Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Treasures at the Park


"Orange Marmalade" Grevillea - Australian native plant


Wattle (Acacia fimbriata) with small flowers, about 1/4" across - Australian native

A visit to our favourite park in town yielded more treasures than I had expected. It had been over 12 months since we had taken time to enjoy this park when we were in search of insects and spiders.











Magnolia








Red Pom Pom flower - I think it's also a native


Red Pom Pom buds




The huge jacaranda trees are turning golden as their finely textured compound leaves gradually die.  In two months time all the leaves will be gone and the trees will be ready to burst into a magnificent purple splendour.







A beautiful way to spend the middle of a winter's day! 


Sharing at Mandarin Orange MondayOur World Tuesday, This or That Thursday, Flower Art Friday,
Weekend Flowers.

81 comments:

geanina said...

:)
beautiful colors and fantastic shots!

Birgitt said...

Beautiful flowers, I like them,
a beautiful park for recreation.

Dear greetings from Birgitt

Deanne said...

it is such a nice park! need to visit it more often myself!

eileeninmd said...

WOW, lovely series photos. The childrens are adorable and the flowers are all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your world. Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia K said...

I always love your beautiful, colorful flowers and of course, your very beautiful children! It does indeed look like a wonderful winter day! Hope all of you have a lovely week, Karen!

Giga said...

Wspaniały zimowy spacer w parku. Magnolie to u nas wiosna, na która długo poczekamy. Cudowne ostatnie zdjęcie córki. Pozdrawiam.
A great winter walk in the park. Magnolias are in our spring, on a long wait. Wonderful last picture daughters. Yours.

mick said...

Beautiful photos of the flowers, park and children. I planted that first grevillea in my garden because the smaller honeyeaters like it better than the larger grevilleas.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This does look like a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

Joyful said...

What a lovely park. Everything looks so lush.

flowersandhome said...

'Treasures' is exactly the right word. Isn't nature beautiful? And what a beautiful park this is.
Bye,
Marian

mick said...

Hi again, that first grevillea is called "orange marmalade". I watched the small birds enjoying the flowers on it in a neighbors yard and then got one for myself.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Thank you Mick, I appreciate that. I can now label the photo more fully too.

Meoww said...

These are wonderful pics. Enjoyed the orange marmalade the most... Exquisite!

Angie said...

What a beautiful winter day! Love the photographs of your sweet girls! Lovely! :) xo

André Almeida said...

Delicious photos!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Such a beautiful set. Beautiful family. Hard to imagine anyone in the middle of winter while we're having summer.

Michelle said...

Great, crisp, clear shots! Beautiful setting as well!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Beautiful Kids , Beautiful spot!
Your pics are fantastic!

Jim said...

Just beautiful.

Madge Bloom said...

Beautiful kiddos.. love the shot of her in the slide!

Gone Country said...

Looks like a lovely place to spend the day.

Beautiful photos!

By the way, I've ordered the Raynox lens and a 50mm lens as well and am anxiously awaiting their arrival at the end of week.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh my goodness... you have such amazing flowers! Stunning. Looks like a wonderful day together! :)

Gary said...

Beautiful flowers!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Rosemary said...

It's so strange to see a magnolia in bloom (spring for us) when we're at the tail end of summer in Canada. I definitely love that red pom pom flower, both in bud and in bloom, or should I say "boom" since it looks like it literally explodes into flower!

Tito Eric said...

Incredibly lovely captures ... so colorful and soothing. Love those stone stair steps. Thank your for sharing.

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Elisabeth said...

I am totally mesmerized by the beautiful photos you have posted of the most amazing park...happy children, beautiful scenery, love the serene sounds of nature!

Also scrolled down and couldn't take my eyes off of the gorgeous delicate flower, and oh...that pie! Ham and cheese...superb! Wonder if you can get the recipe to share!

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Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

What a lovely place to spend time having fun and enjoying the scenery! The children are beautiful and your photos of them are stunning. --------- Shannon

Fun60 said...

What beautiful photos and I loved the sound track. I felt I was there with you. This is a blog I need to follow.

lorik said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful park. Reminds me of some parks in country towns I have visited. My favourite shot is the Orange Marmalade Grevillia. You might like to contribute to Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Thank you for the warm invite Lori, always a pleasure to share and discover new blogs.

lorik said...

Thanks for sharing your work on Mandarin Orange Monday. It looks great there too:)

'Tsuki said...

Très belle promenade à la découverte de ton univers photographique... J'adore !

einfachtilda said...

Die Fotos von den Blüten und den Kindern...wunderschön.
Ist bei euch jetzt Frühling?

LG Mathilda ♥

Seeing Each Day said...

Nope - absolutely not, there is NO way I can choose a favourite from this set. I could comment on each and every one of your photos, starting with that first glorious one. You must be so pleased with these pictures. Such clarity.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Dear Mathilda, our spring begins September 1st.

Karen

Stewart M said...

I cam remember writing about the "wattle birds in the bottlebrush" when I arrived in Australia for the first time - we really do have some special plants to go with the better know animals.

Stewart M - Melbourne.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Gorgeous flowers and shots!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Oh my what a beautiful post! LOOOOOVE that first photo especially!

Tiago Braga said...

Amazing i Loved the pink flowers, so lovely =)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Look like Spring has taken off in a big way and you are blessed to be there to capture it in your own special way. Being Southern, I love the magnolia.

Isabelle said...

Hello friend from the other side of the world, this post is really beautiful and full of joy and happiness! Glad to see all the beauty around you that you magnify so well.

Jen Price said...

Beautiful shots! Love when those jacaranda trees bloom here in S. Africa.

Deanna said...

You do take the most incredible images...love them all. Your little one is such a doll!!

EG CameraGirl said...

So gorgeous! It's hard for me to realize it's winter when there's so much colour there.

Filip and Kristel said...

Extremely good pictures. The first flower looks like a crown and I love the picture of the girl come out of the slide.

Greetings,
Filip

Linda R said...

These are such great photos. What a beautiful park. That first flower photo is breathtaking. I just love the color and the composition.

Hugs~

Butterbean Row said...

Gorgeous shots! Such pretty flowers! And what a lovely place to go with your children.

♥charlotte

hawknitr13 said...

my favorite is the Orange Marmelaide!! i love orange!! beautiful pics! cute girls!!
^)^linda

Danelle said...

Stunning photos!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, are those magnolias I see???
They are absolutely gorgeous, and the detail you have captured in the first photograph here is superb. This looks like a wonderful park. To think you will be just beginning your spring, and about 19 days later, we will begin our fall. :-)
xo.

Rosemary said...

Is the Wattle tree the same species as our Mimosa Trees?
I love the picture of your daughter putting her stick in the rocky stream - it looks like something from a magical fairytale.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Rosemary it looks rather similar to some images of Mimosa, however this one is an Acacia native to the east coast of Australia, chiefly coastal and further inland in dry forest and woodland. Acacias generally tolerate rather hot and dry conditions.

trishie said...

These photos are just beautiful. It really does looks/sounds like a perfect way to spend a winter's day.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

These are positively gorgeous- what stunning, vivid colors!

Ruby said...

A very beautiful park and the pictures are as stunning as ever. Cheers, Ruby

NatureStop said...

Really colourful and great captures!Have a great day!

Shantana

Nikki said...

I agree, that looked like a lovely way to spend a winter's day. Love the pictures, especially the Grevillea. We have many of those in our yard but not the Orange Marmalade. Might need to make a trip to the nursery for a new plant.

Catherine said...

It looks like a beautiful winters day to go out and explore the park. We've been enjoying glorious weather here too, I'm getting used to it and hoping it stays around for a while. I love the shot of the inside of the magnolia and how much is kept in focus:)

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful flower macros and "park moments" you have captured for us today. Thnak you.

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photographs, beautiful place. I am greeting

Amy Burzese said...

That first shot is just beautiful!

Jeanne said...

Every one of these shots is totally amazing. Always love seeing your kids out having so much fun too! The flowers are awesome.

Fabricio K. Ramos said...

Quando comecei a despertar o meu olhar fotográfico, foram as fotos de flores que mais me chamavam a atenção. E essas estão maravilhosamente lindas.
Abraços.

Nadege, said...

Amazing images of your beautiful park and its gorgeous native flowers.

Justine said...

wow these shots are magnificent

Doug Hickok said...

I love your opening image, simply wonderful! This park looks like a fantastic place to spend a day, and renew the soul :^)

Tamar SB said...

What gorgeous flowers!! Looks like you had a lovely time at the park!

Susan Beth said...

Big sigh from me here in hotter than usual, dry and browning Montana. I love all the green! I can almost feel the fresh air that has a crisp-ness to it from your photos. Beautiful!

Elaine A. said...

These are all gorgeous but I really love the fourth one! WOW!

Andrea Dawn said...

So delightful to see these native Australian plants . . . such creativity of design. Love your photography.

guild-rez said...

I love your tropical flower pictures!!
The park and playing children
complement your post.
Thank you for sharing.

Modern Mom said...

Stunning macros!

Basil Flower

Gunilla Bäck said...

Looks like you had an awesome day. The park is gorgeous with all the flowers and the water and everything.

Jana said...

great post loaded with a lot of flower-power! I adore the magnolia tress in blossom...they make me happy+smile!

HoodPhoto said...

What a great collection of photos. I had not seen many of these varieties before!

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mary said...

These flowers are beautiful!!

Mary,MI

Allie said...

gorgeous photos! wonderful pieces of God's creation! (:

Liz said...

Stunning macros.

Canna Lily

LeAnne said...

beautiful shots! Thanks so much for sharing with Flower Art Friday!!

Marie said...

Just wonderful park pictures of the kids! And the flowers are stunning...so many of them interesting and different!

Yes, we have to treat the wood for fences etc because of termites, but the sun is the biggest problem here, though the termites do take their toll!

lotusleaf said...

Fantastic photos!

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