The Enlightened Path

as i read thru my quarterly Tollway statement it suddenly dawned on me… and lets keep it succinct… as a member of society, no lets be real, as a number in society, i am nothing but a revenue source for corporations and governments each finding new and unique ways to screw me over.. example on point, my good friends at Tollway are one such company, i get charged a fee for them to make an automatic credit card payment, i get charged another fee when its declined cause my card got max'ed out from the going thru 3 toll roads in Sydney in one day, thats enough to max out any card ;) … then they want to charge me another fee to send out a paper statement….
.. next they will be charging me to use the exit way on the motorway to encourage me to use more toll road ;)

On the days when I catch the train, i get a little extra sparkle knowing that for at least on that day i have avoided paying motorway tolls. :)

here's a picture of a happy place and 'my' enlightened path.
(before all you marine savvy peeps jump up and down, that red light over on the right is a fisherman with his red headlamp… not a Nav light :) )

A little background on the image, its a panorama image made from 7 portrait orientation frames, each frame is bracketed (one at 20seconds and one at 5sec) to capture both the bright lights of the town, lookout, nav lights etc and also the less bright sky. The exif for each one is f2.8 iso 5000 @ 14mm

Pandanus

I have watched this now not so little Pandanus grow over the years and am very glad it has weathered the storms and exposure, which is pretty impressive given the harsh conditions where it is, several metres from the ocean and ontop racks.

10 years ago it had a friend that stood only metres away from it and was certainly the bigger sibling at the time, it however succumbed to something, weather i suppose.. now this one is reaching similar height and i do wonder about how long it'll last . Most people probably don't give a crap about some half baked tree on a rocky outcropping, but i sure do, if only from the perspective of it being a nice photographic scene, that said its always nice to walk along the beach and see it still standing up there, a reassuring familiar part of the scene … its a bit like that old friend you have not see for yonks which you catch up with every now and gas bag and see how things have changed….. sure as night turns to day its more interesting than those freaking rocks, those things dont change at all…

….. unless.. people come and build cairns :) seriously what is the fascination with stacking a bunch of rocks on top of each other..? some pointless exercise to say that you were there ? that leads me to the next point (as you can see there is some linkage in my rambling ;) ) there is a really cool rock right about where I am standing to take this shot which some clowns have turned into a rather large mound of rocks…like.. not pebble size but like 20kg like size rocks… as my daughter would say.. what the heck ? so each time i go and visit my old mate 'Pandanus' i'll be sure to uncover his other mate.. 'stoney cold rock' (or whatever the his name is…) one rock at a time..
Why can't people just leave stuff as it is, take a photo if you want a memory ;)

Galactic Core

I stare at this and it brings some small level of respite to the pain that is… driving in Sydney on a weekend …for I know there is only just a few more stars out there then cars in Sydney.. ;)

also..here's to banning uber drivers, uber eat bike riders and all those other delivery services which seem to be nothing more than a race to the bottom….

Ikea Helper

"hey dad want some help ?…." i'm gonna irrespective of what you say btw! :) )
"right let me have a look at these instructions…"
"yup they are crap, throw them away dad…"
"there we go that was not so hard right"

say what you like about Ikea furniture, but those swedish designers and engineers deserve a medal, to be able to design something that is pretty well idiot proof is nothing short of amazing, the refinement and effort that has gone into their fittings and hinges is awesome, these things just work.. sure its still all just chipboard furniture and its not that durable but hey……

so here's to you Ikea engineers, nicely played.