I heart faces – Autumn Beauty

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Arghh!  The agony of choosing an Autumn Beauty photo.

Of course it is spring here but I found a whole bunch of fallen leaves at the Uni yesterday and took a thousand shots of my beautiful daughter… it’s just that… they weren’t autumny enough!

So I’ve entered this one.

I took this in Autumn at my parent’s place with my camera on auto timer.

I love the 3D effect of the leaves and the light.

I heart faces – Balloons

Balloons

This week’s theme  is balloons and when I think of balloons I always think of my dad’s 60th birthday.

We held it at my place and blew up about 200 helium filled balloons with long ribbon tails to cover the ceiling.

Then we all waited with the lights off in the lounge room for him to arrive.

It was a new house, with no curtains and we had windows letting in the moonlight.

We didn’t surprise him.

He could see the silhouettes of the guests through the windows not hidden by the wall.

The next morning, the balloons had started to fall from the ceiling and floated at every height.

The kids (aged about 4 and 16 months) were elated.

They captured them in enormous balloon bundles, crocodiles and ran through the house. [see video]

You could hardly see them for balloons.

Check out some of the other entries for some more balloon magic.

I heart faces – Pink

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This week, I heart faces is celebrating breast cancer awareness month with Pink Week.

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So let me tell you the story of this photo.

On Saturday I went for my regular walk along the seafront at Cottesloe.  We usually walk all the way to Swanborne and back.

Nearing the Swanborne end we came across one of the benches which had been wrapped in pink tulle.
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Must be a wedding says Groover.

So I took a photo – it’s not something you see everyday –  and we went on our merry way.

It was hot.

The hottest October day for many many years.

It was much cooler the following day and again we got up to do our walk.

(Slightly hungover – it must be said – from a party the night before.)

When we got to the bench I noticed a lady unwrapping the tulle.

I asked her what it was in aid of.

Her friend had died three years ago, and every year they decorate her bench and sit and drink champagne and think of her.

She was young.

And she was a survivor.

I must have had that “hang on… that does not compute” look on my face.

Her friend had been diagnosed with breast cancer and told she would only have 18 months to live.

She survived for ten years.

She was a believer in positive thinking and complementary medicine.

A survivor indeed.

And I think she would like the fact that her friends continue to honour her memory.

I wonder how long they will come to her bench…

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I heart faces – Excited!

Elachbutting Rock

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth I’ve chosen this pic of my two scallywags on top of Elachbutting Rock.

I’ve told the story before.

How much do kids love climbing rocks and leaning into the wind?

Ahhhh the simple pleasures my friend.

It’s for the I Heart Faces challenge… excited!

I heart faces – Completely Candid

I took this photo last year in Geraldton, Western Australia.

The kids are playing on “The Merry-go-round by the Sea”, a piece inspired by Randolph Stow’s book of the same name.

I don’t know if there actually ever was an actual merry-go-round that inspired him to write it… but the sea is there.

Geraldton 2008

This is my first time entering a photo in I heart faces – so if you haven’t before – why not give it a go?