Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday: Superb Fairy Wren

Thank you a million times, Stewart, for taking on the role of hosting a Wednesday bird meme. I was wondering what I would do with all my bird shots. Due to my slackness in blogging last week I totally missed your first link up, but here's my first post for your meme.

The Superb Fairy Wren has been a bird I have been wanting to capture since I started photographing birds late last year. In the last two weeks I got lucky on two occasions. The first was a different bird song I heard in my own back yard... to my surprise this little bird was flitting back and forth on my back fence, so I took my camera outside and sat at our outdoor table & waited. It was a very overcast day, and the light was terrible, but this is what I captured. I believe it's a juvenile female.



The following day the little bird came back with it's brightly coloured parent but he was too quick for me to capture (all I got was a blurry shot)... I wasn't happy!!

Then last week, we drove into the city to visit the Roma Street Parklands. The plan was to capture some flower shots as my daughter Bec & I had borrowed my friends macro lens. While I was busy shooting macros, I heard a familiar song right nearby. I looked up to see this juvenile Superb Fairy Wren on the fence rail, singing his heart out!! A quick change of lens to my 55-250mm, aka stalker lens, and I snapped away until he decided to fly off. Again the light wasn't great, as it was in a shaded area of the gardens.





Suffice to say, I came home delighted!!


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Barn Charm: TLC required

Driving in rural Brisbane, a couple of months ago, I noticed this old barn on a property. It's sadly in need of some TLC, but I doubt it will get it.





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Project 366 Rewind {Week 28}

It's the end of another week and I'm just sneaking in by a whisker for last weeks post!! I really need to get more organised.... and not stay up so late procesing images.

Day 190 (July 8) - I discovered this beautiful orange creeper growing all over a brick wall at New Farm Park.

Day 191 (July 9) - "Golden Hour" is one of my favourite times of the day to shoot images.

Day 192 (July 10) - It rained most of this day, so I decided to do a little editing & some more collages. These images were taken in December 2011 when I visited my parents on the Mornington Peninsula. This is the old Mornington train station & some of the track. The train doesn't go this far anymore. I used the "Shock My Pick" app on my iPhone to created the painted effect.

Day 193 (July 11) - The blue sky came out for a while and the cloud patterns were amazing!

Day 194 (July 12) - Another day of rain... so I decided to use some creativity and shoot outside of my comfort zone. I love how this clothes peg shot turned out!

Day 195 (July 13) - Bees on Lavender.

Day 196 (July 14) - Eastern Water Dragon sunning itself in the gardens.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Poppy beauty

I borrowed a friend's macro lens this week and I had a lot of fun!!! I'm in love... suffice to say, a macro lens is on my Christmas wish list. Here is one of my (many) favourite shots from this week.


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Monday Listicles (on Thursday): 10 Thanks

My good friend Stasha over at North West Mommy hosts a great link up called Monday Listicles. 


This week is all about gratitude. Most of those who have been following me since last July will be familiar with my Gratitude Journal. Here is my list of 10 things I grateful for:

  1. I'm thankful for family - I can't imagine life without the most wonderful people in my life.
  2. I'm thankful for my camera that allows me to capture a moment & make time  stand still... and pictorial memories that last forever.
  3. I'm thankful for Instagram & blogging - the opportunity to meet new friends who inspire me daily!
  4. I'm thankful for technology... I can't imagine life without it!
  5. I'm thankful that 3 of my 4 children call & visit me regularly.
  6. I'm thankful for the strength and will to survive & fight even when things look hopeless.
  7. I'm thankful for the beauty I'm surrounded with every day.
  8. I'm thankful that I live in a climate where we can still visit the beach in Winter (as long as the sun is shining!)
  9. I'm thankful for what I see when I look up - always in awe of clouds, sky, sun, moon & stars.
  10. I'm thankful for Twinings Green tea - with mint, lemon, vanilla...


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Burleigh Heads in Winter

One beautiful Wednesday (2 weeks ago), we took a drive down to Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. It was a perfect winter's day...



There was shell collecting to be done

Sun to soak up, hot tea & a little Instagramming too


My "baby" girl, Bec (aka Through the Lens; RAD Photography ), enjoying time out on her mid year University break

And Michael's "baby" girl, Lizzie, enjoying school holidays

And for those who could, there were waves to catch...



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