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Big

The word prompt from Tina at Lens-Artists: Big

High in the Mango tree, a Python looks big, even if it is wrapped up into a tight ball
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But when stretched out on the verandah rafters can look even biggercarpet snake_verandah_named_binna burra_jan 2018

And looks even bigger when peering at you from the rafters
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Who? Me?

The Ragtag Saturday word prompt: Fabulist

What I love about a lot of photo challenges (or writing stories, poems etc) is the words that I have never heard of that suddenly set my mind to a photo. What is a Fabulist you ask?

adjective:
noun
plural: fabulists

  1. a person who composes or relates fables.
  2. a liar, especially a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.

Can I have a photo that conveys a story for the word?

 

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What? Who? Me? I’m not doing anything. I won’t eat your shrub. I am just stretching my arm. Perhaps practicing my moves for playing Double Bass in the forest orchestra. Go on Joey, you tell him, I am a good Mum.

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This My Post

This is a tale of a fence post, a Spangled Drongo and a Noisy Friarbird  –  as told by the Spangled Drongo.

What started out as a normal day, you know, a bit of flying about, some singing with my mates and looking for insects and other snacks around the place.
I always drop onto this fence post nearly every day. It’s a great perch to see if any insects or bugs are moving about in the garden or on the grass.

As you can see, This is My Post.
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A mate was flying past and he said “Hey, can I come for a visit to your post”spangled drongo_my post2_named_home_oct 2018
Sure, but I don’t really like anyone sitting up here on my post.spangled drongo_my post3_named_home_oct 2018

Oh, that’s OK. I’ll just hang on this side if that’s alright with you.
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And then, out of the blue, this big ugly bloke decides to sit on MY post. Oi, you. Get off my post
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Yeah. Right. get down there. This is my post.
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Suddenly, he looks at me and of all things, he pokes his tongue out.
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Well, that’s not on. You better get off now.
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Oh I see. You want to make a bit of a do about sitting on my post do you?
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Cop that buddy. Just get away.
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No you don’t. You can’t get back on there. This is my post.
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OK you. I don’t want to sit on the ground. I am a bird who likes to sit on posts.
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Well I am really afraid buddy. This is MY post
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I better be off then. I don’t want to sit on the ground and argue with you and your stupid post. I’m going, see ya.
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I’ve had enough of hanging around here. I going as well. I will be back later and sit there. Because, This is My Post
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When One Door Closes….

The photo challenge from Travelling at Wits End: When One Door Closes

I must admit I have a door fetish when travelling in Europe. I had to stop myself from posting too many. But you can’t have too many door photos can you?

The oldest door from Avignon
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Another old door in Bologna
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A glass door somewhere in France
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A church door in Bologna
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An ornate door in Dijon
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A studded door in Milan
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A door that has stayed up too late from Genoa
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A door in Avignon with street art
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Steps

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Steps Indoors or Outdoors

Steps in Grafton going up each way
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Steps in Bologna a long way up
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A carousel in Marseillaise181020_blog challenge_b&w_step_stairs_carousel_marseillaise

Steps going up a sculpture from Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney180828_blog challenge_sculptures_black and white_steps

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Serendipity

The Ragtag Tuesday prompt: Serendipity

I have been in the right place at the right time with my camera a couple of times.
This instance, it was late afternoon and I was looking for a good place to watch the sunset at my besties old place. I looked up and there was a Regent Bowerbird unmistakable with its vivid colours. A managed a couple of quick photos before it flew off back into the rainforest. Disappointed with the quality of the photo but elated never-the-less.
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This bit of serendipity was one of extreme joy. The right place and right time was sitting on my verandah having a cup of coffee. There in the Tea Tree sat a bird that is Critically Endangered, a Regent Honeyeater. The estimated know population is between 800 and 2000 birds. I was so happy to see this young male at my place for a few minutes
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Places People Visit

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Places People Visit

I am going to be very home town for places people visit. At this time of year, my town of Grafton is awash with purple. The Jacaranda trees are starting to come into flower and the town is gearing up for the annual Jacaranda Festival.

The Jacaranda Festival is the longest running floral festival in Australia. People come from all over the world to Grafton to visit and wander the town, look at the gardens and marvel at the purple everywhere.

The trees look a treat
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There is even a few White Jacaranda trees around town
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The streets look a treat. When the blossoms drop the ground is a carpet of purple.
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Even the birds like to nest in the Jacaranda trees
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There is poignant street art.
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I have some people booked into my place this weekend from Taiwan so maybe I will have a busy few days over the weeks to come at the Durranbah Bush Retreat

CFFC

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The Cicada

The word prompt for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #15: Changing and/or Changeable

From a hard shell, a Cicada changing into the sounds of Summer in the Australian bush
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To start a new life above ground
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Now a winged wonder
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Leaving behind an empty shell
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A bit of Aussie music from the 80’s

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Things in a Row

The word prompt from Traveling At Wits End: Things in a Row

I decided to go black and white for this photo challenge and make the subject the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in Grafton for Things in a Row
The outside with lost of things in a row
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The inside – how many things in a row can you find? I have eight things in a row.
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The seats in a row.
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Look up at the ceiling for things in a row.
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The Prayer and Psalm books ready for the faithful.
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The Witch

The Manic Monday’s 3 Wway Prompt from Laura: Witch – Witchy – Bewitched

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One afternoon, I was driving along and on the side of the road was a woman hitchhiking. As I couldn’t let a woman be left standing on the side of the road, I pulled over to the side of the road. She walked towards my car, her hips swaying hypnotising. She leant forward through the open window her dark hair falling through the open window, almost hiding her beautiful face. I asked “Where are you going.” She replied “I am just travelling and would appreciate a lift as far as you are going.”

With that, I said OK and she opened the door and slid into the car, her skirt riding up a bit showing her lovely tanned legs. She turned to me, offering an outstretched hand saying “Thank you, my name is Wendy.” As I took her hand, I couldn’t help but notice the top buttons of her blouse were open revealing a delicious glimpse of her breasts. “My name is Brian,” I said.

We drove along as the night started to fall, we talked about the regular chit chat stuff, the weather, places we had travelled to, family, foods we liked and what we did. I told her of my farm, the animals and the wonderful native bush and Australian animals and birds that surrounded my pace.

I asked Wendy “What do you do?”

She replied “I am a Witch,”

“A Witch!” I said incredulously, looking this quite stunning woman up and down.

“Yes,” Wendy said “I am a Witch”

“You don’t look like a Witch” “I imagine that Witches look a lot like the ones in my story books as a child, you know pointy hats, long pointy noses, warts and a voice that cackles.”

I asked “Do you cast spells and that sort of stuff?”

Wendy replied “Yes I do spells and incantations. Make magic potions to help people with love and cope with their lives.”

I asked “Do you do magic spells like in the folk tales. Like turn people into animals, frogs and that sort of thing?”

She replied “Yes, of course” “That is one of the fun things to do as a Witch.”

I said “That can’t be possible. How can that happen?”

Wendy the looked at me and asked if I wanted a demonstration. I gulped with apprehension.

She then put her hand with long red painted fingernails on my thigh and I turned into a Motel.

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Cricket at the Gaba

The word prompt from Amanda at Life Amazing: Sports Grounds or Sport
and from Leanne, The Photographers Mentor: Sport

The same place at different times. A day/night Limited Overs cricket match between Australia and England at The Gaba, a sports oval in Brisbane. This was a bit of father/daughter time with my three daughters a while ago.

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Blue

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Blue

A pile of Blue Figs from a Quandong Tree
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A Superb Fairy Wren looking down
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The Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Bottlebrush
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The wonderful Blue Triangle Butterfly
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A Blue-banded Bee buzzes past
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The clouds are dark and stormy
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The blue hour
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Columns

The word prompt from Terri for the Photo for the Week: Columns

Columns from Pompeii
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Columns in a colonnade in Bologna
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In a church in Bologna
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The fabulous columns in the Sagrada Familia Barcelona
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Ring

The Ragtag Daily Prompt: Ring

I was wondering what to do for this word prompt. I guess there will be lots of rings on fingers but you know me, always on the lookout for something different. I had a look through my folder for a Fairy Ring, no luck. I must have something. We went into a plumbing supplies as my bestie is remodeling her house. Ah yes. Look what I found – rings

Lovely shiny chrome ring
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Now this is the future of showers
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And how could I go past our Moon with a wonderful ring on a cloudy night
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Things Made of Plastic – in black & white

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made Out of Plastic

Jenny’s Cafe in London. Lovely green plastic chairs and a plastic squeezable sauce bottle
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A deer childs rocker in a second hand shop
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A green elephant in the same shop
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Toilet instruction in Seoul South Korea. My first visit to Seoul, the instructions weren’t in English
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Time for Lunch

Sometimes it always seems that someone’s hungry. A never ending trip out into the paddocks among the cows trying to find a suitable meal for the young ones.
Now out of the nest, learning to fly, they wait on the roof beams of the deck for an adult to bring a snack.

“It seems like ages since they were here with food,” they sat patiently waiting.
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“Look”. “Here comes Dad with some food”
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“Blimey dad, how far down my neck to you have to go!”
“Hey, I’m here too you know”
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“I guess I’ll get a bit to eat next time.”
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“Hey, it’s Mum this time. Just play it cool and I’ll get my food”
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“Oh dear, I missed out again”
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Look at that face of disappointment.Do you think that is was fair that someone missed out on food?

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Haunted

The Daily Word Prompt: Haunted

He was afraid she would look up and see his fear
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What secrets did the old shed hold? Shall we go inside and look?
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The clouds blew across the face of the Moon bringing darkness and the sounds of the night all around.
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Fire

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Fire

Look into the fire
What do you see?
Faces looking back?
Colours whirling
Colours swirling
Monsters within
Flames reaching
ever higher
Did you see
Tortured souls
Mouths agape
Crying to be free
Fire
Fire
Fire
Are you looking?
The fire?
What did you see?
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The Waterhole

The word prompt from Amanda at Life Amazing: Pools or Ponds

I have been meaning to post a bit about my property for a while. One day it will be whole post. For the moment, thanks to Amanda, here is a bit about the waterhole or pool on my place. It always has water and I have never seen it dry. I went for a bit of a bush walk a few weeks ago, before the rains came, just to see how the environment and and birds and animals had been coping with a lack of rain.

This is how the waterhole or pool looks when there has been a bit of rain.
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This is what I found. A small pool behind some gravel and leaves.
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To my surprise, the waterhole was filled with the sounds of birds. This is the only water source down this part of my place so the birds were there in numbers. A tiny Scarlet Honeyeater makes the waterhole look big.
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A White-throated Honeyeater enjoyed a drink.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_white throated honeyeater
A yellow-faced Honeyeater was joined by some Fuscous Honeyeaters. There were so many Fuscous Honeyeaters that I couldn’t count them.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters

This is a small amount of the birds that were there. The air was filled with bird song. A lovely way to spend the afternoon, sitting and watching until the mosquitoes sent me on the track back home.

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Photo a Week – Clouds

The word prompt from Bren: Clouds

One afternoon.
Clouds of
painted pastel
streaked
across the sky
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Another evening.
Dark
and ominous
gathered showing
patches of yellow
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Another day.
Gloom….brooding.
Alone
Quick
find shelter
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Scarlet

The word prompt from CitySonnet: Scarlet

I could use a photo of a Scarlet Honeyeater (search my blog for a photo of a Scarlet Honeyeater) but no, this time it’s a Robin
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OK I did cheat the name of the Robin is a Rose Robin but oh so lovely in my garden

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Pick a Word – October 2018

Again, Paula had me thinking of some photos to match her words for Pick a Word

I delved into my holiday folders for most of photos except one where I had some lovely triplets.

Gushing
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Aperture
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Triplets
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Frontier extra

 

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Festival of Leaves 2018

A new photo challenge to join thanks to Terri for link to Dawn’s photo challenge: Festival of Leaves 2018 -Trickles of Yellow

I was surprised at the number of yellows I have as I don’t really have an Autumn season where the leaves fall from deciduous trees. I don’t have any. I live in a Eucalypt forest. So here are a few yellow leaves that I have found.
Stuck to the window after a storm
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They fell together
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Just a yellow leaf
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A tinge of yellow before dropping from the Gum Tree
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A tinge of yellow on new shoots
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