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New

This week marked the 7 year anniversary of my little dog, Bella coming to live with us.

This is a pic of when she was brand new to the household. Her first photo! Such a little puppy, and so timid and shy.

She’s certainly sassy and confident now, essentially ruling the roost!

Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 114 – New

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Buller Gorge Swing Bridge

A few photos of the Buller Gorge Swing Bridge, near Murchison, New Zealand. Incidentally it is New Zealand’s longest swingbridge (110m). It was a very scary experience walking across! Luckily it wasn’t a windy day…

Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 111 – Height

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

I snapped this amazing photo on my recent trip to New Zealand. My sister and I had just come out of some torrential rain through Lewis Pass on the South Island, rounded the corner and found this….I guess the lighting and timing was just right!

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 107 – Trip

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Snow Gums

These snow gums, burnt in a 2003 fire, are regenerating from their base, while tree trunks that were burnt, are now bleached to a stark white colour, due to the intense heat. These kinds of trees can be found all around the Falls Creek area (in the Victorian high country), making for some dramatic scenery.

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 106 – Heat

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Merry-Go-Round

This merry-go-round is one of my earliest childhood memories. Growing up in Canberra, this was the highlight of my shopping trips with Mum. If I was good, at the end, I would get a ride.

Originally, the merry-go-round started operating in 1914 at the St Kilda Esplanade in Melbourne.  It was designed and built by Herbert Thomson of Armadale, Victoria, for German showman Anton Weniger.

The merry-go-round and organ were later purchased for the people of Canberra. After extensive restoration work, the merry-go-round began operating in a colourfully painted pavilion in Petrie Plaza in the centre of Civic during Canberra Day celebrations on 13 March 1974. The horses are four abreast in 14 rows. There are also two hand carved wooden elephant carriages.  One elephant is white the other is grey. My favourite horse was always Pharlap and I never rode the elephants (they didn’t move up and down and were for babies!)

On a recent visit home to Canberra, my sister and I decided to take a ride…for old time’s sake!

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 102 – Memories

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Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads, on the mid-north coast of NSW, is a very special place. We have spent much time here over the last few years, visiting my ageing grandparents in a nursing home. It is with great sadness that our last visit, just last week, was to say farewell for good. This beautiful beach has helped soothe our souls and offer comfort during our grief…

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 101 – Place; and also, Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Favourite Place

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Time

Three years you went on,
embracing old age with grace
all while missing him.
The balance has been restored –
time to be together now.

By Sarah

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 88 – balance and grace; and also, Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 100 – Time

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Into The Frying Pan

Frying Pan Lake is one of the world’s largest hot pools. It is located within the hills of Echo Crater in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, New Zealand. Its acidic water maintains a temperature of about 50–60 °C (122–140 °F).

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 98 – Hills

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Shape

On my recent trip to Hawaii, I stumbled (literally) upon this unusual tree and its root system at the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout on Oahu. I was captivated by its unusual shape and thought it was a good fit for Frank’s Challenge today – shape.

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 97 – Shape