Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is ‘Up’

I had to think hard about this one, as the word UP brings to mind all sorts of meanings, so I started looking through my photographs for inspiration as to what photos to use for the challenge.

Keeping the niche of my blog in mind, I came across some photos of pelicans perched high UP on a lamp post; it’s not every day you see pelicans flying around free as a bird (pardon the pun), but we are privileged here in Australia to see them often; let me tell you about them.

When I was down at the beach one day, the resident pelicans were flying around in droves, many of them standing outside a local beachfront seafood restaurant.  This restaurant throws out any bits of the fish they can’t use – and the pelicans know it.
They know the exact time it happens, and are always there five minutes before, waiting!
They fight each other to be the first to catch every morsel that is thrown out, making a heck of a noise in the process!
It has actually become a local attraction.

I never realized they were such big birds till I saw them for myself – they are absolutely huge – and there must have been well over a hundred of them there that day, all buzzing around!

 

pelicans

I took these photos one day following their feeding frenzy outside the restaurant; after they had had their fill, some flew UP to  perch  on lamp posts, pruning themselves and savouring their tasty meal. They still looked huge way UP there!

pelicans

I wouldn’t like to stand underneath them for too long!

 

Liebster Blog Award

I was surprised and honoured to receive the Liebster Blog Award from two  of my

blogging buddies - Donna  at Words with Purpose and Raising Daisy

Thank you so much for this Award ladies, you made my day! 

Donna writes about many interesting things – she believes (as many of us do here), that words can move people, and therefore she writes about issues that concern all of us. Her writing will make you think deeper about stuff that really matters. She is also an animal advocate and environmentalist, striving to make our planet a better place for all of us.

Raising Daisy is a wonderfully funny and entertaining blog about raising a Havachon puppy called Daisy. Daisy gets into all kinds of mischief and craziness, and it’s hard to resist that cute little face! Some of her photos are hilarious showing what she gets up to.

Here are the “rules” for accepting The Liebster Blog Award :

1.  Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2.  Link back to the blogger who awarded you.

3.  Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.

4.  Pick five other blogs worthy of The Liebster Blog Award.

5.  Let the Top Five know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog.

It was very difficult to pick five blogs because I love all the blogs I follow, for different reasons. Anyway, here goes:-

1.  Rayya The Vet  Rayya is a dedicated vet who loves her job and has many interesting stories to tell about her patients – both four legged and feathered – you name it, she has treated it! Her blog is an education in regards to caring for animals both wild and domestic.

2.  Shell at Seashells by the Seashore loves the beach and her goal is to live there one day. She writes about setting goals and working towards them, staying motivated and overcoming the difficulties encountered in reaching our goals.

3.  Janet  at Animals Our Everything writes about animals and how they can affect each and every one of us. Her love and understanding of animals oozes out of her blog, showing us how much we can all learn from watching them.

4.  Rebekah at Colder Weather is passionate about photography and never goes anywhere without her camera, capturing some awesome photographs of beautiful ducks, her cat and scenery around the area where she lives. Being a Swede now living in Canada, she talks about travel and living abroad.

 5.  Joss at Crowning Crone’s blog is always inspiring and uplifting. A gentle soul, Joss loves our planet and all that is on it, and is at one with nature in a very spiritual way. I always feel a calmness come over me when I read one of her posts, as she writes in a way that gets under your skin and you begin to  what she is talking about.

I hope that others who read this post will take a moment to discover the above blogs – that is of course, if you haven’t done so already!

Thank You!

 Poppy and I want to thank Donna and Raising Daisy once again, for the Award.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge:Family

This post is inspired by a prompt from this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge : Family

On an early morning walk the other day, I spotted these kangaroos at the end of my street.
It was very early, about 6am, so they were still grazing.
By 7am (the usual time I would have been there), they would have finished and gone back into the bush so I would have missed them.

Now you see why I always carry my camera everywhere – you never know what might pop up!

A family of kangaroos enjoying the early morning sun. They are so curious!

 

A close-up reveals she is carrying a Joey (baby kangaroo). See his legs sticking out of the pouch?

They say the early bird catches the worm, and I certainly did that morning!

How To Lick a Bowl

Something light and frivolous today –  an “awwww” moment!

These delightful photographs would have been lost had the puppy been chased away but

thankfully, the photographer thought outside the square.

 

Enjoy these special moments of “naughtiness”!

Mmm, smells good, need more licks of this stuff!

Gotta get me some more!

Gotta gets all of me in here

Ahhh heaven .... naughty but NICE!

Guess it must be bath-time now!

So the next time you see your pet doing something “naughty”,

grab a camera instead of scolding – you may just be lucky enough to get that one-in-a-million shot!

I wish I could claim credit for these photographs, but I cannot, they were sent to me by a friend, and are too good not to share.

Are you a keen photographer?

Do you take your camera with you everywhere you go, ready for

one of those”once in a lifetime” shots?  

I do . . . .  and I’m still waiting!