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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience


Table set for a feast


Ambience has so much to do with the quality of light, and the music that provide background to the experience.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

A few years ago we had to replace out kitchen floor-covering with tiles and the resultant chaos was hard to live with. We had to wait 2 days for the cement to dry before we could move everything back to its place, leaving us to camp elsewhere in the house, climbing over and around the mess in the dining room, fridge and stove and dishwasher and washing machine in the passage, piles of books in the sitting room. I took these photos as a record for posterity, I never thought I’d be posting them in a photo challenge!

One can’t help thinking how pathetic our belongings look where they are just jumbled together, and one can feel incredible compassion for victims of earthquakes. My chaos lasted a couple of days, then all was returned to its place; ancient towns of central Italy  have sustained devastating earthquakes in the last two weeks and their residents are having to live with permanent  devastation and loss. My heart goes out to themdsc07762dsc07768dsc07764dsc07773


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: Eye Spy.

Eye Spy

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I waited some time in total silence hardly daring to breathe, in order to see this lizard shyly peer out of his hidey hole again. He had flashed away when I spotted him first and then when it seemed safe to look he crept out warily, eyeing me to see if I presented any danger to him. He was gone at the click of my camera.

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. “Eye Spy” is this week’s theme. ‘Eye Spy’ Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge.


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Weekly photo challenge-Juxtaposition

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Horses in a field

Horses in a field

These two were perfectly aligned for the shot.

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pure serendipity!

pure serendipity!

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. ”Juxtaposition” was this week’s theme. Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here:

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Lazy Days in Jeffrey’s Bay – the photos

Jeffrey’s Bay in the Southern Cape about 75 kms from Port Elizabeth. We flew there on the 16th December a were royally treated by Natalie and Steven our dear daughter and son-in-law. Lots of rest lots of reading, walking on the beach, lots of laughter. And now we are home, looking at photos and remembering the good times we had.
DSC07311 Sundowners on the marina
Ducks on the channel in the marina Ducks on the Channel

DSC07466 River of Gold


DSC07602 At Walskipper restaurant

01-DSC07392 Cape St Francis

05-DSC07485A pensive moment

12-DSC07558Oh the joy of holidays

03-DSC07445 Sunset in the east

DSC07422 Chokka boat leaving St Francis harbour

DSC07430 Platinum evening