Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gluttonous Gulls

Attempting to enjoy a nice, quiet and relaxing lunch of fish and chips by the beach at Redcliffe without being stalked by scavenging seagulls is near impossible. The decision to share your lunch with these birds is not always a wise one. Before you know it, every seagull within a three kilometre radius has got wind of the ‘free food’ and is hovering like a, well, vulture. It can be extremely daunting being surrounded by a mass of hungry squawking seagulls. It can also be a lot of fun if you happen to have a camera handy. Or two cameras in this case. Yes. You guessed it. More TtV (Through the Viewfinder) photos to share...

Lunch is over. All gone. I swear I have no more fish. Can you stop looking at me like that. Please?

These little greedy gulls and a bunch of other TtV photos have just been added to my etsy shop.

Seagulls: “Mine. Mine. Mine.”
Nigel: “Oh would you just shut up? You’re rats with wings.”
(from Finding Nemo)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday #40

Howdy! The Shadow Gallery collages feature one photo from each participant from last Sunday. If you’d like to join in SSS, please do. How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), then add your link to Mr Linky, and visit other players. First-time participants are required to click here for a little further info before submitting your link. Thanks heaps and I hope you enjoy all the shadows!

Shadow Gallery

The Shooters:
1. CatherineBardrick 2. Chanpheng 3. Babylonezoo 4. Cecile 5. DaviMack 6. AlmostThere 7. AllThingsAlissa 8. GalleryJuana 9. Dianne 10. Ginger 11. MoreOfMe 12. Carletta 13. InThisLife 14. ElizabethSchmid 15. EmBelISH 16. Generik

The Shooters:
1. Mamapippa 2. GreyscaleTerritory 3. HighDesertDiva 4. LongIslandDailyPhoto 5. TheSmallThings 6. LaVieEstBelle 7. JillRuth&Co 8. PaganSphinx 9. MolokaiGirl 10. Lighthousegal 11. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 12. Lisa'sRetroStyle 13. Aimer 14. JagatFotografi 15. HappilyRetiredGal 16. MomentsWithMe&Mine

The Shooters:
1. SaraChapman 2. SweetRepose 3. Tea&Honeybread 4. Epinoza'sLove 5. WaysISeeTheWorld 6. Abstractions 7. SummerKitchenGirls 8. Rosebud 9. Chie 10. Ramblingwoods 11. TomHilton 12. WorkOfThePoet 13. Raven 14. Vicki/Maracas 15. Gingerbread 16. Rita

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #40

I spotted these shadows as soon as I entered the gallery space at the Museum of Brisbane and I ran towards them, fumbling in my backpack along the way for my camera. In hindsight, I didn’t need to run. The exhibition is on until the 8th of June. I was just super excited by these shadows. The creator of the sculptures is Matt Dabrowski, and he is one of twenty-two artists featuring in the Temperature 2: New Queensland Art exhibition at MoB. Here’s a little info about Matt’s sculptures if you’re interested:

Celebrating social and artistic freedom. Matt regards skateboarding as a healthy dose of vitality in our carefully controlled environments. These sculptures represent his resistance to official and corporate control of the appearance and functioning of the city. Matt uses skateboards to represent individual freedom of spirit. Pierced by arrows, they resemble hunting trophies or tribal artefacts. Because of the ideas they represent, his skateboards are literally targets. The arrows used here were fletched (feathered) with the advice of Cliff Turpin, a weapons advisor to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

I've recently been tagged with the random photo folder thingie by Gina from Gingerbread and Terri from Ways I See The World. I'm going to cheat here. What a surprise eh? I decided it would be nicer instead to post two more shadow photos. These shots are from participants from last week that didn't add their links in time to Mr Linky, so missed out on being included in the collages. Hope you don't mind Gina and Terri!

Photo from ClearView (left) Photo from S.T.U.F.F. (right) More fun spreading the shadowy goodness!

Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. LaVieEstBelle
2. Cindy
3. High Desert Diva
4. Gallery Juana
5. Sweet Repose
6. bobbie
7. Aimer
8. Raven
9. Kuusela Finland
10. cecile
11. Gemma
12. Hot Fudge
13. Sylvia
14. Shannon
15. Molokai Girl
16. maryt/theteach
17. In This Life-Annette
18. The Small Things
19. Olga aka orchidgirl1979
20. Christy
21. Chie
22. PJ
23. Tom Hilton
24. Alissa
25. Paz's New York Minute
26. BABYLONEZOO (France)
27. Lisa's RetroStyle
28. Rita
29. The Summer Kitchen Girls
30. More of Me - EG WoW!
31. Jo
32. Carletta
33. Terri - teelgee
34. Moments with Me and Mine - Michelle
35. Generik
36. Long Island Daily Photo,USA
37. EmBelISH
38. hejoko
39. Nell - Aust
40. elizabeth schmid
41. Just Like Martha
42. ctmott
43. judi
44. chanpheng, Laos
45. Sherrie
46. Dianne
47. {S.T.U.F.F.}
48. VINTAGE Shadow Shot
49. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
50. Pagan Sphinx-Massachusetts
51. Lighthousegal
52. Vicki/Maraca
53. Happily Retired Gal
54. Barbara L
55. Raf
56. Catherine Bardrick,Mexico City
57. Junie Rose
58. Digital Polaroids
59. Cate

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gertie the Garrett

I recently visited The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich. I’ve never really been interested in such things as heritage rail machinery and locomotives, and visiting this museum didn’t change my feelings about the subject. That’s not to say that the museum isn’t good. It's good. It’s an award winning and very popular attraction. Just not my cup of tea. I thought it might be an interesting location to take some TtV photos. It wasn’t. I did manage to take a couple of photos. I would like to introduce you to ol' Gertie the Garrett.

I liked how these ones turned out. This was my very first time playing around with my newly acquired ‘dirty lens’ Argus 75 camera. I'll be listing these and a few other photos in my shop in the next day or two. There very well may be a rail enthusiast out there who'd be keen to snap up a TtV print of a circa 1914 Garrett Steam Traction Engine. Just maybe. It's a crazy world! Hey, I'm bloggin' about Traction Engines!

The beginning of my week was met with a very sweet surprise on Monday. I won a giveaway that the awesome Ali was running on her Charlie and Grace blog. Look at the cutie that I was lucky enough to win!

This is April Bear. Isn't she adorable? The winner (me me me!) was entitled to choose a fave Little Jelly from Ali's Etsy shop, and I chose April. It was a difficult decision to make as they're all so lovely. Many of the designs are inspired by drawings made by Ali's little boy. They sure make a dynamic duo! Currently Ali is donating 50% of all sales from Little Jellygnite to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. So it's a great time to snap up one (or more!) of her Little Jellies for a very worthy cause. Onya Ali and thanks so much! xo

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday #39

Howdy! The Shadow Gallery collages feature one photo from each participant from last Sunday. If you’d like to join in SSS, please do. How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), then add your link to Mr Linky, and visit other players. First-time participants are required to click here for a little further info before submitting your link. Thanks heaps and I hope you enjoy all the shadows!

Shadow Gallery

The Shooters:
1. LaVieEstBelle 2. Whatever 3. InThisLife 4. Abstractions 5. Terri 6. SaraChapman 7. Sylvia 8. SummerKitchenGirls 9. TwinkleStarArt 10. Sherrie 11. Rita 12. TomHilton 13. Maraca 14. ElizabethSchmid 15. Carin 16. SacredRuminations

The Shooters:
1. Aimer 2. Lisa'sRetroStyle 3.SweetRepose 4. HighDesertDiva 5. RavensViews 6. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 7. Gingerbread 8. S.T.U.F.F. 9. WorkOfThePoet

The Shooters:
1. LongIslandDailyPhoto 2. Dianne 3. GreyscaleTerritory 4. AlmostThere 5. HotFudge 6. MoreOfMe 7. AllThingsAlissa 8. Ginger 9. Jill 10. KittyBooBoo 11. Babylonezoo 12. TheSmallThings 13. DaviMack 14. JunieRose 15. Hildegarde 16. IcePonyTrekking

The Shooters:
1. Mamapippa 2. GalleryJuana 3. Rosebud 4. Carletta 5. PaganSphinx 6. MolokaiGirl 7. AerialArmadillo 8. Chie 9. Tea&Honeybread

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #39

I stumbled upon this cool little metal dragonfly sculpture and his sweet shadow during a visit to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha earlier in the week. There were also a lot of real dragonflies present on the day, but I wasn’t quick enough to catch any of their shadows. Those critters move really really fast! Did you know that dragonflies can fly forwards, backwards and sideways? Dragonflies also have three eyes! I think they do anyway. I could be mistaken, so don’t quote me on the eye count thing.

Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. The Summer Kitchen Girls
2. High Desert Diva
3. Sweet Repose
4. Cecile
5. Gemma
6. bobbie 2
7. Shannon
8. PJ
9. More of Me - EG WoW!
10. Raven
11. t. allen-mercado
12. The Small Things
13. maryt/theteach
14. ctmott
15. In This Life-Annette
16. La Vie Est Belle
17. Chie
18. Alissa
19. ramblingwoods
20. Gingerbread [Gina]
21. Long Island Daily Photo,USA
22. Jill
23. Molokai Girl
24. Pagan Sphinx - Massachusetts
25. Terri - teelgee
26. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
27. Carletta
28. Rita
29. Jagat Fotografi, Indonesia
30. DaviMack
31. Mamapippa - Belgium
32. EmBelISH
33. Paz's New York Minute
34. Gallery Juana
35. chanpheng, Laos
36. Ginger
37. elizabeth schmid
38. Dianne
39. Lisa's RetroStyle
40. Tom Hilton
41. Vicki/Maraca
42. Catherine Bardrick, Mexico City
43. Happily Retired Gal
44. Generik
45. Aimer
46. BABYLONEZOO (France)
47. Moments with Me and Mine
48. Lighthousegal

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fucked-Up Fires...

Victorian bushfires have killed 181 people according to the lastest death toll at the time of typing this.

The death toll from the bushfires is certain to rise further. Victorian Premier John Brumby has vowed to rebuild the razed communites, but as the toll mounts the grim fates of many residents are becoming clearer. Thirty-five people died in Kinglake alone, while 22 deaths had been confirmed in St Andrews out of a population of just 1500. Strathewen, with only 200 people prior to the bushfires, had lost 30 residents in the last official count. Fire fighters dubbed the tiny town the "Valley of Death". A bridge out of town was damaged, leaving those still there as the firestorm swept through with little chance of survival. Three bodies were found crowded in a bath. The victims may have hoped the water would save them but instead it would have boiled in the intense heat - excerpt from the website

A destroyed property on Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road. Photo by David Caird

Fires ripped through the area of Pheasant Creek. Photo by Fiona Hamilton

Forensic Investigators comb through a building in Marysville in search of victims. Photo by Mark Smith

People affected by the bushfires sleeping at the community centre of Healesville. Photo by Craig Burrow

Fighting scrub fire on a property off Blacks Flat Rd, near Beechworth. Photo by David Caird

The devastation left after fires ripped through Callingnee. Photo by Tim Carrafa

CFA volunteer helps a distressed koala in burnt-out forest at Mirboo North. Photo by Russell Vickery

It's believed that the rider of the bike was found deceased near the crash scene. Photo by Darren Tindale

The Australian Red Cross have set up the Victorian Bushfire Appeal and are accepting donations. Please click here if you are able make a financial contribution to assist the victims of these horrific bushfires.

I have decided to disable the comments on this post. I'm hoping that the lovely folk who do visit my blog and wish to leave comments will instead click here to leave a thoughtful little message of support for the brave firefighters. Many of them are volunteers, risking their own lives to saves others. Thankyou xox

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday #38

Howdy! The Shadow Gallery collages feature one photo from each participant from last Sunday. If you’d like to join in SSS, please do. How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), then add your link to Mr Linky, and visit other players. First-time participants are required to click here for a little further info before submitting your link. Thanks heaps and I hope you enjoy all the shadows!

Shadow Gallery

The Shooters:
1. Abstractions 2. PaganSphinx 3. Whatever 4. Ramblingwoods 5. ArtSquadGraphics 6. RosebudCollection 7. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 8. Clearview 9. Chie

The Shooters:
1. DailyVintageSquare 2. InThisLife 3. WorkOfThePoet 4. HighDesertDiva 5. EmBelISH 6. RoundTheBend 7. Aimer 8. Fog&Thistle 9. AboutNewYork

The Shooters:
1. MyCameraMySurroundings 2. AerialArmadillo 3. GalleryJuana 4. Bobbityboo 5. Charlie&Grace 6. Babylonezoo 7. DoYouSeeWhatISee 8. AlmostThere 9. WhenGingerSnaps

The Shooters:
1. Me 2. IcePonyTrekking 3. Lighthousegal 4. Junie'sPlace 5. HotFudge 6. Lisa'sRetroStyle 7. JillRuth&Co 8. KittyBooBoo 9. JagatFotografi

The Shooters:
1. SherriesStuff 2. WaysISeeTheWorld 3. TwinkleStarArt 4. Tea&HoneyBread 5. TwoBarkingDogs 6. TheSmallThings 7. Sylvia 8. SummerKitchenGirls 9. SweetRepose

The Shooters:
1. Mamapippa 2. Maraca 3. LongIslandDailyPhoto 4. MoreOfMe 5. MolokaiGirl 6. LaVieEstBelle 7. MyOrdinaryThings 8. Olga 9. B&W&Colours

With over 50 participants last Sunday, that was a lot of collaging! I'm seeing shadows in my sleep...hehe

Here's my Shadow Shot(s) Sunday #38

The second shadow shot is of the Arbour that weaves through the centre of Southbank Parklands for approximately one kilometre. It’s made up of hundreds of curling steel columns, each covered with vibrant magenta bougainvillea plants. This scenic walkway is the defining symbol of Southbank, and the Arbour was designed in such a way that it also functions as an art gallery, with exhibitions hung from the columns for special events and festivals. It’s a very pretty walk. With pretty shadows all along the way.

Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. High Desert Diva
2. Sweet Repose
3. Chie
4. M.Kate
5. Dianne
6. Aimer
7. Sylvia
8. PJ
9. bobbie 2
10. Kuusela Finland
11. Gemma
12. Hot Fudge
13. ctmott
14. t. allen-mercado
15. More of Me - EG WoW!
16. Raven
17. maryt/theteach
18. Alissa
19. Lisa's RetroStyle
20. Elizabeth Schmid
21. Gingerbread [Gina]
22. In This Life-Annette
23. Terri - teelgee
24. Paz's New York Minute
25. Ginger
26. Carletta
27. Gallery Juana
28. Jill
29. The Summer Kitchen Girls
30. Raven's Views
31. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
32. Kitty Boo Boo
33. BABYLONEZOO (France)
34. Carin
35. Mamapippa - Belgium
36. Twinkle Star Art
37. The Small Things
38. Sherrie
39. Pagan Sphinx-Massachusetts
40. Long Island Daily Photo,USA
41. Tom Hilton
42. An Aerial Armadillo
43. Hildegarde (Flanders,EU)
44. Junie Rose
45. Ice Pony Trekking
46. Vicki/Maraca
47. DaviMack
48. Rita
49. Sacred Ruminations
50. {S.T.U.F.F.}
51. Molokai Girl

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Heart Show Art Show

It was almost one year ago that I had my very first exhibition at Pandemonium Café and I’ve been exhibiting my artwork there ever since. The owner kindly offered me a permanent wall space to do with what I please. It was a lucky break and a wonderful opportunity that Ive been really grateful for. Now I have an opportunity to also participate in a very worthy charity event that Pandemonium Café are hosting next month. Currently I’m working on a few pieces to donate to the Heart Show Art Show fundraiser. I'm looking forward to checking out the other art that will be there! But hey, if you can’t make it along on the night you can always go check out my current exhibit there called “Peace. Is the Harvest of Love. Birds.”

About the Heart Show Art Show:

Variety Queensland, a children's charity which supports disadvantaged children will be holding their inaugural Heart Show Art Show fundraising event at Pandemonium Café in Paddington at 7.00pm on Friday 6th March. Art enthusiasts will be treated to delicious tasty treats and funky DJ beats at the 70s retro style café. There will be a cheap cash bar available and the opportunity to get creative by spraying, painting, chalking, drawing, stencilling and decorating the Pandemonium Café car park walls in old school street style fashion! What fun! Entry to the exhibition is $15 and all art will be available to buy for a small cost of $25, with all of the proceeds from the sales of the donated artworks going to Variety Queensland.

Places are strictly limited, so to book, please phone Sarah at Variety Qld on 3368 3321 or email Sarah.

BrisStyle Monthly Giveaways!

While on the subject of giving, I’d like to mention that BrisStyle have now kicked off their monthly member giveaways. The February featured BrisStyle member is Rebecca of Edward and Lilly, so click here to read the interview and be in the running to win the adorable item Rebecca is generously giving away on the BrisStyle blog. Another BrisStyle member, Ali of Jellygite and LittleJellygnite is offering a sweet giveaway on her blog. Click here to be in the running for that one also. Giving is great! And so is winning! Good luck!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday #37

Howdy! The Shadow Gallery collages feature one photo from each participant from last Sunday. If you’d like to join in SSS, please do. How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), then add your link to Mr Linky, and visit other players. First-time participants are required to click here for a little further info before submitting your link. Thanks heaps and I hope you enjoy all the shadows!

Shadow Gallery

The Shooters:
1. HeartToArt 2. Me 3. MolokaiGirl 4. Chie 5. PaganSphinx 6. AllThingsAlissa 7. LongIslandDailyPhoto 8. Bobbityboo 9. Tea&HoneyBread 10. Fotodiod 11. Raven'sNest 12. TwinkleStarArt 13. Fog&Thistle 14. 2SweetNSaxy 15. HighDesertDiva 16. JagatFotografi

The Shooters:
1. LaVieEstBelle 2. DigitalPolaroids 3. AlmostThere 4. SummerKitchenGirls 5. GalleryJuana 6. HotFudge 7. WaysISeeTheWorld 8. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 9. Whatever 10. RosebudCollection 11. Murrieta365 12. Charlie&Grace 13. Lighthousegal 14. AboutNewYork 15.MoreOfMe 16. TwoBarkingDogs

The Shooters:
1. TheSmallThings 2. Mamapippa 3. MemoriesThroughPhotography 4. Abstractions 5. SweetRepose 6. Carin 7. EmBelISH 8. Lisa'sRetroStyle 9. GreyscaleTerritory 10. JillRuth&Co 11. Olga 12. WorkOfThePoet 13. Babylonezoo 14. SacredRuminations 15. Clearview 16. IcePonyTrekking

Here's my Shadow Shot(s) Sunday #37

These shadow shots are following on from the public art sculpture themed shots of last Sunday. The big metal balls (there's 15 in total), called Steam, were created by artist Donna Marcus and are located in Reddacliff Place (just a hop, skip and a jump away from the City Roos of last week). They are made from thousands of copies of World War II steamers welded to spheres, the same pattern as a soccer ball, ranging in size from 1.3m to 2.6m wide. Filled with coloured florescent lights, they are a stunning sight to see at night. I’ll take some night shots of them next time for a future blog post. The artist says that the sculptures weren’t yet finished because her original concept was to have a mist coming out of the spheres to turn them into water features. The on-going water restrictions here in Brisbane have put a hold on those plans.

Apologies to those few shadow shooters who were too late to enter their links in Mr Linky last week. The Mr Linky now stops accepting links on Tuesday Australian time, then all added urls are immediately converted to permanent html links to remain displayed on the post they were added to. Mr Linky accepts links for a period of 48 hours and I guarantee that Sunday falls within that timeframe, regardless of what part of the world you live in. Of course there is always the chance of the Mr Linky hosting site experiencing difficulties during this time and the Mr Linky not always appearing as he should. I have no control over this happening I’m afraid. Hope this all works in with people. I am truly sorry if it doesn’t. Also, if your shadow shot from last week isn't appearing in a collage it will be due to it not being a jpeg image. I'm only able to include jpgs in the collages. I may not have mentioned that previously, so I'm sorry about that.

I received two cool blog awards this week. I am so very lucky! This first one is from the lovely Gina from The Pagan Sphinx. Gina also has a super photo blog called The Pagan's Eye. If I was asked to pick a favourite of the two blogs I couldn't because they're both brilliant for different reasons. Thanks Gina!

This one is from my good buddy Lisa of Lisa’s RetroStyle. I've been a fan of Lisa's blog for ages now and I've always appreciated Lisa's crazy sense of humour. Funny retro girl always makes me laugh. Thanks Lisa!

Thanks so much to both of you! I’m touched and very grateful, as I’m a big fan of your blogs and have also enjoyed your regular participation in SSS. As have many others! I hope that it’s ok with you both that I pass this award along to shadow shooters because I know that you both enjoy all the wonderful shadow shots as much as I do. So, shadow shooters, past & present participants, please accept these awards from three of your fellow shadow shooters, Gina, Lisa and myself. The awards do come with rules, so if you’re not an ole’ stick in the mud type like myself and would like to have some fun playing along with the questions then please do. The info for Gina’s award can be found here. The info for Lisa’s award can be found here. Or simply accept them as no-obligation awards given to you because we love your blogs. Geez, I sure hope this is all ok with Gina and Lisa. If not, at least I live on the other side of the world and far enough away for either of you to be giving me a kick in the butt for doing the wrong thing…hehe.

Believe it or not, I always have the intention of keeping the waffling to a minimum on these SSS posts. Ha!

Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. La Vie Est Belle
2. Charlie & Grace
3. Gallery Juana
4. High Desert Diva
5. Sweet Repose
6. Bobbie
7. Long Island Daily Photo,USA
8. Bobbi
9. PJ
10. Olga aka orchidgirl1979
11. More of Me - EG WoW!
12. Chie
13. Raven
14. Hot Fudge
15. maryt/theteach
16. Two Barking Dogs
17. Aimer
18. Lisa's RetroStyle
19. Pagan Sphinx-Massachusetts
20. Fog and Thistle
21. Paz's New York Minute
22. The Small Things
23. EmBelISH
24. Carletta
25. In This Life
26. The Summer Kitchen Girls
27. Twinkle Star Art
28. Jill
29. Terri - teelgee
30. t. allen-mercado
31. Molokai Girl
32. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
33. Lighthousegal
34. Kitty Boo Boo
35. Carin
36. Mamapippa - Belgium
37. ctmott
38. Sherrie
39. Elizabeth schmid
40. Martina
41. Ginger
42. Dianne
43. ramblingwoods
44. Junie Rose
45. BABYLONEZOO (France)
46. Vicki/Maraca
47. An Aerial Armadillo
48. Noner
49. sylvia
51. Rebecca
52. Ice Pony Trekking, WI. USA

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