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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wild Iris

These Dietes grandiflora or wild irises grow outside the front of our fence.
They look beautiful when they are in flower.
They looked great this afternoon in the late afternoon light.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

scavenger hunt

I went to the zoo with James yesterday. It had been raining all morning but the sun came out beautifully when we were there.
This is a photo of puddles in the car park- I really liked the reflection.
Because it had been so wet there weren't many people there... which meant no waiting to get in & no waiting for the sky safari!
beautiful green foliage surrounding a gardenia in our garden.
We went to our first Christmas function for the year at Nick's school this week.
Nick (on bass guitar) & his friends played "Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock.
 Not a Christmas carol but they played really well!
And the decorations were Christmassy.

I think that this photo qualifies as candid-
 I love the way that they're looking at each other & enjoying playing together.
Knife, fork or spoon..
All three! Camping utensils joined together with a ring.
rule of thirds..
This blurry image looking out over bush & lights- the horizon 1/3 of the way from the top.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This or that...

I think this should be the last of my photos from our weekend away.
 Spreading out photos over a number of posts helps to make that holiday feeling last :)

One of my favourite things is to walk along the beach in the early morning.
And often walking with a camera helps you to notice things that you otherwise wouldn't.
Then ...heading back up the sandy beach steps...
And this photo was taken later in the day....
I thought this boat looked really cool, with the hint of another sailing boat on the horizon.
Thought I would join in with this or that today, a link that I've just discovered.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Whales ahoy!

We were so excited to see whales frolicking off the coast on our weekend away. 
I took these photos from our deck in the holiday cabin that we stayed in.
It's an amazing feeling watching these enormous, beautiful creatures playing in the water. 
It looked like there was a mother and a baby and there could have been more.
There was a lot of tail slapping an an occasional leap out of the water. 
All greeted by squeals of delight from onlookers.
Very special.
They were relatively close to shore-but still a bit tricky to get good shots. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

scavenger hunt-weekend away

We've just spent a lovely weekend away with people from our church.
 Each year we book out many cabins & campsites in a caravan park about an hour away from our home.
 Then we enjoy hanging out together. 
Always a good time..

this week's scavenger prompts were perfect for a weekend away at the beach..
Mainly one colour...
The view from the deck of our cabin, both mornings we woke to this amazing sea mist.
Around the home...
some bowls after a dessert of watermelon & blueberries on Friday night.
Saturday morning walk around the rocks.
I had 100's I could have used here!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Something borrowed...

Almost finished reading "The Help".
This book borrowed from my lovely friend.
I'm really enjoying it. I think books are my favourite borrowed thing.
So nice to read something that has been  recommended by someone you know.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ten on ten

What a day!
I'm joining in with ten on ten again with Rebekah at a bit of Sunshine.

A busy day in a busy week. 
I love the idea of capturing beauty in the every day. 
The tenth was a very ordinary day with quite a bit of rushing around and some messy dramas. 
Life can be so hectic, so chaotic and so beautiful.
So, over 10 hours (or so) I have taken ten photos.

Here is my day.
6.30am- out the front

watermelon for breakfast

games with cousins

through the window


....still in the car

A piano key fundraising idea for Charlie's school- purchase & decorate then return to make a sculpture using all the beautifully decorated old piano keys. They're raising money for the new piano!

my reflection in the microwave!

Poppy enjoying a heart shaped bone

Charlie with an ice block after a hot day at school

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Aqua- the colour of water.
I was at the beach and noticed this photographer shooting a model with a flowing white dress..
They started on the edge of the pool...
 then when I walked by a bit later they had moved right out onto the rocks.
Such a great spot! Such a beautiful day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fresh fruit & veg

I used to shop regularly at the markets for fresh fruit & veg.
 I hadn't been for a while, but realised that I  need to put aside some time occasionally to buy in bulk for my hungry family.
I thought I would take the camera to capture some of the colours & the energy of the fruit market.

 It was very busy.
This kind man had noticed that I was taking photos, so he arranged his mango boxes nicely for me.
 (I also bought a box of these)

 Love this purple..

 I wouldn't normally take the camera somewhere like this, but I'm finding the more I do,
 the more comfortable I feel about taking photos in public spaces.
(although I was approached by security after I'd done my shopping & taken these photos.
 I was told that I should have checked in at the office first. Who knew?)