April 2020 (Autumn in Australia) — Canberra Walks Off The Covid-19 Crisis.
Never have so many Canberrans taken to the streets. Not to protest, but to walk.
It rained. The sun shone. An urban forest revived after drought; too late for some trees. Spring migrants like the Caper White butterfly feasted on autumn weeds. Little dumpies (Diplodium truncatum) emerged from leaf litter to greet the day and would-be pollinators. And the people came in their hundreds to traipse over woodland and reserve, grateful for the reprieve from summer’s hell, as they waited for the virus nightmare to end. Read more
Are you being driven to abstraction by home confinement? What do you do if you have the concentration span of a gnat? I have been fiddling around with photo editing and walking. More on the walking part later, but for now, what? Oh yes, photo editing. Home has become a canvas for my creative endeavours. Hope you like black and white. Read more
Today my whanau, Su of Zimmerbitch is hosting a virtual tea party, and since this is the first time in about two years that I have been able to see the top of my dining table, I thought I would join in. If you would like to join in too, please check out Su’s original post.
Today, I am keeping it relatively simple and have made a chocolate thingy. I melted some chocolate and butter together and mixed these with some chopped rice cakes, dried fruit, nuts and shredded coconut, then let it harden in the fridge. Simple and tasty if you are suffering from pandemic hunger pangs. However, it is very rich, so to clear the palate, I am also serving freshly brewed coffee, ginger nuts (biscuits) and Anzac biscuits. Read more
Welcome to Week 4 of my Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge. Corvids are birds belonging to the Corvidae family, encompassing ravens, crows, magpies, jays and nutcrackers. So check out your corvid photo, poetry, music and story archives and join the challenge.
Corvid-spotting is as good a game as any at the moment. I’m not one for house cleaning or Netflix watching during this Covid-19 killing time. Corvid-spotting is tricky because the raven is the only corvid in my village and it has been proving rather elusive. I confess that sometimes when I am feeling rather down, I’ve been inclined to abandon this challenge, but I know you are all counting on it (like not) so I have to keep trying. Trying to keep living, trying to keep my spirits up, etc, etc, is the story of my life at the moment; just keep going until I can’t go on anymore. Maybe that’s your story too? Read more
A simple poem to commemorate a beautiful rose and a month of contrasts.
A Simple Rose
in fading light
gossamer petals delight
gone on the morrow
fate and folklore entwined
Lens-Artists Weekly Challenge — Simplicity
Sunshine’s Macro Monday #36
It may come as no surprise to you, ladies and gentlemen, that I am not as clever as I think I am. Now I am in a bit of a pickle corvid-wise. You see, I have a lot of currawong photos that I hoped to share with you for the Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge, but eek, I’ve discovered after starting this challenge that currawongs are not actually corvids (of the family Corvidae). In fact, the only corvids in Australia are the crows and ravens. Unfortunately, I have limited raven photos. Do you think that the powers-that-be will consider, in these dark Covid-19 times, the scouring of the city for ravens to be an essential activity? I guess we shall find out. I fear I might have to resort to some very bad poetry for this challenge. Read more
February (Australia) – another month of what Tracy does best. Catastrophising. Still, I’ve included a few nice photos.
After so much stress last month, it was not surprising that I seemed to have more than my fair share of illness. I started the month with a terrible head cold and I am finishing the month the same way. Lucky me. Many of my fellow Canberrans have been similarly affected by the strain. Read more
My contribution to Sunshine’s Macro Monday #30.
Hello readers, you all know how I love to share my True Love’s beautiful photos. He took this photo a couple of months ago. The photo was lovely in colour but someone else invited me to participate in a monochrome photo challenge, so I played around and converted it to B&W. I’m not sure if B&W conversion is allowed in macro photography? Any idea?
Anyway it was a very windy day so the photo is a little blurry, but still turned out nice, don’t you think?
January 2020 — Not your average month. In aridity, smoke and fire, we excel.
Watering park trees.
Wish someone would water me. Read more
There is not a lot of leading the way happening in Australia at the moment. So rather than throw up my hands in disgust, I thought I would participate in this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge — Leading Lines. I don’t want to lead you astray so I’m going to try to follow the brief and let the lines take you on the journey. Read more