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Scarlet Honeyeaters in my garden

I recently put one of my Scarlet Honeyeater photos on a photo challenge blog from Dutch goes the Photo.  I had quite a number of likes and comments so I thought I would do a series of Scarlet Honeyeater photos. Some of the photos are of the females as well as the striking males. Enjoy these the smallest honeyeaters in Australia.

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One day in the Pink Euodia

I just had to do another blog for Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Pink

The Pink Euodia, an Australian native tree in my garden, attracts birds when the beautiful flowers are blooming.

Here is a Rainbow Lorikeet enjoying the flowers
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The delightful Scarlet Honeyeater loves the pink blossoms
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Here they come

Frank has chosen Pink as the theme for the Tuesday Photo Challenge. I was going to recycle the paint can but I thought I must have some other pink here somewhere, other than flowers.

I took this photo with an old camera as I wasn’t too sure about taking my best camera aboard the yacht. We were leading the final race home after about 10 days of sailing from Grafton to Iluka on the Clarence River. Suddenly a breeze blew up and all the larger yachts put their spinnakers up and came zooming up behind us. It looked great from our little boat. Unfortunately the wind died and everyone was becalmed so the race was cancelled.

Don’t the yachts look great with their coloured sails?
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Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past

I like the Traces of the Past photo challenge as I try to find subjects that may be a bit different. Follow the link to see other bits and pieces of the past that great photographers conjure up.

My Trace of the Past was found during an Angourie Dunecare revegetation and site clean up. One of the volunteers found a handbag discarded under a shrub covered in vegetation and sand. The handbag had been there for quite a number of years. Upon opening the old handbag, they discovered the contents was more or less intact despite being in the harsh conditions for almost 40 years. One of the volunteers managed to track down the owner who said the handbag was stolen from their car while they were at the beach during their honeymoon. She asked if her engagement ring was still in there. Unfortunately the ring and money which was in her purse were gone.

Have a look at the contents and see how many things you can name?

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One Word Photo Challenge: Insect

Where to start with this photo challenge from Jennifer. So many to pick from and it’s just Insect not Insects so here is one that I hope you will like.

One of my favourite insect photos. The Caper White Butterfly on the Pentas.
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Alley

The Tuesday Photo Challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Alley

I have gone back in time to my first European tour and to the city of Rovinj in Croatia. It was hard to settle on a couple of photos as I have quite a few alley photos from Europe. I like these ones.

This alley was just up from my hotel. It has just the right amount of colour to lighten the mood of the alley.
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This is one of my favourite photos of Rovinj
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Aperitivo

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge using the letters Ap I have dug out my photos of Aperitivo from my Italian adventure in 2015.

“Perhaps our favorite Italian tradition is the aperitivo, a drink/light meal that takes place at the end of the workday as a kind of warm up to dinner.” from The Art of Aperitivo

Aperitivo in Bologna
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Aperitivo in Naples
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Travel theme: Numerals

It was fortuitous that I was near Big Ben at 12 o’clock
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Number six on the Grafton Bridge
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Four is as fast as you go on the Clarence River
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The store front in Denman which used to be a Jewellers shop.
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Discover more Numerals at Where’s my backpack

 

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Black and White Sunday: Structure – man made

I had this idea for Paulas Lost in Translation black and white photo challenge Structure but I switched to using my usual nature photos. This time I have a couple of man made structures.

Looking down the path of the Grafton Bridge
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The walkway from a ferry wharf in Sydney
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Black and White Sunday: Structure

This photo challenge from Lost in Translation, Structure, has made me think of the structures that I like to discover and photograph. Of course I don’t mean man made structures but the wonderful structures in nature.

Look how the Spangled Drongo has attached the nest to the trees branches in a very loose looking structure.
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It is just right for the Spangled Drongo to sit among the eucalypt leaves.
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The Noisy Friarbirds nest is a jumble of strips of Stringybark trees woven into a basket like structure with a side opening
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The most basic of nests has to be the Tawny Frogmouth. The nests structure is a pile of sticks in the fork of the tree. Shhh, don’t disturb the nocturnal Frogmouth.
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Another jumble of sticks makes the structure of the Square-tailed Kites nest. There is a pile of sticks under the nest which didn’t sit properly and fell to the ground.
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The Ospreys huge nest on an open branch where they can see all around. The nests structure of sticks, moss and a huge amount of Grandfathers Beard.
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What nest wouldn’t be a nest without some babies!!! The cup like structure of the Grey Fantails nest is built onto the branch using spiders web to help make it stick.
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Upright

One Word Sunday   A photo challenge from Debbie at Travel With Intent

An encounter with the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey in my garden.

“Now stand still and upright”
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“Let’s see, you have to look your best”
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“Awww Mum…do you have to”
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“Hold still….I’ve just got to get under your chin”
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“There you go…..it wasn’t that bad, was it?”
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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word

I wait every month for the Pick a Word photo challenge from Lost in Translation.

Setting
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Nubilous
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Motley
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Growth
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Nautical
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Look at the link to see what other photographers matched with the Pick a Word photo challenge

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This is July

At last I am able to sit down and write this blog. I have a chest infection which made my concentration levels drop and a lack of interest in doing anything. Looking at the screen made my eyes sore as well. July was interesting as the days became more like Summer than Winter. There hasn’t been much rain so the garden is suffering. Most of the flowers are from elsewhere, some of the birds are from around here and there is a bit of what is that photo. There is a bit of excitement but that will come later. There are quite a number of photos so perhaps a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you drink while sitting have a look at my July.

This is the view from Raspberry Lookout in the Gibraltar Ranges, about 70kms from my place, which is somewhere to the left of the photo a few gullies over.
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I thought I’d start with the bugs I found. A moth isn’t really a bug but an insect but this beauty had to go in somewhere.moth_named_binna burra_july 2017

We found a caterpillar munching a plant. Look at how much it has eaten for such a small sized caterpillar.
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The winter flowering stone fruits are alive with bees.
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I was enjoying a cuppa on the verandah when this bloke came buzzing around. I like the confusion of fly and shadow.
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At the Raspberry Lookout I found a log. Not just an ordinary log but one that had a lichen that made it look so green.
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Can you see the face on this old tree stump. The big cut mark on the left is where the timber cutters used to put a board to stand on to cut the tree down with an axe. The “graffiti” isn’t all that old though.
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My  bestie found this fantastic leaf.
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One day the clouds just decided to look rather special. Something to do with a hot day, cold upper air or whatever.
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“What are you looking at?”
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I call this photo “The Electric Fish”. I would love to tell you how I took the photo but have no idea. The leaves and flowers were in the bottom of the bowl and the spots on the surface are fish food.
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Late one evening when going for a walk, I saw the red and green leaves glowing in the afternoon sun.
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A neighbours place glowed in that afternoon sun. This plant is called Firesticks.
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I have never looked at a Dandelion flower. Isn’t it beautiful.
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In a garden in Grafton the rest of the garden was bare and a few of the flowers were doing their last gasp but this Gazania stood out among the rest.
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A fragrant Rose. I love Roses.
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The Grevillea flower shone in the early morning sun.
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Some birds come back every year to spend Winter here or perhaps just drop in for a snack and rest on their migratory route to further warming climes. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters stay around and nest. The mornings and evenings are filled with their calls.
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The Silvereyes flock through, some keep going but some hang around for a while eating and building their strength for the next part of their journey.
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The Figbirds are after the fruiting trees in the rainforest gullies. This Figbird seemed to have an interest in a Eucalypt nut.
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The Lewins Honeyeater found a tasty morsel in the bark of the tree.
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It doesn’t look like it was that appealing does it?
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A White-throated Honeyeater, a bowl and a garden bench. There are a number of places where birds can get a drink in my garden.
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Going to my besties one day, I came across a flock of Brolgas in a farmers field beside the highway. This is only the second time I have seen Brolgas and to see around twenty was wonderful.
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Some birds will do anything not to have their photo taken. The Eurasian Coot did a great dive.
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Have you ever been so angry that you just had to shout at a tree?
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I hadn’t noticed the rich orange around the eye of a White-throated Tree Creeper before. Since the blog was published, Carol Probets who often lets me know what’s what informed me that this is a Red-browed Tree Creeper. See Carols blog at Lyreades
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The Welcome Swallow was ignoring me as he sat on the old bridge watching the workings building the new one.
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The Spotted Pardalote had a ritual of checking out the verandah every morning for snacks.
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The Grey Shrike-Thrush have set up home at my besties.
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Adorable looking birds aren’t they?
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The Grey Fantail was a bit puffed up in the cool afternoon breeze.
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Another regular Winter visitor to my place are the Noisy Friarbirds. Their calls resound through the forest all day long. These two were having an in depth conversation.
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Every now and then a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos descend on the pine trees to feed and then take off to find a place to roost.
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The lovely little Rose Robins are occasional visitors. So cute as the bounce in the garden looking for snacks.
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This is excitement number one. First time I have seen a Grey Goshawk. It was high in the trees at my besties place.
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Excitement number two. The first time I have seen a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. It was so happy to sit on a post and pose for a minute or two at my besties place.
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This was the sunset in some of the photos mentioned before. So it must be time to go.
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Thank you for stopping by. Drop me a note if you found something that interested you.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Birds

There isn’t many challenges that have the topic Birds. I couldn’t resist but who can stop at one or two especially when it is my favourite Australian bird the Eastern Yellow Robin. I did limit myself but they are so cute I just had to share a few photos.

I love how they just fly and land sideways on trees
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and look around the corner to see if I am still there
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Even fluffed up in the bird bath they still look captivating
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The subtly of their yellow feathers shows through in the bird bath
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Just a lovely little bird
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This is one of his favourite resting spots
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Hope you love the Eastern Yellow Robin as much as I do. See other peoples photos of birds in the Photo a Day Challenge: Birds

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Water Lillies

Here are a few water lillies for Cee’s Flower of the Day: Water Lily Pond

I love the subtle pink hue
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The Cape Waterlily stands out among the crowd
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The Yellow Waterlily is from Mexico
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The Cape Waterlily is from South Africa and is everywhere in Australia
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An Australian native waterlily the Water Snowflake. This one is growing on my dam.
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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge May 7

Odd Balls. Those photos that are the ones you in someway like but not too sure where they fit in your photo galleries. I have lots of Odd Balls and so do other photographers. Have a look at the other Odd Balls

I love rust. Its colours and textures. I don’t know what this old piece of machinery was used for, perhaps moved things from the boats to the works on the headland. I found it in South Australia.

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The creativity in making this seat is wonderful. It is on a friends property in South Australia too.

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Can you guess what this photo is? I took this photo of a pool on my property with a Water Strider on the surface. Its feet aren’t really that big as the shadow shows.

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Falling Water

Falling Water is the theme from Dutch Goes the Photos Tuesday Challenge Have a look at the great photos others have contributed

The Clarence River water rushes over the rocks at Lilydale near my place.

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Ellenborough Falls are quite spectacular as the water tumbles into the deep ravine.

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Isolated Subjects

Isolated Subjects is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

The cemetery at Clunes New South Wales has a nice outlook

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During a flood, many items get isolated.

The hay bale floating down the Clarence River at Grafton

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The tower of the boat shed on the banks of the Clarence River at Grafton

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The Spangled Drongo sitting on the nest high in the tree.

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52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 33 – Rain

I did have to look for rain photos but why can’t I find any. I am sure there must be some somewhere. Oh well for 52 Week Photo Challenge I found these.

Looking out of the window at Sydney Harbour on a rainy day.

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The raindrops on the Hipeastrum

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The spiders web caught a few raindrops.

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Black and White Sunday: Imperfect

What a photo challenge set by Paula for Black and White Sunday. Unmask those photos that you probably don’t want people to see.

What a great photo it could have been – the Sea Eagle with a fish.

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I have no idea what I was doing but it’s a nice shoe

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The cafe had a lot of metal pots, pans and utensils on the top of the cupboard, but most interesting was the watering can. The lighting was great.

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What could be better. A full moon rising with a palm tree in the foreground.

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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in May

Another favourite photo challenge from Paulas Lost In Translation

CONFINED – The Quoll or Australian Native Cat had been killing my chooks so I set a trap to catch it. I released the Quoll in the National Park near my place.

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JAZZY – A building in Sydney Australia

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SERENE: Sitting beside the babbling brook

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters S or T

One of my favourite photo challenges – Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge. Some photos are black and white others have been converted.

The Snail shell found in my garden. It is an Australian native snail.

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The old Truck that has been in my street since I first moved here,

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The Train Tunnel – the train can just be seen

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The Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise flower

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A Spider web early one morning

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The Flower and the Bees

The challenge is shallow depth of field52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32

The Hippeastrum is a fabulous flower to photo. Its large bell shaped flowers and striking colours give many an opportunity for some great photos. Throw in some Stingless Native Bees and you look into a busy tiny world.

The flowers are male and female. This is a female flower with the stigma ready for some pollen.

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This is a male with the anthers full of pollen

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All we need are some bees. Look how full the bees pollen baskets are.

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Once a flower is found the tiny bees come to collect the pollen.

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I wonder if they know there’s a spider in there.

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Black and White Sunday – Through

What a challenge! I couldn’t think of anything then a bit of inspiration kicked in which led to too many ideas.

Looking through to a garden in Rome.

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One of the many colonnades in Bologna

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Letting the ferry through the lock in Paris

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Looking through time in the 12th Century church in Verona

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Not many through photos from Australia as the ideas of those came to late

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