Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Selections #357

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.  River is having a blog break at the moment (and will be missed), so I am (hopefully) keeping the meme warm in her absence.  


Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week I am taking you back to our National Gallery.  They have a special show on at the moment - 'Hyper Real' and of course we had to go.  The link I attached to the words Hyper Real takes you to a slideshow from the exhibition.


As you bought the tickets staff warned that there was nudity and that some images might be challenging.

I don't know that challenging was the word I would use, but I did find a lot of the exhibition beautiful but very, very sad.

So I will probably only show a few of the sculptures this week.


 This was just outside the entrance to the exhibition, and somehow I neglected to record the artist's details as I did (shame on me) on the next sculpture.

Some of the sculptures I wandered around and around, taking photos from lots of angles.





 Hyper real was no exaggeration.  Sometimes I had to look more than once to see whether I was looking at a sculpture or a person.  The first comes from Duane Hanson's Two Workers installation.


The second is Caroline by Daniel Firman. 




This next one is Embrace by Marc Sijan.





And another by the same artist titled 'Cornered'.





Just one more today.  This one is by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu and is called Old People's Home.  The electric wheelchairs ran in a carefully choreographed fashion.  They didn't run into each other - but sometimes spectators had to step out of the way.









Do you see why I found it sad?  Beautiful, and very skilful, but my melancholy mood stayed for days. 

In my usual fashion I took many, many photos (some of which are less than stellar) and we can explore the exhibition further in later posts if you are interested.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Words for Wednesday

This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

 
This month the prompts will be posted here but provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton.  The prompts will include photographs taken by Margaret's friend Bill. .

This week's prompts are:



  1. Giraffe
  2. Puddle
  3. Thorny
  4. Evergreen
  5. Distant
  6. Tubular

And/or


  1. Torrent
  2. Cab
  3. Aspidistra
  4. Faucet
  5. Teddies
  6. Carbuncle
Have fun.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday Selections #356

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.  River is having a blog break at the moment (and will be missed), so I am (hopefully) keeping the meme warm in her absence.  Some of my computer issues have been fixed, but fixing them created some others.   I may not get to read and comment on other people's posts for a little while (and hope that this post of my own publishes).

Like River I usually run with a theme. We have had a wet week.  Not as wet as some parts of Oz, but definitely wet.  One evening water was pouring into our kitchen through a ceiling vent.  And I do hope that the predicted damage from the storms in other areas has been overstated.  I fear it hasn't. 


So starting with damp garden shots.





Sadly after a day of torrential rain these proud beauties are now an a marked angle.




And finishing with a nod to Christmas.   We got a flyer from a local real-estate agent in the mail.  I usually recycle them without reading them.  Providence led me to cast my eye over this one - and then to read it intently.

Here is a quote from it.

'As a society, we seem to manage the needs of children at Christmas, ensuring that they're cared for and made to feel special, but the same can't always be said for those women who put the needs of others before their own.
We've decided that they deserve to feel special too.'

The flyer asked people to donate a handbag that they are not using and fill it with essential and luxury gifts to make a woman feel loved.  And a call to the agency said that they would be going to victims of domestic violence, the homeless, and local refuges.

So I had fun gathering together an assortment of gifts.  What we included was left up to the donor, with the proviso that no alcohol, sharps or food be included.  My selection included band-aids, tissues, shampoo and conditioner, a torch, toothpaste and toothbrushes, moisturiser, lip balm, hand towels...



And when I went down the agency to drop off my bag I was moved to sooky tears with the number of other gift bags in their reception area.

It has made me think about the homeless men in the community too.  When I go into the Early Morning Centre on my way to Lifeline next week I will ask what arrangements have been made to make them feel special too.

Addendum:  Himself was fiddling with the PC late last night.  He has caused chaos.  I can (just) respond to comments but very little more.  We will call a technician tomorrow.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Sigh

Computer issues will have me incommunicando for a while.  Back when I can. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Words for Wednesday

 

This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

 
This month the prompts will be posted here.

This weeks prompts are:

  1. invincible
  2. wander
  3. goofy
  4. supreme
  5. purring
  6. pretend

And/or


  1. linen
  2. kick
  3. puny
  4. immense
  5. zoom
  6. sound
The prompts will be here again next month but provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton.  The prompts will include photographs taken by Margaret's friend Bill.  Cindi has offerred to provide the prompts for January 2018 and will post them on her blog.

After that it is open to offers.  If you are willing/able to provide the prompts please let me know in the comments, specifying which month(s) suit you best.


 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunday Selections #355

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme. I don't think I am alone is saying that we don't explore our own city enough.


Lake Burley Griffin is a lovely addition to my city.



Last week we went on a small outing, down to the lake.  After himself's recent trip the Beijing Gardens seemed an entirely appropriate place to visit.  They are close to the Chinese Embassy and while we quite often drive past them I don't remember stopping in before.  A mistake.  We enjoyed our visit.
 
The Cninese Embassy.




Beijing is one of the cities which has 'sister city' status with my own, and the Chinese gave us the Beijing Gardens to honour the connection.



We could just see it, through the trees.



 This is titled 'Bronze Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow' - which isn't an act of cruelty (precisely) but signifies just how fast the horse is travelling.


 The 'Stone of Appreciation' which signfies the recognised qualities of fineness, openness, perforation and wrinkling.



The next photos come from a sculpture depicting the four Celestial Symbols.


 The Azure Dragon (East/Spring).


The Scarlet Bird (South/Summer)


The White Tiger (West/Autumn).



 The Black Tortoise (North/Winter)



Some detail from the roof of the pagoda.

Isn't it a lovely area?  Nearby is a garden established to recognise our sister city status with Nara in Japan.  I will take you there soon too.

Next week we are going back to our National Gallery to see the hyper-real exhibition.  Photographs from the exhibition suggest that some of it will be very beautiful and some I will find confronting.



Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Words for Wednesday

 

This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

 
This month the prompts will be posted here.

This weeks prompts are:

  1. river
  2. dashing
  3. free
  4. shrug
  5. interest
  6. naive
And/or
  1. light
  2. wax
  3. winter
  4. bucket
  5. disillusioned
  6. super
And an image.
This beauty, which is a hand-made paper cut-out was given to the smaller portion as he left his hotel in Datong.  He invariably meets with kindness in his travels.

PS:  I am moving off topic a bit here - but it is still connected with writing.  Some of you will have read my last entry into the WEP challenge.  I won it.  Which shocked and amazed me.  And today I have a guest post up at the WEP site.  If you get the chance, please check it out  here - and consider entering the next challenge yourselves.