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I am a nature lover who is lucky enough to live in Queensland in one of the most beautiful spots ... the Sunshine Coast. Photography has always been a passion for me and is a great way to escape from the daily stresses of life .... I try to share natural images to encourage others to be aware and participate in life and our natural world and enjoy each moment that we are given on this precious earth. In more recent times I have been reminded of the fragility of life once again and the importance of being mindful to live and experience each moment as if it could be our last. Now living with secondary breast cancer I am finding it has changed my view of the world even after living with the threat for thirty years since y first occurrence. This is my life ....

Walk me through your neighbourhood ….. what can you see .. here is my Back Yard Challenge?

An invitation to walk in your neighbourhood and tell us what you see that inspires you , brings you joy  or even makes you sad . Every day I make sure to  observe something that gives me joy , and to be honest, living in Queensland on the Sunshine Coast  in Queensland, Australia, it really is not hard to be inspired. I am forever grateful for the fact that I can breathe clean air, listen to a huge variety of beautiful birds sing and feel the green grass under my feet somewhere close by . I may see beauty in the colours and textures of a native plant such as this beautiful Banksia

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or as I stop by the local pond I just might get lucky enough to see this amazing creature…. gives a whole new meaning to catching a dragon!!img_9248

And right outside my front garden was this noisy little Brown honey eater enjoying the nectar while the dew is still on it first thing in the morning.  Isn’t he sweet?

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As I was trying to catch Mr Brown, I had that feeling that I was being watched… and lo and behold there was this crazy fella just staring at me from about waist height in the bush next to me….. he is a Spangled Drongo, that is more familiar with the northern ends of our country and hails from the New Guinea area, but with our mild climate many of them decide to settle and call the Sunshine coast home. I am glad to have them and all their silly craziness…such agile fliers and hilarious loud cacklings…. they look amazing in flight with the fish tails and their acrobatics.

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I am often amazed at how beauty struggles through to even the most industrial kind of surroundings ….

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I would love to see some of your local areas as you walk about each day…. feel free to post and tag this page so that I can see what a day in the life is like at your place.

Lets start with  things that put a smile on your face and then we can progress to other challenges .

Being Australian … lets call this the Backyard challenge

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Sign Language

In response to Anwyn’s Photo spotlights …. at    A Wandering Woman ….

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I would love to share a few cute signs I have seen…well at least one at this stage anyway. Australia has the most comical signs at times with our weird wildlife ….

I thought this one was very cute

Didn't realise that they would need a boat!
Didn’t realise that they would need a boat!

And this one had me stumped!!!  I mean…what on earth does it mean???

I tried to levitate immediately...and failed
I tried to levitate immediately…and failed

I often , when I come across stuff like this , think…. what were they thinking?  Am I missing something?  were they thinking at all or is this just a joke??

I will search for more images to add to this, but I fear that the best of my sightings are lost in boxes of real prints!!!

I have made a start at least… that is something ..blogging an evolving process I am learning

Sense of hearing ….. in an image

In response to  Cees fun photo challenge – sense of hearing

I took this shot some time ago when my daughter was strumming her guitar and singing  for the opening of a friend’s art exhibition, the light and the ambience was just perfect that day

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My daughter strumming her guitar – vibrations

 Cees fun photo challenge – sense of hearing

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

Cee's Photography

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This is our forth week of a new series that I am calling a Habits and the 5 Senses.

This week’s topic is the colors of the sense of hearing.    You can be simple like I did this week and used instruments.  You can also get radical and show someone blasting apart a sidewalk with a jackhammer or the soothing sound of the ocean waves.  This week you can post anything that stimulates or delights you when you hear it.   Be creative and have fun. Feel free to dig around in your archives for photos if you don’t have anything new you can photograph.   Most of all I hope you have fun.

Featured Bloggers

022414-feature-bannerI had a marvelous response from all of you on last week’s color are Sense of Touch.  I want to say thank you to each of you.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week…

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Camera Lucida : The Colour of Life

In response to the challenge  Camera Lucida : The Colour Of Life

 

What colours my life?  There are so many beautiful things that make the heart sing, and behind much of it is the sun , and the glorious light that it shines on everything around us to create a variety of captivating colours and hues. Instead of just one photo I will choose three things I have seen that absolutely colour my world

Colours of nature
Little green Munchers
Butterflies are like fine brushstrokes of natures pallet
Late afternoon sun filtering everything it touches with a golden hazy hue

Monochromatic … a new way for me to think of this term

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”

This week, share with us your monochromatic images. Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range.

I found this a rather confusing challenge as I am a somewhat literally minded person, so the idea of an image being called monochromatic but then not being restricted to just one colour range just didn’t make any sense to me. With  this in mind I looked at a few images I have done recently where I explored the monochromatic theme  and this was my favourite… monochromatic birds on a very dull pallet were accentuated by removing all but the hint of colour that the birds themselves feature .

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Down the line
Feeling Blue
Feeling Blue

Daily Post Monochromatic Challenge

1 Tactic That Will Help You Grow Your Following: Meet and Greet

Dream Big, Dream Often

imagesWhat day is it??!!  Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

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Forever young … If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.”

Forever young … If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

When I was much younger I would probably have said …yes of course…lead me to the well and I have a huge glass with me ….

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As I look back on my youthful photos I see a lovely young woman who was blessed with nice eyes, and a fairly attractive face along with a tall build and a brain that I would like to access now and then . Had I been asked this question then, when I was full of the naivete of  life and always hungry for something in the greener paddock next door ,  I would have been the first to say  “fill my cup let’s drink and be merry” !!IMG_2827

… but then came the years, and the challenges and along the way … the wisdom . ( at least I hope that at my age of late 50s I have had the good sense to acquire some!)

When I was thirty, after a brush with breast cancer … well maybe I would have been knocking everyone else out of the way to achieve this miracle longevity!

Or would I?  After all, drinking from the fountain of youth means you can look young forever …. doesn’t it? Nobody said I would be healthy… just that I would stay looking young and being the silly naive 30 year old that I was???  Perish the thought !!!

Along with my dry skin wrinkles and grey hairs has come a wealth of wisdom that tells me that beauty is indeed skin deep

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and if not accompanied by a beautiful heart then it is nothing.  Add to that …. would staying young mean that I would forever be young but worried about my breast cancer?

Would I be forever young and go on to have a child that would grow older than her mother???

  Would I have to like the next generation’s music because eventually I would be their age?

I could even be stuck on the treadmill of rushing from one destination to another, thinking it is all so important that I miss seeing the flowers bloom .

Maybe I would grow tired of seeing the days come and go and the sun and moon rise … since what makes experiencing these things so special is the changing perspectives from which we view them as we age.

Surely too, this would mean that I have not accepted the human condition and journey on this earth … that I see no value in our beloved elderly , with their wizened faces that have a wisdom in every fold?

But seriously, looking at my concerns in life now when I observe the world around me,  meaning the planet and not just my tiny corner of the world,  is would this water from the fountain be potable even?  And for how many years would it remain so? Surely if it was in the US or Australia….. it would not be trustworthy as the water tables are in danger of being so polluted by giant mining interests and Coal Seam Gas Fracking  that my most serious concern would be …… has that well feeding the fountain of Youth …. been poisoned ?

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Under the Fountain of Youth ???

I urge you to consider the benefits of ageing gracefully, of letting your accumulated wisdom from those years shine out, showing the inner beauty that can only come from living life and learning all of its valuable lessons. AS the old saying goes….. life is not a dress rehearsal … and the fountain of youth is almost certainly fraught with hidden dangers

Seeing through my eyes clearly

My view of living with a major depressive illness for 40 years

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It is the same path that I have walked for years … and yet …… it is different

I know where it goes … and yet …. I can’t find my way

Where once the path was punctuated by light and texture …

Now … it has melded into one mass of indistinct grey

The sameness draws from me a sigh of despair

Gone are the feelings of joy

Gone are the pleasures in simple stuff

Laughter has left the building

….  due to lack of interest

It is like waking to a Winter’s day but being deprived of the preliminary Autumn colours

Deja vue …. I know this feeling – I have been here before…so many, many times

Yes … I am an old hand at this and yet, if only I could remember how  …

The echoes of laughter and light are but a whisper in the gloom …

One step at a time, down the path that I have walked before

If only I could remember how …

What was that first step? …

it is within me to recall, that I know – for when I stand in terror, frozen to the spot …

In darkness and dread

I am aware that my salvation rests in the knowledge that the key to escape lies within me

If only I could remember how!

Oh yes … small steps

I remember now… Walk and breathe … and walk some more … it doesn’t matter where

By remote control I start to unlock the door

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Divergent challenge from Camera Lucida

In response to    CAMERA LUCIDA – divergent

I must say I found it extremely difficult to get my head around an image that was relevant to this theme, and certainly to take a photo to demonstrate it.  As I was out the other day I was watching a houseboat full of pelicans sitting on top like a party boat …. when coming in to land this one seemed to have wings and legs going in all divergent directions !!!

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