Thursdays Special: Traces of the Past

Australia isn’t an old country. Settled in 1788, many of the buildings have gone and there is still some Traces of the Past.

I have, as in my last blog, gone back thousands of years. This time I have a bit of the architecture from the not too distant past.

Many of the buildings in Sydney and the surrounding settlements were made of sandstone. Sydney sandstone is a valuable building material now-a-days. This church is in Springwood in the the Blue Mountains which surround Sydney to the west.
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Another sandstone structure. A spire on a building in Newtown, Sydney
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A mix of building materials. Sandstone, brick and copper on the Trades Hall Center in the City.
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A copper dome and weather vane on a building in Newtown, Sydney
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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in July

One of my favourite photo challenges from Lost in Translation – match a photo to a word supplied by Paula.

Soaring – A Square-tailed Kite
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Gaiety– What is like a noisy party? A bowl of Rainbow Lorikeets
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Prostrating – Who could prostrate more than the Tyre Tortoise
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Ephemeral – The Moon Flower who only lives once a year for one night
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Colossal – The biggest thing I could find
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Thursdays Special: Over

Over. What is over? As Paula said, in proposing this photo challenge, “over the moon” with a fabulous photo. You have to go to Lost in Translation to see Paulas photo and other entries to the challenge. Also to hear one of my all time favourite Rolling Stones songs, Moonlight Mile.

What is “Over” for me? Well I just finished my latest blog “The birds of June” so this is my take on Over

A very pretty Spotted Pardalote was sitting on this branch.
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was sitting among these leaves.
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The Eastern Spinebill was drinking the nectar from the Honey Gem Grevillea just a second before.
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The Green Catbird said “this photo shoot is over. I have my pecan nut and am going….see ya”.
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The Spotted Pardalote said “I have some where else to be….I’m over this photo stuff”.
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Now this blog is over

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Vision

The Thursday Photo Challenge from Lost in Translation is Vision

Today, I took a walk on my property mainly to pull out weeds but as usual had my camera with me, just in case. When walking about you have to have vision as so many things happen or can be seen. Here is a snapshot of what I saw today just a few meters from my house.

I love finding things as I walk. Isn’t this small blue rock unusual?
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Always keep an eye out when you walk about as there are a few things that can bite or sting in the Australian bush.
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Isn’t the little garden on the old log just magical?
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A few twitters in the garden and there was the Silvereye sitting among the branches.
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A flash of yellow caught my eye as it flew past and the Golden Whistler landed on a branch nearby.
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A jump among the leaves caught my attention and the little Broad Palmed Frog was looking at me as well.
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I hope you enjoyed a quick walkabout with me.

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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 ūüėÄ

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Thursdays Special: Portrait vs Landscape

The old abandoned cottage just down the road from me was the home a good friend. He built the cottage from materials on his property. When he moved out the poor old place just fell to rack and ruin. Here is his fire place he used to cook on. I took these photos before the new owners moved in and I am not sure whether it is still standing.

The portrait is good for showing the full picture especially if the image you want is tall.

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The landscape is good for seeing a bit of the detail in the subject

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More great examples from other photographers at Lost in Translation

 

Thursdays Special: Pick A Word In June

Love this photo challenge. I usually say why I picked the photos to match the word. This time you can interpret my decisions yourself.

Branching

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Vigilant

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Hooked

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Continual

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Have a look at what other photographers chose for the Lost in Translation photo challenge.

Thursdays Special – Female

I would be very remiss if I didn’t use my lovely Red-necked Wallabies who hop around my garden and lovingly tend their Joeys for Paulas photo challenge – Female.

This young female is so pretty don’t you think?

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But also camera shy.

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“What are you doing in there?”

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“It’s OK Mum, I’m just chilling”

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One day you will have some fur on those skinny arms.

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“Mums pouch is the best place to be”

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Thursdays Special: Vernal

What a great photo challenge from Lost in Translation. Vernal is an inspirational adjective bringing thoughts of Spring – it’s colours and promise of life. It is the middle of Autumn here in Australia, so my selection of photos are from last years spring. Hoping it brings joy to you and your Spring.

The blossoms of the nectarine tree in the early morning

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Of course what would blossoms be without bees

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The little native Blue-banded Bee loves to scrunch to get the nectare

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and of course there are butterflies everywhere in my garden

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The birds come for the flowers too

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

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Eastern Spinebill

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Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

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Musk Lorikeet

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Scarlet Honeyeater

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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in May

Another favourite photo challenge from Paulas Lost In Translation

CONFINED – The Quoll or Australian Native Cat had been killing my chooks so I set a trap to catch it. I released the Quoll in the National Park near my place.

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JAZZY – A building in Sydney Australia

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SERENE: Sitting beside the babbling brook

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