Many people said that crossing the Nullarbor Plains was boring as there is nothing to see or do. Well, they’re wrong!
Nikon D810 – A: f3.5, SS: 15 sec, ISO: 1600
There’s plenty to do but sometimes doing nothing except looking up into the dark night sky to see how many stars you can see is the best and those stars always to start you to wonder, are the stars just a portal to another world?
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Strangely enough, the coincidence that this post is no 20 in The Friday Snap series and the first post for 2020 hasn’t made it any easier to post something thoughtful or insightful, considering that a considerable area of Australia is being ravaged by bush fires and crippling drought.
Even though I am located in Western Australia, on the other side of the country, I have become glued to news broadcasts, almost hourly, learning of a new area that is under threat only making my concerns for not only family and friends but also the everyday Australians that are fighting the fires and those suffering grow significantly.
I have been around awhile and I have lived through previous bush fires however this is on another scale all together and the impact of these fires will be felt for a considerable period of time.
A test of resilience by all Australians will be if a large cyclone or a major flood in Australia’s far north hits and potentially causes loss of life and massive damage either at the same time or immediately after this is resolved to an acceptable level.
If you can, donate to the fire appeal. Link is here,here and here.
My thoughts are with all Australians affected by these fires and the drought.
A small town in Western Australia called Cocklebidy is remote, hot, dry, dusty and can be a lonely place if you break down. There is nowhere else to get fuel, food, spare parts or accommodation and serves everyone including bush pilots.
Much like the Grey Nomads, I was surprised to see the plane being refueled among the cars and caravans. He had drawn a crowd who stood around watching and photographing him go about his business. Once refueled, the pilot walked the small plane to the rear of the roadhouse, lined up on the dirt airstrip and took off. I half expected to see him again at the next remote roadhouse getting more fuel.
Asking at the counter if that’s a regular occurrence around here, he replied yeah it happens from time to time!
Clarification – A Grey Nomad is (normally) a couple who have retired and have purchased a vehicle and caravan to travel around Australia in their retirement.
I find it somewhat surprising and maybe even a little disturbing when I pull into a remote roadhouse here in Australia, people from all walks of life are desperately trying to get internet coverage with most only checking Facebook or Instagram and very few actually calling for assistance. I, on the other hand, enjoy not being connected to the world to be able to spend time with loved ones listening to music or having a discussion that is not distracted or interrupted by handheld devices hence there was no photo for last weeks The Friday Snap due to travelling in remote areas.
Ironically, this week, the Friday Snap is going to take a little detour with a photo challenge. Khürt from Island in the Net has started a 52-week smartphone challenge and it starts with a self-portrait whilst not showing your face. These two trouble makers are part of our lives keeping us entertained as they try to rule the roost and getting up to mischief.
The first submission was due last Sunday, so there is some catching up to do. The intent is to capture Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of Common and the 52-week smartphone challenge theme the rule of thirds in one post this Sunday. Nothing like a challenge!
If you would like to expand your photography skills either with a camera or a smartphone feel free to jump in. Photo challenges are a fantastic method to improve your photography skills and hone your mind’s eye.
Lastly, if you or someone you know who is or may be affected by either the massive bush fires or the extreme blistering heat here in Australia, please take a few minutes and check on them. Stay safe.
My wife and I have been traveling from the East to the West coast of Australia for the last 6 or so days and we have completed some miles. At the time of writing this its just shy of 3100 kilometres (close to 2000 miles) and we’ve still got a 1000 or so to go before we arrive in Perth.
There are a couple of signs in Australia which are iconic spots to grab a selfie and this is one of them. Letting you know that your one the eastern edge of the Nullabor Plains. Nullabor is an Aboriginal name meaning treeless plains and its 100% true. There’s not a tree in sight as far as the eye can see.
This photo has been stashed away deep in the gallery for some time. These phones were attached to the wall in the foyer of the hotel I stayed in whilst in Adelaide. I did really want to pick the phone up off the cradle to see if it worked but thought better of it as the concierge was watching me.
The photo was processed using Snapseed and I wanted to try and give the photo a look and feel of film because these phones were in everyone’s homes and offices when film was around.
Until next time, I hope everyone has a great weekend