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The Golden Buds Are Blooming | by tomraven
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The Golden Buds Are Blooming

Oh Grace serene! oh virtue heav'nly fair!

Divine oblivion of low-thoughted care!

Fresh blooming hope, gay daughter of the sky!

And faith, our early immortality!


From Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Helichrysum retortum, Silver, a native to Cape Province, South Africa. Growing in my garden here in the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. A couple of other shots I took of this amazing plant a month ago are here and here


Blooming Big On Black - Otaki Beach, New Zealand [?]


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Taken on November 3, 2009