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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


It's the last day of June so we're halfway through 2015. I know I have said it before but it is hard to believe how quickly life goes by. 

June has been busy. It's nice to have begun school holidays- less structure and slower starts.

Winter is definitely here with cool, crisp mornings. Sydney winters are beautiful, so pleasant to be outside. I went for a walk today around Watson's Bay with James and the lovely Justine.  It was nice to be out and we chatted and took photos and ate fish & chips.

A good day.

And I'm starting my 365 project tomorrow :)

Friday, June 26, 2015

out for a walk

It's always lovely to get out for a walk, exercise & fresh air are so good for my general well being. It's especially nice to go for longer walks with beautiful views!

Last Thursday I went for a bit of a bush walk on the coast...

...and yesterday I went for a walk around some of the waterways in Sydney.

SO beautiful!

Friday, June 19, 2015

winter skies

There's been a fair bit of rain about, but when it has stopped the evening light has been amazing..

Linking in with skywatch Friday

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

a project

I think a project is always a good thing when trying to encourage creativity and a to find reason to pick up a camera. I've been playing around with the idea of doing a 365 (photo a day) but have always been a bit reluctant to commit for a whole year.

I think I have a solution that will work for me!

I'm going to do a 365, a month at a time. Starting on July 1 with a month of instant film. Each month it will be something different, something a bit challenging and something that I want to practice. I'm not sure what I'll do yet but I'm thinking things like black & white, portraits, etc???
Let me know if you have any good ideas.

I don't think I'll post them all here- perhaps a few favourites each month- I'll see as I go. I'm excited!
I took this instant film above on the weekend, it was my last film so I've ordered some more- ready to start in July.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ten on ten

Ten on ten for June! Ten photos over ten (or so) hours on the tenth day of the month. 

I do feel really grateful for this project, a reason to pick up the camera and document my day- looking for the beauty in the ordinary. I didn't  really feel like doing it today (too many boring things that I had to sort out) but am so glad I did. It makes me realise that the dull and difficult in my days don't need to overwhelm me, there is always something beautiful if you look for it. 

This is what my tenth looked like.. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

the beach

 One thing I love about the beach is the way that it is always changing. The crashing of the waves onto the shore moves sand around so the beach can look different from one time to the next. After some powerful storms last month, 'our beach' has uncovered some rocks that were completely covered by sand when we were there at Easter. The transformation is amazing.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

taking stock #5

I thought that I would take stock again.. I quite like writing posts like this :)
Inspired by Pip.

Making : more baskets- really loving it.. see here
Cooking : hamburgers with home made guacemole
Drinking : mineral water
Reading: 'H is for Hawk' but I'm not loving it..if I'm still not enjoying it after one more chapter I'll start something new- 'Quicksand' by Steve Toltz is next on my list
Wanting: to always  be thankful for all that I have
Looking: forward to the long weekend- lots of fun things happening
Playing: games on Luminosity- training my brain
Deciding: on what to photograph this month for a group I belong to... the theme is emotion
Wishing: I was a bit musically talented
Enjoying: a good nights sleep
Waiting: to upgrade my phone- Nick has convinced me to get an iPhone 6 plus. I'll make time to sort it out this week
Liking: the cover I made for my new phone- I thought I'd order the cover first :)
Wondering: whether the washing is dry- I should go & bring it in
Loving: watching my family growing up- seeing the men that my boys are becoming
Pondering: the changes that I need to make to my life to get a good balance for next year when James finishes school & begins a community program
Considering: some outdoor renovations
Buying: warm clothes
Watching: late afternoon arriving, its getting darker as I sit & type
Hoping: Charlie's theatresports team does well on Friday night

Marvelling: at how quickly time flies- I wrote the top half of this post on Tuesday, now it's Thursday. And it's June!
Needing: to prune my roses
Questioning: my ability to be tidy
Smelling: coffee-just made my 2nd cup for the morning
Wearing: track pants- I'll take the dog for a walk soon
Noticing: papers on the desk that need to be dealt with.. filed or thrown out
Knowing: that dealing with paperwork is never-ending
Thinking: about what I have to/ want to do today-it's my one day that I don't have any fixed activity
Admiring: teachers- Charlie's parent/teacher interviews yesterday showed me (as always) how dedicated they are to the kids
Sorting: I should be sorting out all the shelves in the study but it is something I tend to put off
Getting: ready for my day
Disliking: going to bed too late
Giggling: Jimmy Fallon-lip syncing in particular
Feeling: overwhelmed by my children's activities- places to be, things to buy, people to contact.....
Snacking: lindt chocolate
Helping: as much as I can
Hearing: the washing machine doing it's thing

Previous taking stock posts here