Laughing at a quip.

I always thought these windows

lent a sad demeanour to this old house.

Perhaps they knew the fate of the house.

It no  longer exists.


Finally, I have no known relatives who

perished on World War I Battlefields,

however, on more than one occasion

I found myself taking deep breaths

to suppress tears as I contemplated

the loss of life two World Wars

have inflicted on our planet.

I created this image of the

Thiepval Military Cemetery

for another challenge.

I often wonder if there are

unseen guardians at each cemetery.



The wall at the back of Belgium’s

Tyne-Cot Cemetery,

contains the names of 35,000 soldiers

who have no known grave.

This is the overflow from

Menin Gate at Ypres,

where another 54,000 names

are inscribed

Nearly a decade ago Fromelles’ mass graves

were discovered. 

From these six graves

250 Australian and British Soldiers…


…were exhumed and re-interred in the

Fromelles Military Cemetery.

One of MGW’s relatives is among

those resting peacefully at Fromelles.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Emotions





Commencing with yukky subjects

Not long after leaving the farm I found a

huge spider crawling up our front door.


Thinking it was ONE spider I brushed it off the door

only to see around 20-30 little ones

running around inside the house.


The things you don’t want to see in your garden.

Nature’s jewels.


Yes, the next two were posted in

my 2020 favourites post last week.

However, each bloom was barely a centimetre in length,

small enough to be included again.


A busy bee.

So busy it did not know it was my subject.

Queen Mother Agapanthus

about to receive a visitor.




There’s something good in here.

Might be a bit longer than I thought.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Its-a-Small-World

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Its-a-Small-World

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Its-a-Small-World

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Close-Encounters





Above has to be one of my favourites

for several reasons.

It was  mid-February, the day…our youngest

Graduated  from Deakin University.

It was the lasting big crowd we were with

for the rest of 2020.


In March with supermarket shelves

empty during trading hours,

supermarkets introduced a Seniors Hour at 0700.

So we all fronted the first morning

and still the shelves were empty.

During our second lockdown,

I used photoshop to create

the above image.

‘Twas a bit of fun..

During a few weeks between lockdowns

I was lucky to capture…



…these images one morning

at Corio Bay.

November was Wildflower time…



…although small, I really enjoyed

creating these images.



Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...2020-Favourites

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...2020-Favourites

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…2020-Favourites

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…2020-Favourites





Christmas daisies in bloom.


The first indoor sign of the Season.

…followed closely by another important sign.

Christmas Gifts

A typical Christmas lunch table.

And who would have thought, 30 years ago,

that our eldest, and his wife,

would be in another country (New Zealand)

awaiting the birth of their first born

due in February.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...The-Holiday-Season

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...The-Holiday-Season

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…The-Holiday-Season

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…The-Holiday-Season





Precious moments of around thirty years ago.

Bath time


His own table and chair


Then came the child who would have been

an only child had he been the first child.

He loved his soft toys

There is no way I would try and reenact this image


Back in the winter I was handed this image

without explanation…

Turns out it is our first grandchild due around mid-February.

With every goods news story come a not so good story.

Several months after receiving the scan we were

told of another arrival due next year.

It was early days and the stress of buying/selling

and moving homes, we suspect,

may have contributed to this good news

being the not so good news with 48 hours.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Precious-Moments

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Precious-Moments

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Precious -Moments

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Precious-Moments





Action of two wheels


Country Fire Authority

45 Year Service




Avenue of Honour



Avenue of Sculptures

to honour the fallen at





Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Begin-with-Letter-A

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Begin-with-Letter-A

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Begin-with-Letter-A

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Begin-with-Letter-A





I decided to post my favourite

African bird images this week.

The African Harrier Hawk had posed

long enough for us and was off.


I believe this to be

Northern White Crowned Shrike.

Captured at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp,

South Africa





A Red Breasted Weaver

entertaining the breakfast crowd at

Elephant Sands,


I’m not sure if it lost purchase on the thorns or not.

However, one second it was hanging from the thorns ,

the next, plummeting groundwards.

Whatever the reason, I managed

to capture one frame of

its headlong dive.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Your-Pick





I have often posted about my farm life…

…which for many decades looked very similar to the above.

In 2001, I had just finished my teaching course and

was approached to lease the farm for tree production.

It was interesting watching the preparation phase

and it didn’t take long before our trees

were beginning to generate income.

With all fences down our farm looked empty inside…

…empty with 80,000 young trees beginning life.



Six or seven years later…half a dozen years further on

and all these trees were harvested.

Three or four years after harvest and the stumps had coppiced…



We’re on their way  to another harvest.

We have two plantings and March this the second planting

had been replanted and was thriving.

After nearly a century of sheep and cattle farming

the only livestock on this land is the

occasional kangaroo and koala.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Now-and-Then

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Now-and-Then

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Now-and-Then

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Now-and-Then





Incorporated in our neighbourhood are images

from our garden to the coast


Captured in our garden, the

Superb Fairy Wren.




One of our backyard residents,

the New Holland Honeyeater.

A beach wedding at Torquay.


Barwon Heads Beach



Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Bridge

connects both coastal towns literally

where the Barwon River joins

Bass Strait.

A wildflower…an Ixia perhaps. 

Suggested by

Melbourne Wildflower

Facebook Group


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Neighbourhood-Finds

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Neighbourhood-Finds

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Neighbouthood-Finds

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Neighbourhood-Finds





After every…


there is…



…a sunrise.


So, sunset…
















With the exception of the third (RED) sunrise

all sunrises captured on Corio Bay Geelong.

All sunsets (and the RED sunrise) captured

within a 30 minute drive from Geelong.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Sun-Will-Come-out-Tomorrow

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Sun-Will-Come-out-Tomorrow

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Sun-Will-Come-out-Tomorrow

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Sun-Will-Come-out-Tomorrow