Saturday, December 31, 2011

Seaside Reflections

Taken at sunrise today - a beautiful, refreshing morning - from the Henley Jetty with my photography buddy, after which we indulged in a scrumptious breakfast outdoors at a seaside cafe, watching other early risers out walking their dogs, launching canoes, swimming or riding bikes.  A delightful way to round off a blessed year! Happy New Year to all fellow bloggers and thanks for the pleasure you've brought my way.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Clouds & Games

I was reminded here of a game we played as kids, laying on our backs on the lawn, looking up at the clouds to see what shapes we could make out: this one has me stumped!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The ocean's beauty

These shots were taken from Granite Island looking back across Lady Bay, adjacent to Victor Harbor on the south coast of South Australia. It's a popular holiday and retirement region, with Clydesdale horses pulling a tram carrying visitors across the bridge from the mainland - a delightful and relaxing environment.
(Happy New Year to all - getting in early to avoid the rush !!)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Walking off the Christmas Day intake!!

It was a fabulous day yesterday (Boxing Day) here in Adelaide - temp about 24 degrees Centigrade and a refreshing zephyr of a breeze - so off for a walk with  a good friend and my dog Jessie along the Linear Park which follows the Torrens River from the Adelaide Hills down to the coast. I'm convinced we came back pounds lighter and 2" shorter!! but it was delightful.
(After examining this shot, I now understand why the best photos are taken in the morning or evening, not at the height of the sun - but thought I'd post it anyway!)

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas greetings from Adelaide

Overlooking the banks of the River Torrens towards Adelaide's CBD

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and meaningful Christmas - thank you for sharing the results of your photographic talents, and I look forward to seeing your images throughout 2012.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Day's last hurrah

Captured this with my mobile phone camera (Samsung Galaxy S) while out walking my puppy last week.
Happy Christmas to all.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thinking of another stable . . .

This shot was taken in the region of Port Elliot in southern South Australia.
At this time of year, it brings to my mind the real reason for this season - the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. 
Wishing all photo bloggers a wonderful, happy, safe and meaningful Christmas and many thanks for the pleasure you bring to my days with your photographic skills.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Adelaide's suburban north

Am greatly blessed to live in an environment that still retains some of its natural beauty, combined with sensitivity by property developers in their designing of suburbs.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Another beautiful day in . . .

Adelaide, capital city of South Australia
(grey skeys are going to clear up ...)

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Flying the flag . . .

Coming into Hobart's harbour at the end of a fascinating cruise up the Derwent River in Tasmania

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Clear seas

Looking down from the Normanville Jetty,
through the clear seawater to the clean sand below.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tasmania.... but wait, there's more!

The beauty of Tasmania's countryside continues to delight

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Flowering Gums . . .

I spotted these brilliant flowering gums in the car park of my local library today and - I'm ashamed to admit - my camera wasn't with me (still home on the desk after uploading shots taken over the weekend), so snapped this with my Samsung Galaxy S iphone.

A walk in the park . . . .

These shots were the result of a decision, with my friend, to go for a walk in a local park despite a forecast of inclement weather. We got damp, not drenched, and it turned into a sunny, blue-skied day after all.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Picturesque Tasmania

How thankful I am to have sight and continually marvel at God's creation which (in the words of an old song) "fill up my senses".

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mangrove Reflections

Reflections in the waters of the St Kilda mangroves in South Australia

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Friday, December 9, 2011

An "explosive" sunset . . .

Taken through the window of a car on the move, New Year's Eve several years ago - it seemed to me at the time as if an explosion had occurred on the horizon.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Up close and personal....?

This was one of several swans on the River Torrens in Adelaide's CBD that was keen to see whether we had any food!

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Jessie

Spoilt? Who, me? Naw - it's only a rumour !!
(This is Jessie, my Shih-Tzu/Lhasa Apso cross, who was 7 months old when this snap was taken - she has since had her first clip and will be 1 year old in 3 weeks' time)

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Just below the surface . . .

These tree reflections in a rather large puddle caught my attention recently in a nearby creekside park while my friend and I dodged some showers on our photographic outing, before heading off to a delightful local cafe for a hot chocolate!

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Skywatch - Normanville

Another day ends richly at Normanville on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Second Valley views

These shots were taken at Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. It's a great spot for fishing, swimming or just clambering over rocks and admiring the views.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

St Sampson's, Cornwall, UK

After a gap of some 40 years, I revisited the UK in 2009 for 6 weeks. It was wonderful to renew friendships and be shown charming sights (& sites) such as St Sampson's in Golant, Cornwall. The ceiling I found particularly fascinating and the stained glass window above the altar is beautiful .

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Mushroom or Toadstool ?

Housed quite happily among the soursobs and other weeds, this funghi caught my attention  - but I wasn't game to take it home to cook!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tasmania's Russell Falls

This shot of the Russell Falls in Tasmania was taken during a wonderful holiday in 2006. The falls became Tasmania's first nature reserve  in 1885 and are located in the Mount Field National Park (in the island's south-west) which comprises a remarkably diverse 16,265 hectares (40,191 acres).  A "must see" for every visitor to the picturesque island of Tasmania! 

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Richmond Bridge reflections

Richmond Bridge, Tasmania.  If you enlarge the image, you will see the name of the then Lieutenant-Governor of Tasmania , Colonel George Arthur (1784-1854) and, if you're familiar with Roman numbering, you'll be able to work out the year showing on the bridge beneath his name.

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A voice from Heaven . .

When it's too dark to play golf or even find your ball, look to the heavens for the delights that await!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Richmond, Tasmania

The Richmond Bridge is heritage listed and is located on the original "Convict Trail" some 25 kms north of Tasmania's capital - Hobart - and is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia today.  It was constructed in sandstone by convicts in 1825 and continues to attract many visitors (including artists) to this charming "village".

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Rugged rural mountains.."

This was one of many waterfalls seen during a fascinating journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns in North Queensland.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Crowne Plaza Hotel complex - Melbourne

This is another shot taken within the Crowne Plaza where the spectacular light, sound and water show depicting the four seasons is displayed.  On the right hand side wall of this shot you can see images of palm fronds (see weekend reflections and below for others)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crowne Plaza complex in Melbourne

This is part of a daily spectacular light, sound & water feature show within the complex which depicts the four seasons. This is just one of the walls on which images are displayed and one of several "fountains" from which differing spouts of water emerge. Captivating!

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Thunderous applause !

A threatening (or promising?!) sky at day's end from the Carrickalinga foreshore

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Drink up, little one!

During a re-visit to England in 2009, I saw my first bumble bee (posted a month or so past)
Although not nearly as impressive, this little fella caught my attention as it was busily drinking the nectar from this flower.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A stroll along the Towpath, Oxford

The River Isis runs through Oxford in England and in times past canal boats carrying goods for consumption by locals used to be towed by horses walking along these paths (hence the name "towpath").  In more recent times these paths offer a delightful and peaceful environment for a gentle stroll - or jog, for the more energetic!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Partying on high!

This was the view from the 15th floor of  a CBD hotel (where we were recently celebrating a friend's birthday).

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Friday, November 11, 2011

More delights from the garden ...

Recently I posted a couple of photos of some surprise "arrivals" (Irises) in my rather neglected back garden (neglected principally - but not only - because of my 11 month-old puppy's presence!).

Well this week further wonderful blooms made their presence known - their fragrance is heavenly. (I suspect these have survived Miss Jessie's attention because the plants grew to about 5.5 feet before blooming!)

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They strike me as being so very beautiful in their simplicity.

Hope you enjoy them too!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Skywatch Friday - From the Golf Links

This was taken from the edge of the North Adelaide Golf Links and it was mesmerising to see how much the sky changed over the course of just 5-10 minutes from the time of our arrival until the sun set so spectacularly.  How blessed we are that our Creator paints such awesome scenes for us each day!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

England - Ramsbury

In an earlier posting, I promised to show more images of the delightful village of Ramsbury, near Swindon in Wiltshire.  So here's a further taste of life in this glorious region of the UK .  .  .

 Above is a wonderful example of a thatched roof which has come to be symbolic of England.  (Pity about the modern street lamp though!)

And here is a close-up of the actual thatching - quite an art !

These two cottages and their front gardens just caught my attention
and begged to be photographed as a reminder of a delightful afternoon's stroll through the village.

(Ditto !)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Our World Tuesday - Middleton's Beach

Once again I find myself drawn to images of the fabulous Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. This time, it's Middleton's Beach - a great favourite for surfers. (If you enlarge this shot, you will see them in the water on the bottom right hand side of the picture). It was April and somewhat thundery but no great storm resulted - pity!

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Adelaide CBD at dusk

On Saturday evening I attended a friend's 40th birthday celebrations on the 15th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the heart of Adelaide.  This was the view from the balcony at 8pm.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

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