gears: petersham: sydneyFooling around with Macro photography, which is one of the strengths of the old Coolpix 995.

What you see here is the rather impressive gearing of the legendary Abu Ambassadeur 10,000CL. It’s a fishing reel. A pretty impressive one as well, since this gearing happens to be an automatic 2 speed gearbox. The way it works is if you’ve got a really big fish on the gearing drops to a lower level, but if the strain lets off, for instance if the fish swims towards you, it instantly switches back to the high gearing for quick line pickup. I bought this many years ago, and have never really encountered a fish that required it.

farm machinery

farm machinery: dubbo: nswYeah, I was getting artsy. Though, I’ve kept this photograph on file because these teeth make great texture for illustrations.

a strangled tree

a strangled tree: dubbo: nswYou’ve got to, well not love, but something, the thought process that lead someone to think “Yes, that living, growing tree will be a perfect fencepost. Let me wrap barbed wire around it”.

It makes a nice statement in front of all that thoroughly domesticated farmland.

fire escapes

fire escapes: boston: massachusetts Boston, a beautiful city with lunatic drivers. These fire escapes grabbed my interest, since you don’t really see them in Sydney. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it’s some difference in historical building codes. Then again, Sydney doesn’t have a history of tall residential apartment buildings in the city like America seems to have. That’s probably it actually, workers housing in our early days consisted of tiny victorian terraces, and people lived out of the city if they could afford to. It’s only in the last 15 years or so that residential development has taken off in the city.

I really wish I’d done another exposure for this one, because that washed out building in the background has a wonderful golden metal top.

bizarre fungus

meat coloured fungus: balgowlah: sydneyCreepy doesn’t begin to describe these things. They were sprouting up all over the place near a place I was fishing one day. I’m assuming they’re some sort of fungus that propagates via carrion insects. I’ve not really heard of fungus doing that – though there is that one that grows out of the heads of ants, so it’s perhaps not without precedent.

Either that, or it’s some hideous alien spore come to take over the earth.

kissing flowers

kissing flowers: town hall station: sydneyTotally not set up.

I saw this one day on a platform in the busiest train station in the middle of the city. There’s something terribly poignant about these decapitated flowers, discarded on a filthy platform, in an imitation of affection. Perhaps someone else set it up earlier, and if so, finding it as I did is all the more perfect.

any shade will do

any shade is shade: saratoga: new yorkI mean look at that, it’s comical. All of them, lined up in the only bit of shade in the area. What you don’t see is that this is all happening right next to a big pond, why they’re not in the water to keep cool, I don’t know.

shading ducklings

shading ducklings: saratoga: new yorkIt was HOT in Saratoga. Granted I was stupid enough to be wearing jeans, but it was still ridiculously hot. As you can see, any shade was appreciated by the local ducklings. It’s weird, New York has similar summers to Sydney, but it snows in winter, whereas Sydney rarely gets below 5 degrees Celsius.

family of ducks

duck family: saratoga: new yorkThere’s something about ducklings, they’re just nauseatingly cute. So these ones are from my America trip, in the little town of Saratoga in upstate New York. It’s a beautiful town, with a great Indian restaurant.

green tree frog

green tree frog: noosa: queenslandThis guy was sitting right outside my mother’s place in Noosa, Queensland one night. He’s so wonderfully fat, and those perfect martian invader fingerpads – daww.

It’s kinda like wild kingdom there sometimes. One time, I was sitting in the loungeroom working on my computer, and I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye. Going over to investigate there was a baby Blue-Tongue lizard all of 3″ long, which seemed to have walked almost all the way through the house. As soon as he saw me, he raced with his stubby little legs as fast as he could. That would have been a great plan, except for the polished tile floor. He basically sat there, paddling furiously and going nowhere. So I put him outside, after recovering from fits of laughter.