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Sorry about the lack of updates recently, but I’ve been in the middle of moving to a new unit.  The moving part was hard enough, but then there was the whole setting-up process.  It involved a lot of Swedish fake wood from Ikea and a ton of assembling.  Anyway, here are some photos from my new place.  Catch you around in 2015!


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Simple Silhouette

Simple SilhouetteOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/60 sec
ISO 100

Before I forget, happy new year to everyone for 5 days ago.  Hopefully you’ve all recovered somewhat.  I figured I’d ring in the new year with a classy photo, and we all know that black and white = instant class :D

All kidding aside, I’m a little annoyed at that blasted window frame in the background, but oh well.

Cobra(-ish) Pose

Cobra-ish PoseOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/2.5
1/6400 sec
ISO 200

I think I find it more amusing that I should that there’s a lizard doing what looks like a Cobra pose…  Anyway, I have a somewhat funny story about these guys.  This is an Australian Water Dragon, an adorable and harmless creature that is really quite shy and likes to sunbake.  It is clearly NOT a Komodo dragon, the metres-long predator that could probably eat me if I encountered it.  I actually spent lots of years thinking these were Komodo dragons…. I should explain that I didn’t think that these guys would eat me, I just clearly had no idea what a Komodo dragon really was.

Moving on. I find it interesting that different types of Water Dragons seem to run differently.  Some run on all fours, but I’ve seen some hilariously hitch up on their hind legs and sprint off in that manner.  It’s adorable, even when they charge at you (the one above did, right after I took the photo).

PS: Merry Christmas all!

Warm Summer Hike

Warm Summer HikeOlympus 14-42mm at 21mm
f/16
1/50 sec
ISO 1600

The photo challenge this week is about the colour yellow, and it immediately made me think of this photo.  Technically, the actual challenge page says to post something about what the colour yellow means to you.  One thing you need to know about me, dear reader, is that I have always been such a city slicker.  Me and nature mix about as well as water and oil, I’ve always thought.  In saying that, I do live in Australia, so my friends dragged me out to go camping recently and I must say that it’s quite enjoyable.  The feeling of having walked several kilometres and then coming across the scene above is pretty glorious.  You turn a bend and suddenly the trees open up, a breeze comes through, and you see sunlight streaming through the branches in front of you.  The sun’s still beating down on your head, but you don’t mind so much because you’ve been enclosed by canopies for the last few hours.

I think I might like nature.

Doggy MacGuyver

Doggy MacGuyverOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/100 sec
ISO 400

While I applaud your ability to improvise and manage to sleep absolutely anywhere, Phillip, seriously.  There are pillows around, just grab one and use that.  The leg of that Ikea chair doesn’t look all that comfortable.

Page to Page; Chapter to Chapter

Page to Page Chapter to ChapterPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/800 sec
ISO 200

So a big thing happened to me recently – I finally graduated from university.  After about 8 years it’s about time, I’d say. Actually, I just realised that since I didn’t take a gap year after high school, I’ve been enrolled in an educational institution for the last 20 years.  Scary, but exciting!

I spent altogether too many hours of my life in the library on campus, really.  It was a necessary evil I’d say, and I don’t regret it one bit.  It’s a part of my life that is now gone, but not forgotten.

Rummaging For Treasure

Rummaging For TreasureOlympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/1000 sec
ISO 200

So there’s this really neat event that’s really taken off in the last couple of years, called the Suitcase Rummage.  The idea is pretty simple: you register, fill up a couple of suitcase with some items, then you show up on the day and try to sell them to people.  As you can see in the photo above, there’s a section for secondhand goods and a section for handmade items.  On the flip side, if you’re looking for a bargain, you just rock up and see if anything catches your eye.  It’s being run at a bunch of locations down the East Coast of Australia, so head over to their site and see if there’s one near you.

PS: I swear I’m not affiliated with them, I just think they’re super cool.