Weekly Photography Challenge: Waiting

I’m going back about three months for my response to “waiting”, to the day our grandson finally made his appearance. We all got up indecently early, because my daughter and her partner had a theatre date and they had to be at the hospital at a certain time. So Juni and I (Granny), were up before the birds too.

Of course, things didn’t go to schedule, and someone needed the theatre more urgently, so June and I were at home doing the usual things, texting Mummy at times, and waiting, waiting, waiting. At last the news came – a baby brother for Juni, and a grandson for me. A dainty little chap at just under 11lb, he hasn’t looked back and is growing, as is proper for babies, like a mushroom. There was a gift from him to June waiting at the hospital, but he needn’t have worried – she adores him!

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Oooh Shiny!

One of the attractions of photography is trying to capture those Oooh Shiny! moments for posterity, or perhaps to share with someone else who would have been equally distracted (and still can be, thanks to you and your camera).

Yesterday morning I had plans in place to wash walls in preparation for painting…but there was ‘good’ frost, so the plans went on the backburner for a while. I had to go and feed my son’s cat, and I kept my focus long enough to feed him before I got waylaid by icy cactus spines, dewdrops (almost gave up on that one, the camera wouldn’t stay focused…) and violets that looked like they’re frosted with sugar.

I finished my painting this afternoon, so I didn’t get distracted for too long…

Weekly Photography Challenge: Textures

When I saw that this week’s challenge is textures, my first thoughts were of roughness and bumpiness although lack of bumps is also a texture.

One of the attractions of taking pics of my daughter’s three cats on the bed is the contrasting textures of their fur and the bedding.

I made an Elizabethan style smocked and embroidered baby gown for my middle son 36 years ago. Last week I had my 7 week old grandson, Banjo, model it for me – the stitches on the fabric have lovely texture – so do his squooshy cheeks!

The white Japonica is beautiful, but last summer it was overrun by Cleavers/Goosegrass, which is now silvery grey and a nice contrast with the blossom. It’s also covered in seeds, unfortunately…

 

Grampians Textures is also the name of the annual textile workshop-fest that takes place in Halls Gap in March. I don’t get to do a course every year, but I did do four days of mixed media with Kieth Lo Bue this year – lots of textures in these pieces I made.

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.