For the last four years, pretty much since my first son was born, we’ve visited Cleland Wildlife Park every Saturday morning.
Whilst it’s been for the benefit our boys to (1) tire them out for a good night’s sleep that night so my wife and I can have a peaceful evening, plus (2) to show them Australian wildlife up front and personal. Oh, there’s fences for the Tasmanian Devil, the Dingos, and the DropBears (Koalas), but the Ducks, Potoroos, Wallabies and Kangaroos can be patted easily. Just beware the Emu!
I’ve taken my camera along nearly every time to catch the more ferocious animals in action or asleep.
Unfortunately tomorrow will be our last visit for quite some time. (My regular flat-white coffee will be gotten at Chocol’Art in Kingscote from hereon.)
At least I will have these memories to show our kids how much fun we had together…
… and that we go again later this year! If not, we will be going to the many National Parks on Kangaroo Island as time permits. Watch out for more videos of me and my boys with wild animals around Australia!
You’ve read my last article and seen ny photos at the ‘Cottage? Cool! Now you can watch my video.
Can’t lie: My video skills need upgrading – I seriously need to use my tripod more often, and I need an external micro-microphone!
On Monday afternoon (30.Jan.2017) I decided to take my Canon EOSM with 22mm Lens with me on one of my daily exercise walks.
Originally I had intended to walk into Kingscote to get a coffee at Chocol’Art, but somehow I chose to go in the opposite direction: I went up the hill – and discovered the Hope Cottage Museum!
I had been told about the ‘Museum before, and you’d think that after visiting KI so many times over the last 20 years I would have visited already, but I had not yet.
So I readily paid my coffee-money (seriously, it costs so little) to step backwards in time to the yesteryear’s of Kangaroo Island.
Hope Cottage, built in 1859, is the restored home of Charles and Michael Calnan. The brothers, aided by a ship’s carpenter, built three small cottages from local stone. They were named Faith, Hope, and Charity. Unfortunately Faith has long since gone, but the National Trust have restored maintained Hope Cottage with the surrounding museum, along with the recreated Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Charity Cottage, now a private residence, remains alongside.
Hope Cottage Museum is run by a team of volunteers. A dedicated group of people give of their time in various ways to maintain this fine museum. There is a group that cleans and maintains the indoor exhibits, and another group that cares for the outdoor and machinery exhibits.
More information on their website.
I am so glad I had my camera with me. Peruse my photography below:
I had a chat with a few volunteers at the Museum, and now am very glad for doing so. Seems they recognised my video from a few nights ago:
I am so going to love living on Kangaroo Island!
This time last year we made a BIG decision: To move our family to Kangaroo Island.
Explaining the benefits to each of our families actually didn’t take a lot, but there are a few who have not yet been there.
Yesterday morning I videoed some of my morning walk. Because of the tranquillity of Kingscote, it required very little editing before upload!
The resulting vlog shows one of the BEST reasons for our family relocation:
My morning walks will now be regular, particularly since I don’t have a 24/7 gym available. I had hoped for daily vlogs, but, well, kids.
Today I discovered that somehow I created a Twitter moment back in December 2016. But I like how it’s turned out.
My wife will be happy.
About a month ago I updated a few posts from my archives. Here is the next lot of posts from my archives, also updated. I couldn’t stop myself.
1. Can I Convert an Image from RGB to CMYK? ~ First posted on January 16, 2010
2. Laughter is the Only Answer ~ First posted on April 03, 2004
3. Optimise your Chances of Being Seen Online ~ First posted on Aug 1, 2006
4. Connection with Like-Minded Creators is Important ~ First posted on October 13, 2006 as ‘Written not Spoken’. Some titles just don’t make sense.
5. Sixteen Signs of Resignation ~ First posted on October 15, 2006
6. How a Canon 50D can Improve your Life ~ First posted on Aug 31, 2010. Originally titled ‘How a Canon 50D can Improve your Photography’, but I wanted to have a laugh.
7. The Pursuit of Happiness ~ First posted on October 22, 2006
I have managed to get this completed whilst big changes are happening in our family life – but I will tell you more about that in early February 2017.
There’s no denying it, I get bored and fidgety if I am not thinking, designing, writing, and creating just about anything art-related. I refuse negativity so I am always looking for a new ways to stay positive whilst being a great parent.
Many people would know me as a photographer, but I lost my ‘photomojo’ in early 2016.
Thankfully, around the same time, I was introduced to Casey Neistat and a bunch of vloggers doing their thing. After a dozen videos watched, particularly those showing the camera-gear most vloggers utilise, I decided it could make me happy!
So I created vlogs all year long (in 2016) as time permitted. Many have not made it to Youtube, those with family in them – yet I have a few still in composition that will be online in February/March 2017.
Late in 2016 I started my new project = The 365 Challenge: Producing 1 vlog per day all year long!
Well, I won’t make one every day, but I will try. They will be created on mostly on my Canon EOS-M because I have a compact tripod for it.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Check out the final edit of video ONE in the 365 Challenge.
In about three weeks I will be creating video TWO – from our new home on Kangaroo Island!
Aha, better days are coming because I am not lazy and like to dream big and work hard .
How about you? Are you a cool dad , is your bucket list filled with great projects? If not, get on your bike!