Christmas Break.. and looking back over 2016

Hello everyone!

It’s about that time of year where I take some time out for family, Christmas and holidays and I must say I’m looking forward to it – spending some time with family and not having to work to a schedule for a few weeks.. that will be great!

Whatever you do over the break – celebrate Christmas or simply the holidays – I wish you a fun, restful and happy break… from me to youΒ  πŸ™‚

christmas-holidays-2016_robyngosbyThanks so much for joining me again this year… I love the blogging friendships we make here at WordPress… and for me, the inspirations that come with them.

Looking back over 2016

To be honest, sitting here right now – I feel like 2016 has been a bit of a blur… so I love that I can look back over images that help me to remember the year.. Also, this year has very much been about finding ‘interest’ in my own back yard, which at times has been tricky and I’ve really needed the motivation to ‘discover’ new or the same things again within my space.

Also this year, I decided to spend some time on Still Life photography and to return more to my drawing and painting..

This is a brief overview of 2016 from my world..

January – holiday month

February – man it’s hot outside

March – some cooler days

April – Autumn!!

May – colder weather and gorgeous mornings

June – Winter

July – very cold out – time for Still Life

August – enjoying the light

September – trying different things…

October – Spring – still cold and gorgeous light

November – a mix of indoors and outdoors

..and December.. apparently a pink month!

As I said previously, thanks for joining me this year and especially in the challenges.. I’ve been a little scarce at times this year due to very dodgy wireless internet (and often with none!).. but I look forward to another year on WordPress in 2017.

I’ve really enjoyed Instagram this year too and have (mostly) shared different images over there. It’s great to be able to interact with so many fellow bloggers over there too.

Wishing you the very best of the Season.. and moving forward into the New Year. See you there!

Robyn xx

September ’16 – Behind the scenes…

Hello and welcome to another Behind the Scenes post from me.

This first month of Spring on the tablelands has been very cold, rainy, blustery and grey – thankfully with a few gorgeous sunny days dotted in between.Β  On those sunny days (or when the sun shows itself), we see the beautiful long shadows…

Before sunset Panorama
Before sunset Panorama

..and the glorious light that I love so much about this place!

Blossoms on show at sunset
Blossoms on show at sunset

The Spring blossoms – ..are gorgeous and I so enjoy watching the stages of blossoming and being close to nature, especially when they are such brightness on a grey day. It always feels like such a privilege.

The Changing Seasons – I’m still in the countryside. For Max’s Changing Seasons I had been photographing one tree throughout the year – but that came to an abrupt halt when I needed to be on the farm for calving in June. So I began looking at another tree – the same type, just in a different place. There is nothing marvelous about this tree (here). It finds it hard in the cold climate…

Here ’tis anyway… the tree’s point of view and a closer look at the bark for this month.

Still LifeI’ve been continuing my Still Life studies and experiments. It’s been so good to have something to focus on (photographically) when it’s so ‘yuk’ outside.

I must say I really have to think about this – I’m used to natural settings but not really creating my own – so… it’s great having the challenge and as usual, I love the light.. and finding it!

Just a few randoms.. and there are plenty that don’t make it πŸ˜‰

InstagramStill enjoying Instagram – I can honestly say – I didn’t know I would.Β  It seems to be a condensed and abbreviated version of blogging.. Once again you’ll find me over there as @robynwashere πŸ™‚

Lastly for this month’s behind the scenes – just a little find that I think is amazing!Β  A very tiny weed on the side of my driveway. I had to get the macro lens to ‘see’ it.Β  The flowers are only about 3 – 4mm (maybe 2/8 of an inch?) across.. Once again it was very windy day, but here’s what I found by looking closer… Even beauty in the weeds.

Well, it’s now October..

If you’re like me and the grey and cold weather is not your favourite time of year – try finding what is right in front of you – again, like me you might be surprised πŸ™‚

So… have a great one, wherever you are!

Finding beauty everyday..

Lately I’ve been reminding myself to look at the things in front of me (again) and to find the ‘beauty’ within them and within my circumstances, whatever they are on any given day.

Daffodil bud_RobynGosby 2016

I love the details (yes.. and being able to look closer) – winter has been very cold here again this year (today is a dark, cold, blustery rainy day) and it’s very easy to become insular and not notice the little or big things… I want to notice them both!

I love finding the magic (beauty) in every day! It’s important to me.

This winter I seem to have become quite random- in a hibernating kind of mood and disorganised… Urgh!Β  Aches and pains are worse through winter too and very distracting!

My doggies have kept me busy though and we have been outside with the ball – nearly every day, in rain or shineΒ  πŸ˜€

Winter’s nearly done now (officially the last day today).. and Spring is coming! I’m purposefully setting about to become organised again – feeling like I have a little more energy and am really looking forward to the freshness of Spring. We’ll still have cold for another month, here in the high country – but it’s a good time to paint (not walls – although maybe)… and spring clean!

I must say too – one of my joys and responsibilities this winter season has been raising a little orphan calf (and watching a couple of others) and he is doing very well. It’s always hard work and so rewarding!

Today I want to share some everyday images (all taken indoors this month) – the un-ordinary – things that I think are beautiful for different reasons.Β  It may be the light (it’s always the light!).. or the object itself.Β  It might be the way I saw it on the day – or it could be the day itself that makes everything look wonderful!

Well.. that’s it from me for this last day of August – I look forward to seeing what discoveries/challenges (big or small) September brings with it πŸ˜€

Let’s make it great!

June and July – Behind the scenes…

I’ve been taking some time out over June and July.. and I must say I’ve enjoyed time away from the screen again immensely! It charges my creativity and I love that!

Over my break, I have been with out with the camera here and there and also doing some painting and reacquainting myself with that – an enjoyable and ongoing process πŸ™‚

I’ve been back in the NSW countryside again for the last month as well, so I thought I’d share visually a bit of what I’ve seen over these two months. My behind the scenes..

It’s winter right now.. and we are really having our full share of very cold and stormy weather.

Outside

(You can see a few other snow pics in a previous post.)

We haven’t had an abundance of pretty sunsets… but here is one.. Feathery.

Morning abstracts..

The Changing Seasons…

I have missed participating in Max’s Changing Seasons these past months and as I’m presently in the countryside, I can’t photograph ‘my tree’… sooooo… instead…

Here is the same type of tree, but in a different place!

Same tree_different place_RobynGosby 2016

Inside

I’ve been enjoying a few planted pots of bright, colourful Cyclamen flowers, watching them change hue in the light or lack thereof.

Still Life

..and I’ve been experimenting with different Still Life images again, watching the light.. The winter light is truly gorgeous!

Pear Still Life2 RobynGosby 2016

and collecting more leaves πŸ˜€ I love nature!

This month, I’ve decided to do a Kim Klassen (still life) course to try a different way of doing things.. This is a work in progress, as this is not the way I see things (so far)… but.. good to try something new and learn new things too!!

Top down view - my first effort.
A view from the top – my first effort.

Instagram

I have been doing a bit of Instagramming through my break.. and I must say I’m enjoying it. There is plenty of inspiration to be found and I love connecting with you over there too! It’s funny how we WordPress people find each other wherever we are πŸ™‚Β  You can find me on Instagram as @robynwashere

When there isn’t a lot of time, it’s a fun way to connect πŸ™‚

Well I think that’s plenty from me for my first post back.. and I’ll be back again on Monday with the One Four Challenge for August.

Have a fabulous weekend wherever you are!

Robyn xx