Puddle Ice – Monochrome Madness.

This is the last image I will post for now taken during the sub-zero morning we had a week ago.  It’s a puddle with many frozen layers which created these beautiful patterns (and the wonderful physics I can only start to understand) .  It is an image which I both like and dislike, it was difficult to capture as there were many layers of ice of different opacity and sharpness but I liked the overall pattern. This is my entry for the 24th Monochrome Madness Challenge posted on Leanne Cole’s blog, initiated by Leanne and Laura Macky.  Thanks to Leanne for her precious time and effort that goes into the challenge 🙂

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Peeling bark…

This is a gum tree going through its natural process of shedding bark.  Taken on a rainy day, a whole chunk had come away (you can see the stripes on the trunk behind), making this incredible natural sculpture. This is also my entry for the 21st Monochrome Madness Challenge initiated by Laura Macky along with Leanne Cole who is the curator.  Do take time to check out Leanne’s post if you haven’t already..

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As always, click in for more detail

 

Squares…

I’m now into the full swing of pruning – this is enjoyable and rewarding but physically hard work and days like today when you stand out in the winter rain all day, well…suffice to say I’m a bit tired 🙂  So a late post with an image looking through the bottom of a trestle bridge that is in a very sad state of repair – I spent half my time looking up to make sure nothing was going to fall on my head.  I will go back at a different time of day but here it is for now 🙂

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Strange but familiar…

This weekend I’ve been back to Pyalong – the first time since the end of summer.  I always get a jolt at how green it becomes with the first winter rains (as opposed to the bleached, sparse landscape of summer).  Later in the week I will post a colour image, but for today a b&w conversion taken late afternoon with the low sun casting strong shadows onto what is always a beautifully surreal  landscape 🙂

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Click for a more detailed view. I like the poor up-ended tree up on the hill.

 

Before the fog rolled in…

A quick post today.  The weather has been miserable and wet for the last few days and so no opportunity for outside shots and heaps of other things going on. I did manage this one just at sunrise on Friday after a heavy frost, the valley had filled with the mist and looked a promising day (the reality was that a really heavy fog rolled in just after and it was overcast for hours!)

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A forest in the sand…

When I first saw these seaweed impressions left in the sand they struck me as looking like bare trees in a forest, or an art nouveau frieze.  I decided to convert it to mono to bring out the contrast a little more, as even though the impressions were quite deep, the light was comparatively flat.

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A post note!  My husband has looked at this and said he thought water had made the pattern as it drained back out to sea – so I may have assumed the wrong artist, not seaweed!!

Such a perfect tree…

Yesterday was an overcast day with many heavy rain clouds rolling in (for us winter isn’t far away) when I spotted this tree up on a hill.  It’s shape was so perfect… 🙂

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Camel’s Hump…

I saw this the other day at the end of an afternoon with the sun low in the sky.  The scenery struck me as being very apt – the Camel’s Hump is a mamelon, formed about 6 million years ago when thick lava forced its way through a narrow vent…the clouds almost look like smoke from a volcano.

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…mmm I want a wider angle lens 🙂 

 

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