Travel Theme : Yellow

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My first love is the queen of flowers the glorious rose when bejewelled with the diamond drops of rain it is pure perfection.

But a very close second is the multitude of wild flowers that cloak Western Australia in a multi-coloured carpet of beauty every spring.

It is a site that will never be forgotten. It is nature at its most flamboyant. All the colours of the rainbow are represented, but the yellow flowers glow with an iridescence that out-shine all the others. I’m pleased to sort through my hundreds of photos to share a few with you.

Yellow is my favourite colour and surrounds me with a golden glow.

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Thank you Ailsa for this theme. To see many other blogs of yellow click here.


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Travel Theme : Fragrant

I am sending you a bouquet of roses that has the fragrance of love. The queen of flowers that is so beautiful. I am also sending Jack to present them to you. Close your eyes and with the image of this perfection recall the scent of your dreams…

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Ailsa from “Where’s my backpack” has chosen a difficult theme this week. How do you photograph FRAGRANT? It is interesting to check out other posts, there are so many smells that people love and some very inventive ways of reminding us about them.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Layers

Frangipani, the colour and smell of summer

Frangipani, the colour and smell of summer

Rose, the flower of love

Rose, the flower of love

Layers are so intricate, they are all around us and, to me, the best example of layers is in the floral world. The way they open one layer at a time to give us perfection of form and when it is combined with a glorious scent it is heavenly.



Another example of layers, again in nature, is the complex formation of the earth. The layers of rock that have formed over millions of years. One of the best and most awe-inspiring rock formations I have seen was the Bungles in the Kimberly region of Australia. As we flew in to this remote area the site of the range below was amazing.

The Bungles from the air

The Bungles from the air

I spent a day walking among these magnificent formations and of course took hundreds of photos. Here are a couple of them. They bring the feel of that day back to me, how I was over whelmed by the beauty and grandeur. But unfortunately I cannot capture that feeling in a photo, you will have  to walk among them yourself .

 I put the Kimberly’s as my favourite place in my trip around Australia.

Walking through the Bungles

Walking through the Bungles, people are dwarfed by the  formations.


Natures layers formed over millions of years

Natures layers formed over millions of years

The Domes

The Domes



Finally an example of layers created by man. I like the way the architect has designed this house in layers.

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This week Sarah from the WP team has challenged us to find LAYERS around us. Hundreds of bloggers accept these challenges each week, go to this link to see all the different layers

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Memories of an English Rose

This rose was photographed in the Adelaide botanic gardens 2005

The rose, to me, brings back memories of my childhood, and England. My Father was a great gardener and he filled our small suburban garden with roses, lilac, columbines, and many other flowering annuals. I spent many hours helping him as we weeded, pruned, admired and smelt the roses. He also had a hothouse for growing chrysanthemums and tomatoes. As a child to sneak into that warm,cosy haven and sit on the dusty floor surrounded by the earthy, distinctive aroma of the tomatoes and to carefully choose and pick one that was perfectly ripe and eat it as I sat there was close to heaven. The rest of the vegs came from the allotment plot. This was a 15 minute bike ride away. I can’t remember how many plots were in that section but I loved going with my Dad to check how all the vegs were growing and also check out all the neighbours plots.

To this day I am passionate about gardening. Time passes so quickly when you walk round your garden, just for a look, pull one weed, that leads to another. Before you know it two to three hours have happily slipped by…

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An English Rose

Give me an English rose

and you can keep your vaults of gold.

Give me a rose that I can watch it’s dew wet heart unfold.

Keep the treasures of the world

but leave me this one bliss,

where on earth could you surpass a pleasure such as this?

Patience Strong…

This lovely verse was on a birthday card that I received from my Aunt Zena many years ago, but carefully kept in my box of memories.

My heart is like a red, red rose….



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