{photography} Study of a Little Bird

Another glorious day was spent at Marinka, and as the sun was setting, a small bird caught my eye.

The little blue wren’s around our house aren’t as brave, so I took the opportunity to photograph this little fellow as he (she!?) hopped along the stone wall.



small-bird-up-close  Edited to black and white, with the Glass Plate 3 texture from the FlyPaper Textures Antique Edges 2 set.

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Be Still


it seems like life has been stuck in fast forward lately

The momentum has been tremendous and the world outside a blur.  And it’s only going to get busier and blurrier at the year progresses toward Christmas.

Not all of it has been bad.

My Beautiful Girl has grown in confidence with her trip to Sydney.  My Little Man has grown literally.  I’ve taken on a new volunteer role with Walcha Handmade and am thoroughly enjoying the company of like-minded creative souls.

Husband is the only one who’s not done so well… too many trips away for work, too many stressful hours and he’s needing time off to mend.

Daily I remind myself though…

take a breath

let it out

take another one

let it out too

rinse and repeat

rinse and repeat

Because before we know it 2015 will be here.  My Beautiful Girl will be getting ready to spread her wings and fly.  My Little Man will still be growing.  Husband will still be busy and I’ll still be enjoying the company of my newly discovered like-minded creatives.

and i’ll be taking the time to be still

To see the details, to remember the moments and to appreciate the beauty that surrounds me.  Because fast forward isn’t as fantastic as it is made out to be.

Photo credit: Indigo Skies Photography / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.53


Day at a time.
One foot in front of the other.
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

Whatever you are up to, wherever you may be, if you just keep at it, you’ll get there in the end.
Or maybe you won’t, because you weren’t meant to and life has other plans in mind.

And on this note, so ends the 53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice series.

i hope you enjoyed them

 photo credit: DaraDPhotography via photopin cc

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – colour’

The Weekend Photo Project: 'composition - colour'


it’s one of the most obvious elements of composition

When you are aware of the effects of colour, and use it consciously, it can be a great tool in photography. It can be used to convey emotion, create balance, highlight contrasts – and can have a great impact on how one perceives the photo.

You don’t have to have a degree in colour therapy – but if you understand how hue, saturation and brightness work together, then you’re on your way to getting ‘colour’ under control.

As always, here’s a little reading on the topic:

  1. Using Colour to Create Strong Photo Compositions – Picture Correct
  2. How to Use Colour in Photographic Composition (with 9 Gorgeous Examples) – Light Stalking
  3. Colour Composition: Using Subtle Colour – Digital Photography School
  4. Using Colour Boldly – Digital Photography School
  5. Simply Beautiful Photos: Palette – National Geographic

what colour will you use this weekend?

Here’s where you can share your Weekend Photo Project photos -

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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{beautiful to me} andrei davidoff ceramics

i really do have a thing for ceramics at the moment



loving the simplicity of the forms and colours in andrei davidoff’s ceramics

An interesting mix of traditional Japanese and Scandinavian design, each piece is apparently robust enough for daily use (although I’m not sure Mr Davidoff has ever done the washing up with my Daughter…!)



Oh well… at these they can’t be broken just by looking at them.

You can find more of Andrei Davidoff’s works at his website here.

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.52


It’s been an exciting week, because

i’ve started something new

For so long I thought that I was one of only a handful of creative-types living in my little town.  But this weekend just gone a new venture opened up in town.  It’s called

walcha handmade

We’re a community co-operative, which features local handmade wares, a kid’s craft corner and a (soon to opened) creative workspace for workshops.

Just knowing that there are so many creatives in town has been a proverbial breathe of fresh air.  And it’s inspired me to keep creating, which can only be a good thing.

You can find the new space at 6N Derby Street in Walcha (should you be travelling through), check us out on Facebook or follow along with what we are up to on our new blog.

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