This is for Cee’s latest Black & White Photo Challenge:Open Topic. As usual, I’m scraping in by the skin of my teeth, and only because of the time differences between our countries. Next week’s topic is Flying.


May 2015, Central Victoria, Australia

I thought it converted well to grayscale, though it might be lopsided in composition. I love the clouds and the shadowed fence posts. The cattle are Herefords. Over to the left from where the cow is looking over the fence, there is a kangaroo, and another two further back behind it. I’d hoped they would show up better, and I’m reminded of my countless promises to go round to our local golf club and really show you some kangaroos!

If you want to view the image, this latest WordPress editor, to date, means you will have to right-click on the image and select view image. I didn’t set some new setting I suppose.

The narrow paddock in the middle of the image has an old railway bed running its length, the tracks long gone. The Heathcote station is also gone, the Bendigo-Kilmore line having closed down due to the construction of Lake Eppalock.

Heathcote RS

Heathcote RS. 1907 (supplied by Ken Coram)

I’ve borrowed the 1907 photo from the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail blog. There is a fantastic walking/cycling track already built from Bendigo to Heathcote. Now they are looking to extend to Wallan, which is beyond the original junction at Kilmore.

The Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail Inc. (A0054089L) is a community group of people who all recognise the fabulous potential of a long distance trail on or near the route of the former Wandong, Heathcote, Sandhurst Railway. We love rail trails and long-distance trails, and members have travelled many of them within Australia and in other countries.

This next photo was taken in 1968. Perhaps this is the last train. You can see the range in the background – the same one I can see out my front window.  I’ve captioned a link to Richard Felstead’s Railway page as required to use the image here.

Yeah, I know that the 1968 one isn’t black and white, and I’ve included two images I didn’t take myself.

I’ll finish with a photo of Vika, also taken last May.


Vika, May 2015

My two photos were taken with the Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 530)

Thanks for looking. Have a good day.   🙂

Cee's Black & White Photo Challenge, Other Stuff, Vika

Scenery, Railway, & Vika

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Painted Haybales

So here we go, I thought it about time I joined in again for this weekly photo challenge over at Cee’s.  A new theme every Tuesday, this week is anything painted.

I was considering giving you a boring photo of peeling paint, but I had a stroke of luck yesterday on our trip to visit Mr R’s mum when we spotted these painted haybales just off the Digger’s Rest / Bulla Road.

Painted Haybales

I’m fairly certain they are characters from SpongeBob Squarepants. [Sue and Claudette inform me that the middle one is a Minion, from the movie ‘Despicable Me.’]

haybalesThey bring attention to the produce sign.

haybales1Snapped with the Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone.

They brought a smile to this old girl’s dial! Have a good day and thanks for looking. 🙂

Birds, Challenges

Blazing Sulphur Crests

Blazing Crests   20 July 2015 (Nokia Lumia 530, windows phone)

20 July 2015   (Nokia Lumia 530, windows CameroPro )

phoneography imageIt’s Black and White week over at Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge, so I’ve converted my image to grayscale, sharpened it, and reduced the quality before saving.

Works for me.


I think the default on this camera phone is Windows 8 CameraPro. Last week, I finally discovered that there isn’t a macro or closeup setting on the new Nokia Camera – no wonder I was having trouble. I’ve downloaded an app to take care of this, but have yet to learn to use it.  I hate not having a side camera button, like on the Nokia Lumia 520.

I hope you are having a lovely day.  🙂

Cee's Black & White Photo Challenge

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Take a New Photo

chimney & an old hot water drum on the roof

chimney & an old hot water drum on the roof


same unused chimney

I’ve had fun experimenting with textures on my Nokia Lumia 530, then turning photos into black and white with the Lumia Photo Editor.

Taken for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Take a New Photo

cees bw challenge


I took a grouse portrait of Vika, too, but saving it for next week: the prompt is animals.  🙂

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge

A stormy sky, and a photo challenge.

The temperature was predicted to be 39 C today, and I know it reached 38 in the shade at the side of our house.  The change came through late  – a bit of thunder and lightning.  I took a photo when we arrived at work to-night to clean the office and the amenities at the [boat] trailer manufacturing complex. That stormy cloud wouldn’t oblige me with a streak of lightning, not at the same time as I pushed the button, but it did drop a few miserable millimetres millilitres of rain in our gauge at home. The dog was wet and puddles were full, but where we were there was but a mere sprinkle – not even enough to wet the ground! It is an oddity, but we often get different weather patterns at our end of town to the other!

Nokia Lumia 530, on auto

Nokia Lumia 530, on auto

phoneography imagePhoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge:Macro

I took the photos below for this new-to-me photo challenge, run by Sally at Lens and Pens by Sally.  As usual, I’m using the Nokia Lumia 530, 5MP windows phone camera, on auto, and uncropped unless stated.

The theme for the second Monday of the month: Macro.


Nokia Lumia 530, auto, cropped

The photo of the bee was taken yesterday. I love the way the mint flowers show through its wings.  These other photos were taken on this morning’s walk – a small feather, some spider webbing on a pine tree, and looking inside a pink belladonna lily.  If you click on the photos you will go to a larger version. They can be clicked on a second time, too.













The proper change is here now, the temperature is falling rapidly. Almost 9pm,  the sun is down, it is 22 C and supposed to go down to 15 overnight. Might not need the doona again tonight.

Hmmm, just wondering – I suppose I should have had the camera on the macro setting.  😮

Cee's Share Your World – 2015

Share Your World – 2015 Week #3

ladybug in the mint

ladybug in the mint

Here are my answers for Week 3 at Cee’s Share Your World.  I think I’m a week behind now.

The ladybug is just for my amusement – a splash of colour. That could be an aphid on the left of it.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?    I thought of celebrities, of long ago dead ancestors, and of various cousins whom I have not yet met. But, in the end, the choice was simple really – my son. We had words late in 2013. It seems that this final culmination of our words  since I left his father has led to neither of us willing to reach out to the other.  Maybe I could get through a dinner without saying something stupid. And believe me, I do say some stupid stuff when under stress. Enough said.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?  I often find myself singing badly – okay I admit it, horrendously – along with favourite tunes. The only time I have sung to anyone else was when I tried to learn the guitar. I sang How Much is That Doggie in the Window? to my captive audience, my two kids. I think it sounded better than my efforts at Tom Dooley but not by much! Oh, forgot. I did sing to my guitar teacher friend – just the once. He suggested I not bother with the singing in future.

Sends shivers up my spine listening to those after all this time.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?  A memory for grammar, facts and figures? Yeah! I’ll have a photographic memory, thanks.

What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about? Personal beliefs. Everyone has a right to believe what they want about anything – political views, religion, global warming, anything. Jokes about a person’s core beliefs, with intention to belittle, are nasty.  And I respect your right to have your own opinion about that.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

hubcapAhh, I’m grateful for the person who found our missing hubcap in the grass and hung it up on the roadside so we couldn’t miss it! We lost it months and months ago, while on a gravel road miles out of town.  We weren’t certain where in the ten or so kilometres it had parted company with the car, though we kept our eyes peeled on the same trip each time. Now we can take off the cheap plastic hubcaps. I kept hoping it would turn up. I didn’t want  another trip to the wreckers and forking out $25  – $30 for a genuine secondhand one.  Been there, done that.  Mr R. was shocked when I insisted we only needed to put the plastic cheapies on one side of the car. When was the last time you saw more than two of your wheels at the one glance? Why have shit wheel covers all round!

I’m looking forward to seeing the number 74 coming up on my digital scale  and staying there!  Later on this week I should manage to start keeping below 75 kg.

share your world