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The Great Ocean Road

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I spent the weekend at my girlfriend's holiday house in Anglesea and while we mostly had a relaxed weekend by the fire, we got out to Erskine Falls in Lorne and saw the lighthouse at Airys Inlet (the one from Round The Twist!).


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A few photos of the beautiful, big oak trees from which I collect the acorns to make my acorn earrings.


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Autumn again, and that means time for splashing through mud for mushrooms!

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Smokey Sunrise

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Location: Olinda Creek Road,Silvan

In Australia, our fire brigade and parks services burn sections of forest in order to help reduce the severity of bushfires (I know: setting a forest on fire to stop a forest catching fire makes sense). Just the other day they burned a section near where I live in the Dandenong Ranges and when they put signs up saying the burn was over, I decided to go and have a look.

The morning after the fires I got up before sunrise and made my way out into the forest. I walked, and ran from excitement, through the still-smouldering ashes and past trees quietly crackling. When the sun came out it streamed through the trees and the smoke, making for the most beautiful light show I’ve ever seen in a forest.

I can’t wait to go back and photograph this location again as it starts to regenerate and splashes of green spatter the black landscape.

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New Year, New Tree

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My first photo day for 2017! I ended up walking around a lot and only taking a few photos but it was great fun to get back to chasing fog.

Locations: Doughty's Road, Olinda | Stonyford Road, Silvan

Foggy Forest

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I can never resist going out on foggy days.
This morning I thwarted the urge to sleep in and went up to the RJ Hamer Arboretum to take some photos and ended up climbing some trees to shoot over a fence (photos 2 and 3).

Locations: RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda (Silvan road) | Trig Track, Mt Dandenong | Mt Dandenong Arboretum, Mt Dandenong

Times: 9:00am-11:00am

Chasing Fog

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The fog started rolling over the mountain while I was at work and the bad weather had driven customers away, so I closed the shop a few minutes early and raced out to catch the fog.

Locations: National Rhododendron Gardens Carpark, Olinda | One Tree Hill Road, Ferny Creek | One Tree Hill Picnic Ground | Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke | Kallista

Silvan Road

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A few photos near sunset on Silvan Road as I was picking some of these beautiful Golden-tip flowers (Goodia Lotifolia)

Location: Silvan Road, Olinda
Time: 6:00-6:45pm

October Update

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Hi guys! Just thought I'd make a little post with snippets of what I've been up to and what to expect to see soon!

Sailors Falls, Victoria. I visited a few country towns this weekend for my birthday and spent way too much money at antique shops. I picked up a few awesome pieces which I'm going to incorporate into my market display and I'm thinking about changing the shop display to match in with this style. My two favourite purchases were this old letterpress drawer, which I love the look of my brass rings on, and this silver jewellery box for displaying my new range of silver & wood rings and bracelets. These will be available in store at Olinda Collective and online on the 12th which is just over a week away!

In addition to this new range, I'm branching out a little and carefully selecting a few items to sell alongside all of my handmade goods. These items will relate to the items I stock, such as some brass spray bottles for watering your succulents, and some will be handmade by others in Melbourne like the new range of cushions I've designed using macro photos of patinas on the recycled brass and copper I work with.

The online store is also getting a makeover and will include a whole bunch of the items I currently sell at markets and in store. I'm building a little product photography studio so I can photograph each item to put in the store so you see exactly what you're getting. Stay tuned!


Upcoming markets:
Belgrave Big Dreams: Sunday October 9th, 9-2
Emu Plains Market: Saturday October 15th, 9-2

Above: new Shou Sugi Ban cube planters | brass atomiser | recycled brass ring on a salvaged redgum ring holder | spalted liquidambar trinket dish

Below: sheoak and silver ring | heritage apple ring | wood log ring box & brass ring | oak and silver bracelet

Spring Flowers

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The first of my new weekly Monday adventures took me to the RJ Hamer Arboretum, which I visit regularly but it's a busy week so I couldn't travel too far. I decided to focus (pun intended) on closeups because the vast majority of my nature work is medium-to-long range. This was only decided upon arrival and so I didn't have my macro lens with me.

Locations: RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda | Olinda Creek Road, Olinda

First Day of Spring

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To welcome the first day of my favourite season and my favourite month, here's a collection of my favourite photos I took last spring.

Monbulk, September 2015

RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda, September 2015

RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda, September 2015

RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda, September 2015

RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda, October 2015

Silvan, October 2015

Silvan, October 2015

Olinda, November 2015

Killara Estate Winery, Seville, November 2015

Phillip Island, November 2015

Silvan, November 2015

Geelong, November 2015

Geelong, November 2015

One Tree Hill

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I was out buying frames for photos when the fog started calling to me. This time I decided to check out some new places and wasn't disappointed.

Locations: Monbulk Road, Kallista/Belgrave | Greville Road, Ferny Creek | One Tree Hill

Burnt Forest

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A section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park was recently burnt for fuel reduction, which helps to reduce the severity of any bushfires in the area. As I made my way back home from Olinda today, I saw the fog rolling through this section of the forest and jumped out of the car to start snapping. The charred trunks contrast beautifully with the fog and the pinkish-brown leaves give the place a magical look.

Location: Silvan Road, Olinda
Time: 5:20pm


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Another outing for breakfast with my mum, sister and nephew. This time our outing included a short walk through Monbulk and there was still a bit of morning fog hanging around.

Location: Frank Irvine Reserve, Monbulk
Time: 11:00AM

Foggy Morning In Olinda

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I was meeting my mum, sister and nephew for breakfast in Mt Dandenong and as I drove up I started noticing the fog rolling in. I took a detour down Hacketts Road and then stopped by the RJ Hamer Arboretum.

Locations: Hacketts Road / Greenthorpe Road, Olinda | Chalet Road / RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda
Time: 9:30AM

Mushroom Season

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I finally had a chance to get out into the forest again and take some time to rejuvenate and with all this wet weather we've been having, the forest floor was almost blanketed in mushrooms! My knowledge on fungi is as limited as Tony Abbott's brain but I love searching for them and spotting the different types. In the hour-and-a-half or so I was out there, I must have seen well over 100 different species.

Location: Olinda Creek Road, Olinda
Time: 2:30-3:30pm

Pirianda Gardens

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A very early morning walk around Pirianda Gardens with fog blanketing the landscape.

Location: Pirianda Gardens, Olinda
Time: 6:30am

Adventures with Alice

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My friend Alice and I had a bit of an adventure day, visiting the William Ricketts Sanctuary, Alowyn Gardens, the east Warburton Redwood Forest and Mount Donna Buang.

RJ Hamer Arboretum

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Forever chasing fog...

Location: RJ Hamer Aboretum, Olinda
Time: 4:30-5:30pm

Silvan Forest

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A foggy day in the forest in Silvan and looking over the reservoir.

Location: Pipeline Track, Silvan / Silvan Reservoir
Time: 9-10am

Bird Watching

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My friend and I went on an early morning bird-watching expedition for her university assignment and I was treated with some fog and the beautiful sunlight bursting through it! Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of birds on this morning.

Location: Barlett Rd / Georges Rd, Olinda
Time: 7-8am

South Gippsland

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I took an overnight trip down to Venus Bay and visited Wilsons Promontory.

Locations: Venus Bay / Wilsons Promontory / Eagles Nest, Inverloch / Tooradin