Weekly Photo Challenge: One

A lone spider on a Magnolia bud
A lone spider soaking up the early morning sun on a Magnolia bud

I love being in the garden early of a morning, the light is still soft and the sun doesn’t have the sting that you feel when outdoors mid-morning. The magnolia tree received quite a hammering in a November hail storm, the ice shredding leaves and destroying new growth so I was thrilled to see the emergence of fresh magnolia buds, the blooms don’t last long in the heat of the summer although that doesn’t prevent me from taking pleasure in their existence.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

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Every afternoon we take our dogs for a walk around a wildlife refuge, home to a variety of birdlife and often the location of some really beautiful sunsets.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

This morning required getting up before sunrise in order to get my husband to the airport in time to catch an early morning flight. Normally hot air balloons are flying over our house en-route to somewhere more interesting however this morning we were lucky enough to see it departing from a field beside the motorway.

Hot air balloon, Gold Coast

Hot air balloon, Gold Coast

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

As we go about our daily lives the tendency to look down rather than up is strong and it can prevent us from seeing some unusual and wonderful things. A friend and I spent a weekend in Melbourne, most of our time was spent chatting, shopping and eating so we never noticed the interesting sculptures sitting above the traffic lights until our last day in the city. There was one on all four traffic lights at the intersection (hence four pics instead of the usual one), you only had to look up.

Melbourne city sculpture: horse

Melbourne city sculpture:flying pig

Melbourne city sculpture: fish

Melbourne city sculpture: sea horse

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

My fondness for photographing flowers is evident in this gallery, pretty blooms in many shades of pink from the palest of pinks through to the bright, vibrant pinks, they really stand out against the green foliage which is no surprise considering red and green are complementary colours and bring out the best in each other.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Beyond the sunset

Just Beyond The Sunset

Just beyond the sunset
Someone waits for me
Just beyond the sunset
Lies my destiny
Where the purple mountains
Lie in deep tranquillity
There I’ll find the treasure
Of love eternally

Just beyond the sunset
Waits someone so fair
Just beyond the sunset
All alone they wait there
Their hair is golden
The colour of the sand
Their eyes sparkle in the night
Like diamonds in your hand

Just beyond the sunset
Lies a home for me
Where the world is peaceful
Like a paradise should be
Just beyond the sunset
Someday is where you’ll find me

Written – July or Aug 1966

David Harris

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures

Welcome to my 2012 in pictures, it has been a hectic time in my life with many changes, most of them positive but as always, a few not so great moments that caused sadness and a little stress. This particular photo challenge is perfect for reviewing the past year, there were some moments that I had completely forgotten about such as the Italian cooking class and in scrolling through thousands of images I realise that I really need to do something about cataloging and archiving my photographs.

Happy New Year! Wishing you everything that makes you smile for 2013 🙂