Weekly Photo Challenge – Near and Far

This Weekly Photo Challenge – Near and Far – had me stumped for a little while, then I realized I actually did have some photos that might suit the theme.

I generally take photos that are restricted: parks, gardens, birds and flowers where there is no horizon at all, only sky, but there have been occasions when I’ve been elsewhere – outside of Hyde Park ๐Ÿ™‚

So, the first of these for this Weekly Photo Challenge – Near and Far are of the Swan River with the clouds streaming away into the distance.

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These next two are also of the Swan River, but taken from St Martin’s Tower In April.ย  The first looks west towards the sea and if you click on the photo, you can discern Fremantle and the Indian Ocean quite a few miles distant.ย ย  The other looks to the east and the Darling Ranges – an escarpment that rises out of the coastal plain and is, in fact, the ancient coastline of this part of Western Australia.

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These next two are also from St Martins Tower – the 33rd floor.ย  The two skyscrapers are obviously quite near, but the 1st looks west across the Narrows Bridge towards Fremantle once again and the other looks south.

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Again, from St Martins Tower, looking south and north

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Now we move up north to Lake Joondalup – a fairly extensive wet system. It’s extremely shallow and when I was up there, in February (I think), very dry.ย  Bit the trees give that sense of distance from the near focus on rocks and reflections.

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One of my favourite haunts: Matilda Bay – from the edge of the river to the distant city, clouds again granting additional perspective.

Looking down William Street, from street trees to city skyscrapers, height and shadows delightfully confounding perspective.

Hyde Park – here the near and far are restricted – but there is a sense of space and distance created through trees and paths, light and shadow.

In this one, it is the water and reflections that make the near and far – and it is illusory.ย  It is not that large a park.ย  It’s the reflections that create the sense of distance.

Now – am I stretching it?ย  For me, telephone poles silhouetted against the sunset-lit clouds stretching away from night and into the maelstrom of colours of sunset give a sense of both physical and temporal distance.

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And these too – the cold sunsets with clouds swallowing the glory have that same sense of the infinite despite the telephone poles and wire, the sere blues and greys far beyond the human realm.

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And last – this, not an overly successful photo for my little camera, but the nearness of street and streetlights and the quarter moon hanging in the sky deepening with night – so far.

I hope my interpretation of the theme is OK, & that you enjoyed it.ย  I’m looking forward to seeing more entries to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

& only 2 entries to link to at the moment.ย  As more come online, I will update

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45 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Near and Far

  1. Marianne says:

    Lovely entry for this weekยดs challenge. My favourite is the one with the rocks in the foreground and the water behind ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Madhu says:

    The one of Matilda Bay is my favourite too! Great perspective. Burt they are all nice. Good luck with the thesis and the job hunt Keira.

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    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s one of my favourite places & I’ve realized I have shots spanning seasons of the city across the river seen beneath that tree. & thanks for the good luck wish – one’s working, the other’s not getting much traction :-/

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  3. You achieve so much with that ‘little’ camera of yours! All such wonderful shots, but I kept going back to the river walk in Hyde Park, framed by that enormous tree, and Matilda Bay. Gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • ๐Ÿ™‚ YEs, my lovely *little* camrea. I had a chance to buy another but it was a car or the camera. I need the car for what little work I’ve been able to get, so the camera will have to wait another while ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I’m glad you liked them ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Wheels? A new aspect of freedom 0 not a bad trade, i’d say, especially as your ‘little’ camera is such a gem. Glad to hear you’re getting some work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • had to have the car to get work – can’t afford to drive it all that much though – work & shopping & that’s about it for the moment ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Still, it’s a good little car, good price, so at least it means I am more flexible for work, though just missded out on one as my ‘skills aren’t readily transferrable and I don’t have much relevant experience’ which is depressing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      • Sometimes you can’t win, no matter what. Remember when we were young and they wouldn’t give us work cause we had no experience, or they wouldn’t give us work because there were kids who’d left school at 16 who’d work for even less? i remember that catch 22 and the frustrations soooooo well.

        How much is petrol?

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      • petrol – um – well of $1/litre. $20 fills half the tank of my new car which does last 2 – 3 weeks depending on where I go. I’m restricting it to work (teaching at night, so no public transport) & shopping (arthritits means I can’t carry much). But yes, frustrating is very much the word, and I hav emy age against me as well. I guess if I don’t have work, I’ll have time to take photos – just won’t be able to do much with ’em :-/ But still – I’d be able to take them ๐Ÿ™‚ & today, found some silver birch in my neighbourhood – I didn’t think they even grew over here. I remember them from the backyard when i was a kid in Melbourne. A wee delight ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • How lovely! They must be budding now – you’re in time to start a series :).

        Now, hope that PhD isn’t being neglected ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • The PhD isn’t being neglected, but depression over financial state isn’t helping ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But yes – maybe I am in time to start a series. The photos I took yesterday weren’t brilliant. I’m wondering if I could actually go onto the property. They were a nice couple – a little quieter than their neighbours 2 doors down who entused about their incredibly huge paperbark which they told me was a ‘listed’ tree. I will take more photos of it. They were happy for me to do so and even encourage me to physically say hello to the venerable being. It wa sa long walk yesterday, has left me aching today, with some excellent photos for the calendar, but I learnt so much more aobut the inner mtlawleyshire ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Keira, I’m sorry to hear, that, though not surprised – this is one of those high stress times where most of the issues are out of your control. Glad to hear the walk was so productive ๐Ÿ™‚

        Try the birches in different light – you may get lucky, but what you need is their owners permission to let you in to shoot from different angles – they can only say no!

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      • yes – I intend to, though can’t today – an evening’s teaching and then more writing on the exegesis (which is what I were doing till your comment popped up in my email), but hopefully Thursday afternoon – or even tomorrow morning. It is something to explore. Wish I’d seen them in autumn. It is one of the strongest memories of my childhood in Melbourne – teh silver birth in autumn, the sound of it, the colour, the long seed pods all soft and crinkly. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think the couple will say no. I’m learning that people are delighted to have you admire their garden ๐Ÿ™‚ When I can afford it, I shall get photos of people flowers & trees pronted & pop them into their letter boxes ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • That’s a lovely idea ๐Ÿ™‚

        Back to work now …

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      • iz working ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. mehmudah says:

    Lovely collection!

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  5. eof737 says:

    Terrific selections for this challenge… good job! Do check out my contribution. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Sunshine says:

    I love the Hyde Park shot the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. All great shots – I really like the one of Matiilda Bay!

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  13. nellibell49 says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 – ON THE BENCH and commented:
    Because I like it.

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    • My goodness! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ What a lovely thing to do ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really glad you liked it – I had fun going through the pics to decide what fitted & what didn’t. & thank you for reblogging ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. bulldogsturf says:

    bloody marvelous interpretation… i am inspired to look to see if I’ve got an entry for this one… well done…

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    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! I didn’t know if it really fit. Sure, some of them did, but others? I reckon I was pushin’ it ๐Ÿ™‚ & you *must* have something. The wide spaces you regularly visit? Oh my goodness! You will have scads! I’m looking forward to seeing it!

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