Friday, August 31, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday: Willy Wagtail

Willy Wagtails are often difficult to capture as they move about so quickly but this particular day, I got lucky.

Hmmm... not sure he's impressed ;)

I love the facial expression... "Come on lady! Enough already!!"

"Maybe she will go if I start preening a little?"

"Nope!! That didn't work!"

"Forget it! I'm not turning around. You have your shots!!"

More birds here:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Project 366 Rewind {Week 33 & 34}

Well, I really got behind in editing my images for my Project 366 Rewind and blogging over the last week or two. So, here are the last 2 weeks in one post!!

Day 225 (August 12) - Wellinton Point sunset & a fishing boat.

Day 226 (August 13) - Long Exposure (my first ever). Wellington Point Jetty after sunset.

Day 227 (August 14) - Raby Bay Marina reflections.
Day 228 (August 15) - Old Cleveland Jetty (or what remains of it) and some Australian Pelicans and Silver Gulls enjoying the sun.

Day 229 (August 16) - Cleveland Point sun flare, just before sunset.

Day 230 (August 17) - Grevillea flower against a lovely blue winter's sky.

Day 231 (August 18) - A beautiful rose at "Golden hour".
Day 232 (August 19) - Sunset at Lake Moogerah.

Day 233 (August 20) - My second long exposure shoot at Queen Mary Falls in the Scenic Rim.

Day 234 (August 21) -  Todays forecast: Blue skies with a strong possibilty of light & fluffy clouds.  Perfect day for a drive in the country!

Day 235 (August 22) - Brisbane City & Story Bridge viewed form Wilson's Outlook at New Farm. My first night time long exposure shoot... next time I will set the exposure to 60 sec instead of 30 sec to capture the entire light trail of the ferries.

Day 236 (August 23) - Rainbow Lorikeet. Regular daily visitors to our back yard.

Day 237 (August 24) - Sky Art outside the Brisbane Museum

Day 238 (August 25) - Black & White at GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art), Brisbane.

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Naptime Momtog

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Two houses, One home

There were once two houses, but only one was a "home".

The "home" was a house filled with love, a place of peace and safety, a place where people were valued, cared for, nurtured, protected and allowed to grow. In this home there was lots of laughter, talking, listening, singing. Those who lived there mattered because they were truly loved.

The grass was lush and green, the trees were healthy and well cared for, the skies were blue and the scenery was breathtaking...

The inhabitants wanted for nothing because their physical & emotional needs were met...

But one of the inhabitants was not convinced that where she lived was the best place...

And even though she knew that the "home" she lived in was all these wonderful things, she was convinced that the house on the other side was not really as it seemed...

She had seen the state of the house on the other side, with it's brown lifeless grass, it's gradually decaying trees and it's lack of healthy inhabitants. Even though she knew that each time she visited this house, she came back very ill, she was still drawn to this place....

And so, she determined to leave the "home" of safety, peace and love...

And to take up residence in the house that was lacking in love, peace and safety; where the grass was lifeless, the trees dying and the inhabitants were unhealthy, angry and fighting daily...

And even though those who loved and cared for this young soul knew that it would end terribly (as it had for others)... they had to let her go. And it cut to the core, because there was nothing they could do but wait until she was in danger again...

Because those who loved her dearly knew that the grass isn't greener on the other side of the fence... it is in fact dying & lifeless, as are the people.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
~ Melody Beattie

More fences & skies here:

Skywatch Friday                

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Barn Charm in the Scenic Rim

My husband and I took 2 day trips to the Scenic Rim this weekend. The first was a short trip with Lake Moogerah as our destination to photograph the sunset over the lake. On the way, along the Cunninghan Highway, we were treated to a whole lot of Barn Charm (which meant numerous stops).

Here is the first of our great barn finds...

I'm glad we discovered this barn before Spring & Summer arrive, as once the trees are covered in leaves, the barn isn't nearly as visible from any direction!!

There's more Barn Charm & rural scenes by clicking the links below:

        Rural Thursday Blog Hop
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