City Lines

For this week’s photo challenge – lines, I used quick visits to Sydney and Melbourne to help me.

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Mary White’s peace garden in Lavender Bay

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk

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Centreway Arcade

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Melbourne street art

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Melbourne Botanical Gardens

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Melbourne CBD

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Bridge Road second hand shop

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Blackheath train station

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Sydney Central train station

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Inside Quest on Lonsdale

It was hard to know where to draw the line (sorry) as I clearly like lines and have a million of them. I hope you enjoy some of them.

Backyard bathing

In response to this week’s photo challenge, “What makes you smile?” I have to say, New Holland Honeyeaters using my sprinkler for a bath.

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They disappeared for a few years, following the arrival of the Noisy Miner Birds (vicious birds who harass other birds in groups) but I noticed their return last year. Shy creatures, they dart away from my dog and wait until the sprinkler is near a tree or shrub, so that they can hide away while they bathe.

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But they make a lot of noise, chirping and cavorting.

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Shaking off the drops

Or signalling that the coast is clear!

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Wet and wild!

And amusing!

A sunburnt country

Dorothea Mackeller, 1885 – 1968, described Australia as “…a sunburnt country…” in her poem, My Country. The weekly photo challenge this week involves choosing your favourite sunrise or sunset photos, and there are plenty of opportunities, here. I noticed that most of my sunrises are over land and my sunsets over water. I’ll be interested to see if that’s common for most photographers in the challenge.

I wake early, so I see many sunrises from my backyard and from farther afield.

In Australia, the redder the sunset, the hotter the next day will be. Although I’m not a night owl, I also see lots of sunsets.

My father used to say,

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a girl healthy, wealthy and wise.”

I achieved the first and in my definition of what is valuable, I am rich beyond my dreams. There’s still time for the wisdom.

Safe travels, whatever you do between sunrise and sunset, this week. Take your camera!

Silence of the Lake

For this week’s photo challenge – silence, I picked one of a small number of places where the silence stilled me completely; Lake Argyle, Western Australia.

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In actual fact, shortly after this the wind picked up and we were in for high seas and, while the silence remained, it was charged with emotion.

Safe travels. Take water, a hat and it helps if you can swim.

Enchanted

For this week’s  Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites  I have selected one from our trip to Tasmania. It was the only State in Australia that we hadn’t visited and we kept putting it off, believing it would be cold. It was a stunning place to photograph and explore. As this photo shows, on the Enchanted Walk in Cradle Mountain National Park, it is truly enchanting.

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Even for an amateur photographer, using a phone, you almost can’t help but take a good shot.

See great things in 2018!

 

 

122 m of Steavenson Falls

With an unexpected warm breeze blowing through the van and the Yarra Valley touring map spread before us, we chose which walks we could fit into an afternoon, from Healesville. Echoes of Westerns past prepared me for adventure as we headed out on Black Spur Drive, looking for Steavenson Falls.

We stopped at Selovers lookout for a quick gaze over the Maroondah Reservoir and surrounding ranges.

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Then on to Marysville, and the turnoff to one of Victoria’s tallest falls. There is a well-appointed carpark (you have to pay) and then information boards to direct you.

It is an easy track, which could be completed in a wheelchair, or if you have more time and are up for a more difficult walk, you can branch off to the Keppel Lookout which is reported to have stunning views of the ridgeline and forests.

There is access to the stream at the base of the falls, but you have to take the main path to the first bridge,

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from which you can take great shots.

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It is where I experimented with trying to capture running water.

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I thought the last one came close. Onward to the top of the falls, past yellow wattle and fallen tree trunks, hollowed with age.

From the top you can try to capture the length of it, but in this I failed.

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The downhill trek was much faster and before long we were heading for Lake Mountain. In the last rays of the day we made our way back to Healesville, along beautiful, fern tree lined roads, stopping at lookouts when we saw them early enough.

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An excellent resource that I printed before we left home was https://visityarravalley.com.au/

Safe travels. Carry water and a hat.