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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Beauty in Unexpected Places


An autumn leaf in the heart of the CBD, Auckland.

8 comments:

  1. You really do have the ability to catch those little pools of beauty which so many of us miss.

    I wandered loney as a leaf. Not quite the same ring really. Sorry. My brain tends to see the silly in things occasionally.

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  2. CBD? CBD? Convention on Biological Diversity? Christian Brotherhood Development? Critical Bookbinder Dunderheads? Does a CBD even have a heart? I doubt it.

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  3. Sorry YP. I thought 'CBD' would be easier to read than Central Business District. And I mistakenly thought that all my readers would know what 'CBD' meant.
    I believe the 'heart' in this context is a metaphor for 'very middle' or 'centre'.

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  4. Thank you Geeb. It's a Lonely Only Leaf. From a Liriodendron tulipfera, if I'm not mistaken.

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  5. Oh. That's way beyond my knowledge. I didn't look terribly closely at the blown up picture. I just assumed it was an acer for some reason. In fact I think it was subliminal because I have photographed sycamore tree leaves (in UK): I think they are so beautiful.

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  6. I think that is a very good photograph. It is such a great contrast, it conjours up all sorts of thoughts and feelings. If the leaf is not from a native NZ tree I wonder if the leaf and the black tarseal actually deserve each other???

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  7. Thank you Alden. I get your meaning about them deserving each other... but I'm still able to enjoy an 'invader' species. In fact I like most tree species very much, especially so when they make a welcome break from hard city surfaces.

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  8. I didn't know what CBD meant either, but I had enough sense to Google CBD Auckland and find out. CBD is not a term commonly used here in Ye Olde Amerique, except perhaps by municipal engineers.

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