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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Travel Theme : Orange

Orange is a colour I adore. It is sunny, happy and glows with health giving vibrations.

“Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness. Orange vibration foods are: oranges, tangerines, apricots, mangoes, peaches and carrots.”
Tae Yun Kim, The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy

Oranges

Oranges

Thank you Ailsa for this weeks theme. It has brightened my day searching for these photos.

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Travel Theme : Horizons

A field of dreams stretching to the horizon

A field of dreams stretching to the horizon

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility,

the enlarged horizon, the great hope.

Howard Thurman

Snowy Mountains undulating to the horizon

Snowy Mountains undulating to the horizon

You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon.

The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy,

the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

Ethel Barrymore

Red dirt, spinifex and a lone tree struggling to survive on the horizon

Red dirt, spinifex and a lone tree struggling to survive on the horizon

Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential.

Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance.

Always, I am on the threshold.

W. Eugene Smith

Drought in the outback

Drought in the outback

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction

that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The sad effect of the drought

The sad effect of the drought

People say to us how brave we are, fighting the wilderness, braving the isolation of the Outback. But these are easy opponents, compared with drought. To watch your land shrivel and die, year in and year out, to see beautiful fields turn to dust bowls, to watch your animals starve and die. To suffer all this, only to be then washed away in a flood, your home and your family treasures lost and destroyed. And then to pick up the pieces and start again. The farmers of the South are brave! “

SARA HENDERSON, From Strength to Strength
The road travels endlessly to the horizon

The road travels endlessly to the horizon. This year there has been rain, what a difference to the previous photo.

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step;

only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.

Dag Hammarskjold

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A horizon for me is a challenge. A wanting and needing to find out what lies beyond. An excitement, a constant need to explore, be it a good or bad experience it is never boring.

Take the road less travelled, look for adventure and constantly head for the horizon.

Thank you for this weeks challenge Ailsa.

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Word Press Photo Challenge : Silhouette

Silhouette of the life giving windmill

On the horizon the silhouette of the life-giving windmill

 

The windmill is a symbol of the Australian outback. It provides life-giving water for the stock. Without the water there would be no stock to take to market and there would be no need for the huge road trains which are the Kings of the road as they roar past.

Road train

Road train

As the sun sets it silhouettes the delicate tracery of the trees along the river bank.

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Peering through the trees to watch the pelicans

Peering through the trees to watch the pelicans

Sunrise silhouette pandanus

Sunrise silhouette pandanus

Photography is all about experimenting with light, and then positioning yourself (or your subject) in the right spot to achieve a certain effect. One such effect is a silhouette, in which an outline of someone or something appears dark against a lighter background. Silhouettes can be very dramatic and resemble black shapes without any details, but the effect varies from picture to picture.

This is my interpretation of the WP photo challenge this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Texture

Oak tree

Autumn leaves hanging out to dry

Look closely at the bark of trees the texture and patterns are beautiful.

But look also at the leaves

Oak leaf

Oak leaf

Look closer and you will see the tracing of delicate veins, the way the dewdrops magnify and enhance the beauty and texture of the leaf.

Beauty enhanced

Beauty enhanced

A tree on the Cardwell foreshore that survived the 2011 cyclone

A tree on the Cardwell foreshore that survived the 2011 cyclone

This tree is a survivor, but look closer and you will see another survivor.

Fern surviving the ravages of nature

Fern surviving the ravages of nature

This fern has found a sheltered place, nestled into the fork of a mighty tree, it survives.

Compare the texture of this bark to the oak tree above.

Another survivor

Another survivor

Look even closer and you will see this tangled web, but the resident spider is hiding.

Cardwell foreshore

Cardwell foreshore

The worst cyclone to hit the Australian coast in modern times devastated Cardwell in February 2011. Some of these mighty trees somehow survived. To help them, if another cyclone strikes, these rocks have been piled along the high water mark.

Look closely at these rocks.

Rocks

Rocks

They also have a rugged and beautiful texture.

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This weeks WordPress photo challenge  is to discover textures in our world.

Every thing has its own unique texture and these are just a few I have found in my photo collection.

 

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Travel Theme : Endearing

 

Mother love is so endearing.

I caught this tender moment between mother and Kid and it is one of my favourite photos.

  Mother and kid

Just look at the expression of contentment on mother monkeys face.

Sydney zoo

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I’ve done nothing wrong, please give me a pat…

Here I come...

Here I come…

Horse loves Jack

One big sloppy kiss….

So cute

So cute

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Ailsa has come up with a lovely challenge this week, in fact it is “endearing”.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Zigzag

This strangler fig is slowly zig-sagging around this tree crushing it in a grip of death

This strangler fig is slowly zigzagging around this tree crushing it in a grip of death

Zig zags created by the ocean

Zigzags created by the ocean

Reflections zig zag across the ocean

Reflections zig zag across the ocean

Marigolds and lobelia

Marigolds and lobelia

A few zigzags I found created by nature.

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Inspired by this week’s photo challenge “Zigzag” from WordPress.

This week, share a photo that forgoes the straightforward in favour of the twisting and winding.

 

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Amazing Mailbox Quest

 Mail delivery is becoming a disappearing service in Australia, and I believe, also in many other countries. Emails and internet have taken the joy of seeing the post-man pop a letter in the mailbox for you to collect. Maybe you make a cup of tea first then take the cuppa and the precious letter to your favourite spot to read and re-read every word. Letter writing is becoming a dying art. Now it is a quick email, basic and to the point. No delicious descriptions of what is happening, no word pictures of where the person has been or how they are feeling. A click on the delete button and the email is gone.

In the past, before computers, history was preserved in letters and written documents. Today the communication is mainly emails that once read and answered, go in the trash bin. I wonder how today will be deciphered by historians. In the past precious letters would be kept, often tied with a ribbon and stored in a box, to be found many years later and again read, bringing back all the cherished memories.

Madoqua of “Have you ever” is running this ongoing mailbox quest. She has found an amazing collection of mailboxes to show us and invites anyone finding an unusual box to join in.

I am always watching for them in my travels, there are not many around these days, but I found a couple over in Western Australia.

Cheery chappie

Cheery chappie

I would pass this happy little chap every time I went to town when we were house sitting in Geraldton. I always felt like waving back…

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

This character needs no introduction to an Australian. He is a national hero or villain depending on your viewpoint. Ned Kelly was a notorious bush ranger who was said to rob from the rich to give to the poor.

“The ‘letterbox’-style headpiece and matching body armour worn by Ned Kelly and his gang are recognisable icons that feature prominently in the work of artists such as Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker.

In 1879 – the year before the Glenrowan siege and Ned’s ultimate capture – the Kelly gang began constructing the suits of armour from mouldboards, the thick metal parts of a farmer’s plough. They acquired these materials in various ways – some were bought; others were offered to them by sympathetic farmers; a few were stolen.

The suits allowed the gang to walk away unharmed from close-range shooting, but they also served a less practical function: they made the gang members – Ned in particular – seem larger, more intimidating; even ghostly. The shock factor of the metal-clad Kelly would have been much to Ned’s advantage during the Glenrowan siege.” ( More information here)

Ned Kelly's death mask

Ned Kelly’s death mask

Rather a gruesome artefact but one that I saw in the Portrait Gallery. But more of that in another post.

 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Summer Memories Down Under

Noosa Beaches

Noosa Beaches

Sun, sand and sea and being with the ones you love.

Burleigh Beach

Burleigh Beach

Surf’s up, sun’s out and 3 good mates are going for an early morning surf.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Topping up the tan and who cares about skin cancer at this age…

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Then for me summer is about the abundance of our beautiful tropical flowers.

Frangipani

Frangipani

Heliconia

Heliconia

Poinciana trees vibrant and glowing.

Poinciana trees vibrant and glowing.

Bird of paradise.

Another Heliconia

Winters are short in Queensland and it will soon be summer again.

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This week Krista of WP  has challenged us to remember summer.

 

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Travel Theme : Meeting Places

A perfect venue for people to meet and enjoy the uniqueness of each others cultures is a Multicultural festival.

People meet to sing

People meet to sing

and joyously dance

and joyously dance

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The beat and rhythm of all the different cultures vibrates through the air.

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Can you feel the rhythm?

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Singing and chanting each group proudly displays their heritage and culture.

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Dressed in colourful national dress each group performs for us.

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Then happily pose for photos

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Other cultures gracefully sway to seductive melodies.

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The tradition of each culture is carried on by the children.

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An appreciative audience enjoy the atmosphere, music and dancing while relaxing in the sunshine.

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The smell of the different cultural foods drifts in the air and the difficulty is deciding which to choose.

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Thank you for spending time with me at this Multicultural Festival.

How many of the cultures did you recognise?

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Ailsa’s travel theme this week is “Meeting Places” and what better place to meet people from all over the world than at a Multicultural Festival.

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