Day 23

So after our night touring Southbank, I woke up and realised I’d matched my t-shirt to the wallpaper.  Most people wouldn’t notice this, to me this prompted a photo shoot?

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This is what I look like in the fifteen minutes after waking.

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When I got home I found Jazz committing a pretty major crime.  Not only did she have a bone inside the house, she had it on a bed and – wait for it – was trying to bury it in the mattress!  The dogs hate the camera so I pointed it at her as some kind of punishment.  It didn’t work.

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I then noticed that the people across the lake still have their outdoor Christmas lights on.   It’s almost Australia Day!

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Yeah, I need a tripod.  I took this shot and was like, “OMG, accidental bokeh!”

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On closer inspection it was just accidental fail.

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January 25, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 22

I spent the night in Brisbane.  I pretty much just went to Borders and then had dinner at a pub type thing in Southbank, but it was good.  Books and steak, that’s really all it takes to make me happy.

Here is the front of the Treasury Casino.  It would have been way more interesting if Pat stood in between the giant balls as instructed,  but he didn’t want to be part of my vulgarity.

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 I remember when I was a little kid and they first built these trellises.  It’s cool now that the vines have grown over them, very funky!  I wanted to snap pics of the lagoon, as it was completely packed despite it being about 9.30pm.  But it was full of kids and you know how parents feel about people snapping their kids in speedos…

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Ch-ch-check out the ferris wheel!  I know that basically every city in the world is trying to do the London Eye thing, but whatever, it’s big and cool.  I was too chicken to go on it, so I basically ran laps around the thing taking photos from all different angles…  Totally normal, yes?

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Now the other side!

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Yeah, I’m pretty sure I looked like a massive hillbilly as I marvelled at the ferris wheel.

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I don’t want to be hating on my state’s capital, but Brisbane is sooooooo much prettier at night.  You can’t see all the beige.

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It was an obscenely hot and muggy night, but being by the river was so refreshing.  We kind of meandered through the parklands, taking in the scenery…

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I couldn’t help but feel like I was in that completely inaccurate and annoying Brisbane ad.  The one that shows Miranda Kerr swimming with dolphins in the Brisbane River…  I think the use of “Save Tonight” is the only redeeming quality of that ad.

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I’ve always wondered what happens when tourists show up and realise the Brisbane River contains neither Miranda Kerr nor dolphins.

January 25, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 14

Wow I’ve been late at uploading these. Oh well, better late than never. I haven’t missed a day of photos yet, I’m quite proud.

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I think this attempt at photographing the moon was much more successful than my last!

January 17, 2009. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 13

Pat and I took a trip to Uki so he could write a review on the Ecoasis for his paper.  Having driven through Uki and northern NSW before, I was not thrilled at the prospect.

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As I expected there was a lot of sugar cane.

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No, really, lots of sugar cane.  So much of it that I became excited when something slightly different, like railroad tracks became visible (that’s what the black object is).

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I occupied myself by testing the limits of my shutter speed, taking unfocussed and rather boring shots of the sugar cane as we shot down the highway at 110km/h.  Cows, excitement!  Perhaps I should have titled this, “Sugar Cane: A Study.”

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Just as dusk fell, we arrived at the Ecoasis.  We were staying in the Morning Mist Chalet.

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The resort is located in lush rainforest surrounds, with stunning views of Mt. Warning.

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Our two-storey chalet was simply stunning.

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Yes, we had this all to ourselves!

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The world’s comfiest couch.

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The kitchen!

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The kitchen was seriously well-stocked.

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Check out the brekky hamper:

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We headed downstairs and found the most amazing bathroom ever.

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In addition to boasting Dorf fixtures and an epic bath tub, it was stocked with MOR bath and body products (making for the bubbliest bubble bath I’ve ever had) and Aveda haircare.

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The bedroom reminded me of a castle.  The bed itself was so comfy and I had a really good sleep (exciting, I know).

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Instead of a mint on the pillow, we got a cute little watermelon soap.

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Perhaps the piece de resistance for me was the coccoon swing chair – I don’t know why but I’ve always been obsessed with them?

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It was a great way to enjoy the views of Mt. Warning.

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Fun with lens flare!

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I really wish we’d gotten to stay longer than a night.  The resort has a pool and nature walks and yeah… Much fun to be had.  Although I did feel amazingly refreshed after the short stay, it was as though I’d had a complete holiday.  It was great.

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January 16, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 10

So it got to 8.30pm and I realised I hadn’t taken a photo all day.  Dinner was ugly, the dogs were camera shy and no one in my family wanted to be photographed.  Did I mentioned it was 8.30pm?!  Well, it was a full moon, so naturally I thought I would photograph it.  Not to mention there was a pretty cloud cover.  But, being in a half-assed sort of mood, I just thought, “Cool, I’ll put it on landscape mode and all will be well.”  It wasn’t.  I tried night mode.  Also not good.  Of course, I didn’t realise this until I uploaded the photos later.  So long story short, laziness comes at a cost.  There is an excellent tutorial on moon photography here, but I was too lazy to follow it.  So I present you with the only salvagable shot of the night:

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Which really wasn’t that decent at all.  Le sigh.

January 12, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 2

Two words: MONSTER TRUCKS!!!  I’ve never been to any kind of car show or what have you, so this was a new experience for me.  And it was awesome!  I was fully prepared to get my bogan on, but was surprised to find that mostly families attended.  There were mohawks and rats’ tails aplenty, but it wasn’t too bad I have to say.  Aside from the numb bum it was a lot of fun (and that sort of rhymes…).  Highlights included a huge flat tyre on Batman, and watching another truck (Outback Thunda?) have its real axel snapped.  Good times!

The trucks all lined up in a row:

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The crowd (well, half of it):

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PS3 Pacific Rift:

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…Something or Other:

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Batman!!!!!!

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Outback Thunda:

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The jet truck (while it was getting geared up):

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All systems go!

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Pretty sunset (I can’t help myself):

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Fireworks:

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The dump and burn, turning some poor old Mitsubishi into molten lava:

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Tonight was really challenging!  While the fireworks and the dump and burn were easy thanks to my camera’s presets, capturing the trucks in motion was hugely difficult, particularly as the sun went down.  Focussing was a real challenge, as was getting the shutter speed sorted.  Plus I couldn’t work the light out, as the grass was lit was stadium lights but everywhere else was pitch black.  Oh well, practise makes perfect I guess…

January 3, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.