The Lake Barrine Picture

We spent a day out at the Lake Barrine, north of Cairns in Australia.

Having lunch out there and taking a boat ride in the lake is unforgettable.

There are many pictures taken there I like, as the lake and the environs are so serene, full of flora, fauna, birds and even snakes.CIMG0536B

Many of the beautiful pictures, however, have my wife in them. The only one which I can find without any person is posted here.

Very picturesque indeed!


Weekly photo Challenge: Gathering ( Pelicans )

This is the biggest gathering of pelicans which I have seen.Cairnes 1

The picture was taken in Cairns, Australia during Summer when we have a stroll along the seaside.

I like the contrast in colors and the bluish tint in the photo.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sepia Tones (2)

Don’t think I can leave this challenge without submitting another entry.

The following photos were taken in Paronella Park near Cairns, Australia.CIMG0603B

Joe Paronella, a Spanish immigrant, built this park in the 1930s and opened it to the public.CIMG0579A

Apart from his house which was built from stones, the castle shown here are in reinforced concrete, with the reinforcing came from the railroad.CIMG0580B

The castle structures are now approximately 80 years old.

In building this park, Joe and his family has labored for many years.

Showing these images in sepia bring me back to the 1930s. I have much joy in sharing them!

Weekly Photo Challenge: One (Tree)

This week’s photo challenge is One.

There is one tree which captured my focus.CSC_0348

While strolling the courtyard of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, I couldn’t help taking a photo of this tree, with the boundary walls as background.

This is not the biggest tree I have ever seen; but the flowers on the tree are just beautiful!

Trees remind me of a poem I learned in school:

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer, “Trees,” 1914

Originally, I was thinking of posting just one Tree photo, but the re-discovery of this childhood poem has urged me to show the One tree photos which I like. These include:

A palm tree in Koh Samui, Thailand against a blue sky.DSC_0614

A tree reaching out to the sea at Hvar Island, Croatia.DSCF0474

A giant tree reaching out to the West Lake in China.DSCF6398

A curtain fig tree with numerous air roots  in a Tropical Forest, north of Cairns in Australia.CIMG0566

The Ken and Mary tree in Hokkaido, Japan.Hokkaido2

Another tree in Hokkaido which  appeared in the local TV commercial.013

…………….. only God can make a tree!