Friday, April 4, 2014


Elder House

Mecca for chocaholics


Footpath under Torrens Bridge

Multi-story car-park at night

A cycle race around the streets of Adelaide

Impressionist study of a race

There are some cool videos put out by SA Tourism
'Be Consumed', soundtrack by Nick Cave
Kangaroo Island
Adelaide: Breathe!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cliffs, birds, etc

Cliffs east of Cape Borda, on the NW corner of Kangaroo Island

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


We visited the Kelly Hill caves.

Stella stood on an ants nest,
UP went the mites!
Lots of bites!
DOWN came the tights!
What a sight!

There is a tradition of using rude mnemonics to remember medical lists.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


There is a tourist attraction called 'Raptor Domain'. It is pretty well done, and gave us a chance to get near to birds that are hard to see close-up in the wild.

George with kestrel


Kestrel in flight

Tawny frogmouth


Eastern barn owl

 Sooty owl trying to hypnotise me

 Blue-winged kookaburra

Wedge-tailed eagle

Sea lions

The south coast of Kangaroo Island hosts colonies of both NZ fur seals, and Australian sea lions (which are a species of seal).

Here are some of the sea lions.

Cute pup

 Resting in the dunes

 Lets have a snooze on the beach, dear

 Which of these lazy cows is my Mum?

 Surfing in a barrel

 Yee ha!

Surfie dudes

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kangaroo Island

We crossed on the car ferry and found our lovely little shack in Vivonne Bay, on the south coast.


Vivonne Bay jetty

Vivonne Bay

Lets go for a morning walk on the beach

Vivonne Bay beach

George admiring the view



Red Wattlebird

Remarkable Rocks

Remarkable Rocks

Windswept scrub

Vivonne Bay at sunset. I am pushing the HDR here, so it is a bit hyper-realistic. This photo involved a tripod, with the camera set to delay 2 seconds and then fire 7 shots at different exposures at half second intervals. The exposures go from -3 stops to +3. (Ie -3, -2, -1, normal, +1, +2, +3). Then the LR Enfuse Lightroom plugin software aligns the seven photos, and blends them, so the dark under-exposed areas are lifted, and the bright over-exposed areas are darkened. Its a technique that doesn't work well in wind, or when people are moving, because the images don't line up properly.

Here is a tutorial on how to do it.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

McLaren Vale

Part of the plan with leaving Nimrod in the north over the cyclone season was to keep our options open in the event of cyclonic or wet conditions. So with wet weather looming, rather than go sailing, we decided to fly to South Australia and rent a car and explore some vineyards and stay in a cottage on Kangaroo Island.

Adam Hooper is a small radical winemaker we found living in a tin shed, producing the most exquisite chardonnay. If Penfolds is the Beethoven of winemaking, he is the punk rocker. Check out La Curio 'Suffragette' 2012 Chardonnay. 

Here are some photos from the area around McLaren Vale. Some are experiments with HDR (High dynamic range). I am using a Lightroom plugin called LR Enfuse.

McLaren Vale

Port Willunga 

 Willunga (HDR)

 Willunga (HDR)

 Bridge to Granite Island, near Victor Harbor

 Granite Island

 Granite Island (HDR)

 Granite Island

 Port Willunga jetty