Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Moss is so lovely and at its best in the rainforest I think. This is at the Cathedral of Ferns at Mount Wilson.
Perhaps this post should have been fireworks given that it is New Year's Eve, but I don't actually have any photos of fireworks.
Happy New Year every one!!
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 7:11 PM
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Mist is so mysterious. I have quite a lot of misty shots from mist fingering its way through the mountain valleys to country towns quiet and secret like I showed at number 16. But mist by the water is perhaps the most charming of all so I chose this one taken at Wentworth Falls lake.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 7:08 PM
Monday, December 29, 2014
I have just returned from a trip where we camped beside the mighty Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers. But the one I picked is the Darling at Wilcannia. I chose it because I have seen it in all moods -- from a mere chain of ponds during the drought, to this flowing river to it being in flood spilling over those high banks.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
For want of a one word description I have used "Meadows" but what I really mean are big naturalised wildflower displays. I have not seen the great wildflower meadows of Western Australia. This one is from our trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 27, 2014
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Grass trees grow all over Australia and I have taken quite a lot of shots of them, before and after fire, with their flower stalks blooming or just to frame an interesting view. But they are most often quite a low growing plant or dwarf sized at best.
I had no idea giant grass trees like these found at Coolah Tops National Park existed. They were an awesome sight.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
What is it about boats that just demand to be photographed, whether it be a canoe pulled up on the shore, sailing boats bobbing the harbour, tall ships gliding elegantly by, ferries chugging about on their daily duties, fishing boats tied up after a long night at sea, cruise ships with tantalising tales of travel.
Among all those, wrecks have a special ethos of their own, though sadly Pete's blog tells us the one a Dickey Beach is all but gone. ... this the SS Maheno at Fraser Island, Queensland.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Birds are a favourite photo challenge for me. With so many lovely birds to choose from which one would I pick? I decided on this one because we don't see them around here. It's a Gang Gang Cockatoo which I took at Mt Hotham in Victoria. What a great hairdo.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 7:10 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2014
I love driving through the vast open country of the inland where the sky is big and the raindrops few.
This is the Mitchell Grass plains out near Winton which I really enjoyed.
While I like visiting these places I am not altogether sure I would like living there however.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
I am a fresh water person rather than a salt water so the beach doesn't actually feature highly in my favourite things. But because we tend to go Wayfaring to the beach it does feature quite often in my blog.
I chose this shot because I find many of my beach shots are same-same while this one speaks of children and the exuberance of camping by the sea.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Bark is a fascinating photographic subject -- fibrous textures, insect paths on scribbly gum, colours brought out when the trees are slick with rain, the amazing red of angaphoras when they shed their bark -- to name just a few.
Because it is evergreen the Australian bush seems seasonless until you tune into its rhythms. The way many of the trees shed their bark leaving a fresh smooth trunk is one of those rhythms.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
I adore Autumn and have lovely shots, including some really quite special ones from my own garden. But for a Wayfarer venturing west of the mountains perhaps the most noticeable are the many polars lining properties and entrances to country towns. They turn so beautifully golden as well as the Autumn light which also seems to take on a golden hue.
These poplars are in the town park at Molong, taken in the evening.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
There are not a lot of aerial views in my collection - I would like more - because the landscape is so fascinating in high from a small plane. It was a toss up between the flight over the great salt pan of Lake Eyre in flood or this flight over the Whitsunday Islands.
In the end I picked the Whitsundays because of the colour and unexpected swirls in this shot. Taken towards the end of a short exhilarating flight over islands and coral reefs.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 7:59 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
While bush fires can be devastating and very frightening, Australian plants have adapted to fire, they regenerate and often use fire to germinate their seed. I have taken shots soon after fire to watch this miracle of growth go on.
This banksia has used a fire to open its little mouths and spit seeds into the nutrient rich ash below.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 7:35 PM