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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Match

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I’ve got to get used to the new Weekly Photo Challenge starting on Wednesday. I caught it the first week, but not this. At any rate here are two rare birds that make a good match, I think.

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other Weekly Photo Challenge photos:

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Tasmania

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Since I have friends in Tasmania, I thought I should hop off the mainland and see what Hobart and its environs had to offer. I discovered that incredible nature and a more relaxed pace abounded in Tasmania.

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Tasmanian Tiger

Here’s what I learned about Tasmania:

  • The Tasmanian Devil is familiar to non-Australians because of the cartoon character but the Tasmanian Tiger was more of the state’s symbol than the former. However, the Tasmanian Tiger has been extinct (or believed to be so — some claim to have seen signs of them) for decades.
  • The tallest flowering tree, the eucalyptus regnans can be found here. The only tree that’s taller is the California redwood.
  • What is now called Tasmania has been inhabited by aborigines for approximated 12,000 years when it was cut off from the mainland.
  • Tasmania was named after Abel Janszoon Tasman, a the Dutch explorer, who saw what is now Tasmania in 1642.

My first full day in Tasmania I went with my friend cum hostess to the Tasmanian National Park, which was swarming with tourists, which is quite uncommon. We saw the Tessellated Pavement, which is an area of flat rock on the ocean. The ocean has cut into the rock over the course of time and what’s unusual about that is that the cuts are at right angles. It looks manmade, but isn’t. We also saw the Remarkable Cave, which is an arch from the land to the ocean, the Blowhole, a natural pool where water shoots up periodically, and lots of gorgeous seascape.

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  • My second day we went to Mt. Field National Park where there’s a rainforest and famed waterfall. This rainforest is home to the eucaluptus regnans.

    We had a great day strolling through Salamanca, the hip part of town by the harbor. (Sorry I can’t find photos.) Salamanca is home to dozens of craft shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.

    Day three was spent at the beach in Dodge’s Ferry, Tasmania. A word to the wise: reapply the sunscreen often. I’m still peeling my sunburned skin off. Still it was a wonderful trip. I want to go back to see Tassie’s funky Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

    Poem of the Week

    The Leafless Garden

    by Mehdi Akhavan Sales

    The cloud with its cold and damp skin
    Has embraced the heaven tightly;

    The leafless orchard
    Is alone day and night
    With his pure and sad silence.

    His lyre is rain and his song is wind,
    His garment is of nudity cloak,
    And if another garment it must wear,
    Let his Warf and woof be woven by golden ray.

    It can grow or not grow, wherever he wants or doesn’t want;
    There is neither a gardener nor a passerby.
    The depressed orchard
    Expects no spring.

    If his eye sheds no warm luster
    And on his face no leaf of smile grows,
    Who says the leafless orchard is not beautiful?
    It relates the tale of fruits raising their heads to the heaven, and now lying in the base coffin in earth.

    The leafless orchard,
    His laughter is tearful blood,
    Mounted for ever on his wild yellow stallion,
    It roams in autumn, the king of seasons.

    Poem of the Week

    Spring

    by Gerald Manley Hopkins

    Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
       When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
       Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
    Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
    The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
       The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
       The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
    With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
    What is all this juice and all this joy?
       A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
    In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
       Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
    Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
       Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

    Travel Theme: Mellow

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    Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? invites bloggers to post photos on a weekly theme. This week it’s Mellow.

    If you want to join the fun, it’s simple. Just follow these guidelines:

    • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: “Mellow.”
    • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too.
    • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
    • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

    On Sunday I got to visit a friend who lives is Sonoma County in Northern California. We walked through some woods with redwoods. What a serene, sacred space.

    Poem of the Week

    Hearing a Flute on a Spring Night in Luoyang

    From whose home secretly flies the sound of a jade flute?
    It’s lost amid the spring wind which fills Luoyang city.
    In the middle of this nocturne I remember the snapped willow,
    What person would not start to think of home!

    Li Bai

    Travel Theme: Outdoors

    I’m posting via email based on my email from Word Press with Ailsa’s weekly post photos showing the outdoors.

    I’m not sure how they’ll look online as I can’t read my blog till I get a new VPN. I’ve decided to take a short social media fast through Holy Week. So no Facebook or Twitter (no New York Times or a lot of benign sites either). I’m experimenting with posting via email.

    I hope these show up fairly well. Cherry blossoms are one of my favorite aspects of spring. Ah, they make me remember Japan.

    Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

    Temple complex, Phnom Penh

    Temple complex, Phnom Penh

    Botanic Garden, Chicago

    Botanic Garden, Chicago

    Old St. Pat's Church, Chicago

    Old St. Pat’s Church, Chicago

    Chion Temple, Japan

    Chion Temple, Japan

    1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog <strong>(a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

    Other great photos:

    Poem of the Week

    By H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) whose birthday is this week

    You are as gold
    as the half-ripe grain
    that merges to gold again,
    as white as the white rain
    that beats through
    the half-opened flowers
    of the great flower tufts
    thick on the black limbs
    of an Illyrian apple bough.
    Can honey distill such fragrance
    As your bright hair —
    For your face is as fair as rain,
    yet as rain that lies clear
    on white honey-comb,
    lends radiance to the white wax,
    so your hair on your brow
    casts light for a shadow.

    Visitors

    Swans with their six signets came into our backyard for breakfast this morning.

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