This foggy, frosty early-morning scene belies tragedy hidden in clear view. March 5 2012, will be remembered as the night almost 9000 residents of Wagga Wagga were forced from their homes by the worst flood since 1853 — nearly 160 years ago. Fortunately the city’s levee held and two months later its citizens’ lives have [...] Read more – ‘Frosty morning in Wagga Wagga’.
Its what you do when the weather is inclement and you have a new camera to play with. A quick sortie between wind squalls and showers, and a dozen or so clicks later you return home, fire up the computer and see what you’ve got. Here are two examples, both of which are only showing [...] Read more – ‘Its what you do …’.
Digging through my photographic files to find comparison shots of Lake Dulverton before the 2011 winter rains I found these two that show the heavy waterweed growth that is now totally submerged. They also revealed two potential new sports for the Olympic Games — the 100m dash on water, and syncronised ducking, below. Read more – ‘Avian Olympics’.
It has been a while, but finally I’m on the road again. For seven long months I was forced to hover near Hobart for various medical appointments, operations, and followups. I won’t bore you with the details (some of which I’ve talked about elsewhere in the Ghostgum Chronicles), but suffice to say I did not [...] Read more – ‘On the road again’.
Camped at New Norfolk recently, I was surrounded by backpacking cherrypickers in their tents and whizbangs (Kombi-type vehicles with very noisy sliding doors). They’d be off early each morning and arrive back exhausted about mid- to late-afternoon. An hour or two of online activity, a quick meal, and off to bed they’d go. The few [...] Read more – ‘Adrien & Veronique’.
The white quartz flank of New Harbour Point juts through the wild breakers stretching hundreds of metres out to sea. A setting sun gilds its reflective canvas, throwing it into cheerful contrast with the grey hulk of De Witt Island and the bleak swells queuing up for their death dance on Hidden Beach. For nine [...] Read more – ‘Tasmania’s Southwest National Park’.
On assignment for a Sydney ‘foodie’ magazine when Japanese cuisine was still a rarity in Australia, I was lucky enough to be presented with this plate of sushi to photograph. How could you go wrong? No fancy angles or lighting needed. And best of all was the tasting after. I’ve been a fan of Japanese [...] Read more – ‘The art of sushi’.
Welcome to the first of a new series of mini-portfolios of worldwide destinations salvaged from a repository of nearly 90,000 colour transparencies filed away in six filing cabinets at a long-suffering friend’s home. They’re the carefully-culled selection of a four-decades’ long career as a freelance writer/photographer. Below is a small selection taken on assignment in [...] Read more – ‘Fitzgerald River National Park’.
What happens when a musk duck, above, accidentally surfaces directly underneath a laid-back Pacific black duck? A big chaotic splash … … and an ongoing bitch and moan from said duck. Just another bird story from Lake Dulverton, a favourite camping spot at Oatlands. Read more – ‘Bombs away’.
One of master luthier John Ferwerda’s violins starts to take shape in his Melbourne workshop. “The challenge of violin making,” says John, “is to create something new from a shape and concept that is hundreds of years old. “The design of a violin is eternal. “The skill lies in bringing the instrument alive … in [...] Read more – ‘A raw violin …’.
Fly-tying is a skill not mastered by many. It takes countless hours of observation, concentration, and deft manipulation of fur, feather and cotton, not to mention supple fingers and keen eyesight to achieve the tiny works of art. This small sample below also highlights the variation in size, colour and detail. Read more – ‘A fine art’.
Here’s one of my early test shots taken with my new Nikon Coolpix S8000, my replacement “always with me” camera. It is not much bigger than my ubiquitous iPhone, but it does come with a 10x optical zoom, a nice wide angle view, and macro-mode to .5cm. It has proved a bit quirky to use [...] Read more – ‘Make a wish …’.