As promised, the antipodean Jo from Desire to Inspire has taken the podium for judging this month. And, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado....
It’s strange sitting here judging photos from the other side of the world. As the weather supposedly turns cooler in subtropical Australia and winter approaches I’m teased by images of spring rushing towards summer. Excuse me if I had a hard time choosing a winner. Not only were all the entries beautiful images but they brought home to me that here in Australia we are experiencing the worst drought in a century. Climate change is a threat to the natural beauty around us and we ignore it at our peril.
OK climbing down from my soap box I am pleased to award the prize to Cally and her gorgeous “rhododendron and blue door”. The colours are exquisite and that door! The softness of the image and of the colours is a treat to someone craving relief from harsh light and no rain.
I’d like to give two highly commended as well. (OK I’d like to give highly commendeds to everyone.) The first is to Baraka and “Chubster”. That little follow perched on the picket fence and that magnificent coastline behind. It’s almost like it’s painted. The second is to Paola and the very first image uploaded. I knew I was in trouble when I saw “Busy Bee”. The quality of images was going to be extraordinary. I can almost hear the buzz of that bee.
I’d like to thank Helen and Paola for having me as this month’s judge. I’ve had a great time eagerly awaiting each new photo. I’m hooked. If I wasn’t topsy turvy with the seasons here I’d whip out my camera and enter June’s competition.
And a little note from me. Thank you so much, Jo for taking the time to judge this month. Cally, do get in touch by email with your address and we'll do the necessary! Finally, I reckon this is the World Wide Web and if it snows in July where you are, then that it what July is to you. We'd love to see your pics in any season, so get snapping and join us for June's show, which we will be launching in a few days. Congratulations to all the entrants. Noone is a loser around here.