Country Morning..

February has been such a hot month in Australia – in fact I think it’s the hottest on record since the 1800s.. OR simply the hottest on record.

This means lots of ‘not being outside’.. just way too hot. It’s been a survival and hibernating month so far. Today is another hot one…

This morning though, was gorgeous!  A touch of cool in the air.. So pleasant and a good time to be out, before the heat of the day.

Here’s what I saw..

An overview of the beautiful cool, early morning..
An overview of the beautiful cool, early morning..

I haven’t been posting much this year, but as the weather cools I hope to be sharing more of what I’m seeing…

Hope you’re having a great year so far!

(This post will link to Max’s Changing Seasons for February… soon..)

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.  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 😉

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

Lastly for this month’s behind the scenes – just a little find that I think is amazing!  A very tiny weed on the side of my driveway. I had to get the macro lens to ‘see’ it.  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 🙂

So… have a great one, wherever you are!

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 🙂

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 😀 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 🙂  You can find me on Instagram as @robynwashere

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

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

The Changing Seasons – May 16

I missed April’s Changing Seasons with Max, but I’m ready for May! 🙂 My focus for this challenge this year, is the Crepe Myrtle tree in my front yard, that has unintentionally become my story for each month of this year.

This month I really had to think about how I might photograph and present the tree, as it’s looking very un-lovely – well maybe that’s a bit harsh – I believe there is beauty to be found everywhere if you just ‘see’.  Anyway it’s looking very rough around the edges.. and more 🙂

Yesterday, (the 18th) I did see!

I’ve been noticing the colours, shapes and patterns of the fallen leaves as I walk past and of the few that are still on the tree.. and the wonderful little seed pods that make me think of Narnia Lamp posts and Bluebells, with their gorgeous shapes… and then at times, with the same pods, I see aliens, claws and jaws 😀

So here are my offerings for May.  I decided to do a photographic study and it was very enlightening… and fun!  A different way of viewing the tree. I even had a little spider visitor, but he didn’t want his photo taken!

Crepe Myrtle Study RobynGosby 2016
..click images for a closer view..

After gathering up my little collection, I was really amazed at the variety on this one tree. I placed my finds on a clean piece of paper to take a closer look. The textures are quite beautiful, varied and very interesting. The variety of colour, is fantastic! Autumn colours are my favourites.

The pods dropped a few seeds onto the paper.. awesome! .. and the little bits of dirt and spots on the paper are a part of this collection too, as they fell from what you see above. The breeze was blowing gently too – enough to move stuff around, so I just went with it.

Here’s what I found this month.

Blowin' in the wind..
Blowin’ in the wind.. taken at the beginning of the month..

Leaves..

Pods and seeds.. ..and Ood! (Doctor Who reference).

More pods and leaves..

There are even little eggs on some of the leaves – starting a cycle again..

..and that’s it. My finds for May 🙂

Be sure to check out Max’s blog too at Cardinal Guzman and to see the many other entries to this challenge as well.