Category Archives: Photography

Butterfly

I came across this beautiful Monarch butterfly today at my local Bunnings hardware store. At first I thought it was an artificial butterfly, a fabric prop used to attract the eye towards the display of flowers. But upon closer inspection, I saw that it was real. 

What a beauty! 

And it wasn’t alone either, in appreciating the sweet allure of the pink flowers. Swarming about were several bees. Here’s one:

So good to see that at Bunnings at least, Mother Nature is well and flourishing. 

My New Friend

This friendly and curious magpie was sitting minding its own business when I came along and decided to try and make friends with it.

Notice how there appears to be the silhouette of a blackbird on the white patch on the magpie’s back? How cool is that! 

The white and black birds you can just about make out in photo no.7 are a small flock of pelicans. Yes, we’re exotic like that 😄.

This nature reserve is called Lake Richmond, and it’s just a couple of miles from where I live. The reason you don’t see water sports and crowds of people on and around it is because it’s a protected wildlife area, and restricted to pedestrians on foot only. Dogs must be walked on leash. It’s a haven for all kinds of flora and fauna. There’s even a lookout from where you can see the whole lake, and the houses close to it. Less than a mile out from this unique freshwater lake is the Indian Ocean.

The following 2 images are from Google Images:

Apparently there’s a colony of thrombolites somewhere along Lake Richmond. I have only just read about that here so when I do find them on my next visit I’ll be sure to write about it. Here’s what the Department of the Environment says about the Lake Richmond thrombolites: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/conservation-advices/thrombolite-microbial

30 Days of Gratitude : #17

#17: What knowledge are you grateful for?

I suppose this would have to be my knowledge of iPhoneography and Androidography aka my mad mobile photography skills 😄.

I started out late 2010 on an iPhone 3, testing out Lomography Apps. Then I got a 2nd hand iPhone 4, and more Apps, and widened my range of photo editing apps, joined a couple of forums and online iPhoneography communities. 

I was such an enthusiast of iPhoneography that I shot and edited anything and everything, from trees, swamps, flowers, sceneries, animals, architecture, landscapes…

Then in 2011 I organised and set up Perth City’s (and Western Australia’s) 1st ever iPhoneography exhibition and workshop. By the end of the year, I’d self-published 2 photo books, one on the Maylands swamplands near where I lived, the other a collection of my personal favourite photos.

In 2013, I grew tired of trying to keep up with Apple’s yearly “newest” iPhone, I mean, if it’s That good, why can’t its software just get updated yearly, instead of having to buy a completely new phone every year? The last straw was in September 2012, when I chanced to be in Perth and just so happened to come across the queue of people waiting to get into the Apple Store, just so they could buy the newest iPhone. The queue snaked round the block and nearly back to itself, like some ouroboros. 

I switched to a Samsung Galaxy S3 in late 2013, and haven’t looked back since. And now I’m grateful for having the knowledge and skills of both platforms, the best of both worlds, as it were.

Some of my photography artwork is licensed with Kess InHouse Designs, and I also have some on Society 6, Etsy and eBay. I also have a dozen Lenormand card decks of my own designs, available on eBay and Etsy. And no, I’m not rolling in Money…not yet anyway 😉. But it’ll come, it’s coming in when I least expect it, and I know the dribble will become a steady trickle soon enough, and then watch out for the flood! 

So yeah, I’m grateful for the journey my mobile photography has taken me on, these last 6 years. And I’ll continue to hone my photography skills, and work on new art and designs, doing what I’m passionate about, and loving every minute.

Friday Flowers

Just sharing some photos of flowers with you, that I’ve taken with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Aside from animal photography, the other subject I’m passionate about is flowers. I used to get so crazy about flowers I’d spend hours at a water lily and koi farm, taking photos of the flowers (and fish as well). It’s not unknown of me to stop outside someone’s flower garden to snap some photos. And when there are no flowers in bloom outside, I’ve been known to skulk around outside supermarkets and florist shops, sneaking photos of their floral displays. 

Anyway, here you go, flowers for everyone. I’m grateful for having the opportunities to capture their essence with my mobile phone camera. And I’m also grateful that these old eyes are still good enough to catch details and composition in a photograph! 🤓

These photos have not been edited in any way. They’re all au naturel, literally 😄, bugs, fuzzy edges and all. But also just perfect and beautiful, just the way Mother Nature intended. 

Gratitude Thursday

Today, I’m expressing my Gratitude for living where I live. There are beaches all around me, all within a 5-10 minute drive. Or a 15-25 minute cycle. The sunshine in Western Australia is gorgeous, and lends itself happily to great photos. And we’re lucky enough that there’s never crowds of people thronging these beaches and spoiling Mother Nature’s beauty. 

People who don’t know Rockingham think it’s full of bogans (aka rednecks/hooligans/uneducated folks), but the reality of it is that Rockingham is an undiscovered natural gem that is now fast developing into a tourist destination… the locals however would like it to stay a sleepy backwater town, so our lovely beaches can stay unspoilt. The common consensus is to let Joe Public continue to believe Rockinghan is “rough”, and stay away so us locals can continue to keep our secret a secret 😄.

Here are just some photos I took (with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge) of some of the beaches in the Rockingham, Western Australia area:

Lightbox Inspiration Typography #2

Here’s another L I T graphic I made, that’s been submitted to my licensing agent.

Today is what you make it. 

If you wake up grumpy, snarl at everyone you meet, complain about everything and just decide to let your entire day be negative, then that’s exactly what you’ll get. 

If however, you check yourself as soon as you realise you’re in a bad mood, and do a complete turnaround and just decide to be Happy and have a Great Day, no matter what, then that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Sea Glass, Stones & Shells

Here are some photos of my collection of sea glass, along with some quirky stones and shells. These were collected from the beaches along Point Peron, where I had a “mini holiday” just the other day…well, it seemed like a holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of town and people. I remember beachcombing for shells on the beaches of Trengganu on the east coast of Malaysia, as a child. That love has returned to me now in Rockingham, Western Australia.

I must endeavour to go to the beach by myself at least once every fortnight if I can. It’s good for the soul!

See, the jar is only half full, so I’ll definitely need to visit the beaches again for more pretty little things 😄. Don’t they look a bit like jelly beans? 

Some Of My Favourite Pins

Just sharing some of my favourite Pins from Pinterest. These make me happy. I hope they do the same for you. We all need some good news/images these days. I go to Pinterest to relax, recharge  or research. It has never let me down. Try it! 

If you’d like more information about the images, you’ll have to go to Pinterest online and then click on the image, to be taken to its linked site. 

Snapseeded! 

Just playing with the app Snapseed, getting reacquainted with it and also tripping down Nostalgia Lane with my pet menagerie and other assorted animals. 

Yes, I’ve been feeling somewhat lacklustre and jaded lately, so an injection of colour was called for, hence the saturation in these images. 

Enjoy! 

Just Scruffy

I don’t often get to snap good photos of Scruffy indoors, as he always seems to be such a wrigglebutt. But this evening at the park, I got the little scatterbrain to sit still for a few moments, so here are some photos of him. The light was fading, and my Samsung S7 Edge doesn’t like taking night shots, hence some graininess and blurriness. 

Just thought I’d capture Scruffy’s essence, while he’s still around. Love that dog so much! ❤🐾❤