This year seemed to have flashed by in a blur and it will soon be gone.
Things are not likely to change in at least the first month of next year when pictures during January may be a bit intermittent for several reasons.
You can take your pick of one of the excuses below:
1. I’ve sold my house and moved out.
2 The builders are yet to finish the work on the new residence (homeless springs to mind)
3 There’s no internet connection at the new place yet.
4 I will be working at a location for a few weeks in January where there is no internet connection ( not good for bloggers)
5 On my last commission I got bitten by a spider. Christmas and beyond has been spent either hobbling around or with one foot stuck up in the air.
Any desire to take photos has been replaced with much grumbling about small crawly things and the pain they cause.
You may pick any one of the above, or a combination.
However that doesn’t stop me from wishing everyone a peaceful and prosperous year ahead and a big dose of smiles and laughter thrown in for good measure.
The scene is Henley Beach Jetty in Adelaide. It was shot with a Canon 300D. Focal length 55mm @ 1/200 sec, ISO 200.
It’s not so much about the sunset but getting the exposure right for detail in the ocean and beneath the jetty.
To all the readers who drop in to this site from time to time, a peaceful and happy Christmas from the Sentimental Bloke.
Wherever you are in Australia and the many countries around the world, all the very best for the New Year.
The flower is called Rosy Dock, a native to Outback Australia
Western side of Wilpena Pound. Central Flinders Ranges, South Australia
The deformed gum tree and the misshapen one behind it could be right out of Alice in Wonderland or a scene from the “Lord of the Rings”.
An artist friend of mine, Tony Rosella was commissioned to create this installation which records and interprets the history of the Adnyamathanha people.
They are the indigenous tribe from around the Flinders Ranges and Tony’s creation illustrates their rich and sometimes tragic story.
Tony won a Ruby Award for the work. That’s South Australia’s top artistic prize.
It’s located near the old Wilpena Station homestead in the Flinders Ranges National Park and it’s well worth a look.
The pictures was taken a few minutes before six o’clock on a July evening with a Canon 20D. Focal length 50 mm, f16 @ 25 sec, ISO 200
Jarvis Hill near Hawker in the central Flinders Ranges.
The Elder and Chase ranges off in the distance
This is about the best a 300 mm lens can do when really, it’s singing out for 500 or 600 mm.
However one of those expensive little items isn’t on my Christmas list.
So under the circumstances, you do the best you can with what you’ve got when something spectacular like this comes along.
In what was a pretty stiff breeze, this rather large wedge-tailed eagle made a number of attempts to land.
There may have been a nest there, but I doubt it.
Shot @ f11, 1/800th sec, ISO 400
South Australia’s Flinders Ranges looking its picturesque best after soaking spring rains.
It’s a tough life for the Sentimental Bloke but somebody’s got to do it.
Unfortunately the best photograph won’t make it here. I’m working for a client who is looking for a specific picture in this beautiful part of Australia.
Cruisin’ down the Cooper Creek, a bunch of adventurers head for Lake Eyre.
A quick wave, a chat on the radio and they’re on their own again, with a long way to travel.
For all his regal stature, there’s a soft and gentle breeze wafting between the ears.