heart-breaking treatment of asylum seekers. My local MP no longer responds to my letters in writing, instead I get a call from one of the office staff reminding me that he remains aware of how I feel.

    It's World Refugee Day today and time to call the ASRC telethon ...

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    1. Kim: I too am glad the memorial is there, and ashamed for its necessity. Our major parties have behaved abominably to asylum seekers, and continue to do so.
      Next time you are down our way, perhaps you will find the time to visit the memorial. It is truly beautiful, and I find it very moving.

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  61. The fog photos are breathtaking - so peaceful. And I'm glad you posted about the memorial - I didn't know about that incident. Sad.

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    1. Lynn: Too many tragedies are buried.

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  62. Heart wrenching. So many tragedies like this happen and too few of us hear about it. They are not forgotten though no, and your pictures are testament to that. The fog adds to the mood I feel. I like it though, and would like it even more if we had some instead of the heat going on right now X

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    1. All Consuming: I hope you get some relief from the heat. Soon. The tragedies do seem to slip by don't they? So many of them, often badly reported.

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  63. Turning head: In fog/out of fog.....fascinating.

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    1. Sandra Cox: It really was that dramatic. The fog was so patchy that whether we saw it or not often depended on what direction we were facing.

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  64. I like fog as long as I'm not driving. Love the brilliance of that tree.

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    1. only slightly confused: Driving in fog can indeed be a nightmare. I can remember trips through the mountains where we could only see the white lines on the road. This fog was never that heavy.

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  65. I had to look twice to see that they were green and red parrots under the tree. How magnificent are they!

    I am sorry to hear that you have been sick. I have also been ill and have been an irregular visitor to Blogger recently. I am finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and will be returning soon. Let's decide to stay well for the rest of the year. Take care, EC.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: The King Parrots are indeed magnificent. We rarely see them in those numbers and loved it.
      I am still coughing (but less). Staying well for the rest of the year sounds like a most excellent plan - for us both.

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  66. Awesome images ! Love the second one :)

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  67. Such stunning images. I love that the fog really was patchy- as evidenced by the photos. The birds add such a lovely splash of color to the scene. The spider web with dew/moisture on it is awesome. Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. It was incredibly patchy. So thick in some places, and invisible only feet away.

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  68. Ooo, I love foggy highways and lakes! Well, at least when I don't have to travel them.

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    1. John Wiswell: Travelling in fog makes it a very different ball game doesn't it?

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    2. I love your fog images as well as the others. The poles are a beautiful memorial to those lost in this tragety

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    3. Margaret Adamson: I think the memorial is beautiful. And I mourn for those who never made it here.

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