Glenelg River, Harrow: backwater reflections 

The Wimmera has received decent rains recently, and locals have been talking about it being a ‘normal’ winter like ‘twenty-five years ago’. The Glenelg River has been ‘up’, causing much interest for local tourists.

Panasonic Lumix GX7, 20mm f1.7 with in-camera Dynamic Monochrome filter. Minor adjustments and border applied in Snapseed app. 

Seeing Things Differently: developing an appreciation for curated collections 

This week I have been ‘curating’ a small collection of my photos for a tiny, handmade book project. Initially, my brief was to use photos of tiny native plants, but as I worked through a selection I started to see a theme emerge of ‘looking down’. This changed how I was seeing my own work, and both narrowed and broadened my scope. 

I ended up with quite a different collection from what I first envisaged, which included many more subjects. It was an interesting process that took me back through photos I’ve taken in the past few years, and it really was good to look back.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone, adjustments made and border added in Snapseed app. 

Overlook and Overlooked: admiring an abandoned homestead 

Several times I have driven past this lovely, lonesome homestead, with its enviable pastoral views, promising to one day stop. When I finally did stop, it was only to gaze longingly up at it from the padlocked gate, wishing I could get permission for a closer look. 

Fujifilm X30 with in-camera B&W(Red) filter; adjustments and border applied in Snapseed app. 

Good Ole Boys: August morning tea run to Coleraine

18-8-16 Good Ole Boys club coffee run to Coleraine - collage

I am fortunate to be a member of the local car and bike club, the Good Ole Boys, based at Edenhope in the West Wimmera. Every month the members can join the morning tea run, organised by a couple of the gang, to visit various locations around the Wimmera and South East SA. This month I was able to go along on a brilliant, bright, late-winter day in my 1980 Chrysler Scorpion, and enjoyed coffee and cake at a local cafe before heading across the street to a vintage motorcycle shop where the owners have divided the space in halves, with one side showcasing the vintage motorcycles and associated tools, magazines, parts and more, while the other side features collectables.

SPIRALWISE FROM TOP LEFT: model 1955 Jawa; looking in from the front window; enticing display of old tools; the proprietor greeted the group with some enthusiastic tune-playing on the old organ; vintage magazines; Miss Polly and her trolley; solid old Singer sewing machine; two old blokes sharing a laugh; grinners are winners; photographing the photographer.

Fujifilm X30 with in-camera B&W(Red) filter; collage compiled in Picasa.