Daily Prompt: Blossom

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Hakea Obtusa, found just out of Ravensthorpe at Overshot Hill in early September some time back. I had stopped for a break on a five hour drive from Merredin to Esperance and saw this. The colour was so potent it was as if iridescent. It was a wow moment. A blossom I’d love to have in my garden too.

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Daily Prompt: Total

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I think this car is a total write-off. It sits nearby Boondie Rock in the Boorabbin National Park, quietly rusting. I wonder what sort of life it had, and who owned it, why was it left?

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Daily Prompt: Create

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I love creating, and I love other people’s creative ability too. February 2013 Lyn and I were down at Windy Harbour and we took time to go to the Northcliffe Visitor Centre and take in the Forest Sculpture Walk, an amazing experience.

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This photo is not as striking as it lost the sheen of the gold paint the artist used to colour the dead remnant. I was captivated by the glow of it, very creative.

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There were many sculptures to view. I’m told that there are some new additions, and that the trail is recovering well from the bush fire of 2015.

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Focus

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Originally I wanted the whole Zanthorrea (grass tree) in the frame. In the end I was satisfied for this frame where the stamen is curled rather than perpendicular. I was attracted by it’s glossy sheen and shape.

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Daily Prompt: Paragon

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Virtue? Paragon of virtue? Perhaps someone, but not me. Mother Theresa, St. Francis, Gandhi, Anne Frank? Often we think in human terms in regard to paragon. But there are times I relate to nature, there are plenty of exemplars of life, goodness, beauty, nurture, in nature.

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(Illyarrie)  Erythrocorys (Erythro = red; korys = cap) begins as a red capped fruit, then shedding the cap to allow the yellow flower to burst forth. Erythrocorys is an Australian Eucalypt. (My photo)

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This photo from Trevorsbirding.com

Now that’s an exemplar of natural perfection and beauty,

 

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Daily Prompt: Puncture

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Back in 2009 Lyn and I went away for a coupe of days to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We went to a place called Watson’s Way B&B north-east of Mukinbudin and near Berimbooding Rock. It was a wonderful time and we were well looked after there. But we nearly didn’t get home. We were heading home after lunch, we had done 50km and were just past Bonnie Rock when the a tyre went on the car (my work vehicle). I thought, this won’t be difficult. It wasn’t but it did get a surprise when I opened the boot because the only prospect was what is known as a ‘space saver tyre.’

It was still over 20km into Mukinbudin, and the recommended tyre usage was a travel speed of 80 kms, weighted against the time ticking away to get to a tyre repair place in Mukinbudin. The space saver tyre had all the appeal of the wrong item about it. It didn’t even look like it could do the job of a tyre let alone survive the distance, and if the tyre service in Mukinbudin couldn’t fit a new tyre, it was 79 kms back into Merredin where we lived. I had visions of having to thumb a ride.

Fortunately the tyre service in Mukinbudin had the relevant replacement. Upon investigation, the cause was a puncture caused by a tek screw.

The upshot has been that I now ask when buying, borrowing, or accepting a work vehicle – does it have a proper spare tyre. Space savers are great for saving space, they work well in the city, but not on gravel roads or rough country roads.

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Taper

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The path, the innocent path tapers off into the distance. It begins the 6 km return trail walk up Bluff Knoll. Not big by easternAustralian, or by foreign standards, with a rise to 1099m, but with a 650m gain, so quite challenging in that though it is short it is steep. It’s prominence is 854m (clear rise from lowest contour) and its isolation is 1225.5km with the next comparable peak of that size in the north west of the state.

It was late April 2015, it was warm at the base and I did get a light sun burn on my neck, it was raining half way up, and at the top it was cold and cloud had covered the peak, an amazing weather experience let alone physical challenge for me. Jon, one of my sons, who walked with me was very patient. We managed it well within the 3.5 hours return. The views were fabulous, the flora and fauna, as always, a key interest for me. The summit was worth it.

The innocent path tapers off and belies the rugged trail upwards

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This is why its challenging, that smooth path of 120m or so turns to this. Still it was well worth it.

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