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Red (er, black and white) lanterns

Black and white lanterns

Black and white lanterns

The lanterns in this photo are really a glowing bright red, but I think with the colour removed you are more aware of the shapes. (You can see the colour version here.)

This is my entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters K or L.


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S for Spider

long legged spider in web

Creepy but compelling!

This is a St Andrew’s Cross spider, so-named because of the bright zig-zag ‘decorations’ that can form a full or partial cross on the web. (This spider has so far managed only one arm of the cross.) I came across it while walking along Cremorne Point on Sydney’s north shore. The colours and patterns of the markings are beautiful, even in black and white. The feature photo at top is the same spider but seen from below, and looking very monster-ish with this treatment — but don’t worry, the bite of a St Andrew’s Cross spider is not toxic to humans, and they are not aggressive.

Cee’s black and white photo challenge this week is anything that begins with an S.

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Carved in black and white

Carved anchor chain on a headstone, Waverley Cemetery.

Carved anchor chain on a headstone, Waverley Cemetery.

This could be a first for me: not only two posts in one day, but two collections of photographs taken during the same shoot. I was excited to see that Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week has the theme of Sculptures, Statues, Carvings. On a beautiful Sydney winter day (flawless blue sky, 15 degrees C) I headed off to Waverley Cemetery, which I know has a great collection of wonderfully weathered stone subjects. While sitting on a bench I realised I was staring at a vault door, and I remembered that the Weekly Photo Challenge is doors. (Click here to see the vault door post.)

Anyway, back to the Sculptures, Statues and Carvings …

The next photo was taken on a previous visit, but fits in well with this theme. I love the way the wings and the drapery seem to become one at the bottom. It’s the statue I described looking for in the post “In search of an angel“.

Angel and boy.

Angel and boy.


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Monochrome Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slice backlit (with some HDR toning to liven it up)

Monochrome Madness* this week is about things beginning with K. I went for kiwifruit. The slices were quite beautiful and rather alien-looking when photographed with a strong light behind them.

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slice backlit (this one reminds me of a jellyfish)

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slices

Kiwifruit slices

By the time I was finished photographing, the poor kiwifruit was looking a bit the worse for wear. But it was juicy and smelled very inviting, so I couldn’t bring myself to throw it out. This is not the first time I’ve had to, uh, dispose of consumable photo props:

*I see that the photo (the first one above) that I sent for inclusion in Monochrome Madness was not included in the MM post.

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