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Plants are pretty cool. I grew up not really liking flowers so much - probably due to being dragged around to numerous gardens & the Carnival Of Flowers too many times by overzealous parents. But getting out and about with a camera has really changed my outlook, and my appreciation for flora of all kinds has reached new heights - maybe not dizzying, but growing on me nonetheless. So here they are - a selection of flora that even makes me go "yeah, I really like that".

More photos to come.

 

Single Droplet

Sitting, waiting, contemplating.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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As Pretty As AÖ

I hope you like these pretty pink flowery doodahs. OK, clearly Iím no expert when it comes to plants, but I know what I like, just not what they're called. And a name... What's in a name anyway?

So Iím calling this one Sheryl.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Fine Vine

A simple passionfruit vine. Feels like my day sometimes:)

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

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Morning Dew

In all the world there's almost nothing as simple and beautiful as morning dew.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Lovely Lilli Pilli

Unlike some of the other plants here I know what this one is called, purely because my 4-year-old plant-loving nephew told me.

Nephew: Lilli pilli.

Me: Oh, is it?

Nephew: Yes, of course it is!

Me: Sure?

Nephew: Yes!!!

Me: Oh OK. Thanks.

My nephew (remember, he's only 4) speaks to me like I'm an imbecile sometimes when it comes to plants. It's both very cute & patronising - but I've learnt so much from him. He's truly amazing.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Tropaeolum Dew

I grew up calling these plants 'Nasturtians' when the rest of the world (apart from my grandparents & possibly JRR Tolkien) called them 'Nasturtiums'. Their actual name is 'Tropaeolum', which I've no idea how to pronounce anyway :)

If you look closely you can make out the dew on the flower as seen through the dew on the leaf. As with this photo,
I take almost all photos hand-held, without a flash, only using available light. I love keeping it natural & as real-life as possible.

And thanks, Terry, for inviting me around that morning for breakfast. It was delicious!

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Lost Green Elephant

Tales have long been told about the Lost Green Elephants of Uphechia, famous for their furry green trunks and penchant for pistachios. But their fate is confined to fable and no one has ever seen one, let alone photograph one. Until now!

Or itís a cute fern frond. But itís probably the trunk of a Lost Green Elephant, donít you think? And it must have been lost because it was in Brisbane. If only I had some pistachios with me I could have solved this mystery once and for all. Oh well, thereís always next time.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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River Monster - Art Version

On the riverbank it waits, lurks, hides. Under the cloak of dusk, hungry, it rises from the rocky mudflats to devour the unsuspecting. Prey, pray. There is nowhere to run, no way of escape, no hope of ever making it out alive... Oh, it's only just a couple of gnarly trees. Phew!

I was, however, stabbed in the leg by a jutting piece of wood as I tried to leave, so maybe it was a river monster after all!

Photo & art by me.

Denmark, Western Australia, Australia

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White Delight

These delightful white starry flowers look delicious. I wish they were edible. Perhaps they are, but I doubt they'd taste anything like I'd want them to. Yum!

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Fungi Eyes

A couple of small mushrooms/toadstools look back at me like a cute pair of eyes peering out into the world around. I was quite lost by this stage so I might have been the first person these little ones had ever seen. They certainly seemed happy to see me.

Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

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Berry Amazing

Another delicious looking plant. I have no idea what it is (I'm still yet to ask my nephew).

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Dandelion's Mane

Iím a dandelion, hear me roar
My mane of seeds is set to soar
With one strong blow my seeds will fly
And ensure that I never die
~ Geoff Rankin, 2017

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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