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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Selections # 124

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the streets and gardens surrounding these flats I live in.

this is one of several date palms in the area, I don't know if the dates are the edible kind, but they're pretty to look at.

here we see it towering over the building behind it.

another palm nearby has unusual indentations in the trunk.

as does the one next to it.

and here we see why. The insects (or seeds?)that live within the trunk must be very tasty.

they stopped foraging and watched as I crept closer for the photos.

 this parrot appears to be eating the dates.

 I like the texture of the trunks.

 two other birds stopped to watch as I came closer

This one towers over its Jacaranda neighbour.
I like palms, they make me think of sandy beaches on islands, although island palms are usually coconut.


  1. These are lovely. We don't do palms well here - too cold I suppose. I love the 'mop tops' and the texture of the bark. The birds are a bonus too. Thank you.

  2. Just imagine living where palm trees grow...

  3. It's interesting the tree appears to have maintained its integrity in spite of the birds digging for dinner.

  4. The last photo is really good.

  5. How beautiful! Our palms here in Florida also bear fruit, which used to drive me crazy as my pug would eat the fruit and then poo bright red seeds making me think she was terribly ill!

  6. Elephant's Child; it would be too cold in Tassie, Adelaide is more Mediterranean in climate. That scaly texture is lovely, but will eventually all be eaten away and the trunk will be smooth like the palm by the building.

    Delores; There's been palms in every city I've lived, except the one I was born in, Hamburg doesn't have palms, too cold.

    Joanne Noragon; the birds are only digging through the outer scaly layer, not into the sturdy trunk underneath.

    Andrew; thanks, I like that one too.

    Cindi; that would be worrying until you found the cause and realised he was okay. I had a similar reaction one year when my kids bought and ate brilliantly coloured football team lollipops.

  7. I'm with Delores. Imagine living where there are palm trees! We have evergreens. And thing hardy . . .

  8. Thank you for some magnificent pics of majestic palms. Are the bird lorikeets? The colours weren't all that clear but I thought they perhaps could be. We have many of them in Perth now although of course they are not endemic to W.A. but caged birds set free over the years. We often get them in our large bottlebrush and our cotton palm as well. Noisy little blighters they are too.
    Another wonderful Sunday selection.

  9. ..Hello River ...
    Love your palm tree photos.... living in Sydney we have palms of many varieties growing here..... they always look majestic.....
    We get the birds into the palm in my next door neighbor's yard.. lovely to watch them amongst the flower sprays....
    Barb xx

  10. Diane Tolley; we have evergreens too, our eucalypts of course along with assorted conifers and cypress.

    Mimsie; I'm pretty sure they are lorikeets, although without a bird book I'll never really be 100%, but peopel have told me they are and I believe them. They are noisy, so cheerful.

    Barbara Neubeck; I lived in Sydney twice, but way out in the suburbs, Glenfield and later Holsworthy, I didn't see too many palms out there. birds darting from flower to flower are wonderful to watch.

  11. Wonderfully tropical images :)

    Are the Lorikeets after blossom pollen/nectar?

  12. Vicki; possibly, although they also eat fruits and seeds.