Here are some of the many photographs I had a chance to shoot:
Originally only my wife, kids and older son’s best friend and his mum were going to visit Cape Borda lighthouse without me.
But at the last moment my work agreed they didn’t need me today.
So I grabbed my Canon 70D and Tamron 18-400mm, a loose shirt and wide brimmed hat to join them.
Cape Borda is about 60mins from Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. I have never been there before, so I didn’t know what to expect.
The six of us staggered down smoothed volcanic rock to a lookout, then back again.
Then we went on an organised tour of the history-buildings, then clambered up into the lighthouse with twenty other people.
Amanda the Ranger was clearly good at her job, plus a little stir-crazy from the endless amount of 5yo boys who told her where they’d visited.
Then we drove home.
Photographs shot with my canon 7D will be added to this post ASAP. The photo attached was taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note IV, and is the BBQ pergola for visiting tourists to huddle in during heavy rain and strong winds.
Watch to the end to see the difference between 18mm and 400mm when I photograph the yellow sign stuck on the rocks through to the next beach!
This is just one part of a vlog I have had in creation for a few months now. It’s at least a month from completion.
What are the Benefits of Living on Kangaroo Island?
At the beginning of my December 17th 2017 radio show on 5KIxFM9.07 in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island I asked on our Facebook page – “Hit the THUMBS UP on this message if you are listener!”
According to the Facebook statistics apparently a lot of people saw my advert – but rarely does anyone admit to listening. Sad, yet true. Either I don’t have enough listeners – or I have too many lurkers who really don’t like hitting the THUMBS UP button!
So that night, in an effort to see who might be listening – I asked on air “Give me the best reasons to live on Kangaroo Island.”
None of you had any suggestions. That was a tad unusual. Thankfully I had written a few of my own.
Thanks to Facebook, most of the island is connected thanks to the multitude of available activities that exist as Facebook groups. Plenty of them also have real-world groups enabling like-minded people to actually connect.
Additionally, making new friends is easier in a small town because of family connections, friendly shop staff and generally nice people.
B. FLAT ROADS
Getting anywhere by feet or bike is easy when there are few hills to slow me down. I am able to walk to both my voluntary and paid employment, making life incredibly easy!
There is so much to see and shoot here on Kangaroo Island. As outlined earlier, there are so many amazing off-the-track, coastal and hillside locations, loaded with many types of animals to capture close-up – echidna, goanna, dolphin, seal, whale, blue-wren and much more.
The weather is near perfect in spring/summer with the occasional down-pour – but the skies are mostly blue, the sun is bright, and the beaches are perfect.
Around Christmas the weather is very tropical, but skin is still easily burned in the summer heat – Remember to slip-slop-slap!
Particularly EMU BAY BEACH. This is a beach you can drive your car down onto, then go for about 2 miles without seeing a single other person. You can park a car perpendicular to the shore, and dive into that refreshing water on a summer’s day and enjoy shallow water for about 200feet out.
Nice. Lie back on your blow-up, pull your wicker-hat over your eyes and think about all those poor sods in their office cubicle back in Adelaide. Bahahaha! I don’t miss it.
F. WALKING DISTANCE.
Every food-outlet, take-away and grocery is within walking distance from my home. From chocolate to coffee, groceries to pizza, souvenirs to lottery tickets, it’s really not that far to walk.
OK, not everyone WANTS to walk that far, but you can. Seriously. I can walk from the life of Kingscote to the cemetery in about 30 minutes. There is a slight hill, but it’s worth it for the view halfway up.
You’d think I’d say otherwise considering I lived in Adelaide only 12 months ago, yet Kangaroo Island’s remoteness and quietness are its BIGGEST asset.
Being alone with your thoughts is good for the spirit. Finding strength in the wind, sun, ocean, earth and love of your surroundings is empowering. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but I have found myself in this environment as I have had time to focus on what I want to achieve without too much interruption. And I say that as the father of two young boys!
That’s enough reasons.
As said, this is just one small part of the video I am creating. The rest will wait until I don’t have kids around. Soon both boys will be in educational locations during the day – thus giving me space, time and quietness. Aha, I so look forward to that.
Until then, here are some of my previous vlogs. Remember to hit that SUBSCRIBE button, then the NOTIFICATIONS bell, and maybe LIKE a few videos!
Did you get a new smartphone for Xmas? Lucky you! So what are you going to do with your previous phone? There are great options – sell it, give to kids, recycle for parts, donate to charity.
I have the best way to recycle your old smartphone, particularly if there’s not much wrong with it!
As a radio DJ, I find it useful to have music readily accessible at any given time – so this is the ideal solution!
Use it to play music!
Repurpose your smartphone into a dedicated portable media player. Whether you’re listening through headphones or the stereo, your old phone makes the perfect device for car karoke, coffe-shop runs, or singing in the gym shower. (I have never done that laat option!)
Clear all other apps and files to ensure you have sufficient storage. That way you can fit U2’s entire collection without having to delete your other favourites.
When you want to download the newest tracks, all you need is Wi-Fi, your prefered media player and voilà – turn up the volume and let the music take over.
For me it will be my extensive music collection. With my USB charger cable, it will be easy to make them available to my audience listening to my radio show every Sunday night, 7pm-10pm (til midnight on NYE 2017!) on 5KIxFM community radio Kangaroo Island!
The SAAS MedSTAR helicopter flew to Kangaroo Island on Saturday 19th August 2017 for a pickup.
As my son and I stood at the Kingscote memorial at the top of Reeves Point,we heard it before we could see it traveling across the ocean. It flew overhead, slightly scaring my son but he soon realised how lucky he was about to be!
We watched the medical evacuation helicopter travel over the trees, then landed at the Kingscote helipad. As my son and I approached by foot (staying well back from the fence-line), we watched as the propellers came to a halt and the crew disembarked.
I was informed they were there for a pickup. I took the opportunity to catch a few amazing close-up shots, utlising my Canon 7D and new Tamron 18-400 f3.5 zoom. My 5yo son has crossed another thing off his bucket list!
Check out the top 5 of my 23 photographs:
Be sure to check out the entire series within my online photo gallery .
PS. The photos are available for print in newspapers or magazines.
If you have never seen the tidal pool, ask any of the locals in Kingscote to point you in the right direction. They are nice people, they will.
These five photographs were shot about 3 pm, the perfect time of the day to capture moments and things in ideal light, casting sufficient to show all the craggy lines of each buoy in high macro.
Peruse and purchase your favorite of my photographs below! Links are in each image back to the full version.
Plus an extra shot. This is a combination of rusted corrugated iron and a windmill on family property on Kangaroo Island: