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Weekly Photo Challenge : Time…

Did you ever blow away the dandelion seed heads chanting one o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, four?

I had vague memories of doing just that a long time ago. So I looked it up in Google and this is what I found.

 I picked a dandelion clock
And I held it near my nose,
I blew the pretty fluff away
And counted up my blows.”It’s one o’clock, it’s two o’clock
I gave a great big puff,
“It’s three o’clock, it’s four o’clock”
Away went all the fluff.
My dandelion clock was right
For mother called to me,
“Come in and wash your grubby hands
It’s nearly time for tea”.

I also found these dandelion sculptures at Canberra Floriade.

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Thursday’s Special : Life-Size…

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Norman Alfred William Lindsay (22 February 1879 – 21 November 1969) was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest artists.

From an early age, Norman showed an outstanding ability to draw. He became the principal cartoonist for the Bulletin magazine, fought many controversies against “wowsers”, particularly defending his right to paint the nude.

Lindsay rejected Christianity, and his art depicts Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism madly admixed in a fantasy world. As early as 1904 his work was deemed blasphemous.

His sumptuous nudes were highly controversial, and in 1939, several were burned by irate wowsers in the United States who discovered them when the train in which they traveled caught fire. Interestingly enough, Norman had actually sent them to the United States to protect them from the impending War!

In 1901 he moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains. The sandstone cottage is now The Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge run by the National Trust, the cottage and landscaped grounds are open 7 days a week and there is a specialist gift shop and café. His studio and garden is a fascinating place to visit.

All these sculptures are life-sized and Jack got up close and personal to this one…

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This is in response to Paula’s “Thursday’s Special”. I enjoy the challenge Paula gives us each week. Go across to Paula’s post and see how others have interpreted the theme.

 

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Thursday Doors : Tamborine Topiary

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It was the amount of attention to detail that delighted me about this door, from the chunky door knocker…

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To the artistic touch and unusual design of the stained glass.

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The house had been lovingly built of sandstone, with the very appropriate name carved above the door.

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It was very appropriate because the garden was filled with spiral topiary.

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I can only guess at the amount of time and dedication needed to produce such an amazing landscape.

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

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Travel Theme : Gloss…

Cooly Rocks pc 088 blurVintage cars are the apple of their owner’s eye and when they put them on display they polish them to perfection.

Glossy, glittering and glamorous.

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You can look but don’t touch…

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Ailsa has many more glossy things in her challenge, take a look here.

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Thursday’s Special : Organized Noise…

Tobias M Schiel has joined Paula’s Thursday Special as a guest challenger. What a challenge he has presented.

“In my eyes the concept of organized noise begs the question of its applicability to pictures. Photography is known to record ‘noise’ in capturing the old, the broken, the decrepit – the sights someone might not like subjectively. The medium appears to lend itself to this aesthetic choice, and it has been keenly criticized for it.”

I’m finding it very hard to decipher the meaning of “Organized Noise” in photography, so I am presenting 3 different images for this challenge. Maybe I am way off the mark, but it has certainly made me try to think outside the square of my usual contributions to these photo challenges.

First I am looking for something old, broken and decrepit.

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Ger to Mulawa 029_3264x2448This is the original photo and I have cropped it hard to just include the disintegrating beams and the crumbling sandstone. Adding a dry brush affect to give the stones more definition.

Can you see the small bird on the old corrugated roof?

Tobias gives us another possible way of looking at this challenge

“Find a rhythm: Straight horizontal or vertical frame-to-frame lines can convey such a sense.”

Now this image only has a few straight lines, but I think the contours create a rhythm. The organized noise would be the sound of feet running up and down and the chattering of students discussing their classes. This is inside the amazing UTS Frank Gehry building in Sydney. (Take a look at it here)

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Finally Jack suggested this interpretation of noise in photos.

Image noise is random (not present in the object imaged) variation of brightness or color information in images, and is usually an aspect of electronic noise. It can be produced by the sensor and circuitry of a scanner or digital camera.” (Wikipedia)

This is not technically a very good photo as it is very “noisy”. But is it organized noise? I think it is as it was created for a special purpose.

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So what is your interpretation of this interesting challenge? 

Go over to either Tobias’s blog to see his interesting “organized noise” images, or head to Paula’s site to see how other bloggers have interpreted this challenge

 

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Thursday Doors : Tallebudgera Valley

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On a recent exploratory drive into the Tallebudgera Valley I couldn’t pass this colourful gallery without stopping to look inside.

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What an attractive and welcoming door, perfect for Norm’s weekly door challenge.

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

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Garden Photography Challenge : Winter…

Jude of “ the earth laughs in flowers” is challenging us each week to submit garden themed photos and for January the theme is “winter”. For those living in the Northern Hemisphere that is not a problem, they are enveloped in a wet, white world of snow, sleet and constant rain. But down under in a sun blessed country, when the seasons all blend into each other, with not a snow flake in sight, to find some wintry photos I have to dig past the archives of technology and into the dim past of my archaic photo albums, that old style receptacle of memories of a long ago era. I lift them out of the dark, dusty cupboard in the corner of the garage, bringing them back into the light of day. 

Those yellowing photos bring the memories flooding back. I am transported back 25 years to England, the country of my birth, that I left in 1961 as a naïve 19-year-old. In 1990 I am back to spend a year here. I find a dream job as housekeeper for Douglas Bunn the famous creator and master of the International Hickstead Show Jumping Arena in Sussex. I thumb through the albums lost in time, remembering the people I worked with, the many international show jumpers and TV, media and show business celebrities that attended the parties and stayed as guests. I lived there through the 4 seasons and the winter of 1991 was spectacular.

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This is a news paper cutting I had pasted into my album. It is January 1991. But out in the country side the snow is a beautiful sight, coating the world in mystical white.

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It was my first experience of a white winter in 30 years.

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I lived in a 2 bedroom cottage behind the main house. Hickstead House was a magnificent mansion that was a monastery in the days of Henry VIII.

This is the view from the front door of my cosy cottage.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the UK, but after a year I was ready to come home to New Zealand, where I was living in 1991.

The winter spent in UK was an interesting experience, but I would not like to be there every year in those conditions.

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Thanks Jude for giving me a reason to go back through my photo albums. Now to see more present day winter conditions head over to Jude’s post.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Optimistic…

“You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down” ― Charles Chaplin

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”
― Charles Chaplin

Who can refuse the pure optimism in this dogs eyes

Who can refuse the pure optimism in this dogs eyes

 Through my optimism I naturally prefer and capture the beauty in life. Leni Riefenstahl


Through my optimism I naturally prefer and capture the beauty in life.
Leni Riefenstahl

I did not know who Leni Riefenstahl was when I found and copied the above quote. But thanks to Meg (Snippets and snaps) who gave me a link, in the comments below, to a site about Leni’s extraordinary life connected with Hitler and the making of propaganda films for him. It makes fascinating reading so I have added this link here. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007410 you may be interested to learn more of this woman’s life.

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“You have to open up to the world and learn optimism…

Contentment with the past, happiness with the present, and hope for the future.

Learned optimism.”
Jennifer Crusie, Agnes and the Hitman    

 

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Thursday Doors : Braidwood

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Back in 2014 I was exploring the small town of Braidwood. (follow this link if you would like to see where it is and what else I found)

Down one of the side streets I noticed this house. It intrigued me. Had it once been a church? The windows would suggest it had. Then I noticed the sign at the top under the wires, hard to read and almost obliterated,  “Wesley Church 1855”. It had a dilapidated, hangdog sort of look to it, in need of some TLC. I wondered if anyone lived in it. The old style bike parked at the door would suggest, maybe, someone was inside. My imagination was in overdrive. I would love to peer through the windows but the red “private” sign warned me to keep away.

Looking closer at the door I could see someone with a sense of humour lived here.

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

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Garden Photography Challenge : Winter…

I live in the tropics of Queensland, Australia, actually to be perfectly correct Gold Coast is the sub-tropics, but it is never cold and wintry. So when Jude started her new “garden photography challenge” with the theme for January of “winter” I had to go back in time to 2014 when we ventured into the cold of Canberra for a house sit in mid winter. All our Queensland friends thought we were crazy. Canberra has a reputation for its cold winter weather.

Cold it was, but not in your northern hemisphere type of miserable grey and drizzly cold. Most nights were chilly, around -1 to 5 degrees, but quickly warming to approximately 10 deg and a crisp, clear, blue sunshiny day. Quite exhilarating, when wrapped up with warm jacket, scarf and gloves to take the dog for a walk.

But one memorable morning we woke to thick fog and we went to Lake Burley Griffin to take photos. (see more of the walk here)

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These photos were taken early in September that is, technically, the beginning of spring and the delightful signs of early spring blossom coated the branches.

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But over in the Arboretum they had captured the spirit of winter by wrapping some of the trees in warm woolly scarves.

(to see the post I did about our visit to the arboretum, click here)

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It is hard for me to find photos that say “winter”, so this is all I can find from the land of “Down Under”.

To see more of  typical winter garden photos go over to Jude’s site.

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