Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette

This Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouettes presented a challenge only in that I had so many photos that made a potential fit.  So I have tried to choose the most unusual.

 

Ravens silhouetted against the sky, and black cockatoos flying across sunset:

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Parts of the city silhouetted against sunrise:

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tree, street light & magpie, and trees: silhouetted against oncoming storm:

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wintered tallow trees silhouetted against sunset and evening eastern sky:

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Flame trees: silhouetted against cloud and river, and against sunset:

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leaves silhouetted against a foggy morning:

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buds and branches against sunset sky and evening sky:

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suburb silhouetted against a flirtatious night lifting her deep velvet blue skirt to show the last of sunset:

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experiments with the moon:

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en fin, one more of those black cockatoos, silhouetted against a magical sunset:

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I hope you have enjoyed my occasionally loose interpretations of this Weekly Photo Challenge

:-)

Mtlawleyshire and raindrops

My canon lens does wonderful macros.  I have been playing with raindrops – mostly in the garden.  It requires such precise conditions: sunshine at a precise time (11 ish in the morning) so it reaches my courtyard just after rain:

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A raindrop on a jasmine stem refracting house and cloudy sky & catching a little light while refracting the garden

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the best of the drops on jasmine: light exploding around refracted garden:

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raindrops on parsley flowers:

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on nasturtium leaves:

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a parsley leaf bejewelled and on a needle of a native hibiscus:

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grass:

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one drop on a native violet and tiny drops caught in a bud of lavender:

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and outside the confines of my courtyard: a beautiful rose-bud with extra beauty, and on the buds of a Geraldton Wax

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There won’t be many more of these – we are having a dry warm end to winter and a dry warm early Spring.

 

Dragonflies in MtLaweyshire

The delights of getting to grips with a new lens.  OK – it’s not a brilliant lens, and its macro isn’t noteable, but still – I caught some dragonflies – especially ‘in the act’ which meant they stayed still for more than a nano-second!  These are all taken at Hyde Park

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and hovering!

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This one was hovering next to me

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and a little red one on the small sandy shore of the western pond at Hyde Park.

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It’s Spring in MtLawleyshire

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MtLawleyshire visits wintry Matilda Bay

Well – *I* visited Matilda Bay, not all of MtLawleyshire, but you know what I mean.  Last month, July, was wet and cold – in the depths of a beautiful winter.  And what a day.  They were forecasting rain, but what happened was a cloud descended.

This photo shows the city – not in focus because I was focused on the 3  flying corellas.

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In fact, it wasn’t raining when I arrived.  There were crowds of corellas:

flying:

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and feeding on the foreshore of the Swan River:

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There were swans:

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even grooming swans have a certain elegance:

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then, in the cafe, I watched the city disappear

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and then it was gone. I looked out over a river that vanished into infinity:

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the cloud covered all – the view from the cafe was made magical by a cloud taking a break on the ground:

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slowly – very slowly, it lifted and the city began to reappear:

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the clouds passed to the west:

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& the sun came out. Everything was covered in gems!

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the corellas basked in the light

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finally – my favourite photos of the visit.  A companionable little willy wagtail who sat beside me outside the cafe.  He didn’t mind me pointing the camera at him.

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and in one shot – between pressing the button and releasing it, he opened his beak.  He looks angry, as though he’s squawking all sorts, but no.  Almost as though he was yawning, maybe asking for food.  I can’t believe I got the shot!

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I hope I haven’t overloaded you with photos – & also hope you enjoyed these snips from a magical day for MtLaweyshire at Matilda Bay

:-)

Mtlawleyshire’s foggy morning

Last Friday Perth had a rare foggy morning.  It doesn’t happen often, maybe once a year and I was working, so I was out of bed!!  I ran outside with camera before getting ready for work.

Normally, the city is visible at the end of the street – not this morning though!

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Place where I take sunset photos framed soft nothingness rather than sky:

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& the details of things normally almost invisible, like spiderwebs, were clearer:

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And details of small things: water drops on a nasturtium growing on a neighbour’s wall:

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Grass blades:

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stems:

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Then it was off to work.  These are taken looking over a park opposite the college:

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and even after the fog had lifted, there were still drops of water caught in the flowers:

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It was a wonderful morning, and I hope these photos give you a taste of the beauty of a foggy morning.

:-)

 

 

 

 

A long absence

I have been absent for sooooo long.  Due to a problem that kept getting worse & worse, I was unable to interact with other blogs or read any comments or reply to them.

I finally fixed it.

I was thinking about starting a new blog it was getting so ridiculous.  But I’ve sorted it.

It will take a long time to catch up with you all, and I hope you are all still here.

Here a few pics -  playing with camera and new lens.  And a zoom lens.

 

It’s that time of year: flame trees and birds.

Singing honeyeater and bee at a flame tree flower

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A tiny brown honeyeater at a flame tree flower

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& these are from my garden: rain drops on a stem of aloe vera

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and my garden refracted in a rain drop catching sunlight on a stem of jasmine:

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finally – my gorgeous fat fluffy cat watching….watching

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I will be posting more – but now I’m headed out to Hyde Park.  The swans and ducks have babies!!!

:-)

Astonishing sunset in MtLawleyShire

Why was this sunset so astonishing when they are always beautiful?

Well, for one, I ran out of batteries – but fortunately, my neighbour had some. Whew! I won’t let *that* happen again.  And then there was the moon.

I didn’t think it would be at all remarkable – the cloud was quite thick

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& the sun sent out rays as its light tried to escape

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Colour was reluctant

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and when it came, seemed sullen

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and then…

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that rose burning gold

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and then I looked east – the moon rising above golden clouds:

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more colour came into the eastern skies along with the clouds, fighting the moon

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in the west, the colour flared and touched the clouds that were only thick down near the horizon

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the eastern skies had nothing of gentleness about them at all

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in and the west, the colour deepened

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burned

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soothed a little

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and the scattered clouds threw the beauty far and wide

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& finally – the moon

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It stunned me, this sunset – involving both east & west. I got quite dizzy turning around and around.

I am so grateful to my neighbour :-)