Monday, 22 January 2018


The pictures below are the view from my temporary new front door - you may understand why I have been distracted from blogging!  And I suspect I will be no move active over the next few days either!

So, please take this as both an explanation and an apology for not visiting many (well, any!) blogs over the last week!

So of you may recognise this location - I am at Freycinet National Park in Tasmania - one of the best places I have ever been!

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 286 - Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

More from the parrot family this week.  This is a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) investigating a hole in a tree just around the corner from last week's flock of Eastern Rosellas.

Like most parrots, these birds are really rather smart.  They are also noisy, destructive and fun to watch.  I assume that I consider them 'fun to watch' because they are not destroying the wires and gutters of my house!

These birds are about 50cm long and can be found all over the eastern and northern parts of Australia.  Their voices can not really be described as melodic, but their raucous calls are a really iconic part of the bush soundscape in this part of the world.

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cheers - SM

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The camera you have...

I cant claim to be indifferent to conversations about camera gear - but in the end I do find the endless fixation with focal lengths, shutter speeds and ISOs to miss the point.  The first thing you need is a vision of the picture you want, and then you use the gear you have to produce it.  Or produce a picture as close to it as you can.

I was out for a walk recently - actually looking for fishing spots - when I saw these Australasian Swamphens on a fence.  The only camera I had with me was on my phone.  These are the images I managed to make.

I really like the middle one of these pictures.  More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Friday, 12 January 2018

Evening at Chateau Yering

Chateau Yering is a vineyard in the Yarra Valley - about one hour from home.  Had an overnight there earlier in the week.  All very relaxing.

Here are some low light shots from the end of the day.

I have applied a filter called "just a little too much red wine" to these images!

You can find more skies from around the world at Sky Watch Friday.  SM