One-Word-Sunday-Night

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Night shots from a variety of places.

Big Ben and Parliament House

from the London Eye

Arras Bell Tower and Place des Heros

Arras,

France

Our night cruise on the River Seine

gave us a multitude of river-side parties…

annd a different perspective

of the Eiffel Tower.

The drive back to our hotel took us past

the Arc de Triomphe…

…and also city lights.

After arriving in Dubai at 0400,

we had a quiet day…

…prior to  boarding a Dhow for a…

…Dubai Creek Dinner Cruise.

Just a few colourful images…

…from our Diner Cruise on…

…Dubai Creek.

Night two saw us on a desert safari and dinner,

with entertainment provided by a fire dancer…

…and a belly dancer.

A great time was had and if you don’t mind

sand from horizon to horizon you

will love the experience.

Me?

I’m not a fan of sand.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:…Night

 

 

 

BirdWeeklyPC-Black-Feathered-Birds

 

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Africa, Australia and the United KIngdom

provide this week’s birds.

Magpie (Long-tailed) Shrike

Sighted in

Kruger National Park 

South Africa

 

 

A Raven of the

Tower of London

 

Australian White Backed Magpie

helping itself to some morsels of leftovers

after coffee and a snack in

the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

 

 

Still hungry.

 

Only a small amount of black on

the male Superb Fairy Wren

 


Black Swan

 

 

Our resident

New Holland Honeyeaters

 

…have mostly black feathers.

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BirdWeekly:…Black-Feathered-Birds

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SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Towering

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A variety of Towers towering over

their respective landscape.

 

I’m not sure why the Tower of London was so named.

Google to the rescue:

It was founded towards the end of 1066

as part of the Norman Conquest of England.

The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name,

was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was

a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted

upon London by the new ruling elite.

 

 

And now I know 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Closer to home is…..

…Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand.

Using your imagination it could be

described as similar to Sydney’s Tower. 

The major point of difference is that we

celebrated Number 2 Daughter-in-Law’s birthday

with dinner in the Auckland Sky Tower in 2018.

 

Many of my photos I remember taking,

not so this one over Paris…

 

…not from the top observation point. 

Alas we only made it to the

second observation deck.

 

I guess we should be happy to have made

it up the Eiffel Tower at all,

because we did not set foot inside the

Giotto Bell Tower in Florence, in Italy.

 

I think we may have paid more than we should have,

to visit the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa

(Burj meaning Tower, so I was told). 

However, it was a wonderful, last day, experience

and we thought some pricey

souvenir photos worthwhile. 

 

High Tea at the Burj Al Arab was our

main reason for a stopover in Dubai. 

Again, not something to do on a weekly basis

but a wonderful experience. 

We nudged the local retail economy along 

with a new set of clothes each, for the occasion,

and felt human after living in the same

traveller kit for four weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Towers are springing up

all over the Western District.

  Almost at our back door, on the farm,

is a wind farm of over 100 towers

claimed to be the largest in

the Southern Hemisphere. 

May have been when built,

but no longer so, I suspect.

 

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:….Towering

 

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Pattern

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Patterns everywhere…

…in rope…

…in brickwork…

 

…and in windows.

While at Skagway, Alaska I noticed this fence

and drew a comment or two from

incoming tourists questioning my logic

in photographing a fence.

Little did they know how useful

it would be… 🙂

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Raven

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A

Tower of London

raven.

A Raven of the Tower

It is said that the Kingdom of England will fall

if less than six ravens are kept in the Tower of London.

According to King Charles II’s infamous decree,

if the birds leavethe site,

then its White Tower will crumble and

the country will be plunged into chaos.

(Source:  telegraph.co.uk)

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Feet-Human-Animal

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Feet from all over.

Leopard’s feet,

Kruger National Park,

South Africa.

Purple Swamp Hen,

Warrnambool

(South West)

Victoria

Probably tourist feet

in

Great Britain

Harpist feet,

Brugge,

Belgium.

Elephant

Round front feet

vs…

 

…Oval Hind feet

Black Swan

Warrnambool

(South West)

Victoria

Warrnambool is a coastal town

which fills with tourists during summer. 

It also was our shopping centre

whilst  living on the farm.

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Cee’s Black & White Challeng:  Feet-Human-Animal

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Black_White

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Planes-Jets

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Australian International Airshow (2017)

held at Avalon Airport which is

55 km from Melbourne

and 23 km from Geelong

 

An early morning arrival at Avalon.

 

Departing Heathrow Airport, London.

 

 

Touchdown on the

Chena River,

Fairbanks, Alaska

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Squirrel

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Some of Botswana’s…

Cape Ground squirrel…

 

…enjoying our leftovers.

In St. James Park, London,

lives the Grey Squirrel, which are

North American natives…

 

…was introduced to the United Kingdom

and now has replaced the native Red Squirrel

throughout most of Great Britain.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:   Squirrel

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