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)

Thanks for looking.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2Ts


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.  🙂