Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinnertime

This week’s challenge asks us to share an image of a meal or one taken during dinner hour.

Perth’s climate and outdoor lifestyle makes it ideal for picnics and we especially enjoy doing it at the beach at dinnertime. There are always people out doing the same and playing cricket, footy (Australian football) or soccer. On a warm summer’s evening we often end up going for a swim at that time as well.

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Picnic at Sorrento beach on a warm summer’s evening

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Picnic food

The other night we went to the Night Noodle Markets at Perth’s newly completed Elizabeth Quay. It was a lovely evening, and packed with people (on a Tuesday night) out to enjoy the variety of foods for dinner.

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Perth during the Night Noodle Markets

Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

This week’s photo challenge is to share a shot of a landscape – in nature or an urban setting. My first thought was about a magical scene that unfolded in front of our eyes. On our last trip through the Namib desert two years ago we travelled along a gravel road we hadn’t driven before but was recommended to us by my brother-in-law. It took us along and up the plateau and then suddenly, at the edge of the escarpment, the sweeping vista opened up and the Namib desert lay in front of us in all its splendour, as far as the eye could see.

It’s hard to do the beauty of this landscape justice with a photo. Partly because it’s more beautiful than the photo shows and partly because there’s no indication of what lies ahead as you’re travelling along until you’re suddenly surprised with this breathtaking view, almost like the reveal of a most wondrous work of art to an unsuspecting audience.

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The Namib desert taken from the top of the Spreetshoogte Pass

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light (2)

I couldn’t resist doing a second entry for this week’s photo challenge.

These photos were all taken in the half-light of dawn at Denmark in southwest Australia. I got up early one morning to watch the sunrise but was instead treated to a light show of a different kind.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

Dawn and dusk are my favourite times of the day. At dusk when the light softens and the air grows still around us it’s time to reflect on the day gone by. Living near the ocean we are fortunate to see beautiful ocean sunsets and this poem describes it perfectly:

Magical Sunset

As the day ends to rest
The sunset does its best
Setting on fire the lively waves
Colouring orange the nature he saves
its pure ancient glorious perfection.

The great ocean will receive
The burning sun who’s going to leave.
Slowly comes the night
Devouring that magic light:
we are still suspended in a great delight.

© Selene

The various stages of sunset as taken on different nights each has its own delight and in that magic half-light I often feel suspended in time until the sun dips below the horizon and darkness takes its place.

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Sunset on a warm summer’s eve at Sorrento beach north of Perth

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Sunset at Sorrento beach north of Perth

We are treated to a light show as the sun sets and paints the clouds in different hues.

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Sorrento beach

Sky and ocean on fire.

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Sunset at Rottnest Island near Perth

A different evening brings a different experience in the half-light. No fiery glow this time only quiet, captivating colours.

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Sorrento beach

In response to the Daily Post photo challenge: Half-Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dancing Flames

This week’s photo challenge is about capturing rhythm and motion, and sharing a photo of something that appears like dance.

Sitting around a camp fire watching the dancing flames is one of my favourite things to do. The flames take on a life of their own and have a mesmerising and almost hypnotising effect. Watching the flames reach up, jump, disappear and reappear to their own rhythm with the smell and sound of a sociable wood fire is utterly peaceful.

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One of our camel thorn wood camp fires in Etosha, Namibia, on our last visit there

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

This week’s photo challenge is to show what One Love means to us. The Urban Dictionary describes One Love as “the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or social status”. In the challenge Anne also says: “the universe is constantly whispering words of love: expressions of pure joy, respect, loyalty, and sacrifice for someone other than ourselves, and instructions on letting go and focusing on what is most important in this world”.

The natural world gives us so much every day, the very air that we breathe and beauty all around for us to look after, respect and love, without asking much in return. There are many elements that, together, form our world as a whole. Our natural environment, the animals and us humans who have the responsibility to care for and protect it. Love, respect and loyalty occur in our environment every day. I love the peacefulness of nature, and listening to its sounds. Birds calling, waves rolling in or animals moving around.

Sunrise is one of my favourite times of the day. It’s a time to be thankful for life, the promise of a new day and the privilege to experience it every day as we do.

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Sunrise over the mainland near Esperance, southern Western Australia, taken from Woody Island

Animals grazing at sunrise, at peace in and with their environment.

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Sunrise in the Kalahari, Namibia

What’s not to love and respect about mother nature when she shows all her colours? Out hiking, and it reminded me of a line I read somewhere: “Leave only your footprints behind”.

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Bluff Knoll, Stirling Ranges, southwest Australia

Love, respect and loyalty in the animal kingdom – galahs are birds that mate for life.

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Pink and grey Galahs, taken in Denmark, Western Australia

Mutual respect – I’ll help you and you help me.

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Zebras dozing in the midday sun in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Love and tenderness from adult to the young.

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Giraffe in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Caring and trust between humans and wildlife, two more necessary elements in looking after our environment.

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Feeding a young kangaroo at Donnelly River, southwest Australia

Trust, respect, loyalty, caring, responsibility and love all come together to form a bond with animals where no words are needed.

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Child No 3 and Belle sharing a quiet moment a couple of years ago in Namibia

As the day winds down it’s time again to be quiet and reflect on how much we have to be thankful for, and also on our duty to care for our world and all those that we share it with.

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Sunset at Sorrento beach, Perth, Western Australia

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

This week’s photo challenge is to share a photo that is or makes us feel harmonious.

Harmony can be “the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce a pleasing effect” or “the state of being in agreement or concord”.

My first thought when I saw the subject of the challenge, was of my 82 year old piano. As I’m typing this I’m listening to Child No 2 playing it and singing, voice and keys in perfect harmony.

I fell in love with this piano when I first heard it’s rich, beautiful sound. It’s old and has been repaired and lots of pieces have been replaced but the sound is full and rounded. I love opening it up so the sound can travel and I can watch the keys and little hammers and pads move, seemingly randomly yet magically producing melody and chords by a well planned process of strings and hammers attached to keys that transports me to a place of complete harmony.

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My Fritz Kuhla piano (built around 1934)

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

This week’s challenge is to show the season where we live. We’ve been having glorious summer days with lots of bright blue skies and warm evenings sometimes without a breeze, which meant lots of people were still swimming in the ocean after sunset.

We’ve also sweltered in a heatwave of five consecutive days over 40 degrees Celsius (which broke a 50 year old record) during last week.  This week saw some more high temperatures and another 42 degree Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) day. My garden is suffering at the moment and even though I water regularly some plants have taken strain. The heat has really taken its toll on my passion fruit vine (or granadilla as it’s called in some parts of the world).

View towards Hillarys Marina from Watermans Bay picnic area

Another beautiful and wind still morning in Perth

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A warm evening at the beach

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Sunburnt leaves of my passion fruit vine