January 31, 2011

Fave Photo of the Week!

I know I've been skipping my traditional Friday music post but to be honest I haven't been listening to music that much. I've been far to obsessed with reading many, many books on my beautiful Kindle. So I'm thinking of maybe doing a weekly book post instead. We'll see I'm still trying to decide.

But anyway my favorite photo of this week was found on deviantART and I adore it!

Image found here.

This just seems so free. I remember when I was little (heck even not so little - like last week) when my favorite clothes were the one's that could twirl. That's all I really look for in a nice dress -- the ability to twirl. It is just so fun and so very free. So go on have a twirl today (guys can twirl too... It just isn't as dramatic!)

I'm running far behind on my project 365 posts so prepare yourself for a influx of posts. So until you next hear from me take care friends.

January 27, 2011

Project 365 - Day Sixty-Four

So it's no secret that I'm a creative person. I adore writing, cooking, painting, crafting, baking, sewing, and of course photographing! Basically anything that allows for creative expression and I have at least dabbled in it.

I recently brought myself a few new paintbrushes! And before I got them covered and stained in all different hues I just had to snap a picture of them looking so pristine!

Image taken 27 January 2011

They won't stay that bright, white for very long! The bristles are so fine and so very, very soft. I can't wait to attack a beautiful blank canvas.

Until my next p0st I hope this post finds you safe and well. Take care my dear friends.

January 26, 2011

Quote of the Week

A friend of mine knows of my deep addiction to quotes and she recently shared the best one I've read in a while. I just knew I had to pass it on.

"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race...If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error." John Stuart Mill.

Just... Wow!! Right? I mean that is just so spot on. Don't you think? I mean the whole human experience is about that. Like is all about learning and sharing experience. When I read this quote it simply resonated and made so much sense. I seriously got chills.

What do you think of this quote?

Project 365 - Day Sixty-Three

Like a great many Aussies I celebrated Australia day by meeting up with some friends for a BBQ at the beach. My picture of the day is one of BBQ cohorts. The thing I love about this image is the reflection in her sunglasses. It gives you a glimpse of the beach without actually looking at the beach. This image just screams summer to me.

Image taken 26 January 2011

There's something great about hanging out with friends on a lovely summers day. A simply wonderful way to while away a few hours.

I hope that you had a wonderful Wednesday.

Project 365 - Day Sixty-Two

It's Australia day in this corner of the world. (Can I just say I've never really understood that expression. The world doesn't have corners it's a sphere. It's a proven fact. Does this expression come from ancient times when they thought the world was flat?) I digress. So it's Australia day so in honor of the occasion yesterday I set out to snap something uniquely Australian. I was obviously getting into the spirit early.

In my wanderings in a local park I stumbled upon this bunch of gumnuts that fit the bill quite nicely.

Image taken 25 January 2011

Now I know that eucalyptus trees can be found in some other parts of the world. But they seem extremely Australian to me. One whiff of that pungent smell and I know I'm back home.

I would have liked to have gotten a deeper depth of field and to have focused on the gumnut just a little more but I had left my tripod at home. So this was the best I could get under the circumstances. All in all I think it turned out okay.

Whatever your day may hold, my dear friend, I hope you manage to see the beauty that surrounds you.

Project 365 -Day Sixty-One

There's this thing going on with me. This constant tug-of-war between hate and love. What am I talking about? I'm talking about my feet.

There are many things I love about my feet... Like they hold me up and allow me to walk from one place to another. I adore the callouses on my feet because they show that I'd much rather go barefoot (not that I'm a hobo or anything. I choose to blame a brief stint in PNG where barefoot is the norm). The scars on my feet serve to demonstrate what I have gone through. Plus there is no other way I could justify my pretty, pretty shoes. Yes it's true my feet are valuable and useful.. And sometimes I feel like chopping them off!

Image taken 24 January 2011

You see my feet cause me pain. The kind of pain that makes it hard to sleep sometimes. My feet tend to act of their own accord - sometimes they just start moving and I'm fairly sure my brain didn't give them instructions to do so. Sometimes my feet can even turn into as obstacle - you try getting somewhere fast only to trip over your own feet (Watch that ground there. It's completely flat!)

So it's true my feet are cumbersome and calloused. They are a nuisance and a necessity. But I love them because they're mine... And they have their own stories to tell.

January 25, 2011

Project 365 - Day Sixty

Day sixty of the project saw me set off on another fantastic photography adventure with a friend. A different friend this time. She had recently purchased a DSLR and I helpfully told her all that I knew. Which wasn't all that much to be honest.

We decided to head for the hills and had a blast. I think it's wonderful that I can surround myself with the country atmosphere mere minuets from my home. This was the view that greeted us on our first stop.

Image taken 23 January 2011

And because I didn't go on a photographic adventure to get one single shot I'll share a couple of my other favorite shots of the day.

Now I know that this looks like a repeat of one of my shots posted here. But it's a little different. Something in me is just drawn to lines I guess. It was hilarious trying to get this shot - with me fiddling with the settings at the side of the road and my friend looking out for cars as I darted out into the middle of the road and tried to capture what I wanted before becoming road kill.

My friend has lovely red hair and when the sunlight hit is just so I knew I needed to capture it. Cue the bubbles!!

It was a simply fantastic day and I think it's wonderful to have friends that share your passion. I look forward to many more photo adventures with my beautiful friend.

Until next time may your life be filled with wonder, beauty and fun!

January 24, 2011

Fave Photo of the Week!

This week's favorite photo of the week was taken by one of my best friends. She is a talented photographer and a wonderful person to boot. This image was found on her flickr page.

Now this image just seems like a holiday to me and it sweeps me up in a daydream. Eloise has managed to capture such a wonderful image with a well of relaxation behind it. It instantly makes me smile. The perfect image!

Isn't it just fantastic? It just fills me with a feeling of bliss. It makes me long for Paris once again... Just so beautiful! Plus such a perfect little camera.

If you like her work be sure to drop by her blog as well. She's amazing!

Until tomorrow I hope your week's starting out right

January 22, 2011

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Nine

I find it so relaxing to blow bubbles. Not sure exactly what about it I find relaxing but I do. My original intention for this shot was to get a clean, totally in focus shot of just a bubble. But I found it IMPOSSIBLE to blow a bubble, lift my camera, and get the shot before the thing burst. I guess I'll have to enlist a friend to help me get that shot...

As it was I had to settle of a shot of me blowing a bubble. Self-portrait time (cringe!)

Image taken 22 January 2011

I wish I could have gotten the bubble in supreme focus. But I had to set the focus manual (with me behind the camera obviously - so I was focusing on something that wasn't there yet), turn on the self timer function (I still haven't gotten my hands on a remote control), run around to the front of the camera, position myself, and start blowing bubbles madly. Plus I would have liked to have a different background but this was all I had access to.

So this is the best I could get at the moment. Not that great but I'll just have to pass it off as a dud and try to do better next time. Oh well...

Do you like blowing bubbles? I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Eight

You may not know this about me but I have a MEGA sweet tooth. The sweeter the better. I try hard to be 'good' but sometimes my resolve crumbles and I just have to get my sugar fix. Recently I brought myself a pack of lollipops but before I had at it I noticed how bright and shiny they looked.

Image taken 21 January 2011

Yummy!! I didn't notice til after I'd finished my mini photo-shoot that I had focused mainly on the cola flavor. I guess it's no secret which it my favorite, is it? Lollipops make me happy! They're sugary and fun to eat. It's like an instant mood lift.

What's your favorite treat?

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Seven

When I went on my daily photo-walk on day fifty-seven I was intent on capturing a magnificent vista focusing on landscapes and nature. Instead something man-made and mundane caught my attention.

Image taken 20 January 2011

This image was taken just outside my local railway station. I like the rust and how the padlock in the background completes the story. It made me wonder about the story behind it. Somebody was obviously keen to protect something. But they left the guard behind when all was said and done... Meanwhile I'm pretty sure the commuters only wondered about me - laying on the concrete desperate to capture what I had seen.

Do you ever find yourself wondering about the hidden stories? Or is it just me?

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Six

I have discovered I like to focus on the small. There's nothing better (to me) than twisting on my macro lens and focusing on what most people miss. Now don't get me wrong - I like other types of shots too. I'm just drawn to macro.

Day fifty-six was a perfect day to practice my macro skills with this little guy (or girl - I don't know how you'd tell the difference) waiting just outside my door.

Image taken 19 January 2011

The thing I like about this shot is if you look at it blown up you can actually see the honey-comb pattern in its eyes. On the whole I think bugs are pretty fantastic.

What has caught your eye this week?

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Five

There's no music post this week because I haven't really listened to any music! You see I received my Kindle this week (more on that in a later post) and I have been reading ravenously ever since. But I have still managed to take a photo every day despite my attentions being elsewhere.

On day fifty-five I met up with a friend to enjoy a nice dinner (we were meant to go to the Wicked musical but it have been postponed due to flooding). Anyhow as I was waiting for her to arrive I spotted this little creature making its way through the grass and I knew I had to get the shot.

Image taken 18 January 2011

My friend arrived while I was snapping away. Luckily enough for me she's into photography as well and didn't think much of the fact that I was kneeling on the wet footpath in my nice clothes. The things we do to get the photo...

More still to come!

January 19, 2011

Quote of the Week

There are some quotes that are a little naff and sound like they've been authored by Hallmark but sometimes that's exactly what you need. This week's quote is by Ashley Smith.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~ Ashley Smith

One of the reasons I like this quote is it rings true to my philosophy for project 365. I am interested in seeing the beauty in every day. I truly believe that all you have to do is notice it.

Until next time I hope you manage to notice the beauty that surrounds you!

January 18, 2011

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Four

I went to visit my grandparents on day fifty-four. Of course my camera came with me. It was a lovely afternoon spent catching up, wandering around the garden, and enjoying the lovely company. One thing I know is that I'm blessed to have my grandparents in my life.

While I fired off a few lovely shots in the garden and around the place my favorite shot of the day is a picture of my grandma's hands.

Image taken 17 January 2011

I love these hands! These hands help a community in Papua New Guinea. These hands have cooked, baked and sewn for innumerable people. These hands have brought up 5 children and taken care of grandchildren at times. These hands have comforted and encouraged. These hands have seen so much life... and I think they are beautiful!

Until tomorrow I hope you manage to find your own little bit of wonderful.

January 17, 2011

Fave Photo of the Week!

This week's favorite photo is a celebration of all things photographic. I do so love film photography and I think toy cameras are super duper cute. The one thing I struggle with is everything photography related is black. My camera body is black, my lenses, my backpack, even my tripod. Anything that injects a little bit of color into photography is okay in my book.

Sure it's a simply picture with ordinary staging but that just makes the camera stand out all the more. Classic shoes and a classic camera. Could anything be more perfect?

Whatever is happening in your world I hope you manage to find a little color.

January 16, 2011

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Three

Today I went for a photo walk - something that I'm planning to do every day. And while I saw a great many beautiful things it was something shiny that caught my eye. On the way back to my place I stopped at a local park to play on the swing sets but I found myself drawn to the drinking fountain instead.

Image taken 16 January 2011

The water was lovely, clear, and cool. Just what you need after a walk. The tap was slightly out of control though and I ended up covered in water.

Score one for the photo walk!! Until next time I hope your week is starting off right.

January 15, 2011

Project 365 - Day Fifty-Two

I don't know about you but sometimes I get really inspired by quotes. At times like these I get taken away by the need to translate such a quote into my photography.

My inspiration for today is the old Chinese proverb:
"Every great journey begins with a single step"

Image taken 15 January 2011

Whether your journey be it exciting or heart-wrenching I hope you find the courage to take that first step. Until next time...

Project 365 - Day Fifty-One

Sometimes I just need a flower to make me smile...

Image taken 14 January 2011

Until my next post take care blogger buddies!

January 14, 2011

Project 365 - Day Fifty

When I woke on day fifty part of me wanted to go out and document all the destruction in the area. To see trees uprooted and debris strewn for miles. To bare witness to the devastation. But instead I elected to stay indoors out of the way of the emergency services and council workers trying to salvage what they could.

So I entertained myself indoors with food coloring and milk...

Image taken 13 January 2011

It took an age to get just the right shot. I love it how the color isn't mixed when the drop slightly rebounds.

I can sometimes be entertained by the most simplest things...

Music That Moves Me

This week's music are the fabulous vocal stylings of Langhorne Slim. He is one of those musicians that I just like - no rhyme or reason to it. I simply just like his sound.

Langhorne blends his poetry with strong vocals which bear a wisdom that reflects a broken heart battling the perils of true hope. Simply beautiful

Take a listen to his song called 'Be Set Free':

It's rustic and beautiful and oh so simple. The kind of music I like to listen to when I need to be soothed.

If you like what you here be sure to stop by his MySpace.

More updates tomorrow so until then look after yourself wherever you are.

Project 365 - Day Forty-Nine

After the flooding on the Pine River subsided (the river system that is around my area) I went for a walk with a friend to witness the ferocity of what was. On this wander we saw debris so high in the trees it seemed impossible. Where I was standing to take this photo was meters underwater and the river is still more swollen than usual.

Image taken 12 January 2011

On the 12th of January the Brisbane River continues to rise slowly overtaking the Brisbane business center and to the south whole suburbs are submerged. Meanwhile many, many townships in Queensland are left in complete and utter disrepair with the death toll slowly rising. Evacuation centers are being set up and are beginning to fill. Many hearts are heavy with despair but are striving to find resilience. So many who have lost so much.

Project 365 - Day Forty-Eight

Brisbane is flooded. Queensland is flooded. Hearts are breaking and many, many people are left without homes, valuables, and loved ones. The rolling news coverage tells of the wide spread devastation that covers the vast majority of Queensland. It is so exceptionally sad and my heart goes out to all those who are suffering. To those who are enduring the loss of family and friends there are no words... You are in the thoughts of many.

As I sat gobsmacked watching the news coverage wondering if my friends, family and myself were safe I knew I needed to step away from the moment. To not let the panic that was rising to overcome me I knew I needed to step away for a single moment. So in a rare break in the rain I ran out into my yard to take a simple photo.

Image taken 11 January 2011

A silly photo that means so very little in the face of such tragedy. It was all I could do in that single moment...

January 12, 2011

Quote of the Week

I am a HUGE internet user!! I spend what seems like hours trolling through blogs and such looking for inspiration, pretty pictures, and thought provoking quotes. In my recent searching I stumbled upon this fantastic quote:

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." ~ Diane Ackerman

This is a great quote! It's reminds me of that 'Dead Poets Society' scene about sucking the marrow from life. At the end of my life all I want is to be able to say that I lived. I mean that I truly lived - not just meandering through life. This quote is the perfect reminder for me to make the most of every single moment!

January 10, 2011

Project 365 - Day Forty-Seven

Rain continues to fall over large parts of Queensland and the rest of the country. Saturation point has been reached. Rivers are swelling and roads are being closed. In my local area the river near-by has tripled in size and some of my usual roads are blocked.

This is the road I usually take to get to my doctor. The road has simply disappeared into a torrent of water. A road to nowhere until the water runs off.

Images taken 10 January 2011

I should have opened up the depth of flied a little more for this photo but it was raining and other people were coming by to have a look. Now was not the time for multiple shots. It was time to get the shot and get out of there!

Tomorrow promises more rain and may well provide a wealth of inspiration. Until tomorrow I hope that your week is off to a wonderful start!

Fave Photo of the Week!

Want to know another great place to find simply fantastic images (and some not so fantastic images)? Go have a look at tumblr. There are so many images floating around on the internet that I sometimes find it overwhelming!

This week's pick just seems so 'chilled'

Image found here

It's kind of relaxing just looking at it, isn't it? I'm drawn to the beautiful hues of cream and brown. It just seems so peaceful don't you think? Like there's no where else in the world she'd rather be. This image radiates warmth and comfort. Just glorious!

I think that's the amazing thing about photography. If you time it right it can not only capture an image but feelings as well... Or at least that's what I think.

I leave you here sincerely hoping your week is starting off well!

January 9, 2011

Project 365 - Day Forty-Six

Today I woke up before the sun eager to catch the fresh light. I battled the elements with my little pink polka dot umbrella certain that the fisherman (the only other people stupid enough to be awake at such an hour) thought I was just plum crazy.

But there it was... The beauty found in amongst the dreary. The peace in the storm. Simplicity itself stared me in the face and all I could do is stand in awe.

Image taken 09 January 2011

Then the loveliest of lights broke through the clouds for the briefest of moments and I managed to capture it. I caught this moment just for you. A celebration of simplicity and beauty. A mere mirror to remind you of the artistry of the world at large.

The lines of the pier and the softest of lights made me appreciate the gift of photography all the more. Light and dark. Water and sky. This is where peace is found.

Whatever is going on in your world I encourage you to take a moment, breathe deep, and enjoy the journey.

January 8, 2011

Project 365 - Day Forty-Five

A fair few blogs I read have lately been sharing their 'words' for the year. A word that will uphold, remind, and encourage you. I have finally decided on my word.

GRACE is my word for the year.

Image taken 08 January 2011

This photo isn't what I was envisioning in my planning. Unfortunately I couldn't get my hands on the required props in time. I'm thinking 'grace' will be a great subject from time to time in project 365. The photo obviously has had a bit of post processing but I found the words 'no through road' distracting to my purpose.

As I said GRACE is my word for the year. I want to live a life of grace.
~ To have the grace to understand that even though my family dynamic is/has changed it doesn't mean I no longer have a place
~ To live under the grace that I have been afforded and to never take it for granted
~ To demonstrate grace in life's many situations especially when I'm not feeling like it
~ To have the grace to accept the things I cannot change (totally ripping off another author there!)
~ To accept the grace to simply be myself and enjoy life's journey
~ To extent grace to everyone I meet regardless of attitude, situation, belief, and life experience
~ To let grace permeate my every thought and action

So that's my word for the year. This year I claim grace. I want to have grace in every aspect of my life. Life is always better with a little more grace. And I intent for this year to be a year of grace. I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be amazing!

I'd love to hear from you! So tell me: What's your word?

Project 365 - Day Forty-Four

Day forty-four's picture isn't that spectacular. It's not that visually dynamic or a hard shot to master. Just a simple shot that could have been captured by anyone with any sort of camera. But this is the photo I decided on for day forty-four simply for the fact that it made me smile.

Image taken 07 January 2011

A love heart from a flower. It's life wonderful? The simple fact that a plant exists that grows flower in the shape of a heart just makes my day.

What makes you smile?

January 7, 2011

Music That Moves Me

I have decided I'll limit myself to one video for these posts... Mainly because it takes so long to upload. And I think I prefer to just focus on a favorite song.

Anyway this week's pick is a band I have just been introduced to and let me tell you it was love at first listen (?)

Bowerbirds are a fantastic folk/acoustic band who hail from the USA. If you wish to learn more about them you can always turn to Google. I hear Wikipedia is a reliable source of information. But really, sometimes I just like the music. Sometimes it's not necessary to have any information other than they're a really good band and where to buy their music.

My favorite Bowerbirds song is 'Northern Lights'. Have a listen to them playing it live:

A simply fantastic tune in my opinion. It's been a constant feature in all my recent playlists. It resonates. It calms. It soothes. It captures my attention for a few precious moments and holds me spellbound. Swing by their MySpace or their blog if you're interested.

Until next we meet in this great, expansive Internet I hope your world is wonderful!

January 6, 2011

Project 365 - Day Forty-Three

Photography has taken over my life!! When I last went grocery shopping I purchased something I don't usually get. And while I was happy and excited to eat the fruit my main reason for buying it was so I could take some pretty photos. Things may be getting slightly out of hand. So here's today's subject matter - a juicy pomegranate. Isn't the color simply fantastic?

Image taken 06 January 2011

The best part of this photo was that I got to eat these delicious little busts of flavor after I was done. Talk about a win win situation! They look so pretty and they tasted even better. I think it's wonderful that I can get my hands on such an array of produce. My inner foodie is doing a happy dance.

Until tomorrow I hope that wherever you are life is going well!

Project 365 - Day Forty-Two

Another day sick... And it's starting to get tedious. All I did on day forty-two was go to the doctor. Oh the excitement! But then when I got home my mailbox gave me a surprise. A dear friend had written to me! There's the beautiful card I received.

Image taken 05 January 2011

It was so lovely to get a hand-written letter. Not a text. Not an email. Not a facebook message. An actual letter. It warmed my heart and completely made my day. There is power in a hand-written note. Taking the time to actually write something out to someone makes the message all the more special or at least that's what I think.

Hold on to your hats because another post is on the way.

January 5, 2011

Quote of the Week

I continue on my search for the perfect quote for any situation. I think I have found myself a goodie:

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee." ~ Marian Wright Edelman

I really like this quote because it reminds me that while it's important to look at the big picture it's also very necessary to look at the every day as well. It encourages me to remember the little things in life on the journey to my dreams.

What's your quote of the week?

January 4, 2011

Project 365 - Day Forty-One

So I'm still sick. I haven't left the house in a couple of days. And to be completely honest I'm getting a bit annoyed that I have been under the weather for all of 2011. I'm really hoping I'm just getting all my sickness and poor health out of the way now so the rest of the year can sail. I'm not holding my breath but, hey, it might happen.

But because I was stuck at home I had to search for something to be the subject of day forty-one's photo. I thought this beautiful little perfume bottle fit the bill nicely. Behind it stands a purple ostrich feather that was the original item but I couldn't get it to sit right.

Image taken 04 January 2011

I think I set the focus wrong on this shot. I should have focused on the body of the bottle and set it to a higher aperture. But I was feeling so horrid that this was the best I could get before crawling back to bed. That's the purpose of project 365 I suppose - it's all about learning and growing. I'm really hoping I feel better tomorrow so I can get an outside shot. I'll just have to see.

Until tomorrow I hope your week is going great!

Project 365 - Day Forty

When I'm feeling under the weather (such as I am at the moment) there's a treat I always like to give myself. There is nothing better than a nice cup of tea and a good book when I'm feeling sick.

Image taken 03 January 2011

In case your interested the book in the photo is one of my copies of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Yes I have multiple copies. 3 to be exact. I think I may have a problem.

Do you have any books you simply cannot live without?

January 3, 2011

Fave Photo of the Week!

Yahoo! Sticking to my goal so far and posting on time. Well actually I wrote this post yesterday because I got myself all confused at thought Sunday was Monday. I realized my mistake just in time and implemented the handy scheduling feature blogger provides. Maybe that's the secret to staying on top of my regular posts hey? I don't think I'm that organized though.

This week's photo comes via a website I pore over - We Heart It. There are so many pretty images and I like it that they offer a link back to the original source. Well, anyway on one of my recent visits and just had to share!

I love this picture! The way the railway lines lead you into the image and how the photographer just managed to capture a really great moment. Plus I simply adore the way the sun lights up the balloon. Simply magical It had inspired me to try and capture an image like this as part of project 365... I just need a willing participant!

Until next time I hope whatever may be happening in your world you still manage to find a little bit of whimsy.

I Want A Epiphanie!

A fellow blogger mentioned these beautiful bags in a recent post. (Check out her blog) Ever since I have fallen in love with these wonderful, stylish camera bags. One in particular has caught my eye. The ever so lovely Paris bag (of course I have to like the most expensive one!). I like it in purple.

This bag can hold a laptop, a camera with lens attached, two extra lenses and a multitude of odds and ends. It also has a removable cross-body strap with padding with extra support (it is AMAZING how heavy my camera kit gets after a while).

Plus it is just so pretty! I mean no one would ever know you're hauling around hundreds of dollars worth of kit just by looking at it. I could take it to a wedding or out to a nice dinner without looking frumpy.

In short I really want a Paris Epiphanie! But I am faced with a few questions. One: Can I really afford it? I'm crunching figures like crazy to see if I can squeeze it into my budget. Two: Is this where I want my 'camera money' to go next? You see there's always a lens I want to get, or an accessory that I think I might need, and don't even get me started on my burning desire to explore instant photography and film medium. My point is there is always something I want to add to my kit on the horizon. I suppose the question is: Where does this bag rank? I'm just trying to figure out the answer.

It is such a beautiful bag... I'll let you know if I ever make a decision!

January 2, 2011

Project 365 - Day Thirty-Nine

Open to yet another day of feeling sick. I am feeling worse actually because the sniffles have started. Yep I have a full-blown (pardon the pun) cold in the middle of summer. Yuck! This of course meant it was another at home day for me. What did I do to entertain myself you may ask. Why I roast marshmallows of course. All you need is a match, marshmallows, and soaked skewers (I undertook this task outside Mum. I promise!). Seemed like a perfect photo for project 365 to me.

Image taken 02 January 2011

Plus these photo had the added bonus of a nice, gooey treat after. Yummy. I think it looks pretty.

In other news I'm trying to figure out my goals for 2011. Do you have any particular goals for this year? I'd love to know.

Project 365 - Day Thirty-Eight

I decide to start 2011 off on the right foot and that meant one thing. A photography adventure! In my opinion there is simply nothing better than fantastic photography fun with a friend (try saying that 5 times fast!).

So even though I wasn't feeling 100% I met up with a lovely friend and headed out to the country to take some lovely pictures. It was raining pretty much all day which made getting a decent shot a bit of an achievement. Just two young women trying to wrangled a umbrella in one hand and an SLR in the other.

Image taken 01 January 2011

I find it to be simply wonderful to have a friend who enjoys photography as much as I do. It's nice to get her input in how best to capture a specific shot. We drove all the way to Somerset Dam (a large water catchment of the Brisbane region) with a few stops along the way. Here's some more of the photos I managed to capture while gallivanting around the countryside:

This next photo is of the Somerset Dam wall. Because of all the rain in the region recently the dam is the fullest it has been in a while and they have been periodically releasing water from the spillway. I wanted to try and capture it but when I got there it was only releasing a spout of water from the bottom. It still looked pretty cool though.

I'm really happy with the shots I managed to get. A day and photography adventure well spent in my opinion. Until my next post I hope your 2011 is starting off great!

Music That Moves Me

Last week's music that moves me is the Norwegian band called Monzano. There is something just beautiful about their sound. It's like the soundtrack to a beautiful daydream. This is one of those bands that I'm not sure why I like them... All I know is that I do. So there's not much to say. I'll just let you listen and make their own minds up about them.

Here's their song called 'Poster Boy':

Next why not take a look at Monzano's song called 'Cold Waters':

This next song is my favorite Monzano song. It is quite simply amazing. Unfortunately the only video I could find of it isn't the best quality but you can still get the idea. Take a look at their song called 'Know Your Velocity':

So what did you think of them? If you like what you hear make sure you take a look at their myspace page.

On another note one of my New Year's resolutions (which I have just decided to make) is to try and get my regular posts in on time. We'll see if it's doable!

Until next time take care of yourselves my dear friends.

Project 365 - Day Thirty-Seven

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! Okay so I'm a couple of days late but it still counts. I know I was due to post on Friday but I was side-tracked. You see I woke up on the last day of 2010 with a sore throat and feeling pretty lousy. In fact I spent the whole day laying on my bed hoping to 'knock it on the head' so to speak. The only time I left the safety and comfort of my home was to visit the chemist and to pick up some glow sticks (it was New Year's after all).

So day thirty-seven's photo is of some of my New Year's fun with glow sticks:

Image taken 31 December 2010

I can't believe another year has passed. Can you? I found 2010 to be a year of mega highs and the occasional crushing low. 2010 was the year I finally made it to Europe, I got my beautiful camera, and I got to know myself better and better. Yep it's true 2010 was pretty amazing but I have a feeling 2011 will be pretty wonderful too.

How did you spend your New Year Eve? Were you tucked up in bed like me by the time 2011 rolled around or did you party the night away?

More posts coming soon. So stay tuned for more!