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#1029604 - Sun Jan 12 2014 03:36 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Hoping no rocks fall on me from this rockface on State Highway 3 above the Mangaotaki Gorge.


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#1029623 - Sun Jan 12 2014 05:46 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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I have various rules of photography, one is you can't have too many photos of Croydon.



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#1029707 - Mon Jan 13 2014 01:27 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Affirming my previous statement this is the side of the tramway in Croydon, built in the 90s to replace and add to the existing railway lines.

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#1029732 - Mon Jan 13 2014 04:09 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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The pineapple, or date, palm is very popular in my neighborhood. They can take over the place pretty quickly, though.

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#1029741 - Mon Jan 13 2014 05:23 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Haigh's Chocolate factory - one of the best reasons to visit South Australia.
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#1029752 - Mon Jan 13 2014 05:51 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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On my way, Carol! It beats Croydon (Sorry,David, it just does)
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#1029795 - Tue Jan 14 2014 02:34 AM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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All I have is Hamburg unless you want to see an oystercatcher taking a mussel for lunch...lol

Anyway, I arrived in Hamburg half an hour late at closer to 3pm which annoyed people connecting to Berlin as they missed their connection. As I was leaving at around 10 the next morning it did not give me much time to look around but I tried my best. This is the Zollkanal or Customs Channel at the northern edge of the Warehouse district.


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#1029875 - Tue Jan 14 2014 01:41 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Croydon's one of those places I took to personally, and as well as what were at the time unique skyscrapers in London but right next to very nice suburban roads. But just one of my little things.

I think a few people may recognise where this is

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#1029914 - Tue Jan 14 2014 07:57 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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I think these are firethorns. They're are a nice sight in January (even if there is no snow).

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#1029934 - Tue Jan 14 2014 08:48 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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the boy and his mate camped up at the lake a few nights ago - had a ball fishing and general mucking around.


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#1029962 - Tue Jan 14 2014 11:49 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Loved the skulls!

CmdrK: Are the leaves on your berry plant serrated? If not, it might not be firethorn.
Quite liked the palm. Can't imagine how it could get out of hand in MY lifetime lol.

Copago: am so relieved to find out it was a "camp site"..at first glance my heart stopped, thought it was covered up corpses (sorry, I probably watch too many crime shows lol).
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#1030079 - Wed Jan 15 2014 11:39 AM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Jakeroo: no, the leaves on the plant aren't serrated, they look a bit like a succulent, though not as thick.

The palm? No it probably wouldn't get that big in your lifetime - where you live! smile But the houses in our development were built 10 to 14 years ago. Those palms were probably about a meter high when they were planted. This is one of the largest but all of them here are now more than one story high.
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#1030095 - Wed Jan 15 2014 01:12 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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That was my old patch, Hampstead Garden Suburb. These houses in the next road are worth a few million each.



Very odd, the picture's not displaying. I may need Mr Wellies to inspect the code but it's the same as the others so not sure what's happening. If I can fix it first all the better.


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#1030097 - Wed Jan 15 2014 01:29 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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David, I notice that the first half of the "image" tag is part of the hyperlink, but the second half (the "[ / i m g ]" but without spaces) is not. That could be the source of the problem, perhaps.
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#1030106 - Wed Jan 15 2014 02:57 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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It's pasted straight from Flickr and corresponds with all the earlier ones, but I've since discovered the forums have just been upgraded so I may have been the first to post since and it may be a bit wonky still.

Sorted, Terry's fixed it now.


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#1030164 - Wed Jan 15 2014 06:12 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Commander and Jake,
I believe that photo is of 'Crown of Thorns', Euphorbia milii
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_milii

I've grown a patch a third that size in my side yard for the past 20 years. A definite identifier of it being a Euphorbia is to break off a stem and see if an abundant flow of milky latex comes from the exposed tissue. It is called Crown of Thorns because the stems are covered in thorns though they are weak fleshy thorns and don't stick in much. Firethorn Pyracantha doesn't do too well in florida since it needs the frozen winter of the northern climes to set buds. The Euphorbia is one of the most popular plantings in Florida for red garden coloring.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firethorn

Here is a shot of mine. Bear in mind mine is between houses, gets less sun than the planting above, it is probably a much older specimen (I could rejuvenate it by a severe cut back and I haven't fertilized it in years. If I attended to it better, the blossom heads would be much more full of blooms.


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#1030165 - Wed Jan 15 2014 06:18 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Nope, that's not it, mehaul. The plants here have definite "berry-like pomes", to use a Wiki quote, which look much different from the blossoms in the link you provided.
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#1030166 - Wed Jan 15 2014 06:30 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Do the stems have woody thorns? If no, it could be a Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotoneaster
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#1030173 - Wed Jan 15 2014 07:01 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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It's not the same as the cotoneasters in my garden but could be a version as the leaves and berries are similar. The images here are mainly individual berries like mine but a few with very large bunches so a good bet as they are often put in beds for ground cover.
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#1030207 - Wed Jan 15 2014 10:23 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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I'm pretty sure it's not crown of thorns. I've never seen berries on my plant and the thorns are way more numerous than the leaves or flowers. Do yours get berries after the flowers, Mehaul? (just wondering if "outdoor" plants sometimes behave differently from ones cooped up in a north of the 49th house...)

There are about seven species of Firethorns (and they all have thorns). They are closely related to Cotoneaster, Photinias, Hawthorns and Rowans. That plant in the picture certainly doesn't look like the species of cotoneaster that will survive the winters here (the berries are more purple than red and not nearly as profuse and the leaves are more roundish/not as elongated) but there are over 300 species of cotones worldwide (all of which are thornless). The bark looks correct, so David might be right.

The good news is that you can make jam/jelly out of all of the above species' berries (if you add enough sugar). And bees love the flowers of all of them.

I like a good plant puzzle, but regardless of what it is, it's a lovely specimen CmdrK and I'm very jealous of the stuff folks down your way can grow (year round)!

I think every part of the world has plants that aren't necessarily suited to a citified "yard". We eventually had to cut down a beautiful 30 ft Colorado blue that had outgrown its space (OUR fault, for planting it too close to the fence/property line...but they look SO SMALL when they're just babies lol) and something will have to be done soon about our Mayday tree as the neighbor complained this past summer about it, sigh. By law, he can chop off whatever hangs over his side of the fence, but at least he was nice enough to ask us to do it (since he's a hazard with garden tools AND plants/trees lol).

And I suspect that if you remove that large palm, your a/c bill might go up lol (there's an up side to everything)

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David: your pic looks okay from my chair. Must have been a temporary wonky thang if it wasn't showing properly before. Btw, I quite liked that one with the rustic fencing and the stone laid walkway. Nice perspective. Nice blending of different "times" in one photo.

Howie: post all the birds you want! (not that your other photos aren't fascinating as well) : )

(and yes, I'll get around to posting something soon. I just need to find my dang camera chip, sheesh).





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#1030220 - Wed Jan 15 2014 11:51 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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I barely know a sunflower from a rose so I'm not help with flower photos but I do enjoy looking at them!

Kayaking on the lake .. it was so still this day I was the only thing making a ripple on the water.


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#1030221 - Wed Jan 15 2014 11:56 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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What lovely straight toes, Jill. That lake looks inviting too.
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#1030233 - Thu Jan 16 2014 02:06 AM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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#1030283 - Thu Jan 16 2014 11:38 AM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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"And I suspect that if you remove that large palm, your a/c bill might go up lol (there's an up side to everything)"

Not our palm, we're blessed with two good-sized deciduous trees that dump bushels of leaves in the fall.
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#1030304 - Thu Jan 16 2014 02:22 PM Re: Here is a new January thread for 2014!
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Whatever it's named, it is certainly a beautiful plant. The colors are outstanding!
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