FOWChallenge-Upbeat

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A Canadian pipe band

 

 

…provided upbeat entertainment prior to

Menin Gate’s

Last Post Ceremony,

at Ypres, Belgium, 2017.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Upbeat

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Glimpse

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glimpse

“she caught a glimpse of the ocean”

see or perceive briefly or partially.

Each morning of our European holiday,

our tour director would begin with the phrase…

‘...well you’ve done (insert city name), 

tonight we will be in (insert city name)…’

 

While I thoroughly enjoyed our trip…

I did feel that we were only getting

a glimpse of each city…the highlights.

The following year I returned

to Arras in France for a

Western Front Battlefields tour.

Arras, Bell Tower

Because I was in Arras for 5 nights

I think I enjoyed that brief trip

as much as any of the cities

we visited the previous year.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Glimpse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday-PC-Wk169-Hill

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Belgium’s Hill 60.

A fascinating battle ground of World War I.

I have often heard stories of soldiers from

the opposing forces having a chat across no-man’s land

At Hill 60 front lines were within a few metres of each other.

 

 

The reverse view.

From memory it is not a natural hill.

It was created by earth removal works

when the railway line

(mentioned in Wikipedia)

was constructed.

 

Hill 60 is a World War I battlefield

memorial site and park

in the Zwarteleen area of Zillebeke

south of Ypres, Belgium.

It is located about 4.6 kilometres (2.9 mi)

from the centre of Ypres and

directly on the railway line to Comines.

Source:   

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_60_(Ypres)

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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

 

Lens-Artist-PC-50-Trees

 

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This week goes from a bright to a somber mood.

One foggy morning, three years ago

I drove over to the

Otway Rainforest

It’s a beautiful drive as long as there is little traffic.

 

On a nice day being surrounded by the eucalypts of

the Otway Forest is just one of the best feelings.

Also three years ago I visited…

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery

in Belgium

which was…

…accessed is via this tree lined road.

Toronto Avenue is only a small cemetery and is the

only all Australian cemetery in Belgium,

and one of only two on the entire Western Front.

Buried in Toronto Avenue Cemetery

are 78 World War I soldiers,

two of which are unidentified.

The headstones in this and all cemeteries we visited,

which are shoulder to shoulder,

indicate that all those resting there

were killed on the same day.

There was something about

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery.

To say it had a profound effect on me,

would be a slight exaggeration,

however, there was a different

feeling about Toronto Avenue.

I don’t know why.

It may have been the tranquility, seclusion,

surroundings or something different altogether.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Trees

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Legs-Feet

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I thought this would be a difficult challenge because

I don’t set out to photograph people these days.

However, it’s scary what some cheap software and

a digital camera can glean from an image.

Legs entertaining tourists.

London legs admiring…

..these legs

Dry legs on wet afternoon in Murano.

Pompeii legs.

Dutch (Amsterdam) legs.

 

 

A business woman’s legs?

Sun baking legs.

Just hope they do not end up like

my sun baked head 🙂

More January legs watching…

…these seemingly untiring legs.

Click here to view some of the uncropped images

They will be published one hour after this post.

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