Saturday, March 31, 2012

Which is which?

The interior of our holiday apartment (on Queensland's Sunshine Coast)
is reflected in the door leading onto the patio overlooking the ocean.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Golden joy

This glorious bloom (Banksia ?) was one of many gracing the
walkway along Kings Beach at Caloundra in Qld this week, and it

Sunshine on the coast

This is typical of the stunning cloud formations we witnessed
during our 4 day holiday on Queensland's Sunshine Coast this week.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Equally powerful ?

While enjoying a catamaran cruise of the Port River with friends yesterday,
I was struck by the image of 2 tugs pushing this grain-carrying ship into the dock and the fitting name of the ship.
and then we passed this yacht carrying several "sailors", which was being propelled by the "powerful" wind
(although we didn't see the eagerly anticipated dolphins, it was nevertheless a delightful day's outing)

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Crown Hotel/Casino

One aspect of the fabulous light, colour & water show on display at the Crown Hotel/Casino complex in Melbourne. These water spouts were fascinating!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

An intricate design

I'm always fascinated by the design and changing colours of Hydrangeas.

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A different perspective . . .

....From the roof of the church in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, UK
looking down on the adjacent graveyard late one afternoon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An Evening's Symphony

This shot was taken from the North Adelaide golf course at sunset, and is my entry in the monthly competition held by

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Refreshing streams

This is one of many gorgeous waterfalls visited in southern Tasmania - just when you think you've seen the most beautiful of these, there's another one around the corner! Even though it was raining throughout this walk, the views were so breathtaking we didn't mind the drenching.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Shades of yesteryear !

This delightful car we spotted in the car park of a coal mine we were about to tour in South Wales, UK. It reminded me of a fun movie - also from decades past - called "Genevieve" starring Kenneth More.  I bet the owner of this vehicle had just as much fun!
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A day brightener !

On a rare "grey" day last winter, my rambles brought me into a grove of many Acacia trees which brought some sunshine to the day.  (I believe these plants are referred to as Mimosa in the northern hemisphere)
Contributing to and wishing you all a fabulous, bright week.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Flowering Gum

Which accompaniment?

(This shot above is also my entry in this month's competition at )

These gorgeous clouds filled the sky above me last night, as I took
my daily constitutional walk with Jessie on the local school ovals.
I couldn't decide between these two, so am posting both!

Then I started to wonder what beautiful piece of classical music might accompany them... Fingal's Caves perhaps or Handel's Messiah?  What say you?

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

A peaceful haven

This was taken in the grounds of the Mantra Treetops Resort in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia which I recommend. (You might, however, want to carefully choose the season of your travel as, being in the tropics, the humidity can be rather "testing" - but perhaps that's just me, generally preferring the cooler climes!).  There is so much to see and do "in the top end" (of Australia), I would encourage those of you who travel, to place it on your itinerary at some stage.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A country town collection . .

These were taken on a recent photo shoot north of Adelaide.
The lady in the middle looks as though someone took her seriously when she said
"I'd give my left arm to work here!"

The stream that refreshes

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Drink deeply of the nectar, little one !

These two bees were spotted yesterday in the grounds of a splendid mansion located in Adelaide's foothills, which afforded the following view right down to Glenelg on the coast.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

This memorial was on the wall of the church in Ramsbury, near Swindon in England and one can't help but wonder about the life lived by Mr Hillman during the 1600s.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Just another country gate . . .

What IS it that attracts us to old, rusty gates?! 
(Don't reckon it would be half as appealing painted pristine white!)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

In the Mangroves

Reflections in the waters of the St Kilda mangroves
(the golden browny bits are the roots beneath the water's surface)

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Friday, March 9, 2012

A storm brewing

(Apologies for the previous "glitch" resulting in the non-upload of this picture!)
This was taken at around 7:15pm on the school oval where I exercise my dog (it's a great spot for capturing both sunrise and sunset!). I was struck by the contrasts in the sky - beautiful azure blue at one point and thunderously dark grey at another.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tempting the taste buds !

 Here are some of the delectable offerings available at Newman's Nursery's "Topiary Cafe" in Tea Tree Gully, one of Adelaide's northern suburbs.

The Topiary has a delightful ambience, with not only a delightful menu from which to choose, but also a wide variety of tasteful (no pun intended!) giftware for purchase.

Well worth a visit!
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Warburton, Victoria

This shot was captured several years ago on a Leica compact (non-digital) camera. Sadly, the quality of the shot seems to have deteriorated in storage, but nevertheless I felt it was a picturesque scene worthy of posting - I hope you think so too!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012


... the fair city of Adelaide, capital of South Australia. Here are: one of our brightly coloured trams (which run from the City to Glenelg on the coast; looking north down the main street (King William) from Victoria Square in the City's centre; another "barky" shot; the tower of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral; and another "contrast of ages" shot, showing our General Post Office with it's tower backdropped by two of Australia's "Big 4" bank buildings and part of John Dowie's wonderful fountain in the foreground.

This is my submission to Our World Tuesday.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

A Heavenly Perspective ?

 Recently I promised more sky/cloud shots relating to my Tasmanian trip . . . .
This was taken leaving Adelaide

This, over Victoria

... and this was taken at Richmond in Tasmania.
Wishing you all an exciting week!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Continuing the country theme . .

Just doing a bit of experimentation here, converting the coloured original to antique with softened edges ...

and once again the artistic bark captures my interest!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rural rambles . . .

 On the road to Tarlee, north of Adelaide.

Couldn't help capturing some more images of the fascinating bark on these trees - on the right hand side, just below the piece folding forward, don't you think that looks like an eye - or is it just my over-active imagination ?!!
The long road heading north of the Barossa Valley. Generally speaking, our country roads are in good condition with stable surfaces (unless one ventures off onto the non-bitumen tracks) !

A contrast of the ages . . .

Friday, March 2, 2012

Morning delight

This was sunrise on 4 Feb 2012 as seen from my backyard. A few hours later I was winging my way to Hobart in Tasmania where we were treated - over the next 5 days - to some dramatic cloud formations. Perhaps more on those later.. !
Happy weekend to all

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