The rose of sharon (hibiscus) is well adapted to survive where I live. I am always pleased to see flowers in my garden. Which leaves the last meaning given for happy, a state of dazed irresponsibility. For me blowing bubbles on my deck, for a few minutes, when I should be doing some tedious task is a pleasure well worth the irresponsibility. That's why bubbles are featured in my happy collage below.click inside picture to enlarge
My daughter is 22 now and has always been a bright spot for me so I included pictures of her growing up. My parents lived long enough to know my daughter and that made me very happy, therefore, I included some shots of my daughter with her Grandma and Grandpa. I like the theme, happy, and look forward to seeing what everyone else did.
I would be very happy with a hibiscus in bloom. THat is a wonderful collage of photos. Have a great weekend
I like the collage.
Love your happy collage - that's a wonderful idea! Oh and I'm totally with you on the subject of rain... I'll be delirious when we get our first shower, hopefully next month!!
lovely pictures you have. have a lovely weekend.
wonderful take on this weeks theme. Beautiful flower!!
Beautiful hibiscus and great collage, what a happy post!!
You have such a happy collage! Beautiful pics of your parents and daughter. Lovely.
the flower pic made me feel happy and peaceful. family pics are always happy!
great take on the word happy
I love this theme! The collage is so neat with all of the smiles and joy. The one of your daughter dancing with your dad is just the best.
I am sitting in the cafe at our gym right now where I decided to have lunch...because God's Water is pouring down in buckets!
That is making everyone happy except poor AbbeyDog who is most likely hiding in the closet due to the angry thunder.
Oh well, she is a big dog now.
It's so much easier to be happy.
-Kate Gulden (M. Streep)
from the movie "One True Thing"
Lovely photos especially the collage. Wanted to do something similar and I'm glad someone did it instead :) Here's mine
Lovely collage you have made, and the flower is beautiful too :)
Hibiscus is Malaysia National flower... where i came from. Nice to see someone out there happy with a blooming hibiscus.
Thanks so much to all the photo hunters for stopping by. I'm having fun visiting the other early photo hunters. I'm glad I'm not the only one who posted early this week.
Kim, I'm so glad you are getting some rain. Poor AbbeyDog, maybe EmmaDog will give her a hug while you're out.
Thanks to visit my site; I'm waiting about my add to post my happy Photo hunt. What a beautiful blog you have. I adore the hibiscus and I'd like to have one like that in my garden. Like the collage too; It's a good idea!
Wonderful choices for the theme! Hope you have a happy weekend! :)
Kids grow tooo fast I know!
The collage was a great idea!
I don't know where you live, but I live in Southern California (and I am Swiss Born) so RAIN MAKES ME SUPER HAPPY!
Didn't think of putting that up as my hunt though!
For Sabinem, I live in NC and we've been in a bad drought all summer so maybe not as bad as southern CA but pretty awful. Thanks again for all the photohunters that have visited and for the comments.
youre very creative with that collage!
its a delight to see a blooming flower!
great idea for today's theme!
Love the collage! Happy weekend :-)
I love Rose of Sharon. I have 2. One is a bush and one is a tree. The bees love them too and that doesn't make me happy :) I love your collage :)
Your happy post is truly super! I love the flower and how you captured the rain drops! And the collage is fantastic!!
Thanks for visiting my 'happy' hunt photo.
oh! great!...lovely photos you got!...Have a nice weekend...c",)
I almost put up a photo of a bubble too :) Great photos! Happy Weekend!
Rain would make me very happy as well! My vincas are the only flowers still alive at my house (our drought is so bad that we can't water; if we get caught they will turn off our water).
Beautiful photos for this week's theme.
Great photos for this weeks theme! :) Btw, love your flower pics here!
Good slant on "happy." I enjoyed all yoru photos and explanation too.
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Lovely photos Carver. One of your beautiful flowers and lovely photos of your daughter with her grandparents. It's a great theme this week.
Happy memories are the *best*! Great job with the collage!! I love your take on Happy!!!
You have a lovely family. I love this collage. I think I'll do a digital version of my daughter. Thanks for posting it.
I like happy flowers. Especially the two happy flowers in the second photo. :)
We have experienced a drought this year, too, and I am very happy that it is raining as I am typing! Lovely photo, and wonderful memories! Thank you for finding "happy" at Pollywog Creek!
Definitely happy pictures!
That is a beautiful flower and wonderful memories in your collage!
So HAPPY and a great take on the theme this week!! Have a nice weekend.
Your FL furiends,
Very sweet shots.
Lovely collage of happy moments!
great collage adn flowers always make me HAPPY
welcome to the hunt
you've solved the hibiscus mystery for me: I didn't know it was rose of sharon, which I sort of know. So now I'm happy!
what a lovely happy collage! gorgeous shot of the hibiscus ... :)
Mmm.... I see a happy family. And, nothing has been more precious than that... nice and meaningful pics! :)
a different take on happy theme. Love that hibiscus flower we call that "gumamela" here. Nice collage too
What a great collage of so many happy memories. Pictures are still the best way to keep memories alive.
the hibiscuss flower happens to be my country's (malaysia)national flower as well. Great shot you have there. Thanks for dropping by at my site by the way ;p
The collage is superb and the flower is lovely too. great happy photos.
Sara from farmingfriends
What a lovely happy family collage of pictures.
The weather this year seems to have been particularly extreme everywhere. I have been like you, happy to see any rain, but this year - far, far too much!
that's a really interesting take on the theme, I love the collage.
Wow... so pretty. I loved the way you did this.
The Rocky Mountain Retreat
Wow, you did plenty of work and thinking for this phoyohunt. Greqat addition! I love the collage.
yr family pics r heart warming
wow! i love that collage. must have taken u time to compile all those precious photos. :)
happy faces especially of the people you love just lift your heart, isn't it?
thanks for dropping by!
Good choice! Lovely Photos! I live down south where we need 15+ inches of rain also. It has been too long.
Just looking at your collage must make you happy.....and all the memories it invokes. Have a happy day!
Great creativity! I love that you enjoy blowing bubbles off your deck when you should be doing something else! hee hee
Enjoy the weekend!
Great collage - thanks for visiting!
thanks for visiting mine.. =)
here in my country, we call hibiscus as gumamela... =)
Hey.. I have not seen a purple hibiscus before. What we have here are red, orange and yellow. Nice shots for the theme. Happy weekend! http://crizlai.blogspot.com/2007/08/photo-hunters-happy.html
Wonderful photos for the hunt this week! The collage of happy photos is great!
My happy photos.
Beautiful collage! Love the flower too. Thanks for visiting my page.
What a great happy. I think often we forget the wonders of the small things--like rain.
glad you got some rain. Those happy shots your family is a nice collage.
Blowing bubbles has always made me quite happy, too, and now that I think about it, it has been way too long since I've done it. Memo to self - go buy some bubbles!
Have a terrificly happy weekend and thank you for your visit!
Thanks to all the photohunters for visiting and commenting. I'm trying to visit everyone and if I miss anyone it's probably because I couldn't get your page to load. Not sure if it's my browser but I've had trouble with a few.
To those who haven't seen an hibiscus like mine, Rose of sharon is a bushlike, and at time treelike, variety of hibicus. The flowers don't get as big as the tropical hibiscus and the leaves drop in the winter but then come back in the spring (or mine do). Mine also put out a zillion seeds so in the spring I have new plants coming up all over the place so that makes me happy because I'm a wild gardener.
My garden is so wild that some might question if it's a garden at all, ha. I even had one neighbor turn me in to the city because they didn't like my composting arrangement (years ago when I composted everything I could). The city inspector commended me on what a good job I was doing composting and that made me very happy.
happy to see a happy hibiscus in bloom. great choices of your collage.
Have a wonderful weekend.
What a nice post to go along with all your photos!
Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back to visit again!
Your happy collage great.
great photos! i love the first one, and the collage is quite creative! thanks for stopping by!
Wow, good selection of photos.
Have a great week!
you've got some good picks for "happy"! enjoy the weekend!
thanks for stopping by!
Love the collage of your daughter. I haven't even seen a hibiscus since moving to the desert. Beautiful flower.
that's a beautiful collage! :)
I love all the happy smiling faces in your collage. Especially the porch chair, I bet you've have very happy times just sitting there :)
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
I love your collage! I, too, really enjoyed this weeks happy theme. :)
Have a great weekend.
Great pictures for happy. The collage is very clever! Thanks for stopping by!
Great take on the theme, Thanks for calling in.
Wow. A huge collection of happy photo ^-^
that is a great choice for the theme wonderful photos....I love collaging.....very special...thank you for sharing...
I have some Hibiscus blooming on my front porch right now.I have the colors of yellow, pale pink and dark pink.This flower does well in our hot temperatures.Thanks for your visit.
This is precious!!!
Very nice photo this week. I love the rose of sharon.
I got happy just looking at what makes you happy.
Thanks for visiting.
Have a wonderous week,
Thanks for stopping by!
Great photos. I never thought of happy = well adapted. Fantastic
That's a beautiful color of hibiscus. Thanks for sharing the beautiful collage of your happy moments with the family.
Thanks for the visit. Take care!
Great flower shot. And what a wonderful memory the collage is. Happy Hunting Carver and it is nice to meet you!
Hi Carver - you were early and I'm late, very late.
Lovely photos. I especially liked the hibiscus ' cos I have one very similar in my garden which has recently been released from its overgrown neighbours. It still managed to produce some lovely flowers!
Interestingly, here in the UK it is not called 'Rose of Sharon'; that honour goes to hypericum, a low spreading, not always attractive, shrub with yellow flowers followed by berries in autumn. I'll post a picture to my blog for you in the next few days, if you want to check back.
Thanks again to all the Photohunters for your comments. I appreciate them all.
For Chris, I will check in on your site to see when you post the pictures of the hypericum because I'm very interested. One of the fun things for me about the photohunt is seeing different traditions and cultures and since I love gardens, hearing about different names for plants in very interesting to me.
What great photos. The flower is so pretty adn I love your collage. What a great idea for this week.
what a beautiful collection of photos! Thank you for visiting me :-)
Being with our love ones is indeed HAPPY. :)
I love hibiscus!
Thanks for stopping by. :)
Wonderful happy photos!
All happy photos! And what great memories each photo hold. Hope you are enjoying photo hunters like the rest of us.
Thanks again to all the photohunters for stopping by. I am enjoying the photo hunt so much.
Loved the collage. Photos from childhood always have a special place in my heart. They capture an innocence and time gone by.
Thanks for stopping by to see my smiling boys.
Very happy photos. I'm partial to Rose of Sharon, too. The college, however, is my favorte of the two. Very happy, indeed.
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