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

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.


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.


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.

Another Week Gone, Another 2 to Go.

29 07 2011

Ah, another week. Its all getting closer. 12th August is our settlement date. So ready to move in. The place we live in currently while really nice is small, and now we have our own place sorted out we are both itching to move. We just want to get into the new place, learn its quirks and eccentricities and start the next chapter of life.

So, what have we been up to this past week. Well, ignoring the 3 day Migraine that has finally left me alone, not a huge amount. I do have a photo for you. Bonus double ristretto for those who can identify its location (without cheating). You must visit to claim!

Derwent Whale

What else has been going on. Last weekend we got sick of house stuff and decided to become tourists again. This time we went South. About as far South as it gets, we hit the end.

The End of the Road

Where exactly? look at the pretty map!

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Why? We went to the caves and the the thermal springs. The caves themselves (Hastings Caves) were discovered by some loggers who were actually poaching timber at the time. Not the biggest cave we have visited but pretty fun all the same.

The Crazies



Susie Stalactite

We did see some other cool stuff on the trip down. This pier was a private pier, locked to us, but not to the birds.

Bird Pier

Bird Pier

Bird Pier

Also Mount Adamson which is almost like a mini Mt Fuji

Mt Adamson

And lastly some shadows.

Forrest Shadows

So, this weekend. More furniture shopping, some cleaning and organising, some seeing friends. Maybe even a movie. Really though we just want to move in and enjoy our house.

Roller Derby

12 06 2011

Saturday Night. What do you do thats different, fun and exciting? Lets go watch Girls beat up Girls while wearing roller-skates. Sounds like fun to me.


Actually, I’m sure there are rules to the game. Basically it involves going round the circle in 2 minute “Jams” with the chick with the star on her head trying to lap “the pack”. They score points for every opposing team member they manage to pass.

This leads to lots of pushing, hitting, slamming and pain. All exciting stuff. Why did we go? Our friend Tiarne from Launceston was taking part! We went to cheer her on and observe this new sport.

Now, a mountain of photos. A big mountain. Sorry. Enjoy.

Roller Derby
Roller Derby
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Roller Derby

The week in Review

5 06 2011

Firstly apologies for lack of posting. Its been a hectic emotionally draining week. I’ve got some pics, but by no means one per day. Sorry. Life got in the way.

Whats been doing? Well, we put an offer in on a house. We loved the house, but it seems we missed out on it by a matter of maybe even minutes. Our offer was in, waiting on the owner of the house to drop down into Hobart to sign it. Unfortunately he had a “sheep” emergency on his farm and didn’t make it into town. More unfortunate than that, while waiting for him to sign, an interstate person put a much higher offer in, so obviously we missed out. Can’t blame the owners at all, they obviously went for the higher offer. Still, so close. The hunt continues.

What else has been doing? I had a couple of days out the office touring the state.

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A 6am start leaving Hobart heading up to Campbell Town and East over to St Helens. Absolutely stunning drive through the morning fog and frost. Stunningly beautiful.

Frosty Morning
Sky, Rock, Sand, Water

Bridport has an old pier, only the poles remain. This is a 30sec exposure, so we (I keep talking about we, I’m referring to myself and Mark, a work colleague) went out picky taking.

Bridport Pier

Mark just purchased a new camera, so it was a good chance to get out into this beautiful state and take some pics. i’ve now got camera envy. Still, the camera I currently have is more than good enough, I need to spend money on houses and stuff instead of cameras. No, really. Maybe. Aaargh, the 7D is so tempting. *must restraint myself*

Rock Valley

So, after spending all week running around organising stuff to buy a house, getting Mum & Dad to go massively out their way to get stuff organised, spending days in limbo stressed, all in and around being out of contact in rural tassie. Crazy week.

Still, had a big night on Friday with friends coming round for drinks and games. And we began house hunting again today.

This week? Another 3 day work trip up to the North West coast this time. Exciting.

Project33, Double day catchup

7 05 2011

Whoops, 2 days, one post. Pretty lazy of me. Sorry.

Firstly the pics.

First up, Between. This is looking up between 2 of the old buildings of Salamanca, specifically the 2 separated by Kelly Steps, the 1840 steps I use daily to get to and from work. The buildings are full of art galleries, theatres, tourist shops and restaurants. Nice place to be.


Secondly, Murray St. Well, to be accurate its actually Collins st we are looking down, the cross street is Murray. Not sure why I liked this pic, I just did.

Murray St is Go

What else has been happening? Very busy few days at work, people off sick, people out doing training, people in meetings. Just plenty going on so minimal people left behind to do whatever needs doing.

We did get out to play trivia during the week. Lots of fun, but it felt like “speed trivia”, 4 questions, bonus rounds, jackpot etc all done in about 1 hour. Crazy speed. Still, we didn’t win (or get close) but Susie did get the lucky ticket prize of $50 (I believe it went on shoes).

What else has been going on? Being a govt employee there is lots of concern about job cuts in the upcoming budget, shouldn’t affect me (fingers crossed) as we are a department that seems to help actively save money while increasing services. Hobart is still divided about red awnings on that building. An election in a few areas is happening. And more I can’t think of right now.

Launceston, The Dark Side

3 05 2011

What a mighty fine day it was, Saturday the 30th of April. The dark side was truly with us that day. Where to begin. Where oh where. I know, a photo tells a thousand words, or so they say. Well, homework for you then. Send me a thousand words describing this picture. No really, I mean it. Here you go :

Don't Shoot

Yes, I was introduced into the world of “Trooping” with the 501st legion, Launceston. The fantabulous men and lady of CoolShite invited me to partake of their unusual hobbies and how could I possibly say no.

Surprisingly, the outfit was pretty comfortable.


I couldn’t sit due to the armour, but that was ok. It was an absolute hoot. Somehow I was the “dirty one”, a sand trooper they claim. At least I’m recognisable this way.


As you can see, quite a turn out. I had no idea how popular this hobby is, not to mention the extreme levels of detail they go to in order to be accurate. Nick, right in the middle actually makes all the costumes himself. Unbelievabubble talent.

We even had a mini-leia!


We wanted to ride the train round the park, but were not allowed to as we were unable to sit. Safety safety safety. But we were wearing armour! Surely it must be safe.

The Dark Train
Pole Dancing

Susie even got in on the action. Well she was mostly a wrangler, but did get to join in 🙂

Sookie, Squeezy and Darth.
Gimme a Kiss

Possibly the most peculiar part of the day was the custard. Not sure why a bunch of teenage girls were drinking custard in the park, but it certainly makes an amusing series of pics!

Custard of the Empire
Custard of the Empire

Of course, after a hard day of evil, you need a nice cold beer, and the best cold beer is, um, Hazards Ale.

After a hard day

MONA, Museum of Old and New Art

27 03 2011

Mind = Blown.

MONA is the latest big thing to hit Hobart. It actually opened a few months back, but with the lovely peoples of CoolShite visiting Hobart, we took the opportunity to visit this new attraction.

Words cannot describe. My head hurt after a few hours, and we didn’t even get close to seeing all there is to see. This is a place that deserves a few repeat visits. It is confronting, intriguing, disturbing, enlightening. Thats it, I’m out of words. A few quick pics to show off tiny elements of it. Visit. See. Enjoy.

Black Ops, in water
Tunnel Exit
Light Pulse

Another visit is in our near future. More time, lots more pics. My head hurts.

Wooden Boat Festival

13 02 2011

All kids of festivals down here. In the past few months we’ve had :
•NewYears etc

Now its time for the Wooden Boat Festival. Sounds exciting doesn’t it!

Actually, its great. The whole Hobart dock area is full of boats and people, festivities and food. Great fun.

Added to that is the fact its a long weekend, Hobart Regatta Day long weekend. Not sure yet what the regatta involves, thats tomorrow so I’ll have to wait and see.

Some pics, hopefully more tomorrow,

Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden Boat Festival

2010, a year in review

4 01 2011

2010 might possibly have been the most unusual year I could have imagined. From living on different continents, travelling through many countries, working, not working, we’ve done it all.

We started 2010 in Sydney, but living in Korea.

We then flew to China to continue our vactations.

Back to Korea for a few weeks, finishing everything up, packing, shipping stuff around the world and saying goodbyes. Sad time.

Leaving Korea for the last time, our adventure awaited.

visited 23 states (10.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Thats a list of the counties visited from leaving Korea to returning to Australia. We worked ourselves continually west, mostly overland, but with a few flights as required by time or distance.

I’ll try to pull together a better map with arrows, but basically we did :

Korea, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, France, Andorra, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Spain, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, USA and at long last, Australia.

A good start on the world.

Returning to Aus, we lived and worked in Sydney for a few months while the parents were off exploring the country, but ultimatly have ended up in the land of the

Thats right, Tasmania. Hobart specifically.

We had visited a few times, visiting our good friends at

We liked it and decided to make a go of living here. The cool weather and clean everything helped.

Of course, we didn’t have jobs lined up when we arrived. We had both put a few applications in but its hard to apply and be taken seriously from out of state. But, after being here a few weeks, some interviews happened and I landed a great job at the State Library of Tasmania in the Systems Development and Support department.

Since then, we visited Sydney for xmas 2010, returned back to Tas in time for the Taste Festival and New Years Eve, and now its 2011.

I worked it out, and I think I was working for only about 10 weeks of 2010. Some of that was intentional, some unwanted, some optimistic. However, the travel was AMAZING. So many amazing things, places, people, foods and experiences. Hard to beat. Its so sad that so many people talk about doing something but never take the plunge and do it. 3.5 years in Korea and I don’t regret any of it.