FOTD – Monday 31 August
Connecting with the natural world, helps me through difficult times.
I have had a Canon Macro 100mm 1:28 lens in the cupboard for several years and hardly used it. Previous attempts to master it were disappointing. So the challenge for the coming weeks is to improve my photography using this lens. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
FOTD – Saturday 29 August
I spent a couple of mornings earlier this month watching the moon set over the water, from the comfort of my bed. I finally crawled out from under the doona and captured this photo. The next full moon is September 2nd and the days are getting warmer, so no excuses.
The streets of my town seemed a little bland for my post today, I took the camera on my morning dog walk and came back with nothing that fitted the task. So I have decided to go into my photo archive, to look for a landscape or street scene that had a forground with an interesting subject.
These stairs mark the start of the Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud. This is the time of year that I would usually visit for a month, now my photos from past trips have become even more precious.
A typical North Queenslander, Cairns Australia. #FOTD #Home
On our sleety cold dog walk this afternnoon, I turned up this little beauty. A Wurmbea dioica as a treat. They are said said to be an early sign of warmer weather.
Fun fact: Early Nancies are Dioecious, meaning each plant is either male or female (although there are plenty of variations in between, with some plants being hermaphroditic and some sporting a flower or two with both parts).
Winter is the best time
to find out who you are
Quiet, contemplative time
away from the rushing world,
cold time, dark time, hold up
pulled-in time and space
to see that inner landscape,
that place hidden within.
Deja vu or Vuja de? Yesterday I visited our local vetinerary practice to collect some supplies. Three masked and gowned vets were consulting owners in the driveway of the practice. Only the animals were allowed to go inside. Is this going to be the new normal?
We have been on level 3 of the Coronavirus lockdown for a few weeks now. In NSW, Australia this means only going out to exercise, to shop for food and working from home, if you still have a job. Like everyone else I often get the feeling that each day is merging into the next. I walk my dog every morning, this exercise walk usually takes 2 hours and we get going at around 6:30 am.
This early start means its just coming on light when we set off and there is next to no traffic. Lots of off leash time for Queenie my 8 month old Groodle and a meditative, quiet time for me. Giving me some grounding and a sense of accomplishment ahead of my day. I usually walk with my iPhone, but have taken to including my SLR two lenses and a pair of binoculars.
The challenge is to not think too far into the future at the moment. I would love to hear how everyone else is coping.
Tuesday 7.30 am and the temperature was 10 decrees celsius, with a cool north-westerly wind blowing. A perfect morning for a walk/run on the ridge, work can wait for an hour or so. Mt Arawang at 765 metres is at the southern end of the Coolamon Ridge walk. The access track from the Kambah horse paddocks is steep and a great cardio workout.
Trigs have a cosmic intrigue for me, the symmetry of the structure exposed to the elements. A great space for some meditation and quiet reflection.