I loved going to bed in Rondavels

and seeing……this view in South Africa’s

Kruger National Park

From South Africa to

Melbourne’s Federation Square

and its associated buildings.

This is the National Gallery of Victoria,

which Melbournians either love or hate.

Mostly the latter!


And I think this is a shot of the angles

above an entrance on that building. 

At least it is probably one of a kind.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Angles

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Angles

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Angles

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Angles






This took a bit of working out.Part of an old stone crushing machinery.

A new looking wedding car.

Borrowed, borrowed, borrowed.

I have borrowed this scene for my post.

A blue hour image of Geelong.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Old,New,Borrowed&Blue

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Old,New,Borrowed&Blue

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Old,New,Borrowed&Blue

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Old,New,Borrowed&Blue





In Switzerland we found many people…

..enjoying a break on Lake Lucerne,

in temperatures which would have had

most of us rugged up.

It was not until I cropped this photo

that I noticed the young male in the middle

and how much he appears to be enjoying his break

with four bikini clad young ladies.


I love to take a break and travel to somewhere

I have not been for a while and

photograph what I find. 




Gibson Steps was a place I had not visited

for many years until two years ago.


Photography has and will always be

a hobby of mine.

About two years ago I drove back to Warrnambool,

on Victoria’s South West Coast,

where there is a whale nursery at Logan’s Beach.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Taking-a-Break

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Taking-a-Break

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Taking-a-Break

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Taking-a-Break





Thank you Amy for the seascape theme this week.

I have always lived only about 25 miles

from the coast, however, it is

only since moving off the farm

that I have begun to photograph

coast lines in all their splendour.

My first seven images were all taken near Torquay.

Torquay  is near Bell’s Beach …

…the scene of the Rip Curl Pro…

Surf carnival each year.


Rough seas.

Torquay wipe out


Anyone who has visited

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

will probably also…

…have visited Lochard Gorge,

named after the ship Loch Ard

which sank in rough seas

leaving only two survivors.

This day, January 4, 2013 the temperature

was 44 degrees and it was the only time

I did not feel like descending into the Gorge.

I did so only to accompany one of my

Canadian friends however the heat

was so oppressive that I ventured only to shade.

It was about then that I realised we

were no longer fit 25 year-olds.


Lochard Gorge is only…

…about ten minutes from…

…the Twelve Apostles, and…

…at the western end of the Great Ocean Road drive.

It took us until 3 PM to arrive at the Twelve Apostles

I was so pleased to use the inland highway

to return home in around two hours. 

Closer to home again is Victoria’s Surf Coast…

…provides some sunrise photography and seascapes…

…and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Seascapes

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Seascapes

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Seascapes

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Seascapes





I was a bit tardy with posts over the weekend

because we were dreaming of Africa next year. 

And booking airfares took priority. 

We also had tickets to see the

Lion King movie on Saturday night.  

During previous visits to Africa

we were lucky to meet our version of

Simba and Nala…

…and Zazu was everywhere.

We even met Pumbaa.

If you dream of going to Africa, and cannot,

the 2019 Lion King movie is

the next best thing. 

The animation was so real it

felt like we were in Africa again.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Dreamy

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Dreamy

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Dreamy

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Dreamy





With dreams of Africa again next year,

my Details post comes from where else…Africa.  🙂



Our first 2013 elephant sighting in

South Africa’s

Kruger National Park…

….did not provide any more detail

than we would note at a zoo.

Even this tusk while showing more detail

is still a cropped effort from a fair distance,

therefore not really good.



However, upon our arrival at Elephant Whispers,

Tembo, a 6 ton male, helped us out.

Note the eye and lashes.




Not to mentioned the size of

the nail clippers required

to keep his feet manicured.  🙂

By now you have realised he is

on the ground for inspection.

MGW found a warm spot under her hand.

She blushed a bit when told it was

the heat from his testicles.



Although no-one in our group wore one

many local females (from memory)

were wearing a wrist bracelet

made from elephant tail hair.



Not a cabbage leaf, rather the rear side Tembo’s ear.

Apparently the flapping of ears

helps with air conditioning the body.



Note the wear and tear of life on the tusk.




While  in the area of tusks, this is a sight

I have never before seen, or am likely to see again.

A work colleague of 2013 did not recognise

this view of Tembo’s trunk.



Want to know how tall an elephant is?

Step 1.   Ask it to lie-down on the ground.

Step 2.   Measure circumference of its front foot.

Multiply circumference by 2.0 and you have

the height of its shoulder from the ground.

Therefore, a 1.5 metre foot circumference is

equal to 3.0 metres tall at the shoulder.



Elephants have four toes on their front feet,

and only three toes on their rear feet which

are also a very different shape.



Lots of living showing on the tusks.




…there were other things to think of

rather than look at all those details

while we were under Tembo’s trunk.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Detail

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Detail

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Detail

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Detail





First up,  Happy Birthday

to all concerned with the

Lens Artist Challenge.

The My Choice theme has seen me needing to curtail my choices….

and still there are too many images.


I have quite a few ‘favourites’ of Corio Bay.

This is one of them.

The Het Zand Square fountain in Brugge, Belgium.

Special, because I like the fountain and it was

our first night on the European continent.In Canada’s Rocky Mountains,

in the province of Alberta is the Columbia Icefield.

It was here on the Athabasca Glacier that many of us

experienced falling snow for the first time in June 2018.

Our visit to Wiseman in Alaska

took us further north than ever before.

At 67.41 Degrees North and

63 miles north of the Arctic Circle,

took us further north than ever before.

Prior to last year my furthest north was

about a half-hour drive north

of Loch Lomond in Scotland.

October 2018 was also when we visited

Shires Rest and Hobbit movie set

in New Zealand.


Definitely the first of our wonderful travel experiences

was the last evening and an unexpected game drive

of our 2013 African Safari.

We came across Limpy and her cubs.

For around 20 minutes we had these two cubs

within a few metres of our vehicle.

A day or two ago I read on Facebook

of a Namibian tusker being shot.

When beasts will come to within a few metres,

where is the sport in shooting them.

I refer to this shot as my ‘National Geographic’ shot.

Probably because I had only ever seen this shot in a

National Geographic magazine.

Again the leopard sat there while we clicked away.





In 2017 I was fortunate enough to return to

France and Belgium and tour

the Western Front Battlefields of world War I.

I visited many of the well known areas, memorials

and sites of (to me) lesser known battles.

All I could think of was how lucky my Grandfather

was to survive when so, so many didn’t.

The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

was worth the visit alone.


Finally, a recently posted blue hour

image of Geelong’s Western Beach area.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Your-Choice