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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Thursdays Special – Winding

Winding…..the theme for Paula’s Thursday Special

I immediately thought of the main idea within the challenge which in part mentions spiral stairs in a quote from Yeats.

The well worn stairs in the lighthouse at Cape Otway in Victoria Australia

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The stairs in the apartment building we stayed in in Paris. Seven flights made sure you remembered everything before adventuring in Paris.

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But also the winding that most photographers do with their tripods

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and in the case of my old wine press, lots of winding to extract the lovely juices

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But best of all was the many stairs we climbed to see the wonderful fall of the lights in the Grand Hyatt in South Korea – “….we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are…”

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Thursdays Special – Pick a Word challenge in March

Another photo challenge from Paula’s Thursday’s Special

I have chosen a few photos from my travel folder for this challenge as well as the first two from my home, Australia.

Commanding – The view from the top of the pine tree

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Coarse – The Sand Crab and his treasures

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Gibbous – On the wall of the Notre Dame de Paris

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Incremental – A wall in the Grand Hyatt South Korea

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Indelible – The first time I saw the Segrada Familia in 2009

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Thanks Paula for the inspiration and time to set the challenges.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Which way? It is an old saying from the early explorers, latter day travelers to anyone who is lost.

Sometimes there is a sign that you could follow

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Often the way to go on boardwalks is a matter of luck to where you may end up.

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The stairs with the cascade of water droplet lights are such a marvelous sight in the Grand Hyatt in South Korea

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bushboy photos for the Which Way photo challenge

Not your usual holiday photos

When I travel, I am always looking for something that has some sort of appeal to me. Whether it is concrete or abstract there nearly is always a photo in something that I see and perhaps, others do too. I often find I am drawn to many the same theme. Those themes have been the subject in the past and of other blogs as time goes on. This time I would like to let you into my world of the everyday stuff that I see. Often I will take a photograph, to the quizzical looks of people who wonder what the hell is he photographing!!! This is true especially on holidays where there is a lot of people wandering about the same cities or towns as me. So off we go, starting at the top.

The tiles on rooves have patterns, shapes and colours and sometimes perhaps a plants or two.

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And in this case moss or lichens. It could almost be vegetation on a terraced hillside.

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I love the ceramic chimney pots. They contrast with the new looking tiles in the background.

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These chimney pots seemed like rather severe looking totem poles.

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This was on a roof near our Paris apartment. We thought it was our own Ned Kelly or medieval warrior looking after us, spear in hand.

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Some places have the most amazing ceilings, quite often in churches but this one was in a large shopping center in Milan

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Some walls in the old churches have the most amazing construction. Imagine looking upwards to see these bricks jutting out in a higgledy-piggledy fashion.

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In contrast, this wall was in the cafe at the Venice Biennale showcasing modern art. Yes it is a flat wall.

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Whereas this sloping wall was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Korea.

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Again, the modern art world showed geometry on the walls of the Confluence Museum of Art in Lyon.

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The Koreans really embraced the world of modern art with this window between the bedroom and bathroom in our room in the Grand Hyatt.

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This sign on the wall in Venice seemed poignant as everywhere we went in Italy people smoked cigarettes regardless of where they were.

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There were many different floors with patterns or geometrical designs. This was hard to walk on while looking down as it made walking in a straight line difficult.

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I don’t know how many cobblestone roads we walked down. This one in Stirling, Scotland, wet and late in the afternoon drew me into its seemingly wavy pattern.

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Lights have always been a source of inspiration whether they are candles in a church.

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Or modern sculpture like this one of cascading balls from the third floor to the ground in Korea.

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Or beautiful old Murano glass light in the entrance of the hotel in Genoa.

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I guess I have a certain fascination for water. The Autumn leaves floating in the water feature in Dijon summed up the first cool wet day.

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Reflections in water always look so abstract. A bit of blue sky and the sides of a boat rippling on the water in the canal caught my eye in Burano.

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Further down the canal the colours changed to green and “gold” to make me feel at home.

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To get water often you need a tap. I don’t think much water has flowed from this tap in quite a while. The tap was in a rather large old building in Arsenale, Venice which had an art installation. I saw a few people wander over to the tap after I walked away, probably wondering what I was photographing.

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Just walking down the road, exploring the neighbourhood when we got to Bologna, the blue bottle on the graffitied concrete column of the building just seemed like an art installation.

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If you have water, you quite often need a teapot, even if it is part of an art installation from China.

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Teapot always needs some tea cups.

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There were lots of chairs in the church. This is just a part of all of the chairs. There was so many.

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Sometimes looking into a sculpture changes the perception of how the work makes you feel.

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This was the Canadian Exhibit in the Venice Biennale. It was a shop with so much “for sale” as well as a lot of used items to ponder.

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The posters on the walls of so many places had me perplexed but I appreciated the work especially combined with the everyday life.

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Road signs sometimes get altered. I have no words.

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Did you enjoy my holiday snaps? Leave me a comment to let me know what you likes most. Stay tuned for the next installment of my holiday photos – better than a slide night.

Elephants

Todays social outrage about Glenn McGrath and his hunting made me think about elephants. Yes elephants. I have a liking for elephants, some may say is bordering on obsession.

There are a couple of elephants around my home. No they aren’t real elephants or you would have seen had regular Twitter updates about elephants and all the fun or problems of having elephants in your backyard may bring. My backyard may be quite a number of hectares but I feel would be totally unsuitable for keeping elephants.

Think of the fencing for starters. Sometimes its hard enough to keep others livestock out of my place let alone trying to wrangle a herd of elephants when they go trampling the neighbours front garden or eat their prize geraniums or are they pelargoniums. Never mind, it’s the keeping of such a huge animal that would warrant some strict examination of ones sanity wouldn’t it?

But this is not what I wanted to get on about. Back to the elephants at my place.

The news of today did make me reflect on why I love elephants. I do suspect it may have come from a visit to Taronga Park Zoo when I was quite small, possibly around 5 or 6. It was lucky I was small as my brother, who was quite a number of years older than I, spent much of the trudging around the zoo with me on his shoulders. I remember seeing the elephants come out of the enclosure and lumber down the pathway to the area where they were saddled up and it was there that you could climb aboard and have a slow-moving swaying journey around part of the zoo. This to me was one of the most exhilarating things that I experienced. So high up and rocking from side to side with the creaking of leather and smell of the closeness to such a wonderful animal.

My next memory of an elephant in my life was when we did papier-mache in Primary School. My fabulous construction was a fantastic elephant. Made of wire and paper painted grey over a number of weeks and then proudly taken home and presented to my Mum, who undoubtedly gushed about how clever I was and what a great thing to grace our home. I never knew whatever happened to my fantastic elephant but I am sure it was pride of place somewhere in the house for a while.

I have been told on a few occasions that I have to stop buying elephants and I have been compliant to a degree. But it seems that every occasion that arises, birthdays, fathers day, Christmas etc, others always find an elephant that I would love.

Recently after a discussion about the purchasing of elephants, my bestie and I were at The Channon Markets and she found an elephant on a stall and said how could I not buy such an adorable elephant. So you see people find elephants and think that I would just love to have it. In all cases yes I would and do.

I have all manner of elephants and no I haven’t counted them as knowing a number would make me seem obsessive wouldn’t it? So following is a small number that I have in my collection.

You may remember my Christmas tree and decorations from last year which I had as an elephant theme. The tree has been put back outside but I have left the remainder of the decorations on the fireplace, probably until the first cold night when a fire will be needed. The yellow tin one on the left is the only one I have bought.

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There are boxes (other items I love to collect) with elephants on them. I call this efficiency in collecting.

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Elephants that can hold candles (this is one of three that I purchased for a reasonable ten dollars) and more boxes also with elephants on them.

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I have art works of elephants. This one was given to me by my daughter who found it in an op-shop.

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Salvador Dali is one of my favourite artists and after I saw the original in the Dali Museum in Barcelona, I decided I must have a print.

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The stone elephant on the left came from Split in Croatia, the little blue and white ones I found in an antique shop in Lismore and the glass one was a gift. The white one in the background is another of the elephant candle holders.

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This little group are all presents showing differing styles and materials and methods.

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This is a striking fellow given to me by my bestie. It has a bit of age around 60’s to early 70’s.

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A wooden table centrepiece given to me by my daughter with three elephants holding the carved and decorated top.

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Great elephant bookends.

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Another gift from my daughter made of stone who I like to have indoors.

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A practical elephant with a clock. Another discovery by my daughter in an op-shop.

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Here is the cute little elephant found at The Channon Market for $2.50

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Another lot of different styles and materials from the nic-nak shelves as are the next few photos.

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More from the shelves

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The elephant on the left I purchased in Barcelona. These are the most decorated elephants in my collection.

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I couldn’t leave out the Christmas elephant and the pillow elephant, again given to me by my bestie.

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This exquisite glass elephant is one of my all time favourites.

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Yes I do love elephants and reading all the stuff today did make me a bit sad.

PS I have three daughters so they all weren’t from the one daughter.

I saw some roses

A week or so ago, I went to Orange for a couple of days. I haven’t been there since I was around six years old as my grandparents used to lived there. I remember a little bit about visiting them, my Pops garden, especially the dahlias that grew between the drive and the house, the dark bricks at the front of the house and the park that was nearby.

After the meetings and work finished on the Monday, I went for a walk around town and headed off to Sampson St to see if I could find the house. After a bit of trudging up and down the road, I eventually found what I think is the house but I haven’t looked through the old family photos to see if it really was the house.

After that, I went up the road to Cook Park, the park I remember going to with my Nan and sister armed with slices of bread to feed the ducks. I went in through the gate, walked along the path which led to the duck pond. There were quite a few ducks either paddling in the pond or just sitting by the edge, catching the last few rays of the warm afternoons summer sun. Of course, when I got near to the ducks, there were some who waddled over hoping that I had some snacks for them. They were most disappointed when I just kept walking. Down the path, I came upon a sunken garden that was filled with roses. Roses of many colours but unfortunately they weren’t in their full glory although many of the bushes were full of flower and bud.

I did find a number of roses that looked superb and although I didn’t have my “good” camera, just my small one, I still managed to get some nice photos that I would like to share with you. I can’t remember the names so you will have to be content with a colour description.

The reds are always a favourite aren’t they? This one isn’t a deep red

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Neither is this one.

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Some of the roses had the full flower as well as a bud or two

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There was one dark red rose but the bush only had some buds.

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I tried to get a bit clever with the camera for this mauve rose.

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There was a really dark purple almost black rose but the camera didn’t seem to want to take the flower as it was.

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The subtle colours in the pink rose took my eye

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The white roses added a dash of elegance to the rose garden.

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My favourite was the yellow rose whose perfume was quite nice

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Well there you go, a bit of the roses of Cook Park in Orange. I can almost smell their scent can’t you?

A bit of France

I am so glad that you enjoyed my little bit of Italy. Here is some bits and pieces I found in France – Marseilles and Avignon. Paris may come later.

I loved this carousel in Marseilles. It was in a square with people just milling around. The sound of the carousel certainly attracted us down that street.

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In the square where we had lunch was this sign on the wall. I like this type of art, almost pop art?

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Another blog I should write is one on the doors of Europe. I had this obsession to photograph doors of all sizes, materials and colours. Of course many of these doors have a door knocker. This lion looks a bit fierce.

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In Avignon there seemed to be stones on the streets especially in the back streets of the old town. I wonder what building these came from?

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In the Palaise de Papas, in Avignon, these tiles were in a section where the tiles were just on tables and some other rooms the tiles were still on the floor. I wonder why I photographed these tiles…..

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In many of the churches were frescos. It amazed me to think that these were painted centuries ago. I loved the colours of this castle fresco.

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I had to include another stained glass. This time a close up of the intricate fire stained glass with such a stunning blue background.

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The Palaise de Papas had many many gargoyles but not many had a pigeon. I think it had  a nest behind there.

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We found this fabulous cafe in Avignon,a libraire cafe L’Ami Voyage en Compagnie which had the most wonderful food with fantastic features.The tables were quite readable, the chairs wrapped in paper and string.

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The table light is great don’t you think?

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Guarding the stairs was this little bloke. Upstairs was a little library. The best cafe in Avignon.

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