Word-of-Day-Challenge-Odyssey

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odyssey

a long wandering and eventful journey

I am inclined to suggest that any journey

originating in Australia and visiting

the northern hemisphere

could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.

Last year’s travel to Canada took us about

16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island

to the start of our Canadian/Alaskan adventure.Falling snow on the Columbia Ice-field was

an event we had not counted on.

Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.

Followed by the Red Carpet treatment

when boarding our

Rocky Mountaineer

Gold Leaf Carriage.

 

 

 

Our Final day, not included in the tour,

was a visit to Wiseman,

a very small township

inside the Arctic Circle.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Odyssey

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SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Great-Outdoors

 

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Two continents and one island this week.

A scene from Day  2 of our

Rocky Mountaineer Train trip

to Vancouver, June 2018.

Whistler ski slopes, Canada, June 2018

 

 

Across the Pacific Ocean

and much closer to home is

New Zealannd’s…

Mount Ruapehu,

which is an active volcano

in Tongariro National Park.

New Zealand’s North Island’s major ski resorts

and only glaciers are too be found on Mt Ruapehu.

Across the Indian Ocean is the Mt Sheba Resort.

And a not too long drive from Mt Sheba

is an area known as God’s Window. 

Stunning views

 

From

Sausage Tree Safari Camp…

…we were able to admire the Drakensberg Mountains

and enjoy a drink  or meal while doing so.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  The-Great-Outdoors

Lens-Artist-PC-Curves

 

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Curves from all over…

Curved seating at Manly, a Sydney suburb.


A curve in the track allowed us to capture images

of the front…


and rear of the Rocky Mountaineer

during our journey back to Vancouver.


Geelong’s Eastern Beach.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Curves

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Curves

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Curves

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Curves

 

Lens-Artist-PC-2018-Review

 

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A great idea for the end of the year

and particularly one  in which I thought

I had not been out (with camera) very much…

January began with a nice sunrise which

reflected on our sprinkler.

 

February brought…

…one of my favourite photos for the year.

February also saw us in Auckland for a weekend to attend

an engagement party for our eldest and his  bride to be.   

March is… a nice month to get out and about…

 

for sunrises and…

surf.

Late in March I joined liked minded people

to exhibit some of our work.

In my case photos.

 

 

A few day later in early April we celebrated

our 31st Wedding Anniversary

with a First Class (our own private cabin)

dinner on the Q-Train.

 

Trips for sunrises and sets…


…were becoming fewer due to another trip into day-stay hospital. 

Also due in part to the fact that

we were thinking of our trip to Canada in June.

On the Columbia Icefield we experienced

falling snow for the first time.


A week later we were enjoying our Gold Leaf carriage

on the Rocky Mountaineer as it

carried us back to Vancouver.

Boarding the MS Noordam we cruised the inside passage

to Alaskan waters and enjoyed our first pre-booked excursion.   

A dog sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier.

Glacier Bay was absolutely fantastic, and to see

Margerie Glacier calving, several times,

was well worth the visit.


Home in July for a rare colourful sunrise.


By late August canola crops were beginning to flower.


Early September and many deciduous trees were in bloom.


Late September and our road trip

in New Zealand had commenced.

Hobbiton movie set was another of our must sees prior to leaving.

Early in October we added

another daughter-in-law to our family.

 

 

 

Spring rains came and went leaving us fairly dry

at the beginning of December..

However, we were lucky enough to have a pleasant Christmas…

with temperature sitting in the mid-twenties.

Happy New Year to all.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Review-2018

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Review-2018

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Review-2018

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Review-2018

 

Lens-Artist-PC-Reflections

 

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Commencing with a BW from a…

…wetland near Geelong.


One of my favourites from our

Rocky Mountaineer adventure this year.

 

 

Always thought this was a nice photo also. 

Our second morning in Botswana in 2014.

 

 

Closer to home again.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Reflections

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Reflections

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Reflections

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Reflections