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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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Warm Summer Hike

Warm Summer HikeOlympus 14-42mm at 21mm
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1/50 sec
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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.

Page to Page; Chapter to Chapter

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

A Little Gardening Kick

Because it's a boot.

I have a bit of a… shall we say, minimalist approach to gardening.  If you gave me a plant to look after for you because you’re off on some great and wonderful plant-free holiday, I could probably keep it not-dead for the time you’re gone.  In saying that, I don’t exactly go out of my way to plant things.  In fact, I’m probably that guy that would try and find a way to build a self-watering mini-greenhouse to make things easier.

So anyway, Tiff recently started to dip her toes into gardening.  I’m not going to lie, it is 100% because they come in adorable, bright ceramic mini booties.  It started with the above camomile, but it now has two friends: basil and wild strawberry.

I can see this exploding into a full greenhouse full of adorable potplants very soon.

Colourful Stools

Colourful stools

 

Okay, so I realise that the title makes this photo sound kind of… faecal, but I swear it’s not.!

I just happened to stumble across a bunch of adorable little stools (the kind you sit on!) while I was walking down the mall.  From a distance, I was convinced that there was some sort of kids’ day/activity going on, but nope!  These were laid out for a very serious (and talented) singer/songwriter who was performing.

I feel like the décor could’ve matched a bit better.

Yellow is the New White

Yellow is the New White

 

 

So I was walking around under one of the bridges in town (I know, it’s crazy. Brisbane has bridges???) when I spotted this.  It just seems so out of place – one lone yellow pillar, surrounded by white ones.  I still can’t quite figure out what makes this one so special.  Maybe they wanted to paint them all yellow but couldn’t be bothered.  Or maybe they left them all white and decided it needed a splash of colour somewhere, then painted one yellow and decided “bah good enough”.

I also love how it has those red arrows telling pedestrians and cyclists to stay to the left of the pillar.  Phew! Good thing it’s there, otherwise I might have tried to walk right into the river.  

Redundant signage is the best.

 

Floating in Isolation

Floating in Isolation

 

I know that photos of floating boats in black and white are a little on the overdone side, but I couldn’t resist when I saw this beauty floating, moored just a short distance away from where I was.  The sky looks a little menacing too, making me wonder just how long this boat will stay anchored ashore.

 

It also looks like it has antennae, which is always fun.

Magic water thing? Oh Yay!

Magic water thing?Yay Fresh water!

 

Phillip here does have a few water bowls scattered around the place – one of which is placed under this water tap.  He’s a very smart dog though, and he’s figured out that the water in his bowl comes from the tap.  On warmer days, he’ll do this thing where he trots up to the tap, stares at it, and wonders why nothing’s coming out of it.  Then he stares at you:  “You. Human. Fix this.”

 

It’s the most adorable thing in the world, especially since he just looks so happy drinking fresh tap water.

Wheels of Yesteryear

Shoom.Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
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It was recently a long weekend here in Queensland (thank you, Queen, for letting us celebrate your birthday), so we went on a roadtrip across the border to New South Wales.  I realise that crossing these borders aren’t nearly as exciting as crossing into another country but, alas, such are the drawbacks of living in a waterlocked (is this a thing?) country.  Either way, it was still great to be able to escape to somewhere and leave all my worries behind.  It was pretty great, as we stumbled upon a bizarre fete/festival/vintage car display fusion that was actually pretty fun.  I still don’t know what it was but it brought out some brilliant cars like the one above, which obviously lends itself well to monochrome photos – perfect for Leanne’s challenge.

On a side note, every time I see a full-colour photo of anything pre-1950s, I’m often taken back.  I think my brain secretly thinks the whole world was in black-and-white back in the day.