I’d been shooting the surfers in their waiting room for quite a while, being dissatisfied with the limitations of my dear old camera, when a large grey cylinder loomed into my peripheral vision. Attached to it was a man wielding a bulky tripod attached to a small black camera. As I remarked to Amy apropos lens envy, I almost cried, when I thought of the shots he’d get, and blurted out something to the effect of ‘talk about making a person’s point and shoot look pretty inadequate’. He […]
One of my favourite moments, here in another paradise, occurs just after driving past the Lifesavers Club car park at Alexandra Headland. Right at that point the road crosses a little stream, and if you turn your head back over your left shoulder you get the most expansive view along the beach. I was passing the other day and just had to stop. The light was beginning to turn, as was the tide, and by some lucky fluke I had my camera […]
Every day, when I wake, I take a deep breath of the clean air of my homeland, smell the peculiar, idiosyncratic scent of the Australian bush that even here, on the outskirts of town, floats through the rooms of my apartment. It’s not a nose-twitching, follow that smell type of scent. It’s not fragrant, like stepping into a garden, or odoriferous, like a tropical forest. It doesn’t smell of eucalyptus, or wattle. or tea tree oil. Here, in this particular piece of paradise, […]
I’ve been terrible at taking the camera out and about with me – even being mindful enough of my new surroundings to whip out the phone – so this poor blog languishes way behind my expectations of it. Not universally, though … Today it’s just pink, as Ailsa prompted:
Imagine, if you will, a single cot bed marooned in the dark of an otherwise empty room, the deep pre-dawn chill of a winter’s day. It was my first morning in my new home. I don’t know whether it was freezing fingers that awoke me, or the cacophony of myriad birds as they woke, discussed the timing, and took off from their night rooks out to the warm dark above the river beyond my apartment. The noise, the mystery, the […]
Walking down the street a while ago I almost fell over my feet when I saw this cycad flower right there beside the footpath – iPhone to the rescue to capture this amazingly furry relic of the past. Furry flowers? Really, look: This is a sort of Wordless Wednesday cum Yellow, for Ailsa’s Travel Theme post.
Categories: Gardens and Gardening, Nature, Nature & Urbanisation Connect, Photography, Travel Theme, Uncategorized, Wordless Wednesday • Tags: Gardening, Photography, Plants and Flowers, Travel Theme, Wordless Wednesday
Since I was a child and Christopher Robin made me aware of the lines and cracks, I’ve loved how lines add definition and vibrancy – even to my first colouring efforts (as I was recently reminded, coming across an old favourite while unpacking the books!). But the master drafter in my opinion is always Nature itself. Can you guess what this green delta really is? PS – I had to laugh when I saw these forlorn, forgotten sox, messing up […]
Time was, the habit was coffee and a cigarette. In the mornings, the habit was combined with the news of the day; at any other spare moment, the habit was combined with a book. That was until I discovered Sudoku, gave up cigarettes, and was beguiled by a Sri Lankan ritual called ‘bed tea’. These days, with no pressure to get off to work on time, or take care of Ma or Papa, I indulge my three-headed habit whenever and […]
Earlier this year, driving through the night along the borders of Wilpattu National Park in north-eastern Sri Lanka, our headlights revealed a road sign warning of elephants crossing. Unfortunately we were unable to stop to get a shot, but it’s an image I’ll never forget. This, captured up on Buderim Mountain the other day is almost as cute: This post was inspired by the Sunday Stills challenge this week: Billboards and Roadside Advertising. Pop over and have a look.