Word-of-Day-Challenge-Oppulent

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opulent

ostentatiously costly and luxurious.

Whilst in Europe we visited…

…several places similar to Versailles Palace.

Our universal comment was that with

this amount of opulence, it was…


…no wonder there had been a revolution.

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Word of the Day Challenge:   Oppulent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-More-Than-5

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More than five objects or people in a photo.

Sunrise on Corio Bay

 

Watching a sunrise.

Just had to have a chuckle.

Restaurant lights

Sadly these trees no longer are.

Not sure if they have been replaced by eucalyptus trees

Model and photographer at work on St Kilda Pier.

 

Tourists helping each other…or resting.

While other line up for entry to,

or photograph, the next attraction.

One of my favourites this time of year.

Erlicheer daffodils…an early sign of spring.

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Lens-Artist-PC-53-My-Choice

 

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First up,  Happy Birthday

to all concerned with the

Lens Artist Challenge.

The My Choice theme has seen me needing to curtail my choices….

and still there are too many images.

Sorry.

I have quite a few ‘favourites’ of Corio Bay.

This is one of them.

The Het Zand Square fountain in Brugge, Belgium.

Special, because I like the fountain and it was

our first night on the European continent.In Canada’s Rocky Mountains,

in the province of Alberta is the Columbia Icefield.

It was here on the Athabasca Glacier that many of us

experienced falling snow for the first time in June 2018.

Our visit to Wiseman in Alaska

took us further north than ever before.

At 67.41 Degrees North and

63 miles north of the Arctic Circle,

took us further north than ever before.

Prior to last year my furthest north was

about a half-hour drive north

of Loch Lomond in Scotland.

October 2018 was also when we visited

Shires Rest and Hobbit movie set

in New Zealand.

 

Definitely the first of our wonderful travel experiences

was the last evening and an unexpected game drive

of our 2013 African Safari.

We came across Limpy and her cubs.

For around 20 minutes we had these two cubs

within a few metres of our vehicle.

A day or two ago I read on Facebook

of a Namibian tusker being shot.

When beasts will come to within a few metres,

where is the sport in shooting them.

I refer to this shot as my ‘National Geographic’ shot.

Probably because I had only ever seen this shot in a

National Geographic magazine.

Again the leopard sat there while we clicked away.

 

 

 

 

In 2017 I was fortunate enough to return to

France and Belgium and tour

the Western Front Battlefields of world War I.

I visited many of the well known areas, memorials

and sites of (to me) lesser known battles.

All I could think of was how lucky my Grandfather

was to survive when so, so many didn’t.

The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

was worth the visit alone.

 

Finally, a recently posted blue hour

image of Geelong’s Western Beach area.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Your-Choice

 

Cee-BW-Challenge-Bathrooms-Outhouses

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Not a theme in which I have

a wide variety to chose from.

One of several along Geelong’s foreshore.

Although this is a Pompeii toilet, I have been wondering if it is for the wealthier clientele, and…

…this for the not so wealthy at Pompeii.

 

 

I could have spent most of the evening

looking at this restrooms in Vienna.

 

 

Such were the furnishings you could

actually relax while…… 🙂

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Bathrooms-Outhouses

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FOWChallenge-Aquarium

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aquarium

a transparent tank of water in which live fish and other water creatures and plants are kept.
a building containing tanks of live fish of different species.

My images are not exactly aquarium images…

 …but they all show fish…

 

…in water.

Looking through a glass bottom boat on

the Great Barrier Reef,

near Cairns in Queensland

is probably the closest I have to an aquarium shot.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Aquarium

Lens-Artist-PC-52-Serenity

 

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Many moons ago John Denver sang of

the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake’

in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The only thing in common with those lyrics

and this image is the word serenity.

However, I like this  image/scene and

I love Rocky Mountain High and of have

An Evening with John Denver

playing while I am blogging.

 

 

A Corio Bay sunrise a few years ago.

 

The serenity of a Botswana sunset…

…and sunrise.

Finally, a blue hour image of Geelong’s

Western Beach area.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Serenity

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Serenity

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Serenity

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Serenity

 

Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk194-Towers

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Seems there were many towering photo

opportunities during our European holiday.

The Tower of Pisa.

Maybe not a tower per se, but

York Minster does tower over visitors…

…and locals alike.

The ceiling of

Notre Dame de Paris

also towers above its visitors.

And still towers over Paris…

…rivalled only by this Parisian tower.

 

On our way back Down Under

we stopped off in Dubai

for a few nights.

I think the Burj Khalifa Tower is my favourite

just for its sheer size.

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