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Garlic, garlic and lots of fun at the Koonya Garlic Festival!

I haven’t been getting out enough lately with the camera, due to being ‘busy, busy, busy’ and lately, to a broken wrist which restricted me from driving.  But had the pesky plaster off on Monday, so yesterday we trotted off to the Tasman Peninsula  for the third annual Koonya Garlic Festival – described as “a one day celebration of garlic through community produce, food & drink, music and educational talks.  This is THE PLACE to trade or buy garlic, garlic breath or garlic tales.”

All images with Fuji X-T1 and XC 18-55 f2.8 lens

Held at the lovely grounds round the Community Hall and Bushfire Brigade shed, it’s a real fun outing.  At just a gold coin donation to the local SES for entry, it’s a bargain.

We even got a couple of bags of sheep poo for OUR garlic bed, ready for autumn planting.  We finally have our shit together!

Included on the program of events are talks, tastings, cooking demos and fun activities for the kids such as a garlic and spoon race and a garlic pinyata.

There’s also a garlic competition with prizes in the hard and soft neck varieties.

And lots of lovely Tasmanian food, wine and other goodies on show.

And if you got tired, well there is always the grass for that quick ‘revive me’ nap we all sometimes need during a long day out

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Recommend the festival to anyone who likes garlic, fine food, good produce and a fun day out.

Hobart’s DARK MOFO Winter Festival

Images from my visits to this year’s DARK MOFO Festival. I’ll add to these as I go. The first two are from the first evening of the event, the Entitle ones are from a mid week visit to town, and on the evening of 19 June I met up with friends in town and we had a wander.
The Night ship was also shot on 19 June, prior to the meet up, but I made a bad choice of location, there were far too many lights behind it. Try again today or tomorrow.
The Theme this year is paint the town red, and the Tasman Bridge and some buildings have embraced the theme and gone red.
The Tasman Bridge done red for Dark Mofo's 2015 theme of paint the town red.
The Tasman Bridge done red for Dark Mofo’s 2015 theme of paint the town red.
The Grand Chancellor Hotel has joined in the 'red' theme for Dark Mofo
The Grand Chancellor Hotel has joined in the ‘red’ theme for Dark Mofo
Pulse/Spectra beam: A powerful light shining straight up from the city beats in time with the pulse of a person touching a special sensor.
The Pulse beam from the South Arm.  It is widely visible from Hobart's outlying suburbs.
The Pulse beam from the South Arm. It is widely visible from Hobart’s outlying suburbs.
The Night Ship and the Pulse beam against a backdrop of Hobart's waterfront
The Night Ship and the Pulse beam against a backdrop of Hobart’s waterfront

Anthony McCall’s Night Ship:

“A dark ship sails nightly from Tinderbox to Mona via the city’s harbour. At regular intervals, a powerful pencil-slim searchlight radiates from the vessel to illuminate the adjacent shore. Anchors away; you’ll hear it coming.”

The Night Ship coming up the Derwent.  Pity about the other boat!  It also has a low, mournful horn blasting at intervals
The Night Ship coming up the Derwent. Pity about the other boat! It also has a low, mournful horn blasting at intervals

And the Waterfront

The Pulse beam id located in the old Mercury building in the city and has a long line of punters waiting every evening to have the light pulse to their heartbeat.
The Pulse beam id located in the old Mercury building in the city and has a long line of punters waiting every evening to have the light pulse to their heartbeat.
Waterfront and Pulse beam
Waterfront and Pulse beam

Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’

Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation
Artist statement for Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Artist statement for Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation

Bastiaan Maris’ Fire Organ installation:

“This massive structure of old steel tubing drones and hums at low frequencies beneath harmonically tuned flame-throwers blasting fire and heat into the night sky.”  Dark Mofo handout info.

Fire Organ.  Gouts of flame break off and briery float away before disintegrating.  You can see one to the left of it here.
Fire Organ. Gouts of flame break off and briefly float away before disintegrating. You can see one to the left of it here.
The Fire Organ #2
The Fire Organ #2

SO enter the date into your diaries, folk, DARK MOFO is really worth a visit, make your plans for next year NOW.  Accommodation books out very fast.

You might like to consider our garden cabin, available at $45 per night, or a little less if you have your own bedding and linen.  See the Cabin on Elanore website.

Dawn at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, NSW

On Sunday 01 october I dragged myself up at 0130 and collected a friend at her house at 0300 and we set off for Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head (about 90kms south). Lake Ainsworth is a freshwater lake with distinctive tannin-stained waters from the surrounding tea trees which make stunning shots possible when the conditions are right.

Lake Ainsworth was named after James Ainsworth, Thomas Ainsworth’s son. The Ainsworths were one of the first European families to take up land in the region, settling on the North Head of Ballina in 1847. The Lake is situated north of the town and 50 metres behind the dunes.

We’d hoped for mist rising as we had a few drops of rain the night before but it was not to be. Still achieved some nice images.  I plan to go back and stay at the adjacent caravan aprk and do a sunset, night and dawn shoot.

Mamiya 645DF & Leaf 22


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Broadfoot – NSW north coast band

On the evening of 19 June Warwick & I decided to treat ourselves to a night out.  So, feed the 6 cats early dinner and off we went for Brunswick Heads.  We stayed the night at the Hotel Brunswick (Brunswick Heads NSW), where we enjoyed a fine meal and were agreeably surprised by the quality and talent of the band.  Previously unknown to us, Broadfoot is a northern NSW group who perform all round the area.  If you have a chance to go and hear them, don’t miss it!

I shot some good stuff (for my first ever venture into live music photography) with the 1DsMkII & 50mm f1.8 lens.

      

Tasmanian Oast Houses

On Sunday 30 October 2011, two fellow RedBubblers, Brett & Greg, showed me some of the Oast Houses in the Derwent Valley.  We visited a couple of commonly known ones first, then, near Bushy Park, Brett spotted one from the road, and I decided to boldly intrude as the entry looked more like a laneway than a driveway, and Voila!   A site they hadn’t been to!  It turned out to be the Bushy Park complex, established by Ebenezer Shoebridge in the mid 1800s.  We spent the last of the golden hour there, it is spectacular.

I found a very interesting history of the Derwent Valley Oasthouses by John Redecker

No 1 – a rather well known Oast House on on the Valleyford estate along the Lyell Hwy just west of the New Norfolk bridge across the Derwent

No 2 -Shooter’s Kiln –  a rather more dilapidated example further west on the Lyell Hwy and on the opposite side of the road.  The ‘weeds’ in the foreground are actually hop plants – the raison d’etre for the whole enterprise.

Then after some landscape work we went to Bushy PArk and I found the wonderful site with several oast houses and other buildings. It is also has a Junior Angling Pond for members of the New Norfolk Licensed Anglers’ Association which gave us stunning reflections.
Bushy Park Oast House – the Text Kiln #1

Bushy Park Oast House – the Text Kiln #2

Bushy Park Oast House #2

Lake Wakatipu at Dusk

And before you ask, yes, there is a little digital mischief here. The moon is from a frame on the same day about 2 hours earlier, I just wanted to experiment. I like the look though so it is staying.  I also made up and added a texture over the whole thing just to give it a bit more ‘artistic’ feel.

This whole area is various National Parks and I am not sure which one we are looking at, but it’s all beautiful. Taken at Kinloch at the head of the lake looking east towards the Glenorchy shore Canon 1DsMkII & 24-105

Mountain Grandeur

Mountain Grandeur, originally uploaded by Photography by Odille.

Taken on the way out of Milford Sound after passing through the Homer tunnel, but I am not sure of the name of this peak. It was looking north from an east-west aligned stretch of road and there was a small pull off for cars, but no info board.

This edit was inspired by a Challenge on RedBubble for an ‘Ansel Adams inspired’ image, and although this one looks like not much in colour I think it has come up well in mono, with some careful tweaking, masking, dodging and burning.

H2/P20/80mm – ansel adams inspired CF032275