October Squares – Week One Review

Yes, I told Becky I would be too busy to join her photo challenge for the month of October . . .

. . . however, meeting her challenge and enjoying the fun of sharing photos is something I found too hard to resist.

As work has been hectic, chaotic even, I decided I could meet the challenge by simply posting a photo sans explanation.  So far so good, but I also thought it would be nice to share the story behind each photo.  So here’s my review of the first seven photos.

Spiral Lines from Mother Nature.

Day 1

Photographing my Shabby Chic hibiscus after the hail storm just two days earlier started me thinking.  I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find the time (let alone take any photos) that met Becky’s challenge requirements, and yet, as I reviewed the photos I’d just downloaded from my camera, there were lines staring back at me.  All I had to do was make the photo square.

With Becky’s admitting her first photo was from her archives, I started thinking a little more.  Surely I already had suitable photos.  I then started looking through my own archives of all (ok, some) of the photos I took during our trip around Australia.  Surely almost two years of ‘pint ‘n click’ must have produced some lines.

With a little effort and a couple of hours – time I believed I would neither have nor find – I managed to organise photos and their subsequent posts for the first 21 days.  Each photo highlights somewhere or something significant from our trip of a lifetime.

Yellow Water Billabong – Northern Territory

Day 2 – Water Lines

While staying in Kakadu National Park, we decided we couldn’t be so close to Yellow Water Billabong and not take a cruise.

The little craft set off before sunrise and meandered around the billabong for a few hours.  It was so peaceful at that time of the day and we only encountered two or three crocodiles – at least those were the ones we saw, no doubt there were many more we didn’t see.

You can find more photos here.

Dingo Fence – South Australia

Day 3 – Fence Line

This is a (very minor) segment of Australia’s famous Dingo Fence.  Erected in the 1800s, it stretches across 5,614 kilometres (3,488 miles) from southern Queensland to the eastern side of the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia and is a primary deterrent in keeping dingoes (a predatory wild dog) out of the south-east corner of the country.

We encountered this portion of the fence while spending a few nights at Coober Pedy in South Australia.

You read more about that stopover here.

Emu – Western Australia

Day 4 – Hair Line

After a glorious time at Monkey Mia feeding dolphins, on our return drive to Denham (where we were staying at the time), we encountered daddy emu escorting his babies down the middle of the road.  We pulled over to watch them and Dean wound the window down so we could more clearly see.  This was a close as we’d been to an emu and after making some funny noises – Dean that is – daddy emu walked over to the car to investigate.

As was my wont, I pointed the camera and clicked.  Another shot made it as my Photo of the Week.

You can read more here.

The Heart of Uluru – Northern Territory

Day 5 – Heart Line

We spent our 29th wedding anniversary in Australia’s red centre, and with our 33rd wedding anniversary just around the corner, it’s hard to fathom where the last four years have gone.

I was in awe walking around the base of Uluru and must have taken hundreds of photos of the beauty on show.  I can’t remember how long it took to complete the walk but 2½ – 3½ hours comes to mind.  The temperature was cool when we set out (7:00 am) and oppressive by the time we finished.

You can see more photos here.

The Old and the New – Tasmania

Day 6 – Bark Lines

At the time I took this photo, we were in Strahan on the south-west coast of Tasmania and had taken a drive to have a look around.  The weather was cold and miserable at the time, and I found seeing two trees of the same variety so vastly different in age was awe-inspiring.

That tiny sapling was dwarfed by the giants surrounding it as were the many other saplings on the floor of the forest.  Although I have no additional photos or information, this image did inspire me to write a silly little haiku.

Great Ocean Road – Victoria

Day 7 – Barrier Lines

Sometimes the object right in front of us should be the subject of our camera’s focus, and so was the case for this rusty barrier fence.

We were at the viewing area of the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.  This was not the first time we’d been there, however, on this visit we had more time to really enjoy the beauty of this rugged coastline.

You can find more photos and information here.

I love participating in Becky’s Square Photo Challenges and I’m glad I made it through week one.

With today being a public holiday and hence no work for the day, I took the opportunity to not only write this post but to ensure all images and posts (and their subsequent reviews) are ready now through to the end of the month.

I hope you enjoy what’s to come.

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This is part of my October Squares – Day 7 entry in Becky’s photo challenge – Lines & Squares.

Here’s a square of my featured image.

(It didn’t make the cut this week.)

Mt Field National Park – Tasmania

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

8 thoughts

  1. Clare this is fantastic . . .thank you so much for finding the time to share the stories behind. It is lovely to see your first week again, and your special one for today is wonderful


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