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Walking the dog…

Was down at Sellicks Beach recently, taking my woofa for a run off the leash. He doesn’t take kindly to other dogs, so I take him to some of Adelaide’s less frequented beaches (and generally on a so-so weather day to further ensure I can get some beach to myself).

The beach wasn’t too attractive on this visit, being somewhat scoured out by recent winter storms and with a heap of sea-grass piled up on it. So the camera didn’t get pressed into use.  It did remind me though that I took some shots on a trip down that way last winter which I’ll share now in this post.

Sellicks Beach is the point where the southern Mt Lofty Ranges meet the sea, and the hills often generate light showers as clouds roll in off the sea. This was one such day, but with the photographic bonus that the beach itself remained bathed in sunlight. And rather than my usual Tamron 17-50mm lens, I plonked on a Pentax DA 55-300mm telephoto zoom to seek a somewhat different look.

Sellicks Beach, South Australia

The mid South Coast beaches allow cars to be driven on to selected sections of beach, and in summer time, are popular spots to set up for the day.

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The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark
Back from an overseas work trip, and starting to make  a dent in reviewing and editing the 1200-odd photos taken over the two weeks I was away.  While the work and act of travelling itself keep me quite busy, I also make a very deliberate effort each trip to get out and about after hours and on weekends to discover the places I am visiting.  A large stack of photos is the usual product of this enthusiasm to explore.

Stop 1 on this year’s journey, after a 26 hour flight from Australia, was London. Arriving at dawn on a Saturday morning, the first priority was a few hours sleep to take the edge off the tiredness.  The day’s plan was said quick rest followed by an afternoon ferry ride down the Thames to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark. Continue reading

Himeji Garden

For some time I’ve admired the photos of the Kyoto area posted by Jeffrey Friedl in his blog. In particular, his images of Japanese gardens have a wonderful dreaminess to them.

I was recently reminded that Adelaide has a Japanese garden tucked away in a corner of the southern parklands, less than a kilometer from the centre of the city. The garden was planted out in the mid-1980’s as a sister city project between Adelaide and Himeji, a city of some 500,000 persons in the Kansai region of southern Honshu island.

I visited the garden when it was quite young, and recently went back with camera in hand. It is now some 25 years old and has matured considerably – the garden, not the camera, that is!

The excuse was to try out a brand new lens – the Pentax FA77 F1.8 Limited – one of the royalty of Pentax’s lens line-up.

So, over to the photos.

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Entrance to the garden

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Steamranger Cockle Train

A few month’ back, I found myself armed with a camera down on Adelaide’s South Coast region. I was finishing up a couple of hours of filming, taking photos of nothing in particular when I heard a steam engine whistle in the distance. And just happened to be in the exact spot for a great photo. Some days just want to turn out well!

The train concerned is the Cockle Train, run by the SteamRanger Historical Society. The volunteer run society operates a number of services on a now isolated section of the former Mt Barker to Victor Harbor broad gauge line. The Cockle Train runs from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, along the edge of the Southern Ocean, for a distance of around 12 miles. Cockles, a local shellfish prolific near the mouth of the Murray River, provide the name for this service that runs regularly on weekends and school holidays. A number of different rolling stock units are used to operate the service, including some heritage rail cars. This day I struck lucky, as the Duke of Edinburgh, the largest of the SteamRanger locos currently in service was pulling the Cockle Train.

Enough of the intro, onto the photos. All shot with a Pentax K-x dSLR with a Tamron 17-50 lens mounted, and with a UV filter and Hoya CPL on the front to combat the extremely strong sun and high UV (we’d hit 45C (113F) two days earlier in Adelaide).

First, the obligatory occ health and safety advisory…

Signage at Victor Harbor Railway Station

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The Australian War Memorial (Part 3 – Warbirds)

Today’s post is the third and final installment covering a recent visit to the Australian War Memorial, and explores the Memorial’s aircraft displays.  It was these displays that drew me to visit the Memorial in the first place, being something of a closet plane/train spotter. Continue reading