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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandon

Exploring Beaver Lake one summer,
came across a boat, abandoned,
dilapidated, broken, sad,
and firmly tied to a tree trunk.
What is her story?

Wandering in the woods one spring,
a wooden reindeer appeared
when snow dis-appeared.
Tired, abandoned, shabby with peeling paint,
but almost a smile…
What is his story?

And could it be entitled camouflage rather than abandon?

Walking by farmers’ fields one spring,
stumbled upon rusty, old machinery,
tired, neglected, abandoned…
but symmetry and beauty still evident.
Signs of spring all around:
fresh buds, new leaves, green grass.

beside land that was swallowed up for housing,
the once-useful machine sits forlornly nearby…
What is its story?

See more interpretations of ‘abandon’ here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

A duck family goes for an early morning swim on the lake.

A Canadian geese family goes for lunch and a swim in the lagoon.

And in the afternoon, a mother starling
feeds her hungry family in their nest in a tree!

Different families. Different times of day. But love and caring in all the families…

See here for more interpretations of ‘Family’.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

‘The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere….’
John Muir reminds us…???????????????????????????????

 and what better way
to start the day
than with a grand sunrise…
this one, over Beaver Lake,  Ontario

Meanwhile, Ansel Adams points out that,
‘Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature
can be revealed in the expressive photograph.’

Grand rock formations
in the North Dakota Badlands …


…and this grand rock 
at a highway pull out,
in North Queensland,
invites us to touch the iron-red rock face,
and the fine, intimate grasses.


Then there’s the grand view…
from grandstand seats
on cliffs,
in Victoria.


and a grand vista…
of the horizon
where big sky
meets open spaces
of vast American prairies,
making us feel small and insignificent.

Or, as Jill Ker Conway says of an outback Australian horizon, ‘On the plains, the earth meets the sky in a sharp black line so regular that is seems as though drawn by a creator interested more in geometry…’ and where, ‘Human purposes are dwarfed by such a blank horizon.’

See here for more grand pictures…

Ker Conway, J. (1989). The Road from Coorain. William Heinemann Australia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

These ‘layers’ are opposites in so many ways…

The badlands of North Dakota


A flower in a tropical garden…
but I couldn’t find its name – can you help?

After the rain…

After the rain,


the dandelions’ delicate ‘fluff’ disappears
leaving a definite structure to admire…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

My great escape is…


 a morning walk on a freshly washed beach
to see a sea of blue


or a slow saunter in the woods
to see a sea of green…


and with camera in hand
there are always surprises.

Trawling for ‘t’ words?


Two tall tulips


Two turtles talking, on a tyre

Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

Patterns here, patterns there,
Patterns, patterns everywhere.
Patterns in nature and patterns man-made with care.

I like the simple 4 leaf pattern on this plant…


and the circular leaf pattern on this plant.
Are you tempted to count the leaves?


A fascinating, tightly structured pattern on a… Travellers Palm
which is not a palm
– but Ravenala madagascariensis
and related to the banana plant.


This man-made pattern of pavers and stones appeals for its
simple design, stark colours and contrasting textures.


And now… take a welcome rest on this solid, wooden bench
with its gently curved patterns and symmetry.

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