In June 2018 was the first time I had ever
set foot on American soil and that
Creek Street or the Red Light District
in Ketchikan was our first walk on American soil.
A surprising sign to see in Alaska.
The owner told us he spent half his time in Alaska
and the other half in Australian mining opals.
Unfortunately, today, Google tells me they are
not genuine Aussie Opals,
but created in a laboratory.
Believe who you will!
MGW was determined to have a ride in a husky drawn sled.
Mendenhall Glacier was our first pre-booked excursion for said ride.
What was not stated was that there were also husky puppies on site.
As our rife back into Juneau was held up at the airport
and said bundles of fur were brought out for a loving cuddle
Mostly Geelong sunsets with
a few others variety.
Sunset over Namibia,
Our first sunset for 2019.
Alaskan sunset, 2018
Alaskan sunset, 2018.
From memory the Alaskan sunsets
were taken around midnight.
South African sunset, 2013
Sunset from the Sky Tower
At least I now know what the definition
of ‘fine art’ photography is.
My dilemma is that I have no idea whether either
of these images is considered ‘fine art’
or just under exposed images.
it should have been monochrome.
Obviously not shot in monochrome,
but the best I could do.
My first ephemeral thoughts turned to rainbows.
They are never the same and
the pot of gold is so elusive.
The cattle may be the pot of gold in this shot.
This rainbow appeared as I was returning to my car.
I had time to grab a camera and take
three or four hand held shots
before this rainbow disappeared.
Barely two minutes in total.
About 4-5 years ago,
Number 2 son told us that he was
going to propose to his girlfriend.
AND that he needed our help.
He wanted to propose in a World War I
gun emplacement under
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.
And we were to decorate the site.
This is what we found.
Soon, with some young help, we had this…
….starting to take shape.
Lanterns and candles on the ocean side…
…and the majority of the graffiti hidden.
Unfortunately I cannot say that none of our…
….agapanthus was hurt during the decorating process.
Ocean views…Point Lonsdale Pier.
In the distance, Point Nepean, from where
my Grandfather fired the first shot of World War I.
If ever you cruise into Melbourne
you will pass through this stretch of water.
She did say ‘Yes’ and there was a wedding,
three years ago come November.
I ventured down to the coast,
Point Lonsdale, to be precise,
for some winter sunset shots in July 2017.
The pick of the photos were these smooth surface
of the water thanks to long shutter speed.
Some unexpected moments
to Point Lonsdale for a sunrise shoot last March.
Expectations were high.
Results were low.
And after being blown around by a chilly breeze
I decided to pack my gear away and head home.
I had walked about a quarter of the way
back along the pier
when this rainbow appeared above the lighthouse.
I had no more than two minutes
to grab a camera and capture some images…
then it was gone as quickly as it appeared.
Also this time last year I had no idea we would
celebrate our Wedding Anniversary with
First Class Dining in a private cabin
aboard the Q Train.
June in Canada and we did not expect
to experience falling snow….even on
the Columbia Icefield.
This time last year we did expect a trip
to Auckland for an engagement party.
However, a wedding date had not been settled upon
and so our September/October trip
back (to New Zealand) for the
wedding of Number 1 Son
to Number 2 Daughter-in-Law
was unexpected but enjoyable.