summer love

 

so risky

late summer lovers

he escaped

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Last week we were over at Heide Gallery in Bulleen to see the Georgia O Keefe, Grace Cossington – Smith  and Margaret Preston exhibition. https://www.heide.com.au/whats-on/exhibitions/now-showing    AS usual the cafe was not coping with accommodating customers because of the huge number of people who pre book, ( they could just let people serve as they turn up) so Jill and I wandered off to look at the gardens/park. I was looking down at the cottage garden when I noticed a large spider web  .This set of images shows a pair of Golden Orb Weaving spiders,( she is the big one). This male was cautiously moving in for the moment of bliss as I snapped away, notice in the second image one leg cautiously dropping down to the female.I could not bear to watch his fate and wandered off to join Jill in the Native Tree Garden.  I told her about the spiders and we dropped in on the way back. This time the male got away and we saw him far up in the web no doubt pleased with himself. The Females have been known to catch and eat small birds and even snakes in their strong webs.

late dinner

hunting bird

summer day fading

hungry eyes

 

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hunting bird

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summer day fading

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hungry eyes

This Kookaburra has recently been seen and heard in Long Hollow reserve. We have come across it twice during our evening strolls. The local council has put up beware of snakes signs in this and the local parks after a number of tiger snakes were seen on coastal paths. Rumour has it one was also seen in this reserve. Maybe the Kookaburra read the sign and is on the lookout for a tasty snack.

This is my contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 136 Eye  & Fade. Visit Ronovans blog  and read a vast array of creative haiku from around the world.  https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-136-eyefade/

happy

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off the lead

smells blow on the wind

free to please

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Roaming around in the bush near Bendigo was one of Charlie’s happiest experiences. Having just missed a wallaby once she was always on the lookout however we were more careful before the lead came off. There were always many different scents both on the wind and the ground. Occasionally we would come across a prospector with a metal detector, people walking dogs or themselves and plenty of motor bike and 4X4 tyre marks.

This is my contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 134 Blow & Please . To read  other haiku poet challenges please visit this link https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-134-blowplease/

This is also  my contribution to the one a week week Photo Challenge  and the challenge is is HAPPY . For this years challenge planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

gates

messages

open closed missing

gates can talk

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This is my contribution to the one a week week Photo Challenge  and the challenge is is Gate . For this years challenge planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

These three gates tell different stories. The first entices one into a Japanese garden in Brisbane of all places. The second is our old gate at home with Kara letting passing people and dogs know they need to beware. The third is a missing gate at the Griffith Island Lighthouse near Port Fairy. In fact the gate is not all that is missing from the old Keepers cottage, this fence and  a few bluestones is all that shows where the settlement stood.

changing landscape

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winter storms

smash break and flow

natures tears

This is a view of The Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of The Port Campbell National Park in Western Victoria. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia and is often visited by mini bus loads of international travellers on one day trips from Melbourne. There were originally only nine stacks when the name was given and one has been totally eroded, the rest will follow over time. Good news for a long term tourist industry is that further coastal erosion will see new stacks created , who knows, for a while there may be 12.

To learn more visit http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/port-campbell-national-park

This haiku is my contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 133 Flow&Tear. To see many other haiku inspiring flowing tears visit https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-133-flowtear/

take care

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winter prune

looks awkward yet safe

care taken

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This is my contribution to the one a week week Photo Challenge my second one for 2017 and the challenge is is Awkward . For this years challenge planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

These arborists were carefully doctoring our 90 year old North American Liquid Amber. This tree was planted when the house was built. A common practice in our immediate suburbs with Californian Bungalow houses, many of which remain, and also usually so do the trees. Sadly however there is a gradual replacement over time as developers  or the nouveau rich ( the only difference being whose money!) buy a bungalow  outbidding genuine house savers and then demolish the house and garden and replace  them with fence to fence Mc Mansions and hard surfaces. Occasionally they grab two together and put a tennis court on the other block. Artificial environments for artificial people?

farewell again

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suns last flame

a watery kiss

disappears

There is always something about a Summer sunset  across Port Phillip Bay as the last burning rays drop into the water, flicker across the sand and then all is gone for another day.

This is my contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 132 Flame & Kiss. To see the heated passion generated by these challenge words in  other haiku poets contributions visit https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-132-flamekiss/