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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

These photos were taken worlds apart. The dragonfly alighted on our  boat while we were ambling down a quiet river in France. Fortunately I had my camera at the ready for other wonders, but this elegant creature stopped just long enough for me to get a photo. It was his colour that caught my eye but, just for a moment he sat on the rail and shone!

The other photo was taken on a cattle farm  in the north of South Africa. It was last winter and we were on holiday there. The winter veld is a dismal brown as there is no rain for months on end and the winds were bitter. We had found a sunny sheltered spot where we could cuddle up to our mugs of tea. The turquoise flash of this lovely lizard engaged my attention and I was glad  was able to get a photo because the click of the camera chased him back into a crack in the plaster. It wasn’t until I saw the two pictures together I realised that they were almost a matched pair with their brilliant colour and jewel-like shine.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

A gathering of seagulls waiting for their ship to come in! A gathering of seagulls waiting for their ship to come in![/caption]

Seagulls and a gathering a fishing boats in the background

Seagulls and a gathering a fishing boats in the background

These photos were taken at Struisbaai (Ostrich Bay in English) in the southern Cape. South Africa.
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The post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

Gathering

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A Manta Ray coming in close for a share of the fisherman's catch. Photo taken at Struisbaai Southern Cape. South Africa

A Manta Ray coming in close for a share of the fisherman’s catch. Photo taken at Struisbaai Southern Cape. South Africa

Treats for Manta rays!

Treats for Manta rays!

These manta rays are wild, not confined in a coastal reserve or Seaworld of any kind. They come in close when the fishermen come in on their ski-boats and the animals know they will get handouts when the fishermen have cleaned their catch.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Treat.”dailypost.wordpress.com

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/door/

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DOORS IN LUXOR EGYPT

These photos were taken in Luxor, Egypt. So many doors with peeling paint,  looked as though they might conceal a passage into a mysterious shadowy seraglio, shut against prying eyes. Imagine my surprise when some were opened and normal people emerged going about their daily business, children kicking a ball in the alley. Some doors never closed, to facilitate the daily social intercourse of men who never seemed to work. But I still wonder about some of those doors…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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My search for the Nile Meter in my photo records for last week’s challenge, highlighted our 2008 trip to Egypt and so the project for this week, SCALE, was just a small leap for me. The grand scale of Egyptian monuments is overwhelming when you see them in person. Photos don’t give a hint of their splendour. And one has to remember that when they were first built aeons ago they far surpassed the majesty that so impresses us in these days. Much of what we see nowadays has been restored from piles of rubble. Many of the extraordinary buildings had to be dug from the sand, or reconstructed as far as they could. Much of the stone had disappeared, used in commonplace structures of the centuries, but archaeologists have done a marvelous work in recreating to some degree the wonders of ancient Egypt. These photographs are of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak Luxor o1-Egypt 1 cairo to Aswan Elaine 0941-Egypt 1 cairo to Aswan Elaine 095
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Nile Journey

Six years ago my husband and I went on a Nile cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. These pictures were taken then and reflect the peace and serenity of the time. Unforgettable. And now I imagine this is almost a lost world when one considers the turmoil that had devastated Egypt in the last few years. Please click on each picture to enlarge.

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