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A favourite photo of some sort of plant growth; from my collection.

Magnolia and Rhododendron, Vancouver

I’ve written bitterly about the depredations of squirrels on my magnolia tree.

I’ve written bemusedly about the challenge of finding views of flowers that are more than just pretty – something a wee bit different.

Today’s offering from Vancouver (where, apparently, the squirrels don’t gorge on magnolia buds in the Spring) tackles both topics.

Multiple magnolia blossoms shot against blue-sky background.

Magnolia

 

Pink rhododendron blossom in crotch of tree.

Rhododendron

 

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Chuparosa, Gilbert AZ

Just down the walkway from the Spoon Overpass there are a few bushes that bloom whenever they seem to feel like it.

Catching them in nice light and without a distracting background is trickier than you might think.  It was certainly trickier than I thinked it would be.

Their Latin name is justicia californica; their common name, chuparosa, is a colloquial Spanish word for hummingbird.

Close-up of red desert flower

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Mesquite Leaves, Gilbert AZ

OK, maybe it’s mesquite. I’m still working on that.

But for sure it’s pretty at this time of year.

Multi-coloured fronds of leaves of desert tree.

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Reflections, Gilbert AZ

If  “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” as it says in Hebrews 11:1, then these photos are, at least, evidence of ducks passing.

And at the most, maybe they give us faith that there is beauty all around us, if only we look.

Reflection of metal railing and mesh fence

Wavy reflection of tall grasses

Wavy, gold reflection of leafless tree

 

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Desert Flower, Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, AZ

OK, I don’t know what plant this is the flower of.  I just wanted to get that out of the way up front.

If this were a new bird for me, I admit I would have tracked it down the same day.  An unknown flower, not so much.

I just liked the way it looked.

Close-up of flower bud on succulent plant

I saw it at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, about a 60-minute drive east of metro Phoenix, which showcases the deserts of the world.

 

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