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
In my neighborhood, a number of large properties have been sold to housing developers. With the over grown grass and junk mail in the letterboxes, the houses which were once homes sit silently to await their fate of meeting the bulldozer in silence. All of them look quite sad like their souls have been torn out!
It’s been a few weeks since the last Friday Snap was published and it’s all down to life that has started to be become busier and busier in the lead up to the Christmas period. Yes, that’s right Christmas is not far away and just think that there is less than 90 days left in this decade!
On to The Friday Snap, this fine gentleman was walking through Cardiff CBD and I stopped him and asked to take his photo. He was on his way pretty quick so I’ll never know why he was dressed as he was.
Until next time, Happy Friday and have a good weekend.
Recently this blog hit triple figures for subscribers, yep we hit the big 100 and I would like to acknowledge everyone who follows this blog, new and old. Massive Thank You. I know 100 doesn’t sound like a lot but it certainly is to me and I really appreciate that people take the time to read what I write and look at the photos that I’m constantly making and sharing. Thank you.
It was not surprising to find a statue of a dragon within the walls of Cardiff Castle especially with the hype surrounding the TV series, Game of Thrones coming to an end. Everyone was drawn to the dragon to capture a photo.
As this photo was being processed through Snapseed I decided that the people in the right of the frame needed to be cloned out which I think has reduced the number of distractions away from the Dragon. Its not perfect but it works.
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This week sees The Friday Snap go into double figures and there maybe some conjecture that this week’s submission was captured using a smartphone. Let me assure you that it was and it’s all in the crop.
Cropping the image to isolate the subject reduces the number of distractions and focuses the viewer in on the subject.