A bit of a road trip

Just realised I hadn't blogged any photos from our trip down south back in September. We took our usual leisurely time on the road, staying at Grassy Head and Ettalong on the way down, then detouring through Gundagai and along the Snowy Mountains Highway to see if we could find any snow (found a little on the shady side of a hill at Selwyn. We then spent a few days with friends in Canberra, attended a ceremony and went to Floriade. On our return we took a detour through Wiseman's Ferry, which was made even more intriguing by Google maps interesting route over a mountain track that left us not knowing how we'd got there! Then some more leisurely Pacific Highway motoring with a lovely stay at Elizabeth Beach in the Great Lakes district. Favourite photos below:

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Alan at Grassy Head and his photo below
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My "biscuit tin" photo of the bridges at Gundagai
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Shadows on the snow
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Cemetery in the Snowy Mountain (the highest cemetery in Australia)
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Floriade images
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Tassie Trip photos

I'm just back to a very refreshing 8 day family holiday in Tassie. As it was a family holiday (3 birthdays in a week) photography wasn't the priority that it is when Alan and I go travelling, but there was time for some quick studies of what I saw. In order to travel light, I only took our 50mm 1.4 lens (on my lovely 5D Mark III of course.) There were many moments that I longed for my wide angle lens or for Alan's telephoto, but overall it was a good discipline that led me to really look at what was right in front of me and to focus on patterns and textures. First of all, here are a few landscapes, two of sunsets from Dodges Ferry where we stayed. The third is stitched together from 6 photos taken from the Tahune Air Walk near Geeveston.


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And here are a few Tassie textures for you:

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Our trip to Port Arthur also inspired me to create this bleaker image which is of two of the exercise yards in the Separate Prison (as in solitary confinement) down there. Back in the 1800's there may not even have been any trees tall enough to glimpse over the prison walls. What do you think of this one?

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A road-trip to Canberra

This month we headed down to Canberra to attend a workshop. Seizing the opportunity of a road trip we put the car into camping mode and headed off for ten days, leaving the dogs, llamas, fish and everything else in the capable hands of our friend and house-sitter, Barb. We went down the coastal way and back via the Blue Mountains and the New England Highway. As usual there wasn’t enough time to explore and photograph as thoroughly as we’d like but its given us some great ideas and inspiration for future trips! Below are some of our favourite photos from the trip. Hope you enjoy them!

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Sunset at Myall Lakes

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Sunrise the next morning at Myall Lakes (the ones below too)

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Dingo in the dunes at Myall Lakes - he was so curious and came so close to the car.

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Windfarm near Lake George

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Blossom tree in Canberra - October’s a good time to visit

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Floriade (above and below)

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My god-daughter, Tiana, taken at a local park

Tiana dance

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Quinces in a Leura cafe

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The Three Sisters Katoomba - everyone has to photograph them once don’t you think?

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Distant view from the Garden of Stone National Park

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A dogwood tree somewhere along the way.

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Evening light, Lake Glenbawn

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Poplar drive near Glen Innes

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Sheep or rocks? near Glen Innes

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The humble dandelion

Art and Architecture in Canberra

My (Perri’s) recent trip to Canberra gave me a rare opportunity to aim my lens at some really interesting architecture and public art. Days were a bit grey but good for wandering around places I had never been or hadn’t visited for decades. I was fairly pleased with these images as a group.


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Outside the entry to the National Portrait Galley

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Outside the National Gallery

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Above and below are inside the Skyspace (by James Turrell) outside the National Gallery

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Above and the two below were taken of the exterior of the National Museum

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First trip to Darwin

Last month saw us in Darwin for a week, where everyone was talking about how cool it was this season. We thought it was deliciously warm, especially out at Litchfield National Park where we went swimming in the crystal clear water at Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls. The contrast of the green and blue water with the orange rocks and paperbark trees was irresistible for photographing as well as total immersion.


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The next two photos were taken on the way back to Darwin. We were itching to stop at a place we’d noticed on the way out, where there were still fires and smoke from burning off as well as dozens of amazing magnetic termite mounds. We arrived there just before sunset and went a bit crazy running around over a large area trying to catch the warm light and just the right composition. As the sun set we returned to our car and realized “Where is our camera case?!!” We looked at each other aghast at the thought of our lovely black Storm case sitting somewhere on the blackened soil in the fast fading light. Fortunately Perri was able to retrace our tracks via certain fallen trees and found it no worries.

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Sunsets from Fannie Bay or was it Mindil Beach?

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Alan met Cara and her boyfriend Ross while she was busking in town and we met up with them again at Mindil Beach to do this series of sunset photos for her. She has a beautiful Missy Higgins style voice and these images may feature on her new album?

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And a couple of photos of Pete from Psycus performing at the markets. All part of a memorable trip!

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Tasmanian trip

Naturally, nine days in Tasmania was barely enough to scratch the surface of exploring and photographing such an amazingly scenic place - hope we can go back there some time soon. HIghlights include the wide bays of Bruny Island, the Russell Falls and tarns (alpine lakes) at Mount Field National Park, and the rugged peaks of Freycinet. Hobart itself is amazingly interesting - you could spend days just looking at the old stone and brick wall (while indulging in some great food and coffee)

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