I think I’ve muddled two Friday Photograph Challenges to come up with one of my own! But that’s okay, isn’t it? It’s just a way of showcasing some of our photographs. Here’s one from my 2016 trip to Australia which I took on the drive from Melbourne to Sydney at Wilson’s Promontory, affectionately known as The Prom by the Australians.
It’s a peninsula located about 200 km southeast of Melbourne, mostly covered by a national park, created more than a century ago. The park is known for its temperate forests, dunes and wild beaches, abundant wildlife and breathtaking views – just like this one!
Peonies are one of my favourite flowers and I love their heady scent and their many petalled, blowsy blooms. They’re currently in bloom and so here’s a couple of pictures of peony bushes I’ve seen on my travels.
When we recently visited the gardens in Mainau on the Bodensee, the rhododendrum bushes were just past their best but still provided a welcome burst of colour. Sadly, we were too early for the hydrangea bushes and, likewise, the peonies were only just in bud though we’d completely missed the spring bulbs.
What a fabulous burst of colour! Please don’t ask me the names of any of these flowers because I will not be able to tell you. This is when I could do with bringing my mother back. She’d be able to tell us everything we wanted to know and more……
This Sunday is Mother’s Day in France. My mother adored flowers and I would often buy her an extravagant bunch to celebrate Mothering Sunday. I think these would make a fine bunch of blooms. Don’t you?
This photograph was taken in January 2016 and shows part of Australia’s largest and most beautiful inland waterways, the Gippsland Lakes. A network of lakes, marshes and lagoons covering over 600 square kilometres, separated from the ocean by coastal dunes known as Ninety Mile Beach. Unsurprisingly, bird and marine life thrives here. It’s a magnificent spot.
The Giro d’Italia kicks off shortly and every year the organisers choose a very attractive model to look after this magnificent trophy. This photo is from a couple of year’s ago and was taken by my beloved. The Trofeo Senza Fine (Cup without End) which is awarded to the winner of the General Classfication is currently on display at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, in front of the Arena, where this year’s race concludes. However, next week it’ll be at the start, along with all the riders, in beautiful Bologna.
This year’s Giro runs from 11 May to 2 June, the event both starts and finishes with individual time-trials and a whole lotta pain in between.
As in not looking down at your phone! It’s amazing how many people are oblivious to the world around them as they gaze as their phones. They lose all spatial awareness and you often have to swerve to avoid them as they’re so intent on whatever is on their screens. So, put down those phones unless you’re using them to capture the beauty around you!
Spring is in full swing and we’re finally getting some much needed rain. I never thought I’d say that but flora and fauna need rain to flourish. Here, it’ll often rain overnight, start a little overcast before the sun makes a welcome appearance around midday. Sometimes it’ll rain early morning or late afternoon. Othertimes, it just pours. All. Day. It rains so hard I can barely see beyond the terrace. On these days I just stay indoors and get on with my oh so long “To Do List.”
With over 300 days a year of sunshine, we don’t have too many rainy or grey days. However, I love the monochrome outlook on grey days or mornings. There’s something magical in the way the diffused light hits the water which, by the way, looks like liquid mercury.