All creatures great and small are precious


As you most likely know, I live in Australia.  Like every place on this earth, we have creatures of all shapes and sizes. There are some that are not found elsewhere, except for in zoos and wildlife parks elsewhere in the world.  I am reminded every day when I drive that there are kangaroos and koalas in the area and that I should slow down in case one has wandered onto the roadway.  This is especially so when it comes to koalas, as they are somewhat slower than a kangaroo.

When I was a kid, I had the lovely experience of raising a joey kangaroo (baby) — my dad found it’s mother along the roadway; she had been hit by a car, and dad stopped to see if there was a joey in the pouch — which there was.  So “Skippy” came to live with us for a few years, until he got too large for us to look after him any longer.  As sad as it was, we had to give him to a wildlife park which would take good care of him.  That would have been about 50 years ago, when I was 10.  I often think of those years, of bottle feeding him until he could feed himself; of going with my dad out to a dam where there was a lot of tall grass, and bringing bags and bags of it back, so that we had enough for a growing kangaroo to eat.

The video below just melts my heart every time I see it.  It is from an Australian wildlife park, and Imogen is the star of many videos.  She’s been raised there from very young times, and this video shows the loving care that she and all the other residents receive on a daily basis.

Enjoy!

Tuesday Challenge: the Path


I haven’t posted in a few weeks (life has become challenging in other areas and lack of time has made posting scarce).  But I do have some time for a post for the Tuesday challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo!

This week it is: the Path.

I’d like you to photograph whichever path(s) appeal to you.  In the theme of path, I’d like you to think about where the path might lead you; is this a place that you want to get to, or is it one that you want to avoid?  Is this a path that everyone is going to take, or is it just your path?

I thought about the various meanings of the word.  The obvious meaning of a physical thing that leads you somewhere. A footpath, a road, country lane, a grassy path….and so many others in this category. I also thought of the way that certain elements in photos can draw our eyes in a certain direction –> like a path. So my photos are a mix of both ideas.  The last one is from many years ago when I was living in the USA — and whilst not such a good photo, you can clearly see me trying to dig a path out.  🙂

WPC: Frame


This week the WordPress photo challenge revolves around the idea of framing:

We frame what we see through our lens. And it tends to be a process, whether you use the golden ratio, the rule of thirds, or just aim for the right balance.

But what about how the world frames itself?

Whether it’s through an actual picture frame, a few stalks of grass, or even the spokes of a bicycle tire, find an alternative frame to the world around you and share what you see!

I was thinking about the way nature frames itself, and had a perfect example of that in mind.  Then before posting this, I read the post of a favourite blogger/photographer, Rob Paine, who has a couple of fine examples of what I was thinking — check his post out here.

So my example is one I took a while back of the view of a valley below some mountains I was driving along.  Not only was the view framed by the natural flow of the ridges, but the clouds had joined in to complete the frame.

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Patterns everywhere…


Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo provides a challenge every Tuesday.  This time he has come up with the challenge of finding and explaining Patterns that exist in life.

Everywhere we go, our brains find patterns in what we see, which allows us to be the highly functional human beings that we are on a daily basis!  If we didn’t recognize patterns, but, rather, everything were new to us every day and every moment, we would be in a permanent state of confusion.  Of course, I’d like you to take it a step further than mere quotidian observation…  my challenge to you is to present the rest of us with patterns that we might not notice, if we walked by the scene.

When you keep in mind that photography is not only influenced by what you show, but very much by what you do not show in your image, I’m confident that you can come up with some patterns that we might not place right away.

I recall commenting in a past post that one sometimes can fill a couple of challenges when the photo was taken with just one in mind; because photos, like the life they capture, are composed of many items and possibly many actions occurring simultaneously. So here are a few that were taken for other reasons and now are good examples of Frank’s challenge. To see a bigger photo, please click on one to launch the slideshow.