We have been visiting Perth Western Australia. The house where we stayed is built in the distinctive "Federation" style which is very Australian. This typically patterned glass sits beside the front door. The Federation style of building is common in Australia, with wide verandas and eaves to shelter the interior from the hot sun in summer and high ceilings. Often the houses are built of brick, as this one is. The original houses command high prices now, and often they have been modernised and extended for today's lifestyle. They are an attractive and practical solution to high temperatures.
We ran out of cotton buds a few days ago, and I love the way they are packed in neat little circles in a tidy little clear plastic container. My husband was about to open the new package, pick one out and wreck the pattern, until I yelped. When I told him I wanted to photograph the pattern he looked at me with that look I get when he can’t really believe his ears. It turned out harder to photograph that I thought it would be, but I was finally happy with the result. I wanted only a thin line in focus and the rest soft. And if it could be high key too, that would be even better. That was what I visualised away and it made a nice change from the high contrast images I seem drawn to so often.
In Akaroa we have an Australian Bottle Brush tree. The flowers form seed heads, which stick onto the branches. The following year the same thing happens, so you often see several "generations" of seeds on the one branch. The birds love this tree, especially the little wax eyes, which bury their heads into the red flowers as thy hunt for nectar. The little seeds are tiny, about 2-3mm across. This image was made with my iPad and processed with Snapseed, because I forgot to take my card reader or a download cable, grrrrr. However, the best camera is always the one you have with you, one that works and doesn't need a download cable!
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.