Sunday-Stills-Violet-Views

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According to Google I may have some

violet coloured images in

this week’s post

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At last….not a flower.

This is the ceiling of

KIng’s Cross Station

in London.

Nearby is Platform 9 3/4.

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Knight to King three

Melbourne Zoo

Tower of London.

 

A Roman eagle.

Aardvark,

Botswana.

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From Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain  …

…owls, and…

…and an eagle.

 

A Geelong floor covering shop window

during football finals.

Kwa Nokeng Lodge,

Botswana

This image has been tagged as a

Moorabool Valley (Geelong) tags.

Personally I think it belongs with

New Zealand images

Statue of a Tusker at

Letaba Rest Camp,

home to the

Elephant Museum,

in Kruger National Park.

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Visual treats

Visiting Notre de Dame de Paris was a real treat…

…made all the more special after the Cathedral…

…was ravaged by fire with 12 months.

I guess I have seen the Eiffel Tower…

…lit up in movies, however seeing it

in person was fantastic.

The Moulin Rouge was also a

must see in Paris.

I doubt that even in my younger days

would I have gone fishing

in the vicinity of white water…

 

…let alone the white water of Victoria Falls.

An optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls…

 …to view the effect the rushing waters of

the Zambezi River has had on the landscape

leaving previous falls sites high and dry.

A goodbye London special treat was

a ride on the London Eye.

 

Well worth the time for some nice views of London…

…after dark.

Finally…

…after hearing my Father speak of Menin Gate

from time to time, I was pleased to find

a tour group that included a visit

to Menin Gate in its

Western Front itinerary.

 

So it was that in early June of 2017,

before a relatively small crowd, I was

part of the ceremony that commemorates

the Great War each and every night.

Three local buglers performed the last post

in a simple but moving ceremony at Ypres’

Menin Gate, in Belgium

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Seasonal lights

Chandelier in the foyeur of the

Hotel Grand,

Naples, Italy.

A restaurant near the London Eye

Paris Street lights

Geelong’s pre-dawn lights on Corio Bay.

 

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTOS:...Night-Lights

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Warning

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warning

a statement or event that warns of something
or that serves as a cautionary example.
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The cable ferry over the Daintree River.

No mention of the crocodile infested water

we were crossing.

With such a short crossing one wonders

why anyone would contemplate

leaving their vehicle

 



I thought an unusual sign on a path.

 


Khama Rhino Sanctuary,

Botswana.

I would have thought 50 metres too close.

However, anecdotal evidence tells of

silly tourists and wild animals.

 

 

It’s a wonder hubby was wanted

after daycare at London’s Flyinghorse

When eucalypts grow to to the road’s edge

these signs warn us of Koalas.

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Bridge over Rocky Mountaineer

A new bridge in Botswana’s

Okavango Delta

 

Makartsteg Bridge,

a pedestrian bridge over the Salzach River

in Salzburg,

Austria

The Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) over Lucerne’s

Reuss River, Switzerland.

Tower Bridge,

London.

A disused Railway Bridge near Skagway, Alaska.

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WeeklyPrompts-PC-Bus-Riding

My first encounter with a public transport bus,

was at the ripe old age of 25 in London.

I purchased a 15-day bus pass to move around the U.K.

With my bus pass in hand I hopped aboard

the first bus that came along.

Yes, it was a red double decker bus.

How many of my readers saw or remember

the English TV show,

On the Buses’?   

Very briefly for those who have not seen the show.

It is about an English bus driver who always seems

to be upsetting/crossing the conductor,

who, in turn, readily points out in no uncertain

terms the driver’s indiscretions.

So here is a weary Woolly sitting in the middle

of the back row on top of red DD bus.

Conductor approaches for ticket,

takes one look at my pass and then proceeds

to deliver a tirade during which he points

out that I was on a RED Bus with a GREEN Bus pass.

My mind raced quickly to many similar scenes

from On the Buses and I spent that five minutes or so,

desperately not trying to burst out laughing.

 

 

 

In fact I have spent far more time aboard

holiday coaches where it seems almost

nothing is out of bounds.

Dancing, playing card, singing,

watching movies and sleeping.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Bus-Riding

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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

 

 

 

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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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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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