Sunday, January 31, 2010

SundayStills - texture

During a bitterly cold winter day, a visit to a conservatory will lift one's spirits immeasurably.
... the sun shone brightly while inside
a water wheel at Allan Gardens
amaryllis against weathered barnboard

the cactus garden
... where texture abounds

see more textures at SundayStills

44 comments:

  1. You take such lovely photos. Although I prefer lilies to cacti.

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  2. I won't like to sit on your beautiful rounded "stools". They are so beautiful.

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  3. Beautiful, love the colors in all of them. I can hardly wait to get outside and play in my yard. take care.

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  4. the last one is not a texture i would like you feel i don't think.. :/ eeep
    great photographs though

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  5. Wonderful texture photos. Those cactus are simply gorgeous!

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  6. Fabulous photos!! I so want spring to come. What a great way to spend your day. In a garden. Wow!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. Really great textural choices. I love them both, but I'm partial to barn wood. :)

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  8. I love those sort of places in winter. I went into a butterfly garden at Niagara Falls one Thanksgiving and loved the contrast of the snow and cold outside and the tropical feel inside.

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  9. That was a lovely garden to visit. It makes me warm inside just to look at the photos.

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  10. Lovely photos, the amaryllis is excellent.

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  11. I think would enjoy a trip to a conservatory right now. How refreshing!

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  12. we all need a taste of summer right now!

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  13. Great shots, I really like the waterwheel..:-)

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  14. Thanks for the outing.....after this winter I needed it. I love the cactus shot.

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  15. I am definitely due a visit to my local nursery...beautiful photos and they did warm me up:)

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  16. As always, great shots! The amaryllis especially.

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  17. Persiflage: thanks. I'm not a huge cacti fan, either - but these were huge cacti!

    Ann: they are massive, aren't they? the benches provided were much more comfortable.

    Cinner: it has just started to get bitterly cold here, the buds will all be frozen now.

    Chloe: very prickly, to say the least!

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  18. Gilly: the were astounding.

    SueAnn: I met a friend there, and unfortunately, a snow storm swirled around us after we left to find lunch!

    Dibear: I rather like that barnboard myself

    SAW: I've been there, too. Isn't it wonderful? this is a free conservatory in the middle of downtown Toronto.

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  19. Nora: it was a perfect meeting place. the best part is that the gardens change with the seasons so you are never bored.

    Shirley: I like the delicate piping on the edge of the amaryllis. thanks.

    Stine: you are not that far away... next time you are in Toronto, it is worth stopping.

    Brenda: except Ann who is in NZ and Chloe in AU!

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  20. Gail: thank you

    Ed: the water wheel was a nice added element

    Linda: I don't like cacti in my house, but these were magnificent to look at. thanks.

    Oliag: you will be filled with such hope for a new beginning seeing the new plants.

    crazysheeplady: thank you.

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  21. The weathered barn texture is gorgeous; really great eye to catch the flower in front of it. Really good contrast.

    Now to check out this Sunday Stills (finally!).

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  22. Brilliant and gorgeous! Fantastic shots!
    Kiki~

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  23. love the contrast of the amaryllis and the barn board. Good job!

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  24. AmyR: I think the barn board is my favourite, and a nice contrast to such an elegant flower.
    glad you decided to join Sunday Stills, too!

    Kiki: thank you, I'm glad you like them.

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  25. XUP: I'm glad. we need the warmth and promise of spring.

    Holly: thanks, my favourite, too

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  26. Oh so lovely, I do like the cacti....I have some at home but am planning on bringing them to work. They make a statement I reckon!

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  27. Sagittarian: yes... that would make a statement!

    Dennisthemenace: just for you. thanks.

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  28. Great detail in your flower shots. I like the colors too. Very nice job.

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  29. Those Cacti- wow!!!
    Nice assortment of textures here.
    KK

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  30. beautiful shots - my favorite is the flower against the weathered wood

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  31. morephotosplease: thank you

    allhorsestuff: my friend and I sat looking in amazement at the size of those cacti for a long time. thanks.

    char: thanks, mine too.

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  32. I love that amaryllis! I've never seen one that is outlined like that. Very nice shots!

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  33. Susan: that red edge makes it looks more delicate than one assumes an amaryllis to be

    Lena: same here. I always get two at Christmas - sometimes you can actually hear them growing!

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  34. good textures, really pretty photos- i especially like that cacti one :)

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  35. Johnny: thanks, I'm glad the cacti one doesn't make anyone dizzy, with the odd angle!

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  36. The waterwheel looks very classy, and the flowers have their own beauty -even the cacti! Sorry it's so cold!

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  37. I recognize these plants! Saw them this morning...beautiful!

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  38. Jeannette: the cacti are rather impressive when they are this big!

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