Pick a topic

Cee’s Midweek madness Challenge September: Pick a Topic from my Photo (click on the link to see Cee’s photo)

clouds, green, trees, landscape, blue, white

red, green

red, leaf, texture

trees, green, red,

roof, tiles

Getting around

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public Transportation or People Movers

Getting around in Italy very fast

The bus will be leaving soon

A relaxing way to get around in Paris

Sometimes a ferry crossing can be quite bumpy

Getting around Newcastle by light rail

Leaving Australia to see the world

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?

Lines and shadows

Friendly Friday Challenge: Leading Lines
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #198: Light and Shadow

Why put both challenges together? I found a lot of my photos have both elements. Some of these may be placed into one or the other but some a well into both challenges.

I think I will go with a theme within the challenge themes. I haven’t mentioned leading lines in the descriptions but I am sure you will pick those photos among the light and shadow ones.

Starting with sunsets which make great light and shadows

Staying with artificial light play and shadows

and just some sunlight used in different ways. For indoors

and outside