Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Inside or Al Fresco?

During an evening stroll in Paris with my photography buddy last year, we came upon this busy Brasserie in the Opera district.
It wasn't until I looked more closely at the image with a view to posting it that I noticed the budding young photographer in the top left hand corner of the upstairs restaurant - cute!
 

Participating with others from all corners of the earth, in

Friday, May 1, 2015

Monet & friends

 
Following are a few more images from Monet's extraordinarily beautiful and colourful garden
  

 



"Froggie went a'courting ...!"
The peaceful garden environment became alive with an "orchestral concert" in full swing, as (it seemed) 100s of frogs went about their courting in the ponds - the volume of sounds was amazing!


Joining in with James' Weekend Reflection
and
(with thanks also to Barb, Sanni & Tammy)
 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sweet surprise


While being shown around Biddulph Grange gardens by my house exchange hosts last year, I was delighted to not only see this charming little Robin on a nearby branch, but to capture it with my lens too!
(Am not sure whether I've posted this shot previously. If so, perhaps I can be forgiven as "he" really is such a sweetie!)
 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Just "chilling out" with friends


This mixed group of cattle breeds were just lazing around on a property near Congleton in Cheshire, UK during my visit there this time last year. (I couldn't help but smile at the "bad hair day" look of the highland cattle - or at least I think that's what breed they are!)
 
Joining in the fun at Camera Critters

Monday, April 20, 2015

More Mylor Magic


 
 
 
 
 



 










This series of images was captured during my recent visit to Mylor . . .
. . . am thinking I need to revisit the area again with tripod at the ready and more time at my disposal, in order to do justice to the sweet birdlife that abounds there.
 
Joining in the fun at Our World Tuesday

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Linear Park

Out walking over Easter weekend, my lifelong friend and I enjoyed the beauty of Linear Park - a shared walk & bike trail that runs from the Adelaide foothills (following the River Torrens) to the coastline.
 

 
Linking up (belatedly) with Outdoor Wednesday
and getting in early for both
(with grateful thanks to the hosts of all these sites)
 





Saturday, April 11, 2015

Monet's estate

This area of Monet's property offered a tranquil setting after the visually busy beauty of his glorious, colourful garden and its delightful blooms
 
 
Wishing you all a marvellous weekend as you link up with

Monday, April 6, 2015

Lunar eclipse

 

Last Saturday night revealed the shortest lunar eclipse this century and our night skies displayed an astonishing "blood moon".  This astronomical event occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align, and the moon's colour is a result of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.
 
Despite clouds drifting by, I managed to capture these images.
 
 
 

. . . and the following shots were taken during my 20 minute observations


 



 
There will not be another total lunar eclipse (visible from earth) until 2018.
(information courtesy of ABC News)
 
Linking up with Our World Tuesday
and grateful thanks, as always, to Lady Fi and the team who manage it.
 


Friday, April 3, 2015

Wishful thinking

 
This pretty rowboat on the lake seemed to be inviting me to hop aboard and row out to the middle for a different perspective - but as I was a guest on the property of new friends for just a few hours it didn't seem appropriate to ask!

 
As can be seen from the glaring sunlight on the boat's interior, my visit coincided with "high noon" - not the best time of day for photographic purposes, but I did like the reflected hull in the water, so am posting the shot anyway!
 
Joining in the fun with James and others from around the world at

(Since I acknowledge the true significance of Easter, I am also engaged in reflection of a different variety this weekend. If you do too, may it be a greatly blessed time for you and yours)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ocean Treats

 
While exploring the delights of St Malo in Brittany last year, we spotted this café's window promotion of local seafood.
 
Linking up with the fun at Weekend Reflection
Thank you James and happy weekend to all.

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