Week 109


I Googled the meaning of ‘steadfast’ for inspiration,

and found

resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.


loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable,

reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, trusty.

Now at the risk of boring readers all I could think of

was dear old Brandy.

From the day I brought him home…

 until he became the master and was

teaching his apprentice, he was

all of those definitions of steadfast to me.


Pic and Word Challenge: Steadfast


Weekly Photo Challenge-Scale



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



These balls adorn the foreshore at

the ocean end of Geelong’s main street.

In daylight they are just white balls…

of similar size once one allows for

subject to camera distance.



No.  Not all the same size and not all that big.

The stakes supporting the young trees

are only about 2 metres high.


A life-size horse and rider…

or something rather small?


I posted this shot only a few days ago,

  however, Tembo is twice my size,

and I am not a jockey.






Week 108


Upon seeing this week’s theme, my first thoughts were of Africa’s Gentle Giants.

Gentle enough to walk between two vehicles…

But still ready to tell you where to go

or they will really get cross.

Finally this is an experience I will never forget.

  A six ton, thirty year old male who had killed

several hippos in a fit of youthful rage

after his mother was killed or died.

And he still remembered our guide

who raised him after he lost his mother.


Pic and Word Challenge: Giants

Weekly Photo Challenge-Pedestrian



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



When I think of pedestrian I think of people

that I need to give way to if I am driving.

Or something may move at a pedestrian pace…slowly.

In Africa the animals are the pedestrians which

often move at a pedestrian pace.

 It is far better to wait for some, such as this rhino,

until they have crossed the road.

Similarly a good idea not to upset

the gentle giants of the land.

Some small impala you think you could bluff…

DC Photography

until, he who never looks comes

bounding out of the scrub

Then there are pedestrians who cause traffic chaos

with their sit down strikes.

This lot even sent out a parking inspector to

make sure we were all doing the right thing.

A post about pedestrians would not be complete

without a zebra crossing image.

 Zebras will never die of high blood pressure.

On this day, they even took time out

to gawk at the tourists.






Week 107


Back in the day the

Sulphur Crest Cockatoo

was everyone’s pet bird.

While they appear to be sweet,

gentle birds in these photos…

several hundred of them in a neighbour’s tree saying

goodnight to each other is very noisy and takes

the best part of half an hour if not more.

I have heard them nearly quiet,

and then the neighbour decides

he has had enough and fires his shot gun in the air,

which starts the process all over again.

Is it any wonder I like to live away

from my neighbours.


 Similarly the Corella Cockatoo appears

quite serene high up in a tree.

Now we are wondering why our television reception

is not so good…Corellas!

Then after the TV antennae they decide…

 to dig up our front and back yards.

However, with all this aside they are still kind of cute.

Google told me that Tumult was

‘…a loud, confused noise, especially one caused

by a large mass of people….’ 

I dropped the word ‘people’ and

substituted ‘cockatoo’ as the definition

fits the ‘cockies’ behaviour, perfectly…at times.


Pic and Word Challenge: Tumult

One Word Photo Challenge-Ladybug






No ladybugs this week I’m afraid.
The best I could do was this bee in our garden, and…


this Dung Beetle sighted in South Africa.

The first and only one I have seen.


 One Word Photo Challenge: Ladybug


One Word Photo Challenge-Kangaroo






While at Clear Lake Manitoba, in 1976,

I befriended, or vice versa,

a holidaying Canadian family.

One of the outings Mr Canada and I had

was a game of  golf, where after one of our

T-shots we had to wait for a brown bear to

cross the fairway.

Just down the road, at Anglesea Golf Course,

some of our native wildlife

keep the fairways  trimmed,

much to the delight of both

holiday maker and tourists alike.

Not so sure if the locals really

appreciated them though.


 One Word Photo Challenge: Kangaroo