Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Under moonlight, Queenstown Cemetery, Smiths Gully.

queenstown cemetery smiths gully moonlight

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.Jean Cocteau

Finally, it's the last day of the year and time to reflect on what's happened over the past 12 months. In my corner, it's been a topsy-turvy ride with way too much going on, which has affected regular blog posts.

Looking ahead, I'm hoping the blog will be revamped. I've been researching new Blogger templates and I've narrowed it down to a couple. Essentially, the result will be a faster loading blog with a minimalist home page. All I need to do is set it up and if it's working okay, the first post for 2015 will be under the new look. I can't guarantee anything, but this joint needs a spruce up.

You'll also be free from these daily photo posts. It's been an interesting experiment, which I may or may not do again. Maybe one month a year? I'll contemplate it, but I think we all need a rest from these daily entries for the time being.

On the final day of the year, I considered photos of party balloons and frivolity, but instead I've selected something more my style. Moonlight filtering through the trees of the Queenstown Cemetery in Smiths Gully. It was around midnight when I took this 90 second exposure.

See you next year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Breaching whale, Wilderness Coast, Victoria.

whale breaching wilderness coast victoria nsw

I can't say I've seen this on a hike before and maybe never will again. Whilst wandering on the coast near the Victorian and NSW border, this breaching whale was a pretty special sight.

I'd liked to have a better photo, but my hiking camera lens is usually a compromise. It'd be nice to take a super-zoom or real wide angle, but in the end I usually opt for something which covers a bit of both. My 100-400mm lens would have been handy, but alas it was sitting at home. Oh well. It's an annoying habit, seeking the ideal photo, as in the end it may have been nicer to ignore placing the viewfinder to the eye and instead just savour the moment. A memory might be nicer than a photograph.

I'm reminded of this by a quote I've used before and it comes from the book, 'Everest: The Hard Way' by Chris Bonington. Fabled climber, Doug Scott, writes,

'Speaking now for myself, there comes also the saddening realisation that the view from the top of Everest which I now have in my mind's eye is very possibly no longer the magnificent pure naked wholly coloured vision of the moment, but consequently wholly coloured by the slides I then took and have seen so many times since.'

I guess this leads to a surprising thought. It was only five years ago I started taking a camera when walking. Before then, I'd take in the sights without documenting anything. Times certainly have changed.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gunshot sign, Cobaw State Forest

gunshot sign damaged

Generally, trail bikes are allowed in Victorian State Forests. This doesn't appear to be too popular with everyone though.