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Weekly Photo Challenge : Dance…

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The joy, the enthusiasm is poured into dance.

Dan tells us, “There’s rhythm and motion all around us — this week, let’s capture some of it in a photo.”

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Wordless Wednesday…

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Garden Photography : Monochrome, Palmetum…

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This is the last week of the monochrome challenge over at Jude’s “garden Photography” challenge.

These are images from a very special Botanic Garden in Townsville, Palmetum.

To see more of it in full colour go here.

For March the theme will be “wild life”. Now that will be interesting. So pop over to Jude’s place to see what others have to show us.

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Thursday’s Special : Traces of the Past…

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Australia is an ancient land form with a 40000+ year history of indigenous settlement. But European convicts and pioneers have only been here for approx. 200 years.

One of those early pioneers was José Paronella. He arrived in Australia from Catalonia in Spain in 1913, a 25-year-old man with dreams to be rich and build a castle. For 11 years he worked hard cutting the sugar cane, a hot, hard, labour intense job. Buying, improving and selling cane farms.

In 1924 he went back to Spain to find a wife and married Margarita in 1925. The trip back to Australia was their honeymoon. I wonder what her first impressions of this hot, humid land would be.

José first saw the 13 acres of virgin scrub along Mena Creek in 1914. He eventually purchased it in 1929 for £120 and started to build his pleasure gardens and reception centre for the enjoyment of the public.

It became a passion and a life long project

All of the structures were constructed of poured, reinforced concrete, the reinforcing being old railway track. The concrete was covered with a plaster made from clay and cement, which they put on by hand, leaving behind the prints of their fingers as a reminder of the work they had done. They laboured with unswerving determination, until, in 1935, the Park was officially opened to the public. The Theatre showed movies every Saturday night. In addition, with canvas chairs removed, the Hall was a favourite venue for dances and parties.

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Jose planted over 7000 trees creating a dense rain forest environment and also planted this impressive avenue of Kauri Pines.

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A waterfall carried the copious, tropical rainfall past the castle and this enabled Jose to commission a Hydro Electric generating plant, commissioned in 1933, it was the earliest in North Queensland, and supplied power to the entire Park.

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In 1946, disaster struck. Upstream from the Park a patch of scrub had been cleared and the logs and branches pushed into the creek. When the first rains of the Wet Season came, the whole mass began to move downstream until it piled up against a railway bridge a few hundred metres from the Castle. Water backed up until the weight broke the bridge, and the entire mass descended on the Park. The downstairs Refreshment Rooms were all but destroyed, the Hydro was extensively damaged, as was the Theatre and Foyer.

Undaunted, the family began the task of rebuilding.

They faced many natural disasters with floods of 1967, ’72 and ’74, but struggled on.

After Jose and Margarita died son Joe and daughter Teresa with their families carried on the family tradition to keep the dream alive. But in 1977 they sold and then in 1979 a fire swept through and the castle was closed to the public.

Cyclone Winifred in 1986, a flood in January 1994, Cyclone Larry in March 2006, and Cyclone Yasi in January 2011 were all further setbacks and challenges for Paronella Park.

Amazingly Paronella Park is making a come back. Mark and Judy Evans, the current owner/operators, purchased the Park in 1993 and formulated a plan to put the Park back on the map. They see the Park as a work of art, and work on maintaining and preserving, rather than rebuilding.

Now it is the number 1 tourist attraction in Queensland. I rate it as a “must see”.

We stayed in the camp ground for $14/ night so we could do the night tour and see this amazing place lit up.

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Paula asks us to share “traces of the past”. This magnificent castle, one man’s dream, is a solid reminder of the past in Australia. Though it looks as though it came from the middle ages of Europe it is in fact only 86 years old.

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Thursday Doors : Bangalow

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Walking along the main street of Bangalow I noticed this door. No indication of what lay behind it, and it was firmly padlocked.

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The shop to the left was a very exclusive Italian wear boutique. Italian leather shoes, very expensive, hats, belts, silk shirts, perfume. All way out of my budget. But, inside, I could see an entrance way that appeared to lead to a court-yard. So curiosity got the better of me and with a “just looking” to the sales assistant. I walked through the shop and round into the court-yard, and into a Spanish hacienda. Well what I thought a hacienda would look like…

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That is the back of the padlocked door. Down the other end of the court-yard was another equally impressive door.

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Bangalow is a vibrant, artistic community with a population of just under 2000, but this picturesque, heritage listed village is a gem of hidden talent. Art galleries, book shops, a unique and stunning glass gallery, a shop that invites children to touch and says not to worry, it will pay for any damages. Seventeen cafes and restaurants to choose from. Come with me when I visited and fell in love with this charming township. Take a look here. I know you will want to visit it.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time)

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Garden Photography : Monochrome…

Jude (Earth laughs in flowers) is hosting a weekly challenge related to garden photography. Each month has a different theme. February is black and white or tones of one colour. Look for texture, shape and patterns. The subject matter is entirely up to you, but should be loosely garden related.

This week I have chosen green as the monochrome colour.

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Garden Photography : February Monochrome…

 

Jude (Earth laughs in flowers) is hosting a weekly challenge related to garden photography. Each month has a different theme. February is black and white or tones of one colour. Look for texture, shape and patterns. The subject matter is entirely up to you, but should be loosely garden related.

Last week Jude inspired me with her stunning entry (see it here). So, this week, I have been playing around with Photo Shop Elements.

First I converted this Anthurium covered in raindrops to black and white.

Then I noticed the dark leaf in the bottom right corner came out black. Not a good look.

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So I used the clone tool, then the smudge tool to take away the black stroke. But it still didn’t look right.

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Next I took it to Light Room and first cropped some of the bottom area then “fiddled” with the settings.

Now I really had the bit between my teeth…

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So I took the original converted photo back to PS Elements and used the filters. First I used the “find edges” then “dark strokes”

This time I cloned out all the back ground. Over an hour had whizzed by…

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Then I went mad, but it was all fun… 

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Jude has another lovely green monochrome image this week. Take a look at it.

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Thursday Doors : Hobbiton…

Come with me to the magical world of  those tiny mythical people, the Hobbits.  Click here and experience the wonder when I was transported into the rolling hills, deep in the central cow country of New Zealand that had been transformed into the Middle Earth village of Hobbiton.

But in this post I am just going to show you some of the doors I photographed that day.

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The attention to detail created the feeling that any moment Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee would walk out of one of the doors.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time),

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Thursday’s Special : City Dwellers…

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Rush hour in Seoul, city dwellers on their way to work.

Meanwhile in Hobart, Tasmania, life is not so hectic for the city dwellers…

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City dwellers come in all shapes, sizes and forms. Go to Paula’s post “Lost in translation” you’ll be surprised at her city dwellers.

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Travel Theme : Masks…

Do you recognise who this mask is modelled on?

He has made a few appearances in some of my posts.

This is a self-portrait he created it by feeling the shapes and contours of his face, then transferring what he felt into the clay and it slowly came alive. He is very talented.

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These are some of the other masks he has made and they are scattered around the garden waiting to pop out at you from among the foliage.

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Below is the legendary “Green Man” (Wikipedia)

A legendary pagan deity who roams the woodlands of the British Isles and Europe. He usually is depicted as a horned man peering out of a mask of foliage, usually the sacred oak. He is known by other names such as “Green Jack, “Jack-in-the-Green” and “Green George.” He represents spirits of trees, plants and foliage. It is believed he has rain making powers to foster livestock with lush meadows. He was frequently depicted in medieval art, including church decorations.

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This Māori warrior is in full battle cry.

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This final mask is Neptune, God the Sea.

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Ailsa has given us the theme of “masks” this week.

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