Hello August, here we are again in lockdown but the sun is shining and it's warm, so we are very lucky and of course we live in the most beautiful country so there is a lot to be thankful for. We now aren't allowed to leave our 5km zone so I am taking my camera out to really look for things to photograph, things I may have missed as I now take time to enjoy nature. One of the real joys over the last week has been finding the powerful owl! people have talked about this magnificent bird but I have searched his known hiding places but never found him until last week and he didn't disappoint. I used my 70-200mm lens to take this shot and he is actually holding onto a possum with his feet. 


Another trip I took was to Bondi beach, sadly it is outside my 5kms so as from this week with new rules I can't visit again but it was lovely to enjoy the swimmers and surfers who brave the cold water. 



In other news, the hellebores are out in my garden so I had fun photographing them. How are you? what have you been up to lately?





Lockdown

 Its lockdown here again in Sydney and not much is happening. It's hard to get motivated but I am continuing to do my photo a day which I have done now for so many years I have lost count! I am on day 293 of the latest 365 and thought I would show you some pictures I have taken in the last month. What projects are you working on at the moment?

Its winter here so the sun is low on the water.
It's too cold to swim even though the colours are so inviting. 
Winter calls for seville orange marmalade making
and vegetable soup with home made bread. 

On instagram

How are you feeling about the world of Instagram? I have decided that it is doing my head in, algorithms, who to follow, how fake it all is, how perfect etc etc, a daily dose of insecurities.  I want to go back to the old Instagram days when it was fun to follow people, to learn, and to be creative and be part of an online community.

To counteract these feelings I have started on another 365 project as over the years this is what I find keeps everything in perspective, the need to just go out and take pictures and post on Flickr but not care if 20 people like my photos or if no one does. I use Flickr because its nice and easy, you don't feel that anyone is judging you, it's a great storage solution and somewhere to look back on and see what your photos were of 5 years ago etc. The simple act of taking a walk with my camera, really noticing light and shadows and sitting for a while until somethings comes into view, this is what photography is to me, it has been overtaken lately by the need to whip out my iPhone for a quick shot that I can edit and put on Instagram in the hope that everyone likes it.

Enough ranting, do let me know your thoughts on it all, am I being too oversensitive? over thinking? I seem to have been taking a lot of shots of animals and birds in the last couple of weeks. I had the opportunity to go to Brisbane with my husband and whilst he worked, I played tourist and did a guided city tour and went to the local koala and bird park and it was so lovely to take the time to enjoy everything I saw and then here where I live we are lucky to have water dragons and cormorants and I have never really taken the time to sit and watch them but from now on, its all about the slowing down and seeing what comes into view.












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