Peaceful spring morning photos

Sunday peace

This morning dawned cool and overcast, peaceful as a Sunday should be. Even the Hadedas did not seem to be as noisy as they usually are.

The grass was damp from the overnight rain and there were still some stray wisps of mist. At our front gate there is a profusion of spring blossoms dominated by a bottle brush tree (callistemon rigidus) which flourishes in close proximity with a tree whose name I don't yet know which has masses of cascading little white blossoms, somewhat like a May bush, but the flowers are smaller and in stright rows along a branch rather than in clusters like a May bush. I think this particular tree might be of Australian provenance, but I'm not sure.

Standing under the two tangled trees I could hear the buzzing of hundreds of bees and the petals of the white blossoms were falling steadily like confetti.

The was a gentle, cool breeze, not even strong enough to shake the water off the leaves.

All-in-all it seemed to me a lovely morning to stalk around the garden with my camera at the ready, looking for interesting and unusual images. The accompanying photos are the result of the hour or so I spent in the garden discussing bees with Caitlin, listening to their business, and smelling the rich heady scent of the flowers.

I have deliberately not captioned any of the photos - please enjoy them for what they are. And let me know if you can identify some of the more obscure ones!

Only the two bottom ones were taken with a close-up lens. The others were just taken with my standard 18-55mm lens. And the images have not been "photo-shopped" - just cropped with XnView. Enjoy!

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The text and all images on this page, unless otherwise indicated, are by Tony McGregor who hereby asserts his copyright on the material. Should you wish to use any of the text or images feel free to do so with proper attribution and, if possible, a link back to this page. Thank you.

© Tony McGregor 2009

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Mary Neal 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Those are nice photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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Alice Grey 7 years ago from Pasadena, California

Oh these are so beautiful and make me so homesick. I remember that tree with the little white flowers and how it used to shed it's petals JUST like confetti!! Thank you for this was lovely...


ibhandy 7 years ago

Not only are you handy with your words, the photos speak to the poet in your heart.

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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Happy Spring! Glad you have such joy in your heart --

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Makiwa 7 years ago from Australia

LOVE IT - thank you

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brownlickie 7 years ago

Thanks tony for sharing your morning.I have to go for a walk every morning and our village is full of flowers like the ones you have photographed . Beautiful!

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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

It's a cold wet day here, Tony. An early Spring cold snap, with snow down the island and rain for several days now.

Your photo's brought light and warmth to my day.

Many thanks,


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I feel as if I am in a shop of sherbet, the colors are so frosted and delicious. Thanks for sharing. We are moving into fall. Keep those spring shots coming!

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments - I do appreciate them very much indeed!

Another lovely spring morning here with the sun shining bright and as I look out from the desk where I'm writing I can see fat buds on the rose bush at the window and I feel another photo coming!

Thanks again

Love and peace


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Jaspal 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful pics! That bottle-brush goes really well with that cascading white blossom.

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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Lovely pics! Love that bottle-brush. I can almost smell your garden and it has made me homesick for SA.

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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

just got off work, getting ready to bed (I work nights)

what lovely images to have in my head for my dreams today,


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

What beautiful images on a rather cold English Autumn day. The first photo of the red coloured plant shows the same plant a neighbour has. For the life of me I do not know its name but know that I like it. Its nice and quirky.

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Jaspal - yes the bottle brush is wonderfully vibrant against the white blossoms, isn't it?

Catherine - thanks for the visit and the comment. Also love the bottle brush!

Elizabeth - thanks for the comment and glad to have given you some images to think about and make your dreams more vibrant!

Ethel - that would be the bottle brush (callistemon rigidus, to give it it's proper name). Its a beautiful plant in the protea family. Thanks for the comment.

Love and peace


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Beautiful photos - the peace and serenity of your garden shine through your work! What a lovely way to start the day!

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

WOW! I concur it is a beautiful spring morning when you wake up to this. It nourishes the mind, body and spirit. What a great way to start the day…

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sarovai 7 years ago

Very nice poetic expression of nature, I felt by reading this hub. Thank u Tonymac.

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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

nature truly has a way to lighten and brighten up our day. but when it retaliates from the cruelty man gives, it is the total opposite.

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Bingskee - thanks for stopping by and your comment. I guess you know at first hand about the retaliation of nature. I just hope you are personlly safe and have not been too endangered by the natural disasters that have hit your country and region.

Love and peace


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TrudyVan 7 years ago from South Africa

Hello there, TrudyVan here, Love your photos.

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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

As we are headed into winter in the northeast USA now, these photos and words of yours are most welcome. We have a way to go to reach the next give us comfort. I'd just as soon skip winter. Thanks for the lovely pics and the promising words.

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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Amazing photos tonymac! I love the sound of bees buzzing about, it’s almost therapeutic. I'll share some of mine in a hub soon. Thanks for the images from your garden.

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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Nice photos Tonymac! We almost take the same kind of flower photos.

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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

The simplicity of nature is the most beautiful form of art. Thank you for these lovely photos. I needed some peace in my brain today.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Lisa - you are most welcome and glad you found the pix peaceful!

Love and peace


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