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 !!!
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
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?
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.
I am often amazed at how beauty struggles through to even the most industrial kind of surroundings ….
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
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
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 .
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 ….
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” !!
… 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
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 ?
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
My view of living with a major depressive illness for 40 years
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
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 !!!
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.