Garden of the clouds

(and dead trees)

you know how hard it is to edit photos with one child insisting on playing baby dragons and the other one trying to climb the bookcase (and shes only 13 months…) ;)

This was one the very few glimpses of the hills thru the clouds, as we came to this spot it was a complete white out, then out of nowhere the clouds rolled away revealing one very nice vista and resulting in me running (well hobbling about in the snow) trying to find a composition that worked.

Horizontal

Its taken some time to get to the point where I am happy with this shot. This tree was nothing much to look at from most angles, but from one side, deep in a snow drift the tree and the scene just shone in my eyes. The small glint of colour peeking through the snow and weather worn bend from the relentless south westerly made it worth effort in getting to this point.
I probably took about 5 different compositions of this shot, each one is 3-4 shots stitched together, each time waiting for the wind to die down enough to capture the tree as it was still, all with the added challenge of trying to press the shutter with gloves which by the second day were getting pretty frozen not exactly very malleable.

It does not end there, capturing a scene which is predominately white and getting it to come out white and not grey and with enough detail to show the true scene, specifically referring to the trees in the background which whilst caught in a foggy moment were certain present and gave the scene a sense of scale and alignment.

Twisted

Embrace the fact that life is not straight and the route not always clear. Paths lead into all kinds of places and experiences, some better than others, and hopefully by the end of it you will have something like this, a solid base with many paths and journeys outstretched.

This majestic old gum does not necessarily have the attraction of the rich colour and youth of some of its nearby peers, but there were still hints of former glory and lines which just drew me in (that and it was pretty well next to my tent )

Tree

Here is a tree, a tree in some snow, alot of snow, no really.. alot of snow and fog or whateva that stuff is that seems to sit on mountain tops..

4 shot landscape panorama with me standing knee deep in snow (with snow shoes).. and i have long legs :)

Advanced

Whilst these may not look that much different from previous aircraft – although i reckon the 787 looks freakin' aswesome :) , the technological advances that have gone into newer aircraft is quite amazing, on one hand i feel some what reassured that our aircraft manufacturer's are making aircraft more environmentally friendly but on the cynical side and probably the more realistic side the real reason is cost with the convenient side effect of improved emissions..;)

Aviation (AU) emissions have steadily increased with the increase in air travel, 19 mil tonnes to 22mil tonnes over 4 years however the fuel consumption rate and emissions rate is decreasing (about 1.5% per year decrease), that is a result of more efficient aircraft like this one, the 787 (and the desire to make aircraft cheaper to run ;) )
Thats enough fun facts for today

This is little E's favorite spot after standing on a chair or climbing on the rocking horse to lick the TV, she can take delight for quite some time steadily destroying the neatly arranged books on the lower shelf of the bookcase then sitting amoungst them reading (well looking) at which ever one takes her fancy

This is little E's favorite spot after standing on a chair or climbing on the rocking horse to lick the TV, she can take delight for quite some time steadily destroying the neatly arranged books on the lower shelf of the bookcase then sitting amoungst them reading (well looking) at which ever one takes her fancy.. then mum and dad spend the next hour tripping over them refusing to carry out the soul destroying task of re-stacking them