A very brief post.

Recently I was asked to pay an up front gratuities payment.

Tipping is not as big in Australia as in other parts of the world, I believe.

However, this is the first time I have ever been

asked to pay up front.

Is this a common practice in other countries?

Your thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

Thank you

Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-Wk-48


Odd Ball

Week 48


Last week as I headed for bed, I noticed

that the moon was not far off setting…and full.

moon6.3_0004All photos taken on the same setting except for the aperture.

This one is at f/6.3

moon22_0018This one at f/22.

But I do confess to lightening a bit.

moon6.3_0004aI decided to add this version, number 1 cropped,

as the crater, on the horizon, at 10 o’clock fascinates me.

Who would ever have thought the we could take such

detailed photographs of the moon

with consumer equipment.

Technical Stuff.

Camera: Nikon D90

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm

Focal length: 500mm

Shutter Speed: 1/500

Aperture: f/6.3 & f/22

ISO: 400

And the camera was hand held…probably with the aid

of a door or verandah post.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-48











Black and White Challenge:

Anything that Flies from birds to airplanes.


I took Cee at her word this week…birds to airplanes.

plane_1440Johannesburg airport.

crested-barbet_0368aThis Crested Barbet…I think…fairly certain…

was captured in South Africa.

plane_0546And finally, I believe this plane was leaving

O.R.Tambo airport, Johannesburg.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Anything that Flies from birds to airplanes




Travel Theme-Inspiration




Travel Theme.


A few weeks back while reading a photography magazine

I saw a picture of a movie theatre with a single patron

waiting for the show to commence.

That shot inspired me to try to produce my own version.

theatre_8101While not as good as the other photographer

I was pleased with my first result.


Where’s My Backpack?: Inspiration




Bloggers Unite for Peace

Bloggers Unite for Peace

Originally posted on Uncle Spike's Adventures:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

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We are normal, everyday hard-working people with a common hobby, blogging. We hail from far and wide. We reside in different lands, on different continents. We speak different languages, eat different foods, and are of varying ages, professions, and religious and cultural backgrounds.

We do have one thing in common…

We believe that terrorist attacks, wherever they may be perpetrated; whether in France, Tunisia, Canada, Iraq, or in Denmark, Turkey, UK, Algeria, Yemen, USA, Lebanon, or in the skies over Egypt, or in India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kuwait, Libya, Bangladesh, Syria, or Mali are nothing less…

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Transition



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



Before Ginger died, she was Maggie’s boss

and Soxie was backyard boss.

pets_0001Since Ginger’s death there has been…

and increasing battle for dominance of

this bed…Maggie’s bed.


Yesterday, with Sox ensconced on the bed…

 I suggested that Maggie should claim

her rightful position…

which she surprisingly did.

 More surprisingly she sat down on Sox.


It did not take Sox long to realise that…

That Maggie was heavy and try as he might…

it took a minute or two before Maggie moved…

pets_0010enough to wriggle his backside free and escape.

pets_0011Was I watching a transition of backyard manager here?

Probably not…Soxie came back to bed and nose to tailed Maggie.

Maggie was taking deep breaths where

I would not dare to take shallow breaths! :-)






Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Kids-or-Pets-with-Toys


My contribution for this week’s

Kids or Pets with Toys



These are re-posts, but I think…

ajc_toys_1-1they are two of the cutest kids photos I have taken.


Although I am not sure that the ice-cream

container qualifies as a toy.