"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansell Adams.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ten on thirty

So my ten on ten project has been a little difficult to keep on track - November is the third time this year that my ten photos over ten hours has not been done on the tenth day of the month. However, I really love the idea of documenting one day a month to capture the beauty in the ordinary.  Today on the 30th I will take ten photos so I can just squeeze in a November ten on ten.

This is a bit of what my day looked like...

6:23am    gardenias in our front garden in the morning light
7:05am    Poppy asking to go for a walk (she had to wait)
8:55am    selfie in the bathroom- wearing a new yellow top- not sure if I like it yet.
9:26am    coffee while doing a few jobs- email, paying bills, getting sorted
10:24am  a bee fossicking in a magnolia flower
12:21pm  a rural view
1:28pm    moo! these cows wandered over to the fence because they thought we had food
2pm         a log painted to look like a flamingo
3:11pm    blueberries
4:43pm    a hydrangea in our front garden

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

sculptures by the sea

Last Thursday I went to Sculptures by the sea- a sculpture trail that weaves its way from Bondi beach to Tamarama. It was a gorgeous sunny day and very pleasant to walk along the coastline. I love public art & am always fascinated to see what artists can create. 

Here are just a few photos from Thursday- I didn't take that many and the top photo is just someone having a swim.

I've been to sculptures by the sea before but have missed it the last 2 years so it was good to go. And such a beautiful backdrop!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

taking stock #8

It's been 5 months since my last taking stock post so I thought it's time! 
I've hardly had time (or inspiration) to write or read blogs lately but I'm not ready yet to give up this little space...
Taking stock is a fun way to think about what I'm thinking/doing/dreaming right now....

Making: plans for afternoon outings- this time of year with daylight saving is perfect for this!
Cooking: Persian lamb in the slow cooker for dinner tonight
Drinking : herbal tea & mineral water
Reading: just started "The Secret Chord" by Geraldine Brooks
Trawling: the internet for healthy recipes
Wanting: to continue in my sugar free ways
Looking: for creative inspiration-not doing very much creating at the moment
Deciding: what to get my niece for her 21st birthday
Wishing: I was more organised with birthday presents- very behind with gifts for nieces & nephews
Enjoying: days with few must do's (today is one)
Waiting: to find out the outcome of an important meeting
Liking: warmer weather & getting outdoors
Wondering: how to encourage family time with busy children!
Loving: my alphabetical coffee shop project- had breakfast with 4 friends on Saturday at a coffee shop starting with V. Only W,X,Y & Z to go
Pondering: life (always!) 

Listening: sounds of silence right now
Buying: nothing much at the moment
Watching: the killing- love it (just finished season 1) 
Hoping: for a lovely weekend

I've just deleted the 2nd half of these prompts- It takes too long!

So this is me right now.....

Thursday, October 13, 2016

ten on twelve

So the tenth of the month came & went- I took 2 photos in the morning then forgot to take my camera to work- so I did my ten on ten yesterday instead, hence ten on twelve. Ten photos over ten hours on the twelfth day of the month. I do love this project- a chance to stop ten times in a day to notice something that's photo worthy. It was probably easier to do that yesterday as I managed to do a fair bit of walking in beautiful places. So not quite as 'every day' as it would have been if I had of taken my camera to work on Monday :) 

Here's a bit of what my twelfth looked like...

7.36am   -  2 week old gerberas on my window sill
9.53am   -  colourful house
11.11am - flannel flowers as I walk a coastal track
11.20am - looking down at the edge of the cliff
11.44am - chain on a rusty gate
11.52am - a king parrot fossicking in the bush
12.20pm - water bottles in a coffee shop
12.37pm - boats tied to a jetty
2.33pm   - flowers & blue sky
2.41pm   - bunting ready for a local fair on the weekend

Monday, September 26, 2016

a long lens

I've been having some trouble with the lens on my camera that I usually use (17-85), so when I went into the city last week to meet Justine, I took my longer lens. It's 70-300mm. It was fun to look at things a little differently. I couldn't fit everything into the frame as I usually do. I really like the results.

I caught a ferry into Sydney Harbour and met Justine at Circular Quay. We decided to walk across the bridge & after wandering past Luna Park & having some lunch, we headed back across the bridge.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rouse Hill

Last Saturday, David, James & I went for a drive to Rouse Hill regional park. It's an excellent spot to visit- open space,  hardly any people & brimming with history. There were a number of rebllions in this region beginning with the Aborigines rebelling against the early settlers between 1790 & 1804. Then in 1804 Irish convicts escaped from a nearby government farm and battled at Vinegar Hill. And in 1808 a battle known as the rum rebellion took place-which started after Governor Bligh stopped the trading of spirits for goods- which was a popular form of trade amongst ex-convicts & soldiers. 

It was also a beautiful morning and it was just lovely to walk around. I'm very glad I decided to take my camera along....