Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Wallaroo Sunset

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You really do need to click on the thumbnail or link provided to see the sunset at its best.

This snapshot was taken at Wallaroo in South Australia during my stay over the weekend. I have to admit I was surprised that the image did not have more camera shake because I did not use a tripod, although leaning against a tree was very helpful for taking photos when so much of the daylight had gone.

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Sunday, 2 December 2007

Macro shot

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Just a very quick post today to share another Macro shot from my new Sigma 150mm F2,8 APO MACRO lens. I have no idea what this insect is called but do know it is very small at around 6-7mm long.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

White Crab Spider or Flower Spider

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Well nothing like researching creepy images so that I can nail the species for this white spider which is Diaea. The common name is White Crab Spider or if you prefer Flower Spider. Man am I going to be having nightmares tonight after viewing so many different species of spiders! eek

I managed this snap yesterday with my new Sigma 150mm F2,8 APO MACRO lens that turned up in the mail and just had to try the lens out straight away. I was amused to see the spider sitting back on the same flower mid afternoon today waiting for his prey once more.

It is going to take time to learn how to get the best shots with the bulk of the subject in focus but hey it is going to be fun learning and have to admit my new toy has put a spring in my step. Tell you what though, taking macro shots of bugs waving in the breeze on foliage is a good way to get motion sickness . I kid you not! Think in future I will take snaps on calm days.rolleyes

I would be interested if anyone else has this motion sickness dilemma when getting close and personal with their subjects waving in the breeze? Also I found any small movement with the camera is also exaggerated when looking through the viewfinder. A tripod is one way to overcome this but not always ideal for chasing bugs.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Red Pelargonium Flower

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In my garden I do find Pelargoniums and Geraniums grow well, although the recent hail and flooding has knocked them about quite badly.

This snapshot shows a red Pelargonium flower that is catching the late rays of sun with the dark shadows of a cement rainwater tank as a backdrop. I am quite taken with the drama of light against the dark background.

For the artist that may like to try an exercise in lost and found edges, this image would be ideal to try.

Until next time, take care!

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Thursday, 15 November 2007

Gorgeous little Dog - Papillon

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For two weeks I have had the pleasure of looking after this little dog, which is a Papillon breed. Her name is Ella and she is a little over twelve months old and belongs to my son and his new wife, who arrived home yesterday from their honeymoon.

Ella has a wonderful personality and a quick learner when it comes to tricks. Some tricks that she will do by command are sneeze, roll over, sit, and high five. She has very good manners. Simple things like not taking her food until she is told she can and also sits and waits to be told she can pass through an exterior door to come indoors. Gives you time to wipe any muddy paws if need be. wink

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This closeup will give you a good look of her sweet face. Her markings for a papillon are not perfect but that makes no difference to those that love her and even though she only lives a hop step and jump away, I will miss the day to day company of this gorgeous little girl.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Colour and Texture

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My last post was about a recent flood that I had experienced here on the family farm. I thought I would share a couple of images that I had taken after the floods had subsided enough for me to have a wonder around.

As you can see when the litter is wet there is plenty of colour along with texture. The extra bright added colour came from the trees stripped by the hail.

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The hail by this time was much smaller than the jagged golf ball size that was experienced with the passing storm. Not something that I am in a hurry to experience again but hey it makes an interesting snapshot. wink

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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Our Flood

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Excuse the mess but we were having a flood rolleyes.

I am not going to bombard SnapShots with flood photos but thought I would share these two with you. The filthy water under my veranda ended up one centimetre below my door threshold before it started to recede away so that was a lucky escape. My sons home did have two rooms with water damage that came through the roof with repairs having to be made to wiring and removal of floor covering. This photo was taken looking towards my sons home. There is still a lot of cleaning up to do although the urgent items have been done.

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This snapshot is of a creek that run past the farmyard. We have never seen the water so high in this creek although have heard that there was a similar flood in the early forties before the farm was purchased by the Borgas family.

The water has receded a 'lot' in this photo and it was at this point I took my camera and snapped away. I just loved the colours in this shot and wanted to share it with you.

I am a new grandmother as of yesterday morning. Not bad.... A flood, son married and a grand-daughter over a period of eight days.razz

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Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Hot off the Press, Thunderstorm

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I am quickly going to post this before I lose my power here. Thanks goodness I do have backup batteries for my PC for occasions like this to give me time to shut the computer down.

Anyway this photo I have just taken West of my home. My husband has just came inside saying there has been large pieces of hail falling on top of his workshop shed. He is a busy man making up some frames for me for recent sales so hope he didn't slip off the mat with the cutter. Gosh I can now hear hail on the roof of the house... gee they are making a lot of noise. Gee it sounds like someone is throwing stones on our roof. Gee once more, is is now very scary!!!

I will be back with an update with this. I took a quick look and some of the hail is approximately one inch across and coming right in under the veranda hitting the wall. I don't hold any hope for our crops. sad

Update: Well that is life, we ended up with a flood and yes we had crop damage as well as fences washed away. Water was lapping the threshold of our back door and can be thankful that the water receded before it forced its way past the door. I will post photos as soon as possible.

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Monday, 10 September 2007

Here is looking at you!

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Hello everyone! razz

I am back from my three week holiday in Central Australia with photos to share with you. As you can imagine I have a lot to do over the next week to make up for the time I was away. In a weeks time I will be heading to Wilpena Pound for three weeks demonstrating painting at a major art exhibition that I am involved with.

I hope you like this photo of the emu that I managed to get while away up North.

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Look at the close up of the eye and you can see yours truly taking the photo. wink

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Thursday, 16 August 2007

Burra Creek

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This photo was taken at the Burra Creek and as you can see there is a massive Eucalyptus Gum Tree reaching for the sky. This tree is one of many in the area and worth visiting for a picnic with family and friends.

For those that are more adventurous and do live further away from Burra Creek and can't manage a day trip, it is a great camping area as well with two long drop toilets provided. There are no shower facilities. Adding money to the donation box helps keep the camping area in the great condition that it is in.

Take a closer look at this image and you will see my brother's caravan tucked away in the shady area. Tomorrow my husband and I along with my brother and his wife plus another couple who are dear friends to us all are leaving for a holiday traveling North with our caravans, which will last a little over three weeks. My brother has made up a itinerary of our trip and weather permitting we will be sticking to the plan as laid out and you can view it by clicking here.

During this period I doubt that I will get a chance to update any of my blogs as the trip is full on. I will make up for the lack of post though with images that I am told will want me painting and I hope at the same time, images that will stimulate you as well.

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Saturday, 11 August 2007

Emu with Seven Chicks

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True, there are seven chicks in this image! Can you find the seventh little guy? razz

Emus are birds I have a great deal of respect for, when trying to photograph them. This group were up against a wire fence which slowed them down enough to get a photo but also aware that dad would have felt trapped if I tried to get closer and no way was I going to have him taking after me when he felt the need to protect his little family.

I am disappointed with the quality of the photo, as I am with the remainder that I have on file. I hope to remedy this in September when I will be sharing the company of emus. Well not literally, but sometimes they do walk past the shearing shed during the art exhibition in the Central Flinders Ranges.

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Monday, 30 July 2007

Shingleback or "Stumpy-tailed Lizard"

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These Shingleback lizards are widespread throughout the Flinders Ranges. This image was taken in the Central Flinders at 2.38pm September 2006.

These skinks are common here on the family farm as well and love to raid my garden for flowers, the Gazania one of their favourites. When my husband was growing strawberries the plants had to be fenced off with netting or these guys would pinch them for their own supper.

I have always referred to them by the name of 'Sleepy Lizard' and you can read more about these reptiles by clicking on this PDF file.

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Saturday, 28 July 2007


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For those that participated in the last post, here is the full version of that image. Probably if the seeds were more developed it would have given you more information and the plot away. wink

I do hope you enjoy this image and perhaps for the flower painter it might be worth considering.

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Friday, 27 July 2007

What is it?

How good are you at identifying a portion of a photo?

Do you know what this image is?

I know what it is and will post the full image tomorrow but lets see how good you are.

Tells us what you think it is by leaving a comment. Your friends are welcome to have a go as well. biggrin

Hint: It grows

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Sunday, 22 July 2007

Wilpena Pound

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Wilpena Pound is one of my favourite haunts for bush walking. In this image is the Wilpena Pound wall in the background with some of the outer rolling land formations that are much easier to climb. There are many walking trails which climb Wilpena Pound and some are so hard that I don't think I will ever attempt them. Don't think I would have when I was young either because I am not all that partial to heights.eek

The walking trail that my husband and I had taken is the one from the Wilpena Resort and Caravan Park to St Mary's Peak. We knew we would not make it all the way to St Mary's Peak due to time constraint because I was rostered on to work later that same day.

If you are ever walking in this area make sure you stay on the marked trails because it would be very easy to become disorientated with directions back to the Caravan Park. Also make sure you are well prepare for these walks with plenty of water and also take notice of the warnings that the staff provide at Wilpena Pound as they are there for your own safety.

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Friday, 20 July 2007

Adult Bearded Dragon's

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You may have seen this photo on my Arts & Stuff blog. I decided to clean the image up and cut out the unnecessary outer area allowing more information with the size snapshots that I do post on this blog.

The original post can be found here.

These guys were actually doing a courtship dance at the time the photo was taken.

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Thursday, 19 July 2007

Does my bum look big

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This pose instantly had me thinking of a title 'Does my bum look big'. I think what was happening though that this young fella was spying his lunch with so many bugs on the move on that particular day. If you look close enough there is already a moth sticking out of the Bearded Dragons mouth.

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I have posted this Dragon Lizard with a different pose here on SnapShots before and mentioned that I was afraid the little guy would be trodden on while my husband was cooking our Barbecue lunch. Even though the photo isn't the best shot of the Dragon Lizard I thought I would share this one with you to show the actual size of this little fella who would still have a lot of growing to do.

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