Aurora Australis

13 07 2013

2013. Not a good year for me posting on my blog. But a very good year for the Aurora Australis. I’m told we are right at the high activity point of a 13?? year cycle, and that 2013 is going to be a strong one for aurorae.

Well, they are correct.

Aurora Australis

Finding a good spot seems to be key. Too much light pollution and its hard to make them out. Too boring a scene, well, it’ll simply be a boring photo with colourful sky lights.

So far we’ve come up with a few good spots. Near the Battery in Bellerieve, Taroona Beach, and the old Battery in Tinderbox.

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Lots of experimentation to be done. Shutter speeds, aperture, focus etc. All result in a card full of dodgy images and the occasional gem.

Aurora Gun

Seems to be simply a trial and error thing. Harder is trying to predict where and when they might show. A few times we’ve turned up to find people telling us we should have been there 10 mins ago. Grrrrr. Still, sit back and wait it out. It might happen again.

Hobart Sky




RIP Yoshi

19 11 2012

This is something I never wished to have to do. We found our little boy, Yoshi, dead in the driveway last night.

RIP Yoshi

No real idea what happened. We went out, came back 3 hours later and found him dead. He seemed intact and didn’t look like he had suffered.

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Everywhere I look I see him. His toys, his fur, his life and energy. Worse still is his sister, Nikki, really doesn’t know what is going on. They were never apart. Eat together, play together, sleep together. Now he’s gone.

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Rest well my little Yoshi. You ARE missed.





Banana Noms

4 10 2012
Banana Noms by BaboMike
Banana Noms a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

Monkeys and Asia. They hang out, hassle tourists and steal their food. This one stole the banana out of a tourist’s bag. Cute but be careful.





Petronas Towers

22 09 2012

Lets dig through the processed pics and see what we find. Back to the Petronas towers it is. These things are huge. So huge you need to go up the KL tower to get the best view.

KL Tower SunSet

Strangely the Petronas towers are hard to get up. It’s a first come, first served on the tickets with only limited availability each day. Damn expensive too. The KL tower on the other hand, much cheaper, you can just rock up, and the view is spectacular.

Twin Tower Tips

Some more pics of the towers, taken from the base.

Twin Towers

Petronas Towers

And my favourite. The pic with the little girl. She didn’t seem to be posing for anybody, but just doing that thing kids do. Very cool.

Twins and One

Some more random pics of the latest trip coming soon. However they are of course on my flickr page already. See the last few pics to the right, or click the flickr link at the top of the page.





Reflections of Kuala Lumpur

21 09 2012
Reflections by BaboMike
Reflections a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

Wow, over a month ago. Time flies. Anyhow, we spent 3 weeks travelling up from Singapore through Malaysia and into Thailand. Spectacular countries, amazing people and awesome food.

Here’s the famous Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur. You can see all the people taking exactly the same photo. I did too. However this one was different. Pointing down into the pools of water (part of the fountains out front) you can get an amazing reflection of the towers.

I’m trying to work on adding more interest to my pics, not just the object/site/building but also some of the people.

Hope you like.





The Squid of Samcheok

20 09 2012

Lazy again. So bad. And I’ve had so much going on. Oh well. Another attempt to at least post regularly.

For no reason really I’ve been missing Korea lately. A few house related drama’s here as well as change of jobs has me maybe missing the more simplified existence that was living in Korea. Simplified but oh so great. Even 30 months after leaving I still miss the place (and my students) daily.

So, photos from Korea. This time around it’s from a beach around Samcheok, Gangwon-Do. This was approx 1 hour drive from Taebaek but a stunning beach.


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Depending on time of year, you can encounter squid drying in the sun. They are caught at night on one of the many squid boats and then hung up to dry. The pictures speak a thousand words, so please enjoy.

The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid Wench
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid Lady
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok

The squids themselves are delicious. My favourite way to eat them is lightly grilled and served with ice cold beer. It makes the perfect bar snack.

Just looking at these pics again brings back so many happy memories. Such a magical country.





Mt Field

13 02 2012

So. Long time. Very bad me. Very very bad.

Suffice to say, things are going great. We bought a house, we are working on its garden and other stuff. Work is fun and challenging, Susie has a new job, we have kittens! (pics and post later) and I’m writing a blog post. Shock horror.

Now the house stuff is starting to calm down and we feel (more) confident leaving our kittens alone, we have started to venture out to explore this amazing state we have decided to call home.

I’d heard about Mt Field national park before. It is approx 80km north west of Hobart, a good hours drive depending of traffic and bakery stops. You start by driving through the scenic town of New Norfolk, then continue through Bushy Park (home of most of the hops grown in Australia) then onwards to Mt Field.

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We paid up (actually bought the 2 year membership as it was best value, $125 for 2 years, $96 for one, or $25 a visit) and walked.

First stop, Russell Falls.

The falls were not as spectacular as normal due to lack of rain (take that Sydney), but still were much better than we imagined they would be. I was also using this as an excuse to play around photographically, so long exposure time. 5 seconds in direct midday sun thanks to a ND400 9 stop filter.

Russell Falls

Just up the path a further 10 easy minutes are the smaller but more interesting HorseShoe Falls. Same stream, but different.

Horseshoe Falls

Playing around I forgot that I was shooting long exposures so ended up this this effect from shooting up into the trees. I quite liked it.

5 second squirl

Continuing further into the national park (by car, not by foot, it IS a huge place) we encountered the mosaic moor. Named for the stunning grasses and plants carpeting the place. Very peculiar soft squishy moorland with an artificial treeline thanks to the exposed nature of the plateau its on.

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Onwards to Lake Dobson. It seems to be a very popular spot for a bit of bushwalking and longer treks. Even skiing in winter when there is actually enough snow. Either way an amazingly beautiful serene place which continues the tradition of the scenery changing every 5 minutes.

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Lone Tree

Would I go back? For sure. There are so many things to see, do and visit. The National Parks folk have helpfully created a list of 60 great short walks around Tasmania, so we might try to do a few more of these. Especially while the weather is so nice.

As for the blog, I want to do more. I’ve been missing it but lazy for some reason. Seems it takes a national park and a public holiday to motivate me. More public holidays please.