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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

 

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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

 

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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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’Cee’s Fun Foto challenge’

provided people for

this week’s

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challenge…below

Business in Salzburg.

 

Rain tumbled down while

we were visiting Pompeii.

 

 

Brugge harpist.

Sheltering from Murano rain.

People gathered around

the statue of mathematician Simon Stevin.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:  People

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During The Great War,

Belgium’s…

…Prowse Point was one of the sites where,

in 1914, a Christmas truce

came into effect for a few hours.

Soldiers in both trenches began singing Christmas Carols.

After that connection was made these same soldiers

decided to have a game of football/soccer.

I suppose we could have borrowed a ball

and had a few kicks in memory of that event.

However, I don’t think it would have felt right.

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Menin Gate

in Ypres,

Belgium

 

 

Gateway arches into the enclosed gardens

at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand

 

At the time we visited MGW told me that

this yellow gate was linked to a similar gate

in a movie.

I will always remember it as the gate

into the concept Garden at

Hamilton Enclosed Gardens,

in New Zealand.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Gates

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Photos from all over.

Auckland Harbour Bridge

October, 2018.

Het Zand Square Fountain,

Brugge

street lights along

Het Zand Square,

Brugge.

 

 

Arras, Bell Tower

Lights were turned on at

approximately 2150 hours,

early June, 2017.

Arras Bell Tower,

France

Sunset somewhere in the

Inside Passage,

Alaska

approximately 2130,

June 2018.

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