October Squares – Final Review and Wrap Up

I am so pleased I found time to join Becky for her photo challenge during the entire month of October.

It’s not the first time.  Some of you may remember the fun I had during (Christmas) Times Squares in December last year, or perhaps you can’t forget the phenomenal amount of fun I had showing (sharing) how much of a Selenophile I am during Blue (Moon) Squares in July this year.

Becky’s challenges are fun and easy (once you square off an image), and I’m so glad I made the time – time I thought I would not have.

Kata Tjuta – Northern Territory

Day 28 – Bonus Square

This ‘Lumpy Line’ is a shot of Kata Tjuta (formerly known as “The Olgas”) in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.

There are some amazing shots here from our time there, but for perspective, check out this photo.  There are two tiny white dots right in the middle of the photo (atop a mound).  That’s two other bushwalkers descending from Karingana Lookout.

Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are incredibly awe-inspiring and I would love to return one day.

The Twelve Apostles – Victoria

Day 29 – Shore Line

This is the view of the Twelve Apostles beyond the Barrier Lines I shared back on Day 7 of Becky’s challenge.  Only seven of the original eight stacks remain – you can see the collapsed stack in the foreground.  There are other stacks further west, though they were never considered part of the group of eight that was officially named the Twelve Apostles.

They are located along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, an incredibly scenic drive that is the world’s longest War Memorial, built to commemorate the service of sailors and soldiers during the great war (World War I).

You can find more photos here (including the entire photo I cropped this square from).

Click here to see an amazing photo I took on our first visit back in 2010.  (At least I think it’s amazing, and that’s what matters.)


Cradle Mountain – Tasmania

Day 30 – Cradle Line

When we arrived at Cradle Mountain Tasmania, I was like a kid in a candy store with money to burn, because this was ‘the’ reason for visiting Tasmania.  (Read what I had to say about that here – I was ‘Almost Beyond Words’.)

Although the weather was bitter, and our stay was only short, we packed in a lot of bushwalking and had an unforgettable time and I do hope to return again one day.

You can read more about our brief time there here where there’s a couple of photo carousels to enjoy.  To see those carousel photos a bit larger, click here and here and then click any photo to enlarge and scroll through the collection.

I loved Tasmania, more than anywhere else we found ourselves, and could easily have set down roots.

Dicky Beach – Queensland

Day 31 – Horizon Line

I believe this is the most stunning photograph I have ever taken.

Certainly, back in 2016, with my trusty Panasonic FZ70 Lumix, I was thrilled to capture the wet sand reflection of the colours that were flooding the sky just before sunrise.  You can find more photos I took that morning here.

We were almost home.  At least at that point, we were back to where we started and looking for a new home.  As it turned out, we purchased a block of land and had a new home built (I had lots to say about that while it was being built).

This is part of my October Squares – Day 31 entry in Becky’s photo challenge – Lines & Squares.

Here’s a coloured square of my featured image.

Heart Line

It’s hard to say this photo didn’t make the cut when, in fact, it did – as did all the other photos I selected as the featured image on my weekly reviews.

This one, however, I deliberately saved it for last.  Being a photo of my hands holding cockle shells, it was (obviously) taken by Dean.  We were at Shell Beach in Western Australia and spent hours there trying to comprehend the sheer volume of shells gathered (washed up) on this beach.  Here, the shells have been measured between 7 and 10 metres deep (22.1 and 32.9 feet) along the 100-kilometre beach (62.2 miles).  Mind-boggling isn’t it?

You can read more, and see more photos, here.

– ⋅ o ♥ o ⋅ –

Our trip of a lifetime was just that . . .

. . . an amazing, incredible, unforgettable trip

around this fabulous country of ours.

We were able to see things we had only ever dreamed of,

all the while, loving living and laughing all the way.

(Not that we don’t love living or laugh now – we do, every day.)

Thank you, Becky, for once again hosting a fabulous photo challenge.  

I can hardly wait to find out what’s in store for January 2020 . . .

. . . a new year and a new challenge.

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.

11 thoughts

    1. Thank you, Yvette (You are Yvette, aren’t you?). So far this month has been very up and down, but life is plateauing at the moment and almost back to ‘normal’ – whatever normal happens to be 🙂

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