Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

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Today I spent some time in Brooklyn, NSW, hanging out with a few giant pelicans. Seriously, these things were enormous and not shy at all. I couldn’t think of a better time to snap a horizon shot, talk about sky meeting earth!

I also managed to get this great shot of a pelican who’d had enough of the earth and took to the sky…

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Just to put things in perspective, I’m 183cm (6 feet) tall!

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The Canvas Exposed

This week’s photo challenge (The Hue of You) inspired me to tell a story about a photograph of me that I love. Clearly the hue in this photograph is a striking, glamorous, vibrant, perfect red…

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Obviously I didn’t take this photograph. It is the work of an amazing Australian fashion photographer by the name of David Gubert. On this occasion, I spent a solid two hours with Brad Mullins (hairstylist extraordinare) adding layers of extra hair section by section before moving down the production line to Katrina Raftery, who effortlessly and expertly applied my glamorous make-up . I was also lucky enough to be bathed in spectacular lighting before the rest of my flaws were seen to by a few hours of retouching. The girl in that picture isn’t me at all, she’s an artwork produced by a brilliant team of professionals, I was merely the canvas.

Last weekend, I took the following self portrait…

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This is me after a day at the races. I’m happy, relaxed, my long wear hot pink lipstick is nowhere to be seen and my freckles are no match for what’s left of my foundation. The hue in this photograph is a far cry from striking red but I like to think it’s still pretty. It’s an elegant, pastel pink, the canvas stripped bare. Ok, almost bare, there’s a definite hint of mascara that’s in it for the long haul.

By the way, that’s Meb in the background being quietly amused by me taking a “selfie” with a DSLR camera.

Jacarandas in Sepia

Bushfire season, as you would expect, a is a threat we usually don’t see until the summer months. This year is different. An unseasonably warm spring has seen a huge area of N.S.W engulfed in fires. Sydney, though untouched by the raging flames, yesterday found itself beneath a sepia fog, the gusty hot winds blowing smoke and ash a great distance from the furnace.

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Jacaranda trees bloom in Sydney only in October and November, splashing dots of pastel purple all over the city. I was mesmerised by the vibrant colours of the jacarandas against a sepia sky, an unusual sight, to say the least.

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My heart goes out to those who are directly affected by these horrific infernos, I can only begin to imagine how terrifying and heartbreaking it must be. I captured these images with gratitude for the beauty that surrounds me, with empathy for those who aren’t so lucky and with the eerie reminder that this has happened in spring.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning

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Pebbles, photographed by Annette Cameron

I have to be completely upfront here. I can’t lay claim to this photograph. This is the work of a very good friend of mine. I don’t own a cat but I’m an awesome cat aunty/sitter when the situation arises. Hence, I am very aware of the traditional “good morning, you can feed me now” message that a cat can so elegantly deliver…I’m also aware that some are not quite so elegant “meow…meow meow…meow…MEOW!!”

As for my own personal good morning, I’m afraid it’s much more clichéd…

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