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Where are all the leaves?

New Holland Honeyeater on bare branch

New Holland Honeyeater on bare branch

I took these photos of New Holland Honeyeaters a few weeks ago. When I saw a photo very similar to the one above on the Ken & Agnes Photoworks blog, it inspired me to share mine. Their post is entitled “where are all the leaves?”, which I’ve copied for my post because I think it works so well for these shots.

Two New Holland Honeyeaters ponder life, and the absence of leaves.

Two New Holland Honeyeaters ponder life, and the absence of leaves.

Do you have a photo of a bird on a bare branch? Why not post it and use the tag “where are all the leaves” so others can find it?

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A feather in your hat

With so many feathers, this seems more hat than mask.

With so many feathers, this seems more hat than mask.

There’s nothing like a feathered hat to set off an outfit. These are my contributions to Travel theme: Hats.

Where else but Royal Ascot for feathered hats?

Where else but Royal Ascot for feathered hats?

He doesn't seem entirely happy with his feathered hat. Maybe his horse came last?

He doesn’t seem entirely happy with his feathered hat. Maybe his horse came last?

Ostrich feathers add the finishing touch to full bagpiper regalia. (Sydney Thistle Pipe Band)

Ostrich feathers add the finishing touch to full bagpiper regalia. (Sydney Thistle Pipe Band)

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An envelope from Amazon

An envelope from Amazon

An envelope from Amazon

This week’s WPC theme is “enveloped”. I initially read it as en-vel-OPE’d (something in an envelope) rather than en-VEL-op’d (one thing wrapped/cocconed in another), and thought that envelopes were an odd thing to photograph.

An hour later, I opened my mailbox and found an envelope from Amazon. Amazon sends me only one thing that matters in an envelope: royalty cheques.

I’m of two minds about these cheques. On one hand, the amounts are laughably small: it takes me a year of lacklustre sales to scrape over the US$100 threshold for payment to kick in. On the other hand — these are the only payments I’ve ever received for work that is entirely my own. I didn’t sit at a desk from 9 to 5 doing work someone else has dictated I must do. The novels and stories are my ideas, my words, my efforts (with, of course, input from beta readers and my editor!).

So, although these cheques won’t change my life, an envelope from Amazon is nonetheless a welcome sight.

(Click here for info about my writings under the pen name of Elizabeth Krall.)

Royalty cheque from Amazon

Royalty cheque from Amazon

A glass of water in black and white

Black and white glass of water with blue straw

Black and white glass of water with blue straw

I’m thrilled that Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is looking for photographs of liquid, because I couldn’t imagine how I’d ever get to post these two shots of a glass of water. Which do you prefer — the all black/white, or the black/white with blue straw?

Black and white glass of water with straw

Black and white glass of water with straw

Sailing in a Force 10 storm, Atlantic Ocean

'Tenacious', Force 10 storm, Atlantic Ocean April 2006.

On ‘Tenacious’ in a Force 10 storm, Atlantic Ocean April 2006. Note the spindrift (spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind), the flying rain, and the water surging onto the deck through the scuppers as the ship rolls.

The Beaufort  Wind Scale is used to describe wind intensity based on observed sea conditions. The scale ranges from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), with Force 10 known as a storm. A 10 is characterised by a mean wind speed of 52kt (60mph) and waves with a probable height of 9m (29.5 ft). Sailing through such a storm in a tall ship, you are in no doubt of the force of nature.

Of course, winds of that ferocity do damage — to the ship, the sails and the crew.

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Intricate: Woven

Basket Vanuatu

Baskets woven from dried grass, on sale for tourists.

I’m slowly working through the backlog of photos I took in Vanuatu last November. Processing these images of woven baskets and ropework today, I thought they fit in well with Weekly Photo Challenge theme of intricate.

Basket Vanuatu

These woven baskets are a common sight, used by locals to carry a variety of goods. This photo was taken at the main market in Port Vila.

Rope and timber roof Vanuatu

Looking up at the bedroom ceiling in my resort (Eratap Beach Resort). I love how the craftsmen took the time to weave intricate patterns with the rope.

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Geometric shapes in black and white

Shadows on a landing, Goa.

Shadows on a landing, Goa.

“Geometric: using straight lines and simple shapes, for example circles or squares.” Cee’s Black and White Challenge this week is all about geometric shapes.

Sydney Opera House during the Vivid festival 2014.

Sydney Opera House during the Vivid festival 2014.

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (detail).

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (detail).

Woven hut (and mangoes!), Vanuatu.

Woven hut (and mangoes!), Vanuatu.