Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter V: Needs to start with V and have at least 6 letters


we go on VACATION in our VEHICLE


a local VINEYARD


a VIBRANT lorikeet VANDALIZES our apples


a VIGILANT praying-mantis …


… subdues its VICTIM …


…  thankful for winged VICTUALS

Thanks for looking. Do have a great week.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter V


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter U – Needs to have the letters O and U in the word …

On the first of our camping trips, last year, I spotted this Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo.


Another first for me, not having seen one before.


Lucky I took the photos (Nikon D3000), for it was not about the next day.


Sized around 17cm, this Australian cuckoo has awesome metallic colouring. It parasites the dome-shaped nests of the fairywren and thornbill, laying just one egg.


Thanks for looking.




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Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo


To give my blog some structure in 2018, I’m jumping back into photo challenges. It’s always a great reason to pull stuff from the archives or boost creativity. And Cee’s photo challenges are, naturally, my first port of call. And what better place to begin than her Fun Foto Challenge.

So, I popped along to Cee’s, and discover I’ve been missing out on a wonderful twisty alphabet challenge – for it’s now up to T. The challenge, this week, have 2 Ts anywhere in the subject of the photo. Of course, butterfly jumped straight into my mind.


The Small White Butterfly  (Nikon D3000)

I took some wonderful, unexpected photos of an Eastern Spinebill this morning – but its name has only one T.  Hmmm, what of its scientific name, I thought, bound to be a T or three in it. Somehow, it feels like cheating, but hey, just once will be okay.


Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris: Eastern Spinebill (Nikon D3000)

So I trawl back through the photos I’ve taken recently, through oodles of blue-banded bees, white butterflies, the odd dried out landscape dotted with kangaroos, cockatoos, flowers, honey bees … there must be something with 2 Ts! Ahh, wire netting


wire netting (Nikon D3000)

Fence posts, snails, magnolia, roses, honey bees, spider webs, tree trunk … like with the netting, I was playing with textures.


tree trunk with ivy (Nikon D3000)

Is it not just begging to have some profound words plastered over it! Feel free.

I’ll finish with one last butterfly. I think it’s a rather ragged Correa Brown.


Ragged Butterfly (Nikon D3000)

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2Ts

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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. 🙂

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 1990s Seascapes

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Landscapes or Seascapes

For this Fun Foto challenge, I’ve decided to share some old photographs taken in the 1990s with my horrible olden-days camera. This first one is at a beach near Adelaide, South Australia.

1993, Near Adelaide, South Australia

1993, Near Adelaide, South Australia

This second one is what is left of the Twelve Apostles, along The Great Ocean Road, near Port Campbell, Victoria. We called in, on the way home from the Port Fairy Folk Festival, and joined scores of tourists on the viewing platforms. In 2005, eight years after this photo, the apostle in the foreground collapsed.

1997 - The Twelve Apostles, near Port Campbell, Victoria

1997, The Twelve Apostles, near Port Campbell, Victoria

Wikipedia says:

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are 8 apostles left but the name remains significant and spectacular especially in the Australian tourism industry.

These old photos have a certain nostalgic charm and are just as they scanned, without enhancement.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Loose Nuts

The first time I  flew was from Australia to New Zealand, February 1989 – on the same day nine unfortunate people were sucked out of United Flight 811 from Honolulu. I didn’t hear about this for another day or so,  after having flown for the second time – this time in a tin can with wings. My unease almost spoiled my “Grand Traverse” of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, flying over ‘the largest glaciers, highest mountains and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Southern Hemisphere’.

Posted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vehicle Details

Here I was, thinking I was taking my life in my hands, daring such a trip in this little plane while, unbeknown to me, the remaining passengers on our bus taking the mountain route to our accommodation were in real danger. nz busDuring  the pre-tour servicing, the wheel nuts on the bus were tightened by hand, but someone forgot to come along and tighten fully with the machine.

I found out all this when we landed at the airstrip later. (The same airstrip I lay on watching the stars later that night – only I had no idea what the asphalt was in the dark. I thought it a road.)

The photo shows the bus-driver and a fellow tourist trying to either take the wheel off, push it on, or to straighten it so they could get stripped nuts off. They were at a photo-stop, I believe, when someone noticed missing nuts.  There was also the problem of not being allowed to interfere with the wheel that contained the mileage counter. Anyway, they salvaged enough nuts to go around to get to our destination.

We didn’t get our trip up to some famous mountain resort or homestead the next day, because the nuts had to replaced and machine tightened at the next town. Needless to say, it was a cautious trip down the mountain.

(I will have to find my notes to fill in the names of places, but I boarded the plane at Lake Tepako. )

nz plane


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(Yes, I have changed the look of my blog theme, yet again.)