Weekly Photo Challenge-Gathering



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



I intended to use some family gatherings for this post and then remembered one very hot day in Kruger National Park in 2013  wildebeest_0202After hearing apologies from our guide about the distance

we would be travelling and the heat…

wildebeest_0343early in our day, this heard of Wildebeest was

our first gathering for the day.
wildebeest_0343aThis was our first large sighting of any one species…

wildebeest_0357but not the last.
impala_0329aThis random shot, not taken on that hot day,

but suits the challenge.
ostrich_0495Half an hour past the wildebeest gathering we sighted

this family already trying to find respite from the heat.

lion_0880Nearing the end of our day we found another gathering

of four-wheel drives.
lion_0880aAll occupants were intently focused on a gathering

on and to the to each side of this road.

While our guide was still a tad apologetic regarding

time spent on the road and the heat – our other vehicle

is the green one second from the front – we thought it

a magnificent day because of  all our animal sightings.

I have only shown the gathering type sightings in this post.

As I said last week:

This is why I love Africa.

Zoos don’t let you get so close as this…

PS:  I think my ‘past’ is correct…but not sure. 🙂 





Black and White Challenge:



While walking across Sydney Harbour Bridge…

lock_0123I noticed a single lock attached to  the wire.

Probably caught my attention because these locks

have been removed on one of Melbourne’s walkways

over the Yarra River.

lock_0124Adjusting the focus slightly and background clouds

became more evident and interesting


With an average distance of 384401 km from the earth,

I think this shot fits the Faraway challenge.

Cropped shots can be found here:



Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Faraway





Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 9

Rule of Thirds  Introduction.

I have been painting some verandah posts

during the past couple of week

and today realised that I have missed

a few weeks of this challenge.
Sydney_0065This is one of the early shots taken on our

walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge.

While the Bridge is in the left third and

the tower (or whatever) solely in the right third,

I don’t like this shot from a photographic point of view.


I’m sure experts with Photoshop would pick up the rough editing

I have done…however, I think this version is more pleasing to the eye.

There was lack of balance in the first short even though each third,

except the centre column, contained something.

My eye runs along the concrete (handrail), to the pylon

and then is drawn to the buildings on the other side.

Sydney_0195The left and top third intersect in the hole in the pylon.

While not a true thirds shot I think it works

because it is more balanced.

The left third contains mostly trees and bridge pylons

and half the right third is filled with the modern building

which is also reflecting the left side of the photo.

Again the bridge acts as a leading line (I think) drawing

the viewer’s eye to the other side of the Harbour

and away from the messy bottom third.

sydney_0075Again the right and top third intersect low down

on the major sail of the Opera House,

leaving the wake of the ferries to add

some interest in the middle third.

moon_0004To my eye, even though I have cropped this photo

there is still too much empty space

moon_0004aCropping, only seeing a portion of the moon,

adds more interest although

perhaps not a true thirds photo


Cce’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge:Wk-9-Rule-of-Thirds-Introduction