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Jewels of the Nile Gulf...

...amber, emeralds, diamonds, topaz and rubies
[Mellow Yellow and Ruby Tuesday]

How strange to greet, this frosty morn,
In graceful counterfeit of flower,
These children of the meadows, born
Of sunshine and of showers!

How well the conscious wood retains
The pictures of its flower-sown home,
The lights and shades, the purple stains,
And golden hues of bloom!

It was a happy thought to bring
To the dark season's frost and rime
This painted memory of spring,
This dream of summertime...

                   ~Flowers in Winter
John Greenleaf Whittier

Hibiscus after a rain storm

This week's topic for Tina's Picstory is *white*

White Trumpet Tree

Baubles and Blossoms of Winter

By the hearth there's
Baubles and blossoms of Winter

Outside; gems in bloom.
Inside; the dimmer.
For there can be seen
upon entering the room...
A coat of silver & pearl...
His eyes, oh his eyes -
how they glisten 'n' shimmer.
In shades
of blue topaz and Aquamarine!!

By the hearth there's
Baubles and blossoms of Winter
      Hootin' Anni
Sir Winston of Adoptees
[aka - Winnie-the-pooh*per]

White Trumpet Tree

Connected to: Mellow Yellow, Ruby Tuesday2, and Tina's Picstory [linked buttons on top of blog page]


  1. thanks for joining us with your beautiful white. cute cat :)

  2. What a lovely poem.

    What lovely photos.

    Thank you!

    "The early mist had vanished and the fields lay like a silver shield...
    It was one of the days when the glitter of winter shines..."

    ~Edith Wharton

  3. That first shot is lovely!

    My Ruby, have a great week.

  4. Beautiful photos and poem.
    Thanks for sharing them.

  5. Anni, the poem is just beautiful & so are your flowers & that precious kitty.
    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  6. It is a lovely red flower, perhaps in bloom deep in the heart of your neighborhood - but a reminder that Spring up here will erase seasonal gray. Sir Winston is a lovely white cat, his piercing blue eyes can almost see through us. Which should elicit a purr pr two from that nice kitty!

  7. Oh my goodness Anni, what beautiful pictures! Just gorgeous! I can't wait to get to Florida in a few weeks to take pictures of the flowers there!! It's a mite cold here for flowers, it was 28* this morning! ha!

  8. Wonderful post!! And beautiful pictures... especially that first shot!! =)

  9. Very nice captures. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

  10. Those are some really nice shots...makes me think Spring not Winter.

  11. What pretty flowers! And not too shabby a kitty, either!

  12. Hi Anni! I am just back from sick leave and catching up! Oh your beautiful, beautiful flowers and poems! Just what I needed in this bleak winter with not a flower to be seen. But your mushroom pics, and you took them with a cell phone??? Did I read that right?? They are the finest art, beautiful!!! You did it all for your followers and I appreciate it, none of my mushrooms look half as good!!!

  13. beautiful images!

  14. hibiscus , the smallish red ones is the national flower of malaysia.

  15. Lovely blooms! Happy RT!

    Mine's here.

  16. Of course I find the cat picture the best, lol !

  17. I so love pictures of flowers with water drops on them, just seems to add so much to the beauty of it. Of course your kitty is gorgeous as well:-) I tried growing White Trumpets before but didn't have any luck. I will just have to admire yours!! xoxo

  18. Hi Anni you probably know which pic was our favorite!! It is white and it meows...
    Beautiful flowers too.
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  19. Beautiful photos..

    Visiting for MYM! Here's my share- hope you can stop by:)

  20. Your cat has the most lovable face! What a beautiful character! And love the raindrops on the hibiscus! Beautiful, creative perspective from behind the flower!

  21. What a wonderful assortment of gorgeous blooms. You are making me wish spring would hurry up.
    Even though I love the blossoms my favorite photo is of the very handsome Winston!

  22. Beautiful poem, and I LOVE the cat!
    Our boy Posada is retiring you know...

  23. incredible photography. and the poem is just so perfect with the image. nice entry

  24. Beautiful Red flower:)

    Visiting for RT 2 ! Here's my share- hope you can visit:)