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Chillin’ at the beach

Australian Pelican; Black-winged Stilt*; Silver Gull

I’m a bit late for Lisa’s Bird Weekly with the theme of “Two or more bird species in one photograph“, but in my defence I only took this photo yesterday! I’m hoping I can sneak in. 😉

You may notice that the birds are predominantly white.

And you may be thinking, “Hold on, the feature photo has only two species!” Ah, but the pelican is the large, wavering reflection between the other two.

*I’ve gone for “Black-winged Stilt” because their faces are white; however, if someone with more bird-identification authority than I have thinks they are “Black-necked Stilts”, I’m easily persuaded. They are wonderfully elegant and ‘stilty’, regardless!

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A promise of pink to come

Look at all those lovely hot pink flower buds!

I think this year is going to be rather spectacular for my cactus. It’s had a rough spell, what with being dropped, overwatered and infested with gnats, but now it appears to be very happy indeed. No drooping or pinched-looked leaves, and what looks like a bumper crop of flowers coming. You can see last year’s photos of the open flowers too. I admit the dominant colour in these photos is green, but I think the important colour is pink so will sneak this post into the end of Jude’s month of pink.

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Washing Lines 2: Nepal

I never found out what the very colourful (mostly vibrant pink!) cloth spread out to dry on the ground was. If you peer into the murk, you may just be able to make out another set of hills; and beyond that, up in the sky, you may, if your imagination runs that way, spot some snow-capped peaks. Due to dust, haze and pollution, March/April 2005 did not offer great views for our trek in the Himalayan foothills.

Monday Washing Lines

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Edible Greens

The zucchini had already been cut, so I thought I’d make that a feature.

When Jude asked “What edible greens can you find in your world?” I did a mental inventory of the veggie compartment in my fridge. One zucchini (or courgette, if you prefer) and one cucumber was the grand total; not even a lime! I must admit I quite like the feature photo, which reminds me of the side of a whale that’s been battered and scarred in some rough encounters. (okay, a green whale)

Zucchini: a wider view of the feature photo.

Cucumber (but you knew that, didn’t you?) Bonus greens of anthurium leaf in foreground, and tree in background.

(And, woo hoo!, some experimentation and some tips from helpful followers revealed that clicking on the number of posts under ‘At a Glance’ in my dashboard will take me to the old Posts page, where the dropdown choice of Block and Classic for Add New still exists. Happy day. 🙂 Take that, evil block editor!! )