Monday, 20 January 2020

PORTRAIT OF SONJA

2 HOUR PORTRAIT sitting with sonja, hopefully i'll do a larger portrait to enter in some competitions




Sunday, 19 January 2020

SUNSET WITH SONJA

SONJA is here overnight, we had dinner outside and sat down by the river until it was dark, perfect weather.  very warm in the afternoon and just gorgeous by sundown.  I'm going to do a 2 hour portrait of her this morning 



Saturday, 18 January 2020

busybusybusy

SUDDENLY it's only 6 weeks till i go to china and i'm in the middle of getting shots, filling in 4page visa applications, just getting medical things checked before i leave. 











the grounds of Western Academy of Beijing, snow
in December.
it'll be fairly
cold when i'm there which will be nice,
it's awfully
humid there
in summer







The weather is being kind this week, cool mornings, warm to hot afternoons but staying in the low 30's.  DEEElightful

The kookaburra babies are just about living in my birdbaths, i hear them close to the house throughout the day with their funny baby kooka voices.  they don't actually laugh yet, just throaty gurgly sounds. 

MARA STYLE






this gorgeous flower is on one of a row of ugly old prickly cacti, about 6 ft high which line a fence i pass on my morning walks.
once of twice a year for a day these large blooms burst forth -
a most beautiful sight and a treat for the bees


very excited to be an expectant
grandmother again - 
darling sunny is due on 
june 30 and i'm remembering 
how good i felt when i was 
expecting her and the anticipation 
of the new little person that 
was soon to arrive


    smoky haze over the land between mildura and wentworth

morning walk - bad boys in the pines near the oval
 full moon last week, smoky skies
             i'm thinking of producing giclee prints of these
             chinese heads, i've always like them


 the baby kookas,
as big as their
parents but the
beaks are much
shorter and theyre
so naive and 
inexperience, it's 
good to see them 
safe in my garden
the wrens exploring the garden

 

Thursday, 9 January 2020

A FEW DAYS REPRIEVE

AFTER THE STINKY HOT DAYS  some normally hot days :0)   but no horrible winds and dust, that'll be tomorrow.  today will be 40 but it's still so it's ok.
I'm very excited (and a bit nervous) to be going to this fabulous academy in Beijing for a month, working with students on the process of creating a picture book.  Director John Byrne posted these beautiful snowy pics a couple of days ago.  i wonder if there'll be snow in march - hope so.



                    love this pic of Cal and Mara




I have a 
family of kookaburras 







the kingfishers have moved over the fence into crown land, i guess they've finished with their nesting hollow.
Now i get to watch the kooka parents with their kids, showing them laughing techniques, flying lessons and hunting skills.  the little one (a naive little cutie) sits in the birdbath with his tail submerged for long periods as he scans the earth for edible goodies.  i'm going to get a couple more birdbaths, they get used so much


 good morning murray/darling junction - the start of another hot day, but i think it'll be a nice day despite 40 deg.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

AWFUL WEATHER

IT'S A HORRIBLE SUMMER - the fires in east gippsland, in fact all the way up the east coast of vic and nsw, are raging and people are being evacuated by the defence forces.  worse than anything i've ever seen and still going strong. the weather has been so hot and today is strange, only 19 expected but everything is so brown and dry and it's still windy.  i'm really tired this morning after an early night and lots of sleep.
the birds here raise my spirits and keeping things watered and birdbaths full is a mission - i had a large kangaroo in the yard (last week the mother and joey were back) so i have a wading pool under the trees with water in it. hope they use it, poor things. food must be scarce.

these beautiful young kookas like to sit for ages with their tails in the bird bath.  they're so sweet and fresh, i watched them for at least half an hour.  it's lovely having the birdbaths right outside the window.












A MID WEEK JOY  -  pics of Mara at her traditional ceremony, i was at Cal's two visits ago. it happens at a certain age, a day for girls and a separate one for boys




this is rene's friend
whose name i don't
know - he's a
professional
photographer and
always records
these events with
fabulous personal
pics



                       
                        Nature is strange, whilst devastating
                        the landscape so far away we're
                        having these amazing sunsets.  the
                        sun was actually red but the camera
                        simply can't pick it up



A trip to town past Lake Hawthorne, masses of red-necked avocet and black-winged stilts late in the day in beautiful light (also ironically provided by the fires, dust and heat)    I think some etchings could come from these