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


Not the Weekly Photo Challenge

Not the Weekly Photo Challenge

Sadly the WPC is no longer and I  miss the community of like-minded bloggers sharing their take on the weekly photography challenge.

Nevertheless, I can still share photos with you and here are the final Bali ones. I have broken all the photography rules in the book – such as the rule of thirds, – but we all know rules are to be broken – right?

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local huddle

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propped in colour

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propped in monogram

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night lights



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 – 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


WPC: A Face in the Crowd

This week’s photo challenge is to create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change? If portraits aren’t your thing, get even more creative with your use of shadows, reflections, animals, and patterns to represent a sense of anonymity.

Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden. Just as all of us can oscillate between conformity and individualism, allow your photo to do the same.

At first this seemed like a tough challenge especially as it was going to be tricky getting out and about with my camera with all the rain we are having this weekend. I started to search through my library and came across the perfect images for this.

Last June we had some family photographs taken by a wonderful friend who happens to be a professional photographer. While she was capturing our family, I was capturing her working behind the lens. It was great seeing her distorting her arms and legs to capture that perfect image and using the camera as a natural extension of her body.

And the final result.

Photo credit: Captured by Karlie

A Face in the Crowd