Social Distancing

The South Coast of NSW is idyllic in that it is not so far from the big centres of Sydney or Canberra yet seems a whole world away from the hustle and bustle of twenty-first-century living. More than that, there is a plethora of tiny bays and hideaways all along the coast between the small town centres that provide the necessities of everyday life. It is in one of these places that I have come to relax and recuperate.

As the sun sets on another South Coast day over Durras Lake, I find myself reflecting on the places life has taken me, it is quite possible that this may be the best of them

In this crazy world we are living in, with pandemic conditions calling everything we have known into question, I have found myself living in this perfect place for self isolation. Someone suggested that this is really an excuse for me to indulge in a reclusive lifestyle and there may well be some truth in what she said.

As I write this, I am lying back in a hammock, over looking the garden, and watching the parade of parrots, pigeons, and other birds that come to feed from the seed feeder hanging from the rafters.

One of the regulars in the garden is the Brown Cuckoo Dove. Doesn’t stay long but will visit the feeder for a quick snack

The news that keeps popping up on the banner headlines is almost exclusively about the Corvid-19 virus and what we may or may not expect over the next few weeks. As the reality of it all begins to sink in, I find myself thankful for this place and it’s quiet solitude.

One thing that is a positive is the time it gives to catch up on all those things that procrastination has allowed me to put off…. writing this instalment for example.. with just the birds for company, I can sit back in the hammock and write away to my heart’s content

I can walk on the beach, bush walk or simply stay at home mowing the lawns or doing some online courses that hopefully may pave a new pathway forward for me. Contrast this with the lives that so many others have to lead, particularly those in the health care field, putting themselves in harms way on a daily basis, and one gets a truly different perspective of what life is about.

If I should find myself in a country wide lock down I can think of few place that would be better to be than where I am right now. Keep safe people and take this thing seriously. It may not be you who feels the effects…. but it may be someone close

Slice Of Heaven

Driving home the other night when I noticed the full moon starting its journey across the night sky. By the time I had reached a spot overlooking the sea it had climbed well into the sky where it cast its moonbeams across a waving sea.

Her love shines over my horizon, she’s a slice of heaven.
Warm moonlight over my horizon, she’s a slice of heaven

Ever since I took this photo I have had an earworm pounding in my head courtesy of Dave Dobbin….

The Three Apostles

Apostle Birds

Another photo from yester-year. These Apostle Birds are known by many different names around Australia. Most of these names seem to relate to fast food: Hungry Jacks, MacDonald Ducks, Kentucky Fried Choughs, among others. They are a very socialble bird with gatherings of up to 100 birds during the winter although they stay in much smaller groups of around 10 during the breeding season.

PeakDesign Has Done It Again

Had an email from the guys at PeakDesign the other day with news that they are breaking new ground with their tough camera gear. This time it is a Tripod.

It’s A Tripod

PeakDesign have just launched their latest KickStarter project. A brand new kind of Travel Tripod you can take anywhere with confidence. traveltripod.kckb.st/052ad636

Why?

You might well ask why the world needs another tripod but when you take a look at what they have done over at PeakDesign, you will see that this is just pure logic. Designed to take up much less space in your pack and not add pounds to weigh you down, this PeakDesign Travel Tripod is a game changer

Strength and Versatility

Years in the making, the design team wanted to come up with a revolutionary design. Lighter, smaller but strong enough to do the heavy lifting. With a new Ball Head that is intuitive to use, the PeakDesign Travel Tripod is fast to set up and versatile in its use

Just Got A Mobile Phone?

Not only for the big gear, there is a nifty attachment to support your mobile phone as well. When not in use it tucks away out of sight to make room for the DSLR. Get yours here. traveltripod.kckb.st/052ad636

I could keep raving on about this nifty bit of gear but I don’t do it justice. Click on the link and head on over to the Kickstarter page where they will show you all of the bells and whistles traveltripod.kckb.st/052ad636

Yep, I do get paid

Just in the interests of full disclosure, I do get a small commission from any purchase you make through the link. This helps me to continue my Photographic Journey and I do appreciate your support. Check out the other great gear from PeakDesign while you are there