Weekly Photo Challenge-Against-The-Odds

 

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge-Shadow

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Shadow

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Shadows from near and far.

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Take off at Maun airport. Botswana.

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I love the picture ‘painted’ on the roof of this Geelong church.

Even more so now that the tree has been removed.

fisherman_4380And while technically a silhouette, the near side of

this fisherman was indeed in shaded by the morning sun.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Solitude

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Solitude

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Sitting on top of Lekhubu Island in Botswana’s,

Makgadikgadi Salt Pan was an ideal place

to find solitude among baobab trees thousands of years old.

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pan one of the largest salt flats in the world,

is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi,

which once covered an area larger than Switzerland.

However, the lake dried up several thousand years ago.

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Although we were twelve in number,

it was not difficult to find a

secluded spot, on this small island, to enjoy the scenery

and experience a sundown and sunrise in solitude.

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This eagle soared gracefully overhead

and was in solitude with it surroundings.

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Even with my lens stretched to its full 300 mm these

African fish eagles still appeared to be enjoying a solitary moment.

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Zoom out and they appear still more solitary.

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Finally, two shots from MGW’s camera,

where our subjects were seeking solitude.

In this shot we had set up camp on the track to the river,

two or three hundred yards further on.

MGW snapped this shot as he turned to go the long way round.

Prior to that he was standing there swaying

from foot to foot and gently shaking his head.

I’m sure he was thinking something like

damned tourists…again

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This diva did sit and strike a few poses for us

before deciding to seek solitude in the Botswana bush.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Repurpose

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Repurpose

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Mid to late 2015 we completed a project

out the front of our house.

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Our Miss Saigons were something which we were happy to

have as they complemented the Japanese garden bed

just to right of shot.

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Little did we know that our two young dogs

were using this area as a speedway.

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We think they would charge around the garage, at full speed,

not really looking where they were going,

through the gap shaded in blue.

What ever the case, one day we found one of our Miss Saigons

on its side, head separated and adjacent pots

cracked beyond repair.

The Leucadendron or Protea (surrounded by tiles)

was only planted late last year.

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Replacing the pots was easy.

However, Miss Saigon is no longer on sale.

So this is this morning’s view.

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No Miss Saigon and the old pots being used as a

barricade against the rampaging charges

of a Kelpie and Labrador.

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It did not take them long to find a new path.

Instead of straight ahead as they round the garage…

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I’m sure they have fashioned a new tunnel between these two plants.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Graceful

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Graceful

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On August 05, 2014 I was at a commemoration service

across the Bay, at Point Nepean,

to remember the firing of

The First (allied) Shot of World War I.

pelican_0271My Grandfather was part of that Gun Crew.

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Towards the end of the ceremony this flight

of pelicans made and appearance.

Maverick would call it a ‘fly by’, I  think.

pelican_0285The flight then made…

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a formation turn before…

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seeking safer airspace before a twenty-first century

gun crew fired another shot to commemorate

firing of the First Shot exactly 100 years earlier.

australian-gannet_0229An Australian Garnet over Corio Bay.

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Seagull at Balyang Sanctuary, Geelong.

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Love the colour of the water in this shot.

No photo-shopping.

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This is probably my favourite in-flight photo.

No distractions…and the wing tips give it

the look of a 787 Dreamliner.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Ambience

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Ambience

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While waiting for our turn on the London Eye…
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we decided that we could do with some sustenance.

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Our wanderings found us outside Troja Restaurant.

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Troja is known for its Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cuisine, however..

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I will always remember the ambience created…

troja-lights_london_0204bby these gorgeous lights, of which

I have posted but a few.

I should also add that the food was excellent also.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Names

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Names

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No prizes for guessing where…
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my names come from this week.

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First time I have ever seen a dog Bar in a street.

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Unfortunately the sign was better exposed

than the rest of the image.

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We did sample Italy’s Gelati…

on several occasions.

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 Farewell to names of Capri.

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