As usual, my participation in blog challenges tends to fall short. No surprise, then, that I’ve missed a few weeks of #2019picoftheweek over at Maria’s.  (The photo challenge where I get to pick anything from the list.)

I’m choosing WONDER, as my theme this week.  Because, when I took this photograph this morning, I wondered a lot…

I wonder if that’s a Vanessa butterfly…


It was. Vanessa kershawi, to be exact, otherwise known as the Australian Painted Lady. Of about 20 Vanessa species worldwide, Australia has three. This one is distinguishable from vanessa cardui by the three blue-centred ocelli on each hind-wing. Yeah, the blue dots. I rarely see any of the Vanessa genus here.

I wonder if it will stay still long enough for the camera to focus. It didn’t.


I wonder if it will come back again. It did, twice more, but didn’t settle.

I wonder if it is still Saturday over at Maria’s blog. Maybe not, but do pop over there and look at her fascinating, and funny, pic of the week.  I guarantee you’ll have a giggle.

Maria's Weekly Pic Challenge list

Butterflies & Moths, Photo Challenge 2019 at Maria's

Photo Challenge: Wonder


I trust you all have had a satisfying start to the New Year, a lovely break from your normal routine, and managed to catch up with lots of family. If not, well… make it happen. That’s my slogan for 2019. Make it happen! No more gunnas for me, just doing. Okay, stop laughing, I mean it this time.

Anyway, here’s my entry in a new-to-me photo challenge, over a Maria’s blog. The theme I’ve chosen this week is Frozen. This pic is from my archives, snapped with that lovely old Nokia Lumia 520 Windows phone I used to use back then – the one with the macro function.


I believe it was minus five or six on that May morning, back in 2015.  Frost coated everything including my favourite rose.  Such cold was a distant memory during the recent heat-wave in much of Australia.

If you’re looking to jump into a photo challenge, this one is posted weekly on Saturdays. Yeah, I know it’s Sunday down-under, but it seemed rude to post before the challenge began. I’ve worked out, if I schedule for late on our Saturday, my entry will post early Saturday morning in Ontario, Canada, home of  Maria’s Photo Challenge. #2019picoftheweek

Here’s the theme list. You can pick and choose, at random, see, and there are more than 52 to choose from, how cool is that! Some brain-stretchers there.

Maria's Weekly Pic Challenge list

Since I don’t want to get confused, I’m going to try to (oops) I’ll do them in order, else I’ll get stuck with all the hard ones at the end of the year.

Thanks for looking, and do have a great 2019.



Photo Challenge 2019 at Maria's

FROZEN: Photo Challenge #1