Sunday, September 27, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS ~ 32 Wonders of Spring

There were compensations along the way in driving
a thousand miles to Sydney. This glorious flower display
greeted us on leaving our cabin in a caravan park in
Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

We were lucky enough to get the last night in the
last cabin when we were dog tired, so tired we did
not even notice the beauty of the street until the
next morning.

The whole street was full of Azaleas, there was a pond
in the dell surrounded by Cherry Trees.

Ducks on the pond and sun on the cherry blossom,
there was beauty all around....

as we headed up the hill again through the extensive
gardens, the Rhododendrons hit us like a steam train,
they were enormous and many were in full bloom.
No wonder the place was booked out until November
with the Rhododendron festival starting!

Rhododendrons as high as houses and in the most
vibrant colours imaginable...

this one made a pretty picture shielded by the
protective arms of the native Australian Eucalypt.
The Rhododendron was a good 30' tall, seldom have
I seen one so large.

So often when one makes an effort to do something nice,
the Universe blesses one with a wonderful gift - this
was such a time.

All pictures enlarge, enjoy!

The world is full of beautiful flowers, click on the Logo and see.

Thanks to Luiz Santilli Jr. and the Flower Team we can join in
and enjoy this meme.


  1. the third photo is my favourite, especially when you click on it to enlarge it.

    Gill in Canada

  2. The flowers are gorgeous. What a feast for the eyes. I've never seen a rhodie that tall and so covered with bloosoms.

  3. Isn't it lovely, arija, to come across a community where they take such care in making the place beautiful. Lovely flowers. Hope you had a good night's sleep!

  4. What can I say?WOW!and WOW again.This is beauty beyond compare.Thanks for sharing this.Have a wonderful day.

  5. All of these lovely photos deserve to be enlarged to be thoroughly enjoyed!

  6. Magnificent photos Arija, and a welcome sight on your journey I am sure. Thank you for sharing them.

  7. Love the azaleas on the street, so uniquely done. Happy weekend.

  8. It's a truly wonderful world we live in! Your TF post just proved that, Arija! thanks for sharing.

  9. Lovely colors of spring. Wonderful

  10. Great sequence of lovely shots.
    I have never seen that size of Rhododendron!

  11. I can imagine all the 1200 shots of beautiful Springtime Australia. Looking forward to more!
    Take care and be safe!

  12. What a wonderful rhododendron! Thank you for sharing your wonderful spring photos, Arija!

  13. Oh Arija, you made us travel with you with your wonderful pictures and stories. Thanks for that wonderful trip! My flower dog Bogart and the rest of the hounds in Heaven have a good friend in Australia and you made us remember that it is about time we pay them a visit too...(woof, visit their blog, I mean)

  14. Your series is really quite rejuvenating! Thank you.

  15. So lovely to have you back, Arija! What incredible, breathtaking shots and even more so when enlarged. You do have so much beauty there and I'm so glad you share it with us!

    Hope you're recovering from the long trip!


  16. solitude and beauty cannot be beat.sandy

  17. A beautiful photo essay both in pictures and words!
    Lovely post!
    The rhododendren is our state flower here and I've seen them quite tall in the mountain areas.

    Carletta’s Captures.

  18. Hallo Arija,

    das sieht ja nach Frühling aus. Es ist immer schön, wenn öffentliche Anlagen toll hergerichtet sind.
    hier haben wir eine wunderbare Spätsommerwoche erlebt..

    Gruss Hartmut

  19. It's fun to enjoy spring flower pictures as ours are slowly fading away in autumn.

  20. All beautiful but the Rhododendrons are the best. They don't do well where we live so I try to get to the coast in spring.

  21. At first I was forgetting you were in Australia. I kept thinking Azaleas, rhododendrun in Spetember . . . then I remembered while we enter autumn you enter spring. Wonderful shots!

  22. Love the shots of the Cherry blossoms overhanging the water, so beautiful. Those rhododendrons are amazing!

  23. I love the way they have planted the flowers beside the road - perpendicular to the road! Here, they would be parallel, and so much more boring! I love the pictures with the pond!!

  24. Ah, welcome home Arija...I presume it sounds like you are home safely!

    Also sounds like you had a wonderful journey. Look forward to seeing the photos!

  25. wonderful red flowers and a beautiful scene.

    my entry:

  26. Arija I can see the blessings from the Universe that you share with us!
    Such a tranquil time and place I'm sure. I loved the Azaleas on the boulavard..reminds me of how it is in Arizona when I arrive each Spring..The last image is like a painting..beautiful!
    blessings to you hugs aNNa xo

  27. your rhododendrons are really great! thank you for the lovely views! greetings from Austria! love kri

  28. MARVELOUSLY colorful Spring views just as summer winds down here in Southern California! Just lovely ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  29. Your rhododendron shots remind me of Cornwall, they grow to massive sizes there too.

  30. I am simply delighted with this series of photos and with all those lovely flowers. What a beauty! Those photos are all breathtaking and even more when enlarged. I really enjoyed.


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