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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Flora...

I took these photos of Spanish flora around the Costa Blanca...
Not being green-fingered I have no idea what many of the plants are apart from the bougainvillea and jacaranda... (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)





























A palm nursery.























20 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

So beautiful.

3/6/07 2:27 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

I could take right off into that blue blue sea (Adriano Celentano singing "Azzurro" somewhere in the background, how I love his witty text!). What a fabulous images! You have mastered that little camera from the very first picture, I can't wait for the next photo show! :-)

3/6/07 9:10 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Thanks, Mary.

Great song, Merisi!
I'm still trying to fathom it out to emulate you. I just point and shoot never bothering about the other settings. Thanks.

3/6/07 9:40 AM  
Blogger SpanishGoth said...

Makes me sad..... :-((

Away from Spain for too long now and in twatty Bruxelles.

Glad you had a nice time though - excellent pictures

3/6/07 10:01 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I haven't a clue what they are but they're beautiful! Love all the photos but the first one - I want to live there!

3/6/07 10:48 AM  
Blogger fathorse said...

I lOVE those palm-tree-thingies (I am not green fingered either...) You have such an eye for a great photo! I wish it were that sunny here....

3/6/07 1:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

You shouldn't take ANYthing I say as truth, but - I THINK the tall palms with the top fringe are Canary Palms, the masses of white flowers in #3 are oleander, #5 don't know, but we have gobs of it here!, #6 hydrangea, #7 I think is an allium, #8 - the pink tipped plant we call ice plant, it's from South Africa. we have tons of it here stabilizing our left coastlines. Not that names matter, but I thought I'd offer them.

We have wide swathes of oleander - white, pink, red - planted as highway medians. It is high, thick and tough enough to block on-coming headlights, and absolutely glorious during the long bloom season.

All that said, your photos are glorious and I'm so jealous - we may have individual plants, but the settings there, and that wonderful sunlight make me want to pack my bags and leave immediately!

3/6/07 3:00 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I love the plant life of hotter and drier climates -- so different from here!

Gorgeous photos. Me so jealous.

3/6/07 3:23 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

I think, no. 2 is a dried flower stalk of the Algarve plant, and nr. 9 a Bougainvillea. ;-)

Cream, the only other settings that I use, are the "P" (no idea what it stands for, since I haven't read the instructions *g*), it makes for great low light photography, and then the portrait (with the 2 heads) mode, which is also useful for macro shooting (don't laugh, there may be a better way, and if you find out, please let me in on the information *chuckle*).

3/6/07 3:58 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

wow! lovely pics.

isn't nature weird?

4/6/07 8:23 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Goth, you'll have to get yourself back there. Spain is wonderful...

Akela, that building was fenced off, it must have been unsafe. But yes, it was grand.

FH, yes the sun seems to have done a runner...

Hayden, you are a mine of information, girl! I shall have to get myself a little gardening book with all the Latin names, etc... It was very sunny, indeed.

Andrea, they seem to just grow out of nowhere. But the domestic ones have to be continually watered.

Merisi, looks like you've done some research ;o) I love Bougainvillea... The lilac tree is a jacaranda. Gorgeous!
I never read instructions either but this camera came with a CD so I glanced at it.

Thanks, Lettie.
Weird and beautiful...

4/6/07 10:46 AM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

Lovely selection. Aren't the colours of plants just amazing.

4/6/07 1:12 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

No, Cream, I thought (!!!)those were two plants I knew! You mean, nr. 9 is a Jacaranda? Now I really have to go do some research! *later, for fun* :-)

4/6/07 2:30 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Everywhere you look, natural colours are amazing, Dizzy.

Merisi, No.4 is the Jacaranda but No.9 is a Bougainvillea. I doubt whether you'll have time to do any research, though... You're too busy taking photos.;o)

4/6/07 3:16 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Great photos, I view with interest. My son is to buy me a new camera for my birthday, since my old one went kerput. Is the Sony Cybershot complicated to use, not lots of bits and bobs like my sons? I do understand that to take great shots requires your skill, but I'm keen and every little bit helps.

4/6/07 3:17 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Just got back from Seville where all the major avenues are lined with deep blue jacaranda. A taxi driver told us it was called the Tree of Love, something to do with two young Indian lovers who died, or something, my Spanish isn't that good! I will always associate Seville with jacaranda blossom now.

4/6/07 3:19 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Thanks, Queenie. The Cybershot is a piece of cake to use. All you need is point and shoot. Mine is the T-100, 8.1 Megapixels. Take as many pictures as you can and then sift through them...

Hola, senorita! Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your birthday if you can remember it...;o)
El Arbol del Amor? Sounds like Pocahontas...

4/6/07 4:11 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

I was dropping by to tell you, that I am closing down the computer for good tonight, no more research (and I have taken not a single photo today .... oh .... well, three cloud images from my window, don't count, or do they?), and now you actually are relieving me of even THINKING of having to look something up. Goodness gracious, you are so good to me, and yes, yes, now I see the Jacaranda, to the left! Would you believe that there's a Jacarande tree, a tall one, in the inner courtyard garden of my city block?

4/6/07 7:18 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Thanks........

4/6/07 8:19 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

You won't be getting any help identifying those plants from me... I'm rather ignorant on that issue. So I'll simply appreciate the pics and call them all just plants! :D

5/6/07 11:51 AM  

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