Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowing Water

Flowing Water

These first two photos are from our New Zealand cruise and were taken onboard Explorer of the Seas. Most of the larger RCI ships have a wave simulator like this one. No, I did not try it.

The FlowRider surf simulator on Explorer of the Seas.

After escorting us out of Wellington harbour the pilot-boat did some exuberant “donuts” to say goodbye. The water was such a brilliant colour in Wellington that I left a tiny bit of the colour in the photo.

The Pilot boat in Wellington farewelled us with water “donuts”.

This next one was taken on a dull rainy day and I only desaturated it a little bit. It was taken on the Gordon River cruise that David and I did with Gillian and Bruce in 2012. The wake is that colour because of tannin in the water.

Wake from our cruise boat on the Gordon River

This last one was taken on my phone one day when I was in Hobart and I had some fun playing with it in Picasa.

Fountain in Franklin Square, Hobart.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid Drinks (Hot or Cold)



Water for Cindy and sometimes for me.

Cindy’s water bowl
jug and a glass of water

Cold Drinks

Milk, although it’s mostly used in tea or coffee. Naomi likes Coke Zero so I usually have a bottle in the fridge for her. Some visiting friends brought the Sarsaparilla. I don’t like either but I will drink lemonade or juice in hot weather.

half empty bottles of soft drinks.
Carton of long life milk.


I bought this bottle of sherry for last year’s Christmas cake and pudding. I do like sherry but I did not particularly like this one so it’s only been used for cooking. That glass got poured straight back into the bottle after the photo.

Sherry in a glass.


I take my coffee with milk but it makes a better picture black.

Fresh coffee



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Kind of Tables and Chairs

Tables for work and play

Dining Tables

Here are some dining tables with grand views.

Dining Tables on Explorer of the Seas
Dining tables Sydney Tower Restaurant.

Sea-Going  Tables

Some of the many tables and chairs I photographed on Ovation of the Seas

Tables in Bolero’s Bar, Ovation of the Seas.
Outdoor tables, Ovation of the Seas

Quirky Table and chair, Wonderland Restaurant, Ovation of the Seas

Hard Working Tables

What would we do without trestle tables?

Trestle tables at a fundraiser.

Play Tables

Gaming Tables on Ovation of the Seas

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tongues and Tails

Tongues Out Tales

This challenge sounded like a good opportunity to post some cute pictures of Cindy and Polly but of course, pets never perform on cue, do they?

Polly, who had been asleep in the dining room all morning decided to wander off and is probably hiding under a bed. However, I do have some older photos of her displaying her tongue.

Polly giving Cindy a good wash.


Polly giving herself a wash

Here is Polly intent on trying to catch a bird with her tail down.

Polly in hunting mode.

Cindy is pretty easy to photograph but not today. No amount of saying “cheese” would get her to stick her tongue out when I wanted, always just before or just after. I even tried to hold a biscuit out at the same time.

Trying to hold a biscuit in one hand a camera in the other.
I did manage to get a better one in the end.

Here is an older one which is much better.

Laughing dog

Turning from my uncooperative pets to my dolls I did find a few who were displaying their tongues.

My childhood doll Theresa has a mechanism that moves her tongue with her eyes. I left it coloured to make it easier to see.

Theresa has a tiny tongue that peeks out.
Ronnie is a doll I bought in the nineties, he looks like he’s laughing.
A Galoob BabyFace doll

The Galoob BabyFace dolls are also from the nineties and they all have comical expressions, many with their tongues out. This is the only one I have.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Steps: Indoors or Outdoors

Upstairs Downstairs

Stairs in Hobart

stairs inside the Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart.
Staircase outside an old building in Salamanca Place.
Stairway up to the Bandstand in St David’s Park Hobart.

Stairs on a ship

Stairs in the Royal Esplanade Ovation of the Seas.
Stairs in the theatre onboard Ovation of the Seas.

Famous Stairs in Sydney

Famous Stairs.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made of Plastic


Barbie is known as the plastic princess so we’ll start with her. Some new ones on sale in Target. I sometimes photograph them for the doll blog. Their clothing is often molded plastic now which makes no sense for a fashion doll. The second photo is a bunch of dolls, Barbie and some Bratz at my house after getting washed and having their hair untangled.

Barbie dolls on sale in Target.
Barbie and Bratz dolls being cleaned up.

These Triang Hornby railway station buildings are similar the one I had as a child. They are made of a hard plastic.

Triang Hornby station buildings.

A much older type of plastic these Nally canisters are made of bakelite.

Nally Harlequin canisters
This old pen has a hard plastic or bakelite case.



Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: In Flight


I wanted to photograph birds for this challenge even though I knew it was going to be difficult. Birds are nearly always too quick for me in flight and the ones in my garden are rather small.

However, walking back to the bus stop on Saturday after Naomi dropped me off I went along the waterfront. It is a favourite spot for seagulls either catching their own fish or scavenging from customers at the fish punts. I had ten minutes so I pulled out my camera.

Gulls , Hobart waterfront
A lone seagull.
Another group of seagulls flying around over the water.
Some seagulls in flight.

I went over my old photos taken in the same area to see if I had any other suitable photos. I didn’t find any other good bird photos but did find some of planes in flight.

The Roulettes aerobatics team.
A Seaplane flying over the Derwent.