sunday selections – tasmanian museum & art gallery

Here are some photos for Sunday Selections (if you can get past my ramblings on why I have these photos). Sunday Selections is hosted by River at her blog Drifting Through Life, and I have been an occasional participant over the past few years. It’s all about posting photos you’ve taken but never shown anywhere – and I have heaps of those.

If you’ve been persisting with my on-again off-again blog efforts, you’ll know that I’ve been through a fairly stressful time at work, and as a result, I decided it was time to take some time out just for me.

I decided to take four weeks of long service leave, which was not an easy decision to come to. I always thought I’d take long service leave when I had something particular to do, or an overseas holiday to take. But I got to the point where I realised that in almost 20 years of (almost) continuous work, I have never taken any leave longer than about a week to do whatever I want to do.

I know I’m incredibly lucky to been employed for this period of time and I’m grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had. Some of the work has been challenging to my beliefs at times, but I’ve also been fortunate to have pretty much always worked with people who have supported me, challenged me and put up with me.

If you’d asked me 20 years ago where I’d be in 20 years time, I doubt I would have said “the public service”. It was the last place I ever expected to be.

I’m going to explore this a bit more later, because this isn’t the point of this post.

The point of this post is that I am on leave, and part of my plan was to have adventures. Juniordwarf thought this was very exciting, and when I asked what he thought I might do, he said, “I don’t know, they’re your adventures, not mine”.

So the plan was to go to places I hadn’t been to, or places I’d not been to for a long time.

Mondays are adventures in Hobart days, and I have a huge list of places to see in Hobart, which I’m not going to get through in four weeks.

My first port of call was the newly refurbished Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. Juniordwarf’s class went there earlier in the year and I’d wanted to go with them, but I got caught up at work, so I missed out.

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It was a great first adventure to have. I found myself moved to tears, excited and inspired, and it has set the scene for my upcoming adventures.

ImageThe story of the Europeans’ arrival in Tasmania stirred a lot of emotion.

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There’s a whole room devoted to the Thylacine

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Spirals

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Model cottage
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Butterflies

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I remember a lot of these stickers from my childhood

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Puppets from iconic Tasmanian puppet company Terrapin

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Stairway to nowhere

sunday selections: hunting the fagus

Today’s post is a Sunday Selections post for River, which I haven’t participated in for ages.
 

One thing that wasn’t on my 100 things to do in 2013 list but should have been because it’s something I’d wanted to do for ages, and that is to go and see the fagus in autumn. 
 
Fagus, for the unaware, is also known as deciduous beech (or if you want to be scientific, Nothofagus gunnii) and is the only winter-deciduous tree in Australia. The only place it grows is Tasmania, mostly in remote highlands areas above 800 metres.
Every year around this time I see spectacular pictures that people have taken of the turning of the fagus, as the leaves go through the autumnal colour change. And every time I think I should go up and have a look, and it never seems to be the right time, and I miss out, thinking I’ll do it the next year. And by the time spring and summer have hit, I’ve forgotten all about it (which is why it wasn’t on the list).
This year it was different. I started seeing posts about people’s trips to Mt Field a couple of weeks ago, when the colours started changing and decided that this was the year I was going to go. 
So we blocked out the day and headed off to Mt Field. We had a vague idea of where to start looking and thought that bright yellow and orange leaves should stand out pretty well – which indeed they did.
Our first stop was at the boulder field, where there is a short walk amongst the rocks, and a few fagus trees growing nearby. These had only just started to turn yellow, so we hoped we hadn’t come too early. 
Oh yes, there was also snow. It’s pretty cold up there at the moment.

We drove a bit further up to Lake Fenton, which is in Hobart’s drinking water catchment. There’s some spectacular trees around the lake, including the beautiful snow gums that we saw last time we were there
There’s also fagus! The trees here were more advanced in colour than the ones lower down and we weren’t the only people taking photos. The main problem I had was trying to take photos of some delicate little leaves that were constantly moving in the wind. Not an easy task. But I got a couple of photos I was happy with, so it was worth the trip.

 Apparently there is another area in the park where the fagus grows; this is the Tarn Shelf, which is higher up in the park and involves a two-three hour walk. Not really an option with Juniordwarf in tow (based on previous experience of longer walks), but perhaps that can go on next year’s 100 things list.

east coast retreat (sunday selections)

I’m linking up with River for Sunday Selections today with some photos of our recent getaway.

We went away for a few days to the East Coast of Tasmania. It’s not an area I know well, though I have visited parts of the coast previously and I have vague memories of going to some of the north-east towns as a child.

We had a very quiet time in a beachside town called Beaumaris, which is between St Helens and Scamander. We stayed in a fabulous self-contained house that allowed pets, so Sleepydog was able to come with us.

Juniordwarf was delighted by the choice of beds (two double bedrooms and a kids room with a bunk) and the fact that the “play room” had a TV and a DVD player.

We deliberately didn’t plan to do anything, just to get away and relax. The weather wasn’t the greatest for a coastal holiday, but I like the coast on misty wet days, so I didn’t mind too much.

I won’t say much more other than I don’t think I ever needed a break more than I did before we went away.

The house we stayed at.

Juniordwarf wanted to build a sandcastle.

Construction (mostly by Slabs) complete.

Moody closeup of the sandcastle.

I wanted to get some sunrise photos. 

Not very spectacular when the sky is overcast.

We went to Pyengana Dairy to taste some cheese.

This is really pretty countryside around Pyengana, just inland from St Helens.

Priscilla the beer drinking pig at the Pub in the Paddock.

Lunch at the Pub in the Paddock at Pyengana.

St Columba Falls near Pyengana. Stunning. Breathtaking.

You can see the top of the falls from the road.

The beaches at Beaumaris.

Juniordwarf attacked by a freak wave at Binalong Bay (this was very funny).

Near Binalong Bay

The Gardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

Attempted panorama at The Gardens.

The Gardens

Iron House Brewery

Ironhouse Porter and the view from the brewery.

Lake Dobson

I’m linking up to Kim’s Sunday Selections at Frogpondsrock today.

Last time we went to Mt Field National Park we drove the 16 km road to Lake Dobson but we didn’t have a good look around.

Monday was a public holiday, so we decided it might be nice to go back up there and do the circuit around the lake. The official title of the walk is the Pandani Grove Nature Walk, and it skirts around one side of the lake, passing through the Pandani Grove, and ending up on the 4WD track that goes higher up the mountain (or back to the car park in our case).

This is the area that gets snow in winter, and it has several long day walks that we aren’t quite ready to tackle just yet. The drive up to the lake takes you from the beautiful lush rainforest at the bottom of the park through changing vegetation to the completely different sub-alpine landscape higher up the mountain. The change over such a short space is remarkable.

I took my old SLR camera with me – I don’t remember the last time I used it. When Juniordwarf was about a year old, I think. I haven’t had those photos developed yet, so here are some that I took with my phone and uploaded to Instagram.

Sunday Selections – Russell Falls

A post for Frogpondsrock’s Sunday Selections, where you get to post some of your unseen photos and look at everyone else’s pictures.

Earlier this week, Slabs, Juniordwarf and I went to Russell Falls, which is located in the Mt Field National Park.

I’ll admit that, although I’m a Tassie girl, I’ve never been there until now, so it’s been a long time coming.

It is a beautiful place, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally get there. I’m glad we went, and it definitely won’t be our last visit.

Juniordwarf and a really big tree

Juniordwarf and a really big tree

Ferns

Creek

Creek (from Instagram)

The original of the creek shot

Another creek shot

Slabs & Juniordwarf mucking about in the creek

Juniordwarf took this picture of Slabs & me

Mossy tree trunks

Another mossy tree trunk

Russell Falls (Instagram)

Russell Falls

P365 – Day 317 – fruits of our labour (Sunday Selections)

Since it’s Sunday and I took a lot of photos today, I thought I would join in Kim’s Sunday Selections at Frogpondsrock  this week. I never seem to be able to get my act into gear to hook out some old unseen photos for Kim, so new ones will have to do.
But first, some context . . .
We went back to the Garden Club’s Flower and Horticultural Show this morning.
We were all very excited that Juniordwarf’s flower had won a certificate – he got first place for the model flower class and also best exhibit for the under 6s age group category.
There were some lovely floral exhibits, and a fantastic display of local produce, including our friends at Two Metre Tall, Kinvarra Estate, where we went earlier in the year, Stefano Lubiana Wines and Cracknell Tomatoes.

Lil Sis, Mr Tall and Nanna came to visit us and to see the flower show, and we all went out for lunch afterwards. 
This afternoon Juniordwarf and I went back to pick up his model and his certificates. We decided to go for a walk before we went home, and we ended up in the park at the end of the main street, where Juniordwarf had a great time exploring the fountain and smelling the roses.

sunday selections – hipstamatic

I thought I’d use the opportunity to participate in Kim’s Sunday Selections project to show off some of the Hipstamatic photos I took this week.
On Monday I wrote about how, at the suggestion of one of my Twitter friends, I was going to use the Hipstamatic app for my photos this week to try and add something different to my photo project.
You can read about how I went on my first photo shoot here
After a week of shooting, I haven’t changed my initial views on the app. It produces some really interesting effects on my photos, which I really like, if I choose the right lens and film combo.
Actually, I’ve not been very adventurous and have stuck with the same film all week (boring! but in my defence, I have been sick), but I have tried out a few of the different lenses. Admittedly I’ve only tried the ones that came with the original app and a couple of freebies that were recently released, so I’m missing quite a lot of what is available. (Think of it as the cheapskate approach, until I decide whether this app is for me, and whether I want to shell out a hard earned couple of bucks for some more variety . . .  did I mention I have a reputation as a tightarse?!)
The hard part is remembering that there is no zoom function, so what you see in the ‘viewfinder’ is pretty much what you’re going to get – and if you want the cute little frame that the photos come with, there’s no option to crop later either.
The whole feel of the app reminds me of my very first camera. I got it when I was in primary school. I won $10 in a competition and decided to spend it on a camera. It was a gaf 100 XF (no, Slabs, it’s not a Falcon) that cost me $9.95. (I can’t remember what I did with the change.) The camera, which I still have, took 126 film cartridges that produced square pictures. Oh, and used external flashes that you bought in packs of three four-sided cubes, each side of which had a bulb that flashed and then blew, as bulbs do.

Hipstamatic, as a ‘retro/analogue camera’ app has that same fixed lens thing happening, produces square photos, and has no ability to adjust the lighting – what you see is what you shoot is what you get. It has a range of flashes that are supposed to produce different lighting effects as well.
The beauty of the app that I never got with the trusty old gaf (which I used until I was 18) is the wide range of lenses (or filters) and different films that you can use to create different effects.
So first up today is a little montage of my camera, using the same Ina’s 1969 film in all shots, but with the seven different Hipstamatic lenses that I have at the moment, plus the one from the normal phone camera as a comparison.
And then some of the photos that I took this week.
Bear in mind that for the outdoors one, it was quite glary and I really couldn’t see what I was shooting on my screen, so it was very much point, shoot and hope. And at times, I couldn’t get as close to the subject as I wanted to. As a result, the composition isn’t always ideal, but it’s certainly taught me a lot about this app and I intend to go back and try again soon. Unimaginatively, they were all taken using the John S lens.
I reprocessed this one, because the bird was just too
far away and was the whole point of the photo

Hobart

Hobart

Hobart

I love the reflections in this one, but not the
side of the dock – lots of the photos had that
problem because I couldn’t see what I was shooting.

Franklin Square

Juniordwarf – not sure I like the green tinge. Normal flash.

River