Black and White

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White

I have dug around in the archives for this challenge.

The Bush Thick-knee looks unimpressed
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My favourite spiders web in black and white
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My daughters rat she made when she was very young
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One of my favourite black and white flower photos
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Glass bubbles in Seoul
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Blue and Yellow

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow

The cute little flight simulator at a recent airshow. No I wasn’t allowed to get in.
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I thought I had more blue and yellow flowers. At least I found one of a Wandering Jew plant
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The Ponytail trees have an abundance of yellow flowers and lots of bees
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Embarrassment in front of my home

Today, I had a major embarrassment.  My guests arrived and parked their car in the driveway in front of the house. We went inside and had a lovely morning tea and conversation.

After a while I went outside to make sure my garden wasn’t suffering in the heat of the day. Whilst outside I noticed some unusual activity. I snuck inside and grabbed my camera just to make sure what I saw was actually happening right there, in front of my eyes.

How do you tell your guests that there is someone having sex on their car, right in the driveway right in front of my house?

 

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Curves

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Curves

The old wagons curves
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Lots of curves on succulents
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The Red-naped Snake showing some curves
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Pythons always have curves when they are having a nap.
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The gentle curves of a butterflies wingcaper-white-butterfly01_named_home_nov-2016

Curves in architecture – the Sydney Opera House
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Bobbin loved to sit on the table
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The air show pilot filled the air with curves
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Music – It’s black and white

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything Related to Music

I wonder if I can find something for this photo challenge? Well I did manage to locate a couple of items.

The piano needs a good clean
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A great book
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Books. Take your pick190111_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_music_related_picks

There seems to be a theme in the bookcase
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Once there were actual records
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Then came the CDs
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The piano looks a bit better now
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Music to play a few tunes190111_blog_challenge_blackandwhite_music_related_sheet_music

Some guitars to play the music
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and a couple more170707_bandw_playtime_two guitars

Frustration

The word prompt from Sheryl: Frustration

What is frustration?
Frustration is………..

Trying to have your lunch when friends drop over
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Trying to have a drink when someone comes along who is argumentative
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Trying to have a bath when someone drops inmusk lorikeet_rainbow lorikeets08_home_named_nov 2014 - Copy

Your Mum washing your face in public
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Getting that fabulous photo of a bird and all you end up with is a branch170630_blog challenge_over_branch01

Featured Photo: Missed again

One day at the seed bowl

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs

There used to live in my street a number of people, who have since moved on, who used to put out bird seed mainly for the parrots. Since then I have a pair of King Parrots who come to the trees around the house and whistle. I don’t like to feed the birds but I have a bowl of seed I put out every now and then for this pair of King Parrots.

They are a couple and it is thought that they mate for life, that is why there is nearly always a pair of King Parrots in my garden.

He always lets her eat first when they arrive on the verandah together. Keeping a wary eye on me.
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Then they swap around and she keeps her eye on me while he eats.190110_blog_challenge_pairs_king_parrots1

Shattered

Laura’s manic Monday 3 Way Prompt: Shattered

The Green Glass Goblet
sat upon the shelf.
Luminous.
A present from afar.
Never touched by lips,
never held a liquid.
Just for looking at.
It wasn’t priceless
That Green Glass Goblet.
It was always there.
She always looked at
The Green Glass Goblet
One day, she thought,
I shall take it down
and take a drink.
“Life’s just a cocktail party on the street”
But not until Mother
had passed
for Mother forbade
anyone to touch
The Green Glass Goblet

It was a Summers day
when she laid Mother to rest.
Afterwards she came back
to the house
where she spent her life.
Looking after Mother
Looking after the tiny cottage
Looking at The Green Glass Goblet.
Sitting in the kitchen
she thought of the day,
she thought of Mother
and her insistence
that everything had a place.
“All this chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter ’bout
       Shmatta, shmatta, shmatta”
She thought of the Summer,
perspiration trickling down her back.
Going to the fridge
the cool bottle in her hand
she went to the cupboard
but her eyes went to
The Green Glass Goblet.

Is this the day?
Can I really do it?
What would Mother say?
  “Ah look at me….I’m shattered”
Perhaps I will have to wash
The never touched
Green Glass Goblet.
Drying her sweaty palms
on the pinafore that
Mother insist she wear,
“Look at me, I’m in tatters!  I’m a shattered”
a trembling hand reached
straining upwards
to the shelf
where upon sat
The Green Glass Goblet.

With her treasure
finally in her hands
she opened the bottle
Champagne
What better way
to drink
from the Green Glass Goblet
“Love and hope and sex and dreams”
The bubbly liquid
spilled from the bottle
into the Green Glass Goblet
Lifting it to her lips
she murmured
To Mother
At last
A drink from
The Green Glass Goblet
“Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex
        Look at me, I’m in tatters
        I’m a shattered”
The Champagne
bubbled at the corners
of her mouth.
Running down her neck
onto that pinafore
Mother insisted she wear
in case of a situation
just like this.
Laughing
she let the Green Glass Goblet
slip from her fingers.
“Does it matter? (shattered)
      Does it matter?”

*With thanks to Mick and Keith

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