A Photo A Week Challenge: Hands

Thanks to Nancy Merrill Photography for this challenge – to post a photo featuring hands. I have used a different take on the human hand – I took this photo back in 2015 at the White temple (Wat Rong Khun) Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. You can read all about our travels here


In the Pink

My blogging buddy Clare of Clare’s Cosmos drew my attention to a  photo challenge issued by Becky who has a super blog The Life of B. After the Weekly Photo Challenge from our lovely friends at WordPress (we miss you guys!) ceased, I’ve been missing that particular blogging community so I’m looking forward to forming new friendships with Becky and her blogging neighbours.

Square in September starts today, 1st September. The theme is ‘In The Pink’ which we can interpret as ‘tickled pink, ‘in the pink’ or just ‘pink’ but – The only thing you must ensure is that your main photograph is square. We can even share a photo a day for the whole month if we wish so watch this space.

I took the photo below when I was in Adelaide a few months ago and as you can see it had been raining. The petals were a pale pink and I was tickled pink that I’d managed to capture the reflections in the rain drops.

Unfortunately I don’t know the name of  the flower so if anyone can help out, please let me know.  It could even be a weed!

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WPC: Farewell Favourites

This is all a bit sad and unexpected I have to say, and as 3Rs of Retirement states, you’ll miss us when we’re gone! It’s been a great challenge to ‘have a go’ at and a wonderful community. I’ve really enjoyed taking part over the last couple of years. And so to my favourites.

This was snapped at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and is known as Pink Poodle.  It’s a Calliandra surinamensis, and I loved the pink detail of the flowers. Detail was the challenge.

Pink Poodle
Mt-Coot-tha Botanic Garden

Huntsman & her eggs

This photograph was taken back in October 2006 and although it’s a scary looking Huntsman, it is a beautiful and rare sight to behold.  I’d popped outside to put some rubbish in the dustbin, opened back the lid and this was the surprise waiting for me.  A female Huntsman who had secured her sac of about two hundred eggs against the side of the bin.  She then placed a few loving arms over her precious bundle. Mother  Nature at her exquisite best. The challenge was rare.

and finally:


The challenge – evanescent
soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. moment in time.
An Easter sunset captured in Belair, South Australia and one I knew I wouldn’t be seeing again for a while.
Thank you and good bye!

All-Time Favorites

WPC: Liquid

For this week’s challenge, share a photo of liquid in whatever state, shape, or color you happen to capture it in. You can go as big as the ocean or as small as a teardrop, as clear as vodka or as opaque as milk. Let’s raise a glass to your photos.

When I first read the challenge this week I thought simple, it’s got to be the best liquid – shot of coffee – quite literally! But I don’t have any fantastic shots of coffee so I decided to share a couple of recent photos (practise shots actually) of water in motion.

Japanese Garden – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden

crashing on rocks
on the rocks, Sunshine Beach


WPC: Place in the World

For this week’s photo challenge, explore what it means to find your place in the world. Where’s your safe space? Where do you go when you need to feel inspired or cheered up? Do you prefer to feel cozy and comforted in a smaller town or do you thrive on the buzz of a big city?

Let loose and give us a glimpse of who you are in the grand scheme of things.

“My place in the world”  this is a tricky one – when I was growing up we moved house frequently, not spending any longer than four years in one house – we were on the run. OK, that was a joke, but it seemed like it at the time.

Now I feel that my place in the world is where I feel connected, safe and happy and there are plenty of places like that especially when it comes to spending time with friends and family who are dotted all over the world.

Adelaide in South Australia is also a significant place in the world for me; it’s where we landed almost thirteen years ago to embark on a new life adventure. Adelaide was good to us and she set us up and pushed us in the right direction to where we are today. Now in Brisbane, Queensland, who knows what’s next!

Here I share some of the beautiful scenery from where we lived in South Australia a very special place in the world.

Place in the World

WPC: Prolific

WPC: Prolific

This week’s photo challenge – What do you think of when you think of the word, “prolific”?  Maybe the plethora of dandelions sprouting in your neighborhood might fit. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it might be the leaves falling from the trees. Your response need not be one based in nature — let your imagination fuel your camera.

I’ve decided to share some photos I took of a mirror mosaic which was on display in the GOMA, Brisbane back in 2016. It was so beautiful; named Lightning for Neda, the 4000 plus mirror shards in each panel activate myriad patterns.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s mirror mosaic draws on an Iranian decorative technique known as aineh-kari, which uses pieces of broken mirror and dates back to the sixteenth century. The six sides of the hexagon, which provide the underlying structure, are expanded and elaborately rendered. The hexagon is an important shape within Islamic geometry, and also has mystical connotations, representing the six directions (up, down, forward, backward, left, right) as well as the six virtues of generosity, self-discipline, patience, determination, insight and compassion. The work’s title pays homage to Neda Agha Soltan, a 27-year-old Iranian woman killed in the streets of Tehran during protests that followed the 12 June 2009 presidential elections.





You can view the work in its entirety here

WPC – Rise/Set

I could go all out with a huge gallery of photos as I love to snap the sunset; I wish I could pull myself out of bed early enough to capture the sunrise but at this moment in my life I find that a challenge on its own.

I’ve decided on a selection that mean something to me; Coromandel Valley, South Australia where we last lived as a family before Chief and I moved up to Brisbane; Brighton SA (many a fun evening to be had on that beach!) Long Melford Suffolk, the view from my parent’s house and Brisbane where we are now.

Sun setting on the hill behind our house in Coromandel Valley, SA

Brighton South Australia

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Wintery sunset Long Melford, Suffolk

Sun setting on storm clouds, Brisbane