Warm Winter’s Day.

IMG_1475We are getting these Winter days at the moment where the temperature drops to 5 degrees Celsius at night, but hovers between 16-20 degrees during the day with not a cloud in sight. While this is spelling doom for my poor garden (hand watering in June, unheard of!) it is making for some gorgeous sunny Winter days. IMG_1507I took a little stroll yesterday around what is unremarkably called ‘Big Swamp’ in the heart of our city. To me it is more than a ‘swamp’, it is a gorgeous playground for all sorts of wildlife.  IMG_1511There are plenty of beautiful birds hopping around the mangroves and swamp grasses.  IMG_1483Amongst the greens and browns bright colours pop.IMG_1529The birds are in constant competition for these privileged spots on what I imagine was once some sort of jetty. Now the perfect spot for sunning birds. IMG_1536The scent of wattle fills the air.  IMG_1538Getting ready to dive for fish.  IMG_1539Hiding out amongst the grasses.  IMG_1549Leafless branches are the only real sign of the winter season.

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Daily Prompt: Green-Eyed Monster

This is an interesting challenge over at The Daily Post: ‘When was the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone’. I guess I am jealous of people, on some level, all the time. But I don’t think it is ever an all consuming jealousy that turns my skin a pale shade of green…

Then I started looking through my photos. And I realised something. I am jealous of MYSELF, the younger me, the girl who could flit off on a holiday or move across the country at the drop of a hat. Nostalgia is a funny thing, I look back on those golden days as though they were unflawed, somehow all the tears and dramas have evaporated to leave only good memories.

Of course this is a myth, constructed by my mind. But I am grateful for it. Because I know that in ten years, I’ll look back on 2013 and be envious of the person I was then.

So these are some green themed photos of my travels, tinged with nostalgia.

_MG_6867Pigs snoozing on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

_MG_6883Abandoned shack on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASettlements on the train line – Ayutthaya to Bangkok, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAView from our hut – Koh Chang, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFoliage amongst the stone – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPond choked by algae – Wat Ta Phrom, Cambodia 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden in the National Museum – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAManning the boat – Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Daily Promt – The Black Swan

This is a exciting week, The Daily Post are providing a Daily Photo Challenge. Plenty of inspiration and excuses to post pictures…

Today’s (yesterday’s) challenge corresponds to that most holy day, Mother’s Day. A day for children to give back to their wonderful mother’s and say all those thank-you’s that don’t get said throughout the year.

So the challenge was to post a picture that says Mothering, and I don’t think I have seen anything more beautifully mothering, (and fathering), than these black swan’s and their tiny cygnet’s that I found last spring. They were such beautiful, enchanting, protective birds, letting me get close enough to take photo’s but no closer. DSCF1283  IMG_1491

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DSCF1299They held up about six cars on either side with their casual jaunt across the road, but I don’t think anyone minded.