my (amateur) photography adventure


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Teeny Tiny Wet Worlds

When you get up close to these fungi, they seem to exist in tiny little worlds of their own.

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It has been a very wet summer in Queensland and it is not showing any signs of abating yet.  We are averaging 250mm per month at present – almost 1/4 of normal annual rainfall.  These fungi, at Nerima Gardens, seem to be enjoying the weather.

For previous posts on these Japanese Gardens, look here —> Nerima Gardens


Garden of St Erth

The Garden of St Erth is a historic garden at Blackwood, Victoria maintained by The Diggers Club.

We visited on a wet winter day as part of our holiday through country Victoria.  Not much was in flower, due to the time of year, but there were plenty of subjects for my macro lens to target.

Garden of St Erth 6 x 8

Nerima Gardens – still wet

It’s a rainy weekend once again. The kindest way to describe my week at work would be ‘extremely challenging’ so, despite the rain, I didn’t want to just sit inside and stew about it.

So, the girls and I decided to visit the (free) Queens Park nature centre, a favourite of theirs, to see the wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, emus, bilbies and other animals, even though umbrellas were definitely required.

We also revisited Nerima Gardens (it was raining last time we went there too) and I was able to get some pics which I am quite happy with (considering that they were one-handed under an umbrella) :).

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That Camellia flower (above) is the first one for the year (a bit early in March), hopefully there will be plenty more to see soon.

Jeremy, you asked me a few days ago whether I was happy with the sharpness of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 zoom lens – those 3 Eucalyptus photos above are all taken with the 18-135 at 135mm (one handed in the rain so I wasn’t necessarily all that steady), and they are all pretty sharp, I think.  Hope that helps.

Here is a link to my last visit to Nerima Gardens —> Nerima Gardens, wringing wet.  I plan to visit again through the year and keep an eye on those Camellias.

Nerima Gardens, wringing wet

There was lots more rain here yesterday, which foiled plans for a photo-shoot where I was going to take photos of “actual humans” :).

I wandered through Nerima Gardens (established 17 years ago to celebrate a ‘sister city’ relationship with Nerima-ku, Tokyo, Japan) instead, between showers of rain.  Nerima Gardens are full of quiet and subtle beauty.

All shots here are with my 60mm Macro lens (it’s hard to change lenses while holding an umbrella).  I was looking for the teahouse – read on to see whether I found it ;).

Black Bamboo, near entrance to Nerima Gardens

I am not normally a fan of bamboo, but it was more beautiful than I had expected, in the rain.

Black bamboo, re-shooting

This fellow was nearby (along with plenty of his friends).  I haven’t been able to figure out what species he is, but since he was the size of the palm of my hand, I wasn’t getting any closer.

Spider, web, and raindrops

I wandered up the path, umbrella in one hand and camera in the other.

Flower spike on grass tree, rainy Nerima Gardens

Looking for the ‘secret’ entrance to the teahouse path:

The secret, narrow hedged path

Ducking under the leafless tree, full of raindrops:

leafless sky.

Up another path:

winding path

Cutting through the conifers:

Conifer trunk, wet

to see:

Nerima Gardens Teahouse dedication plaque. Quite beautiful in its own right!

I just love the lines of raindrops ready to fall from the bridge railing:

Nerima Gardens teahouse, wringing wet

Frangipani: Street trees

I love the new leaves of these frangipanis – another great street tree of South East Queensland.

We had two huge 60-year-old frangipani trees in our backyard at our last house – we were very sad to leave them, and have been in love with them ever since.

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Click the following link to see my previous post about street trees – Jacaranda, Poinciana and Ivory Curl trees.

Browns Park after rain

Browns Park was beautiful after the rain.  I was very happy to catch the Quota rose garden in flower, and with these pics.  Had fun trying out the new 50mm f/1.4 lens.

1100 – hidden treasure

The ‘1100’ sculpture is near the Bremer River at North Ipswich – you can hardly see it from the road and I certainly didn’t know it was there.  I was trying to find an old watertower (more on the watertower later) which I saw on the skyline and stumbled across the sculpture on the way.

First, I got a little obsessed by its rather cool fence (above).  I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for rust (more on that later). It was raining and I was quite pleased with the ‘rain’ effect in this pic too. 


The 1100 sculpture is based on ‘the multiple beehive forms of the nearby coke ovens’ (I’m quoting from the plaque) from the 1940’s, where coal was heated to 1100 degrees C to make coke for use in steelmaking.  Apparently.  Thus ‘1100’.

I really liked the shapes of ‘1100’ and would love to shoot it again under a sunny blue sky, some other time.

there's the 'beehive'

I finally made it to the disused watertower at the old Railway Workshops.  Here it is… with a bit of rust :).

Rain, Rain, Rain

We’ve had a LOT of rain in the last two weeks in Sth East Qld.  Everyone is fairly sick of it and nervous about the effects (especially given the floods at this time in 2011).  It did give me an opportunity to get some great rain shots though :)

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Why ‘lightswimming’?

The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
Turned around backwards so the windshield shows.
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse.
Still, it’s so much clearer.

Nightswimming, R.E.M. (Berry / Stipe / Buck / Mills) – probably my favourite song of all time from my favourite album.

And I kind of liked the idea that we’re all “swimming” through light and that photography captures a bit of it from time to time.

Why a blog?

I love sharing my photos and telling a bit of story.  I don’t know if anyone will be listening, but that’s OK – I’ll have fun along the way.  And anything which gives me an excuse to take more photos can’t be bad…

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