2018 Dandenong Ranges Calendar now available

The stock is here and ready for sale – all that’s missing is your order!  Retailing for $19.95 plus postage – can be sent overseas too.  Click on the image to place your order.

2018 Calendar orders open

I can’t believe that 2017 has just over 3 months to go! Where has that time gone? It kind of crept up on me but I now have my act together and the 2018 calendar is at the printers right at this very moment. Each image is on an A4 landscape page with a boxed calendar month under it – so A3 to an opening. It depicts images from around the Dandenong Ranges and would be a great gift for loved ones who don’t live in the area but also equally for those who are lucky enough to live here. Special dates have been included, such as the Puffing Billy Race and the Tulip Festival, amongst others. The calendar will retail for $19.95AUD plus postage once it’s available for sending out, but I do have open a pre-order offer of $16.95AUD which includes local postage. Overseas postage will be a bit more. Why not place an order today?

Amazing discovery – 4 winged duck!

I made an amazing discovery yesterday! Who would have guessed I’d make such a discovery and get a shot of it too? It’s true! I was at Birdsland Reserve yesterday morning, one of my favourite haunts for bird life and landscape views and I saw some ducks take off from the second lake. I’ve been trying to get some good BIF (bird in flight) shots of ducks for some time so this was the day! I had my camera and 500mm lens poised to take shots and panned as they flew up into the air and passed me. It wasn’t till I got home that I made my discovery of the 4-winged duck. See for yourself!

Excitement set in. I’d not seen or heard of one before and wondered if others had? I showed it to my husband (who also works at home) and we marvelled over this new discovery.  I began wondering who I should contact, how I should expose this exciting image?  I shared it on some Facebook groups I belong to and uploaded to my Flickr account. I shared it on my Instagram account for others to see. 

Of course, when I looked at the other images I took, just a couple of clicks later the truth came out below. Two Australian Black Pacific Ducks that were flying in unison as they left the lake and flew past me towards the other lake beyond. Photography – it’s all about timing and position. 

Sigh, my excitement of my new discovery was short-lived and here was the explanation after all.  Makes for a good story, though, doesn’t it? 😉

New Year, new things

Been awhile since I’ve written a post here but that’s because I’ve been busy elsewhere. I’m slowly building a following at Instagram and also have another website dedicated to garden photography. Growing the stock library there does take some time to do but it’s getting there. And I also have an Instagram account for that one too. 

I entered the Australian Photographer of the Year in 2016 and while I didn’t win a prize, I did receive a ‘commended’ for my portfolio in the nature category, and since there were over 8,000 images and 2,000 portfolios entered, it means I did quite well. I just found out this week and am thrilled with the news – I will be entering again later this year in the hope of improving on that. Below is one of the images from that portfolio of a cheeky kookaburra who stole our big goldfish from our pond last year. We were not impressed but I couldn’t let the photo op go past, now could I? My camera was already in my hand.

Locally, where I live, a new camera club started in the latter half of 2016 and we were meeting monthly in Emerald but this year will be meeting fortnightly. Our first meeting is this Thursday at the U3A building near the oval if you’re interested in photography and would like to join in. You can find out details about the club here.

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Visiting the park

Love visiting Birdsland Reserve (formerly Birds Paddock) and my husband and I went for an afternoon walk this week. I usually do early morning walks but it’s nice to do so at a different time of the day sometimes.

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