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’.
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’.
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’.
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’.
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 …’.