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Here are the twos

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: 2 Different Things or the Number 2

I often see two different birds at the bird bath. (search on here bird bath to see more in colour) This post isn’t all about two birds and the bird bath, some other twos for your enjoyment as well.

Despite the Spangled Drongos death stare, the Noisy Miner remained oblivious
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Sometimes you have to defend your territory even if the other bird is much bigger. The Noisy Friarbird kept harassing the Square-tailed Kite
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“Hey Bobbin, what did he write down there?”
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There is always somewhere good to perch to see if anyone has any chips.
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I thought I really should include some flowers for Cee
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Lines in Nature

The Daily Post word prompt: Lines

Look about.
Lines are everywhere
Lines up
Lines down
Lines around
Lines within
Lines without
Look about.

Look up. Bangalow Palm flowers are about to burst forth – with bonus bee.
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Look down. The moss is seeding
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Look within. The Rose showing her splendor
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Look without. A Spangled Drongo whose lines may shimmer
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Look around. Spiders webs are all around.
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Look up. The sky is full of lines
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My original idea of lines, down the hall and up the stairs. Just had to bung it on at the end
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Room for everyone

The Daily Post word prompt: Partake

At the bird bath there is room for everyone who wants to partake

Some birds come in pairs like the White-browed Scrub Wrens
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Red-browed Firetail Finches prefer a communal bath time
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The Variegated Fairy Wrens take turns
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This little Buff-rumped Thornbill was happy to have a bath all by himself
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This Weeks Odd Balls

Some photos you can’t explain. There are quite a few at Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

I found this covering a machine at the hospital. No I didn’t look under the cover
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I love Steampunk fashion. These clothes are for people without arms.
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Thanks for stopping by……would you mind shutting the gate on the way out please
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Heat

Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Heat

The end of the day.
Setting sun.
Feel the heat
wash over
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The intensity
of the sky,
Burning
through the trees.
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The Suns fire
absorbing the air,
Taking the sky,
melting the clouds.
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Thoughts drift,
Heat takes
its toll,
At the end of the day.
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A seat or two

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Any Kind of Seating

The lovely seating on the fast trains through Europe
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No, it’s not Fred Flintstones lounge but a seat in a museum in Bologna
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A fun seat. A carousel in Marseille
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The wooden seat at a friends place
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A handy seat
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Traces of the Past – Pottery

Black and White Sunday from Paula at Lost in Translation: Traces of the Past.

Lately I have posted a bit of me for Traces of the Past. This post follows that trend.
I was wondering what to do while standing in the kitchen doing the washing up. On the window sill there were a couple of things that needed a bit of a wash. That’s when the idea struck, why not do the pieces of pottery that are on the window and around the house.

These pieces of pottery were done by my daughters in the after school pottery classes in their Mothers potters shop around 20 years ago. They were primary school age, less than 12 years old, when these pieces were made. All the photos of the works are on a chopping board made by my eldest daughter in woodwork at high school, which you can see is still used today. Actually it was today. I prepared my lunch using the chopping board!

A lovely small bowl for Mothers Day
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A horse in a yard with a tree.
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Who wouldn’t want a shoe with laces and a nice bow
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Mum at the pottery wheel.
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A wonderful orange boat.
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My girls had pet rats so no wonder they were the inspiration for this pottery rat. Such an adorable face.
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Another view of the rat.
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I think this turtle is just lovely.
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The first small bowl in this post with a bit of colour.
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The turtle in colour
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Who couldn’t love that face
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Prolific

The Daily Post word prompt: Prolific

A flock of Cormorants skim the Clarence River one foggy morning
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The design on a glass bowl
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Lilli Pilli berries and leaves scatter the ground after a storm
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The flowers open on a Bangalow Palm this morning
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Once the bird bath gets prolific, someone has to leave
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Water Dragons – Free and Easy

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Free and Easy

What could be more free and easy than a Water Dragon.

Being young and free
to climb a tree
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Feeling relaxed in your bones
laying on the warm stones
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Showing your colours and funk
just hanging on a tree trunk
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Free and easy – need proof?
sunning yourself on the roof
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Here I am easy and free
the laughs are on me
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Shape and Texture

A collaborative theme. Concept and art direction by KimskyArt. Photography and photo edits by bushboy photos.

A walk around the garden admiring the Shape and Texture of the plants, trees and flowers, designing and taking a concept from ideas and thoughts through the lens, onto the screen.
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Song

The Daily Post word Prompt: Song

I know when the weather is turning cold. The Currawongs come down from the mountains to have their Winter at my place. This Currawong was in fine voice.
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I am Currawong hear me sing
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Here is a YouTube I have borrowed of Currawongs for those who haven’t heard them before.
The video is from Frederique Davies https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEXF5djuizCHyga2nbp5hMA

 

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Some Birds

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge gives me free reign to unleash some of my “other” bird photos

I wonder if a bird lives in this bird house?
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This is the end of a log that fell across the road to my place. Luckily a neighbour came with his chainsaw to cut the log and I could get home. It really looks like a Kookaburra doesn’t it?
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A happy bird in a friends garden
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This bird is a bit more serious maybe
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Fingers and Strings

The Daily Post word prompt: Fret

And the band played on,
a tune they loved.
Concentration
They finished the chorus,
into the second verse.
Relaxed
Looking at each other
as they became as one
Smiles
The music flowed
from their hearts
Together
And the band played on

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Odd One Out

A great photo a week challenge from Nancy Merrill: One of these things……. “Who remembers watching Sesame Street as a child (or with your child) and hearing “One of these things is not like the others. Which one is different? Can you tell?””

A tough one to start
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This is a bit easier
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An easy “who’s the odd one out” to finish.
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Waiting for the Sunset

What a fabulous theme for Paulas Thursdays Special Photo Challenge: Zoom in – Zoom out You really have a look at the link and see Paula’s fantastic waterfall photos.

Let’s Zoom In and see the sunset
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A bit more of the scene
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Doesn’t seem that dramatic s up close does it?
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Cars Trucks and Motorcycles

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Cars Trucks and Motorcycles

I have had a look around my folders to find some Trucks
The old truck that has been part of my street forever it seems
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The truck on the street in Murwillumbah
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One of the smallest trucks I have ever seen. On the street in Dijon
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Actually this truck in Rome is the smallest
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And now we have the Cars
A green car in Dijon
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I had to leave the yellow on this car for Cee. A Fiat in Genoa
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It’s time for the Motorcycles
In my past life, I used to work on the tack at the motorcycle races as a flag marshal. One of the best jobs as you are right beside the track. These are from the mid seventies. Yes I always had my camera with me in those days too except the photos were selective as it was film and cost a bit to get processed. These photos are in colour and scanned to black and white
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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word

Hooray. It’s that time again where Paula has supplied some words to unleash ideas and interpret with photos.

Dawning
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Condensed
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Coalescing
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Verdant
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Sempiternal
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Have a look at other great photographic interpretations at Lost in Translation

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Radiant

The Daily Post word prompt: Radiant

The sun,
streaming through
the Buddha tree.
Enlightening.
Inspiring.

The Buddha said
“Three things cannot be
long hidden.
The Sun.
The Moon.
The Truth.”

What is
your path?
The Sun,
lighting your way.
The Moon,
bringing your dreams.
The Truth,
making you real.

The Sun,
streaming through
the Buddha tree.

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This is March 2018

Here we are at what I saw in March.  There has been a couple of photo challenges I have done in March so some of those photos aren’t in this lot. It is another big photo post. There are a few photos of snakes, spiders and other insects but try to have a peek through your fingers when they come along. Nature is full of wondrous colours and shapes.

Of course there are flowers and birds plus my March obsession of spiders webs. So I do recommend getting your favourite drink and perhaps a snack as you settle in and have a look at my month of March.

OK, I’ll get the insects out of the way first for all those who have told me of their dislike of bugs. You will be rewarded with seeing some lovely little creatures from my world.

I’ll ease you into the insect section with a lovely Wanderer Butterfly
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Remember My Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now it seems they are waiting for me. This Blue Triangle was on the road when we went for a walk.
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There were a lot of Easten Common Brown Butterflies around this year.
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A long range photo of a lovely bug with orange feelers. Some close ups are coming next.
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When you are a small insect you really have to hang on if there is a breeze about.
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I look fearsome but I’m not.
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A small Fly with red eyes came to sit with us while we had a drink on the deck. Spiders next
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Remember the spiders web from my March Squares. Lots of people were glad the spider wasn’t in the web. Well here he is, all 5 or 6mm of him. Better watch out if you are a mossie.
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Some spiders hang up side down on their web.
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First prize in the messiest web. I love the droplets on the web from the morning mist.
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As part of my obsession, I have been playing with my photo editor. Do you like this one?
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A bit of respite now. A Lemon Migrant Butterfly on Lantana
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While on a day trip, we stopped at an art gallery which wasn’t all that great. Outside life was far more interesting. I found a Praying Mantis eating a Bee in the flower bed.
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This poor little bloke couldn’t get his wings folded
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Photographing some grass seeds I was photo-bombed by a Dragonfly
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I don’t think it was this lovely red Dragonfly. I love the shadow
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My favourite Australian Native Bees are the Blue-banded Bees which are in other posts this month. This Australian Native Bee has the best named of all. Let me introduce you to the Teddy Bear Bee. Do you know of a cuter bee name?
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When we look out of the kitchen window at my besties place, neatly framed in the arch, waiting for his breakfast too is PJ the horse. He knows where to stand to get attention doesn’t he?
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The grass seed photo I talked about earlier.
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An Australian Native flower that grows at my place. This one was on the side of the road.
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My besties Roses are lovely this year. The camera couldn’t capture the wonderful red colour though
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A great year for Bromiliad flowering too.
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This plant is called Ink Weed. Apparently you can make ink from the plant. Not sure which part but they did in the early days of the colony.
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I have often shown the Blue Ginger flowers up close, sometimes with a Blue-banded Bee in them. This is one patch of them in my besties garden.
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I love Cats Whiskers flowers. They are just opening in March.
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Aren’t the colours of the garden striking?
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Remember the many posts about the Dancing Lady Hibiscus. Here is a shot of the many flowers that came out this year taken from the verandah where we sometimes have breakfast, the most flowers we have ever seen. The Hibiscus bush trails up the Poinciana tree trunks. How many Dancing Ladies can you count?
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A tiny Eco-system in a tree trunk on the side of the road.
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The fence post was covered on one side with these fungi.
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A lone fungus on the side of the hill.
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I love this shot from under the Poinciana tree at the small fungi high up.
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The Common Garden Skink, I call a Copper Headed Skink, doing its best not to look at the camera before it scurried away.
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Apart from flowers, fungi, birds, the Poinciana also has a non-venomous Green Tree Snake who lives in the hollows. These Pythons are harmless
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Beautiful little snake. Aren’t the colours and markings lovely?
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I wondered why the chook was hesitant about coming out of her yard. When she did she would run across the yard to a sheltered spot. She never came into the front garden. Then I spied why. The Square-tailed Kites have built a nest in a eucalypt in the front yard
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On  a drive to Caniaba, while waiting for some dairy cows to cross the road, I saw two Wedged-tailed Eagles wheeling about high in the sky.wedged tailed eagles_caniaba_named_march 2018

The Little Wattlebird enjoyed singing and searching for food in the Poinciana tree
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He saw me with my camera while up side down looking for grubs.
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The tiny Buff-rumped Thornbill defied gravity looking for a snack in the Poinciana tree  too
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A Golden Whistler was in fine voice in the Poinciana tree.
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Another singer in the garden is the Varied Triller
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A flock of Silvereyes called in to have a feed
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A Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike strained to see if it was food or just the wind blowing leaves about
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On a recent walk, I spied a young Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike harassing its parent for food
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“Where is everyone?” the Pied Cormorant seemed to say as it looked around before diving for fish once more in the Brunswick River.
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Meanwhile on the beach at Brunswick Heads, a Welcome Swallow found a convenient stick to perch
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Remember the Bromiliad Flower? The Lewins Honeyeater has been sticking his head into the flower to get a snack. The flower also rewarded him but giving him a pollen crown.
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I love Wonga Pigeons. This pair were sitting in the garden preening and looking about.
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The Grey Fantail looked like he was walking on stilts.
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A great moment in March was seeing the Green Catbird feeding her young. Seconds later another young one came along which disturbed the scene and soon all three had flown off.
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I can’t do a post with birds and not included Bobbin, the cute resident Northern Yellow Robin. I recently discovered that I have been calling the Yellow Robins around here and at my besties, Eastern Yellow Robins. There are two distinct races of Yellow Robins. So from now on Bobbin and his friends are Northern Yellow Robins.
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Thanks for getting this far. I even made a second coffee to keep me going to the end.

The afternoon colour and trees looked so lovely
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The Full Moon earlier in March looked great with the clouds drifting by.
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I like to put the captions before the photo. What do you do? Do you prefer the captions before or after a photo? Let me know what you think?

Did you have a favourite photo from March?

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Tilted

The word prompt from Nancy Merrill: Tilted

“Have you ever tilted your camera on accident and then thought “Wow, that works!” If you have some time to work with your subject (or subjects), try some shots with your camera tiled from slightly to wildly and see what happens. It can add a unique twist to a commonplace image.” – Nancy

Well, I didn’t know which way to tilt trying to get this photo of a building in Seoul
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