Things With Wings

The word prompt from Nancy: Things With Wings

Lots of photos to choose from so here is a mixed bag of Things With Wings

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australian gull butterfly_named_home_feb 2015

 

dragonfly red_home_named_feb 2014

 

rainbow lorikeets03_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

 

square-tailed-kite_friarbird01_named_home_nov-2016

 

satin bowerbird_male_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

 

fly_named_home_march 2017

 

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scarlet honeyeater_named_home_feb 2015

 

northern yellow robin_bobbin_named_binna burra_may 2018

A little blue

The word prompt from Nancy for a Photo a Week Challenge: Blue

We sat enjoying our cup of tea at the lookout near Mallanganee, when from the bush below the lookout he came. He hopped about for a while then called his Jenny Wren. We loved their show for quite a while. He even sat on a post to show off a bit. Nothing more wonderful than being given a show by a Superb Fairy Wren.

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Verona Arena

The Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy: From Above and Below

The Verona Arena, built in the first century,  is an open-air Roman amphitheater still in use today.  The Arena is one of the best-preserved ancient structures worldwide. These  stones have seen everything from gladiator games to rock concerts, from medieval jousts to Puccini operas.

From above
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“The place held over 20,000 people in its heyday, hosting festivals that would draw visitors from all over. It was a complex and demanding entertainment industry, powered by the labor of hundreds of slaves in the underground tunnels. Grandiose stage sets would be erected in the central space. The elliptical shape gives the space excellent acoustics.

There were processions, circus acts, dancing and music, but, above all, the citizens came to see blood sports. Fierce wild animals from faraway places in the empire were brought in to be hunted, and condemned prisoners were executed in bloody and inventive ways. The feature presentation was always a gladiator show, in which two trained combatants would fight one another to the death. The word “arena” means sand, and it refers to the sand that covered the floor of the ring to absorb the blood spilled during the fights.”
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-verona-arena/

From below – a tunnel leading to the outside
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I wonder how many people have walked this corridor below the Arena181120_blog challenge_from_above_below_arena3_verona

The Grafton Bridge

The word prompt from Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

“The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Clarence River Bridge have much in common. They were both completed in 1932, both were engineering marvels of their time and both linked road and rail from north to south. Prior to devoting himself to the Harbour Bridge, J.J.C. Bradfield supervised the design drawings of the Grafton Bridge. “The nickname “the bendy bridge”, results from the upper road carriage needing to detour from above the railway line to the streets below.”
https://www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-NPT-53-47-28

A second bridge is being constructed as the old bridge cannot handle the amount of road traffic now-a-days. You can see bits of the new bridge preparations in the background.
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Reflection on the Floor

The word prompt from Nancy: Reflection

So many photos with a reflection from glass or water but this time something different

The reflection from the stained glass windows onto the polished floor of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
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The wonderful colours that showered the building from the windows, fell onto the floor
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The reds that flowed into greens
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and turned again with yellow highlights
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All That Glitters

The word prompt from Nancys’ A Photo A Week Challenge is Gilded

The gilded statue Genie de la Liberte at July Column on Bastille Square, Paris
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A winged horse, Renommee des Arts, on the Pont Alexandre 111 also in Paris
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The marvellous Buddha in the Temple in Seoul
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