via Daily Prompt: Blossom
Whenever I see blossoms in spring I think how pretty they are but I also remember my mum who would say “Never bring blossoms in the house. It’s bad luck.”
I have no idea why it is bad luck. Some superstitions make some kind of sense. Don’t walk under a ladder. Well, that could get you into an accident. Peacock feathers in the house are unlucky, well they might look like they have the evil eye to some people.
I ended up doing some reading about plant related superstitions and wrote a post about it entitled “Superstition – Unlucky Plants” .
To my surprise it turned out to be my most popular post ever. Who knew so many people were interested in why blossoms shouldn’t be brought into the house or why you should not have red and white flowers in the same vase ? That was a new one on me too when I read about it. If you want to know why read my post.
I took this photo not long before dark. I rather like the colours of the sky but the horse is nice too. She thought the apples I bribed her with to be in my photo were nice too.
Horse in a field
Horse in a field
I knew that this challenge would be a tough one for me. I live in the country and my house is just outside of town. There is no street lighting, few houses and to make it even more fun I can’t see very well in the dark. However, as it is winter it is dusk at about 5:30 pm so I ventured outside to see what I could come up with. But first, here are some I prepared earlier. (You know I love saying that.)
SAR 520 on a Steamranger excursion in Adelaide.
A foggy morning near my house.
Christmas lights at Central Station, Sydney
Now, for this evening’s efforts. These were taken at about 5:30pm and it was barely light. Half an hour later and I would not have been able to see much at all. I carry a small torch in my handbag if I am catching the bus home at this time as it is hard to see to cross the road. I did not turn on the front porch light and the back one does not work so the driveway is lit with my two remaining solar lights.I bought six two years ago, the others were taken out by Cindy running into them, the garden guys with their whipper snipper or the postie who hit the one I had by the letterbox (at least I think it was the postie). You can see the two solar lights in the first picture. The second one is my favourite, it looks pretty good in colour too. You can see the lights of the neighbour’s houses and the headlights of an approaching car.
It really is only 5:30 pm.
A car approaches at dusk.
These are my photos for the black and white challenge “Lights” Most of these were taken at home but the street lantern was taken just outside my house on High Street.
I really love boats and ships especially cruise liners. Here are a few of my photos of them. They are taken in Hobart, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand. Explorer of the Seas will always remain close to my heart because of our wonderful holiday in 2016 so she has the proud honour of being my featured photo for this post.
How could I resist this challenge when ships and boats are some of my favourite photography subjects. Here are some I took on the Hobart Waterfront and at Franklin on the Huon River.
Antarctic vessel Aurora Australis berthed in Hobart, Tasmania
Princess Cruises Dawn Princess in Hobart 2016
Dooen – Hobart 2014
Durham – On the Huon River at Franklin July 2014
Emmalisa, , Hobart waterfront 2015
Messing about in boats – Franklin, Tasmania
Tonight I went to an arty event called “The Crossing” Churches from Launceston to Hobart were lit up for the event while inside organ music was played. Now this was no ordinary music. people expecting to hear Onward Christian Soldiers were in for a shock as one or two elderly residents were. There were no brightly coloured lights to illuminate the church either. Instead there were blueish lights which made the church look rather eerie. Red shone through the lovely stained glassed windows. The music on the organ which was some sort of keyboard was high-pitched or deep sounding. It was a bit Pink Floyd meets Science Fiction. Some elderly residents left early. For myself I got bored after a while and went outside and had some free soup and damper the minister had made. I found the music shrill and high pitched and it hurt my ears. A kid next to me said it was creepy and you couldn’t dance to it and he or she did not want to dance. I joked that it was nothing like The Bee Gees and didn’t blame them. At the end the artists did get a big round of applause for their efforts. I think most people liked it a lot. I have to say I found it monotonous and no way did I have any peaceful thoughts while I was in there. I have no way of introducing you to the sounds I heard but here are a few photos I took. There is a link for those wishing to know more about Dark Mofo and The Crossing.
Dark Mofo The Crossing