Why these ones

Friendly Friday Challenge: Favourites & Why

For this challenge Sandy asks us – “For this week’s Friendly Friday Challenge, I ask you to share a photo and tell us the backstory. What makes the photo special? Why is it a favorite? Is there a story behind the picture? Is it an enhanced or modified picture? What did you do to change it and why?”

This so hard to limit myself to a few photos. As I was compiling the post, I kept thinking “oh what about this one” hence there aren’t any “arty farty” ones or even any flowers or insects. These are memories as well as favourites.

I’ll start with a modified photo of a Tree Fern frond. This photo was a good one, in my opinion, but wasn’t exactly what I wanted. The background was too strong so in order to enhance the image, I used vignette to blur the background a bit more.

I took the photo when I drove to the Gibraltar Ranges after the devastating bushfires in 2019 which almost destroyed my home. The area was black with dead blackened trees turned into big sticks with so many that had crashed to the ground. Amongst all of this devastation, the first signs of life appeared, Tree Ferns had emerged dotting the blackness with their showy green fronds.

This photo is showing life after tragedy.

My first visit to Paris, a city which I have come to adore. These stairs took us to our apartment on the sixth floor which, after a day of walking exploring Paris seemed such a hard climb.

A photo of a happy memory. I feel that monochrome was the best way to show the stairs and light that flowed from the window.

I have to also include Venice another favourite city full of memories and a wonderful time. This is on the way back to our apartment in an old palace the home of a wonderful woman who had stories to tell of Venice in the past.

Just over the bridge and the building with the light was where we stayed. Technically not all that a good photo but holds a time and place to cherish.

I have to add this is the view from our room

I couldn’t do this photo challenge without including a bit of Australian nature. Over the years when I posted photos of Eastern Yellow Robins they always draws comments.

They are the sweetest little birds that hang around my garden. Quite noticeable from the flash of yellow as the zoom around looking for snacks and helping keep my garden free of insects that like to chew on leaves and flowers.

I also have to include another bit of cuteness that live here, Red-necked Wallabies. There isn’t as many as there was earlier with only one family group coming into the garden daily to eat the grass.

I took this photo a few years ago of an inquisitive Joey looking in the kitchen window.

Again a messy photo but you need to be quick before they hop away to the safety of Mum and Dad. In case you wondered I did finish the brick work to the front entrance.

I couldn’t go without leaving a song could I?

41 thoughts on “Why these ones

  1. I love this Brian. Perfect examples of photos that mean more because of their backstory. I appreciate your first image much more because of your explanation.

    Aargh … those stairs in Paris! We had the same but knew enough to not rent anything above 3 floors, except that it was always one floor higher because the ground floor is always zero in France πŸ™‚

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  2. Yes, it is a lovely Robin photo, Brian, but I love the atmosphere in the memories. I think all apartments in Paris must have a staircase like that. We had one too, and I can still remember my aching legs.

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  3. Love your memories and I too recall the stairs in our first Parisian rented flat! That and the bidet in the corner of the room, the communal shower on the landing, the noise from outside that only seemed to stop between the hours of 3.00 and 5.00 am. But, we’ll alway have Paris, as Rick said to Ilsa.

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