Night

The Tuesday Photo Challenge from Frank: Night

The dark of night
reflections on water
moonlight_water_rain_caniaba_feb 2019
The Gecko comes out
to hunt at nightgecko_window_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2018
The power goes off
candle lit dinner for one181217_time_square_time_waits_for_no_one_dinner_time

The light at night
treasures on a shelf
the shelf_light_named_caniaba_oct 2018
We need the night
for fireworks to dazzle the skyIMG_0866

Fire

The word prompt from Nancys Photo a Week Photo Challenge: Fire
So much fire.

There’s the to keep warm outside on a winters nightfire04_home_sept 2013
Of course there is the Fire Sticks plant in the afternoon sun
firesticks_named_binna burra_july 2017

or the flowers of a Fire Wheel Tree
fire wheel tree flower_named_grafton_march 2017
The glowing embers as the fire dies downfire03_named_binna burra_august 2015
Always need a fireplace190122_blog_challenge_fireplace_garys_duroux_rd_jackadgery
and firewood to go into the fireplace to cook or keep warm190219_blog_challenge_winter_firewood_ute
There is the fire of hell that religion depicts on church windowsstained glass_fire_avignon_may 2012
Some days it seems like our Sun is on fire170408_summer_fire02
The magic of fireworks180627_colourful_fireworks7
The skill of the fire twirler190128_blog_challenge_sunday_stills_night_fire_twirler1

The life savers in the Sky Crane to put out the bushfires
helicopter_fire_crane_caniaba_feb 2019

I couldn’t forget to put in a Red-browed Firetail finch
red browed finch02_binna burra_named_dec 2013

Or candles to remember and pray in the church
church candles_bologna_named_oct 2015

Devout

The Daily Word Prompt from Sheryl: Devout

Two very different versions of devout.

The Angel looking over us
181011_blog challenge_haunting_old_angel_blackandwhite

Buddha wishing us enlightenment
181004_blog challenge_gilded_buddah_south korea

Candles for hope and those who have gone before us
church candles_bologna_named_oct 2015

Looking to be saved from eternal damnation
stained glass_fire_avignon_may 2012

Inside my place of meditation and contemplation
180905_blog challenge_backyard_durranbah_bush

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.

roof tiles_baume_named_oct 2015

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

roof moss_baume_named_oct 2015

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

chimney pots_paris_named_oct 2015

These chimney pots seemed like rather severe looking totem poles.

chimney pots01_paris_named_oct 2015

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.

chimney pot knight01_paris_named_oct 2015

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

rooof_milan_named_oct 2015

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.

brick wall_bologna_named_oct 2015

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

spotted walll_venice_named_oct 2015

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

wall_korea_named_oct 2015

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

museum_lyon_named_oct 2015

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

glass wall_korea_named_oct 2015

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

sign_venice_named_oct 2015

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.

floor_korea_named_oct 2015

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.

cobbles_edinburgh_named_oct 2015

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

church candles_bologna_named_oct 2015

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

lights_korea_named_oct 2015

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

light_genoa_named_oct 2015

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.

leaves_dijon_named_oct 2015

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.

water reflections_burano_named_oct 2015

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

water reflections01_burano_named_oct 2015

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.

tap_venice_named_oct 2015

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.

blue bottle_bologna_named_oct 2015

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

tea pot_venice_named_oct 2015

Teapot always needs some tea cups.

tea cups_korea_named_oct 2015

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

chairs_dijon_named_oct 2015

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

sculpture_korea_named_oct 2015

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.

art work_venice_named_oct 2015

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

bike_poster_bologna_named_oct 2015

Road signs sometimes get altered. I have no words.

sign_paris_named_oct 2015

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.