We have just finished hosting a Japanese exchange student. While it has been a busy time, it was an absolute joy to have two so well behaved teenage ladies in the house (I am getting soft in my age). Needless to say our daughter has made a new life friend…..
The photo – shot in RAW; converted to B&W using Silver FX Pro; applied a white vignette and then a canvas filter for some texture.
Low Tide in the mangroves somewhere along the Brisbane Coastline.
I do not often post me, but a few months ago I got to walk my eldest daughter to the alter. A special Day. PS – photo by a Professional photographer. I was banned from carrying a camera on the day 🙂
My morning walk to work.
Mist – a cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that limits visibility.
The branches holding sway in a heavy wind that smelled of rain. I have tried breaking through the thatch of branches and leaves blocking most of the sun. This day was darkening. In the distance, I see the massive fortress that is Death’s, and see the Lake of Souls floating in angel memories among the clouds. I see the birds but cannot see through the jungle of darkness to where light might be.
Shrug off the chill and lift your spirits with the beauty of winter’s most delicate flowers. The casual observer may find little interest in the winter garden, but for those who like to look closer, there is much to appreciate and many wonders to admire.
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity. By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food or for medicine. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.
Concentration has been defined as “the ability to direct one’s thinking in whatever direction one would intend”. We all have the ability to concentrate some of the time. To concentrate, we have to learn a skill, and as with any skill this means practice repeated day after day until we achieve enough improvement to feel that we can concentrate when we need to. Is this why most people stare at a phone?
The Legendary Burrandowan Picnic Races is unique among picnic races – located only a few hours from Brisbane and the coast, yet located a million miles from the worries of the world. Set among tall eucalypts 60km west of Kingaroy, the race day started in 1922 when soldier settlers wanted to gather together, and the tradition continues to this day.
I sometimes borrow back the Canon EOS M that I passed to my daughter about 2 years ago. I find that it and my Olympus EM-5 both have excellent low light capability. After I shot this I had to wait an hour while my wife and daughter researched handbags 🙂