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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


 On Mondays I drive my adult son James to a program on a farm about 30 minutes from my house. After I dropped him off yesterday I decided to make a brief visit to a nearby park. It is such a beautiful spot. The combination of lovey morning light and gorgeous autumnal colours made it perfect for wandering and taking photos.

With my new camera I've joined up with picture spring (an on line course with Tracey Clark) to get a bit of photographic inspiration. I'm sharing photos prompted by the 30 day course on flickr and instagram. These photos below were inspired by the surroundings so I'm sharing them here. It is always good to have a reason to take my camera for an outing.

The last photo (self portrait) is actually one of the prompts from the course that I didn't share in the picturespring hashtag, I don't do selfies on instagram :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ten on ten

Ten on ten- ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. A really great way to document a  day. Looking out for the beauty in the everyday.

 I'm feeling newly inspired to take photos because David bought me a new Sony mirrorless camera for my birthday this week. It's a really amazing camera and I'm not sure how to use it properly yet, but what better way is there to learn than to just do it. 

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

:: morning walk in the streets around where I live
:: looking up, autumn is here
:: local street art- my suburb used to be granny smith's apple orchards
:: a box of gift cards- a bit of a tidy up & sort today
:: out at a meeting
:: the clouds from the rooftop car park
::cheese & bikkies
::my scarf
:: pretty flowers
:: evening by the railway tracks

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

zoo pics

I went to the zoo today. It was a warm & sunny autumn day. 
Taronga zoo in Sydney is spectacularly set on the harbour  (although no evidence of this in any of the photos below). 
 Even though  a few exhibiting areas that were under maintenance there was still a lot to see..I had my long lens so have captured some of the animals up close. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

ten on ten

Today was the tenth day of April, so I took ten photos as I do each tenth of the month (except for last month). Looking for beauty in the everyday. Documenting my day with photos of the ordinary. It was a bit colder today than it has been and it was a day mostly spent at home. A bit boring really...

This is a bit of what my day looked like.

:: sunrise through the bathroom window
:: looking down on camelia petals & wearing my boots for the first time this year
:: pegging out the washing
:: slippers- bought on line & arrived today
:: James enjoying his new ipad
:: a colourful plant in a pot in  my backyard
:: bare branches on a dead tree
:: raindrops on pebbles
:: the first ripe(ish) mandarin on the tree
:: evening light

Friday, March 31, 2017

harbour sculptures

This morning I got up very early and went to Clarks Point to look at and wander through the harbour sculptures- "An exhibition of Australian sculptures that will enrich, enliven and enlighten."

 I do love public art in beautiful locations. It was lovely to walk along and see an array of sculptures with the backdrop of the harbour and the city. Here is some of what was on offer. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

a coastal walk

I walked with Justine from Bradley's Head to Chowder Bay yesterday- a stretch of coastline on Sydney Harbour. It has been so wet in Sydney through March but it stayed dry for the morning (although it was very humid).

Most of the walk is through National Park with a combination of bushland & coastal views. Once we got to Chowder Bay we walked back to the start through the streets of Mosman. 

Chowder bay is an interesting historical spot. It's named after whalers who made ‘chowder’ from the bay’s abundant seafood. Chowder Bay was opened to the public in 2000 following decades of military occupation. The area features a complex of historic buildings and facilities originally established as a Submarine Miners Depot, and later used as barracks and mess buildings for the Australian military. The buildings have since been carefully restored by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and they now house a range of organisations and businesses offering diverse visitor experiences. Chowder Bay, together with Middle Head and Georges Heights, form Headland Park—a new parkland created by the Harbour Trust.

We also took some photos for our two takes blog which mostly feature some of these buildings.. click here if you'd like to see...

Friday, February 24, 2017

foreshore walk

Yesterday I went on a very long walk with a friend-we caught the ferry to circular quay then walked for 15.6km (nearly 22,000 steps) along the foreshore to Balmain. It's part of our plan to walk up & down the Parramatta river & around Sydney Harbour. It is such a beautiful way to explore our spectacular city. It's been a project that we started in October 2015 (see here) & have been taking opportunities when we can to get together & complete sections our walk. We have 2 sections of Parramatta river to go then we might make some plans to explore other parts of Sydney by foot. 

One thing we really love is to see all the sights & colours from a different perspective. Plus it's always great to spend a day with a lovely friend.