Australias' Antarctic Blast

This weekend Australia was caught off guard with a wintery cold front right off the tazman sea. The low pressure system dumping plenty of snow in Eastern Australia. Along with Tazmania itself recieveing a late wintery suprise.

Todays photo is from the cradle mountain resort in Tasmania. Where the conditions have let the ice set of the corrugated iron roofing, before it has slowly started to slip down.

Although we are almost into sprintime, it goes to show how unpredictable Australian weather than be. Even more so if you live in Tasmania.

Satin Bower Bird

In Australia, bower birds are commonly associated with two things.

The first is their oddly shaped nests, and the second is the habit in collecting anything blue. Other spiecies of bower birds colect similar items and colours. However the satin bower birds favorite colour is blue. Matching the colourfull iridescence of the males jet black feathers.

The females however, are brown and look nothing like their partners. However, they have a purple eye that can be clearly seen. Some call it more of a lavander colour, but it is the only way apart from general size and shape that they have in common.

These days the colour blue is quite common. So the bower birds enjoy collecting a range of useually plasic items to decorate their homes. Staws, bottle caps, and perhaps someones visa credit card. A bower nest is allways a treasure trove no matter the occasion.

Pacific Sunfish

One of the great mysteries of the open ocean, is the giant sunfish.
These creatures dive to incredible depths and navigate the world's oceans on a grand scale. However, many people have never seen one. Let alone what one looks like as a juvenile. At times the closest one comes to seeing one face to face, is after storms or large natural disasters. When they wash ashore on the coastline.
Recently, researchers have now taken an interest into the lifecycle of the sunfish. With some surprising finds. Including a rare photograph of a young larval stage sunfish for the first time. Revealing the miniature beginnings of one of the worlds largest fish species.

Photo: Sunfish, National Geographic

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McCarrs Creek - NSW Australia

In the new world braught in with the Coronavirus originating in China, being known as the COVID19 Global Pandemic. National Government lockdown orders and compulsory isolation measures lead to a time in Australias history that will be easily remembered for generations. After which also included protests against racial supression and police brutality. In these crazy times it has been hard to get out to actually take phototgraphs. So I did not attempt it.

So what have I been up to? At home I decided to take the time to establish a dark room. Doveloping films that were taken when the digital camera batteries ran out while traveling, and taking black and white photographs around my home as restrictions lifted. Leading to urban landscaped abandoned, and recreational parklands with a rather empty feel to them.

One of the best results is of McCarrs Creek, from the resurve and using a 300mm lens I was able to take a landscape in black and white. The softness in the image with the minimal reflections is one of my favorite aspects. However the unique grunge and dirt in the camera lead to a streak as it looks like a grain of sand or dirt scratched the negative. The linier streak is an imperfection that is noticable disaster, where the black blotch like texture of the trees was expected as a feature of low modality photography on film.

Australia - Mothers Day

Currently the novel corona virus [covid-19 pandemic] is still gripping the nation, making it difficult to celbrate traditions such as this mothers day weekend.

With the world slowed down, it is time to look towards nature and perhaps celebrate and recognise the mothers in the natural world this year.

For we share alot in common, and are often to quick to forget how much we have in common with the wild.

Today's theme is: wild parants.

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Processionary Catapillars

One of the strangest things you can come across in the bush is the Australian processionary catapilar.

These bugs have a 'follow the leader' mentality when getting about. However there is a big flaw in the method of travel. Especially if the first person is following the last in line instead of searching for food. They can go around in circles for days.

What looks like fur is actually not. Ask any Australian kid from the east coast and they will tell you. When they try to pat it, they quickly change their thaughts to "why does it burn like fire"!!! These spines will stab and irritate anything that tryed to touch it. What looks like white fur, is a dangerous self defence mechanisum.

To Animals that eat grass, this can be very deadly. When eaten it could be a very painfull experiance. Which is why they are left alone by most predators who would normally be up for the challenge. Who knows what eats them, and how?

Either way: this catapilar is an oddity, but a well known face to many in NSW, Australia.

Life by the Habour

Life on the sides of Sydney Habour is dynamic and everchanging. Evenings and sunsets in summer can be appreciated by the golden glow that reflects from the water, before the sky and atmosphere turns a delicate velvet blue. Now heading into Winter, the harbour is quiet and the water has become crisp. cool, and sharp.

Photographic oppertunities on the harbour are everywhere. But it has been time to give it a rest for a while to catch up and ensure scusess at work and home. This includes the restorative works to the 40ft yacht. Also unexpectedly the workboat here required sigificant repairs before it could be braught back into use.

In the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic - (Covid-19). The harbour has also become a safe haven from society, as the contagen that has forced nations globally into lockdown. Here on the water I am happy that in years to come: I will be remembered for doing the right thing in these times. Keeping isolated and stopping the spread of this potent contagen. While remaiing comitted to my job as a Teacher. Remotly designing online science lessons for the chidren of my community to enjoy.

At the end of the holy, Easter Long Weekend and school holidays I hope to have performed enouph repairs to my vessel to be able to start staying here longer. A floating home in the long sunsets. As the waters turn to a calm and cool santuary in the busy urban city. Afterwards, perhaps working from home, part time among the waves.

Queen Victoria's Statue - Sydney Australia

Taken a while back and now, was my street photograph of Queen Victoria's Statue.

This photograph was taken back in 2012, however was never doveloped or further digitised due to nature of a the busy life at the time.

SInce then I have gone to look through the photographs of when I would trevel to Sydney and walk around taking photographs. This one stood out more than others. Taken useing a simple digital camera at the time. Not even a SLR. Somehow also managing to take the picture with very little structural distoriton, and parralax errors. With additional dynamics that are almost reversed. As the statue is the darkest ellement in the picture. Creating a visual message. Among the bight grand buidings. It may perhaphs refferance her later years known as moody and in grief of her husband through her later life. A story within the picture.

At a simple level however: It shows the grad Victorian architecture of the time, and the style and nuaunce of Sydney in its early but grand years. A style of architecture that I have allways admired. A style that is still present today among those who walk the streets towards the Queen Victoria Building. Reffered to as the QVB.

This is a photo showing some of my early attempts at photography. I am quite please to look back over my old work and have taken some tme to reflect on it. As a result, I am able to share this photos and stories like this with the rest of the world.

Capital Shadow - Lens-Culture 2020 Portrait Competition

Capital Shadow, is a portrait composed of the spoils of coal mining and the shadow of a person. The two elements in this picture are combined to form a metaphor that accounts for the vast amounts of environmental destruction caused by the Australian coal industry.  The rubble represents the scar that will be left behind in the natural world. The shadow represents the source of the destruction. The portrait is faceless, and a clever reminder of the impact that we are having on our planet.