Floral Friday-15-3001


Floral Friday



In September 2013 I showed you photos of this succulent…

Cactus_0247cand included…

Cactus_0232this house brick, for scale.

I think a brick is about 20cm/8 inches in length.

cactus_3962A week or so ago I took this shot and included the pavers,

which are 40 centimetres square.

Sixteen months has made a big difference and

considering my size 12 feet kick it

every now and again (water tap is just to right of shot)

It has done well.

There are several other in that bed,

but this one is the pick of the bunch.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday


A Word a Week Photography Challenge-Opaque


My contribution for Word of the Week Challenge this week.


Our Maggie, like all labradors, could never…

maggie_0007abe accused of being transparent…


maggie_0703except when it comes to food and…

maggie_2005 041sleep.

When she was about two, MGW emptied a bottle of wine onto the ground, thinking it would be quickly absorbed.

An hour later MGW found Maggie looking a bit worse for wear.

Concerned, she bent over to have a talk to Maggie and received a lungful of Maggie’s exhaled breath…

and immediately knew why Maggie was looking a bit sad.

Maggie was drunk.









Cee’s Black and White Challenge:



I have been trying to download a trial version of Paint Shop Pro since last May.  Or better said, open a download.

Yesterday I achieved that goal, on my laptop, but still no joy with my PC.

So today and for this post I have been playing with PSP.

bark_0706aI found a texture option…

bark_0044aand played around with Black and White options available…

wood_0261aand discovered the contrast and sharpen buttons.

wood_0218aI also clicked on a feedback button to create this image.

bricksA few bricks for added texture…the wall looks spectacular in colour.

bark_0064aEnding with a some fairly heavy

contrasts on this bark.


Cee’s Black & White: Texture








Wordless Wednesday15-2801

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Yesterday’s Black and Whites…in colour.

This shot is overlooking Corio Bay.

Geelong CBD is just around to the left, as is Eastern Beach and the marina.



These two shots overlook Stingaree Bay.




This eucalypt can be found in the East Geelong Golf Course.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday (create-with-joy.com)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Craftyspices.com_Wordless Wednesday

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Black and White Tuesday15-2701


Black and White Tuesday,

 January 27, 2015


This morning was the day for some sunrise photography.

stingree-bay_4102The chimney with white stripes belongs, or belonged, to Shell.

As kids we enjoyed the sight of the Shell Refinery

because we were nearly there.

However, this is a view that we never saw.
stingree-bay_4093I had not had breakfast at this time so was quite envious

of the swans having an early morning feed.

stingree-bay_4084I did use as much shadow as possible when editing this shot which I thought highlighted the edge.

tree_4103The morning sun lit up this tree.

I will repost these in colour tomorrow.



Hope you enjoyed.


A Word a Week Photography Challenge-Rainbow


My contribution for Word of the Week Challenge this week.


I  only have one photograph which resembles what I…

rainbow_0333would call a real rainbow.

This one was caused by rising water (spray) at Victoria Falls.












My contribution for


‘Captivate Me’ 



My final submission for January contains both the

Urn and Garden shots taken using

the same effects modes in my camera.

No other editing has been done to any of the photos.

My favourite is Week 3…I think a lot of fun could be had using that effect.

The draw back with all these effects is that this is what they are.

If that makes sense.

The same photos taken, no effects, could be edited into (nearly)

any of these shots  while retaining the original.

I guess the plus is that you can use the effect and have a

different starting point for your editing.

Until I can use these effects while I’m asleep I think they will remain in

the novelty basket to be used after ‘serious’ shots have been taken.


The instruction book states that

Night Vision uses extreme high  ISO settings

(maximum Hi 4  or ISO 102400)

and produces monochrome images.  

Autofocus is available only in Live View/movie shooting,

and not always then, so manual focus may be required.

I think it is a great way to obtain a good Black and White image.

Technical Stuff

Week 4

Apart from focal length, all the technical stuff is pre-set by the camera:

  • Camera: Nikon D7100
  • Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105
  • Focal Length: 105 mm
  • Exposure time: 1/160
  • F Stop: 9
  • ISO: 6400


All photos are taken with a

Nikon D7100 shooting in Effects Mode

and letting the camera do the work.



Technical Stuff

Week 4 – Garden

Apart from focal length, all the technical stuff is pre-set by the camera:

  • Camera: Nikon D7100
  • Lens: Sigma 50-500 mm
  • Focal Length: 116 mm
  • Exposure time: 1/1600
  • F Stop: 22
  • ISO: 6400






 Hope you enjoy!



Travel Theme-Industry




Travel Theme.


Visits back to my home town always lead me

past my parents’ woolshed.
WoolShedm_1941I can remember it being built almost sixty years ago…

and the forty years of work

I was part of after leaving school.

The present owners raise cattle and so

the shearing industry is no more in ‘our’ shed.
woolshedcc_1921This waas my/our  woolshed.

It was run down when we purchased the land.

Many dollars and hours of time was injected into this shed

to keep it serviceable.

Imagine my surprise at seeing all the yards had been dismantled.

The door left open to the elements and another

industrial building is no longer used to

the capacity for which it was designed.
Hayshed_1939aThis was Dad’s hayshed.  It held around 2,000 bales of hay.

Every year I would spend time pushing bales of hay (40-50kg)

up into the very top of the roof under a December/January sun.

As a teenager we would earn pocket-money hay-carting.

Not many teenagers look to hay-carting as a

means of pocket-money these days.
sheep_0038 The hay would be used as sheep and cattle fodder.

As both these industries suffer from high costs,

low commodity prices and ageing operators…

treess_0490we are seeing more of this industry spring up.  Trees.  Blue Gums.  Eucalyptus Globulus.


Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: “Industry



Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-Wk-4


Odd Ball

Week 4


A week or so ago I saw what appeared to be a slug on a window.

snail_3843Closer inspection revealed this…which looked weird…

snail_3847until I ventured out to get a better look.

Suitable for Cee’s Sunday Odd Ball?

I think so.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-4