Not your usual holiday photos

When I travel, I am always looking for something that has some sort of appeal to me. Whether it is concrete or abstract there nearly is always a photo in something that I see and perhaps, others do too. I often find I am drawn to many the same theme. Those themes have been the subject in the past and of other blogs as time goes on. This time I would like to let you into my world of the everyday stuff that I see. Often I will take a photograph, to the quizzical looks of people who wonder what the hell is he photographing!!! This is true especially on holidays where there is a lot of people wandering about the same cities or towns as me. So off we go, starting at the top.

The tiles on rooves have patterns, shapes and colours and sometimes perhaps a plants or two.

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And in this case moss or lichens. It could almost be vegetation on a terraced hillside.

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I love the ceramic chimney pots. They contrast with the new looking tiles in the background.

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These chimney pots seemed like rather severe looking totem poles.

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This was on a roof near our Paris apartment. We thought it was our own Ned Kelly or medieval warrior looking after us, spear in hand.

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Some places have the most amazing ceilings, quite often in churches but this one was in a large shopping center in Milan

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Some walls in the old churches have the most amazing construction. Imagine looking upwards to see these bricks jutting out in a higgledy-piggledy fashion.

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In contrast, this wall was in the cafe at the Venice Biennale showcasing modern art. Yes it is a flat wall.

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Whereas this sloping wall was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Korea.

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Again, the modern art world showed geometry on the walls of the Confluence Museum of Art in Lyon.

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The Koreans really embraced the world of modern art with this window between the bedroom and bathroom in our room in the Grand Hyatt.

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This sign on the wall in Venice seemed poignant as everywhere we went in Italy people smoked cigarettes regardless of where they were.

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There were many different floors with patterns or geometrical designs. This was hard to walk on while looking down as it made walking in a straight line difficult.

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I don’t know how many cobblestone roads we walked down. This one in Stirling, Scotland, wet and late in the afternoon drew me into its seemingly wavy pattern.

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Lights have always been a source of inspiration whether they are candles in a church.

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Or modern sculpture like this one of cascading balls from the third floor to the ground in Korea.

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Or beautiful old Murano glass light in the entrance of the hotel in Genoa.

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I guess I have a certain fascination for water. The Autumn leaves floating in the water feature in Dijon summed up the first cool wet day.

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Reflections in water always look so abstract. A bit of blue sky and the sides of a boat rippling on the water in the canal caught my eye in Burano.

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Further down the canal the colours changed to green and “gold” to make me feel at home.

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To get water often you need a tap. I don’t think much water has flowed from this tap in quite a while. The tap was in a rather large old building in Arsenale, Venice which had an art installation. I saw a few people wander over to the tap after I walked away, probably wondering what I was photographing.

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Just walking down the road, exploring the neighbourhood when we got to Bologna, the blue bottle on the graffitied concrete column of the building just seemed like an art installation.

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If you have water, you quite often need a teapot, even if it is part of an art installation from China.

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Teapot always needs some tea cups.

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There were lots of chairs in the church. This is just a part of all of the chairs. There was so many.

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Sometimes looking into a sculpture changes the perception of how the work makes you feel.

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This was the Canadian Exhibit in the Venice Biennale. It was a shop with so much “for sale” as well as a lot of used items to ponder.

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The posters on the walls of so many places had me perplexed but I appreciated the work especially combined with the everyday life.

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Road signs sometimes get altered. I have no words.

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Did you enjoy my holiday snaps? Leave me a comment to let me know what you likes most. Stay tuned for the next installment of my holiday photos – better than a slide night.

The Art of Nature

Nature gives us shapes and forms that aren’t in shapes we can categorise. Occasionally something will become a familiar shape and we are quick to name it so we can file it in out memory. Nature builds things that can come in the most amazing forms, shapes and colours. I like to see the same thing that everyone sees but when the camera is to my face, my eyes see that special bit of a bit wood or the way the light changes the everyday items into something I find wonderous.

Here are some of the things I see.

It is just a part of large leaves which look quite red but up close they are many stripey colours.

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Ever since I was a kid I have loved Scribbly Gums. They were in the playground in Primary School and I spent time tracing the patterns to see where they went.

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The forces of nature certainly cause shapes and lines to appear in the hard surfaces like rocks.

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Sometimes wood can do a similar pattern

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It is just a Fan Palm leaf

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A palm frond stands tall before it opens to lay flat

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I have so many photos of water. The movement of water and the reflections of what is nearby combined with sunlight can make a bit of water seem quite special. This one is the water at the Port of Marseillaise

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Sunset can change a bit of the sea at Brighton into a dance of reds, oranges and blues

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The folds, lines and colours of the cliffs at Evans Head have always fascinated me

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The Norfolk Island Pines are very spiky. They twist and turn with the fruit looking very alien

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The wind can cause ripples on the water’s surface which makes the water plants dip and form lines and spots with a myriad of colours that contrast of the Juncus standing tall in the foreground

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A leaf blown onto the verandah is just a dead leaf on well-worn verandah boards. Would you have paid any attention to it or just swept it off

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Water drops on a red Hibiscus flowers petal took my eye. I think I was rather contorted as I found the drops I wanted with the sun behind the petal

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I love natures shapes and forms. How about you?

Flowers are so wonderful

When I first got the bug to take photos, I loved to take photos of flowers. The colours, the textures, the shapes and the huge variety and sizes. One day (don’t we all say that) I will scan some of my old photos but at the moment I have so many I’ve taken since I have had a digital camera that it was hard to select a some to have here for now. I have another folder of the native flowers I have here and decided that they would be another blog as they are special. Many of the woodland flowers are quite small so it combines another love of mine – Macro photos….getting in close to the tiny world we live in. So off we go…..

Some flowers are individuals and look good by themselves. But others grow on a spike and have many many flowers that the whole spike that they look great as a whole.

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I love Begonias and have heaps of different types. They are more spectacular for their leaves…colours and shapes. Their flowers are quite small and are mostly the same shape, just different colours. Again, they look good as a group.

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Crinums also look good as a group as they have many flowers all close together. Their shape and colours are great.

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The shapes that flowers have is so many and varied and many flowers are purple(ish). Here are a couple of ones that are quite weird and wonderful don’t you think.

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I found this flower at Evans Head……the fringe is so different.

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The orchid is one that my Mother gave me….she loved her orchids

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I like to look deep into some flowers…..the different shades and shapes are those that you never see from a casual glance.

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Sometimes nature supplies special effects as well.

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A crocus bud with added magic

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Or you get photo-bombed by a Lady Beetle

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Even just a small part of a flower can look special. The Ginger flower is huge and one part can look good, the colour is so 1960’s with the orange and yellow.

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I wonder why they called it a Butterfly Bush….

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Same with the spotted lily

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Some flowers are almost see through

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While others come in a range of striking colours….even the humble daisy.

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Or the colours ands shape of a waterlily…..photo-bombed by a native bee.

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The richness of colour and form in a dahlia. My Grandfather grew dahlias. The side of the house down the driveway in Orange was a riot of colour and huge plants. The memory of a four-year old.

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The sun can also help make a flower look spectacular.

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Thanks for coming with me on a journey through many gardens that I have wandered taking photos, some are mine, others are public gardens and of course the wonderful garden of my bestie.

A Small Fire

It was the last day before fire restrictions. The pile of garden waste, sticks, bits of tree branches, leaves and some timber that had been munched by white ants or was just too rotten to use that had been there for the last couple of years. It was about time that I lit it up.

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After the fire had died down a bit, I grabbed my camera as the fire made some great shapes and colours.

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Every now and then the sparks would leap into the sky and dance about

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The colours were quite unreal at times. The difference in colour of coals and flames as they licked the wood, the yellows, oranges, reds and pinks were rather striking.

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Deep within the fire, the embers glowed and the reds deepened and shapes became alive.

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As with any fire, there is always someone who has to find a stick to poke around among the coals.

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Fire can be a wonder of shapes and colours but at the same time a fire can be a bit scary…..