A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Clouds

Sunset reflecting in the waves on the West Coast

Sunset reflecting in the waves on the West Coast

This sunset will forever be in my memory as, for me, the most spectacular sunset ever.

We travelled for a year around Australia in 2010. Mostly the skies were a pristine cobalt blue with not a cloud in site. That is till we rounded the corner after going up the East coast, across the outback and headed down the West Coast.

WA, as the locals refer to it, is spectacular in every way. The distances, the wild flowers, the soaring mountain ranges, the national parks, the mining boom funding and fuelling our economy, the enormous road trains, the wild ocean, the wide fish and crocodile filled rivers, the emptiness, the spinifex grass clustered in clumps like small animals and over and above it all the vast expanse of the sky.

I met Mic and Wendy in 2005 and I WWOOFed (willing workers on organic farms) on their seahorse sanctuary in the idyllic township of Kalbarri, in the heart of the National Park and the centre of the fabulous wild flower display (another story for another post…) We visited again in 2010 and this was our last day with them. We took nibbles and wine to the beach, which was just across the road from their place, and watched this sunset.

Kalbari sunset

Kalbari sunset

Thank you Sue for your “word a week challenge” of clouds as it reminded me of that time on our travels around Australia, and gave me the opportunity to share this with you.

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55 thoughts on “A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Clouds

  1. Wow I was having a look at your older posts and came across this lovely gem!! What colors, simply unforgettable!!


    • Thank you Sue. I love the photo challenges for the chance to look through my old photos. This sunset and the memories it brings back are very special to me.


  2. Girl Gone Expat

    I can understand you still remember this sunset, jaw dropping!


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    • G’day Usana, thank you for the kind comments. As to how I write, usually the challenges suggest a photo for me to use then I build a story around the photos. When I am writing about my travels I just try to bring the feelings I had for a place into my dialogue. I do lie in bed thinking of what I am going to write the next day and try to jot a few phrases down before I start. Hope this helps


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  7. I know you have allready heard it but, AMAZING cloud photos!!


  8. Amazing clouds at sunset.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.


  9. Beautiful


  10. These are absolutely stunning! And I live in Hawaii, where we get some pretty cool clouds!


    • The west coast of Australia has the best sunsets. I’ve not been to Hawaii but I’ve seen some stunning photos of your part of the world


  11. These pics are sensational!


  12. Very cool! Would be interested to know what work you did at the seahorse sanctuary? Look forward to your post on that! 🙂


    • I was WWOOFing for them. In 2005 they had decided to open the unit to the public and I was helping by painting the shop and cafe area, and weeding the native garden they had around the sheds. I travelled around Australia by Greyhound bus and stayed in back packers and did alot of WWOOFing as well. In 2010 when I called in it was on the market and has since been sold.


  13. These are really fabulous pics, Pommepal.:)


  14. advocacine

    Really spectacular and quite awesome photos! Thanks for visiting my blog that led me to see these wonderful pictures!


  15. poppytump

    I’m not suprised this one will forever in your memory. How lovely for other people to be able to see it too now !
    Golden SeaHorses 😉


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  17. WOW!!!
    Just wow!! Your first pic is the best sunset pic I’ve ever seen!!!
    I can completely understand how it is has stayed etched in your mind, sights like that are once in a lifetime.


    • Thank you Vicky that is a lovely comment. That is what is so good about travel, the things you see, those “wow” moments and the people you meet


  18. Beautiful shots. Really, really stunning. Have you thought about entering Field Notes From Fatherhood’s Family Travel Photo competition? I’d love for you to enter and to see more of your photos. http://fieldnotesfromfatherhood.com/2012/12/28/family-travel-photo-of-the-year-competion-is-offering-a-fantastic-prize/


  19. Glorious photos! I never heard of a seahorse sanctuary before! I would love it.


    • The seahorse sanctuary was an interesting place, they are quite fascinating little creatures. Did you know the female puts her eggs in a pouch on the front of the male and he incubates them then gives birth to them…


  20. that first image is fantastic!!!!! z


  21. Reblogged this on A Word in Your Ear and commented:
    Pommie Pal comes up trumps again with two colourful images in response to the A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – CLOUD. This is a popular one so keep them coming 🙂


    • Thanks again Sue I love all the comments that are coming through. Looking forward to your next word. I now have cable internet connection it is so fast it makes putting down posts a pleasure.


  22. something really special in this time of day


  23. Beautiful – I love Kalbarri 🙂


  24. Oh wow! They are just breath taking! I would love to see them in real life!


  25. beautiful


  26. I am sending these to my hubby. Stunning!


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