Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

I took the photos below at the Puffing Billy Railway near Melbourne, Victoria and decided that for this challenge I would convert them to black and white. I feel that they are timeless in a way. They are modern day pictures but the work of the train crew and the attraction of watching never changes.

The love of trains

Watching the action

Train crew and a boy

Rail fans

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

Feathered Friends

Well now we are on to a new group of subjects. I love to photograph birds but it is not easy and not something you can do to order. Well I can’t anyway. No birds have shown up in my garden to be photographed this week. Even the Plover family have deserted me. This afternoon I sat in my garden for an hour or so and I saw what I think was an eagle flying high above me. In the trees I could hear parrots, probably cockatoos, and various little birds chirping away from the safety of the apple tree.

Here are some of my favourite bird photos from the past.

Green or Tasmanian Rosella

pelican, Sydney Australia

“A Wondrous Bird is the Pelican, His Bill holds as much as his belly can.”

Pet show Middleton Fair

These four ducks wandered into my garden.

Out for a stroll with mum or dad.

Yellow Throated Honeyeater Looking in my back door

Cormorant

Juvenile Southern Black Backed Gull

White Ibis – Sydney 2012

Pigeon

Pigeon in Wellington Square Hobart

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chilled

Chilled

This was a tricky subject for me this week. Winter is long gone and compared to the winter that those of you in Europe and the USA have been experiencing I feel a bit of a fake for calling our winter cold at all. On the other hand it has not been hot and summery this past week either so no nice photos of ice chilled drinks and swimming pools.

Here are a few snow pictures from past winters. The first couple of photos are from last winter and were taken on a quiet road just outside Geeveston, the next one was taken from the bus during the big snow we had in 2015. The last two were taken nearly ten years ago while I was staying in Oatlands minding Naomi’s house while she was on holidays.

Snow in Geeveston 2017

A snowy road in Geeveston 2017

Taken from the bus window 2015

Snowy fields at the edge of town

The old house

Share Your World 2018 – 20 February

Sharing My World This Week

How do you like your eggs?

I don’t have them very often but I really enjoy fried eggs cooked on both sides preferably with bacon and maybe a sausage and fried tomato or baked beans. However, a boiled egg is also a nice breakfast and I also like them scrambled on toast, poached or occasionally as an omelette.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I haven’t met a rock star, movie star or member of the Royal Family and although there have been opportunities I usually hang back from autograph/selfie sessions with sporting stars even the ones I like. I prefer to stay in the background and take my own photos when they are doing something else. The one exception to this would be when I went to a book signing event for Australian cricketer Michael Clarke with my friends Allyson and Matt. I declined the opportunity for a selfie but I did speak to him. I think I said “Thank you. “ when he signed the book and “Pleased to meet you.” He said “Pleased to meet you too.” and managed to look as if he meant it. I sent the book to my nephew in Adelaide after I read it.

Allyson and Matt with Michael Clarke.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I can’t possibly remember that! It was probably some little doll or toy at the local shop with my pocket money.

As an adult I had a ten-year period where I did not work so I do remember that after I got my job in the railways in 1987 the first thing I bought for myself was a second-hand Pentax MG SLR. I loved that camera and used it for many years. We eventually added two other Pentax cameras to our collection as well as a number of lenses and that is the main reason that when I bought a DSLR I bought a Pentax.

 

PENTAX MG.jpg
By TitrisolOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Yesterday I looked out of the window and spotted the bright red feathers of a robin sitting on the fence at the bottom of the garden. Of course he flew away before I could get my camera but I do like seeing robins more than any other garden visitor.

Here’s a photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

 

Petroica boodang orford

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : The Letter Z

I was a bit disappointed to reach the letter Z as I was enjoying this alphabet challenge but I am looking forward to the new one. I wonder what it will be. Anyway I came up with all sorts of things for “Z” from the very predictable zoo to the rather unexpected Zara that turned up in one of my photos. I hadn’t planned that one and it’s not even a very good photo. It came in handy today though. Here are my “Z” photos.

My “Z” words are:

  • Zoo
  • Gazebo
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Zebra Crossing
  • Zara
  • Z 2 Tram
  • Wazza

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter Z anywhere in the word or animals or people catching Z’s(sleeping)

The Alphabet According to Cee: Z is in…

I’ve spent most of the last few days trying to think of  “Z” words but unfortunately I keep thinking of things I can’t photograph or don’t have photographs of like maze, zeppelin and the hole in the ozone layer. In the version of English I was taught we use”s” for a lot of words that Americans use “z” for and I refuse to change my habits. Finally I did come up with a few ideas so here they are.

  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Blaze in a fire-pot
  • Dozy Ducks
  • Ford Zephyrs
  • Polly zzzz

 

 

Buzz Lightyear toy from the Op Shop.

Firepot at dusk

Best to let sleeping ducks lie.

 

Polly sleeping or pretending to sleep July 2015.

Share Your World 2018 – 12 February

 

Sharing My World This Week

Are you a practical jokester?

No, not really. Certainly Naomi and I played a few harmless pranks as kids and teens but that’s all. I think that mum must have enjoyed them when she was young too as I recall her telling us stories about short sheeting beds and similar pranks.

Who cuts your hair?  You, a friend, or professional.

I generally go to a hairdressers in Hobart where you don’t need to make an appointment. I find this convenient as I never know when I will have the time to fit in a hairdressers visit. I started going there when I first moved to Tasmania and worked in Hobart and I am a creature of habit. I don’t have a particular favourite hairdresser though.

Did you have a stuffed animal when you were a kid, if so what kind?

I had a few, the one that lasted the longest was my teddy bear, James. Mostly I preferred my dolls though

Me with my teddy bear James.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last week I went up to Naomi’s place to stay overnight before we set off on a trip to look at some houses. I haven’t been there for over three years but Toby and Teddy remembered me and were very excited to see me. Toby slept on my bed both nights I was there. Even Tigerwoods came over to say hello to me. Panther did not but she is like Polly and wary of strangers and I’ve never managed to make friends with her.

Here is an old picture of Toby taken when I used to visit more often.

Toby