Weekly Photo Challenge-Admiration



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In February

The Spirit of ANZAC

exhibition was in Melbourne.

As I have regularly mentioned my Grandfather was

a Gunner on The Western Front after being deployed to Europe.

Was this the type of gun he was using?


Whichever side of the ‘fence’ soldiers were on…


they are people I admire.


For their courage….


in such appalling conditions.


For their ability to help a mate…


and for their ability to continue marching on.


However, these statistics we must never forget…

because these number only represent

about half the casualties of World War 1.


I was granted permission to photograph the exhibition

by a representative of the organiser.



Weekly Photo Challenge-Dinnertime



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A while back we celbrate Father’s Day with

a special dinner outing at

the Titanic Restaurant

in Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne.


Some of the passengers were seated at their tables in the

First Class Dining Room before we arrived.

We were assured by the Captain that our night

would end in disaster!

TItanic_IMG_0560Passengers were encouraged to dress in period costume,

however only a few made the effort.


Our table was ready for us when we arrived.



Between main course and desert we began to think

something was astray when smoke began to rise up

from below decks.

TItanic_IMG_0571We were all instructed in the use if life jackets,

which made us feel more secure in our life boats.

TItanic_IMG_0557After being picked up by the Carpathia our night ended

as we sailed into New York.



Weekly Photo Challenge-Landscape



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This week some local landscape to begin with.blue-gum_0509Tasmanian Blue Gums at harvest time.

The foreground, while still containing a lot of off-cuts from harvest,

has coppiced and the trees are nearly twenty feet high again.

The trees in the back ground should be harvested by now.

And so this little slice of landscape is constantly changing.

landscape_0004A part of the Moorabool Valley are near Geelong.

landscape_0020AAASouth Africa.


Botswana village


Okavango Delta.

landscape_0292-001 Last, but not least, one of our favourite African scenes.

We felt we really had been to Africa after

a brief stop here between

Lekhubu Island and The Okavango Delta

in Botswana.




Weekly Photo Challenge-Dance



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During a visit by a local South African dance troupe…

one of the dancers found a weak spot in the floor.


At the Nata Bird Sanctuary (Botswana) flocks of

expected flamingos were absent…except on the horizon.

flamingo dance_0439

In their absence our guide did a flamingo dance for us.

Amusing all including his second in charge.




Weekly Photo Challenge-Harmony






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I have been out most of the day and begin

with a couple or re-posts.maggie_0800

The harmony of  our backyard is severely strained when

anything, or one, tries to come between Maggie and her food.


It’s moments like this which can also stretch a friendship.


These oxpeckers live happily on giraffes.


The harmony and discipline witnessed, and read about,

within an elephant families is adorable.

Apologies if you are getting tired of my elephant photos.

I think they are one of Africa’s most gorgeous, gentle animals.

Although there are times when they have told us

they are not happy to see us.




Weekly Photo Challenge-State-of-Mind


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State of Mind


An early rise yesterday, preceded a morning spent shooting lions.

Lion_0998I was not expecting to be in such close proximity to them…Lion_0999

 and I felt a bit like joining in their siesta

Not the same as shooting in the wild but

when they decide to come so close…

I will accept the acrylic or glass barrier.



Weekly Photo Challenge-Seasons



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Corio Bay_1487

Winter sun on Corio Bay in June 2013


Autumn rain – March, 2014


Summer storm over Geelong, January, 2016.

ice_3008July 2007


First ice skating rink I have ever seen, June 2015.

Manly_0300A few months later…a hot December day in Sydney.


Weekly Photo Challenge-Time



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Time, I think, has several definitions…

Flinders-St-Stn-clocks_0064Around Melbourne these time pieces date back to at least the

Second World War, if not the First.

If you wanted to arrange a meeting place with someone

it was ‘…under the clocks…’ at Flinders Street Station.


I found this time piece in a garden.

 It is frozen in time…telling the correct time twice a day.

I often wonder if the time has any significance to the owner.


 One thing about a clock tower they can be

viewed from many vantage points.

This one can be seen from Sydney Harbour Bridge.


 Houses of a bygone time…early Sydney.


Melbourne’s Keepers of Time.

Gog and Magog have ruled over Royal Arcade for many years.

southern-cross_1967New automatic ticket collection machines were

supposed to save Victorian’s time…

but cost taxpayer billions of dollars to implement.

Manly_0300On a hot December day this little one was

having a whale of a time

while mum chatted to a friend.


Weekly Photo Challenge-Optimistic



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I think this is the definition of optimism…

an old cat sneaking in for

share and old lab’s…


 treat…and expecting to live!


Neither of them know the meaning

of the word share when food is involved.


Weekly Photo Challenge-Alphabet



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Plenty of alphabet letters around this week…
sign_2303this arrangement of letters is popular on

Good Fridays with many families.

While Argus is known as the 100-eyed giant in Greek mythology...

it was more commonly known, in Melbourne,

as a popular daily newspaper which closed in 1967.


Some random arrangements announcing… letters_0035various stores and locations.


Not too sure about his one…

Laneway art had to be included.
signs_0047This older Young and Jacksons sign had to be included…
signs_0048as did the modern version.

Y&J is just over the Road from Flinders Street station and

Chloe, a nude painting

by French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875

was the star attraction.

Chloe has recently been moved but I know not where


And finally, the Flinders Street Station clocks.

These clocks were digitised many years ago.

Public pressure had the clock faces returned

although the mechanism is modern.