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by Dhamaka

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Spike says:

that second photo is tre wonderfull, especially the lamp-post on the left looking like a mutant stemn

nice shots dhamaka, really nice

8th Jul 2006, 09:27

Dhamaka NLI says:

*blushes* Thanks Spike..

8th Jul 2006, 09:31

Spike says:

no need for the blush, you know its a cracking picture!

8th Jul 2006, 09:37

Gael says:

nods to spike, bottom one's really wacky

8th Jul 2006, 11:00

Spike says:

*nods back

8th Jul 2006, 11:04

agree with second picture wonder. got any forget-me-nots to go with those?

8th Jul 2006, 11:36

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys
mysocalled - not this year :-(

8th Jul 2006, 11:45

hildegard says:

Love these - "When Hollyhocks Attack... GM Gone Mad... In a quiet surburban street, a nameless horror lurks... The Night of the Alcea; In CInemas near you!"

8th Jul 2006, 13:02

Dhamaka says:


8th Jul 2006, 13:42

Jigalong says:

Never seen a flowering plant with more flowers than leaves. Truely strange.

8th Jul 2006, 13:59

Dhamaka says:

these ones are atypically large, Jigalong. Some are taller than me. I heard somewhere that the sulphur and other chemicals that come from car fumes act as super-fertiliser to some plants and suspect that this, combined with the drought has lead to a situation where the hollyhocks have no significant competition and are thriving on what could well be slowly poisoning us humans.

The irony of nature. Far weirder than these shots.

8th Jul 2006, 14:15

MaggieD says:

These are wonderful pics (as always) ... hope you are going to get a bit of R&R; over the weekend....

8th Jul 2006, 18:02

Dhamaka says:


Thanks Maggie. In fact I've done no real work today, just a couple of hours of admin... despite vague intentions.. (I'll pay for this tomorrow or the next day)

But, inspired by XElena... I have done 3 hours of Spanish :D

8th Jul 2006, 18:43

Twiglet says:

Number 4 for me, I love hollyhocks!

8th Jul 2006, 19:57

Caine says:

Beautiful series. I *love* the second shot.

8th Jul 2006, 20:55

Dhamaka says:

thanks all

9th Jul 2006, 13:02

Dhamaka says:

*makes Twilight zone tune

10th Jul 2006, 15:32

purplemoon says:

really lovely flowers...

13th Jul 2006, 15:43

SweetMags says:


13th Jul 2006, 15:54

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys
nice word SweetMags, good to see you!

13th Jul 2006, 20:56