Travel Theme – Trees

This week’s Travel Theme, by Where’smybackpack is Trees – I just kept it simple and went for trees and shrubs

1.a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.
2.any of various shrubs, bushes, and plants, as the banana, resembling a tree in form and size.
3.something resembling a tree in shape, as a clothes tree or a crosstree.
4.Mathematics, Linguistics tree diagram tree

– Julz


Travel Theme – Centre

This week’s Travel Theme by WheresmyBackpack is Centre.  I thought Center could be applied different ways

noun: center
  1. the point that is equally distant from every point on the circumference of a circle or sphere.
  2. the point from which an activity or process is directed, or on which it is focused.
  3. “the city was a centre of discontent”
verbverb: center
  1. occur mainly in or around (a specified place). “the textile industry was centred in Lancashire and Yorkshire”
  2. place in the middle. “to centre the needle, turn the knob”

– Julz

Travel Theme – One Color

This week’s Travel Theme is One Color, sometimes I feel like I am repeating myself with some of the challenges, almost feel like they are starting to blur, and I do not want to keep reusing old pics for similar themes, I apologize if I am.  So for this week I have used a couple of very recent shots. One is of a fair at Easter, all lights and action, but not many people. Take this empty Ferris wheel. The second shot is the moon taken the night BEFORE the Lunar Eclipse (also at Easter). It was actually larger that night than just before the eclipse, I was out shooting a sunset, when I got this snap shot. The tree was just a little hazy from the light breeze which had picked up, so I applied the Orton Effect to enhance the depth, but only at 50% so it wasn’t too blurry.

Easter Fair-5 Autumn Sunset--5– Julz

Easter Fun

We had quite a busy schedule over Easter, even if it was supposedly laid back. We did manage a sleep in on Good Friday and then we headed over to the Berwick Classic Car and Bike Show. Which was fascinating and had some very, very cool cars. Kept both Moth and myself entertained for several hours. I will post a separate Blog about that with some pictures. We then spent a rare afternoon with the Girls, and we even headed out for Dinner. Not that much open on Good Friday, so it was off to the Pancake Parlour! Just nice to spend time as just the four of us. Anyway on our way home we spotted these Fair/ Amusement Park that had set up not far from home for the Easter long weekend and decided to stop by and grab a few pics, oh and get some Fairy Floss too!

I loved all the lights and action, even if there really wasn’t that many people there.

– Julz

Travel Theme – Smooth

This week’s Travel Theme, by Where’s my Back Pack is Smooth

Autumn Sunset- Autumn Sunset--6Dawn over Prospect Hill Reserve--17

This week has been another busy week, so I am going to cheat and re use some shots I have taken recently up at the Duck Pond. The surface of the water so so smooth, just like glass until a duck broke the surface and left ripples on the water. Just beautiful.

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Reef

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Reef

Most of these are really more like rocky shore lines, than reefs; but I do not have access to many reefs here in SE Melbourne. Although the last two images were taken on the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas in Far North Queensland.

– Julz

Autumn Outings – Dawn over Prospect Hill Reserve

Last week fellow Blogger Leanne Cole challenged us to think more about photographing in our own back yard. Leanne made mention of the fact, that in reality when you are travel you are usually held at the mercy of time constraints and cannot always be at a particular place and the ‘right’ time. Sometimes the weather is poor on the only day you are at a marvelous scenic spot. I know from recent trips,  that you just have to shoot with what is handed to you. But what if you didn’t have to travel, what if you visit places in your own vicinity? There is lots of interesting places right in your own back yard, if you take the time to investigate,  and being only a few minutes away you can go almost any time you like. It’s a great idea and in all honesty gave me the push to finally do something about a shoot I had been thinking about for awhile.

Near to where I live (less than 2km) is a Retarding Basin, for when the floods come, it is called Prospect Hill Reserve, there is also a soccer field there with a club house. There are walking and cycling tracks and many people walk their dogs, jog, etc. Summer evenings it  is really quite busy. As you walk past the soccer field, and down the dirt track you would never know (unless you were told) about the Duck Pond at the bottom of the ditch. I have photographed it before during the day, early evening, but never at sunrise. So the other morning, I was awake anyway, so I grabbed a warm jacket and my gear and headed off to the Duck Pond. It was dark and quiet as I made my way down there, but it was not eerie or creepy, as I feared it would be. I wandered around and took a few pre dawn shots, found what I had hoped was a good spot when the first rays started to light the sky.

As I was standing there waiting for the sun to rise,  the raucous from the wildlife (birds mostly) was almost deafening, But they were all so quick and it was still too dark I couldn’t really get any decent images. Slowly the sun rose and lit the sky, catching and reflecting in the water from the duck pond.

The Beauty of shooting in your own backyard, is that I didn’t have to get up super early, and I was home within a short period of time for a lovely cup of coffee……..the sunrise only latest a few minutes and was truly beautiful. Gave me happy thoughts for the day. It also go me out of bed early and got plenty of other stuff done too! So, take the time to investigate what is in your own backyard, it may not be a duck pond, or bushland, it may be a playground, some interesting architecture, but you can make just about anything seem interesting if photographed the right way.

P.S. This is what it looks like during the daylight

– Julz