My contribution for


‘Captivate Me’ 



I am late with last week’s post.  However, better late than never.  I have still kept the urn as my first photo as it was the one I commence the month with.  I did managed to take some garden shots using the same effects and have included the relevant shot in each of Week  1 and Week 2

During the Christmas break I purchased and began to

READ…yes, read

the instruction book for my camera.

Marvellous what instruction books contain!

I discovered by pushing a button or two I could

severely affect the look of my photo…

no computer software required.


I decided our Christmas tree would make the ideal subject.

I turned my back one day and the next thing I knew it was

back in its box packed away until December.

So this urn is going to be this month’s subject.

Scroll down further to see a

garden shot in colour sketch

colour sketch

This shot is in ‘Colour Sketch’ Mode.

The instruction book states that

Colour Sketch turns a photo into

something resembling a coloured pencil drawing.

I think this effect in the garden shot, below,

is the best of all the effects I have tried

to date and is better when there is

some colour in the subject.

Technical Stuff

Week 3 – The Urn

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: 1/50
  • F Stop: 5.6
  • ISO: 800


All photos are taken with a

Nikon D7100 shooting in Effects Mode

and letting the camera do the work.


Technical Stuff

Week 3 – The Garden

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

  • Camera: Nikon D7100
  • Lens: Sigma 50-500
  • Focal Length: 116 mm
  • Exposure time: 1/250
  • F Stop: 8
  • ISO: 110





 Hope you enjoy!



Weekly Photo Challenge-Express-Yourself


My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Express Yourself


This was a bit of a challenge…then two ways of

expressing myself came to mind.

art_3975These artworks which adorn our walls are mostly my purchases.

I like Australian scenery
art_3976However, not everyone in our household shares that point of view.

Me? I like them 🙂

art_3977This one is on my study wall  and was either

a birthday or Father’s Day gift, a few years ago.

I had commented that I  did like it but was not expecting it.

None of these will never be regarded as ‘masters’…but I like.

magpies_3973The second way of expressing ‘me’ is this series.

magpies_3972Collingwood Football Club (known as the Magpies)

is an Australian Rules football team

which I have supported since  the late 1950s.

I cannot wait for the season to commence in a few months.

magpies_3971Depending on the weather and my seat (in the open or under cover),

you will find me wearing my team colours at the games.

The windcheater is a given…

and if the weather looks a bit on the chilly side

the Adidas jacket (first photo), complete with beanie and scarf,

also accompany me to the football.

As the years progress I find the beanie more useful 🙂

Collingwood is a suburb of Melbourne.





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Floral Friday



Some random flowers from our garden this week.

garden_3933These were a surprise to see last week…

garden_3937and I still don’t know what they are!

garden_3940And I thought I knew what these were called…

garden_3944but I could not find them in Google.

That may be because I was spelling ‘dietes’ as ‘diedes’?

MGW set me straight on that.

I think Ginger has ESP and

was laughing in advance.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday




Cee’s Black and White Challenge:



I’m featuring one Victorian roadscape…

Branxholme_0454followed by three others…

Africa_0357taken in South Africa’s Kruger Park…

Africa_0038and on the road to…


Botswana…but still in South Africa.

I believe this photo was taken during a break

while we were having some repairs

completed on one of our vehicles.


Cee’s Black & White: Roadscapes








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Some random bird photos this week
mudlark_0655The first two images are of a Mudlark…


which is similar in colour to a magpie,

but a good deal smaller.

magpie_0019A magpie thanking me for the food I had given it…

or maybe it was calling its mates into our backyard.

Both birds frequently visit us.


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday (


Craftyspices.com_Wordless Wednesday


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Black and White Tuesday15-2001


Black and White Tuesday,

 January 20, 2015


Our magpies were back again last week.


This one had a close look at some bread I gave him,
magpie_0010sang a song of thanks,
magpie_0007before making sure that I had seen the performance.

Or maybe it was thinking that the kitchen table

was a making a good substitute for a tripod.



Hope you enjoyed.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-Wk-3


Odd Ball

Week 3


Last week we had a visitor which decided

our Hill’s Hoist was an ideal place to perch.

wattlebird_0007Our visitor happily kept its balance while

the clothes line swayed in the breeze.

wattlebird_0028Every now and again it would drop down

onto the laundry basket to have

a closer look at is surrounds.

According to Google,

it is a Red Wattlebird.

It’s the first time I have ever had

the opportunity to photograph one.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-3









Weekly Photo Challenge-Serenity


My contribution for this week’s challenge…



About seven years prior to these photos sheep grazed these paddocks.

bluegums_3750As they grew it quickly became obvious that…

bluegums_3749there was another world within those trees.

bluegums_3748Native wildlife quickly moved back into the new forest. 

maggie_0020Meanwhile a few days ago Maggie looked so serene…

maggie_0021as she had a cat nap before retiring to her kennel.
maggie_3963This evening after an exhausting weekend of sleeping

 and eating Maggie looked so peaceful

as she settled down for the night.



Travel Theme-Mischievous




Travel Theme.


The first year our apple tree bore fruit,
maggie_3824we noticed many apples had fallen to terra firma.maggie_3825‘The wind’. we thought…
maggie_3828until we saw our darling pet
maggie_3831scratching her back and knocking

apples to the ground in the process.

maggie_3832She has been known to pull them off the tree,

maggie_3834and sometimes she will eat….
maggie_3838one of the fallen variety…

maggie_3839if they suit her taste.

maggie_3840Looks like this one may be just what Maggie ordered.


Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Mischievous