Weekly Photography Challenge: Unusual

I like to take photos of things that I think are unusual, so maybe my challenge response should be a photo of something…ordinary.

That lemon is off our own tree, and it’s very ordinary indeed. So ordinary that it’s actually unusual, but not much use as a lemon, sadly. The normal one behind is purchased.

The jar contains many pieces of broken china, which I have picked up over the years around our local area. People must have used anywhere outside as a rubbish dump back in the Good Old Days, but only china and glass remain, fortunately. I’m fascinated by the patterns.

I don’t think it was me who added the Lego pirate to the vignette on my desk – he appears to be patting the Chipmunk, which is not to scale with him, or the Bison. Quite unusual, really!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Focus

Getting things in focus is not the challenge it used to be, what with autofocus to save the photographer even thinking about it. Of course, there are times when the photographer and the camera don’t agree about where to focus, and that’s when “manual” comes in handy…No manual focus on the phone camera, but a tap on the screen should convince it of where you want the focus to be – unless you move it a bit…

I love the shadows we get at my daughter’s here in Canberra – the house is surrounded by trees and the sun slants in low. I’m not sure if this is in focus or not, because it’s so fuzzy and blurry anyway.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Order

Once more, the week is flying by…time to bring some order, I guess!

 

My daughters three cats don’t often sleep together like this, but when they do, they make a pleasing and orderly picture.

Juni, my grand daughter, is waiting patiently for her breakfast order at her favourite cafe – Sweet Bones in Braddon ACT. All the food is vegan, which is exciting for a vegan kid – you can have whatever tasty treat you want!

The vehicles on the seat might not look ordered to any one else, but they are. They are also enjoying a snack of cotoneaster berries than Juni lovingly collected for them.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Friend

The challenge is to portray “friend” this week – so many possibilities! Sometimes the challenge is to know where to go with a theme – sometimes it’s where to start – and stop…

I have chosen an atmospheric shot of family and friends enjoying a bonfire for my youngest son’s birthday (and southern hemisphere Halloween, with a touch of Guy Fawkes for extra flavour…), Fur sisters Daisy and Maisie sharing a bed at my younger daughter’s, and Moses/Monty sharing a loving moment with Albus/Albert at my Mum’s house. Mo-mo, a rescued kitten, was the best gift we ever gave my late Dad, and they were firm friends. Albus belongs to my other daughter, but had to move in with Monty when she was forced to move to pet-free accommodation. My mum didn’t approve of their original names, which is a bit confusing (mainly for us, rather than the cats! – They don’t care). Now it would be a shame to separate them. Juniper and rescue pup Morris are mostly friends, but her growing collection of vehicles are her friends all the time.

 

Weekly Photography Challenge: Evanescent

The theme, like this week, is “evanescent” – although the week could be quite memorable, since I am here in Canberra awaiting the birth of Juniper’s sibling. We spent much of yesterday afternoon outside, enjoying the fleeting autumn sunshine and the last of the fast -falling leaves. Juni’s Mummy gave her some big sticks of chalk to draw on the concrete path, knowing that whatever art she produced would soon be gone. It rained a bit today (which didn’t keep Juni from playing outside), so I’m guessing the chalk marks have already faded away. Thanks to photography, they won’t be utterly forgotten, though.

The red leaf was hanging by a thread, besides which the ray of sunlight would soon move away, so that glow was particularly short-lived. We all know about dandelion clocks! I count myself lucky to have found one still intact.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Danger

This week’s challenge is about danger – I’m finding there’s a danger that the week will slip past on a banana peel of busy-ness, and I won’t have thought of what to post before the next challenge gets to my mailbox. However, Michelle’s story of disappointingly small, not-very-dangerous looking seed pods reminded me of this street tree in Mt Hawthorn, Perth, which I used to walk past every day when my grand daughter Juniper was a new baby. I never saw one of the cones, and wasn’t sorry, since I was aware of their fearsome and deserved reputation. My husband and son once camped where the Bunya Pine is endemic, and got to hear the sickening thud of a cone hitting the ground from a great height.

Last summer, we stopped for a break at a park in Central Victoria – and found a Bunya pine cone on the ground. Green and full of sap, it was heavy enough to do serious damage, and covered in sharp spines, just in case. The “leaves” are also well armoured, but that didn’t stop a cockatoo from chopping it off. It is now dry, much lighter and smaller, but I still wouldn’t like one to hit me…Why municipalities decided to plant them as street trees, or even in public parks, is a mystery to me, although I guess it was back in the days when playground equipment carried the added excitement of real and present danger to life and limb, and litigiousness was unheard of.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Surprise

Life is full of surprises, especially for forgetful gardeners. It’s autumn down under, and nerines are appearing out of nowhere – or at least, out of bare ground. The red one was given to me as white, and took years to decide to flower at last in this unexpected colour. Surprise! I’m fairly sure the bud is a pink one, but I’d forgotten where I planted it…

The fragile little bells of Leucojum autumnale were a lovely surprise, because there were no flowers last year, and I thought it was lost forever.IMG_1359small

My favourite colour is pink’n’orange, so it’s a nice surprise to find a geranium that colour. A photo never seems to quite do it justice, but that doesn’t stop me from trying.IMG_1361small