Archive for ‘June, 2014’

White-faced Heron

The weather has continued to be very wet, cold and miserable this last week with some of the strongest winds I’ve seen since last summer so no photo opportunities 😦  I saw this heron early in the morning looking for a meal when we went to Anglesea for the day at the start of last month.  Click on the image for a better view.

looking for breakfast

First Light – Monochrome Madness

I really enjoy seeing the work of others in the Monochrome Madness Challenge hosted by Leanne Cole.   Here is my offering for this week.  I haven’t had very much experience doing longer exposures in digital and something I would like to do more of.  This was a shot from our trip to the coast last month taken on the first morning where rain quickly followed and the sunrise didn’t really happen.  The second day was much more successful for a colour image and can be seen here.

First light wp

Dead wood…

The last week and a half has been utterly miserable, low cloud, drizzle and bitterly cold (for us!).  Tonight there has been a severe weather warning issued – well I guess it is winter!  After choking up my hard drive (again!) I am sorting through old files, and found this one.  Taken last summer at Pyalong, the original taken with a polarising filter, has a really, really deep blue sky with the dead tree which is silver grey.

wood abstract

Squares…

I’m now into the full swing of pruning – this is enjoyable and rewarding but physically hard work and days like today when you stand out in the winter rain all day, well…suffice to say I’m a bit tired 🙂  So a late post with an image looking through the bottom of a trestle bridge that is in a very sad state of repair – I spent half my time looking up to make sure nothing was going to fall on my head.  I will go back at a different time of day but here it is for now 🙂

squares

Strange but familiar…

This weekend I’ve been back to Pyalong – the first time since the end of summer.  I always get a jolt at how green it becomes with the first winter rains (as opposed to the bleached, sparse landscape of summer).  Later in the week I will post a colour image, but for today a b&w conversion taken late afternoon with the low sun casting strong shadows onto what is always a beautifully surreal  landscape 🙂

pyalong 1

Click for a more detailed view. I like the poor up-ended tree up on the hill.

 

Bringing work home…

Well, not literally!  I thought I would share a view that I look at most days during the week.  I have been wanting to capture the curve of the hill and trellis system for ages and now that the vines have lost their canopy the curve is easier to see.  This is the largest block of the vineyard (about 9 acres) and has a different trellis system to the other blocks. It slopes down towards the west and the curve is more pronounced on this eastern side.  I used a longer lens to compress the view (each row is about 220 metres long). These vines are now ready to be pruned – beats working in an office for me 🙂

row 47

Taken at 155 mm. Click for detailed view.

 

Before the fog rolled in…

A quick post today.  The weather has been miserable and wet for the last few days and so no opportunity for outside shots and heaps of other things going on. I did manage this one just at sunrise on Friday after a heavy frost, the valley had filled with the mist and looked a promising day (the reality was that a really heavy fog rolled in just after and it was overcast for hours!)

sun rise bore paddock