Fun Photo Challenge

Ello peeps!

I feel like I’ve been out having too much fun to be sitting behind a laptop screen recently. Funnily enough, this weeks wordpress weekly photo challenge theme is actually fun. I mean that quite literally. So I thought, what could be more fun than a funfair? It’s in the name after all.

Waltzer ride lit up at a funfair

Fun photo challenge - Cage funfair ride lit up at night

Spinning carousel in Brighton, England - part of a fun photo challenge

I actually have a secret (or not so secret, depending on how well you know me) desire to photograph an abandoned theme park/fairground one day. I don’t know why but there’s something about abandoned places that intrigues me alot.

The images above were taken a while ago, me just experimenting with my camera, so I thought they deserved to be shared!

If this isn’t enough fun for you then why not read about my Alphabet Dating adventures, or check out my 10 ways to embrace your inner child.

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Look Up… Surreal Singapore

Nowadays we all spend way too much time with our necks bent down staring at our smartphones, rather than appreciating the world around us, and I admit that I am just as guilty of this as everyone else. So inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘Look Up’, I thought I would share with you one of my favourite photos looking up.

If you read my post 6 super Singapore must-dos then you’ll know how much I loved the Supertree Grove at the Gardens by the Bay. We arrived too late to see the majestic colour changes but we did see the trees all lit up in their electric blue glory like something from the movie Avatar.

The man-made trees are between 25 and 50 metres tall and there are 18 of them in total, 12 of them being in Supertree Grove itself. Each tree is made of concrete and steel with plants growing on them to form a “living skin”. They are also free to go and see.

We were admiring the trees for ages and even lay down beneath them which is when I took this photo. A perfect entry to this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Surreal Singapore - looking up at the magical Supertrees

Kangaroo Dundee – An Australian Hero

Today’s post was partly inspired by the new series of Kangaroo Dundee which aired on BBC2 this evening, but also the WordPress weekly photo challenge with the theme: admiration.

When I visited Australia last October, the Northern Territory was at the top of my visit list for 2 main reasons – Uluru and The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

Having seen all of the episodes of Kangaroo Dundee back home in the UK, I knew that I couldn’t be in Alice Springs and not visit the sanctuary which is run by Kangaroo Dundee aka Chris ‘Brolga’ Barnes. Incase you were wondering, Brolga got his nickname – the aboriginal word for ‘crane’ – because he is 6ft 7 tall!

Brolga, who refers to himself as a ‘kangaroo mum’, rescues orphaned and injured kangaroos and cares for them at his sanctuary in the Australian outback. His passion for rescuing wildlife began while he was working as a tour guide and discovered a kangaroo lying in the road. When he went to check it, he found that although the kangaroo was sadly dead, she did infact have a tiny joey in her pouch that was still alive. Brolga saved this little kangaroo and the rest, as they say, is history.

Having rescued over 200 kangaroos, Brolga has also begun to start caring for other creatures great and small – from emus, wallabies and wombats – to camels! He is also a really lovely guy who I was fortunate enough to meet when I visited the sanctuary, which was my absolute favourite place I visited in Australia. I could gush and fangirl on about it forever but I think I will save that for another post!

But for now, from one animal lover to another, I take my hat off to you Brolga – a true Aussie hero!

Kangaroo Dundee - an Australian Hero. I was lucky enough to visit his sanctuary in the Aussie outback. It was my favourite thing!

Fire Dancing in Fiji

During our brief visit to Fiji, we were lucky enough to watch some spectacular cultural dance shows put on by the uber talented staff on the island where we were staying – Robinson Crusoe Island.

Song and dance is incredibly important to Fijian culture and we got to watch various dances performed by both men and women wearing traditional dress.

My favourite of all the dances was the fire dancing. We watched the dancers spin sticks of fire, throwing them up into the air and catching them again.

Fijian Fire Dancer on Robinson Crusoe Island

Fijian dancers form a human pyramid while spinning fire

They formed a human pyramid all the while spinning these batons of fire. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it made me a tad nervous and yet completely captivated.

We didn’t capture the best shots ever on our compact cameras but we did manage to get some with burning streaks of light swirling through them.

Swirls of light caught from Fijian dancers spinning fire batons

Streaks of light, swirls of fire - fire dancing in Fiji

But the best was yet to come…

The dance crew all moved from their sandy stage and into the sea where they continued their spellbinding juggling performance… and then one of the male dancers emerged out of the sea – still twirling fire – hovering on a hydro-powered jetpack / jetblade! A jetblade is basically like a jetpack for your feet, pushing you up into the air through the power of water.

Let me tell you, you just haven’t lived until you’ve seen someone spin fire while flying around on a water-powered jet pack!

Of course, photos wouldn’t do this justice, so here is a little video for you…

This post was inspired by the wordpress weekly photo challenge theme – dance.

Seasons – Weekly Photo Challenge

I decided to get involved with this week’s photo challenge simply because it gives me the opportunity to show off four photos I have taken, in four different places, representing each of the four seasons.

The four seasons - spring, summer, autumn, winter

Clockwise from left:
Spring in Japan – cherry blossom season, a celebrated springtime event.
Summer in the Maldives – a clear blue sky and turquoise seas always evoke memories of summer.
Autumn in Iceland – cloudy skies and a mix of green and brown countryside show autumn is upon us.
Winter in England – nothing says winter more than snow!

If you would like to join in the fun, then check out the rest of the submissions on The Daily Post.