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Mar 13 2014

If the sunrise fails, try the raindrops

Sunrise Culburra BeachWhat is it about being away that makes you do things you don’t do at home? And I don’t mean getting pissed and dancing on the bar in the local pub – I do that at home.

I mean getting up and photographing the sunrise over the beach.

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Mar 10 2014

A very Sydney blog

Sydney-harbour-bridgeWarning! Eastern Sydney wanker blog follows.

I’m packing to go away again. Yay!!!

I’m doing some preliminary work for a shoot coming up on the south coast of NSW, so I’ll be staying in cabins rather than camping.

That means I don’t have to take my bed or kitchen, so you’d think packing would be easier wouldn’t you. Think again.

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Mar 05 2014

Sounds of bellbirds

Bell MinerBellbirds.

Hands up all who know what a bellbird sounds like, or where they can be found. Or even knew what it looked like before seeing the photo on the left. OK, let’s make it a bit easier. Hands up all who have heard of bellbirds.

I grew up hearing about bellbirds, and learned the poem at school, yet in all my travels it’s a bird that I’ve never thought about.

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Feb 18 2014

Gum trees, wallaroos, fence posts and sunsets. My favourite photos of the farm

Afternoon sunlight through the gum-treesWhile at the farm last time, on my own, I did lots of exploring, and went to areas I usually don’t.

Normally if I want to go out on my own I have to walk, so don’t tend to venture far, but the recent addition of a quad bike meant I could venture far and wide. And I did.

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Feb 14 2014

On board the Voyager of the Sea for the InstaFilm Festival

Voyager-of-the-Sea-at-the-International-wharf Have you ever wanted to go on a cruise?

Oh, perhaps it’s just me then. It’s not something that’s ever tempted me. Too many people, too little space.  Give me the outback anytime.

Mind you, I wasn’t interested in camping in the outback either, until I met Doc, so perhaps there’s something to the cruise thing.

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Feb 12 2014

A week in the Pillaga & the Warrumbungles – with an outback dinner under the stars

Spring time in Pillaga State Forest

Spring time in Pillaga State Forest

A week in Pilliga & the Warrumbungles

sold outDinner under the Stars in Gulargambone – 1 March 2014

Bush Poetry Festival in Dunedoo – 27 February – 2 March 2014

Mudgee, Dunedoo, Pillaga State Forest, Warrumbungle National Park, Gulargambone
Tour still available at other times without Gulargambone Dinner under the Stars
or the Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival

 

 

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Feb 10 2014

Of drought and flooding rains

DSC_0141 (1024x680) (2)As Dorothea Mackellar noted, Australia really is a land of extremes, and one of my great joys is photographing those extremes.

One of the photos I get a lot of great comments on is one I took on the Murrumbidgee when it was in full flood. It’s of a dead bush, reflecting in the water. At least I thought it was dead until I was there again when the flood had receded and the “dead” bush was a mass of green leaves.

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Feb 04 2014

Gardening leave – not just a euphemism for being stood down

Miniature-rose-in-my-gardenI’ve been on gardening leave.

The first I heard of “gardening leave” when was in a dispute with a previous employer about ethical reporting. They told me to change a figure in a report, I refused, they changed it anyway. My solicitor told me “gardening leave” was the euphemism for having been stood down, which is what they did to me after I took it higher. You’re not allowed to go to work, so you might as well do some gardening.

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Jan 26 2014

All good things must come to an end

At the end of the dayMy solo sojourn at the farm has come to an end. I’m still here, but no longer alone. Doc has arrived, together with another couple of friends.

So how did I go for a week on my own?

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Jan 25 2014

Lord of the Flies … and spiders

Candles and lanternsIt’s been a while since I read Lord of the Flies, but I wouldn’t be surprised if their degeneration into lawlessness with a lack of showering.

And it all started so well for me.

Being on my own I decided I wanted some “girly” accoutrements. Guns, boots and bikes are all well and good, but a few candles and fairy lights wouldn’t go astray either.

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