Nature’s frame fillers.











…the nearby

Winchelsea Dahlia Farm.

Arches in a Dubai Mall.

Finally, back to South Africa…


…for some…


This is/was ‘Limpy’ the lioness.

She was no more than twenty feet from my camera


One  of my zebra images on a client’s wall.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Frame-Filling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Frame-Filling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Frame-Filling

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Frame-Filling






In the past few years we have visited many

well known places and some off the beaten track placess

all of which would fit this challenge.

However,  after some deliberation I decided to focus

on Melbourne, our state capital, and until the early 1900s

the site of our Federal Parliament.

Used to be known as ‘Fairy Penguins’ now renamed

‘Little Penguins’ at Melbourne Aquarium

Burke Street Mall busker.


Prince’s Bridge over the Yarra

We took a carriage ride around Victoria (Vancouver Island)

last year, still haven’t taken one around Melbourne.

After sailing from Geelong on a ferry trial,

late August 2018, this was the view as we arrived

at Melbourne and sailed up the Yarra River

and under West Gate Bridge.

For tennis fans.

Rod Laver Arena, in Melbourne Park,

home of the Australian Open since 1988…

and where we recently attended

Hugh Jackman’s Concert.



Pedestrian Bridge over the Yarra River



Melbourne skyline by the Yarra.

Melbourne Post Office

of a bygone era.

Melbourne Skyline from Williamstown Marina.

Couldn’t decide between BW or…

…or colour.

So decided to leave both in.

a  slightly over exposed Bourke St. Mall…

…in December a few years back.


Melbourne from Saint Kilda Pier

Saint Kilda Pier


Saint Kilda Pier

Finally, Melbourne at dawn,

from a Hot Air Balloon.




Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Pick-a-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Pick-a-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Pick-a-Place

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Pick-a-Place





My home town.

I spent many hours playing in this Post Office.

My maternal Grandmother operated it

since before World War II until about

twelve or eighteen months prior to

her death in 1959.


These acorn trees seemed fairly large back in the 1950s

and they are not much larger now.

They stand at the north end of town

just outside the Hotel which, sadly, closed

late last year…according to Facebook.




Our Railway Station closed in the 1970s.

However, I still have vivid memories of

carting bales of wool and loading them on to railway trucks,

not mentioned unloading bags of super/fertiliser.

From memory each bag weighed 186 and 2/3 pounds

and was manually unloaded onto our truck and

then unloaded and stacked in our woolshed until

they were required to spread on to the paddocks




The building, left rear, is the first school I ever attended.

A new school was under construction and I only

spent a week or two there before moving to the new building.

 In the 1960s the old school was moved to its current site

where it has served a Scout Hall ever since.

The blue doors are the entrance to the town hall.

Many years ago my hometown was represented on a map

by a circle ( ⭕️) which meant the town’s population was under 150.

According to the 2016 census the township AND

the surrounding area had a total population of 322 residents.

Just thought I would throw that in as I once taught some

visiting Chinese students, some of which said they came

from a ‘small town’ of 10,000,000 residents.




Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Countryside

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Countryside

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Countryside

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Countryside





I’m late this week because I have been

contemplating how to approach this challenge.

I was photographing the acrobatics

of this Red Weaver in Botswana, when…

…it suddenly dropped away.

I managed to captured this image

before it disappeared.

These two shots were taken only seconds apart

with different camera settings.



Changing the shutter speed to 1/200

and the aperture to f 8.0

produces a gloomier morning sky and

accentuates the sun’s rays.

And the results may be seen within seconds.

That is what I deem to be

the magic of modern photography.




Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Magic-of-Photography

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Magic-of-Photography

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Magic-of-Photography

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Magic-of-Photography





Often when shooting a sunrise, walkers or joggers

will stop ten yards away while I am

simply setting up my tripod.

Then there are times when my cloak

of invisibility works like magic.   🙂

Early morning at Corio Bay

Not that I wait around too long,

but I have never seen fishermen’s nets

at breaking point.

Just many trying.

Another first and only time, to date,

that I have seen tug  boats ‘park’

their clients so efficiently.



Whether colour or black and white is your cup of tea...



…these trees still make interesting additions to the sunset.


A grain field at dusk.




Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Silhouettes

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Silhouettes

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Silhouettes

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Silhouettes





Living on a sheep farm for 55 years meant that

there was nearly always a new pup around

hopefully learning the tricks of the trade.

This Brandy and yours truly in early 1988.

Brandy earned himself the nickname of

‘Six Milllion Dollar Dog’ (after the television show),

because he would work anywhere and only for me.


And he could always be found sitting

on the back of my farm ute waiting patiently

until I was ready to find some work for him.

This was taken through our kitchen window.

Brandy is on the left.



The Master and the apprentice.


During middle age, Brandy had an eye infection.

Darkened quarters, no scratching (the eye)

and two or three times a day ointment had to be applied.

During this six to eight weeks,

Brandy was renamed ‘Buckethead’

During his thirteen years Brandy only ever sired one litter 

of pups and he died suddenly a week or two

after they were born.

Ginger was one of these pups.



Ginger never had to work as hard as Brandy.

However, she was as loyal as Brandy and

accompanied me all the time.


Ginger even grew to enjoy a visit to McDonalds

where she enjoyed a junior burger.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Precious-Pets

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Precious-Pets

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Precious-Pets

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Precious-Pets





First up a lovely view from…

…our Bed and Breakfast at Matta Matta,

New Zealand.

Just a few minutes drive from

The Hobbiton Movie Set.

Bucklands B and B from memory.

The rest is situated a world away…

in Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace Gardens.

We could have spent all day

wandering through these gardens.

However, we had to be thankful for a few hours.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Shot-Framing

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Shot-Framing

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Shot-Framing

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Shot-Framing