Travel Theme : Broken

Well and truly broken...

Well and truly broken…

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Derelict, deserted and falling down.

Derelict, deserted and falling down.

Old derelict buildings are scattered all over the country. They are photogenic but I wonder about the sad stories they hide in their broken down walls.


Ailsa has asked us to show images of what “BROKEN” means.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Refraction

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The refraction of light as it shines through a crystal, breaking into a myriad of colours.

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Is this refraction? The play of light and reflections across the water.

Reflections zig zag across the ocean

Reflections zig zag across the ocean

Sunrise Roebuck Bay, Australia

Sunrise Roebuck Bay, Australia

Broome, Cable Beach sunset

Broome, Cable Beach sunset

Finally the sun sets and the glorious last rays gleam in refracted light across the ocean.


For this Word Press photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Signs of a Storm

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In the outback and the road goes forever to the far horizon, and on that horizon there are black, foreboding clouds. A sign of a storm.

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Here it is we will wait it out…

Back on the East coast a storm front rolls in over the ocean.

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Leaving floods and destruction in its wake.

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But the seagulls still enjoy it.

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So does this boy.

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But plenty of cleaning up to do.


This is the challenge from WordPress this week  For those of you who have a less literal approach to our photo challenges, a sign can also be a gesture or a cue. Something welcome. Or mysterious. Or even foreboding.

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Travel Theme : Bountiful

I love farmers markets the smells, the sounds and the beautiful colours.

This is were you will find a bountiful array of locally grown and baked produce.

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The staff of life...

The staff of life…

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Ailsa’s theme this week, bountiful, makes my mouth water

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Nighttime

Night time tour of Paranella Park

Night time tour of Paronella Park

This beautiful building is a memory of one mans dream.

Jose Paronella came to Australia and had this dream to build a castle for himself and his family. The story of Paronella Park is an amazing story of what one man can achieve with guts and determination He bought this 13 acres in 1929. It was a life times work and is in the tropical rainforest area of Queensland. Fire, flood and cyclones destroyed this dream in the late 1900’s  but it is now partially restored and the walks through the rainforest take you to lakes and a waterfall that was the first turbo generated electricity scheme in Australia. (click on the link above to read the amazing story of one mans dream)

They have a caravan park on the property and for $14 you can stay on a powered site over night and then take the walk through the rainforest in the dark with a torch to shine your way. As you stand in front of the remains of the castle the spot-lights are turned on and the scene becomes a magical wonderland.


Like Ben at the “ Daily Post weekly photo challenge” I do not take many night photos. The ones I do take are usually fuzzy, out of focus disasters.

So when this challenge dropped in I knew immediately what photo to use. Then I just had to find it…

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Endurance

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The land endures.

This land was ravaged by ferocious bush fires in 2006, but nature endures this savage attack and already growth and renewal can be seen. 

Meanwhile on shore the wind tears at the Pandanus trees

Meanwhile on shore tornadoes and the wind tears at the Pandanus trees

Australia is a land of contrasts. Along the coast tornadoes roar in from across the ocean leaving devastation behind. But this Pandanus tree endures by bending and swaying in the storm.

The waves come crashing down

The waves come crashing down

Nature cannot be controlled and it is awesome in its fury.

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A silver lining

There is always hope in the dawn of a new day.

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Walking through the Bungles

Despite man’s constant meddling the land, the ocean and nature will endure.


A demonstration of the endurance and survival of trees.


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This week’s WP photo challenge “share a photo of what endurance means to you”

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Travel Theme : Noise

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Can you hear the music? The beat of the drum, the skirl of the pipes, the brass bands and rock bands. All moving and swaying to their own beat. It is a noise but the different rhythms they produce can move you from laughter to tears and all emotions in between. The noises we hear from the gentlest whisper to the cacophony of a thunder-storm shape our days.

“The English may not like music,

but they absolutely love the noise it makes.”

Thomas Beecham


I’m making a noise about this week’s travel theme. Let’s sing and shout with Ailsa from “Where’s my backpack”


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Weekly Photo Challenge : Humanity


People watching is the most fascinating part of travel, indeed of every day life. So this weeks WP photo challenge suggested by  Thirdeyemom , challenges you to interpret the theme humanity.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Adventure!

Every day is an adventure if you are always open to new experiences. Get away from your every day routine. Discover new things, talk to strangers, take the road less travelled.

In 2010 a dream came true when Jack and I left the everyday routine behind and followed the “Grey Nomad” tradition of travelling right round Australia in a very small Toyota Hiace camper van. Never knowing where we would be the next day.

The experiences and memories are unforgettable, especially as I recorded the journey on my blog.

Four years later we are still constantly travelling Australia. So to me “Adventure” is freedom to travel.

We have this beautiful place to ourselves

We have this beautiful place to ourselves

This week, the WordPress Daily post asks us to share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Fray

Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.

That is the challenge from WP this week.

Quite a difficult one. Finally I’ve found some photos that I think will say “fray”.


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I don’t know what sort of insect this is, it is the shape of a dragonfly but I have never seen one this colour. I think, maybe, it is at the end of its life cycle its wings look very frayed.

Look up at the fronds of palm trees they are always frayed and straggly looking, especially after a storm when the wind has whipped through them.

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Many tropical plants have frayed looking leaves.

Finally I have chosen this strange-looking water plant with a frayed, fluffy looking flower.

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