Weekly Photo Challenge-Lines

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Lines

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With yesterday’s ANZAC Day commemorations

still fresh in our memories I have continued

the ANZAC theme today with a brief visit to

Tyne Cot Military Cemetery

in Belgium.

Some 34,000 names of soldiers who perished

and have never been found, line to wall of

Tyne Cot Cemetery.   

These 34,000 are names which could not

fit on Menin Gate

 

The steps also make good lines this week.

Apart from names on the wall there are also…

the graves of 11,900…

 

of British Empire, as it was then known, 

service personnel who perished

during the Great War.

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ANZAC-Day-2018

 

Today, ANZAC Day 2018 the

Prime Minister of Australia…

Mr. Malcolm Turnbull…

is visiting the co-located

Australian National Memorial

and the

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery

located just outside of Villers-Brettonneux

on The Somme Battlefields of France,

to open the Sir John Monash Centre.

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The Sir John Monash Centre was…

 

 

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.


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Lest We Forget

 

 

Travel Theme-Friendship

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My

Friendship

Travel Theme.

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A variety of friendship photos…
taji-candi_9333Sleeping Buddies

Taji-Maggie_0796Pushing a friendship.

friends_1672Good friends.

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Sharing is easier than fighting.

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The sea, a rod, and a relaxing friendship.

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 No post about friendship would be complete without

mentioning Brandy, who was to go on

to be my best working dog,

for the next thirteen years.

January, 1988.

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Where’s My Backpack: Friendship

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Admiration

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Admiration

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In February

The Spirit of ANZAC

exhibition was in Melbourne.

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As I have regularly mentioned my Grandfather was

a Gunner on The Western Front after being deployed to Europe.

Was this the type of gun he was using?

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Whichever side of the ‘fence’ soldiers were on…

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they are people I admire.

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For their courage….

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in such appalling conditions.

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For their ability to help a mate…

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and for their ability to continue marching on.

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However, these statistics we must never forget…
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because these number only represent

about half the casualties of World War 1.

LEST WE FORGET

I was granted permission to photograph the exhibition

by a representative of the organiser.

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ANZAC DAY 2016

ANZAC DAY, 2016

Lest We Forget

A few weeks ago I happened to pass through

Corindhap township.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

The Avenue of Honour caught my eye

and I have included it as my

2016 ANZAC Day tribute.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Opened in 1917, the young cypress trees planted to

mark, line and  commemorate World War 1,

have now been removed.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

However, not they are not totally gone.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Several have been turned into sculptures,

recognising various aspects of war.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Light Horse.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Infantry.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Infantry.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Infantry.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Airforce

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Airforce

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Airforce

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

And those left behind…

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

to tend home and family and receive the bad news.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap now has a population of

around 100 people (Wikipedia)

a far cry from its peak of 5,000 in the

mid 1800s when gold was discovered nearby.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

LEST WE FORGET

ANZAC DAY 2016

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Travel Theme-Balance

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My

Balance

Travel Theme.

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I think this may be a Northern White Crowned Shrike.  

Google says they live in Tanzania with no mention

South Africa where this was taken.

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Whatever species it is there always seems to be a fine line…

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between balanced and that over balanced look, with birds.

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Where’s My Backpack: Balance

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Travel Theme-Sensory

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My

Sensory

Travel Theme.

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All re-posts I’m afraid but something to tempt the senses.
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My first photograph of one of Melbourne’s human statues.

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Playing with Photoshop

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A typical sight on ANZAC Day.

statue_199Melbourne Zoo.


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It is three years since we saw this and yet

it seems like only yesterday.

Elephant Whispers, Hazyview, South Africa.

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How to cross the Chobe River without a boat

and avoid Botswana-Namibia customs.

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Part of the 1,000 elephant sighting in Botswana.

A day to remember.

Even our guides, who estimated this number,

were fascinated with this sighting.

 

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A cool drink, on an island, in the middle of the Chobe River.

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Bracelets were being made of this.

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 Tembo, weighed in at six tons, had killed six rhinos

during a time of grief after his mother died, or was killed.

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Just before dusk on day three of our 2013 African Safari

we discovered this leopard.

Kruger National Park.

I would have happily gone home very happy.

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However, on our last night, Day 15,

we spent twenty minutes with these cubs.

A magical experience at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

Hope I have hit the mark with these and not raved too much.

Happy Easter.

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Where’s My Backpack: Sensory

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-12

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Odd Ball

Week 12, 2016

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Went for a drive this afternoon and…ANZAC_9259

found some carved statues.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-12

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-7

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Odd Ball

Week 7, 2016

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Wouldn’t this be great…
ANZAC_8495Ba free tour of Europe and Great Britain?

ANZAC_8495AUntil you see the Big Picture!.

Last week I visited the

Spirit of ANZAC

Centenary Experience

at Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre.

Locally known as Jeff’s Shed after the Premier who

organised its construction in the early 1990s.

This was a great exhibition focusing on World War 1,

and to a lessor degree subsequent wars Australia,

or the ANZACs have been involved in.

After receiving an iPod and headphones each time

a new section was entered appropriate commentary

would commence.

The exhibition is travelling around Australia

culminating in Sydney in June next 2017.

Click this  link to see if it is coming to a city near you

Allow a couple of hours to view it (slowly).

Sponsored by

The Victorian Government and Telstra (our major Telco)

this exhibition is free,

although you  are asked to book tickets.

Visitors are allowed to take cameras into the exhibit,

although flash photography is banned.

I was also given permission to by Telstra

use my photos in Social Media.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-7

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ANZAC DAY 2015

ANZAC DAY 2015

Photo opportunities are all over Australia and New Zealand this morning

as we commemorate,

the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

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While the major centres receive a majority of media publicity

it is the rural areas which were settled by

returned soldiers from two World Wars

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It is these same small towns who may have had their

heart and soul ripped out with the death

of well known identities, sportsman and family members.

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This post is in memory of of all the service men and women

who have served our country

and whose home was a small rural centre.

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For those service men and women…

Lest We Forget.

Carlin

 

I would like to visit Courcelette, in France, sometime in the next few years as my Grandfather served on the Western Front and was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal at Courcelette during World War I.

 

W Carlin_Australian9_2inchHowitzerFiring_YpresThis photograph is now in  the public domain – copyright expired…

however, it can be found on the Australian War Memorial Webe Site…

Click this link

The photo was taken in September 1917

on the Western Front (Belgium),  in the Ypres Area, Voormezeele

My maternal grandfather served with the Light Horse at Gallipoli

and I have read part of his diary many, many years ago.

Unfortunately any such memorabilia was not passed on to me.

I searched the Australian War Memorial website this morning

and have not even found his name, let alone service records.

Links to previous ANZAC  Day posts:

ANZAC DAY 2014

ANZAC Day – 2013

ANZAC Day Dawn Services – 2013

World War I Diary Extract – 2013

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