Sunday, July 31, 2011

Teeny Tiny - Macro Monday

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“I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star,
fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour.
I dropped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity
~Hazel Lee

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Friday, July 29, 2011

North Muskoka - Weekend Reflections

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Paddling down a tributary of Pickerel Lake, Ontario

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Burra Homestead

The old BURRA homestead is one the most photographed in Australia, and was made famous by one of the best photographers in the world, Ken Duncan. The photo has become an outback icon after being used on an Australian rock band's album cover (Midnight Oil,1987), that went platinum world wide.

The original Duncan print is sold out, so I had to go take a few shots of my own.

 For; ABC Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, SkyWatch Friday

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Burra is a pastoral centre and historic tourist town in the mid-north of South Australia. It lies east of the Clare Valley in the Bald Hills range, part of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, and on Burra Creek.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Woodland Flower - Macro Monday

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Flowers whisper "Beauty" to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall. 
~Dr. SunWolf

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Window To The World - Weekend Reflections

It has been said, that books are the windows to the world.
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Here's one of those windows reflected in the glass of my bookcase.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Down By The River - Watery/Outdoor Wednesday

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How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Here Leeeeeeeezard

A post to;  Macro Monday/Mellow Yellow /Camera Critters.
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Tucker, my Australian Bearded Dragon. He likes to pose for photos!
 He's 18 inches long from nose to tail and is 11 years old.
He really is a sweetie and quite a cuddler.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Home Of The Winds - SkyWatch Friday/Scenic Sunday

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Waitpinga Beach, South Australia, a place I called home for a while.

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A Sacred Heart - Guest Heart Thursday

In the centre of Australia lies a huge monolith know as Uluru (Ayers Rock). It is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia.

Uluru is a huge tourist attraction, and many people climb it. Uluru is sacred to the Aṉangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The local Aṉangu do not climb Uluru because of its great spiritual significance, and they request that visitors do not climb the rock. 

The Aṉangu lead walking tours around the base of the rock, and visitors are free to explore most areas on their own. They request that visitors do not photograph certain sections of Uluru, for reasons related to traditional Tjukurpa beliefs. The areas prohibited from photography are well marked.

Walking around the huge rock I took heaps of photos.
I was pleased to find this one with the heart. 
 And...this was not taken in a prohibited area.

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Uluru is;
862.5 metres above sea level
348 metres (1141 feet) high
3.6 km (2.2 miles) long
1.9 km  (1.2 miles) wide
9.4 km or 5.8 miles around the base (that's walking)
covers 3.33 km (1.29 square miles)
Uluru is primarily composed of coarse-grained arkose, a type of sandstone characterized by an abundance of feldspar.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Z - Zucchini

I'm not much of a gardener, but I can grow these!

Zucchinis! But then...who can't grow 'em?

I love the flowers, and they are great to eat, raw in salads or deep fried in tempura.
The flowers have a simple fresh taste and a delicate texture. They aren't flowery tasting, but more like extremely mild zucchini or corn.

Here is a great recipe for deep fried zucchini flowers (squash blossoms).

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup club soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups oil for deep frying 18 zucchini blossoms (I use canola, safflower or olive oil)
Heat the deep fryer to 375 degrees. Make a batter with the flour, salt and soda. Working in batches of 6, dip blossoms in batter to coat, brushing them against side of bowl to remove excess batter, pop them into the deep fryer for 1 to 2 minutes per batch until golden, Drain them on paper towel and sprinkle with salt. I like use a finishing salt, Fleur de Sel, Himalayan Pink Salt etc. Serve warm, and eat immediately. If you don't have a deep fryer, you can use a deep pot, you will have to turn the flowers to brown evenly.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just An Ant - Macro/Mellow Yellow Monday

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The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn't know enough to take a vacation.
~Clarence Day

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Forest Walk - Shadow Shot/Scenic Sunday

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The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness
~John Muir

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Sunset Looking East - Weekend Reflections

Fawn Lake, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

 There is nothing insignificant in the world.
It all depends on the point of view. 

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Clover - Guest Heart Thursday

I really like taking raindrop pics. I was just randomly snapping droplets. Not being really overjoyed with the shots, I was about to discard them when I noticed the hearts! 

A great shot for...

See more random Hearts at Clytie's blog  HERE

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Strung On A Web - Watery Wednesday

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like crystal jewels
a watery mosaic
hanging by a thread

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Going Buggy - Macro/Mellow Yellow Monday/Ruby Tuesday

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My neighbour's vine trails over the fence. It has beautiful blossoms. I noticed today that the usual abundant blooms are sparse, and many have turned brown, although it has just started flowering. Going in for a closer look, I found out's infested with aphids,  visible upon closer inspection. Ewwwwwwwwww....

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