Weekly Photo Challenge-Twisted

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Twisted

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When first approached about growing blue gums…  the clean up contractor told us all fencing material

would be ‘buried’.


I guess when his time arrives he will be happy

to be dumped under a tree in a twisted mess.

 

A twisted limb frames a canola paddock.

 

Twisted trees on Mt. Buninyong.

A foggy morning and

a clear reflection in still water.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Liquid

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Liquid

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Earlier this year MGW and I decided to…  

celebrate our wedding anniversary with

a First Class Dining Experience on The Q Train,

a restored Queenslander Train

which runs on a short section of disused track

between Drysdale and Queenscliff.

  

Part of the First Class experience was a private cabin…

a six course meal and…

matching wine with each course.

 

As wine does not appeal to either of us we asked for

were supplied with a non-alcoholic version of each drink,

some of which I have included in today’s post.

We hope to repeat the journey sometime in the future

and while we have daylight saving time so

we can enjoy the scenery as we dine.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-My-Worldly-Place

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

My Worldly Place

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I decided on a ‘then’ and ‘now’ slant

to my post this week.Now, Geelong is my place in the world…


Recent additions to the cement works.


Geelong Botanical Gardens

 

Geelong’s Eastern Beach

 

Cunningham Pier at dusk

An old wool store,

now refurbished to become

Deakin University’s

Waterfront Campus

Cunningham pier in the back ground

and what we dubbed ‘The Sharks Teeth’

in the foreground.

Recently told they represent sails on Corio Bay.

‘The Sharks Teeth’ and Geelong’s main street.


Now the small town where I spent most of my life. 

As a child these oak trees guarded

the northern entrance to our town.

In 2016 they did not seem to have grown much bigger.

A railway station not used since the late 60s.

Our Town Hall on the right.

Extreme left my first school,

recycled into a scout hall sometime in the 1960s

 

Our hardly ever used front door on the farm.

I loved the look of palm trees

before purchasing this house.


And where my Parents and Grand Parents

ran sheep and Cattle, I now grow trees.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Unlikely

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Unlikely

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Beginning with the worst of my photos this week.This Kingfisher hovered relentlessly…

Before splashing down into the

Okavango Delta waters for its lunch.

There are many images of this

white crowned shrike

sitting, flying or landing,

on the Internet.

 

However, I could not find one with the bird balanced

as precariously as this as it took to flight.

 

This African Harrier Hawk seemed to be checking

his feet were not attached to its perch…


before launching into flight.

While the above photos were unlikely occurrences

to capture they were the result

of holding down the shutter button in anticipation.


This last photo is much closer to home. 

Our back yard in fact about two weeks ago. 

I have never seen a bird of prey

kill another bird before.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Lines

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Lines

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With yesterday’s ANZAC Day commemorations

still fresh in our memories I have continued

the ANZAC theme today with a brief visit to

Tyne Cot Military Cemetery

in Belgium.

Some 34,000 names of soldiers who perished

and have never been found, line to wall of

Tyne Cot Cemetery.   

These 34,000 are names which could not

fit on Menin Gate

 

The steps also make good lines this week.

Apart from names on the wall there are also…

the graves of 11,900…

 

of British Empire, as it was then known, 

service personnel who perished

during the Great War.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Prolific

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Prolific

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The first thing which came to mind were cockatoos.

They often descend on our front or back yards

and proceed to dig it up in search of sustenance. 

 

 Not that any of them appear under-nourished. 

At least this variety, the Corella,

does not appear to be as noisy as its

cousin the Sulphur Crest.

Down under these are fairly prolific also.

I think we used to have more sheep than any other country,

however, Google tells me that China now has that honour.

Finally, one of our most memorable game drives in Botswana.

 We drove for five or six kilometres with a constant wall

of elephants progressing right to left.

The bumps on the horizon are also elephants.

Our guides estimated there were at least 1,000 elephants

in this sighting alone.

Truly a magnificent experience.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Awakening

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Awakening

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While in Europe, no matter where we were,

upon awakening each morning… 

  we seemed to be face with

crowded footpaths or roadways.

 

I often  wish we had been in our cabin,

just stepping out for breakfast to greet our passer by.

And this is the awakening I will remember

for the rest of my life.

Only light from our tent illuminating

this visitor to the waterhole.

And he was very close.

Not much if any zoom used.

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