H for Harbour Bridge (Sydney)

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Description: Every Tuesday I offer the “A to Z challenge”, walking step by step through the alphabet.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. Opened March 19 1932. Wikipedia
Manly Ferry
Manly Ferry

I have walked across it, driving across in a car, taken a train over and driven under in the tunnel. I have climbed up one of the towers you can see at either end to get some lovely photographs, but I have never climbed the bridge, and I never will!

If you have a spare AUS$200 then maybe you’d like to try it? Or perhaps you have.

Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the Manly Ferry
Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the Manly Ferry

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Cows

Ed is a truck driving photographer from Tennessee who hosts a photography challenge blog called Sunday Stills here on WordPress.

This week Ed would like to see any COWS  pics.

Where I live you are most likely to see sheep in the paddocks than cows, but I do have one or two cow photos from the UK which I hope you like.

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Wales - look carefully for the cows!
Wales – look carefully for the cows!
Carreg Castle Longhorns

“We breed bulls with bums and cows with character”

The Longhorns from Carreg Castle, Wales (also shown bottom right in the landscape view above)

Rare White Park Cattle
Rare White Park Cattle

Rare white cattle from historic Dinefwr Castle also in Wales,  have been an emblem of the power of Welsh princes for centuries. The cattle are white except for their points (nose, feet and tips of horns), which are usually black but can be red

A couple of beauties on Ludlow’s water meadow and below a mother and child at nearby Halton Priors farm.

Time for breakfast
Time for breakfast

Travel Theme: Work

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” is in WORK mode this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

The life span of worker bee is a modest six weeks during the colony’s active season. However, worker bees live longer (four to eight months) during the less active winter months. These winter workers are loaded with protein and are sometimes referred to as “Fat Bees.”

Part of their lives are out foraging for pollen.

bee

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Earlier this week, the Daily Post talked about taking three-picture stories. Read the article for more ideas.

So the challenge this week is to share a story of your own using this format.

This is something I often do, though not necessarily in threes, but I do like to take an overview of a scene or subject, then home in on one or two elements relating to the subject and often include a close-up shot of some detail that catches my eye. Architecture, Landscapes, Travel and Gardens lend themselves to this sort of photography, but it can be used for any subject you like.

Bath Covered Bridge, New Hampshire

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Bath Covered Bridge 1

First a shot of the Haverhill-Bath historic covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc River in New Hampshire. Look carefully – in the background you can just see the steeple of the clap-board church.

Bath Church and Store 1

The second image shows the church in context with the neighbouring store

bath sign 1

and the final shot is a close-up of the sign above the bridge entrance. Do they tell a story? You tell me.

If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 

A Word a Week Challenge: Atmospheric

Every week Sue from ‘A Word in Your Ear’ dips into her English Oxford dictionary and picks a word on the page that it falls open at. The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe what that word means to you.

Decaying Shed
Decaying Shed

On the way home from a trip to Kent a couple of years ago we decided to go via Dungeness headland which is one of the largest expanses of shingle in the Europe, and is classified as Britain’s only desert by the Met office.

boardwalk
boardwalk

It’s an odd place, a flat landscape with a few unusual houses and abandoned boats and gardens with random items washed-up from the sea used to create some kind of weird sculpture.

boat
boat

Add to this a huge nuclear power station and a tiny steam railway with steam puffing into the air  and you get the impression that there is a very unusual atmosphere in this vast desolate landscape.

Steam
Full Steam Ahead