All creatures great and small are precious


As you most likely know, I live in Australia.  Like every place on this earth, we have creatures of all shapes and sizes. There are some that are not found elsewhere, except for in zoos and wildlife parks elsewhere in the world.  I am reminded every day when I drive that there are kangaroos and koalas in the area and that I should slow down in case one has wandered onto the roadway.  This is especially so when it comes to koalas, as they are somewhat slower than a kangaroo.

When I was a kid, I had the lovely experience of raising a joey kangaroo (baby) — my dad found it’s mother along the roadway; she had been hit by a car, and dad stopped to see if there was a joey in the pouch — which there was.  So “Skippy” came to live with us for a few years, until he got too large for us to look after him any longer.  As sad as it was, we had to give him to a wildlife park which would take good care of him.  That would have been about 50 years ago, when I was 10.  I often think of those years, of bottle feeding him until he could feed himself; of going with my dad out to a dam where there was a lot of tall grass, and bringing bags and bags of it back, so that we had enough for a growing kangaroo to eat.

The video below just melts my heart every time I see it.  It is from an Australian wildlife park, and Imogen is the star of many videos.  She’s been raised there from very young times, and this video shows the loving care that she and all the other residents receive on a daily basis.

Enjoy!

Time Marches on


Wow, it’s early March and here I am making my first post for the year. Last year saw a few things take my attention away from blogging, which is annoying, because when I write, I am relaxed.  Some of those issues continue on, hence my not being back here in some months.  But I have decided that I must allocate time for myself, so I hope to become more regular again.

When there was some spare time, I most often found myself, with my partner and our 2 dogs, at beachside locations.  There are many to choose from in my area in the south-east of the state (Queensland, Australia). My friends on Facebook would certainly support me in that regard, with numerous shots from the locations.

One of our favourite spots is on a small island off the coast — Bribie Island.  It’s connected by bridge to the Aussie mainland and is a popular day trip location for people in Brisbane (the state’s capital) and surrounds. This particular spot is at Banksia Beach, on the protected side of the island.  The waters are clear and it’s a safe place to swim. The photo below was taken from my camping chair. In the distance are the Glasshouse Mountains, so tiny here, but when you drive past them on the motorway, they are much more imposing. I had the pleasure of living on Bribie Island a few years ago, so I know the good spots not usually overrun by tourists. 🙂

So this is where I have been a lot of late. Next post (how’s that for showing a positive outlook) I’ll showcase some of the other locations we have been relaxing at.

Cheers!  🙂

Seasons Greetings


Well, this will be my last post of  the year.  My blog posts have been absent for a few months and I hope to get back to normal in the new year.

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It’s Christmas Eve (morning) here in Brisbane, Australia.  Already the temperature is high, with a forecast for a hot steamy day for Santa’s arrival tomorrow.  It’s times like this that I really miss a nth American Christmas. A Christmas day of cold weather (especially if associated with snow) can’t be beaten, in my opinion. Instead here we suffer the heat, and often times head to the beach — even Santa involves himself.

So to my blogging friends, I wish you Season’s Greetings — a safe Christmas and New Year.

 

Telling a story with shadows


Well, life continues to take me away from blogging, but I have found some time to get one submitted to the weekly Photo Challenge from Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo.

Shadow is a key attribute of good photos, as it helps paint the scene and set the mood, even more than light will at times.  For good photography, it is important to pay attention to shadows and notice how they help compose the image that we really want to show to the viewer.  An excellent article that goes into how shadow can be used to work the various aspects of a photo So, my challenge to you is to become more aware of shadows; this doesn’t mean that you have to go all serious and deep, as a photo that uses shadow can be playful…

This week the challenge relates to the use of shade in a photo.  Having a glance through my photos I saw the usual ones such as buildings, trees, and landscapes in general.  Then I was reminded of some photos I took some years ago (so the quality is not that stellar) of some school kids involved in an art installation at the Gallery of Modern Art here in Brisbane.  A film of a country scene with some cockatoos flying across the screen. There was a second projector which allowed the kids to use their hands to contribute to that setting. The third photo I think is the best — if you look up into the right hand corner, you’ll see a set of hands and its reflection on the screen.  I watched this for some time, as it was one of the best installations I had seen in a long time.

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