MtLawleyShire: Photo Challenge: Earth

The daily Post Challenge: Earth http://<a href=””>Earth</a&gt;

the beauties of the earth are many and everywhere – in the very small:

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In the tiny & industrious:

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in flowers, small:

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Australian natives:

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tree blossoms:


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the beauty of autumn:




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to the very large – storm clouds:

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and the magnificence of sunsets:



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I hope you enjoyed my response to the Weekly Challenge.  I am looking forward to viewing yours 🙂










MtLawleyShire’s answer to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Vibrancy is everywhere, in the built & natural environments, and my difficulty in meeting this Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant was in picking the shots.

There are flowers – vibrant in reds, yellows:

opulent red rose and dandelion flower gleaming with rain drops

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red hibiscus bright with recent rain & light through sunflower petals (& a bee in the centre)

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the astonishing scarlet of the Illawarra Flame tree against the vibrant blue of a Perth summer sky:

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Sunsets.  They can have the most vibrant of colours:

In the west:

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sunset light highlighting amazing clouds in the east (on a day of terrible bushfires that destroyed a town)

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more of those clouds streaming over the neighbourhood:

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Scattered vibrancy in reds, oranges and a brilliant crimson:

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Then there is the built environment, both external and internal:

The vibrancy of light on buildings contrasted by glared out blue skies:

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late sunlight on an overly tall beachside hotel:


internal environments have vibrancy as well:

umbrellas in an arcade (no, I don’t know why either):



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ceiling decorations in a city arcade:

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steps up to the cultural plaza in Perth:


and finally – the vibrancy of light hitting a raindrop after a storm:


I hope you enjoyed my entry 🙂

MtLawleyShire’s answer to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

Yes – I enjoy these challenges.  This week’s photo challenge – Orange – did present quite a challenge, but I found photos with orange, and include subjects that are reasonably varied.

We have flowers:
inside an orange hibiscus type and a rose whose gold has intensified towards orange with sunset’s lowering light:

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and a native West Australian bottlebrush type flower which I call ‘the orange puffball’:


Grevillea – here you see the orange within all the other colours:

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and fish!  Not sure whether they are koi or carp – either way they were large and colourful:

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Sunset on a wall turns it gold and orange


orange within the flaring colours of clouds at sunset:

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The smokey sky from bushfires turns orange as the sun lowers (the sun later became a great crimson globe):

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The setting moon a couple of months ago, orange as it dipped into the layers of dust on a hot summer’s night:


a butterfly on an almost orange wall:


Sacred ibis flying home at sunset, light turning their wings orange against a sky with its own tinge of orange down near the horizon:


a friend’s marmalade striped young cat:


and my own Fattee Cattee – sunset light lighting her fur kinda orange.  OK – I’m stretching 😀


I hope you enjoyed my response to this week’s challenge and I look forward to seeing yours 🙂

MtLawleyShire and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This week’s Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

And interesting challenge and took me a while to find appropriate shots.  I found a few, and they’re mostly flowers (which I guess shouldn’t surprise me) – mostly – not all.


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bottlebrush types:

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Grevillea & bee:


Various – petunia & raindrops, and a light-drenched hibiscus:

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little red and a red rose:

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Remember I said ‘mostly’?  Some non-flower ‘thirds’ –

one of my favourite ‘rain drop’ photos:


sunsets – possible straining the challenge a little 🙂

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and this one – she is only taking up a third of the space 🙂


I enjoyed this challenge and look forward to browsing through others.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

This week’s Weekly Challenge: Scale I thought would be yet another I would have to bypass, but then I saw others had posted the smaller things of our natural world.

I have many of them 🙂  But I thought I’d post some I haven’t posted before.  They are from last year – I have many bees from this year, but they have, for the most part, been in other posts.  These are new to the blogosphere

A wee hover fly on a blade of grass:


I followed this wasp around the garden, feeling very brave.

On a nasturtium leaf:

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On lavender leaves:

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I hope you enjoyed my entry 🙂


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:


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:


experiments with the moon:

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



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


Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

This Weekly Photo Challenge: Window is right where I am aiming may wee camera at the moment.  Where I work, I am surrounded by modernistic architecture and the reflections around me provide endless (not always successful) challenges for my lens.  So I thought I would have a go:

Stairs in a window:

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Windows in windows:


Across the road – in a window:

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The city – in a window:


A tree in a window


Heritage architecture in a modern window:


A window display:

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Sunset in a window:


Cat in a window (this is how I prefer to see my neighbour – Mr. White. Quite charming to me, he is Fattee Catteee’s nemesisisis)

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Against a window: peppermint tree flowers:

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& finally – trees make a window through which to glimpse the colour of a cloudless sunsetty sky:


I hope you enjoyed my entry, which seems, now, a little – er – literal.  I have enjoyed it 🙂


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Weekly Photo Challenge: One

It has been so long since I’ve had the time to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge – but tonight, at the beginning of my week off around Christmas, I can.  Yay!  So here is my entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: One.

Flowers – just the 2.  An eggplant flower and a magnolia in my garden.  They are both the ‘one’ thing in the photo – though surrounded by other things (like leaves!), they are the main focal point (there were others but – um – not as well focused…)

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Birds are often in couples or groups or flocks, but me an’ my little camera catch them in ones:

A New Holland Honey eater on the wires, a dove caught in sunsetty light against storm clouds;


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Another New Holland in a tree, and a seagull, determinedly solitary on the banks of the Swan River (hordes of his fellows were just out of frame)

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One tree amongst many – the cedar at Matilda Bay (shot this week)



What is the ‘one’ in this photo? Is it the building?  For me, it is the huge gorgeous cloud taking over teh sky and the entire perspective, restoring that perspective.  We are not the world.



And in this?  Perhaps it is the angel – it is Christmas time, after all 🙂




Now – we have a series here: the sunset tree again, yes, well – sunsets!

It always appears so solitary, this tree, but it is a street tree – a native frangipani, amongst flame trees, Jacaranda and other native frangipanis.  But I love the way it always seems so alone against the vastness of fiery, sullen or magnificent skies:


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and the ‘one’ in these?  Do I really have to say it?  There can be only one (although…)

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Finally – well, of course there is only the One Fattee Cattee

Even if she doesn’t want her photo taken:

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and only one such face in all its feline sweetness:


I hope you have enjoyed my entry.

I am looking forward to seeing more entries in this Weekly Photo Challenge: One.


Hopefully, there will be more to link to…


Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Now this was a hard WEekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways.  So, it’s a bit late – just sneaking in, I think!

Yes, I have lots of shots of sunsets and the moon and birds and flame trees and flowers – but to get the one shot from 2 different perspectives isn’t something I normally do.  Sunset timing doesn’t allow for it, moon shots tend to look exactly the same (difficult to get another perspective from here of the moon), flowers are usually taken over people’s fences and it would be rude to actually invade people’s gardens….you see my problem.

So, below are some offerings.  I don’t really have that many, but here is a scattering of some that I think fit the bill.

Two shots of a flower – one in with its fellow, the other on its own (& the perfume was heavenly):

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The moon – two shots about half an hour apart:

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A singing honey eater on a wire: calm one minute, wind ruffled the next:

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Two shots of the one flower drenched in sunset light:

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Two shots of a rainbow over MtLawleyShire:

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Does this count? A photo of Fattee Cattee taken in low light and then played with in black and white:

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Almond blossom: the top of the tree against a grey sky, but touched with sunset light:

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Clouds on a stormy sunset:

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singing honey eater in the flame tree – feeding one minute, sitting thinking of flitting the next:

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en fin: two shots of the same view/moment of sunset, looking like something out of Dante’s Inferno:

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I hope you enjoyed them, and thanks, Madhu from

for convincing me to enter this Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways.  Oddly, I didn’t find many other entries to link.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable made me think of both Companionable and Companions.  Mine or someone else’s?  Sometimes both 🙂


Here are some companions that are companionable to me when we meet – even if for the first time: a friend’s new puppy, who wouldn’t stay still so of all the photos I took of this rather gorgeous little fellow, only these 2 were unblurred:

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Then there is the old and the young, very companionable are these two companions of another friend (& yes, I miss a dog but please – PLEASE – never tell my beloved Fattee Cattee).

The old (he is a gorgeous boy – comes from Wales but lives in Perth now)


& the young – born here and a lovely young lad:


& the both together – companionable with each other:

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Then there are those who are companionable towards me when I go on my sunset photo walks.  This fellow comes out to sit & stand with me or, as in this photo, roll on the warm ground catching the last of the day on his tummy:


& his next door neighbour (they are definitely not companionable), Charlie, who is very companionable to me and a close companion to his mum (who is not in these photos but she is very companionable to me when we meet):



& he’s very playful.  He’s waiting for me to waggle my fingers so he can pounce:




Other companions on my sunset walks, the honey eaters:

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& lit by sunset:

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the magpies who stalking the grassy verges at dusk:




The companions are not limited to those that walk or fly.  There are trees in my neighbourhood that I’ve known for decades and whether they feel companionable to something so small & fleeting as myself, they are companions of my horizons, my landscapes, my sketching pens and pencils, my camera lens and my inner as well as out life.  Trees.  The lemon-scented gum:

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& this, a tree I know from where I take many sunset photos, painted in sunsetty light:


In my courtyard’s little world, there are companions too, the honey eaters who make nests here:






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the willy wagtail who’s made this his territory (damn difficult to catch on camera, these little guys):

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then there is, of course, my companion, companionable and gorgeous, the Fattee Cattee herself:

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And the companion of all our nights: the moon

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& this is my shot of the ‘Supermoon’ this month:

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I have enjoyed this Weekly Photo Challenge.  It has been too long since I participated.

I am looking forward to seeing other entries and interpretations



(well, of course there had to be another photo of Fattee Cattee)