Tree Squares: Dead

I couldn’t think of a kinder way to say it, but this tree is, well, dead. Very striking, though, with its strong and dramatic lines. I spotted it while walking between Coogee and Maroubra, which are Sydney coastal suburbs.

I thought those bold shapes and textures would work well in black and white, too.

July Squares are all about Trees

CBWC: Trees or Tree Parts


Places to walk or hike

A clifftop path beside the sea, Cornwall. Don’t get too close to that unfenced edge …

Walking is the only form of exercise I actually enjoy. And there are so many places to walk! From mountains to beaches, urban to outback, there’s a walk for everyone.

Old cemeteries can be fascinating places to walk. This is Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

A patch of bush in North Sydney.

A mountain meadow near Wengen, Switzerland.

Nothing like getting your feet wet in the surf! (Not to mention your shorts, if you’re not paying attention. I speak from experience.) Umina Beach, Australia.

Trekking in Bolivia. Granted, not something you’d do on a normal weekend!

Don’t forget your local park! Hyde Park is near my employer’s office, and on the days when I’m forced to go in (hiss boo!), I often walk here.

Hyde Park, Sydney.

CBWC: Places to walk or hike


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.