Last photo for August 2020

Last Photo for August 2020

Thanks for the support for this photo challenge. Last months so many people enjoyed this photo challenge and it is growing. So many great last photos. Keep them coming to we all can enjoy those wonderful and perhaps not so wonderful images.

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st August.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

Here’s mine from my phone

and from my camera

Do join in and let’s see what you have as your last photo for August 2020

Sights, smells and sounds of fire

The air is thick
with smoke
vision a grey white haze
the fires smell
invades the house
and nostrils
sounds of helicopters
startle the birds
bucket swinging
it flies overhead
water it cries
a blessed relief

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Weekly word prompt: Giving thanks

 

More fires November 2019

I thought I should let you know that I am safe and all is OK at my place.

The fires in the Clarence Valley and the North Coast of New South Wales are unbelievable. The smoke is thick everyday and combined with the dust blown in from farmland to the west, it is almost unbearable.

I have friends who have lost their houses, the habitat for our wonderful birds and animals is decimated and the Rural Fire Service people are doing an amazing job trying to contain fires. Strong winds are pushing fires out of the containment lines and fires are linking up creating a massive fire front. Over one thousand trained fire people are here to help from all over Australia. They are a blessing.

Last night I didn’t sleep very much and am quite tired. The changing conditions are keeping me alert. The nearest fires are around 50lms away from here and so far the winds have been keeping the fires away.

This is what I see most days on my drive home from town.

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This is what it looked like yesterday afternoon at around 2pm

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I often stop at this spot to grab a sunset photo

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I was fortunate to spend the last ten days away from home in Tasmania. Clean air, green fields, cool weather and even a bit of rain. I am home recharged but the current situation is wearing me down a bit. The smoke is descending again now this morning and the smell of smoke may take some time to dissipate from my house and clothes.

Thank you to everyone who has been in contact and made sure I am safe. I love my blog family

See a website https://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/  On the location search put in Jackadgery which is near my property

One of my favourite Jimi Hendrix songs

 

 

Lunch on the side of the road

I was driving along the Summerland Way heading to see my bestie, when I spotted a large shape ahead on the side of the road. I instantly knew what it was, slowed and parked the car. Turning the engine, music, lights off I wound down the window, grabbed my camera and hoped that I get some photos of the Wedged-tailed Eagle, the largest bird of prey in Australia, having lunch.

This is what I saw. WARNING It does contain some grisly photos.

The first quick photo just in case he flew off once he spotted me stopped. He did see me but I tried to be as still as I could and hoped he was very hungry and would continue eating the Red-necked Wallaby who was most probably road kill.
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Then it was back to having his lunch – actually it was late afternoon
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Another look up to see if I had moved
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Ripping off a piece of meat from the Red-necked Wallaby, he just tossed it down. Now you can see the talons, about the size of your hand
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More to eat while still keeping an eye on me
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Now where to have a nibble. Aren’t those fluffy pants adorable?
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Suddenly some small birds flew into a nearby tree. Probably seeing me, they started making their warning calls. This distracted him from the meal and he looked around at the bush behind just in case the threat came from that direction.wedged-tailed eagle_wallaby_eating_named_dilkoon7_march 2019

As the other birds kept their racket up, he decided it was time to go. As he unfurled the 2 meter plus wings he was gone. Unfortunately I was unable to get the lift-off as he flew into the bit of bush behind.
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That was the end of my encounter. As I started the car and gave those small birds a glare, I noticed he had just flown a few meters into a tree but I was unable to stop again on the sometimes busy road.

Pick a Word in March

My favourite photo challenge, Lost in Translations Pick a Word

This month Paula has supplied some words that had me thinking and trying to find just the right photo to match the word supplied.

inversion

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circuitous and inversion

 

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corniculate

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sabulous

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interstice

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How did you think I went?

Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in December

This month Paula has selected some difficult words for Pick a Word in December I hope I am up to the challenge.

Sagacious
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Non-Human
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Portrayal
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Remains
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Stellar
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If you need to know why I selected these photos, write in the comments and I’ll try to explain the workings of this brain.

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Buildings

Being from Australia, I guess it was about time I used the Sydney Opera House in a blog challenge juxtaposed with an old shed from near my place in the country.

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on a stormy day.

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The old shed and the cow
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Have a look at the other photographers contributions to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Buildings