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Birds Birds Birds

When I look at the images I have taken over the past few weeks there seem to be a lot of birds?! Get ready for a few bird posts. Everybody likes birds right?

duck
This photo was taken while my family was running around on the banks of the river after an impromptu picnic. I always take thos moments to photograph anything and everything. I don’t much care what it is, its more to practise exposure, and settings. If I manage to capture something interesting its a bonus really.
duck feathers
I am enamoured with the texture of the feathers in this photo. I want to reach my fingers out and run them through the feathers to feel the softness. It is funny really, to look at these ducks at a distance they son’t appear to be remarkable in their beauty although I quite like the gentleness in their face, but up close you see so much more going on. I defy anyone who says that the gentle lines and texture in this duck’s feathers are not beautiful.
pigeon
Not generally a pigeon fan, but I love the character of this little guy’s face. Yay for the detail revealed in extreme closeups! I can’t understand why everyone in the world isn’t obsessed with photographing EVERYTHING, haha.

Geese wanted to eat my lens!

Do you see the defiance in those beady eyes?!! That one in the front was clearly the mastermind. I’m convinced the feather display behind was to psych me into dropping my camera and running away therefore leaving them to eat the lens . You can’t out psych me goose. Although your beady eyes still haunt me.

geese 2 geese at broken cliffs grass reeds

These were a few more shots from my time at Broken Cliffs. I love the ‘lightness’ in the last image.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Scenes from my everyday life.

I am lucky as a SAHM (Stay At Home Mum) that I have the flexibility to take my kids on adventures or mini holidays in different places. I get bored just staying at home (I am about as far from a domestic goddess that you could possibly get) so I tend to find excursions to go on and my husband is the same so we often go of ‘adventuring’ on weekends. While we were out working on our echoes bouncing off the cliff on the other side of the river a man who was out for his exercise in a canoe came into view. After I nearly jumped up and down like a little kid with excitement at the possibility of taking his photo I composed myself and the image and took a few shots. The river was flowing so fast I found it hard to keep up. I don’t think he was expecting the paparazzi on the riverbank!

Out for some exercise on the river. I can’t think of a much better way to exercise, although with the strength of the current I bet he was glad he wasn’t trying to go the other way!
E was yelling his echoes at the cliff on the other side of the river. What does a 2 year old yell at a cliff? He was yelling the lyrics to Pearl Jam’s song Fixer! That is his Dad’s doing. As his favourite band, he has somehow managed to get E to be obssessed with Pearl Jam (and Michael Franti as well).
Everyday life for the river birds. Sitting on a stick looks pretty relaxing. According my my husband the funniest part of this image was watching me ‘sneak’ up on them to get the shot. Think of an elephant trying to imitate a sugar plum fairy. Tip toe, trip over, slight swearing underbreath, check camera is OK, remember the birds, look up to make sure they are still there, resume tip toeing like a ninja! I DID get to them without them leaving. This was taken after I made a noise ON PURPOSE to get them to fly. Woohoo!
This is part of MY everyday life. Looking at that face daily makes my heart sing.

The Ochre Cliff and other Photos

The final lot of photos from my recent photo taking expedition. I love the gentle glow of the ochre cliff in the background. The light was lovely. I don’t have much to say except that I am really enjoying finding and photographing things. I can’t think of anything not worth photographing. That would be an interesting challege actually. Being given something to photograph and trying to come up with an interesting image. I am not sure how it would work though. If no one had any suggestions I might have a month of no photos, haha. Oh dear, that would not do.

The sun lit up the cliffs behind this falling down shelter in the evening. This is another of my favourites.
A closer look at the shelter.
A pelican out for a ‘stroll’ in the evening sun.
Pelicans are actually my favourite bird. You can’t go past a guy who can pack a lunch in his mouth. How efficient is that?!
Dear Universe, I would like a superzoom. Kind regards, Me.
It is a shame you can’t see the bird that well in this photo. I love that he is staring directly at me. By the looks of it, he obviously uses that wall fairly frequently!
Just so you can see the bird (its a Great Cormorant) in case you were interested.
Taken for the colour, I love the tree sock that adorns the local Rainmoth Gallery in Waikerie.

That’s it! I think I am up to date in posting the photos from Waikerie. I hope you enjoyed some of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portraits from the zoo

I went to the zoo with my boys this week. It was cold and windy. Most of the animals were asleep or sheltering from the weather. These are the meager results of those that were accessible without a zoom.

Fortunately I have become a member this year so I will be visiting regularly. Surely on at least one trip they will be awake/looking at me/visible??

This is Wang Wang (the a is an “uh” sound not a hard “a”). He lives in his own enclosure at the Adelaide Zoo. His ‘partner’ Funi occupies the opposite enclosure. I don’t know enough about Pandas, but I guess they only get together on “special occasions”.

My favourite photo from the zoo. This guy struck a pose and held it while I put an iphone in his face and waited for it to focus and take the shot.  Thanks Pelican you made my day.

This is a different pelican, but I liked the jetty.

I don’t even know what this bird is, but I can feel him rolling his eyes at me. He was very obliging though, stood still. I was so close and he didn’t flinch. I love his eyes. So dramatic.

I couldn’t get close to the monkeys, but I had to include a monkey photo because they were the only things moving at the zoo! That and I love their little faces.

Photography: using what presents itself

Here are the photos from our weekend trip to Manum on the River Murray. I had a great day! My family had a great day too. My family think it is pretty funny when I have to stop the car to take a photo of something random like a building or reeds. E says to me “Mum! Stop taking photos!!” I reply, “Mum can’t stop taking photos, she sees so many interesting things, lines, shapes, colours, she has to capture it!” He looks at me blankly and runs off to play. Hopefully he will like looking back on our family adventures when he is older.

I am… at it again

All of my photos pretty much are taken on my iPhone, mainly because it’s always with me and anything I see that I think is interesting in some way gets photographed. Sometimes they work, others definitely not. Sometimes I get frustrated because I can’t capture what I want and it’s a bit limiting with no zoom. Anyway here’s a few of the photos I took in the last few days that I liked for whatever reason. (sometimes I have no idea why I even like a particular shot!)

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