Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Selections # 320

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.


Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


Today we will see more of the photos I took walking to and from the local shopping center last week.

this looks like a banana palm to me, but probably a sterile one,

the dried flower husks you see here would have developed into bananas, you can see the black stem at the top of one bunch, this would have supported the bunch of bananas and is where the bunch would have been cut from the palm.

Abelia Grandiflora, with some white flowers still intact; the pinkish coloured parts are where flowers have dropped off.

I have no idea what this plant is, it's quite tall, I find the berry formation quite pretty to look at

and the tiny yellow flowers too. Enlarging the image will help you to also see the tiny, tiny, yellow spore-like parts just above the flowers. 

a pink and white hibiscus flower beginning to open

this plant is called Gaura, but most people call it butterfly bush. Tall and spindly, growing to a sizeable clump, it looks like a lot of butterflies dancing in the breeze.

there is a newer pink variety,

and the original white.

conifer leaves, these are on one of the tall, slim variety, similar to pencil pines.

golden sunshine on green palm leaves

looking up into the branches

of a Jacaranda tree. I love the tracery of dark branches against the bright foliage

zooming in on another Jacaranda across the road, with it's heavy crop of seed pods.

agapanthus clumps are also dropping flowers and setting seeds now

another plant I don't know the name of, a bushy small tree (large shrub?), it has gorgeous green and bronze leaves and the large yellow flowers resemble hibiscus. I have shown the flowers on this blog but a long time ago now, so when it flowers again, I'll take more photos.

my local shopping centre has installed a new entrance ramp off a side street footpath, away from the main traffic entrance,

wide enough for mobility scooters and wheelchairs, also prams. The small foot traffic path alongside the main entrance is far too narrow and people on mobility were using the road, which is unsafe with cars coming and going around corners.

it has a nice long sloping ramp at the carpark entrance end, so there is no jarring bump, unless someone misjudges and comes off too soon.

there are similar ramps all over the carpark area for ease of movement with shopping trolleys, (carts), prams and the mobility scooters. It's a very user friendly shopping centre.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 

21 comments:

  1. You always manage to find the new and unusual for me to enjoy! Ah, to be young again and travel to see all these in person. Sigh ... Lovely!

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    1. S.J.Qualls; I think the same, if I were young enough and rich enough I'd travel to see all the things you northern hemisphere people show me.

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  2. Jacarandas are beautiful when they bloom but so messy when they drop their flowers!

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    1. fishducky; the flowers are very slippery after rain too. The seed pods are also messy when they fall, being very hard shelled so they don't crush and blow away easily, and they're about two inches in diameter.

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  3. Great pics. I especially enjoy seeing the plant pictures. I don't know many of the varieties but am very familiar with hibiscus and gaura. The last couple of years my gaura didn't do well. The weather has just been so unpredictable here. Late freezes followed up by droughts seem to be the norm as of late.

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    1. Cheryl; it might be time to dig up and divide your gaura? I can't say for sure that's what should be done, I haven't noticed any around here being divided, but it might help.

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  4. How wonderful to have a truly accessible shopping centre. Here, many are not. Or are so only on one side of the complex.
    Loved the greenery you gave us. It has reminded me that I need to check on my butterfly bush. I think it has been swallowed by other things.

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    1. Elephant's Child; the other side of the shopping centre is on a main road, Glen Osmond road and there is a long sloping entrance from that footpath too, which has always been there. It's handy to have one on "my side". There are so many around here who have walkers or scooters.

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  5. I always forget to take my camera with me when I go out to shop. I usually like going between Point A and Point B and back again without much digression. And I always forget to charge the camera...which doesn't help! lol

    Have a great week, River....cuddles to Angel. :)

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    1. Lee; I take my camera out less than I used to. With everything else that I have to carry around, it's often one thing too many. Then I realise I have no pictures for Sunday Selections and race out snapping away at anything and everything. Angel has been very cuddly lately.

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  6. I've never noticed jacaranda seed pods before. Good that shopping centre is meeting your future needs. I can just see you zipping along in a scooter or similar.

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    1. Andrew; when I need a scooter I'm getting the "Harley Davidson" of scooters. One of the tenants here has one, he has been unable to walk since a series of strokes many years ago and uses his scooter skills to teach others new to them. I'll hunt up the pictures I have of that type of scooter and email them to you.

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  7. Good to see a user friendly shopping centre, we have some here too.
    The greenery is always nice to see.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; I think as communities age, a lot more shopping centres will do similar things to keep the business going.

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  8. .. nice range of flowers and foliage today River.. I love reading your descriptions of everything ... I love Abelia... xxxxx
    the new ranps will be great for all ... Hugs to you and Angel .... Barb xxx

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    1. Barbara; abelia is lovely to look at, but the scent is one that triggers my hayfever, although it isn't an immediate effect, the headache and stuffiness comes later, so it took me a while to figure out what was causing it.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler; I don't have the camera handy often enough these days.

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  10. Always nice to see a user friendly shopping centre.
    Lovely photo's, I enjoyed my walk with you

    All the best Jan

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  11. The butterfly bush is my favorite. It really DOES look like a bunch of little fluttering butterflies!

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  12. Is it possible the bananas were just not fertilised by bees? We had trouble with our apple trees and we are not seeing bees. I don't think it's the tree in our case. Lovely pics btw, River!!

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