Posts Tagged With: a word a week challenge

A Word a Week Challenge : Figure

Today I am going back in my photographic memories to a camel race I had the pleasure to watch in Winton in the Australian outback. No fashion on the track competitions here, no high heel shoes and fancy hats. Nearly all the hats were Akubras worn by the men, and some of the women, and the clothes of choice were jeans and shirts.

The sun radiated down from a brilliant blue sky, it was dusty and hot, but the atmosphere was happy and excited.

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It is a fast and furious sport the jockeys have very little control over their camels, notice in the photos they do not have reins to steer or even stop their mounts, it is just hang on and hope for the best. Surprisingly only one jockey fell off.

This was the overall champion rider with the most points through the day

This was the overall champion rider with the most points through the day

 

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This was the second place getter. Most of the riders were female !!!

This was the second place getter. Most of the riders were female !!!

It was an entertaining day, something quite different and unique to the Australian outback. The word challenge from Sue this week was “figure” and it made me think of all the interesting figures and characters I saw at the Winton camel races.

A lovely trip down memory lane for me.

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Click here to see more posts about what figures in other bloggers lives.

 

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Context

CONTEXT  :

the situation in which something happens :

the group of conditions that exist where and when something happens.

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This is a photo gallery of a situation I found myself in when travelling around Australia, and something really good certainly happened.

You will see in the photos a group of conditions, hay bales, about a dozen talented bush poets, an attentive audience and food. All came together to create a fun-filled weekend when we joined the support team to help put together a 2 day bush poets weekend in Denmark, Western Australia.

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Sue from “A word in your ear” has given us the word “context” to challenge us. This is my photo essay on context, go here to see other interpretations.

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Undulate~~~~

Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains

The blue-grey vista of the Snowy Mountains receding in undulating waves into the distance. The aerial perspective creating a dreamy atmosphere. This is part of “The Great Dividing Range” and is the highest point in Australia

The Alps are the only bioregion on the Australian mainland in which deep snow falls annually, but these photos are taken in summer.

Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham

This may look like a powdering of snow, but it is the bare branches of the snow gums, all that remains after a devastating bush fire swept through the area in 2004. Regrowth is only just starting.

Mt Hotham

Jack is standing next to a marker that shows were the edge of the road is when the snow is thick on the ground.

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I think water can also be described as undulating. When the ocean is in a calm and serene mood the waves gently roll in an undulating fashion to the shore.

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A stream undulating over the rocks as it cascades down through the bush.

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Undulating? Well maybe ripples, but I like this abstract photo of water so used this opportunity to put it in a post.

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ClairviewThe undulating ripples in the sand formed by the constant ebb and flow of the tide.

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Interesting word this week Sue. Click here to visit other posts

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Waiting

Talking to the skeleton staff

 

I think this person had been waiting for a long time. So Jack went over for a chat and found out that they were operating with a skeleton staff !!!!

He/she was in the Geraldton Museum and as we will be back there in April we will drop by to say “hello”….

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We came across this crowd of patient punters waiting in the rain for the street parade to come past. When it did it was well worth waiting for.

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Sue from “A word in your ear” is travelling around Africa and she posts amazing photos and stories of her adventures. What are you waiting for go over and take a look. Click here. She also finds time to host this challenge.

Once a week she will dip into her old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe what that word means to you. Put a link back to the challenge page so others can take part if they wish.

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Yellow

I love yellow, it is my favourite colour. It is the colour of happiness and sunshine and it makes me smile.

Thanks Sue for choosing it for this weeks challenge. Pop over to her post to have a yellow fix.

I also love flowers and capturing their beauty with the camera.

Here is a selection of my favourites.

Yellow rose

Wattle emblem of NSW

 WA wild flower

Western Australia flowers

Xantharea

Frangapani

Water lily

Sunflower

These next two photos were taken in 1990 at Hickstead Equestrian Centre in Sussex when I spent a year working there as a house keeper for Douglas Bunn. It was an interesting and exciting year but after the very cold winter I was happy to go back to New Zealand, the country I called home at that time. They were taken on film and scanned into the computer so they are not very sharp, but they bring back so many memories.

I have put these in for my Northern Hemisphere friends to remind them that under the snow and ice, while you are in the grips of winter spring is just around the corner and waiting to burst out in a riot of colour and rebirth.

Daffodils

A field of golden daffodils

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A Word a Week : Wind

Wind to me conjures up images of storms. The wind lashing the trees, whipping the ocean into a frenzy of waves and foam. Creating the wild surf-breaks that surfers love to conquer.

Storm season is approaching, January to March brings the hurricanes along the coast. The tropical North Queensland bears the brunt and the South East corner, where we live, gets the tail end, but it gives spectacular image opportunities.

Wind whips the spray off the top of the waves

Wind whips the spray off the top of the waves

 

The waves come crashing down

The waves come crashing down

 

Crowds gather at the end of the spit to watch the fury of the storm

Crowds gather at the end of the spit to watch the fury of the storm

The waves crash onto the rocks

The waves crash onto the rocks

The storm clouds gather and the red flag signals danger

The storm clouds gather and the red flag signals danger

 

 

Surfers enjoy the challenge

Surfers enjoy the challenge

Meanwhile on shore the wind tears at the Pandanus trees

Meanwhile on shore the wind tears at the Pandanus trees

 

Some branches cannot stand the battering wind

Some branches cannot stand the battering wind

 

 

I wonder what sort of season we will get this year. We need rain but not in torrential downpours.

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Sue of “A word in your ear” opens her dictionary each week to find a word to challenge us with. This week it is WIND

 

 

 

 

 

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A Word a Week : Lines____________

Shark Bay Western Australia

Shark Bay Western Australia

The unique lines, patterns and colours created by the sun in the crystal clear waters of Shark Bay.

Black Knight succulent.

Black Knight succulent.

The sun has also created these outlines around the bracts (is this the correct term?) of this succulent, defining each tiny hair

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Sue of “A word in your ear” had her dictionary fall open at the word LINE this week.

Also have a look at Sue’s fabulous photos from her adventure and travel around Africa

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A Word a Week : Behind

When I saw the word BEHIND that had fallen out of Sue’s dictionary this week a cheeky photo immediately popped into my mind.

I caught Jack hiding behind this statue...

I caught Jack hiding behind this statue in Christchurch botanic gardens New Zealand…

I think you will see lots of bottoms if you click here and go over to Sue’s post, but I am giving you a full frontal. Jack thought she was very cuddly but rather cold…

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A Word a Week : Silhouette

We walk hand in hand up the hill to watch the sun set in the west

We walk hand in hand up the hill to watch the sun set in the west

Travel is all about special moments.

I look at this photograph and I am transported back in time to a special camp ground we stayed at in Western Australia. The vivid details play through my mind as I see this image, the myriad of wild flowers the smell of the red dust scuffed up by our feet, the spiky clumps of spinifex grass scratching my legs and the dry, outback heat with the relentless sun beating down. As the day ends we walk up the hill to watch the sun set. Two new friends join us and share a glass of wine. A perfect end to a day on the road.

So I would like to share a gallery of photos with you and take you back in time to this camp ground on Giralia Station. (Click on the link to find more details about Giralia Station) 

 

At my age would I still be able to recall this moment from the many experiences of 2010 as we travelled around Australia? Until I came across this photo, as I searched through the thousands to find an appropriate one for this challenge, this place had become a dim memory floating in the deep recesses of my mind, waiting to be jogged back into focus by these photos.

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So thank you Sue for this weeks challenge it was a memorable trip for me back in time.

Click here to see many other silhouettes captured in time.

While looking through the archives I came across some other silhouettes I would like to share with you.

sunset bivouac camp

sunset bivouac camp

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Road train

Road train

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A Word a Week : Square

The Last Victory Day Celebrations : Red Square Russia 1989

To the accompaniment of drum and bugle they marched and halted in rows six deep around the massive square.

Thousands of fresh-faced Russian youngsters, dressed in uniforms of death.

Red Square Victory Day celebrations

The political walls of the Kremlin loomed on the right

St Bazils domed and turreted presence, a caricature of religion, in gaudy bright array,

backed by the red bricked façade of Gum, department store of communism, half empty to this day.

Atop the tomb of Lenin the dignitaries assemble, Gorbachev surrounded by decision-making men

A wave of solid sound reverberates around the ranks of soldiers as three loud cheers were commanded.

Then silence……….

The crisp air of winter caused tendril breath to rise, and the wind whipped flags, cracked in the lull.

The clock above the Kremlin struck ten……

Then the boom of a dozen cannons shattered the momentary stillness and reverberated around the square. The acrid tang of cordite hung in the air.

From the distance a rumble, like thunder, grew and the cobblestones trembled beneath our feet as the military advanced.

The old tanks of the Crimea slowly trundled into sight. Then faster and faster the machines of war came by.

The squadrons of ever-sophisticated weapons roared across from right to left.

For an hour they kept coming, the senses numbed by their procession.

Overwhelmed, as we were meant to be, by this show of Russian, sabre rattling superiority.

From the guns of Crimea to the deadly accurate missiles of the future. Juggernauts of destruction.

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Looking round I saw a frail old man, with medals on his chest, standing rigidly to attention, with tears of remembrance in his eyes.

A woman clutching a young child to her side.

A chill brushed my skin and a lump rose in my throat. I thought of all the horror depicted by these machines of war and uniforms so drab.

Now it is all over, never to be repeated, with military pomp and style the soldiers march away to the beat of drum and bugle.

All that is left is the vibration of their passing, the mournful, staccato flapping of the flags and the pervading smell of cordite.

St Bazils Red Sqare

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