This is my entry in the photo challenge
This is my entry in the photo challenge
Moving Waters is the Photo a Week photo challenge from Nancy Merrill
The foamy sea after a flood
The foam flicked and splashed onto the shore
The gentle waters ripples in the harbour
The waves at sunrise
See what other photographers have submitted to the Moving Waters blog challenge
Falling Water is the theme from Dutch Goes the Photos Tuesday Challenge Have a look at the great photos others have contributed
The Clarence River water rushes over the rocks at Lilydale near my place.
Ellenborough Falls are quite spectacular as the water tumbles into the deep ravine.
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.
JAZZY – A building in Sydney Australia
SERENE: Sitting beside the babbling brook
Cee’s fun foto challenge Winter – Water
Looking through my photos, my winter photos don’t really reflect winter at all. I guess winter here isn’t the same elsewhere. I don’t get snow, only two or three frosty days and it rarely gets to 0 degrees. So I am just doing water for this challenge.
I like to photograph water especially when there are interesting reflections on the waters surface.
The sunset adds to the wonderful colours.
The ripples and colours make a certain mysterious affect.
And sometimes a ghostly visage makes an appearance
Late afternoon on a cloudy day and a bit of a breeze with water lilies covering the water surface
Every now and then the part of Australia I live in has floods. The Clarence River can be spectacular when the floodwaters come. This is the River gauge showing how high the water rises.
Here are what some buildings look like. This is the tower on top of the boat shed.
At least it is dry in the pub
Here are the steps going up to the pub when the water isn’t covering them. The bottom of the steps are about 1 meter above normal river level.
This what the Clarence River looks like near my place many kilometers upstream
The floodwaters empty into the ocean creating foam that washes onto the beaches and rocks.
Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge is one of my favourites to participate in.
Trying out something new with my camera. The blue exercise ball.
Bricks in Venice
I love the colours and shapes that reflections in water makes
March was a month of contrasts, a couple of hot days followed by a bit of rain and then Cyclone Debbie came along. I was fortunate not to be in the path of Debbie but on the edge of the system. I missed the strong winds and abundant rainfall. I still managed to have 476mls of rain for March. This rainfall ended the long dry period over Summer when usually the rains come. The total rainfall for March exceeded the total rainfall for the 6 months prior.
The few dry day did allow for some wandering about and finding some interesting stuff. The weather also bought out a good variety of fungi which have their own blog.
So onward to the stuff of March.
Isn’t this little boat the cutest?
The flood waters made the creeks run and the creek at Emerald Beach broke through the sand and flowed to the sea. The strong tannin coloured water gave the rocks an interesting hue.
Rust. As you know I love rust, the colours and textures rust gives to metal.
More rust on the fence around the riverbank park in Grafton.
In Lismore, wandering the back lanes I came across this furnace door that is still in operation at the rear of a cafe.
One of the treasures of Lismore is the street art in the back lanes. The recent flooding of Lismore didn’t damage most of the art works although some may need a bit of a clean and touch up. The following selection is from just one lane way.
The art on the door is perhaps a portend.
The fish managed to swim out the flood waters I am told.
I love this ghostly face.
The butterflies in the rainforest.
Speaking of butterflies, I just love photographing butterflies. Of course many a while is spent chasing them around trying to get THAT capture. The Common Yellow butterfly seemed to enjoy time on the ground.
The Small Green-banded Blue butterfly kept trying to hide from me.
I haven’t had such a variety of flies at my place or perhaps I haven’t really taken a close look at them. The yellow face and bottle green body look great.
The green eyes are striking. The long proboscis also lets this fly give you a very sharp sting.
This beautiful Huntsman spider lived in my house for around two months. She has now gone outside I think as I haven’t seen her for a couple of days. Her leg span from front to back or side to side is 16cm. Her body length is 5cm. How big is your hand?
The Fire-wheel trees are flowering.
I have a number of Golden Lycras that my aged neighbour loved. He gave me lots of corms and this year they flowered the best ever. They gave me lovely memories of him. The view from the top.
They looked so lovely in the morning sun.
This Hibiscus was in my parents place and the cutting has lived on at my place filled with abundant flowers this Autumn.
The miniature Hibiscus adds small red spots in the garden
One of the original Hibiscus. This one is in my besties garden. Such a delicate flower. The petals almost look transparent.
Another tiny native flower that I have found around my property. The flower is about 12mm across so imagine the size of the insect that was getting some nectar or pollen.
The Bromiliads had a good flowering this March. They gathered enough water that’s for sure.
I hadn’t seen white Crocus before. Stunning flowers aren’t they?
I have loved the colours of Coleus since I first saw them in my grandfathers garden.
The rain has revived the Lichen.
Wandering around the garden looking for snacks, the Bar-shouldered Dove and Emerald Dove shared the space.
A little Jacky Winter enjoying the morning sun.
The Brown Pigeon sat in the Poinsettia striking a lovely pose.
Not the best angle for a Blue-faced Honeyeater though.
The little Forest Kingfisher sat in the tree looking about then suddenly plunged to the ground. When he resumed his perch, he did the bash bash on the branch to tenderise his snack. It looks like he managed to find a frog in the garden.
The Forest Kingfisher has beautiful colours don’t you think?
Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my March.
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.
And in this case moss or lichens. It could almost be vegetation on a terraced hillside.
I love the ceramic chimney pots. They contrast with the new looking tiles in the background.
These chimney pots seemed like rather severe looking totem poles.
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.
Some places have the most amazing ceilings, quite often in churches but this one was in a large shopping center in Milan
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.
In contrast, this wall was in the cafe at the Venice Biennale showcasing modern art. Yes it is a flat wall.
Whereas this sloping wall was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Korea.
Again, the modern art world showed geometry on the walls of the Confluence Museum of Art in Lyon.
The Koreans really embraced the world of modern art with this window between the bedroom and bathroom in our room in the Grand Hyatt.
This sign on the wall in Venice seemed poignant as everywhere we went in Italy people smoked cigarettes regardless of where they were.
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.
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.
Lights have always been a source of inspiration whether they are candles in a church.
Or modern sculpture like this one of cascading balls from the third floor to the ground in Korea.
Or beautiful old Murano glass light in the entrance of the hotel in Genoa.
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.
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.
Further down the canal the colours changed to green and “gold” to make me feel at home.
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.
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.
If you have water, you quite often need a teapot, even if it is part of an art installation from China.
Teapot always needs some tea cups.
There were lots of chairs in the church. This is just a part of all of the chairs. There was so many.
Sometimes looking into a sculpture changes the perception of how the work makes you feel.
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.
The posters on the walls of so many places had me perplexed but I appreciated the work especially combined with the everyday life.
Road signs sometimes get altered. I have no words.
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.
garden dry as…
start pump to water
sprinkles of rain
“bring it on”
how you taunt
small droplets tumble
splash the dust
the dust persists
the garden begs
the dam empties
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.
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.
The forces of nature certainly cause shapes and lines to appear in the hard surfaces like rocks.
Sometimes wood can do a similar pattern
It is just a Fan Palm leaf
A palm frond stands tall before it opens to lay flat
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
Sunset can change a bit of the sea at Brighton into a dance of reds, oranges and blues
The folds, lines and colours of the cliffs at Evans Head have always fascinated me
The Norfolk Island Pines are very spiky. They twist and turn with the fruit looking very alien
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
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
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
I love natures shapes and forms. How about you?
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