Transient: Weekly Photo Challenge

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© irene waters 2017

In the departure hall thousands of transient people pass each day

A selfie and the moment will be remembered

Should we never pass this way again.


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Movement of people by air

starts on the ground

and for some, a cherry picker will get them in the air

before the plane lifts off.

028 Jan Bruny Island

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Or staying on the ground nomads can travel

with few possessions

astride a bike


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or by rail


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with luggage labelled


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or like a snail

with home attached

042 Glenda, Ann & Penny01

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whether for one night or many years

all the creature comforts can be had

0013 honeymooners

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unlike those who have to camp

ground hard beneath their back.


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or docking at foreign ports

knowing that a soft bed awaits back on board the boat


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yet not such a comfortable passage for transients with car

for sitting is their only option

whilst crossing the strait.


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Sometimes there are reminders though

that whether we are nomadic or not


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When the light at the end of the tunnel is reached


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we know our transient time on earth is done.


for weekly Photo Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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7 Responses to Transient: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. The children in that first shot are so cute.


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  2. Irene, you are outstanding at writing these photo essays and I always enjoy them. The last photo is quite spectacular.

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  3. Pingback: Transient Rain | What's (in) the picture?

  4. Thank you
    Fantastic photos and a beautiful blog

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