The world doesn’t change in front of your eyes, it changes behind your back.

Sunset- (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Midge Tree

Midge Tree (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Midge Tree
(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Midge Tree. I reckon there are a few surplus species on this planet, including humans, they also can be pretty annoying, however i’m starting to think that midges fall into this category – maybe surplus species is the wrong way of looking at this, maybe a failing in our evolution to become less attractive to these almost invisible little biting insects. We have evolved with this incredible mind to develop and use tools yet the ability to avoid being terrorised by a bug the size of a pin head has escaped the evolution roadmap.. To escape these little biting pinheads there are two options as i see it, 1) encase your entire body in some form of protective clothing, which is not much fun in summer, thankfully, unlike mozzies these little f,ers do not bit thru a shirt. 2) go through a sheep dip of DEET insect repellent, simply spraying this stuff on is not adequate. There is a third option, immerse oneself in water, that works pretty well also. A side note, i now also have it on good authority that copious amounts of smoke do not discourage midges either. Does make for some interesting sunset sets tho.
Midge Tree.

I reckon there are a few surplus species on this planet, including humans, they also can be pretty annoying, however i’m starting to think that midges fall into this category – maybe surplus species is the wrong way of looking at this, maybe a failing in our evolution to become less attractive to these almost invisible little biting insects. We have evolved with this incredible mind to develop and use tools yet the ability to avoid being terrorised by a bug the size of a pin head has escaped the evolution roadmap..

To escape these little biting pinheads there are two options as i see it, 1) encase your entire body in some form of protective clothing, which is not much fun in summer, thankfully, unlike mozzies these little f,ers do not bit thru a shirt. 2) go through a sheep dip of DEET insect repellent, simply spraying this stuff on is not adequate. There is a third option, immerse oneself in water, that works pretty well also.

A side note, i now also have it on good authority that copious amounts of smoke do not discourage midges either. Does make for some interesting sunset sets tho.

The older I get…

Burning Botany – (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

The older I get the less I know and the more questions I have. There is a airport over there on the other side of the bay. Pretty bizarre to watch aircraft appearing and disappearing in the smoke haze..
The older I get the less I know and the more questions I have.

There is a airport over there on the other side of the bay. Pretty bizarre to watch aircraft appearing and disappearing in the smoke haze..

Slide – (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reservedSlide. I was always dubious about these slides, we get berated for making stuff in aircraft with sharp edges (2mm) – i would have thought the edges of a kids slide (and these are pretty long too) should be nice and rounded… That said, Little E skips the baby slide and goes straight for the real ones, looks like fun :)
Slide.

I was always dubious about these slides, we get berated for making stuff in aircraft with sharp edges (2mm) – i would have thought the edges of a kids slide (and these are pretty long too) should be nice and rounded…

That said, Little E skips the baby slide and goes straight for the real ones, looks like fun :)

Thursday Burn – Sydney Park Skyline

Thursday Burn-(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Thursday Burn-(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

There is alot of pain in the world, but this week seems a bit worse, in the space of a couple days in Oz we have a had:

A crazy crash on the M5 motorway killing one child in a car with another one not far off – drove past that in the opposite direction and i wondered how anyone would walk away from that (3 cars and a truck).
One of two twins dying in their parents bed, the second fithing for their life still..
2 young children, toddler and baby perishing in a locked car (QLD) and another in a separate car…

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill - (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reservedIt should be added that the sublime beauty of the facture notates the exploration of montage elements. – just brushing up on my art critique phrases ;)

– just brushing up on my art critique phrases ;)

Little Helper

Little Helper - (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reservedTesting the 20mm lens. Little E took 2 mins out of her time of demanding Maisy to help me with a few test shots.. i have found one fundamental flaw with this lens, at 20 mm you gotta be so close that you are well within the striking range of some very grubby sticky fingers.. Not a bad lens tho, pretty sharp it seems
Testing the 20mm lens.

Little E took 2 mins out of her time of demanding Maisy to help me with a few test shots.. i have found one fundamental flaw with this lens, at 20 mm you gotta be so close that you are well within the striking range of some very grubby sticky fingers..

Not a bad lens tho, pretty sharp it seems

Sinking - (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reservedLet this sink in. In my life time the number of fish in the ocean has halved and there is more plastic then fish. My life span is like a grain of sand on vast beach, what will the oceans look like when my kids are my age ? No fish out here, but there are top predator eagles, like this one hovering over some typical knoll in the finders ranges.
Let this sink in.

In my life time the number of fish in the ocean has halved and there is more plastic then fish. My life span is like a grain of sand on vast beach, what will the oceans look like when my kids are my age ?

No fish out here, but there are top predator eagles, like this one hovering over some typical knoll in the finders ranges.

Park Fun - (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Sydney Park.

I used to really enjoy going to this park, but now it is now overrun with people walking their dogs, well, basically thr majority just letting their dog roam free. I can put up with the occasional dog checking me out and sniffing the kids and dodging the occasional dog poo, but when you spend half your time dodging dogs, picking up the kids and trying to stop dogs scaring the kids it gets a bit tiresome.

To cap it off and this is probably the real kicker, the blatant disregard that dog owners have for clearly marked signs just makes me irate. A big part of Sydney park is the wetlands which has had extensive landscaping and design and is now home to a bunch of birds, even some crazy migrating birds, then you see the banks of the waterways decimated by dogs and dogs in the water and you just shake you head. “No dogs in wetland”.. what part of that is not clear?

the only way to stop this is by putting fences around it which means access is lost for everyone.

Note: there are some who do seem to do the right thing, but it really seems to be the minority.

Rant over – some BW images for something different

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Epson Pano Awards

If you want to see some incredible imagery, check out this years top entries at https://thepanoawards.com/2019-winners-gallery/
There are some absolutely stunning locations and captures – i dunno how they do half of them but they are pretty amazing.

I entered a few images and got a few silvers (all 83) so am happy with that – next year i might have to go on a epic adventure to find some amazing locations :) my backyard fungi does not seem to cut it ;)

Be sure to have a look at the galleries, there is a really strong representation of aussies in there, its great to see us doing so well considering we are such a small portion of the world – a great counter argument for all those saying we should not worry about our carbon emissions – just because you are only a tiny fraction of the world does not mean you should not make an effort :)

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Maisy Mouse

Maisy Mouse

Maisy Mouse – (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

We luv wearing sis’s undies, but just need to work on the order of things, maybe also getting them the right way round, and not getting square eyes from watching Maisy up close and personal :)

Living with the dead

 

Living with the dead

Living with the dead – (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Living with the dead. I found it somewhat ironic the way the colours kind of matched the landscape here, dead and brown for the cemetery and vivid ,green and colourful for the suburbia blocks.
Living with the dead.

I found it somewhat ironic the way the colours kind of matched the landscape here, dead and brown for the cemetery and vivid ,green and colourful for the suburbia blocks.