I am probably a photo heretic, but I’ve always found the industrial landscape more interesting than the natural landscape. Today, I worked in a recycling plant and fell in love with the batches of plastic waiting to be processed, especially the compressed bales. The patterns and detail were just a treat for the eye, or my eye at least. I could imagine one of these one tonne bales as an art installation in my garden, but I don’t think I’d get it past my wife. I think I might have to settle for a very large print.
Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
While setting up to photograph Russell Falls again, a walker stepped into frame to take a shot and I used him for scale. It was only after I took the shot that I realised the mist drifting from the falls onto my lens, gave this shot a kind of primeval quality so characteristic of Tasmanian rain forest. You almost expect dinosaurs to walk into the scene.
The Eucalyptus regnans is one of the tallest trees in the world. This particular example is nearly 80 metres tall. It has been lopped several times in gales. Its first branch is 38 metres from the ground…and it’s still growing!
Self portrait with forest giant, Mt Field National Park.
Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park, Tasmania
Horseshoe Falls, Mount Field National Park Tasmania
Fungus on decaying log, Mount Field National Park, Tasmania
Christmas lights and power lines, Melbourne 2008
With a bit of effort and some cost, I’ve just managed to reduce my power bills by $35 a month. I changed the shower head to reduce the hot water flow (my two teenagers howled) and changed all the incandescent lamps in the house to low energy bulbs.
The local power supplier, a monopoly of course, has been spending loads of money on ads telling users about all the things you can do to save electricity.
This month they announced they are putting up charges by 15%! The logic appears to be: use less, they make less; so they put their prices up. If I find more ways to economise, they’ll have to put their prices up again. Maybe it’s just me, but there appears to be some disconnect in logic here.
“Singin through you to me; thunderbolts caught easily
Shouts the truth peacefully…
Eeeeeee-lec-tri-ci-teeeeeeee” Captain Beefheart 1967