The year that was……..2016

2016 was a turbulent year, on a personal note I had many highs and some fabulous adventures, but globally there was so much sadness. 2016 was a terrible year for singers, writers and actors; Jon English, Prince, David Bowie, Glen Frey, we lost Alan Rickman and Gene Wilder and now George Michael and Carrie Fischer; just among the few. I won’t go into the horrendous acts of violence here, but there were far too many of them too.

We did a great many day trips and weekends away;

I was so lucky to get so many of my digital art pieces published, and hope to have many more in 2017.

I started my own Vimeo and YouTube channel…….please visit, like and share. I have created and printed two books and a range of greeting cards, and participated in many fun and exciting workshops, as well as ran many of my own.

It has been one hell of a ride…………I hope 2017 is just as full of amazing adventures, with less sadness and loss.

~ Julz

 

Great Ocean Road – Day 7

We left Hamilton early, the weather was becoming hotter. We made a few detours and headed to Penshurst via Tarrington, stopped and took photos of some great Hay Bale Art, apparently this is a yearly thing for the residents, it was a lot of fun; albeit very hot (My favourite is Yoda!). It had hit over 40C by 10am and it was climbing, with dry gusty winds.

We drove to the lookout at Mount Rouse in Penshurst and walked along the shady track over looking the Grampian ranges. There were hundreds of butterflies everywhere, sadly none of my shots worked 😦

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There is also steep steps (129) to the lookout; Moth went, I took the track around. We then drove through Horsham, Camperdown, Anglesea, The Stony Rises, finally onto Geelong. We stopped at many interesting and some derelict buildings for photos as we went, but we did not stop anywhere for too long, as it was so hot (hit 45C). We stopped at my Sister in laws for a cuppa and chat and then the last stretch home.

We came home two days early, for several reasons.

  1. My knee was aching and I had been struggling the last few days
  2. the weather forecast was for even hotter temperatures over the next 2 days………too hot to hike, bush walk, or even get out of the car to see anything.
  3. The areas we had travelled were so dry, it is bush fire season and something was going to ignite very soon – there was dry lightning expected; a very REAL danger in these parts. It was actually a little scary knowing at any minute something could ignite.

Little did we know how right, but wrong we were. There were fires, but not where we expected. Along the Great Ocean Road at Wye River and Settlement Creek, as well as further North from Hamilton. Areas we had already passed through.

Aerial shot Great Ocean Road, and Wye River – Google Images

Bushfires are a normal occurrence in Australia, something that happens every year (as in other parts of the globe as well), we are fairly well prepared, but it is still a reality and the country does recover. In fact some of our plants need fire to split open their seed pods to propagate.I still feel terrible for the people who lost their house and possessions.

Well that is it for this trip, I hope you have enjoyed it almost as much as we did………….I loved the areas around Port Campbell the most. The colours, the drama, the stunning coastline.

Til next time, safe travels and happy snapping

-Julz

 

Wrap up on July

I thought I might start to do a wrap up at the end of each month, everything seems to be so hectic and there is possibly a post here and there you may have missed. So I will break it down into some basics categories

Things we did and places we visited

Tech Talk, How to’s, Kit, Gear and Reviews

Featured Photographer

Challenges

So what’s on next Month?

The usual Manic Mondays, Photographics Challenges of course; I do at least one a day, helps to keep me focused. I am featuring another favourite photographer, I have recently bought 2 new tripods (this year) and am thinking about doing a review on both. I’m going to do a post or two on our Wintery cold trip to Marysville and the Taggerty Cascade Waterfalls, as well as some other fabulous things we have planned; especially our trip to Central Australia! Add to that the Studio and a few day trips thrown in here and there, a few tutorials to round it all out and it makes for another busy month.

– Julz