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!).
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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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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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