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

Sunday, December 11, 2016

ten on ten

It's the final ten on ten for the year. Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. We had about 50 people for Christmas drinks so we spent most of the day preparing for that. So this months ten on ten is looking quite festive. It was a lovely night with friends. I was busy chatting & mingling so there are no photos of the actual party! 

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

7.32am     gardenias in the morning light & a buzzing bee
11.10am   champagne flutes lined up
11.49am   reindeer
12.42pm  golden baubles
2.11pm    a mandolin- I love the shape
2.35pm    joy, love, peace
3.44pm    magnolia flower in my garden
4.33pm    shadows
5.07pm    David & Charlie 
11.14pm  star light

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....