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Here’s a photo from our trip to Papua New Guinea last year – Ponam Island in the Bismarck Sea.  There was a storm coming.


I still haven’t decided what else to write about.


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The Toora windfarm. Down near where my in-laws live.

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I took this on a recent work trip to western Victoria.  Seeing wheat waving in the breeze makes me happy.

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In December 2010 we travelled to Indonesia to climb some volcanoes.  What someone neglected to tell me was that Mt Bromo, where we were going, had been erupting for days, even weeks, before we arrived.

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I was less than impressed but on the positive side, I didn’t have to hike up the side of the volcano because no-one was allowed that close to it.

Before and After

To demonstrate the effect of both drought and floods on our landscape, here are a couple of before and after shots.  The first photo is a shot of the Wimmera River in a town called Jeparit, in north west Victoria, taken on 30 May 2008.  Followed by a photo of exactly the same spot, taken on 8 February 2011.


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The trees are still dead, but they’ll probably come back in a few months.  I plan to go back in Spring and see how they’re doing.

Next is a shot of Four Mile Beach, a popular camping and swimming spot on the shores of Lake Hindmarsh, which is Victoria’s largest fresh water lake.  Again, the first photo was taken on 30 May 2008, and shows the lake as completely dry.  The second photo was taken on 8 February 2011, and shows the effects of three months of flooding rain in the region.


Lake Hindmarsh

Amazing stuff.

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Last weekend the boy and I decided to visit the Aquarium here in Melbourne.  We’ve never been there before and we had a great time!  The best exhibit was the Antarctic Penguins.


This is a King Penguin, the second largest breed of penguin in the world.

Sorry about the shadows, I didn’t take my camera so I took this with the iPhone.

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This is one of my favourite photos.  Taken on the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, in October 2008.  I can’t believe it’s been so long already since we did that big USA/Canada trip.

I hope everyone had a good new year!

The carnival is over

The carnival is over.  Finally.  Now we can get on with the business of summer and hot weather.  The predicted temperature for new year’s eve here?  36C38C.  40C.  I’ve almost forgotten how hot that feels, we’ve had such average weather the last few months.  Of  course, with the hot weather comes the threat of fire.  I am doing my civic duty this year and will be working in the State Control Centre for fire management if we have any fires.  I’m on call just about every second week between now and the end of April.  Cross your fingers there are no idiots with spare matches out there.

I took this photo a while back; having never tried to photograph a rainbow before I had no idea how hard it was!


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This is Mount St Helens in Washington State.
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If you look closely you can see the smoke and steam as well as the cloud.

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While everyone else was inside the caves not taking photos, I was out in the sand dunes getting this. I haven’t tweaked the colour at all; this is exactly what it looked like in Dunhuang.


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The fun side of my job

I get to do stuff like drive around and take photos.  Like this one.

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Okay so it took me nearly three hours to find a silo to take a picture of, and at one stage I was worried I was going to have to drive 400km to find one, but hey, it’s better than being in the office, right?


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Today’s sunset. That’s a panorama. Click on it to visit FlickR and see a bigger version.