November is storm season in Queensland and we’ve had a couple of loud and scary ones but thankfully the worst of them missed our place (touch wood). As a twenty something loving in Newcastle I discovered how much I loved a good storm when staying with family near the beach. From their house I watched in awe as the clouds rolled in and the light changed creating an eery atmosphere before the skies opened and the lightning let loose. It was magic.
There were pockets of storm action Sunday afternoon, mainly to the north of us so we got very little rain and only a few rumbles of thunder. We did however see some amazing cloud formations and fantastic light as we strolled around a local sports field. Bundy could not have cared less about any of it, he was too busy following random scent trails. With only my iPhone at hand I tried to capture the amazing nature of the clouds and light using the Lightoom mobile app and my phone’s native camera app. The images are a little dark, more post-processing required or perhaps there are better apps for capturing these types of scenes on a smartphone.
For a while I have wanted to get a new lens, to be more specific I wanted the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens loved by Nikon photographers (amateur and professional) and perfect for low light photography. After many months of saving my dream was obtained and I picked up the lens a couple of days ago. We’ve had some spectacular sunsets here of late, but sadly they’ve been pretty ordinary since getting the lens so I’ve been testing it out in the backyard and at a nearby lake. Technically I cannot tell you much, what I can tell you is that I love that I can take photographs in low light without having to ramp up the ISO to a ridiculous number or drag out the tripod. Wish it had image stabilisation, my hands can be a little shaky at times however that could be minimised by drinking less coffee 🙂
These few shots aren’t fantastic and the one of the pelicans could be sharper, it was taken from across a body of water so I had to crop the image dramatically to see them properly. Getting closer is going to be essential with this lens, especially when comparing it to the 28-300mm lens I’ve been using.
The end of the year has been a mix of muggy, high temperatures, fierce storms and heavy rain. Christmas was no different. The day started off with a peaceful walk and a swim in a nearby creek and ended with me and my Dad sitting on their front balcony in the dark listening to the rain and enjoying the cool breeze. I took many walks during the time at my parents’ house, being in the country is so refreshing for me and seeing all the different wildlife makes me happy even if I couldn’t capture them all with my camera. A trip to the beach was on the cards for boxing day regardless of whether it was raining or not, the thinking was that if we’re going to get wet we may as well go for a swim in the surf.
Best spot at the swimming hole
Cousins Bella and Zoe
Cousin Soxy in her favourite spot on Christmas Day
Horses and ponies all get a bath
Christmas lady bug
Maxi and Bundy’s fur cousins Zoe and Moscow
Yellow wildflowers (weeds?)
Local swimming hole
Local swimming hole
Local swimming hole
Bago Mountain on rainy morning
Dew on spider web
Alpacas in the fog
Big green frog
Cousin Zac begging for a chippy
Blogging and photography, sadly time for doing either has been minimal of late however I’ve always got my iphone with me so here is a collection of random shots that I’ve taken of late. Of course, doggies feature quite heavily.
Therapeutic House soy candle made with love by my sister in-law
A single gerbera makes a nice table decoration
Indie the staffy waiting for her furever home – ADOPTED! 🙂
German cuckoo clocks, Mt Tamborine Cuckoo Clock shop
Huge Grandfather clocks at the Cuckoo Clock Shop, Mt Tamborine
Dash the greyhound napping – ADOPTED!
Sparklers aren’t just for kids
Sushi the little staffy x – ADOPTED!
Frog legs, Sushi style 🙂
Clouds make a sky so interesting.
Bundy overseeing the renovations
Maxi, bored with renovations
Creme Brulee @ Jonez on Food, Sanctuary Cove
The thing that frightens Bundy more than anything – a scary hot air balloon
Our house under renovation.
Bundy’s new eyebrows courtesy of the renovations and his own creativity
Maxi is still bored with renovations
Breakfast, Gilbert-style. ADOPTED!
Wendall is just too cool – ADOPTED!
Great day for ducks
Bundy’s new favourite place
The view on a morning walk can be quite special
My Mum always said that I take photos of anything and everything…she knows me so well.
Puppies helping us clean their kennel
Cute blue heeler puppy
Duck, duck, geese
Pelicans at dusk
Last of the sunlight
Ducks take off at the sight of Bundy
…and then there were two
Before the storm
Golden light of the afternoon
Bird island, home to ibis, egrets, ducks, geese and the occasional spoonbill