Black & White Sunday – Steps and Stairs

This is an interesting challenge. I thought I had more photos to choose from to participate in Paula’s Black & White Sunday photo challenge.

The spiral stairs from below

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The stairs to the bridge that are next to our favourite place to stay in Venice

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Thursdays Special – Winding

Winding…..the theme for Paula’s Thursday Special

I immediately thought of the main idea within the challenge which in part mentions spiral stairs in a quote from Yeats.

The well worn stairs in the lighthouse at Cape Otway in Victoria Australia

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The stairs in the apartment building we stayed in in Paris. Seven flights made sure you remembered everything before adventuring in Paris.

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But also the winding that most photographers do with their tripods

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and in the case of my old wine press, lots of winding to extract the lovely juices

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But best of all was the many stairs we climbed to see the wonderful fall of the lights in the Grand Hyatt in South Korea – “….we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are…”

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Which way? It is an old saying from the early explorers, latter day travelers to anyone who is lost.

Sometimes there is a sign that you could follow

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Often the way to go on boardwalks is a matter of luck to where you may end up.

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The stairs with the cascade of water droplet lights are such a marvelous sight in the Grand Hyatt in South Korea

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bushboy photos for the Which Way photo challenge

Discoveries in June and July

I have been doing my usual wandering about, looking for things that are interesting, stunning or just plain great to photograph. This is what I have found over the past two months which have made a quick stroll or a drive into a lot of stop and look.

The early morning fog sitting in the Clarence Valley looked quite amazing as I came over the hill on the way to town.

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Some of the morning skies had so much colour

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The Pelicans were paddling on the Clarence River looking for their breakfast. Everyone knows that Pelicans are great fishers and know exactly where the fish are.

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The Little Corellas played on the light towers, swinging on the wires and generally creating havoc.

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There were many storm clouds around but I haven’t had much rain at my place in the past few months and the Summer storms just didn’t appear this season. These were looming while I was travelling around the Richmond Valley.

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The next few photos are stuff I found in Lismore. I will have to go back and see if I can get the shot I saw in my mind with this spiral stair case.

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I love puddles

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I also love rust – the textures and colours rust brings to metal.

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This is what it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun.

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The footpath also got my attention. The moss is such a striking green.

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The early Winter flowers were appearing in the gardens around Lismore. A splash of white caught my attention. I have no idea what it is though.

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One tree had ants massing all over as they were preparing to launch the winged ones.

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But the tree looked nonplussed.

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On the way back to my besties, we stopped at the outdoor cathedral in Bexhill. The Grevillea flowers (I think) were almost over but still looked amazing.

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The flowers at her place were also blooming. I was hoping to get a bee or two but they were too fast.

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The birds that are there are nothing like the birds at my place, although there are a couple that I find at mine as well as at hers. The cheekiest is the White-browed Scrub Wren who likes to hang around the back door.

“Is anyone home!!”

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“I know you’re in there!!”

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The Catbirds were around in the afternoon making their weird sounds.

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I also came across this butterfly. Its colours made for a great camouflage until I came blundering along.

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I guess the sun is setting so drop by soon and let me know if you enjoyed my some of my Discoveries in June and July.

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