Negotiating the Lock

The Tuesday Photo Challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo prompt: Lock

Near where I stay in Paris is the Canal St Martin where sometimes boats travel along the canal, whether it be traders, ferries or the tourist sight seeing boats. In order to get through the canal and onto The Seine, the boats must negotiate a series of locks.

Here is Le Martin Pecheur making its way along the Canal St Martin.
Patiently waiting for the water level to rise190813_blog_challenge_lock_paris_canal_stmartin2
The water is almost at the same level between the locks190813_blog_challenge_lock_paris_canal_stmartin1
And then the gates open slowly190813_blog_challenge_lock_paris_canal_stmartin3
Safely on its way190813_blog_challenge_lock_paris_canal_stmartin4

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The wagon from years ago
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New little Grey Fantail chicksfantail young02_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
The book exchange in the shopping centre180523_blog challenge_books or paper_bookshelves_grafton
The wonderful blue of a Superb Fairy Wrenblue wren04_grafton_changed_named_jan 2014

 

and if you want it a bit heavier

Drops on a web

I am going to do another double photo challenge.
We have Terri’s Sunday Stills: Are You Ready for Your #CloseUp
and Sunshine’s Macro Monday 4

So far for Sunshine’s Macro Monday I have done a flower, a leaf and a bark with a spiders web, so I should follow my theme with water drops on a spiders web
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and continue with more spiders webs and perhaps a spider or two to satisfy my close-ups for Terri. WARNING for those who may find spiders scary, the last photo is a close-up
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It’s next…………look away now

 

 

 

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The fires smoke darkened the sky

It’s time for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

Over the weekend the wind blew like the fury and of course there have been fires. Why people are lighting fires when the bush is tinder dry I don’t know. I was driving on my way home from my besties and I could see the smoke in the distance and knew there were fires near where I was heading. I caught up to the Rural Fire Service truck not far from town and followed along behind as he going the speed limit or a bit over.
The smoke ahead was quite thick and covered the horizon190810_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_smoke
Of course some dickhead decided to overtake me. The closer I got the more the smoke started to cover the landscape. The fire truck put on their flashing lights.190810_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_smoke2

The day almost became night as the sun was blotted out by the smoke from the fire
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After I was home I found out that that road had been closed due to the heavy smoke from the fire. It is most unusual for so many bushfires at this time of year.

This is the map of where the fires are. I was on the yellow road running down the picture

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