It’s a windy day today with blue-glare skies, the kind of wind that feels like it might blow in a storm, or not.
The dome spider’s web is holding firm. Today’s first picture may not hit the mark as far as macro-focus goes, but it does show that this spider is not letting go, no matter how bumpy the ride.
This is us enjoying our last morning in Portland, Oregon. The city turned on another warm sunny day as if to order. We enjoyed breakfast at Lovejoy Bakery with Ann Marie and Skip and walked it off on a river and bridge walk. Thank you both for your hospitality. It was great to meet up and we very much appreciated your company.
I couldn’t resist grunging up this one.
Then it was on to AMTRAK’s Cascades afternoon train to Seattle. We passed underneath the twin Tacoma Narrows Bridges and arrived at the freshly renovated King Street Station.
There’s a big American Football game on tomorrow between the Seattle Seahawks, current Super Bowl champions, and the Denver Broncos. We’re staying out at the airport where even in this precinct, hotel rooms are hard to find tonight. We’ll be navigating our way into the city before the game and are looking forward to being a part of the pre-game atmosphere as we head in to board a ship bound for Alaska. Ginny, we’ll wave towards Whidbey Island on the way out of the Sound.
It was an occasion of sadness and the celebration of a life that brought us to Newcastle this past weekend. We took to our feet around the harbour and into the city centre in search of a light late lunch. In no particular order …….
Afternoon sun on grain silos – Newcastle Harbour
Honeysuckle Precinct – Newcastle
The Squire’s Maiden – Honeysuckle
Great Northern Hotel – Section
Old Victoria Theatre – closed as a theatre in 1966
Remnants of advertising – laundry detergent
The old Trades Hall – c 1890s
The old Technical College – 1894
Getting back into the swing of things with camera play around the house and garden. The spider and the carnation shots have had some tilt shift applied. The bee shot is full of layers including Grungetastic effects.
Playing with the Diptic collage app again. With effects via Grungetastic and FX Photo Studio Pro.
My first outing with the camera for a while coincided with a glorious winter morning – all sky and sunshine. This is the reconstructed Woody Point Jetty in Redcliffe on Moreton Bay. As you can see, I couldn’t resist playing with the photos once I got them home.
This photograph of tulips was just asking to be played with. Working with Grungetastic, I made four versions of the original photo, then layered it with Diptic.
The last image is a solarised version of the second made with FX Photo Studio PRO.
I found this expired grasshopper outside the house. The patterns on his skeleton are beautiful.
This autumn weather is just perfect.
Yesterday, I caught these garden spiders hanging out in the sun.
Can you see how the first web is all zig-zags and holes and messy bits where the wind has blown it out of shape? I love that, despite this, it still appears to be serving its purpose well for the spider.