Two boys absorbed in their search among the rockpools on a Bass Coast Beach. Victoria, Australia.
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Many years ago I painted. Then I realised that I did better at photography than painting – and that has been my medium of expression ever since.

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  • Karine Radcliffe
    Karine Radcliffe12 months ago

    Lovely scene here Bette, I like the green on the rocks and the bright colours of the boys’
    T-shirts, it makes me feel like summer after a VERY long, wet and cold winter here in Tassie!!

  • I wonder if you are having 25 degrees today, as we are! Glad you like it, Karine.

    – Bette Devine

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder12 months ago

    I used to love hunting in pools as a child, this brings back happy memories.

  • This seems to be bringing back memories for more than one person, Kala :)

    – Bette Devine

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell712 months ago

    Wonderful, Bette……..take this back 55 years or so and I was obsessed with the wonders of rock pools, anemones etc at that age………well, I still am!
    Lovely image, brings back great memories for me,
    Dave ;-)

  • Yes, I can see you fossicking among the rock pools as a little boy, Dave! Glad it evokes happy nostalgia in you :)

    – Bette Devine

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep12 months ago

    Thank you for submitting your lovely work to IWP! Gena

  • Thanks Gena.

    – Bette Devine

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belaj12 months ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • Many thanks, Ana!

    – Bette Devine

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...12 months ago

    They look to be having a good time out there in the spring sunshine!

  • As I was :)

    – Bette Devine

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell712 months ago

    We live and learn, friend…I know I did a fair few things in my childhood but fossiking? I think that must be the domain of Oz, as to my knowledge I never fossicked, or if I did I didn’t know I was doing it ) -) What a great word. ‘Fossicking denizens’, I bet that would get a ‘googlewhack’ if you’ve come across that intriguing game….;)

  • Dear me. My Australian MacQuarie Dictionary says that it means to to search unsystematically or in a small way for mineral deposits usu. over ground worked by others OR to search similarly for small items. Also says that the Cornish ‘fossik’ means a troublesome person! Here in Oz we use the word often when we are just rummageing around for something :) I’m sure your denizens enjoy fossicking in their domain :)

    – Bette Devine

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell712 months ago

    That fits a treat nowadays Bette, I’m always searching for something unsystematically, usually my reading glasses and where I last put them! ;-)
    My scrabble score has doubled since I made your acquaintance ;-) Nice one!

  • Oops! Spelling mistake – I meant ‘rummaging’! Do you have rummage sales in England, by the way?

    – Bette Devine

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell712 months ago

    Definitely, Bette, very good bargains there too sometimes…….we call them car boot sales or jumble sales, same as rummage sales. Good places to frequent now and again!

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