Thar She Blows! the windmill turns again


I’m guilty of rarely using my camera off auto (or automated settings – I use Program Auto and the Grainy Black & White Art Mode most), but I wanted to try to capture the motion of the spinning windmill. This was handheld, shot on shutter priority at f/22 1/40s.

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Men at Work: getting the windmill going

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I love, love, love watching people doing good with their hands – in the kitchen, at the craft table, in the garden, on the farm… When father and son went out to fix the windmill, I asked if there was room for me in the ute – there was (barely), and I made good use of my time snapping away as they worked. The dogs, Ginny & Twinkles (I think I’ll call them G&T for short!), came along for the ride, and kept me company while the men worked.

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My Favourite Dogs: Twinkles & Ginny


Twinkles & Ginny are my favourite farm dogs – Kelpies – who go everywhere together. Ginny is the slightly-more-sensible elder, and Twinkles is as silly as a wheel. I love the little game of “getting to know you – again” that we play every time I see them: they start out being all coy and standoffish, and usually end up vying with each other for a pat.

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Mary’s Little Lambs: a flock goes to school


Having heard the sound of a soft footfall on the floorboards of this old school building at Tooan, I tentatively peered through the window to find a small gathering of sheep inside. They were nervous but put up with my intrusion of their digs.

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