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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Silhouette

Two days ago I visited a park in Tweed Heads, which you may recall visiting with me in May of this year. We walked over the bridge and had a wander around beneath the shade of the trees, looking at the river with all the boating activity, the picnickers under the trees, and the mangroves.

When I returned the other night it was just on nightfall and the photos I took were totally different to those taken in May. Included in my nighttime images was a silhouette of the jetty, so different to when we saw it during the day in May, with the activity of boats coming and going.

Silhouette of the jetty, with not a boat in sight.

Just before I reached the jetty I noticed movement on the grass and when my eyes adjusted to the lack of light, there I saw six Australian Wood Ducks, out for a moonlit stroll in the park.

You may remember my handsome pair of wood ducks who have visited my back garden during the winter, turning my swimming pool into a winter duck pond!

Six little ducks went out one night….

It was such a beautiful night, just a slight cool breeze and overhead the moon peeked at me through the silhouette of a tree.

Hello Mr. Moon! Hmm…or is that Mrs. Moon?

A blipfoto friend in England told me that our Australian moon is upside-down to the Northern Hemisphere moon! I didn’t know that, and always think the moon is smiling down on the world when it looks like this.

Yesterday morning, when my email arrived in my inbox, announcing that this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was “Silhouettes” I was delighted, the timing couldn’t have been better!

It was meant to be…. πŸ™‚

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14 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Silhouette

  1. I never realized the silhouette of the moon would look different depending on where you are in the world! I’ve seen the moon looking like a smile, as you’ve presented, but I’ve also seen it more sideways, like a traditional crescent. That’s pretty cool! I also clicked back and read your post about the ducks visiting the pool – I’d love it too. I have an “above-ground” pool (now covered for the winter) and occasionally a pair of ducks stops by to use the water that has settled in the cover, but they never stay for long.

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    1. I Googled it Karen and it’s true! The moon really is upside down in the Southern Hemisphere, to what you see “up north”; isn’t that a funny thing? But I suppose anything is possible.
      I’ve discovered that if you want your visiting ducks to stick around, just feed them! They seem to be motivated by their tummies. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Carol, I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and things turn out the way they are meant to be, even if it is only with photos! πŸ™‚

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    1. I would love to see what the difference is between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere image of the moon Dawn. You’ll have to let me know if you can work out the differences between my photo and what you see. πŸ™‚

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  2. Gosh, how fun to live in the part of the world where the moon smiles at you! What a gift! I love it when life gifts us with synchronicities, silhouettes and otherwise. πŸ™‚

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    1. He has a huge smile, doesn’t he Kathy, and it is a gift to find things, sometimes unexpectedly, which give us so much pleasure. And you know something, it is usually the smallest of things that bring the most happiness to our lives. πŸ™‚

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  3. I agree – this was meant to be. I had no idea that your moon view was “upside down.” πŸ™‚ Nice that you get to see him smiling at you, though. We always called it the “fingernail” moon when I was a kid. ❀

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  4. Your silhouettes are enchanting, Joanne. I love seeing Luna with a smile and how special that the wood ducks decided to take a stroll at the same time as you did! There is something spellbinding about the light at dusk… Beautiful post!

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  5. Beautiful silhouettes, Joanne. I had no idea the moon was flipped in the southern hemisphere. I learned something new today. I like the way it’s smiling down on you. πŸ™‚

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