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My Favourite Uploads to Flickr in 2012

All throughout the year I have had merely a few opportunities for both casual and formal photography. Most of the family shots were asked to keep private, but I always take those opportunities to shoot abstract or organic shots at the locations we meet.

The formal shots that I enjoy showing you are from events or paid-work – but they have been few and far-between during this last year. This has been because of a few reasons, mostly self-inflicted.

The biggest and most important reason: We now have a baby-boy in the house. The monster is growing up big and strong. Thankfully he has not stolen too much of my photo opportunities  yet I will admit to not taking my camera everywhere I go – he needs so many bags for his nappies/toys/etc that my camera gets second-billing, therefore is not a high priority.

On the few occasions that my camera did come with us, I also managed to upload a few to flickr (and redbubble and fine-art-america!) for your viewing pleasure.

Here are the finalists for each month throughout 2012 that I like most. Hope you like my effort… Wait, you might see a few photographs that show the progressive-bump on my wife. Aha, the little boy in our life got a few discreet photos online!

JANUARY

Australian Flag WTC Adelaide - Handshakes after Doubles

WTC Adelaide - John McEnroe S

Lady Daly Stained Glass Window Street view of 'Executor Trustee & Agency Co'

FEBRUARY

#41 Cool in Blue Mini Jems #04

#43 I'm Crazier than Almost Everybody Here ABD #19

#42 Tied Ham Mini Jem #04

MARCH

Bun in the Oven ADL Clipsal500 IMG_003

Chesser Street ADL Clipsal500 IMG_020

Motorcycle in Flight ADL Clipsal500 IMG_028

APRIL

Chrome Bath Fittings Mt Lofty Photo Day #

Coopers Bottle and Caps Mt Lofty Photo Day #

Cleaning the CatRun # Through the Carwash #3

MAY

Completed Bathroom 02

Cooking with my Pregnant Wife Laughing Horse

Completed Ensuite

JUNE

Bee Drinking {3} Set Fire to the Rain

Table with Sanded Top So Small, So Cute

Rabbit and Teddy Bears Dummy-Mode

JULY

Massivve Monochrome, South Road Superway Abandoned Pirate Ship

Chai Latte Impossible to Fly when Surrounded by Turkeys

Izzy Motorised Dinghy

AUGUST

Hilton Lights in Foyer Hilton Toilets

Inside the Monastery Church 1 Inside the Monastery Church 3

Inside the Monastery Church 4 High Tea in the Hilton Adelaide

SEPTEMBER

Bug Committee Pelican Begging

South Road Superway #3 Pink Unknown

Mischief the Ferret Result: Mixed-Berries, Pancakes and Ice-Cream

OCTOBER

Rope + Steel = Abstraction Bee on Pink Flower 1

Dinner at Primos Local Fruit Produce

Wine Lines

NOVEMBER

New to SA, New to #SocADL #SocADL Prakky

_MG_3297 Bloody Foot

_MG_3546 Red Christmas Ball

DECEMBER

Through the Vines Shadows of Vines

Steel Hook in Detail Huge Kangaroo Paws!

Christmas Dog Christmas Tree Star

Whew, so many, yet is a great reminder of how awesome my year was! Yes, the year is not over yet!. According to my computer clock there is still another 5 1/2 hours left of the year! If we shoot any more photographs, I’ll post them in another article.

Here’s looking forward to another great year in 2013.
See you all there. Enjoy your NYE, share a few bottles, have fun with your kids and family!

Toys my Son Wants for Christmas!

All I want for Christmas for my six-month-old son are the following items:

Traffic Play Rug

This would be perfect for every other small toy in my son’s small yet amazing collection. His few small cars and the pack of 20 green soldiers would be right at home parked around it.

This rug with roads and city-planning would give me reason to buy my little boy trucks, tractors, more cars, particularly Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s, to have driving around this magnificent landscape.

Mini Mini

Dual Super Slide ™

This would be the coolest toy that any child should/could want! The only downside is that we don’t have the space to put this in our backyard, so it would have to go in the front yard. It might make us a fortune out of the neighbours children.

Trampoline Tent

How awesome is this? If we’d had one of these when I was a kid, I’m sure I’d have tried to sleep on it every night. With four windows, two doors and a bouncy floor, this one toy would have got more kids convinced to be an Astronaut when they grew up!

Kombi Tent

When I was a boy Kombi Van’s were the most righteous car on the market. A van was the best way to do a photo trip around Australia or simply to drive in the city, running on the smell of an oily rag (read: with very little petrol in the tank). So to have it as a tent to plant in the backyard would be totally cool.

Red Cars Go Faster

Zoo Keeper rack

My boy already has filled the top bunk of his bed with stuffed toys – pandas, horses, kangaroos, rabbits, bears, dogs, crocodiles, cows, and many more zoo and farm animals.

So to have a rack that looks like an animal-crate up-ended is perfect. It would mean he could still see them all, pull them out, then chuck them all back in at the end of the day! Perfect, my house will remain tidy… who I am kidding?

Building Blocks

Just like me, little Jai loves grabbing things, stacking them, then knocking them down. So he might as well build famous architecture in the process. These building blocks are the answer.

Maybe I can find them in other constructions … the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, the Sydney Opera house? Dad, would you build these for your grand-son? ;)

That’s all I could find tonight. Here’s hoping someone in our family will see, read and buy these toys. Hint hint! I am so glad we had a little boy. I won’t deny that he enabling to relive my childhood, but through his eyes.

Horse Photography

After borrowing a trailer to pick up additional baby-furniture from Baby Bunting last weekend, I stopped to take photographs of the horses owned by family up in the Adelaide Hills.  After a long day with their young riders, here they enjoy a drink and a laugh whilst  having their saddles removed.

Horse Drinking

Two Horses Drinking Through the Looking Glass

PS. The wife is now VIP member at BabyBunting – and our child is going to love its room for the next 15 years!

Black Cat Looking for New Home

We have come to this decision, and it wasn’t easy:
We are giving-away Mischief (aka “Mr Handsome” or “Panther Boy”) to a cat-loving household who can afford the time and space to enjoy his amiable disposition.

Would you like to have a beautiful black cat live with you?

With our first-born due for arrival in late May, our cats will no longer be the centre of attention. So we’ve decided Mischief is the one to get the attention he needs.

He is approximately 14-years-old, is microchipped and desexed (with papers), likes kangaroo meat for dinner, loves a nice blanket to sleep upon, and is an indoor cat as our council objects to cats roaming the bushland and neighbourhood.

Should you be interested in taking on this beautiful big black cat into your home, message me via Twitter or Facebook to discuss further.

Check out the few photographs I have shot of him over the last few years:

Note: If Mischief doesn’t get a new home before the end of April 2012, we may choose to have him euthanised. I would rather not do that. As said, my wife is going to have a baby and I don’t want her going through any undue stress.

Offer only available to residents living in Adelaide (South Australia), and have a quiet home where Mischief can relax all day.

Hand Rearing a Magpie

This baby magpie was found at the foot of a tree on family property in the Adelaide Hills. It’s presumed it fell out of the family nest.

It will be hand-reared until it can fly back to its family. Whilst some might think the natural cycle of animals would have culled this fallen magpie, the mother of the three daughters who live on the property was compelled to pick it up and take it home.

The magpie now rules the roost! Check out the handful of photographs I shot earlier today:

Screw in Beak Talons on a Mapgie

Chew Toy Talon on a Mapgie

Magpie in Hand Wingspan of a Magpie

Beak of a Magpie

I hope to take more photos over the next few months!

PostScript
To all those spam-bots who followed my last post, well, there’s not much I can say. The article was about graphics, particularly credit cards for shopping web sites, not your products.
To my friends who were dismayed by the article: Take another read. Not everything should be taken so seriously. Please.

Cats, Books and More!

Every few days I shoot an amazing photograph of our three remaining pet cats. With Trouble no longer one of the family, I now shoot cute photographs whenever I can.

Here is ‘Fluff’ sitting in her new favorite cushion in the lounge window.

Fluff

Fluff looked down out the window to see a bird on the flowers in our front-yard, so I snapped a few more shots of her eyes…

Dark Eyed Cat

I don’t know what would make a cat smile, but I swear she is here. Maybe just the joy of living comfortably as a family pet is enough to make her smile.

Smiling Cat

Enough about cats:

I have a book of photographs now available on Blurb ! It is entitled Lines on the Horizon.

It depicts photographs from my 2010 Sala Gallery , all shot on Kangaroo Island. You’ll love it! Buy it today to enjoy the framed photographs I see in my office every day!