Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Flowers Revisited and Posts of the Week

Since the season is anything but warm and cheery for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, right now, I thought I'd post a few leftover flower images from last season. I hope you won't mind seeing those colourful reminders of this past summer.



magenta flower
I don't know what this beautiful magenta flower is but it was growing in a neighbour's yard well after the first frost.




surviving flower
This was the last remaining flower up at the property next door to Frank's family cottage. We had a lot of rain when we were up there in October, and these petals glisten with proof.




the finger flower
And this unusual cluster will give you an idea of how I feel about the upcoming winter.

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.



A GOOD CAUSE

Running for Research
by Lime
at House of Lime



A GOOD READ

They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?
by Sage
at Musings



GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

La Seine
by Pierre
at Pierre Boyer

A Day of Rest
by Adrian
at Adrian's Images

In the Window
by Daryl
at Through My Eyes


JUST PLAIN GOOD

A Gentleman at the Marina
by Dianne
at Do You See What I See?

Salmon Feast Life Cycle
by Glo
at Porcelain Rose

Advent and My Little Tree
by Ruth
at Ruth's Photo Blog


READERS' CHOICE

1) Recommended by Lady Fi for Good Photography:

Kagami-ike Pond in Full Spectrum of Colors
by Stardust
at Stardust English Talk

2) Recommended by Dianne for a Good Laugh:

Everyone’s a Critic, or Would Bribery Help?
by Pearl
at Pearl, Why You Little

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


43 comments:

Susan in the Boonies said...

Your last picture is HILARIOUS!!! Love it!!!

Congratulations to all the fine bloggers whose posts were chosen!!!

ds said...

Love your bright flowers--it rained all day here. As for the cluster, HA!!

Congratulations to everyone on their posts of the week.
Well done!

Slamdunk said...

I am always game for summer colors. Counting the days now.

Congrats to your POTW and off to check some of them out.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Wow. I adore your blooms . They are heavenly.

Thanks so much for stopping . It was a pleasure to see you .

Anyes said...

It's always a treat to go and visit new blogging gems thanks to your treasure hunting skills. Thank you Hilary :-)

Glo said...

Hi Hilary :) Thanks for choosing my Salmon Feast as one of the posts of the week. It is a spectacular to experience all the frenzied activity involved.

It's wonderful to see some colourful flowers as a reminder of summer past It is amazing to see how long some of the flowers last. Brave little souls.

I laughed at your purple clump posturing a recognizable gesture. It reminded me of a cartoon I saw of two people entering a cactus covered desert with similar looking protruding appendages . One visitor said to the other ..."Might unfriendly looking country..." ;)

I'll look forward to checking out your other POTW.

ADRIAN said...

Love that last image.
Many thanks once again for the POTW.

Cloudia said...

those photos feed my soul.
The posts I recognized ARE smashing!


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Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Great images.. The last one really made me laugh. Way to go!

Dave said...

I guess we all feel like that - one finger up - with the onslaught of winter Hilary :-) - Dave

Murr Brewster said...

I think your first flower is an Osteospermum. Make of that what you will--might be a better name for your last flower.

Maggie May said...

Beautiful to see summer colours to brighten our days. However, we are experiencing very mild weather in England. (Thankfully.) My tulips are coming through already! Very muddling for plants as well as us.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I think the unusual cluster says it for a lot of us... LOL Love that you posted it.

Congratulations to the winners this week!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Love the bright flowers,this was a good way to start my day. Thanks for thinking that my little advent tree was worth putting on posts of the week.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

first flower might be a cone flower?

Out on the prairie said...

Lovey blooms, the amaranth in the last shot is real unique.

Brian Miller said...

haha the flowers are giving me the bird...lol...

some nice ones on the list hilary...thanks again for doing this and congrats to everyone...

DJan said...

I laughed out loud at your last picture. As usual, very wonderful images, and great picks!

TexWisGirl said...

you made me laugh! now off to go visit some blogs!

Ron aka TheOldGeezer said...

Greetings From Southern California

Hi Hilary, I Take it you don't care to much for winter :-)

Thanks for your recent visit to My Blog

Take care and have a nice day :-)

Zuzana said...

Hilary, the last image made me chuckle! And you know what - I AGREE.;))
Congratulations to all these talented people.;)
xoxo

Daryl said...
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furiousBall said...

First off, WOW great shots! And thank you so much for sharing Lime's post about our fundraising! (And thanks for your donation too!)

Lots of love from a couple with purple hair in Jersey!

Daryl said...

Take 2 - deleted the first because I am SO confused!

Love the sumac giving passersby the finger!

And thank you so much for citing my iPhone photo ..

CiCi said...

"Mind" seeing the gorgeous flowers of last season? Mind? Dang, it is a thrill, makes my heart sing.
The photos are just what I needed today.

I always enjoy your recommendations and will be off to read the posts now. Congrats to the picks this week.

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for the good reading material and yes! I love the flower pictures. I find I am especially fond of that last one. I could find many, many places for that plant.

Mage said...

I love photographing flowers. Thanks for all you do to encourage us bloggers.

missing moments said...

So nice seeing flowers on this dreary day! More good blogs ... on my way to check them out!

TSannie said...

Just love that last photo. Ah yes, there are many that feel the same way about the upcoming 3 months.

ladyfi said...

Such gorgeous flowers! Lovely to see some colour.

Congrats to everyone on their POTW.

Gillian Olson said...

Love the reminder of summer colour, agree with the sentiment in that last flower cluster too.

lime said...

thank you so much for highlighting my post this week. i'm so grateful simply because it means van and abbe get that much more exposure. you rock, hilary!

Sandi McBride said...

Great choices once again, Hilary...and your photos rock, as well!
hugs
Sandi

Joanna Jenkins said...

I LOVE that photo--- It's such a nice way to illustrate how I feel today :-) Ha!

Thanks for the POTW tips-- I'm always impressed with your selection.

Suldog said...

I absolutely love the giving-the-finger flowers. Can you send me any seeds? I want to plant them all over my front lawn.

Dianne said...

even when giving the finger to winter you manage to be classy
I hate that about you ;)

thanks for the mention
you always make me feel appreciated

Hilary said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by and leaving such kind comments here and at the POTW blogs. Thanks also to Murr Brewster and Steve/Out on the Prairie for identifying those flowers for me. :)

stardust said...

In my part of the world, weather is warmer than usual, too, and we are still enjoying some lingering summer flowers. In your photos, each flower has its own beauty. The magenta flower looks like kind of a daisy or a kind of wild mum seeing from its endurance in spite of the frost.

Thank you for selecting my post for the best photography. I’m grateful for it and pleased about it though I’ve thought kind comments from the visitors are more than enough. Wondrous power of nature helped me create those photos, I think. Being encouraged by this, I’ll keep updating. Please have a visit when you have time.

Yoko

sage said...

That last "flower" was a hoot! We've now had two snow falls and our first school closing as the rural roads weren't passable.

I am humbled by your Post of the Week selection. Thank you.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

another glorious set of images!
the bright colour is fantastici some of these shots!

beautiful blooms!

Barbara said...

That last photo made me laugh!! Congrats to the POTW!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The first thing I thought of when I saw that last photo was..."is she giving us the finger?". Haha. All the photos are spectacular but that last one is a standout for sure. :)

Geraldine said...

What a great idea for a post. Loved seeing all the warm, vivid colors, especially as I look out on yet another grey, cloudy day, here in BC. Great photos Hilary.