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Black and White Tuesday

 February 21, 2017

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After our coldest February day in twelve years

on Sunday…

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it was a good excuse to run some

early morning errands, with camera in hand.

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After a gloomy Sunday, Monday’s sunrise

was a non-event due to cloud cover.

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However when the sun did break through it lit up some…

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of the whites around the foreshore against a still gloomy sky.

 

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge:

Perspective

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When we first moved to Geelong, or maybe before,

we noticed this art work at the bay end of Moorabool Street.

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No-one we asked seemed to know if it had a name

or when it was put there,

so we coined the name

The Sharks Teeth‘.


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It was not until last year that a camera club member asked

what I was talking about.

Upon explaining he burst out laughing with

I’ve heard it called a lot of things, but never sharks teeth

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 Apparently they represent sails or sail boats.

This all makes sense as quite often there is a small flotilla

of sailing boats on the bay all crewed by children,

and therefore, I have not taken any photos of said boats

as they are usually close enough to shore

for the crew to be identified.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Perspective

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Against The Odds

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On Valentines Day were asked to “double date’

(as MGW told her teenage girls at work) with

No. 1 Son and his Girlfriend.

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Girlfriend said she had not had fish and chips

since arriving in Australia.

The venue was to be our place until Girlfriend decided

that fish and chips had to be eaten outdoors.

Girlfriend loves Geelong’s foreshore and that was the venue.

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I thought we may have had a few seagulls for company, but…

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when this sparrow alighted on our table and tried desperately

to pull a whole chip out of my hand, I knew

there was an unexpected photo opportunity

if I had my camera at the ready.

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Not content with a chip, sparrow returned several times

to sample Girlfriend’s banana cake.

Sparrow and I both agreed that Girlfriend needs

more practise baking cakes and that we will be her taste testers 😀

Even though it was a bit chilly…

we have had a cool summer so far…

we all had an enjoyable evening out.

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Floral Friday Challenge.

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On  Tuesday, Valentines Day, I drove to Ballarat

to photograph some of its old architecture.

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I was somewhat side-tracked by its begonias

being readied for ANZAC Day and the well known

Ballarat Begonia Festival.

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I was just in time to see them being fed and chat to the gardener…

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 who told me that he always plants red in this bed

for ANZAC Day, April 25.

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Some beds were nearly down to foliage only….

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however, there was a splash or two of colour

to brighten the scene.

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Floral Friday

Floral Friday

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One Word Photo Challenge-Elephant

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Elephant

One of my favourite subjects.

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Meet Tembo, a thirty year old, six ton, elephant

which killed six hippopotamuses

in a fit of rage after his mother was killed/died.

elephant_0232We met Tembo at

Elephant Whispers

in South Africa, 2013.


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The following year we journeyed into Botswana

and while out seeking a pride of lions

came upon what our guides described as

over 1,000 elephants

migrating from A to B in small family groups

of  twenty or so animals.

We drove for 4 or 5 kilometres and all we saw

was elephants as far as the eye,

and camera lens, could see.

Something our guides had never previously sighted.

elephant_0048At Elephant Sands we were up close and personal

with these mighty mammals, so rules need to be posted.

elephant-h-1That was our accommodation for the night.

I’m sure an irate elephant could push it over fairly easily.

elephant_0294Having a night-cap for the tourists…and the reason for rules.

 

elephant_1371They came into the waterhole to drink and left

the way the entered the circle of cabins.

elephant_0193Did you ever see an animal looking so contented?

We were told that some German (I think) girls

went to the ‘ladies’ during the night and

walked our to be met by an elephant.

The elephant was not injured in the encounter,

although some of the girls may have been

as they scrambled back to safety

in the toilet block. 🙂

elephant_0337One of my favourite shots from

an island in the Chobe River.

The Chobe River is the dividing line between

Botswana and Namibia…the background.

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Elephant Whispers and Tembo.

Not often we are given an opportunity like this.

And it still irks me to think that some young visitors

could have spoiled it for all by blatantly disobeying the rules.

That is standing still and hands on

Tembo’s legs so he knew we were there…and

so we could feel any of his movements.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Africa take it because

nothing is better than seeing these animals

in their natural environment.  

At least that is my/our opinion.

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 One Word Photo Challenge:Elephant

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