Why these ones

Friendly Friday Challenge: Favourites & Why

For this challenge Sandy asks us – “For this week’s Friendly Friday Challenge, I ask you to share a photo and tell us the backstory. What makes the photo special? Why is it a favorite? Is there a story behind the picture? Is it an enhanced or modified picture? What did you do to change it and why?”

This so hard to limit myself to a few photos. As I was compiling the post, I kept thinking “oh what about this one” hence there aren’t any “arty farty” ones or even any flowers or insects. These are memories as well as favourites.

I’ll start with a modified photo of a Tree Fern frond. This photo was a good one, in my opinion, but wasn’t exactly what I wanted. The background was too strong so in order to enhance the image, I used vignette to blur the background a bit more.

I took the photo when I drove to the Gibraltar Ranges after the devastating bushfires in 2019 which almost destroyed my home. The area was black with dead blackened trees turned into big sticks with so many that had crashed to the ground. Amongst all of this devastation, the first signs of life appeared, Tree Ferns had emerged dotting the blackness with their showy green fronds.

This photo is showing life after tragedy.

My first visit to Paris, a city which I have come to adore. These stairs took us to our apartment on the sixth floor which, after a day of walking exploring Paris seemed such a hard climb.

A photo of a happy memory. I feel that monochrome was the best way to show the stairs and light that flowed from the window.

I have to also include Venice another favourite city full of memories and a wonderful time. This is on the way back to our apartment in an old palace the home of a wonderful woman who had stories to tell of Venice in the past.

Just over the bridge and the building with the light was where we stayed. Technically not all that a good photo but holds a time and place to cherish.

I have to add this is the view from our room

I couldn’t do this photo challenge without including a bit of Australian nature. Over the years when I posted photos of Eastern Yellow Robins they always draws comments.

They are the sweetest little birds that hang around my garden. Quite noticeable from the flash of yellow as the zoom around looking for snacks and helping keep my garden free of insects that like to chew on leaves and flowers.

I also have to include another bit of cuteness that live here, Red-necked Wallabies. There isn’t as many as there was earlier with only one family group coming into the garden daily to eat the grass.

I took this photo a few years ago of an inquisitive Joey looking in the kitchen window.

Again a messy photo but you need to be quick before they hop away to the safety of Mum and Dad. In case you wondered I did finish the brick work to the front entrance.

I couldn’t go without leaving a song could I?

Flying away

The Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Focus

Sometimes when trying to get that photo, there are times when the focus just isn’t there. Not my focus, but the cameras focus.

A couple of days ago there was an Eastern Yellow Robin hopping around the garden. I grabbed my camera and snuck along the verandah to where a pair of Robins were concentrating on some worms and other insects on the ground. It had been raining so the insects were on the surface among the grass making fr easy pickings for the Robins.

I saw one of the Robins sitting on a leaf of the banana trees and took a few photos. I decided to try and get a bit closer so zoomed the lens a little more.This photo is the untouched photo. I really liked the colours, the greens and the yellows of the Robin as it flew off when it spied a snack waiting to be gobbled up as well as the hazy effect.

Sometimes accidental out of focus photos some how have a bit of appeal. What do you think?

It’s going round

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles or Curves

The Barn – Grafton Showground

Just looking at a cafe

Bobbin on the garden table

Sandstone circle on the old bank building in Grafton

Pancake succulents, one of my favourites

Watering can in the shed

A bubble floating by

Water Beetle swimming about

Our Moon

Robins in the garden

Todays Prompt: Robin

How could I not post and share with a prompt like this

Here is a female Eastern Yellow Robin.

The male Eastern Yellow Robins are a bit more colourful

The little Rose Robins are a treat to see

And for something completely different a Robin Gordon Grevillea

Just two colours

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge April Colours: Yellow or Purple

The Purples

Steampunk Hat

Cape Waterlilies

Dianella Berries

Purple Fringe Lily

Purple Trumpet Flower

A wonderful purple sunset

The Yellows

Frangipanni flower

Cassia flowers with a bonus bee

Paper Daisies

Yellow Waterlily

Cannot have a yellow post without Bobbin the Eastern Yellow Robin

and a yellow sunset to say good night

A bit of metal

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Metal
Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Versatile

Metal of all sorts

To ring and gather together

To do some work

To drive about

To let people know what you do

To travel in style very fast

To be shiny and artistic

To be culturally artistic

A bit of metal music

To keep the weather off

To keep clean

To keep us safe

and a place to sit and relax after a hard day

Water with black & white things

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: In or On Water

A trawler set off for the night

Getting over the river bar can be dangerous

Always on the water hunting

Sunset on the water

I went looking for something in the water and found an Eastern Yellow Robin

But I really wanted some fish. I found an old photo and thought make it black and white but then things took a life of their own. Here is a couple of Goldfish

Discovering your emotions

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Emotion

Can you find your emotion among this lot? No responsibility taken for any mental scaring, they are your emotions. Perhaps I can facilitate some change. Try and stop for a while and appreciate the colours or patterns of the photo that builds a flight response or just stop on the photo that makes you go aahhh and soak up the emotion

I’ll come to your emotional rescue

Lots of pots

Life in Colour October: Orange
Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares

Like Jude, I like terracotta too. Jude asked “Can you find any terracotta?” I better get looking.

Some chimney pots on the rooves of Paris

A roof in Beaune France

A couple of rooves for #Squareroof found in Split Croatia

and lots of terracotta of the rooves of Split

Off the roof and back down to earth. My old terracotta bird bath. It had to a photo with an Eastern Yellow Robin, probably the cutest bird around my garden.

Just chillin’

and a Double-barred Finch on my the terracotta bird bath at my besties place

Some bricks found in Venice

A terracotta coloured fungi on my place

Bits of yellow everywhere

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – June Colour: Yellow