Lens-Artist-PC-50-Trees

 

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This week goes from a bright to a somber mood.

One foggy morning, three years ago

I drove over to the

Otway Rainforest

It’s a beautiful drive as long as there is little traffic.

 

On a nice day being surrounded by the eucalypts of

the Otway Forest is just one of the best feelings.

Also three years ago I visited…

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery

in Belgium

which was…

…accessed is via this tree lined road.

Toronto Avenue is only a small cemetery and is the

only all Australian cemetery in Belgium,

and one of only two on the entire Western Front.

Buried in Toronto Avenue Cemetery

are 78 World War I soldiers,

two of which are unidentified.

The headstones in this and all cemeteries we visited,

which are shoulder to shoulder,

indicate that all those resting there

were killed on the same day.

There was something about

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery.

To say it had a profound effect on me,

would be a slight exaggeration,

however, there was a different

feeling about Toronto Avenue.

I don’t know why.

It may have been the tranquility, seclusion,

surroundings or something different altogether.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Trees

 

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Some of my favourite things are my cameras.

Cameras, lenses and travel allows me to…

…get up close to wildlife.

They also allow me to capture and keep nature

when she puts on a grand display…

 

 

…and also the not so grand displays.

 

Even foggy mornings can produce good results.

And when Mother Nature is a bit sluggish

getting out of bed, technology has advanced so much

that we can now capture lights prior to daylight.

Finally there are landscapes and many other

subjects to be found everywhere.

And there is also…

…raindrops on roses….

…and whiskers on kittens…

…brown paper packages tied up with strings

🙂 🙂 These are a few of my favourite things.  🙂 🙂

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Favourite-Things

 

Lens-Artist-PC-48-Wild

 

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When I think  ‘wild’, I think…

of the ocean…

…and rugged waves smashing on to the shore…

 

 

and a rolling swell and frighteningly rough surface.

Nature at its best.

 

My second thought is of wildlife.

Specifically, African wildlife.

As we left camp one morning

we saw our first ‘up close’ hyena.

It did not mind that is was the focus of our attention,

after all it did belong in the park

and we were the intruders.

Late the third day of our first African Safari

we were alerted to a leopard sighting.

Above is the leopard and below the tree it is in.

The leopard is on the top branch.

Its head and ear are a give away

when you know where to look.

The last evening we had an unexpected game drive

and again found ‘Limpy’ and this her her cubs.

Limpy remained in this position about 50 metre from us.

However, children being children, were inquisitive…

…and both came to do some tourist spotting from

a pile of elephant dung around 20 feet from us.

After 20 minutes of only cameras clicking

and whispered comments we lost the sun.

In that 20 minutes I captured around 300 images

of these 8 week old cubs.

 

 

Our first encounter with ‘Limpy’, so named

because she malformed front paw.

We were also told that she could

easily bring down an impala when hunting.

We nearly ran over her as she was resting

on a track around a sharp bend

and our did not see her.

Not sure who was frightened the most.

I still remember the goose bumps on my arms

as she turned her head and looked straight up my lens.

Sadly, she was dead in less than 12 months.

We received the news whilst in Botswana.

She had a contagious disease

and veterinarians euthanized her.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Wild

 

Lens-Artist-PC-47-Elements

 

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Metal corroded by…

Water.

Wood fuels fire, and…

 

…carries water.

 

 

Water flows…

over earth…

 

…and congregates in its hollows

Water extinguishes fire…

…and flows,

…through and over Earth.

Hope this made some sense.   

Still working with almost

one, short sighted eye only.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Elements

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Elements

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Elements

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Elements

 

Lens-Artist-PC-46-Delicate

 

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When I think ‘delicate’…

flowers come to mind.

One of our flowering gums/eucalyptus trees,

yesterday

 

This  is a little over sharpened

however just had to include it.

 

 

Probably fair to say that my hand is not….

…as delicate as these hands are.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Delicate

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Delicate

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Delicate

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Delicate

 

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I was going to use some

graffiti style street art

however, walked another path.

Near the

El Alamein Fountain,

King Cross, Sydney,

Australia.

The ‘Gate of Violence’

In the middle of Albertina Platz is the walk-in monument sculpture.

The Monument against War and Fascism

was unveiled in 1988 to preserve the memory

of the darkest era in Austrian history

and is dedicated to all victims of war and fascism.

Info Source:  http://www.docbrown.info/docspics/europe/austria05.htm

 

 

“Le Guetteur 2015 …”,

An inhabited aluminum sculpture
20 m high
Polygone Riviera
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

Source: http://www.sosno.com

Finally, Rome’s

Invisible Man

Click the link below to watch

Youtube Videos of the

Invisible Man of Rome

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Street-Art

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Street-Art

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Street-Art

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Street-Art

 

Lens-Artist-PC-44-Harmony

 

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Due to my shocking colour sense I am not

going to focus on colour wheels rather on how well 

the earthy tones of some of South Africa’s

flora and fauna harmonise.

I may be stretching the definition of harmonising

however I was surprised at how

such large (and small) animals

could ‘lose’ themselves in this environment. 

For the record there is

three giraffes here.

Our first and only pride of lions. 

The pride which camps on the road

until tourists hear about them.

If you were thinking of capturing the lioness

in the foreground you would also need

to contend with four others in this shot

and the male sitting on the

other side of the road.

From the large to the small.

I am calling this a Quail of sorts.

Goggle was unhelpful.

Fairly well camouflaged to my eyes.

A better image also from

South Africa’s

Kruger National Park.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Harmony

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Harmony

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Harmony

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Harmony