Friday 28th January 2022

Scenes From Nighttime. #SundayStills. #2. 6/2021.

Scenes From Nighttime. #SundayStills. #2. 6/2021.

After the warm welcome I received to the #sundaystills blogging community I am back! Last week I posted here.

Every 5 weeks on my blog, I offer the optional prompt to #shareyoursnaps for the Monday link up called #LifeThisWeek and that is why I have also included my image from there.

When I saw this prompt for week commencing 10 January 2021 from here: 

These are remaining prompts for January.

NB: these are from the Northern Hemisphere, I will need to be imaginative here in the Southern Hemisphere in Summer.

And yes, I changed the spelling in two words. My computer told me to!

Jan 17 Colour Challenge: Glacier Blue
Jan 24 Fog and Clouds
Jan 31 Your Favourite Landscape

I was not sure I had any photos to fit as I do not typically take photos at night nor at night time…but then I remembered these!

In early March 2020 before COVID restrictions began, I was the guest speaker at an evening function at Avoca N.S.W. Australia to help raise funds for a head and neck cancer charity where I am a volunteer Ambassador. I shared some of my story with the audience. It was just on dusk in daylight saving time and the beach looked so tranquil as did the view. I remember stopping on my way up the stairs to take this photo.

And here’s what I did and the audience reaction to my story, along with the host (in white) a young doctor and a member of the board, a radiation specialist.

The very next week saw me, at night, out on a balcony of an apartment we stayed in post-cataract surgery, taking photos of evening-time arriving in Parramatta!

So good seeing familiar places from when we used to live in Sydney from a different perspective.

Looking west, across Parramatta Park, the western suburbs to the Blue Mountains.


Urban Parramatta at night. Old hospital to the right, and police precinct in the middle.

In 2020 I sure did get some time in medical and surgical facilities….Gosford Private Hospital twice! This is from the first stint. Four night stay. Night time really is the ‘worst’ time in hospital.

Not in chronological order but in May, it was the COVID night time 21st Birthday of our second granddaughter. Only her nearest & dearest allowed at her home. Still have restrictions now unfortunately.

Birthday girl is 3rd from left. A Butterfly balloon seen here is because she has always been known as “our beautiful butterfly” from birth!

So I found images and used my imagination too.
Great combination for a blogger I reckon.

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Have a great weekend and week ahead everyone,

Linking up here for Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Catch Up this week.



  1. Wonderful interpretations, Denyse! How exciting to be a guest speaker and get such a positive reaction. I’ve spent a few nights myself in hospitals, so I know what you are talking about. Good memories! I will have to check out your link up!

    • Thanks so much Terri. Nights “are” the worst in hospital aren’t they, just as you are dozing, in comes someone to do a check!

      My Monday link up is a lovely community of bloggers. It’s an optional prompt one and you can one post – old or new. Not a link up of posts though.

      If you get the chance, you would be very welcome of course.


  2. I love how you’ve approached this prompt. Your photos are all great but I do love the Sydney photos. I think #sundaystills is the perfect fit for you and your photos. I did it for a few weeks but found myself stressing about my photos. I need to improve my photography and really should make this a focus for 2021

    • Thank you so much Jennifer.

      I am glad you enjoyed seeing these images.

      I admit I don’t do a lot to make the shots work as my iphone is pretty clever.

      Don’t underestimate yourself! Your photos are good.

      Take care,


  3. Good work again Denyse! I always enjoy seeing how others interpret Terri’s themes and your post is no exception! I do like the community and encouragement too, and none of us think we’re the world’s next best photographer but to my thinking, it’s just good to be active like this, we ‘meet’ new bloggers, we get our brains thinking creatively and share our perspectives on the world. Nothing wrong with that at all!

    • Thanks so much Debbie, for introducing me to this challenge. I have enough time these days to add another aspect to my blogging and I am enjoying it.

      However, yet again, with the next prompt of Glacier Blue I have had to really stretch the friendship…and hope it’s fine…. with some inviting images of our southern hemisphere summer.

      I think this group is very inclusive which helps. Some I investigated were very rule-driven and to be honest, whilst I have optional prompts, life’s too short for OTT rules!

      Thanks again.

  4. I enjoyed seeing your choices. Great photos!

  5. Thanks, Denyse, for sharing your nice photo collection and linking up with #WeekendCoffeeShare. I find it tricky to capture good photos at night, especially indoors.

    • Thanks so much Natalie. I do try to do what I can but also understand ‘if things don’t work’ they don’t.

      Glad your #WeekendCoffeeShare is going well.