Flash Fiction: Spring

Hi Everyone,

I know I’ve been AWOL for a week and a half. I’m sorry I was lazy and didn’t even give notice. Uni got intense (again) so I needed to re-prioritise and get some stuff done. Stuff has now been successfully done, and I’ve still got more stuff to do, but I’m tentatively going to start posting again. I think I can keep it up now. Maybe I can even re-engage in the blogging community and start talking to people again. That would be so nice 🙂

In response to Charli’s Flash Fiction Challenge: Spring Eternal

The low sun transformed the trees into long black shadows cutting across the orange-stained landscape. If she squinted, she could make out the pale apple blossoms threatening to loose themselves in the breeze, though the fragrance was too subtle for her nose to single out. Standing there with her camera around her neck, she took a moment to soak up the beauty of the late spring. Sometimes, the drive to capture the moment caused her to miss the experience altogether, but she promised herself that wouldn’t happen this season. She closed her eyes and breathed the softly warming air…

May 6


Flash Fiction: Neighbourly Garden

In response to Charli’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Prompt: Neighbourly

It was the first summer she’d noticed the little garden hadn’t been tended. The flowers were still managing, but the ground was cracked and the leaves had begun to dry. It was always a highlight on her walk, and she’d always wondered who tended to the strangely well-kept garden that sat outside the old apartment block.

So the next day, she came back with a watering can. The day after, someone had tipped fresh soil around the flowers, but it hadn’t seemed properly tilled. She smiled and came back with trowel and fork to finish what her neighbour started.

April 15


Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange (3 varieties)

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photography Challenge



Low sun setting against reddish earth = orange! I took this picture back when I was still working up in the mines, and I love the orangy glow of the low light 🙂

Still glad to be out of there, but also glad I took some pictures before I left!

Also, here’s some more poinciana from December, just because I can.


Oh, and I have to include this photo too:



I like orange.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Rule of Thirds”



Tried bokeh, can’t do bokeh. Decided to just do the ‘rule of thirds’ thing, and I was even struggling with that, but look! Look what nature has provided! A beautiful perfect flower, complete with little sparkly dots of dew, and I take a picture trying ‘rule of thirds’ and unintentionally fulfill a half-decent bokeh!

Moral of the story: don’t let the feeling of defeat actually defeat you.

I am stoked – STOKED – that I took this photo! Little things in life, you know?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity.”


Low light from the setting sun and tropical flowers bursting from the treetops makes for a perfectly serene atmosphere. Too bad it’s freaking thirty-eight degrees out there. That’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit folks. Sounds more dramatic in Fahrenheit.

So yeah, I’m back inside with aircon now 😀

Photo Challenge: Yellow!

Okay, I’m going to do this photo challenge thingy! Here’s my idea of yellow:



So many flowers! It’s almost like snow! (What? I have to pretend something is like snow!)

I took this photo back in early November, but I haven’t found a use for it until now. It’s so nice scrolling through past photos you’ve taken to see the seasons change in front of your eyes… I, um, have no idea what the tree is that produces this flower though…

It’s funny. I never had an interest in flora until I suddenly began to appreciate the variety of plants and blossoms that grow around the place. I had moved to this new neighbourhood  almost two years, so maybe that had something to do with my sudden attraction to flowers, but I like to think it means I’m maturing – I’m beginning to appreciate the little things, and the things that nature provides for free 🙂 So I’ve got some catching up to do with learning the names of all these things. My Auntie’s a greenthumb, I should be hanging around her more.

Another example of ‘yellow’? I’ve reached one thousand likes on my blog! Woohoo!

See? See? It’s yellow! That makes it relevant! Two reasons to celebrate! Yayyyyy!

Merry Christmas Everyone! It’s just three days away!!!

Frangipanis, hibiscus, and berries I can’t identify

Here are photos from my latest stroll around the neighbourhood.

There are these funny berry things that I’m sure are poisonous (rule of thumb in Australia – if you don’t know what it is, it will probably kill you ).


Lots of frangipanis in bloom, even the little trees:


With all different colours 🙂





The ground around the trees are just littered with fallen flowers!



The hibiscuses were out too. I’ve always loved hibiscuses. Their name sounds like biscuits and they’re beautiful.



Wow, those last ones look a bit creepy. Like alien eyes that want to suck the blood out of you. Does anyone remember Jumanji? That flower looked a little like a hibiscus…

Erm, anyway, one last sunny picture!


Summer’s Here!!!

And the Poinciana’s gone CRAZY! Which is just amazing of course. If Jacaranda is the tree for Spring and Frangipani for Summer, Poinciana is to bridge the gap between 🙂




I’ve been told the reason the trees are so packed with bright red flowers is because we haven’t had any rain yet to knock the flowers down. It would be nice to have some rain though, especially for the farmers in regional areas. Summer is great, but if it’s not flooding, it’s drought.

Anyway, I found the last dregs of the Jacaranda blooms:


The Frangipanis are getting started too…




And I found some surprise sunflowers! They’re on the fenceline of an apartment block, so I’m not sure who tends to them, but they look great!


I love walking around my neighbourhood to see the change of the plants and the seasons. We don’t have ”proper” seasons in Brisbane but we do get some beauty from nature to tell the turn of time. I really should post my photos of flowers more, or just whatever I fancy taking a photo of. I love seeing other people’s photos, like on Midwestern Plants or Tea and Paper or To Search and Find Happiness Everyday (I’m sorry if I missed anyone!), so I’m going to do it too 🙂

I took these photos Tuesday afternoon, 18 November 2014.