Cool Mountains

Thanks to Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack I have been searching through my mountain photos. We have visited mountains overseas, in Nepal, where the Himalayas almost encircle Kathmandu, and creep right up to Pokara, in Bhutan which is built amongst the Himalayan foothills, in Ireland where as usual we always search out the wildest places, in southern France with the Pyrenees, and in Switzerland where even a distant view of the Alps is breath-taking. Included here are mountains of Australia, an ancient land whose peaks have been wearing away for a very long time. Mount Warning is the centre of an old shield volcano, near the Border Ranges of NSW and Queensland. The Brindabellas, a small mountain range just south west of our nation’s capitol, Canberra, are often snow capped in winter, making a pretty sight from the city. Mount Sondor is part of the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia, a mountain made famous by iconic aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.


Travel Theme: Multiples

Ailsa has challenged us to find images with more than one of a thing in the frame, in other words multiples. I trolled through my travel photos and found these. I can’t resist candles in churches, or those green guys in Paris, and farmhouse desserts in the Languedoc, I was fascinated by the women in Barcelona and prayer flags in Bhutan. You might have to scroll through to see them all, some of mine are disappearing in the gallery.

Travel Theme: Transportation

my first car, loud burbling transport

my first car, loud burbling transport

camper vans on the ferry to Mull

camper vans on the ferry to Mull

mini van in Bhutan

mini van in Bhutan

sailing boat seen from ferry Sydney Harbour

sailing boat seen from ferry Sydney Harbour

This is my first entry in Ailsa’s travel theme, perhaps a sign that life is settling down a little and  can broaden my horizons. The first two are old photos I had scanned, fond memories of transport in days gone by. The more recent ones are clearly recognisable … but don’t worry …. the women carrying huge stacks of bracken were not trying to board the minibus!




Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

On our visit to Thimphu, the capitol of Bhutan we visited the Buddhist Arts and Crafts School where traditions are carefully passed from older to younger crafts people. We saw textiles (weaving, sewing, embroidery), woodwork, painting, sculpture, costumery and more. Young people sat quietly working on their projects, used to visitors passing through with their guides. Thanks to this traditional school there is a constant supply of creative young artists ready to supply the homes, temples and government buildings of Bhutan with all their favourite artworks.

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Thanks to the Daily Post I remembered these inspiring youngsters and their important role in maintaining the creative works of their country.

Sunday Post: Stairway

Monks on stairway at Punaka Dzong, Bhutan

Jake’s choice this week is “stairway” … he says “Stairway or simply stairs are names for a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Stairways may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles.” Punaka Dzong is sited on a large curve of the river, so must be built up high in case of flooding. All of the buildings have impressive staircases!

steps follow the tree buttressed tree root down

This stairway is on a narrow walking track that leads into a steep valley in the Gold Coast hinterland … steps have been made against the supporting tree root. Isn’t it beautiful? Finally, here are some ladder stairs … fire-escapes … in New York City.

New York fire-escapes

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A-Z Archive: O is for Official, Oxen, Ornate, and Ooops!

Back to my Bhutan archive for these images, inspired by Frizz’s A-Z Archive “O” Challenge.

now our driver has the official pass to proceed

oxen, practical power in small areas

ooops, major bridge repairs mean we wait for a while!

buildings are ornate, here a river spirit is depicted in an outdoor alcove

There are some wonderful entries for “O” already  … look at these:

Orchids,  Okavanga Delta,  Oasis,  Owl,  Osaka Castle, and Orange

then look in your own archives and you might find an “O” image too!

Sunday Post: Culture

Some people retain their local historic culture better than others who give way to the all-pervasive western culture. We loved to see Bhutanese culture when we were there, the people so proud and natural in their national dress. We were able to visit a cultural festival in a remote place, where there were no roads, the only access was by foot, and involved crossing a narrow bridge over a rushing river. Our Bhutanese guide and driver delivered us safely and explained it all to us as we watched. Bhutan is a Buddhist country so the dances have a very significant role in maintaining the fabric of life, of keeping the balance of nature creating harmony for all creatures. Here are some images to enjoy! Click on the small images to make them larger and scroll through them.

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