I'm a freelance photographer with experience in all types of photography. Including weddings, debutante balls and home portraits along with club presentations. In fact I will take on most commissions that come my way. Much of my work was located in different towns of Southeast Australia.
My afternoons were my own and that gave me a chance to visit places of interest that were in the area. Doing so also gave me a chance to add images to my stock library site.
The entries in this blog start way back in 1987 other excepts are from my 2002-2004 travel journals. Later additions include Tasmania and in April 2011 I made my first overseas trip to Malaysia.
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July 26th 2011
4th April 2011 It was close to midnight when we arrived at the long term parking, which is about 10 minutes away from Melbourne Airport. I drove the car undercover and parked next to the other cars whose owners had already travelled out of Melbourne. Unloaded the two suitcases and signed in. We were flying to Malaysia for 18 days and the first part of our journey was about to begin. Our luggage was put in the back of the mini van, probably the gentlest treatment it was going to get for the next twelve or so hours. We shared the mini van with another couple as we made our way along wet back roads to the airport. Arriving in time for a two-hour wait for our flight. Before that, we had to check in our ... read more
March 17th 2007
Day Fifteen of Fifteen: Another Long Day at Sea It wasn't a bad sunrise this morning, actually this was the first day we had actually witnessed one on this holiday. The car was soon packed and we waited until 7:30 before leaving for the ship. There were plenty of cars ahead of us when we arrived at the ferry terminal and it took at least another hour before our row of vehicles were allowed onboard. On this trip the car was parked on deck G5 and we thought to ourselves disembarking in Melbourne should not take as long. We also decided to make ourselves comfortable a couple of decks lower this time and finished next to the tourist shop located on deck 7. The long journey across Bass Strait got under way about 9:15 on ... read more
March 16th 2007
Day Fourteen of Fifteen: Last Night in Tasmania After a night of rain falling on the tin roof of the cabin I half expected the view of clouds in the sky, ten minutes later blue skies were starting to break through. We packed the gear back into the car and dropped the key off at the reception. The last destination for the holiday was back to Devonport. Along Highway One we headed east and found the small village of Latrobe just a few kilometers south of Devonport. My girlfriend wanted to visit a chocolate factory, we had a quick look around the museum and tasted a few samples before traveling on to Port Sorell where we found a nice beach where some of the locals were fishing off a jetty. We had killed enough time ... read more
March 15th 2007
Day Thirteen of Fifteen: Time with the Fossils Today we traveled back in time to the Triassic Period some 275 million years ago. A large section of the north west coast of Tasmania is renowned for the Geological history that dates back millions of years. At the Wynyard information centre, we got some literature about the fossils found nearby. Just a few kilometers east of Table Cape is a rock feature called Fossil Bluff. When we arrived at Fossil Bluff we took the steep walk to the lookout which overlooks Wynyard. To get to the interesting section of the bluff, walk down onto the beach and turn right. Make your way to the high cliff and you step back to a time when shells of marine life were washed up onto the sands of an ... read more
March 14th 2007
Day Twelve of Fifteen: Back roads to Burnie Two more days could easily have been spent in Cradle Mountain on walks that centered around the mountain. If I had realised so much could be done here I would have booked at least another night instead of the next two nights in Burnie. At this time of the year the Spirit of Tasmania only sails during daylight hours on the weekends and during daylight is the time we wanted to make the journey to and from the mainland. Moina was the only town of note that we passed through this morning. Other towns such as Upper Castra and Nietta were significantly smaller. We were back in farming country, cattle and sheep grazed in the green paddocks. The back roads were taking us to the Leven Canyon. ... read more
March 13th 2007
Day Eleven of Fifteen: Looking forward to Cradle Mountain It looked like a nice day as we left Strahan and drove north towards the mining village of Zeehan. Ever since the 70s when I first visited Tasmania I had wanted to visit Cradle Mountain. Way back then I had been led to believe it was a rough track, too bad for my car at the time to negotiate. On the other visits I hadn't considered or didn't have enough time to see this magnificent area. But on this trip we had booked a night at one of the cabins (regretted we didn't book more). The weather can change so quickly in the west of Tasmania that I didn't want to miss the good weather by seeing places already visited. Because of that, the Henty Dunes ... read more
March 12th 2007
Day Ten of Fifteen: What to do in Strahan? We slept well and missed the sunrise again. Weather looked promising. Had a good breakfast and by 9 am, we were heading down to the docks to find out how much the tourist train ride to Queenstown was going to cost. It was booked up which saved us some money. One of the many pamphlets we have picked up on our travels was "Tasmanian's 60 Great Short Walks" - Hogarth Falls is in that pamphlet and we started walking from the Peoples Park along side a typical forest creek. Because it wasn't a large falls there appeared more water coming over the rim. When most people come to Strahan they catch a cruise on one of the many vessels that leave from the local docks. I ... read more
March 11th 2007
Day Nine of Fifteen: Long Drive to Strahan We have just completed half of our holiday. Today's journey would take us north to Strahan on the west coast. It was expected to be a long day's driving. The initial blue skies didn't last long and dark clouds moved in quickly. Russell Falls is another must see feature of the south west of Tasmania. Park fees are required in Mt Field National Park. The $50 sticker on our windscreen covered our entry. So far that has accounted for $40 worth of park fees. We have to find another park to make the purchase of the pass worthwhile. We saw a number of wallabies along the walk to and from the falls. I had been to this falls before but on this visit I could see the ... read more
March 10th 2007
Day Eight of Fifteen: Drive south of Hobart We left the park and followed the now familiar road across the Bowen Bridge, turned south onto the Booker Highway and drove into Hobart. Found Davey Street and were very lucky to find a parking space only a few metres from the Salamanca Market. Old sandstone buildings on one side and a line of magnificent trees grew on the other, nestled in between were the stalls. The market stretches almost to the docks with craft and food stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to amazing photos of Tasmania. As usual in places like this, my girlfriend went one way while I went another. I particularly wanted to capture the atmosphere of the famous market. In a few gaps between the stalls, buskers entertained the tourists. Although ... read more
March 9th 2007
Day Seven of Fifteen: Morning with the Convicts It was still dark when we woke this morning and for some reason I had a look outside and noticed a small black object on the grassed area below the window. I retrieved the video camera turned on the night vision button and the small object became two small wallabies eating and playing. We watched them for a while on the LCD screen until they left when it became lighter. The skies were still overcast but not raining. Today was going to be the last chance for us to see what I had planned for yesterday and also the Port Arthur Convict Ruins. We were outside the main entrance half an hour after it had opened. There were a few people already taking advantage of the displays ... read more