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 Challenge — Round. The silo on the truck goes round and round. Read more
I remember vividly that freezing cold day in 1991 when I went to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. It was more than the cold that sent shivers down my spine. There was no-one else there. Just us. We were so small next to that massive geological formation. I thought I would never see anything like it again, especially not in my own country.
Smaller in scale, but just as awe-inpiring. In Gamilaroi Country. Read more
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
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
This is my response to the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge – Magical 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
Dear Readers, here is a poem about my dog, Ama. It is written in the style of a bush poem. Read more
You will all be thoroughly sick of me posting about about my National Folk Festival (the Australian one) soon. I post about the Nash like a mother posts about a new baby. All. The. Time. Have I told you it is my favourite place in the entire world? Anyway, this post is about my favourite place within my favourite place — The Stock Camp.
The Australian bush and the characters that inhabit it have become the stuff of legends; they’ve entered into our folklore. The traits of these pioneers – an independent streak, larrikinism, mateship, egalitarianism, belief in the fair-go, toughness, stoicism and courage – immortalised by poets such as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson, are meant to embody the Australian spirit. If it all sounds to be good to be true, then it probably is. Nevertheless, this spirit oozes from the Stock Camp at the Nash, and I love it. Read more
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be… On the Road Again
A few years ago, I suffered from a serious depressive episode – you know, the kind where you just want to run away. I’m not ashamed that even though I was nearly 50 years old at the time, I still needed my mum. So I packed my bags and headed out on the road for the 1,500 kilometre trip north to mum’s. Read more