Wednesday, August 15, 2012

To be, or not to be..sensible.....!

I took these photos last week when the skies were blue and the sun was shining and decided to keep them for a grey day.. how happy I am that I did.  Not only are the skies grey and weeping but for the second time this year I've succumbed to the dreaded flu! I don't know how it is in other countries around the world but here in Australia before winter sets in the doctors strongly advise everyone to get a 'flu injection' to protect against nasty viruses, in most cases it's free and many sensible people do the right thing. I've never had one, but I'm thinking after the last few days, next year I just might have to give being 'sensible' a try, it's never too late right!  While a lot of trees are still in their naked winter state these brilliantly coloured Butea monosperma, more commonly known as the 'flame tree' are flowering abundantly all around Perth, adding a much appreciated splash of vibrant colour and hinting at the imminent arrival of spring, can't wait! Hope you've had a good week so far, take care.....


46 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture! I do hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Very beautiful photo!I hope you feel better soon!

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  3. Oh, feel better soon! Gorgeous photos (as always :), love the lush reds.

    I gave in and got my first flu shot this year - I did get rather sick once, but everyone around me was worse, so perhaps I would've been worse off without that injection!

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  4. Dear Grace. Sorry to hear you have been under the weather. I personally have a hard time imagining grey skies in Perth after following your blog for some time. Your photos are always so bright and sunny! Since you mention the flu shot (it is recommended to have one in the United States,) I will make sure to get one this year. Porte-toi mieux. Feel better. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  5. Oh, I'm so sorry about the flu!! No fun at all!! It does always look so sunny in the Perth I see in your photos, but then I guess we all have the gray and rain, just don't take as many pictures of them! Take care, hope you feel better soon! I'm holding good thoughts!

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  6. Take a good care of you !It's no fun at all being sick . No wonder this tree is called Flame tree, what a marvellous colors it has !

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  7. feel better soon and get that flu shot next year ... i had a terrible bout of flu a few years ago that convinced me a flu shot was a necessity .. and i have not had flu since ....

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  8. Get well soon to enjoy the sun when it peeks out again!(Can't advise, never had the flu.)

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  9. I get the flu every year at the same date, November 5th, jab or no jab. Been going on for the last 29 years (or maybe longer, but that's when I noticed the date in my diary). And no matter where I am,Canada or Niger, Vietnam or Fiji, which makes it really weird... One hell of an inner clock! Anyway, get well soon, this too will pass.

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  10. Diese feurigen Blätter vor blauem Himmel sind fantastisch...

    Lieben Gruß und werd´ gesund
    CL

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  11. You poor lass, hope it goes quick!
    Hot toddy time!

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  12. I've never done the shot - I hate needles - but make sure to wash my hands a lot and it seems to work!

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  13. Wow, we certainly don't get "flame trees" up here! Since I retired, and deal with a lot less other pople, I don't seem to get the flu, which is a good thing, as I've never had the shot either.

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  14. Flame tree!? Very appropriately named. Fantastic colors and very well composed photos!

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  15. A perfect name for this fascinating plant!

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  16. Feel better soon, Grace. Wonderful photos, as usual...

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  17. Lovely colour in an otherwise quite grey world. Grace, I too caught 2 flus this year - A NSW variety and the Qld version when I was up there ;) I was not impressed and made the decision to get the injection next year.
    Hope you're feeling much better soon.

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  18. Beautiful tree..

    Hope you are feeling better soon... & REST!!!!

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  19. Feel better. The same happens here in the desert as well. Same exact thing. Winter happens and then spring begins and everyone gets nasty sick....and then the allergies and headaches!!!! Yuck!! I love that tree....and your shots are hot to trot. Clear, red, and blue....you must have been a proud photographer after that shoot. Beautifully captured.

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  20. Hope you´re feeling better Grace. I work in a clinic and I had the flu inj. for the first and only time 5 years ago and swore - never again!! A couple of weeks after that inj. I had the flu for 8 weeks and was at my lowest ever...I eventually went to a naturopath to put me right. This year, probably because of all the travelling and little rest I got the flu after getting back, but it was only a week, then I was fine again. I just drank plenty of lemon and ginger tea with honey, and vitamin C. Just yesterday I took some photos of a bird in one of those trees and wondered what the name of the tree was, now I know! They are so beautiful.

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  21. Those are amazing trees. They must brighten things up considerably.

    I get flu shots every year and have not had a flue since the shots were available.

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  22. Poor you! R & R with lots of garlic soup.

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  23. Flame trees of Thika, one of my fave shows. I understand the flu injection is for the kind of flu that puts you in bed for a week. I used to get the injection but the last one I had did not agree with me and so I stopped getting it.

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  24. Yes, for heaven's sake, get your flu shot! You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I gently pressure my staff to get them - I need them at work. But winter or not, the flowers are an inspiration, just the right thing for seasonal affective disorder.

    Thanks for the note about problems leaving comments on my blog. I had similar problems on my MacBook and my office Windows machine. There was some Flash player problem where it thought there was a movie running but there was not. I uninstalled and reinstalled Flash. Try it again and let me know what you find.

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  25. Are these trees only around Perth? They remind me of cherry blossoms somehow... Nice pics!

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  26. Nice shots! Yes, you and I are both at nexus of many travelers. . . . . gotta get that shot. . .

    Feel BETTER, my Pacific Cousin



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  27. Oh Grace, you really should get a flu shot. I've been getting them for the past 10 years and they really work.
    I love that gorgeous tree. It's nice to have these sunshine shots handy when the days get too dreary. I'm having a bit of problem getting new photos myself but for a very different reason. HEAT, unreasonable heat! Our temperatures have been hovering around 46c for the past 10 days. I'll be pulling out some archive pictures later this week because it's just too darn hot to be outside.

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  28. I am sorry you have the flu...I can't advise about the shots since I am categorically opposed to them (I haven't had the flu in 40 years, so don't feel the need for them)...but since you are having recurring bouts... That flower is simply gorgeous! Feel better soon...

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  29. These are just bursting with color. This is a treat for the winter.

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  30. Honestly, I’m not sure if this week is great. But I’m glad to see these photos. It made my day brighter. :) Get well soon!

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  31. Hope you will feel better soon!!

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  32. Beautiful tree . I had the flu shot and still got sick but it would hav3 been alot worse without it. I was off for 2 days other people were laid flat for a week or so.

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  33. I hope you feel better soon. I’m happy you shared this photo. I love the color, it’s so lively. The weather in my place is a little bit cloudy and dull.

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  34. Magnificent colour Grace particularly against the blue sky. Hope you shake off the flu soon.

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  35. I usually stay in bed for a few days feeling sorry for myself. Never had a flu shot. Nice blue&red here.

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  36. My day's looking better already!

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  37. Poor Gracie, I know how you feel - Monday morning I woke up and thought I'd been swallowing razor blades in my sleep! Get well soon and yes, we're determined to get the shots next year !
    SueC xxx

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  38. Beautiful color! I always get a flu shot. I hope you feel better soon!

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  39. This is a beautiful photo fit for a beautiful day. I hope you already feel better. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.

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  41. Beautiful shots Grace and get well soon ok? !

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  42. Sorry to hear about the flu. Once in 5 years I had a flu, but not so bad. When I had my first injection I got a flu, my second too. My third I got a swell underarm. Last year I didn't had an injection and no flu.

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