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Pictures for Pam, Day 33: Blush Dahlia

Pictures for Pam, Day 33: Blush Dahlia
It was a beautiful, misty morning and I drank in every sound I could as I tromped up and down our road today. Here and there were clusters of twittering birds that made me smile. I chuckled at the far-off sounds of our resident group of turkeys carrying on down in the lower forest. My opinion counted too so I tossed it in their direction, "Oh you silly birds!" I even heard the croak of a frog who was working on his early Romeo impression for the coming breeding seaon.

Overhead I heard the caw-caw of a crow and looked up to see it flying by in its brilliant black attire. As it passed I heard the beautiful guttural purring conversational notes they make and soon I heard another crow's contact call. Stopping on the road, I stared up to the sky and watched not a "murder of crows" as a group would be called, but more like a "flow of crows." A spread-out stream of perhaps twenty crows flew over our property in ones and twos, all commenting occasionally in caws and purring croaks. I was happy they didn't roost here because the racket of a large group of crows was too obnoxious for even me to stand. However, their overhead calls were a welcome treat and I only began walking again after they'd all passed by.

Settling into my walk I decided to listen to my favorite podcast, a wonderful science-based show called Radio Lab. This award-winning podcast presents fascinating and thoroughly entertaining topics directed at the general public. If you have any interest in nature or science, this show is for you! The shows are much more than just spoken words. They add music and sound effects that help us to understand and SILENCE so we can contemplate what we've just heard. It's a unique and outstanding production and worth your time, I guarantee it!! (I've listened to at least 100 different podcast shows so I'm fairly knowledgeable on them!)

Today I listened to Dark Side of the Earth. It featured an astronaut who shared some experiences he had during the 168 days he's been in space, such as what it feels like to do a spacewalk and look blissfully out into the vastness of space with only a tether between you and the universe. Or what it's like to watch day turn to night and back to day within the course of an hour and a half...in fact they experience 16 days per Earth day!

I encourage you to give Radiolab a try! Their topics cover a very wide range. Two other totally awesome shows that I recently listened to include Rippin' the Rainbow an Even Newer One, which is a glorious show that showcases which animal can detect the most colors...do you know which is the winner? This show even has a choir as background singing to illustrate the musical interpretation of ROY-G-BIV (color spectrum: Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet)! The other show was Smarty Plants which discusses the intelligence of plants by using several fascinating studies and entertaining experiments.

Podcasts can be listed to in the background while you're processing your photos or you can take them on the go! Popular apps for downloading podcasts include Pocket Casts (for Android, it's what I use) and iTunes (for iOS), and this current article of the Best Podcast Listening Apps has links to all of them.

Today I'm finally sharing a favorite dahlia picture from our past trip to San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers. It's a picture I processed soon after returning home and I just couldn't get over how lovely this dahlia was. I hope you like it too! Gosh, if I was as pretty as this flower is, my poor husband would be fighting off legions of would-be suiters all day and night!

Pam, I don't know if you are aware of podcasts but if you're not, it might be something to check out! It's another way of experiencing the wonder of our world, and the stories take you to another place of learning and understanding. I bet you would enjoy these as much as I do! *big hugs from Oregon* :)

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43 comments - The latest ones
WOW! Beautifully presented. Smashing colors.
Stunning dahlia.
Work well done again, Janet.
19 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Gorgeous capture!

Admired in:
19 months ago.
niraK68 club
Wunderschön strahlt die Dahlie
19 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
19 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
wunderschöne Dahlien-Blüte im besten Licht ***Bravo, Janet !
19 months ago.
neira-Dan club
quel charmant Dahlia !! et si bien capté
19 months ago.
polytropos club
Wonderful light in it! Almost a bit backlight it seems. Backlight can be a very good choice for such translucent leaves.
19 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Gorgeous light and colours Janet.
19 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
Eine traumhafte Blüte und ein tolles Bokeh!
19 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
magnifique ce Dahlia Janet ! bonne journée
19 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Simply wonderful, Janet !
19 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful, wonderful light and colour.
19 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
19 months ago.
Annemarie club
a tender image.
have a great day:)
19 months ago.
Wow ******** Superbe
19 months ago.
19 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Waouh il sort de l'écran... la lumière lui va si bien Janet !**************
19 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
EXQUISITE dahlia, Janet *******************
19 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
19 months ago.
Ok, Miss Perfection Dahlia!! What a show off of a flower you can be!! I think, Janet, that your take here is just so to the point the dahlia wants to make!! You understand her undoubtedly. Hope you are doing well too!! A big hug!!
19 months ago.
 Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
One of my favorite flowers beautifully captured here, Janet. And I enjoyed our walk this morning!
19 months ago.
micritter club
I'll be back to read your story (always so lovely and so engaging). But this image is quite incredible! Perfection. Beauty. Pops out of my screen. So real. Viewing it large is even better. Janet, I wish I had your ability with the use of language to really say how beautiful this is!
19 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot club
Waouh Superbe image de ce dahlia
Bonne soirée Janet !
19 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
sublime !!!
19 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Cette fleur est une beauté ! J'aime son coloris doux, les pétales fines... Superbe photo, Janet !
19 months ago.
cammino club
A very rare color of a dahlia!
19 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
The light on the petals is absolutely divine...........it has really brought out the fine detail and colour! As always your focus and depth of field is spot-on...............so the flower is completely sharp all over.

The whole image is a delight...................and well worth a yellow star (I'd give it more stars if I could)..!!
19 months ago.
Danielle club
Quelle splendeur mon amie....Je suis en Admiration !!!!
19 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
The blush is just beautiful Janet!! I love the light on the outer petals and then the slightly darker tones as we look into the closed middle petals. A delightful shot and the background is good too!!
19 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
une vraie beauté janet !!
19 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
A great pink sun!!!!*********************
19 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photo et couleurs pour Pam. Nicole.
19 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful shot!
19 months ago.
 Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
beautiful flower → very attractive picture
friendly greetings → Marek-Ewjan
19 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Joli dahlia !
19 months ago.
micritter club
The story: I don't know which is more beautiful the story or the dahlia image. I am not a blog reader, but I simply enjoy your blogs so much: both for the language and the engaging style. CROWS: Unlike me, they recognize people's faces and remember them-- www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO-s6rQFgFg
One final point: "Gosh, if I was as pretty as this flower is, my poor husband would be fighting off legions of would-be suiters all day and night! " As pretty as the flower is, you are infinitely prettier.
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
tiabunna club
This is a really beautiful floral image, Janet.
19 months ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
JUST GORGEOUS, Janet ! ******
19 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Blooming lovely!
19 months ago.
 yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Admired in:Flowers on Ipernity.
19 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
(Sorry - one word comments and / or yellow stars for the forseeble future - there just aren't enough hours in the day!)
19 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
19 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Magnifique fleur et bokeh !
19 months ago.

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