Uluru Everchanging

As Uluru is a sacred Aboriginal site, when visiting the National Park you need to keep to designated roads and photo bays. Some photographers might be a little bit frustrated by this as their ability to find a new angle is quite limited. However the way the light changes on the rock is simply incredible as we have seen over the last few posts.

Here is a compilation of how the light can change over a matter an 2 hours!

I hope you have enjoyed my Uluru posts! xx

A Few (Less Obvious) Photos From Paris

Falling for Paris

 

I visited the city of love in November 2009 and was lucky enough to spend two weeks in Paris with a local family. Paris is an incredible city. You can’t help but fall in love.

I have thousands of photos, most of them happy snaps. I wanted to share a few of my ‘less obvious’ photos of Paris that enable me to reminisce about good times, cold nights and stunning lights!

 

Sunset Arch

Paris Lights

Sunset Statue

The Eiffel Tower seems to be everywhere in Paris. It’s always visible. There are so many opportunities to get interesting and unique shots. Every night, I would look out my window and see the sparkle of the Eiffel Tower – magical.

Eerie Chandelier

Funny enough, I had an incredible number of photos of Chandeliers. Why? Because they are so beautiful, and admittedly everywhere! This reminds me of something out of Harry Potter.

Christmas Shopping

Probably the best public Christmas display I have ever seen. A few weeks later I was in New York and I was more impressed with this tree, (size and beauty) than the one at the Rockefeller Center. Maybe because it was pink?

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Enthusiam, Motivation and Passion are Contagious! Empower Someone.

As I began to realise that life is too short and that we all need to make time to do the things we love, I started this blog to showcase and share my hobbies – the things that  I love to do.

This space quickly gave me further inspiration to create my new project – Two Loves, my journey into food photography.

Really, I am just doing my thing! But my passion and motivation has spread to others like wildfire. I have had quite a few people contact me and tell me that something on my blog or something I am doing has inspired them, motivated them and even encouraged them to do something THEY love! It’s contagious!

Yesterday Kiki from Dinner for (N)one, told me that my enthusiasm and tenacity for my craft has motivated her to read a book she and I both possess (that I regularly refer to on my blog), but she hadn’t got past for first chapter! I was thrilled for her as she is a dedicated foodie hosting an admirable blog with some fun ideas!

Today, a lovely gentlemen (Matt D) that attended the same high school as me, contacted me to tell me that my passion and dedication for photography gave him the nudge he needed to start something he had always wanted to do – create his own pod casts!

Matt has set up his own Facebook page, The Scientist, and has produced his very first pod cast (Links to his pod casts can be found on his Facebook page). His focus is on microbes! He will be doing a number of episodes in this category and will be collaborating with a number of different people. I am super stoked he has embarked on this new project! How How (How How is from my summer camp days!)

Check out what these guys are up to, maybe they will inspire you!

 

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Two Faces That Will Melt Your Heart!

On my eight week road trip around Southern Australia, I was delighted to see so many native animals – many with young.

Baby animals are undoubtedly cute, but these little faces will melt your heart!

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Wombats: Mum and Bub
1/100 sec  –  f 5.6  – ISO-100

Mum and bub were out drinking and feeding in the alpine grasses of Cradle Mountain National Park. Very timid, this little one never left mum’s side. Having to stay on the designated boardwalk, I viewed them for an hour until i got a good shot. Awww.


Bennetts Wallaby and Her Joey
1/50 sec  –  f 4.5  –  ISO-200

This mum just wanted our company. She would hang around all the time, but would never let us get to close. Just look at that face!
Mt William National Park, Tasmania.

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Joey
1/80 sec  –  f 4.5  –  ISO-200

Just hanging in there!

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I hope this lightened your day! xx

Spectacular Highlights in Photos – 8 weeks on the road in Australia

My eight week summer road trip to Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia (Australia) in an old camper van was an incredible experience. National Parks, hiking and scouting for animals was high on our list of things to see and do! Of the incredible amount of photos we took on the trip – here are my favourite 8!

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All photos kindly provided by KorinekPhotography.

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Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania.

Spectacular dolerite mountain face of Cradle Mountain. Always elusive in cloud at any time of year. This photo captures the height of the mountain with a ‘ little me’ standing on Glacier Rock to put things into perspective.

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Dove Lake, Tasmania

Marvelling the beauty of Cradle Mountain covered in cloud, and the dark mystic colour of Dove Lake.

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Hartz Mountain, Tasmania

My favourite National Park in Tasmania, Hartz Mountain. The peak revealed a spectacular 360 degree of the South West National Park, Bruny Island and the vast stretch of ocean that reveals nothing until Antarctica.

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Wine Glass Bay, Tasmania

This is the shot I have been waiting my whole life for. Voted one of the most spectacular beaches in the world, by many sources, its not hard to see why! A hike before sunrise up Mt Amos, allowed us to see the Bay in all its glory. A hard hike, like scrabbling up pink ice, was very dangerous, but well worth it. When we got to the top, we had to wait in a cloud before the view revealed itself to us!

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Bay of Fires, Tasmania

The Bay of Fires consists of endless stretches of beaches with white sand, crystal blue waters and rocks covered in red and orange lichens. The beach looks so inviting, but looks are deceiving! Dangerous currents and shark sightings keep us at bay in ankle deep water.

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Anchor at Wreck Beach, Victoria

Wreck Beach is located on the Great Ocean Road Drive in Victoria. The stretch of coast is home to a number of ship wrecks. The Marie Gabrielle crashes in the 1800’s, and its anchor can be found on the beach. Larger than me and weight a tonne, it is simply captured here in the reflection of the rock pools that surround it. Only visible at low tide, we made the most of going to see it.

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Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park, Victoria

Unfortunately not all of the Twelve Apostles exist today. There is still two standing where you can get down to their level and view their height.

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Coorong National Park, South Australia

The Coorong is a 142km (88 miles) salt lagoon that is home to over 230 species of birds, including migratory birds from all corners of the globe. This place is incredibly isolated and fragile. I took no time in getting my bird nerd on!

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Kinship At Christmas

The meaning of Christmas is different for all people, yet many could agree upon the fact that it is a time of celebration with family and friends, a time for giving and good cheer.

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I have been lucky enough so far in my life to be surrounded by loved ones, to have my health and financial stability to join in the celebrations around Christmas time. Unfortunately, not everyone has these things.

Christmas is a time for giving. Giving can come in any shape or form. Many charities at this time of year ask for donations in the way of money, food, clothing, supplies and presents (as seen under many wishing trees in department stores). The donation of time by way of volunteering is another really important aspect of Christmas that many of us are capable of doing.

This year, as in past years, my family and I will be spending Christmas day volunteering for the Kinship At Christmas Foundation to provide a meal and some company to the members of the Blue Mountains Community who have nowhere else to go on Christmas Day.

…”Christmas can be a very difficult and lonely time for many people, for many different reasons. There are people who are unable to be with family or friends on Christmas Day, and this could evoke many feelings and emotions. It does not matter why any of our guests choose to spend Christmas Day with us, the KACF volunteers are here for them. It is our aim to give everyone a pleasurable day whatever the circumstances.”…

The Kinship At Christmas Foundation is not aligned to any church or other charity, and does not preach to any of the guest attending Christmas Lunch, nor do they ask for payment of any kind. ‘They are there to share the day with us without any “strings” attached.’

My sister and I began volunteering to serve lunch on Christmas Day in our local area some years ago, when I was going through a difficult time in my life and was searching for more meaning to Christmas beyond presents and celebration.

There are a number of ways to volunteer with Kinship At Christmas, both prior to Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and the day itself. Volunteers give up the amount of time that they desire and can choose a job they think is suitable for them. Jobs include, table setters, decorators, present wrappers, kitchen hands, hosts, public relations, food servers, table servers, Santa’s assistants, drivers and clean up crew.

The Kinship At Christmas Foundation Lunch is served at the Blackheath Community Centre, Cnr Great Western Highway and Gardiners Cres, Blackheath (opposite the train station). The Foundation also offers a Christmas Lunch in the Windsor Area, at the Hawkesbury Masonic Hall.

We are all pressed for time just before Christmas and are stretched to our limits with buying presents, stocking up on food, cleaning the house and hours of driving from family gathering to family gathering. It is easy to get lost in all the fuss and stress of this holiday. If you, like me, are looking for more meaning to Christmas, consider volunteering – you will be surprised at the amount of opportunities out there.

To find information about activities in your area, contact local community groups, church’s, well know charities (like the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul in Australia) websites or local stores. All will be able to provide details of the ways to donate and volunteer this Christmas.

For more information on Kinship At Christmas Foundation, please visit their blog.

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