Catching the fleeting scenes of many splendored life with a camera.
'Look closely. The beautiful may be small' — Kant

3 August 2012

Summer colours, pink and white.
Flowering Trees — Oleanders.

I've always had a particular fondness for oleanders, every time I see them I know the sea is somewhere close and it comforts me. In summer their blossom fills the air with sweet fragrance; to my eyes, there's no true garden without oleanders.

Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts. It is so widely cultivated that no precise region of origin (probably southwest Asia), has been identified. Oleander is one of the most poisonous of commonly grown garden plants, and can be very toxic if ingested in sufficient quantity. Clearly, this beauty can stand up for itself!

Oleander flowers
Oleander flowers. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Oleander flowers close-up
Oleander flowers close-up.
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Pink Oleander flower close-up
Pink Oleander flower close-up
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Pink Oleander flowers
Pink Oleander flowers. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Nerium oleander flowers
Nerium oleander flowers. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

White oleander tree crown
White oleander tree crown. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Oleander alley
Oleander alley
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Salmon pink oleander tree
Salmon pink oleander tree. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

2 comments:

  1. It wold seem to me that oleanders are there predominantly to beautify the world around them - they're so expressively "over the top".

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  2. That's how I feel about them too.

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