Horse Tales

A long time ago in a land far away, my True Love and I had a big adventure.  It was on our European backpacking tour of ’91.  While we were in Ireland, we decided we would lash out (spend up big) and take an organised day tour of Killarney National Park.  Our mode of transport was horse and cart, and then dinghy for the return across Loch Léin to Ross Castle (I hope I’ve got that right.  It was such a long time ago).  For the more intrepid traveler, there was the option of riding a horse.  Now I’m not that intrepid but I used to be a good rider, so I chose to ride.  My True Love wisely chose to travel by cart. Read more

The Silo On The Truck

I’m a big fan of road trips.  There is always something new and interesting to see on the journey.  Being stuck in slow moving traffic is no hassle, but instead a photo opportunity (provided one is not doing the driving).  Here is a photo I took a few years ago.  It is perfect for Frank’s Tuesday Photo ChallengeRound.  The silo on the truck goes round and round. Read more

Miracle Garden

In 2003, bush-fires ravaged the old Nil Desperandum homestead.  After the fires, the historic rammed-earth cottage was re-built to the original 1896 design.  Nil Desperandum forms part of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (near Canberra).   Amidst the devastation wrought by the fires, a part of a commercial camellia plantation somehow managed to survive.  Surrounded by dense bush on all sides, it truly is a miracle garden. Read more

Bridge Under Troubled Water

This time of year is not meant to be our rainiest season.  Summer in Canberra (Australia) is normally quite dry.  We usually get most of our rain in winter.  But as you know, the climate is changing and Canberra may yet turn out to be a tropical paradise to rival sunny Queensland.  And if sea levels rise significantly, we may even become relatively coastal! Read more

Trip The Light Fantastic

This is my response to the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo ChallengeMagical Light.  Join me for a photo journey of light across the seasons.

In Australia, our light can be very harsh.  Generally, if the light is too harsh for photography, it is too harsh for me.  Nevertheless, I understand intuitively that different colours require different light, and that some colours create their own light. Read more

The Changing Seasons – August

Regular readers will know that in August, my true love and I went on holiday – a rather long road trip to visit my mother who lives about 1,500 north of me.  In the place I live (Canberra), the winters are freezing, grey and dreary.  In the north where I went (as far as Gladstone), it is relatively tropical, although they have had some coolish mornings.  To escape the cold, many retired folk, known as Grey Nomads, regularly spend months travelling the roads of northern Australia.  We had a taste of that life for a few weeks.  I’ve tried to do a bit of a ‘compare and contrast’ photo essay to represent my August. Read more