Pick a topic

Cee’s Midweek madness Challenge September: Pick a Topic from my Photo (click on the link to see Cee’s photo)

clouds, green, trees, landscape, blue, white

red, green

red, leaf, texture

trees, green, red,

roof, tiles

Let’s go for a drive

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #203: Local Vistas

Everyone ready. Get comfortable. Put some music on

OK, turn left out of the gate and down the road

Turn left and head down to Lilydale

Go past the Ospreys nest

Yes someone has to open the gate

and here we are at Lilydale. Want to go for a quick swim?

Back in the car we rattle over the old wooden bridge and are soon at Cangi

It is rather peaceful and a good place to grab a bit to eat

Back onto the highway and head up the Gibraltar Range

First stop is always at the Raspberry Lookout

Where we will find native wildflowers like these Paper Daisies

or other native flowers with Blue-banded Bees

and perhaps a Nobbi Lizard sun baking on the rocks

among the yellow Paper Daisies

Just a bit further up the road is Washpool National Park where the first stop is Granite Rocks

and then further into the valley and into the rainforest where the giants live

Time to head for home back down the highway

and down the road to home

Through the gate

and time for a cup of tea

A bit and a lot

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Minimalism/Maximalism

Most people know I like minimalism, especially using nature, but in particular trees. I started doing a series of photos of a Tuckaroo tree in my garden but I couldn’t get the feel I wanted for this theme.

I dug around my archives and folders to find what I wanted and hope this sequence works well.

Using a bit of a dead tree and a cloudy sky for dramatic effect

Much the same but this time using sunlight to stand out from the clouds

More of a She Oak and using the distant mountains as a background

Or going green with a solo tree in a paddock. Cattle tracks in the grass break up a total green scene

Going more maximalism with a fine Fig tree to showcase its richness of form and design

Again highlighting the burnt branches after a fire with new growth and colour. The maximalism of every surface covered with something

Do you regard this photo as minimalism or maximalism. The sky bathed in colour and trees in the distance made to look small

Perhaps this is the opposite with a tree in silhouette dominating the foreground and a strong sky fighting for recognition

The theory of maximalism in that every part of the mountains covered in trees even though there isn’t a chaotic array of colours but a subdued hue of blues

I must end on minimalism with a concurrence between a branch, a leaf and Our Moon

From small to tall

The Lens-Artists Challenge #192: Earth Story

My focus for this challenge is vegetation. From a tiny moss “forest”

to grasses that support life

with seeds and flowers

ferns providing shelter

Bottlebrush bush with flowers and food for everyone

Grevilleas giving shade and food for insects and birds

Tree Ferns who are older than dinosaurs, first plants to recover from fires – yes those fires in 2019 – as seen here. The stems of tree ferns are a miniature ecosystem, with epiphytic plants like mosses, small ferns and maybe lichens growing on them.

The first fronds that emerge are called Fiddleheads

Bigger flowering trees can be spectacular like Poinciana trees

Or Illawarra Flame Trees which stand out against the green of the bush when flowering

and then there are the towering giants in the rainforest that support all manner of life from the soil to the tree tops

Where would an Earth Story be without our wonderful plants – from the small to the tall. The featured photo is my favourite spot, Raspberry Lookout where you can sit among the trees as well as look over the valleys and the tree tops.