a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel
to the sea, a lake, or another river.

The mouth of the Hopkins River

as it empties into Bass Strait.

Wimmera River at Horsham







Victoria’s National Gallery of Australian Art,

covered in geometric patterns.


Fascinating to see the bones of a building…all geometry.

Enjoying the late afternoon sun,




I think I see green rubbish bins in your image, Cee…

…so I added some of my own.

A couple of….


Bourke Street Mall









To soften this image…

…I used the Soften preset in Picasa 3…

…and again the Soften preset

was put to good use.

The first two images are of the

Wimmera River at Horsham,

which is just under 300 km

from Geelong and only

a very short drive to the

Little Desert National Park.

A further 75  km north

(and not shown on the map)

is the

Big Desert Wilderness Area.

Mostly when I want to soften an image

I do so in camera and simply

crop the end product.


In November 2020 I visited the

Bannockburn Rural Cemetery

after seeing a Facebook post

about its wildflowers.


As I moved in closer various shades of

flowers became clearer and more evident.


…until at last I found these flowers,

which pop against the soft background.

I have heard the name of this flower

and it still eludes me…

Cropping can make all the difference

to a photo, in my opinion.


Again it is cropping which makes

this small flower…

…pop against its background.


Last, but by no means, least;

one of my favorites.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Bringing-Softness

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Bringing-Softness

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Bringing-Softness

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Bringing-Softness

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Bringing-Softness

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Bringing-Softness

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge John:…Bringing-Softness

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Donna:…Bringing-Softness





Black and White Challenge.


Acknowledging Buninyong’s pioneering

and gold rush days.


From Horsham Botanic Gardens


White knights are ready.






-for more than one – benches, couches,




home sweet home

used when one returns home after being away to say
that one is happy to be home

Horsham Botanical Gardens

Balyang Sanctuary Geelong


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Home-Sweet-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Home-Sweet-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Home-Sweet-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Home-Sweet-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Home-Sweet-Home

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Home-Sweet-Home

Lens-Artist Photo-Challenge John:…Home-Sweet-Home





My entry for this week’s Minimalist-Maximalist challenge

captured in South Africa in 2013.



Autumn 2022




Snow Gums


Wimmera River,



A cropped version of the above

Gibson Steps Beach

Manly Beach



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Minimalism-Maximalism

Lens Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Minimalism-Maximalism





easy to mould, cut, compress, or fold;
not hard or firm to the touch.


Soft…and my first thoughts

were of our second born

and his collection of soft toys.

Which he still has!


My next thoughts turned to photography

and soft-focus…not as in bokeh, rather

just to take the harshness out of an image.