Pick a Word – March 2023

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – March 2023

Time to immerse myself in Paula’s words and find an appropriate photo to illustrate my interpretation.
Paula’s words:-






I guess I’d better hoof it

Ragtag Daily Prompt Friday: Ungulate

Hunt around
looking here
looking there
in the bushes
in the forest
I now
must travel the road
to find
my targets.
up ahead
there they are.
The only place to
find them
A farm
of course.

Ungulates are not native to Australia, and therefore native ecosystems are sensitive to damage from grazing and trampling by these large animals.
In hot climates, ungulates can drink up to 10 per cent of their body weight in water per day which concentrates their impacts around waterpoints.
* https://news.csu.edu.au/feature/are-feral-cattle-the-brumbies-of-the-northern-territory

There’s a few around here

Marsha’s Wednesday Quotes #11: A Bridge/To Bridge

I have confined myself to some of the bridges close to my place, by close I mean withing twenty kilometres.

“The crackling sounds of an old and tired bridge can best be understood by an old and tired person! Those who have carried the burden of life for so long are the ones who understand each other best!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

The bridge over the Mann River at Cangi

“In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we’d have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge.”
Haile Gebrselassie

The bridge across the Clarence River at Lilydale in flood ⬆️ in normal times ⬇️

“Theater is a space where you cross over from everyday life, because there are real people in that moment moving in front of you – you’re being invited to believe in a story and cross that bridge.”
Cate Blanchett

The Mann River Bridge not far from my place ⬆️ and ⬇️

And one more for fun

“I was the kid who stared out the window. I fantasized myself on the deck of pirate ships – Cussler at the bridge.”
― Clive Cussler

A bit of a song from an Aussie group to finish

Never one to duck a challenge

Denzil’s Nature Photo Challenge #4: Ducks

A selection of ducks in a slideshow
Plumed Whistling Duck
Pom Pom Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Pink-eared Duck
The Hardhead
Flying in a line

Busy with the babies

Almost ducks

Are you still here

I guess I’d better get going then

A Paper Daisy

Leanne’s Monochrome Madness
Bren’s Mid-Week Monochrome

This week I decided to do something a bit different. I love Paper daisies and when I converted one to Monochrome, I was unsure, so I did another.

Do you have a preference?

Come on my road

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #240: The Road (most often) Taken

John wrote “This week’s theme is metaphoric–and not about a physical road. For this week’s challenge, I want you to think of your favorite type or style of photography as the road you’ve chosen to take most often. For me, it’s landscape photography as it fits so well with my traveling soul. My examples are all landscapes, but I want to see in what style you like to photograph best.”

Where do I take this prompt without being over the top. I have been thinking about what to post and why, which I do find hard and this is why it has taken me a while to think about my photos and my road.

I am leaving this lot in a bunch so you don’t have to scroll forever 😂

Left to right, top to bottom.

Row 1 – My road to get home especially after going to the Raspberry Lookout & photographing Paper Daisies

Row 2 – Flowers one of my favourite things to photograph as well the birds around my place The little Yellow Robin is a lot of peoples favourite as well as the colourful parrots like this Eastern Rosella

Row 3 – More birds, Blue-faced Honeyeater and Rainbow Lorikeet who enjoy snacking on Bottlebrush flowers and Rainbow Bee Eaters looking splendid on the branches of a dead tree

Row 4 – Of course there has to be insects and a bit of macro. A Scarlet Jezebel Butterfly in a Honey Gem Grevillea, a Native bee my favourite name, Teddy Bear Bee and a Native Stingless Bee flying into a Day Lily

Row 5 – More Macro A close up of a Scarlet Jezebel Butterfly, Tree Fern frond about to uncurl and another favourite to try to get, water drops.

Some new things I have been doing over the past couple of years which is a lot of fun.

Of course my water abstracts I create for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere

There is always a face to find for Monday Portrait. Cattle seem to be a lot of peoples favourites

Dipping in and out of Monochrome

Creating for Silent Sunday where I have been using photos of churches or religious items

Shades of Grafton #21 – The Hooded Shades

Ludwigs Monday Windows

This is the final post for the hood shades a bit of a wrap-up of the ones I found, plus a few repeats of different views of the same shade.

A pair of shades that need a bit of attention on an old building in the cathedral grounds

This one is probably the widest shade I found. I like how they have colour coordinated the greens

A closer look at the detail on another window from the same house.

It does look like these are a pair of a newer sturdy type of hood.

The poor battered shades with the indignantly of having an old air-conditioning unit separating them

A classic Art Deco house with its rounded front and curves. It was hard to get the best view with one window to show the details of the scallops and the flower design on the side.
On another matter, check out the verandah metal gutter cut on the curve. That takes skill.

Another pair that could do with a wash. They have unique small scallop edging but still the same flower end design.

Has to be one of the best. Yes you have seen this one before but I took a close up later when the backyard wasn’t a hive of activity

This ends the hooded shades, next week it will be the rest of the shades I found in my closest town, Grafton

5 Minutes Ago – 11 March

Hammad’s Weekend Sky #91

The morning skies have been alternately sunny and cloudy of late. This morning is the full cloud grey sky with drizzling rain at times but not when I took these photos. I was awoken by rain during the night so this scrolling song came to mind

It’s a steel blue/grey sky this morning

This is the view where the sun is sometimes on the tree tops hence a lighter sky from this view