Weekly Photography Challenge: Transience

Passing by, passing through, some things are transient, here today, gone in a few seconds and you’d better be quick on that shutter button to capture the moment.

Our new grand son, Banjo was only a few days old (he’s a-week-and-a-bit now) when I took these photos. His expression changes constantly – everything is surprising and disturbing when you are quite new to it all!

We had a few days to get to know him before coming home. I get to go back in a month or so and enjoy watching him discover the world some more.

My Grandma lived next door when I grew up, but she had kids (my uncle Jim and aunty Jen) who were around the same age as me and my siblings. She wouldn’t have had the time to just sit and enjoy her grandkids, which hadn’t occurred to me before. We played together a lot, but there was none of the special (and short-lived) “Grandma” time I can have with our three grandkids.

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: Face

I somehow missed last weeks challenge – home alone and happily busy catching up on all sorts of things, the week just sped by me…Oh well! This week, the challenge is Face, so I’m sharing two sets of pics of my favourite faces – my grand daughters, Juniper aka Juni and her cousin Matilda aka Tilly.

 

In these first three, Juni was waiting, fairly patiently, for her ‘chino – a tiny cup of warm frothed soy milk. In the other, she is getting to know her fabulously extravagant vegan cupcake – the work of Canberra business Veganarchy. If you are ever in Australia’s capital on a Sunday, make your way (early!) to the Bus Depot Markets, and seek them out. You’ll be glad you did!

Tilly joined us on Christmas Eve, so she’s not up to cupcakes and ‘chinos yet (although Grandpa can hardly wait to buy her her very first ‘chino, he’ll have to wait!). She has, however discovered the use of her thumb, which seems to be very satisfying and tasty, judging by the noises she makes. She sampled baby rice cereal today, but was unimpressed. When she gets big enough for cupcakes, I’m pretty sure she’ll like them more!

Friday Poem: Sweet Child

After a week in Canberra with my grand daughter Juniper (and her mum and dad and fur sisters), there is only one possible topic for my poem of the week! Juniper in June 1

She’s now 9 whole months old, a young lady with decided opinions of her own and a voracious appetite for whatever is to hand. So, fairly typical, but also a one off!

As sweet as pie
And as cute as a button
Pretty in pink blue green
And grown like a mushroom.

Sharp as a tack
But not light as a feather
She likes being outside
Whatever the weather.

Hungry as a hippo
Stubborn as a mule
A bottomless pit
And too cool for school.

She’s fiercely independent
As clinging as a vine
And free as a bird
Sweet grandchild of mine. Juniper in June 13

Weekly Photography Challenge: Unusual POV

I’ve been busy this week – she’s sound asleep on my left arm even as I rather awkwardly type this, ‘she’ being Juniper – my daughter’s daughter; which makes me ‘Granny’.Nothing new, but new to me! For the rest, I took a walk around the garden, and looked for unusual angles. The front-on shot of the greenhood orchid (Pterostylis) is fairly ordinary, but it’s probably unfamiliar to most people, so I’m posting two views of it.

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