Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Flowers from a Foreign Land by Merrillee Whren

My husband and I recently took a month-long trip to Australia and New Zealand. I took loads of photos, as I always do on our trips. I have way too many to share all of them here. If you're interested in them you can find the photos on my Facebook page. Today I'm going to share the photos I took of flowers. I love the beauty and color of flowers, and we saw a lot. Even though I don't know what many of them are, I still enjoyed them. Many of them were wild, growing along paths we hiked.

This first photo is of the botanical gardens in Sydney. The flowers here were planted in formal beds.


This is a wild hibiscus. We ate some of the petals. They were delicious.


Flowers in the desert at Ayers Rock, Australia (Uluru)


Flowers at Port Arthur, a former penal colony in Tasmania


Flowers along the Great Ocean Road in Australia


I actually know what these are. Lilacs. I love the smell. These were in Queenstown, NZ.


These yellow flowers were everywhere in New Zealand.


Flowers along the seashore


Flowers planted along the boardwalk at the seashore in the Banks Peninsula, NZ.


Flower blooming along the Abel Tasman National Park Trail.


Calla Lilies growing along the seashore.


A rose growing in the yard of the cottage where we stayed on one of our last nights in NZ.


Even though I didn't know what most of the flowers were, I took photos because I enjoy flowers so much. In my upcoming book, the heroine loves roses.


What is your favorite kind of flower?

I will give away a copy of my book Montana Match to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw the winning name on November 16, 2017 at 9PM MST.

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

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15 comments:

  1. Merrillee, the flowers are beautiful. What a lovely trip. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. It was spring there, and flowers were in bloom everywhere.

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  2. Merrillee,
    What an extraordinary trip! And the flowers are gorgeous. The cover for your latest book is beautiful, BTW.

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    1. Thanks, Josie. We certainly enjoyed the beauty of the flowers and everything else.

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  3. Love that lilac tree! Beautiful photos of gorgeous flowers. Thanks for sharing !

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    1. Sally, the blooms were a deep purple. I had never seen one that color before.

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    2. We have a couple of lilac bushes/trees. Ours are light purple. I've not seen deep purple either but would love to have one!

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  4. Hello. Would love to win and review. Looks like you had a blessed trip. Praying for you. God bless your day. jrs0350@yahoo.com Jane

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  5. The flowers are beautiful!
    Martha T.
    CRPrairie1(@)imonmail(dot)com

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    1. We saw some truly wonderful flowers everywhere we went.

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  6. Hi Merrillee, enjoying seeing all the pictures and videos of your trip to New Zealand, it would be hard to pick a favorite picture, the waterfalls would be my pick.

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    1. The waterfalls are spectacular, and I have one coming up in that is fabulous. Make sure to check my FB posts.

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  7. Merrilee, thanks for sharing your pictures. I enjoyed taking a virtual vacation with you. Wonderful pictures and you and your husband look so happy.

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    1. You're welcome, Gina. Glad you are enjoying them.

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