Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Laughing Kookaburra

Kookaburras are my favourite bird. I see them everywhere and often have them in close proximity when I’m out and about walking. I have come to think of them as my ‘spirit animal’. 

I snapped this bold little fella on a recent holiday.


This one flew right up to me as we pulled into a station on the Puffing Billy Railway.

 

In these photos, both birds had flown up to me and were less than a metre from where I was standing. We had ‘a moment’ and I looked them right in the eyes!

I have also previously written about kookaburras in my post “The Larrikin”. You can listen to the ‘laugh’ of the kookaburra HERE.


Image credits By Sarah ©2017

 

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 79 – Bird

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Other, Poetry by Sarah

Blind Eye


Image credit Gerald Larocque

detached
lonely, spaces
drifting, slurring, blaming
quietly turning a blind eye
divorce


By Sarah ©2017

Author’s note: This is my first attempt at a Cinquain poem.


Prompt: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, #55 – quiet and space; and also Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Photo Challenge #185

Daily Post Weekly Challenge, Photos by Sarah

Scale

There is nothing quite like the feeling that you are standing on top of the world. 

Atop The Horn, at Mount Buffalo, with its sweeping 360 degree views of the Australian Alps and plateaus, the vastness and space make you feel small and insignificant. It is an exhilarating sensation to swivel and view the magnificent scale of the Mount Buffalo National Park spread out before you.

At 1,723 metres elevation, The Horn is the highest point in the Mount Buffalo National Park, on the western side of the Victorian Alps. 


Image credits By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Daily Post, Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Forster Beach

Forster Beach is part of the Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park in NSW. The park encompasses the stretch of coastal land between Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head, near Macksville. It is home to the local Gumbaynggirr People.


By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 77 – Sand

Daily Post Weekly Challenge, Photos by Sarah

Pyrmont Bridge

The Pyrmont Bridge is one of the world’s oldest surviving electrically operated swingspan bridges. The first bridge began operating in 1857 and the current swingspan bridge opened in 1902. The bridge provided the main transport route between the city and Sydney’s growing western suburbs while the swingspan allowed tall vessels to access Darling Harbour. Today, more than 5 million pedestrians cross the bridge each year.

Source: Darling Harbour


Prompt: Daily Post, Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Hobbiton This Way!

The Hobbiton Movie Set was a location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series. It is situated on a family run farm 10 kilometres southwest of Matamata, in Waikato, New Zealand. It is now a tourism destination, with guided tours of the set.

Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 76 – Signs

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Mirror Lakes

Mirror Lakes are a set of lakes lying north of Lake Te Anau and immediately to the west of the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound in New Zealand.


Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 76 – Signs

Photos by Sarah, Thursday Doors

Cotton Club

Welcoming in 2016, we stepped back in time at the remarkable nightspot ‘The Cotton Club’ at State of Grace. We saw in the New Year, living a night of luxury among the sophisticated scene of the 1920’s.


Prompt: Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors – September 21, 2017

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

V-Wall

The V-Wall at Nambucca Heads, NSW is famous for its diversity of artistic graffiti. It has become a significant tourist attraction. There are now hundreds of artworks within a stretch of about 500 metres. Every day many visitors come especially to inspect the stone gallery.



Image credits By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 75 – Stones

Month Of Mini Writing Challenges 2017, Scribblings by Sarah

The Decider


Image credit Caras Ionut

Dream or nightmare? A clown is the decider.

By Sarah ©2017



Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Photo Challenge #180; Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 14, Task: Write a story in less than 10 words about a dream.

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Lava Tube

This is my sister in the Thurston Lava Tube, Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, HI. The contrast between the darkness of the cave and the light spilling in from the mouth, makes for an interesting snap!


Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 74 – Dark

Scribblings by Sarah, Stories by Sarah

Flood Zone


They’d been warned the house was in a flood zone when they’d purchased the property. The couple weren’t bothered though – the house was on stilts that kept it at least 10 metres off the ground.

They peered out the windows, hearts sinking as the water level continued to rise. The Beareau of Meterology predicted this would be the worst flood in 100 years. The couple had taken precautions – sealing the windows and doors with waterproof tape. But they knew that it wouldn’t be a matter of a few leaks; more likely engulfment of the entire home.

The flood’s peak was still six hours away. The husband and wife deliberated what to do. Evacuation was no longer an option, as the emergency services had told them yesterday.

“I’ve got the dinghy, maybe we can get out with that?” the man said.

She didn’t need to be asked twice. “I’ll pack a bag with some of our valuables.”

They launched the dinghy out the front door. Counting their blessings, the couple paddled for safety.

As they neared the banks they could feel the waves of a large marine vehicle coming up swiftly behind them. To their surprise, they were overtaken by their now floating house…

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt, launch; Sunday Photo Fiction, September 10th, 2017;

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Pillbox

“Unlike many pillboxes in Hawaii, the Lanikai pillboxes are very intact. The first pillbox is absolutely covered in graffiti.  It is relatively easy to climb on the first pillbox’s roof for a unique perspective on the area. Also, you can climb inside the pillbox, either with the ladder from the roof, or by squeezing through the viewing slit. The inside is just as decorated as the outside and the graffiti’d cement block walls juxtapose with the beautiful scenery visible through the slit. 

The second pillbox is only about an additional five minutes along the trail. You can clearly see it from the first pillbox, and the trail between the two is easy to hike. The second pillbox is a double pillbox with two separate sections. Just like the first pillbox, you can climb down inside. While the second pillbox does have graffiti, it is nowhere near as colorful as the first. The second pillbox is basically at the end of the ridge and offers fantastic views of the ocean, on one side, and the mountains, on the other.”

Source: Sky Above Us


View over Lanikai Beach – Kailua, Oahu, HI, from the second ‘Pillbox’. 


Image credits By Sarah ©2017


Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 73 – Water


Photos by Sarah, Thursday Doors

Puffing Billy

On the weekend my husband and I enjoyed the wine and dine lunch on Puffing Billy steam train in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. This is the door to our carriage car, called “Mount Lyall”.


Prompt: Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors, August 31, 2017 – guest host Joey