Take 10 minutes, it may turn into something beutiful…pt 2

Shroom 1A simple stroll along Bendigo Creek reveals some clean snaps and a Shroom…!?!

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Roses are red…

Simple red rose

Simple red rose

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I enjoy photography,

How about you?

Pouncing upon my opening poem theme, I spent some time photographing roses within my garden recently. I find observing life through the lens calms me immensely. Life appears to slow, scenes become more vivid and for just a brief moment in time the world is just me, the camera and the view.

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So, do you enjoy relative time dilation through your camera lens as well?

Find these roses, plus more, in my calendar or as separate works via my redbubble site.

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Take 10 minutes, it may turn into something beutiful…

River 2Whilst driving through central Victoria, spring slapped me in the face!

As I recently passed through Axedale, I once again passed over the Campaspe river and passed a fleeting eye over the O’Kieffe rail trail. The natural beuty called to me as she usually does when I have occassion to pass through. As I climbed the other side of the culvert, a thought struck me – Bugger it! Take 10 minutes to have a look…

So ucountry lane 2p the the hill my car went, only to turn around at the top and race back down.

The wooden fence rail picture was inspired the moment I saw it. It just screamed, get me from this angle and put the shot into Black and White. I felt it really worked out well, especially since I do not normally do black and white.

My message for the day, take those 10 minutes of time that the world offers, be it with others, nature or just a moment by yourself as it may turn into something beautiful.

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Science is fun!

dalek 1 A recent stint with my kids quickly turned from a foray into creative and practical science to one of industrial history and science fiction. The Bendigo Discovery Science Centre is a great hands on introduction for kids (and adults) into the fields of practical science. The whole facility is designed to provoke thought in a fun and physically engaging environment.

Unknowingly, the kids learn about basic principles such as:

  • Optics (e.g. bending light, refraction, perspective)
  • Sound (e.g. delays, frequency / tone)
  • Magnetics
  • Forces (e.g. gravity, centrifugal)
  • Space (e.g. solar system, stars)
  • Aerodynamics

All of these adventures into science, with kids abounding around me, we all squealed with the joy of discovery. My personal favorite is the 3 story vertical drop slide were you learn the not so gentle art of working with gravity during a 2 story free-fall before rolling out in a nice parabolic slide that completes the vector transformation from all vertical to all horizontal energy.

With all the creative energy abuzz, I turned my photographic eye to the interior of the building. It was once a maintenance shed for steam trains and dates back to the 1880~1890s.

One thing that everyone agreed with on the day out, science does not need to be dull but should be filled with fantastic interaction. In those 3~4 hours, I think my kids probably learned a years worth of class room, sanitary and sterile, class room science.

Do you find you learn from hands on or text books / instruction?

Most schools today will teach from books out of fear grown from crazy parents whom sue every time ‘Johnny’ (not his real name *blogger chuckles to self*) skins his knee.

Please, if you read this, take a stand for practical education and tell the ‘Johnny parents’ of the world to do two thing;

  1. Stop screwing up the world for everybody else and their kids
  2. If they are going to sue, then don’t do the fun activities the rest of us want our kids to experience (basically – bugger off!)
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Entry to the planetarium is via a TARDIS – how fitting. This pic is of the blogger, Shayne, with one of the kids having a Dr Who moment.

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An old door from within the facility, dating back to 1890 and possibly about 120 years old.

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One of the wheels, close up, from the old doors.

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13000 views in 12 months

Time for a celebration with nearly 12 months of creativity in photography and over 13000 views to be commemorated. What better way to reflect upon attempts to get creative juices flowing than to look at the public’s view of my top 10 photographs on Redbubble?

To have some fun with it, and to do a bit of shameless self promotion, I smashed together a new page on my blog that is ingeniously titled “Publicly voted top 10 photographs @ Redbubble“. The range selected by my viewers is quite eclectic and ranges from exotic animals to heavy industrial and the obligatory landscapes.

Feel free to wander and even follow the links to see the pics in framed HD glory.

Please, leave some feedback on wins you have had lately. Lets all share the glory and fun of creativity that humans innately have if they but let themselves explore…

 

 

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