Nature

Peacock blue

Lokrum Island is a short boat ride away from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

It’s a nature reserve dominated by wild bunnies and peacocks and peahens.

The hens had just had their babies – here they are doing some synchronized grooming.

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The peacocks are pretty serious about grooming too!

His head seems to have disappeared into his feathers.

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Later on, the well-groomed peacock

Sat and enjoyed the view

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Of the stones

And the peacock blue waters.

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For more blue-tiful stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

 


Summer sweets

I haven’t had time to upload and go through my holiday photos yet,

So thought I’d share what makes summer so special.

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It can be a stunning swan sunset,

Or a bee pollinating a poppy.

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It is the discovery

Of flowers wearing wigs,

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And the pink fireworks

Of an onion flower.

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For more summer treasures, please visit: Our World.

And Skywatch too.


The colours of spring

Spring has burst forth

In an outburst of molten gold;

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The ice melts

In shades of blue;

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And petals offer up

Bouquets of purple.

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Oh, how I love the colours of spring!

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For more spring, please go to: Our World.

 


Fare thee well, winter?

Winter seems to be waning —

I say ‘seems’ as this is Sweden and it can snow even in June!

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But I don’t think we will see scenes like this one again this winter:

With thick snow on the iced over lake.

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It’s cold in the mornings,

So, if we are lucky,

We can still enjoy rim-frosted green lanterns

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And diamond-studded

Golden fur.

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For more wintry or spring-like or even autumn shots, please visit: Our World.


Frozen

I haven’t been walking down to the lake that often

As the path is treacherously icy;

But when we do make it down there, Ruby is Queen of all she can see.

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Splashes of purple

Look like frozen ribbons

Declaring ‘It’s not spring yet.’

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No matter how much we pine (get the pun?)

For warmer times, we just have to appreciate what we have.

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For more moments in time, please visit: Our World.


Spot the …

Ruby loves to play hide-and-seek

Among the trees –

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While Simmie says

Peekaboo with snow.

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What about this photo –

Can you spot the dog?

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What about now? Only teasing –

I think this is a fox we spotted in the field.

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It was lying down in the snow and got up with difficulty.

It was much bigger than Simmie so, at first, I thought it was a wolf.

We looked at each other for a long time – each of us not so different from the other.

Then we went our separate ways.

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For more furry and non-furry shots, please visit: Our World.

 


Veils of fog

Fog – a majestic backdrop

For a red dog (or two);

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Fog – veiling landscape

And sky;

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Fog – settling on the ground

Like a silken scarf.

Fog.

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For more beautiful skies – with or without fog – please visit: Skywatch.


Mist-ical scenes

Come down to the lake with me —

And enjoy the misty views.

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Let’s walk around the shore

And then explore the little sauna house on the ice.

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Come rest a while,

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And let’s enjoy

The cold and beautiful fog

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As the sun tinges eternity

In colours of blue and lilac.

(Only posting once this week due to a high work load.)

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For more mist-erious views, please visit: Our World and, on Friday, Skywatch.


Once in a blue moon

I wasn’t expecting to see the blue moon

At about half-past three in the afternoon.

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But there it was – gracing the winter sunset;

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Rising like a balloon

And being released into the sky by the trees.

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For more stellar shots, please go to: Skywatch.


Floating in fog

One morning, I stepped out

Into a world of magical, freezing fog.

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Standing on the top of a cliff,

It felt as if I were floating in a fairytale kingdom,

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Where the reflections of the clouds

Were mirrored on the fog.

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For more magic, please go to: Skywatch.