Cee’s Black and White Photos: Major General Sir Andrew Russell.

Major General Sir Andrew Russell-214

Good morning from a cool windy Hastings day.  We  have just had a glorious sunrise – which I have already posted on my Facebook page – under my maiden name – Raewyn Duff.

Today I have my social snappers group.  I am hoping to go to Frimley Rose Garden – I am not sure how successful it will be if the wind is too strong.  So it will be interesting.  We could always walk around the Women’s Centre.  There are a lot of Maori statues there which I haven’t taken photos off.  Or there is this gentleman.

Which brings me onto Cee’s challenge at Cee’s Photography.  Her Black & White challenge is an open topic.  So this distinguished looking gentleman is actually Sir Andrew Russell.  I have included a Wikipedia page for more information about him.  This is a new statue and was unveiled at our ANZAC day parade this year to celebrate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

I haven’t got time to go through my reader as I have to go soon.  So catch you all later.



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Old Fashioned Selfie


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Friday’s Florals: More Bromeliads

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I think that this is the correct name for my florals this week.

Aechmea fasciata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aechmea fasciata (silver vase, urn plant) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to Brazil. This plant is probably the best known species in this genus, and it is often grown as a houseplant in temperateareas. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[2]

The plant grows slowly, reaching 30–90 cm (12–35 in) in height, with a spread of up to 60 cm (24 in). It has elliptic–oval-shaped leaves 45–90 cm (18–35 in) long and arranged in a basal rosette pattern.[3]

A. fasciata requires partial shade and a well-drained, but moisture-retentive soil. It can also be grown epiphytically, as, for example, with moss around its roots and wired to rough bark. Root rot can be a problem if the soil is too moist.[3]

Scale insects and mosquitos will sometimes breed in the pools of water that are trapped between the leaves.[3]

A. fasciata is listed in the FDA Poisonous Plant Database under the section for “Skin irritating substances in plants” and is known to cause contact dermititis, phytophoto dermatitis, and contact allergy.[4]

Friday's Florals

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