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Random Fridays: Barbed wire

Feather caught on barbed wire

Feather caught on barbed wire

A simple composition, but striking with the sun lighting up the feather’s delicate detail.


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The view from the window: A hotel in Rome

The balcony beckons ...

The balcony beckons …

I know what you’re thinking. This series is called “The view from the window”, so why did I caption this photo “The balcony beckons”? Well, outside the window was a lovely wide planted terrace, and it was no more than the work of a moment to lift a chair out that window and climb out after it myself, there to sit in comfort with a glass of wine and admire the view.


The view from the window

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Five Minutes: Queen Mary 2 docks in Sydney

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My cruise on QM2 began on Saturday 25 February, but I kicked off the holiday early and spent the night of the 24th in the Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay. I knew from experience that rooms on the west side offered a view of the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I liked the idea of waking up and, voila!, the ship would be there. However, I woke up at 5:30am (an ungodly hour), and peeked out the balcony door: nothing. Of course, I couldn’t go back to sleep, so every 15 minutes I peeked out again, until at about 6:15am I saw it turning past the opera house to come in stern first. So I put on my white Sir Stamford robe and my shoes, and stood on my Juliet balcony in the grey pre-dawn drizzle to capture the arrival. The feature image is the OPT before QM2 eased into view.

The Five Minute challenge suggests: “Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object, and shoot for just five minutes. You can move around the object or scene but try not to interfere with it. See what happens in that five minutes, what changes, how the light changes, what comes into the frame or leaves the frame, or what other parts of the object you can focus on or use to your advantage.”

In this five-minute sequence (6:36am to 6:41am), the focus is on “what comes into the frame”. In addition to the rear end of the largest ocean liner in the world, you’ll also see a tug boat and various vehicles whizzing past in streaks of light.


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Random Fridays: The Commodore’s Cufflinks

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Graceful metal curve against a blue sky — but what the heck is it?

Yesterday morning, my first cruise on Queen Mary 2 ended. A short five-night voyage, we left Sydney, visited Port Arthur and Hobart (both in Tasmania, and both maiden calls for this ship) and returned to Sydney. During my days of unabashed over-indulgence, I noticed these metal structures on the foredeck of Deck 7, and had NO idea what they were. Judging from the need to post the notice below, it would seem I’m not the only person who was puzzled!

About the "cufflinks".

About the “cufflinks”.

Spare propeller blades for Queen Mary 2

Spare propeller blades for Queen Mary 2

Spare propeller blades for Queen Mary 2

Spare propeller blades for Queen Mary 2


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