Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

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In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

These shoes have been hanging on the powerlines by the train station since before I moved to the neighbourhood. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw this week’s prompt: share a photo of something marked by its weight. They still turn in the breeze…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Now (take a photo of the present)

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All weekend I’ve been waiting for the sky to open and deliver some rain to cool things off. Luckily, this afternoon I got my wish!

Right after taking the first photo, the rain came.

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Sweet relief! Although I just heard the first crack of thunder… be careful what you wish for! (The whole world seems to be experiencing some awful weather at the moment…)

 

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Motion

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

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This Saturday just gone was Anzac Day. For those who might not know, we Australians remember the landing on the beaches Gallipoli every year. 25 April 1915 was the beginning of a campaign that saw 26, 111 Australian casualties, a huge loss for such a small country. There’s a lot of different feelings about war in Australia, but we still choose to remember this day and remember all the soldiers who have served. I personally see the Gallipoli campaign as the first moment Australia began to lose the blind faith in ‘Mother England’, but there are still plenty of monarchists in Australia today…

Anyway, I went to watch the parade in the city and took some photos. While I thought it might be a little tasteless to show a photo of servicemen in response to a photo challenge, I figure one of the marching bands was a safe bet. Thank you St Andrews’ School! Lots of school bands marched, brass bands, pipe bands, drumming bands, and even a band from Mackay (which is pretty far up the coast). It was great to see ex-servicemen from other countries participate too.

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Photo Challenge: Early Bird

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

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How disappointing! Nothing but grey skies looking to greet me when I got up early this morning. Rain is meant to keep coming for the next few days, so I suppose this is the closest to a sunrise I’ll be getting for this week’s challenge. Never mind – I’m looking forward to the sleep ins anyway!

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Photo Challenge: Blur

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

Two photos for this one, both from my trip to Budapest years ago. I’m not sure if I liked the glaringly bright yellow in the first one or the more subdued tones of the second.

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Both photos are from a nighttime river cruise down the Danube. The one above is Buda Castle (I wasn’t sure then, but I’m pretty sure now).

The glowy building on high in the middle of the picture below is Fisherman’s Bastion.

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Have I mentioned before that travelling is awesome?

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Weekly #Photography Challenge: Ephemeral

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

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ephemeral
ɪˈfɛm(ə)r(ə)l,-ˈfiːm-/
adjective
  1. lasting for a very short time.

Well, I had to look that one up. Daily Post could’ve just said ‘fleeting’ and I would’ve been fine but noooo….

Turns out, the answer to this week’s challenge was on our back balcony. We have two little potted herbs there that have been just barely hanging onto life since we moved. The balcony is so sheltered and in completely the wrong place so for most of the day it’s in complete shade. It only gets direct natural light for a maximum two hours every late afternoon, and with that, our chives and parsley have been able to hang in there.

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You can do it!

So yes: ephemeral.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

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

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Sometimes ‘fresh’ is something as simple as the crisp, clean air you find out in the country. These are photos from when I went down to Ballandean (near the border of NSW) for a weekend to explore the wine country and poke around a bit.  I followed the road above to find myself at a beautiful little billabong:

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I should go there again sometime. I’ve gone off wine, but it would be nice to just stay at a little cabin out in the country for another weekend 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Three photos again for this week’s photo challenge! The first two are the walls of the Ishtar Gates. The original brickwork was removed and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum (Berlin) in the 1930s.

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It is a brilliant museum. I don’t know how I feel about one country owning another country’s artifacts, but on the other hand, at least this is something ISIS can’t get their hands on. Plus the original bricks will be better preserved in an air-conditioned museum, out of the elements.

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The final photo is from Obidos, Portugal. There are plenty of Roman and medieval towns in Portugal that are confined to an old stone wall that used to keep out invaders; now they attract tourists. I was too scared to walk along it (there’s no barrier on one side!) but Mum did – she’s much more adventurous than I am (which isn’t hard to do, I’ll admit). She walked halfway around and only got down because it was too hot.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange (3 varieties)

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photography Challenge

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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.

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Oh, and I have to include this photo too:

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I like orange.