Aperitivo

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge using the letters Ap I have dug out my photos of Aperitivo from my Italian adventure in 2015.

“Perhaps our favorite Italian tradition is the aperitivo, a drink/light meal that takes place at the end of the workday as a kind of warm up to dinner.” from The Art of Aperitivo

Aperitivo in Bologna
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Aperitivo in Naples
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Teddy Bears, Dolls Toys

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Teddy Bears Dolls Toys had me thinking what is the most interesting here.

The girls have left home but every Christmas I get out the Christmas toys who take their place guarding the box of Christmas presents.
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Many people may know that I also have an elephant collection (see my blog) So it is only fitting that Humphrey gets involved in Christmas as well
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Colour

I have gone for a plant theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Colour look here for other fabulous all one colour photos.

Some photos are close, some are just some of my favourites.

My abstract banana leaf

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The red leaf of the Red Cordyline

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The old Fan Palm frond

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The fern frond all in a line

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I love Zinnias

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And Roses

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Red berries in the morning sun

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The wonderful yellow Day Lily

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One of my favourite Australian native plant, the Purple Fringe Lily

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Isolated Subjects

Isolated Subjects is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

The cemetery at Clunes New South Wales has a nice outlook

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During a flood, many items get isolated.

The hay bale floating down the Clarence River at Grafton

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The tower of the boat shed on the banks of the Clarence River at Grafton

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The Spangled Drongo sitting on the nest high in the tree.

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Water

Cee’s fun foto challenge Winter – Water

Looking through my photos, my winter photos don’t really reflect winter at all. I guess winter here isn’t the same elsewhere. I don’t get snow, only two or three frosty days and it rarely gets to 0 degrees. So I am just doing water for this challenge.

I like to photograph water especially when there are interesting reflections on the waters surface.

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The sunset adds to the wonderful colours.

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The ripples and colours make a certain mysterious affect.

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And sometimes a ghostly visage makes an appearance

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Late afternoon on a cloudy day and a bit of a breeze with water lilies covering the water surface

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Every now and then the part of Australia I live in has floods. The Clarence River can be spectacular when the floodwaters come. This is the River gauge showing how high the water rises.

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Here are what some buildings look like. This is the tower on top of the boat shed.

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At least it is dry in the pub

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Here are the steps going up to the pub when the water isn’t covering them. The bottom of the steps are about 1 meter above normal river level.

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This what the Clarence River looks like near my place many kilometers upstream

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The floodwaters empty into the ocean creating foam that washes onto the beaches and rocks.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Autumn – Metal

A while ago we were in Lismore, a town nearby, and I just too some random photos of some things in a park. Some were just the thing for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

A close up of a World War 2 gun.

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A bell that is encased in a metal surround. As you can see, it still doesn’t stop the pigeons.

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A Different View – A View From The Side

I looked at a lot of photos to get the right one for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Then I remembered the lovely “girl” who has been living in my house for around three weeks now. She has been moving from room to room and every morning I like to go looking for her. Today she is in the hallway and in a great spot to help me take part in the photo challenge.

Here she is

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Isn’t she lovely. A Huntsman who is harmless and helps keep other insects out of my house. She loves cockroaches and other insects. They catch their prey by leaping as Huntsman Spiders don’t make a web.

Here is a photo so you can have some idea of her size

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I didn’t want to get too close in case she ran away.