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I was riding shot-camera on the trip back home over the past couple of days. Here are some of the snaps from the camera on the return trip from Orange via the Upper Hunter Valley and the Liverpool Plains before heading up the New England Highway from Willow Tree onwards. We were moving in and out of drought affected areas on the way.

Some of the known locations in this series are Merriwa (the corrugated iron mural section) Burrendong Dam (currently at 18% capacity) and Willow Tree railway crossing. They are not in linear order. As these road trips remind me of holiday trips from many years ago, I’ve applied some vintage treatment to them all.

DSC04143 DSC04149 DSC04165 DSC04148 grazing sheep - Vintage Red DSC04177 DSC04191 dam levels low

I’ve been timing my coast walks close to high tide so it was after 2pm that I made today’s trek. The only shore birds evident were the usual suspects, these Black-winged Stilts. They were mostly intent on holding the same pose. As I was leaving, I caught sight of a Greater Egret wading around the mangroves.

b&w stilts - OP - 1 Sept 2014

I watched him catch two fish and then took a few unspectacular photographs from my vantage point.

greater egret - OP 1 Sep 2014Once done fishing, the bird took off in a hurry. Any shot of his departure was going to be miraculous. You’ll notice that the camera (and the photographer) did manage to get the mangroves in focus.

Egret takes flight - FX Pacific 20

I arrived at the Point an hour later than yesterday’s trek which meant that the incoming tide was closer to the shore. Today’s shots have very little or no effects work done on them with the exception of the stilts in flight photo which has a touch of Vintage using FX Photo Studio Pro.

You might notice a ring in towards the end. I was lying in a prone position so as not to disturb the shore birds. Suddenly he was half a metre away from my face. He was totally unfazed and not about to let a strange human on the grass disturb his food hunt.

Oyster Point 3 - 28 Aug 2014 - no effectsOyster Point 1 - 27 Aug 2014 - tilt shift

Oyster Point 8 - 27 Aug 2014 - no effectsOyster Point 9 - 27 Aug 2014 - tilt shiftOyster Point 4 - 27 Aug 2014 - no effectsOyster Point 010 - 27 Aug 2014 - Low Vintage FXOyster Point 7 - 27 Aug 2014


I didn’t come across a single human on this walk in the rain. The magpies in the park were enjoying a feast of insects underneath the damp grass. The butcher bird was flitting around the plants on the edge of the mangroves. At the beginning of the walking path, the male brush turkey was working on his mound.

The presence of these birds made up for the lack of shore birds and the fact that I missed a shot of a magnificent sea eagle looking for fish scraps on a low tide.

wet magpie - Saturday Butcher Bird

Brush turkey on mound

I’m fortunate enough to live within a few minutes walk of a number of stands of Melaleuca Quinquenervia (for the botanically minded). Otherwise known as tea trees or paperbarks, they never cease to capture me with the shapes of their shedding.

The mangrove landscape in its native Australia is the perfect environment for them. Interestingly, they are considered a noxious weed in six of the United States after being introduced into Florida early in the twentieth century.

These photographs were taken on different mornings. I’ve used FX Photo Studio PRO to crop and posterize them.

Melaleuca morning - posterizedposterised paperbarksposterized paperbarks

It was an occasion of sadness and the celebration of a life that brought us to Newcastle this past weekend. We took to our feet around the harbour and into the city centre in search of a light late lunch. In no particular order …….

Grain silos - Newcastle Harbour

Afternoon sun on grain silos – Newcastle Harbour


Honeysuckle Precinct Sunday afternoon

Honeysuckle Precinct – Newcastle

James Squire

The Squire’s Maiden – Honeysuckle


Great Northern - 10 Aug 2014

Great Northern Hotel – Section

Old Victoria Theatre - Newcastle - FX Ancient Canvas

Old Victoria Theatre – closed as a theatre in 1966

Stage Door

Laundry powder advertising - Vintage FX

Remnants of advertising – laundry detergent

Trades Hall Newcastle - Grunge then FX Aged

The old Trades Hall – c 1890s

Technical College Grunge 04 then FX Aged

The old Technical College – 1894

Oyster BarOyster selection - FX Warm

A stunning winter morning was all that was required to encourage a walk to the Point. I checked the tide levels and grabbed the camera bag knowing that the shore birds would be feeding. The walk was so worth the muddy boots. As a bonus, two sulphur crested cockatoo flew over the park. One of them chose to pose.

Stilts 2 - 7 August 2014 - Oyster PointStilts 3 - 7 August 2014 - Oyster PointStilts - 7 August 2014 - Oyster PointSulphur crested cockatoo - 7 August 2014 - Oyster Point