Today, ANZAC Day 2018 the
Prime Minister of Australia…
Mr. Malcolm Turnbull…
is visiting the co-located
Australian National Memorial
Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
located just outside of Villers-Brettonneux
on The Somme Battlefields of France,
to open the Sir John Monash Centre.
under construction when
I visited early in June, 2017…
and is situated behind the Central Tower…
from which the views are stunning.
It was extremely difficult to imagine
all the lives lost…
and bloodshed in
this idyllic farming land.
There are wing walls flanking the central tower…
upon which are engraved the names of
10,732 Australian casualties who died in France…
and who have no known grave.
Used as an observation post by
the French in World War II…
the Memorial was extensively damaged by
German aircraft and ground fire.
During the repair process it was decided to
retain some of the scarring.
Lest We Forget
Living in a reasonably elevated area the closest…
we get to a flood is a few inches of
running water after heavy rain.
and found this resulting ‘flooded’ front yard
and drain in full flow a few days later.
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Sunrise, Tuesday April 24, 2018.~~~~~
Or perhaps I should say…
the sky prior to sunrise.
All shots were taken through our front windows.
After I finished I sat down to watch the morning news.
This was the sight outside our living room window.
Hope you enjoyed.
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Black and White Tuesday
ANZAC Week 2018
I just could not get over how care goes
into maintaining these cemeteries.
Headstones sitting shoulder to shoulder
indicate that all these lives were lost in one battle
and I think on the same day.
The age of most was 18-23 years.
No wonder my Grandfather was known as ‘old’
at the ripe old age of 28.
the French and British
missing on the Somme.
My first look at how much these sites mean
to people of all ages from all parts
of the world.
Children or Churches
MY Grandfather survived World War I
however, he now has his own
small memorial in France.
Lest We Forget.
I have been on the receiving end of a dog
I would be more than circumspect in wakening
‘The King’ from his slumbers.
But there is no way on earth I would wake the man
who drove all day minus a map, or GPS,
and had to drive us on further tomorrow,
from his slumber.
Who among us has owned a dog
during the course of a day.
We were leaving Geelong last night (Saturday),
commenting on the fog or smoke in the valley beside us.
I was sure I could smell smoke.
Suddenly, we sighted what appeared
to be a fire in some trees,
although smoke was lacking and visibility poor.
So a fire it was.
A couple of hundred yards on and
it was not certainly not a fire
just nature saying good night
in a spectacular manner.
By the time I had found somewhere to park and
MGW had readied my phone.
She had forgotten her iPad on her lap!!!!!!!
This was the best we could capture.
I would never have thought of a sunset photo
last night due to the cloud cover.
However, mother nature confused us again and
put on what would have been a great capture.
With only a little over an hour until sunset tonight
I am going back to see if she serves seconds . 🙂
Three hours after sunset and three hours
Mother Nature wasn’t too bad again this evening.And this was the sight which confused us last night.
Last night more cloud, less sun definition.
This was capture on my Nikon D90,
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm,
also using my UV Filter and
playing with a new Polarizing filter.
Not sure if filters have upset sharpness or,
as I have been told, the anti-shake feature
should not be used when using a tripod.
Cropped, otherwise Straight Out Of Camera.
Considering Paula is taking a well-earned break
I decided to post another
It is a bit hard to define the zebra at this focal length.
Concrete outdoors settings
at Paronella Park in Queensland.
Apart from the romance behind its creation
was one of the destinations for
Australian and American solders
on R&R during world War 2.
Perhaps made from a recycled packing case??
Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Bench seat, Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Another bench seat, Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Some street art from Melbourne.
Not sure it was design as a seat but I have
seen it used as such.
The most simple and easiest seat to make.
Probably need a ten-ton crane to move it though.