Weekly Photo Challenge : Face Number 1…

Creating magic

Creating magic

Children are fascinated

Children are fascinated


Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.

Haruki Murakami


Cheri says “This week, let’s celebrate our many different faces.”

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Travel Theme : Abstract…



Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale
aerial perspective

aerial perspective


Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen –

that stillness becomes a radiance.

Morgan Freeman

Another survivor

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

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The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

This week the theme from Ailsa is “abstract”.
I often take photos just because the pattern or colours attract me. Then they sit in my archives waiting for a suitable theme so I can share them with you. I hope you find these suitably abstract.
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Travel Theme : Sparkle

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The flow and sparkle of water is invigorating on a hot day.

Water is the driving force of all nature.

Leonardo da Vinci

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I love to gaze at the ocean, and watch the waves in motion. The ebb and flow and the spray back-lit by the sun.

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”
Sarah Kay

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Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

Lao Tzu

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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Josh Billings

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The sparkle in a dog’s eye is irresistible.

Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?
Jonathan Safran Foer (author, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)


Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand… and melting like a snowflake. – Sir Francis Bacon

Ailsa inspires us with this quote and asks us to put some sparkle into our post this week.

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Travel Theme : Minimalist


Looking through my photos I have found a few that I would call “minimalist”.



A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?”
Dixon Lanier Merritt



That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe.

John Berger

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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Mother Teresa

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Footsteps are the wonders of staying alive to move forward”
Munia Khan

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To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.

William Blake

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The beauty of trees silhouetted by the mystical rays of the setting sun.

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People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

– Carl R. Rogers


Join Ailsa, if you’re ready to get into a ‘less is more’ mindset, join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome).

Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something. – Nicholas Burroughs


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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


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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Weekly Photo Challenge : Companionable

Jack and Henry

Jack and Henry


Good companions

The  more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do,

and the more  genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things

like home, and love, and  understanding companionship.
Amelia Earhart

Lots of companions in the blogging, world go here to see more

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Tree Tuesday

Beautiful tropical sunset

Beautiful tropical sunset

Tomorrow we are heading south and I am putting this calm, peaceful, tropical beach sunset in todays tree post to compare with what trees I will be posting next week when I am in Tasmania.

Maybe beautiful autumn colours, maybe even some snow covered trees.

What ever it will be, it will certainly be quite different to this scene.


I am the heat of your hearth, the shade screening you from the sun;
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table;
I am the handle of your hoe,
the door of your homestead;
the wood of your cradle,
and the shell of your coffin.
I am the gift of God and
the friend of man.”
— Author Unknown

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Travel Theme : Light

Ailsa of “Where’s my backpack?” has challenged us to show a light this week and this is one of my all time favourite photos of the glory and beauty of light.

Tropical sunbeams

Tropical sunbeams

I used Photoshop Elements to put a frame around it.


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness:

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate:

only love can do that.”  
―     Martin Luther King Jr.,

   A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches    


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Tree Tuesday

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba



The ginkgo biloba tree is considered a living fossil.

The modern tree is related to trees that were growing on this planet over 200 million years ago. During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the plants diversified and spread throughout the areas that are now Europe and Asia. They were very common in both the northern and southern hemispheres. For some reason, the plants disappeared from the fossil record at the end of the Pliocene epoch (almost 2 million years ago) in all areas, except for one small area of central China.

  Today, there are trees in China that are believed to be over 1500 years old. In Hiroshima Japan, there are four trees that survived the atomic bomb in 1945. While most plants and animals in the area of the blast were completely destroyed, the ginkgo biloba tree was only charred and the four still survive to this day.


Trees have about them something beautiful and attractive even to the fancy,
since they cannot change their places,
are witnesses of all the changes that take place around them;
and as some reach a great age, they become, as it were, historical monuments,
and like ourselves they have a life, growing and passing away,
–not being inanimate and unvarying like the fields and rivers.
One sees them passing through various stages,
and at last step by step approaching death,
which makes them look still more like ourselves.”
— Wilhelm von Humboldt

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Tree Tuesday

Nature is amazing. The will to survive is very strong.

I noticed that in this tree as we drove a past a paddock in New Zealand.

 What had happened to it? Had it been struck by lightning? Maybe a long ago fire had swept through this area or maybe rot had started to set in.

But whatever the reason it certainly was not going to just lie down and give up…



They are beautiful in their peace,

they are wise in their silence.

They will stand after we are dust.

They teach us, and we tend them.

Galeain ip Altiem MacDunelmor

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