Sunday, 31 December 2006

Huge Galah!

You may have read my earlier post Silly Galah. This photo is of the biggest Galah in Australia and cripes is he huge!

This Galah can be found at Kimba in South Australia, which is the half way point from East to West for Australia. This snapshot was taken yesterday on the trip to my husband’s family Christmas gathering.

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Thursday, 28 December 2006

South Australian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon)

The photo below is an example of a Eucalyptus Blue Gum tree (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) that grows in South Australia and so lucky to have this particular one growing on the family farm. If a visiting artist to this blog has been trying to find am image of an Australian gum tree to paint, this tall specimen just might be the one for you.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Gum blossoms & macro flower

The garden has freshened up after 82 points of rain that the heavens decided to bestow on us recently and is lovely after such a long dry spell. My garden does lack flowers other than the odd one that decides to burst open.
The farmyard has many native Eucalyptus gum trees that surround the two houses and sheds on the property. It helps keep the wind down though with age the bottoms of the trees are thinning out allowing a lot more blustery weather to whip around the garden.

Tomorrow I will post an old gum tree with its twists and turns that I painted many years ago and was the beginning of my love affair trying to perfect a way to paint them. Until then I hope you enjoy these two photos today.

Steal it!

Steel it!........take note of the ants crawling over the blossoms

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Sunday, 24 December 2006

Red Hen

I wasn't going to post anymore photos on SnapShots until after Christmas but decided that one more won't take a moment to do. This one of my red hen will put a big smile on my sisters face as she loves chooks and ducks.

Steal it!

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Friday, 22 December 2006

Silly Galah

If you have ever heard the "Silly Galah" term before, these quick snaps will help you to understand why. You can also read more about it from the Wikipendia for Australian slang terms.

Steal it!

Yesterday these Galah's were playing out in the light rain here at the farm yesterday. I wish I had time to grab my tripod but for the time I had this was the best that I could do. As you can see the sky is very grey although it does compliment the pink feathers with these comical birds. Yes they are a silly Galah ;) !

Steal it!

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Thursday, 21 December 2006

Pink Rose

This was the only decent rose flower that could be found in my garden to try out a close up shot with the Nikon D80 SLR camera. The image has been cropped from the original macro photo, which was taken using the manual settings.

Steal it!

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Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Launching "SnapShots"

Drum roll please!!! This is the first post for my new blog called Snapshots. As if I need another blog but hey I take many photos so why not share some of them with you. Did I say share? I certainly did and they are free! Reckon most people or should that be all people love to get something for free. Well Snapshots is all about copyright free photos taken by yours truly.

SnapShots will suit artist that are looking for reference material to paint, especially of the Australian Landscape. I encourage you to tell your friends about Snapshots so that they also may benefit from my free photos.

Regular visitors to Arts & Stuff and Little Paintings blogspot will find SnapShots very different. SnapShots will have more advertisements than my art related blogs because basically I am giving away something for free and classified ads will hopefully in the long run offer something back to the blog.

I am very excited about SnapShots as it will provide me the opportunity to share photos taken by my new SLR Nikon D80. I wasn’t going to buy this camera for another twelve months but I was lucky enough to have a daughter that also wanted the digital SLR Nikon D80 for Christmas. Buying two cameras together at the same store has a lot of bargaining power and because of this we decided not to wait until the price came down as the price we paid was much better than what has been advertised on the internet. Also thank you to those who purchase my paintings to make it possible for me to afford upgrading my camera equipment because it is an important tool for my work. You can read all about the SLR Nikon D80 at Digital Photography Review. I couldn't find a copyright free image of the Nikon D80 and ended up making my own. If any of you have been trying to find an image please steal this one if it is to your liking :)

Don’t expect professional quality photos because the person behind the camera is a novice photographer even if she has taken many photos. Providing photos for SnapShots will have this amateur thinking a lot more about the creative side of photography and it is hope that you enjoy the journey along with me.

My husband and I walk 5.6 kilometres most nights and while I was busy practicing using the Nikon D80 he was looking back from where we had come. It is a sure bet he was also thinking about the drought that the area is experiencing.

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