Music

The theme for Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge is Music

What a difficult challenge as I have had music in my life ever since I was born. There was always music playing in the house, whether it was vinyl records or my Mother playing piano. This has been the source of my inspiration as I have been playing guitar since I was about 12 or 13 I think with my best mate Greg, since passed. All through school with the mates in the music class, Steven and Martin playing when we could. Yep Rock ‘n’ Roll of course!! Then with my best mate Michael we would play all the time. Nowadays I just pick up one of guitars and as I live in the bush, can turn it up and belt out a tune or two, mainly Rolling Stones songs.

Here is my first electric guitar and the last one I bought.
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The person I have had in my life since I was four, David, an artist, drew this poster for me when we were still in school. I found it a few years ago, had it framed and it now sits on my loungeroom wall with pride.
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I took these photos a few moments ago but have a wealth of music to choose from. I have almost nine hundred CD’s and hundreds of vinyl records plus music book and magazines so I had to limit myself as you can well understand.

Rock on

Transient

The Daily Post Challenge: Transient – Drifters, nomads, and even the state of impermanence.

What is more transient in nature than a delicate spiders web bejeweled with the mornings dew nestled in the grass, only to disappear with the first rays of the winter sun warming the earth.

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Lights

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lights

Here are my lights

The tripod light in the hotel in Orange – the town in Australia not the colour or the fruit.
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The neon sign from the Queensland Art Gallery. I don’t know who the artist was.
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The lights on the tables in the Victoria Tea Room in Sydney
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The beautiful Art Deco light in a hotel in Genoa
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Focus

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Focus

One of my favourite things is to have some photos not quite in focus or have an element that has a sharp edge whilst the rest of the photo has a soft focus.

I found the shadows on the leaf of the Birds-nest Fern interesting. What can you see?
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The reeds contrast with the tannin waters and leaves of the pond
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Looking through the window of the abandoned building – leaves, sky and can you see the machine?
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Just a leaf on the verandah
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The Raven with its head on backwards while the other Raven laughs at his friends antics.
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Which one is your favourite?

An old joke I found on Focus

Twin sisters in St. Luke’s Nursing Home were turning one hundred years old. The editor of the local newspaper told a photographer to get over there and take pictures of the two 100 year old twins.

One of the twins was hard of hearing and the other could hear quite well.

Once the photographer arrived he asked the sisters to sit on the sofa. The deaf sister said to her twin, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”

“WE GOTTA SIT OVER THERE ON THE SOFA!”, said the other.

“Now get a little closer together,” said the cameraman.

Again, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”

“HE SAYS SQUEEZE TOGETHER A LITTLE.” So they wiggled up close to each other.

“Just hold on for a bit longer, I’ve got to focus a little,” said the photographer.

Yet again, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”

“HE SAYS HE’S GONNA FOCUS!”

With a big grin the deaf twin shouted out, “OH MY GOD – BOTH OF US?”

Thursdays Special: S-Curve

Oh bugger!!! I went 5kms to a neighbours place this afternoon and thought, oh good Paulas photo challenge of curves. That’s that’s right curves not S-Curves. Well I got quite engrossed in some of the plants in the garden and the old wagon (which will come in handy for later photo challenges) that I have a few photos from the afternoon for this challenge that I am going to use anyway (sorry Paula)

lets start with a sort of S:Curve. The wagon hook – almost an S
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The chains on the wagon – C’mon…use your imagination…see the S
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The wagon wheel with a tantalising rust and the lovely old wood with a bit of yellow fungus (he says trying to distract the viewer from the S:Curve topic)
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Look! Isn’t the wagon wheel fabulous the way the wood and metal Curve in unison and the old wooden spokes are drawn into the central hub where the fungus becomes a lovely orange/red and the steel band fixes the wheel to the axle.
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Aren’t the curves on the cactus wonderful. Their spectacular colours that just blend and enhance their curves.
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At the end of the day, after a cup of tea and biscuit, on the drive home, the sunset was a superb yellow colour don’t you think (again distracting the viewer) as the sun set over the curves of the distant hillside.
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I hope you enjoyed the day of (S)-Curves as much as I have showing my my curvy day 😀

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Robin takes a bath

A few days ago the weather was cool and rainy. I felt uninspired, so it was time to get about and take some photos. I walked about the verandahs at my besties place, camera in hand trying to find that photo or two that would satisfy. From the trees and shrubs in the garden I could hear birds chatting away.

Suddenly I spied a flash of yellow as it zoomed through the garden heading for the bird bath. Camera at the ready, I slowly moved along the verandah, already hearing splashing from the bird bath.

A little Eastern Yellow Robin, one of my favourite birds, was at the bird bath darting in and out of the cold water.
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Maybe I’ll go in one more time but that water looks cold.
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Brrr….that is so cold. I better shake the water off as quick as I can.
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Look how clean I am.
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Just a few more feathers to sort out and I’ll be off.
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The Yellow Robin had a lovely time in the bird bath. I hope you have enjoyed bath-time with Robin.

Moving Waters

Moving Waters is the Photo a Week photo challenge from Nancy Merrill

The foamy sea after a flood
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The foam flicked and splashed onto the shore
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The gentle waters ripples in the harbour
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The waves at sunrise
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See what other photographers have submitted to the Moving Waters blog challenge

Traces of the Past: Some Car Bits

I took some photos of some old cars for Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past – well not exactly the whole car just some bits and pieces that I found interesting.

The radiator cap and badge of a Chevrolet

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I did seem to think the radiator cap looked a bit surprised when I took the photo
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The wheels of the MG were painstakingly polished
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The Studebaker gave a bit of a smile
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I love this old pulley on my besties verandah too. It was raining so I just wandered the verandah looking for a subject to capture for the challenge before I remembered the cars.
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