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Once in a Blood Moon …..

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The moment when this blood orange coloured moon rose from the ocean this night was simply breathtaking, I couldn’t take my eyes off it
Nothing puts this world into perspective more than thinking that this colourful ball is being lit by the sun that otherwise lights our days
In just a few moments of stillness this amazing ball just rose into the sky against a backdrop of blue sky turning to dark grey as the sun on the opposite side of the sky slowly sank to earth with a fiery glow
With a miracle of the universe occurring right behind them, this group of fitness fanatics did not deviate for one moment from their boot camp training ..... I know... I am an exercise and fitness philistine ... but seriously .... how can you not take the time to appreciate such a monumentally beautiful occurrence ? It did seem to be representative of our lifestyle these days.... so much busyness!!!
With a miracle of the universe occurring right behind them, this group of fitness fanatics did not deviate for one moment from their boot camp training ….. I know… I am an exercise and fitness philistine … but seriously …. how can you not take the time to appreciate such a monumentally beautiful occurrence ? It did seem to be representative of our lifestyle these days…. so much busyness!!!
By the light of the silvery moon .....
The blood red moon soon changed to a silvery delight as night fell
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An image to show a sense of taste for Cees Fun Photo Challenge

I took this image especially for the challenge this week on Cees fun Photo challenge – a sense of taste

As I was having fun slicing and placing such colourful food, I decided it would be nice to set the dish among my herbs in the garden to add to the sense of taste theme …. imagine my surprise when a beautiful little Lady Bug decided  to taste as well !!!

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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

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

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
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Feeling Blue

Daily Post Monochromatic Challenge

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

Yes …. I remember now Continue reading Seeing through my eyes clearly

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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A Good Day ….. one of many at the beach

I was thinking that there was a challenge to write a post  entitled  “A Good Day”, not sure where I saw it now but I wanted to try out the new Mesh App .

(I am hoping this does not give access to my dashboard as it wouldn’t let me use the basic link as I was signed in)

Anyway, I used to walk a dog called Benji ( a lovable Black Labrador) for some elderly friends and one of the things we loved to do was to go to the beach together. Instead of writing a post with lots of words about a good day, I though i would let my pictures do the talking . At this stage I am finding Mesh just a little bit cumbersome to use but  as it is new they are working on the bugs every day so I will enthusiastically  look forward to playing with it some more.

Hope you enjoy a good day at one of my favourite local beach spots with one of my best mates.  He is still patiently waiting for me to get back to him on the next walk…. so far has been waiting for a long time since the last outing …. and yes.. I feel guilty about that 🙂  He has been with me during the darkest of times, and for that I will never forget his wonderful personality. He is, by the way, … very much still alive even though it doesn’t sound like it . I have just been busy with other life challenges and need to get back to my old friend.