Waterproof.

Lowepro bag for the win – when someone floods the overhead locker on the flight home with water and your junk stays dry whilst everyone else is cursing, its a good day

Thanks to Cameron K. Fong for the heads up on the super cheap special.

Waterproof.
(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Sunrise over the Cape.

The previous BW image is given some context by this one – you can see the tiny speck of human here and the length of the coastline gives some more scale to what they were seeing looking back at me

Sunrise over the Cape.
(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

 

Happy Place.

Pretty well a ritual every day, plonk oneself infront of bookcase and pull down a bunch of books. Little E will happily spend 15 minutes here just thumbing thru the books, lifting flaps and feeling textures.

Happy Place.
(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock,

Wolli Creek, the true reflections.

15 years ago this patch of land was nothing but a bit of left over industrial land, its now a tiny suburb of apartments with about 15K people living there.
I have driven past this place for the last 15 years and watched it evolve and slowly swallow the only free standing house there (Discovery point), its great that they opened a train station right there as well, probably the only saving grace for the people there since the surrounding roads have not changed

Wolli Creek, the true reflections
(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Spatial disorientation

Happens when your smashed and on the way home from the pub on friday night or flying around in pitch blackness.. however nowadays it seems the world is completely spatially disorientated with recent events.

You cannot tell what is really on the up and what is really down below.

This is image is not manipulated in the sense of reflections added, actually, its a single shot at 243 seconds, i have not even flipped the image, the composition is straight outta the camera – i know that’s important to some
no added reflections, no added flippage, just me standing upside down when taking it

Spatial disorientation – (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Busted.again.

– Oh shit.. he’s busted me again.
– screw it, i’m going in anyway.. it’ll be worth it..
– ohh.. blissful choc powder!
– don’t be cranky dad, i put it back and did not spill any:)

I think its a rite of passage for all my kids to eat my coffee sugar, choc powder and coffee beans (they only try those once ) i can’t remember how many times i have had to clean my choc powder shaker to remove hardened slobber and chocolate powder…

 

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Chaos vs empathy.

Its a tough gig growing up and being the oldest, sure there are plenty of positives (probably mostly seen from hindsight and adults) however when you step back and view it from the shoes of a kid it really must be tough, as the oldest your expected to do the right thing all the time, to know better and behave better than your younger siblings, continually help out more than the others, the list goes on. This is then compounded by the fact that it appears you are no longer cute or as lovable as the younger siblings who appear to get more ohhs and ahhs – you can then also pretty well rinse and repeat that for the middle child, i’ll let you know about the third in a few years

Parenting for me is like continual battle of unwavering patience (mine does waver tho, often), discipline, cleaning, making school lunches (don’t wind me up about school lunches) and washing punctuated by moments of sheer joy from the acts of empathy and selflessness that they exhibit. Its those moments that keep you going thru the epic pile of unfolded washing and inside out shirts and tights…or the tantrums when your meant to be at a 9am meeting or the snot on your shirt applied when hanging up and its too hard to reach the tissues

Those moments of joy are hard to capture in images, possibly because your still operating on anxiety level 14.5 million and 2.5 hours of sleep, but i’ll share two here, one captured in images and the other simply in words.

Its 9pm, time for bed and its been a long day when Chaos says
to me “how about you put tickles to bed while i fold the washing” I’m sure you can imagine my skepticism here, especially when it seems at any available moment when not supervised she is doing something she probably should not be doing, fingers in the icecream, biscuits in bed, stashed lollies, eating dads chocolate, putting makeup on, using all of the hair conditioner in one go etc

“really dad…i promise you can trust me this time”

so, in another moment of unwavering patience i take mayhem (aka tickles) off to bed to sleep, fully expecting to come back out and to see two socks folded and chaos laid back on the couch with a bowl of icecream watching married at first sight or something equally inappropriate
20 minutes later i return and yup, its one of those sheer joy moments, she has folded all the washing, pretty darn well too and started to put it away – now this is no small feat in our household where a mountain of washing large enough to cover a small island nation is regular occurrence every couple of days. Well done chaos, you have restored my faith in humanity.

The second, and this is actually somewhat more common, often in a more malformed way tho:) – the act of pure kindness to mum or dad in the way of breakfast in bed, or a variant thereof. here chaos had dutifully made several cups of tea and a few pots as a tea sampling morning for mum they were pretty good too…

 

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Long Nose Point.

Long Nose Point.

Its been over 7 years since i last visited this spot, since then there has actually been some proper raised walking tracks and signage put in place. I did not work that out until walking back in the morning, on the way in I simply followed the same path i did last time, which at the time i thought, bugger they have really let this track go and geez the battle with the face eating spiders was a bit more intense then i recall. Low and behold there is a new portion of track put in place with a raised board walk which does not follow the old track

This was taken about 40 minutes before the sun was due to rise and it was very still and quiet (planes were stacked ready to roll into Sydney once the curfew lifted ). It all changed once the sun came up, wind picked up and clouded over, wind strong enough to turn the first few keen fishing boats around and make one think twice about how close to stand to the edge.

Cape Baily Lighthouse in the distance.

Long Nose Point.
(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Change.

Change.

Climate. Its simple, Newton wrote a bunch of clever laws one which can be drawn on as an analogy for for this.For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, maybe forget the equal part for now… so you put 7 billion earthlings on the planet, cut down half the trees, decimate the ecology, poison the air and water (I have just got those two tailing dam collapses in Brazil in my head at the moment, you know there was one this year, by the same company which f’ed up the tailing dam 5 years ago – Vale.. why does that not garner a bunch of outrage ? ) and eat most of the available meat (think fish here) on the planet and there is gonna be reaction.. just taking a punt here, but thats probably not gonna be a good reaction… if we are seeing any level of this reaction in our insignificant lifespans then sure as shit something is going on… its not rocket science, which segway that shit into NASA, last time i checked they had something to say about ‘Climate Change’… just go to their webbie and read the bit about “Facts – evidence” and remember these are the people that put people on the moon, thats a bit harder than it looks, commonly referred to as rocket science

Heres an appropriate picture of me staring off into a seemingly nuclear holocaust sunrise behind a pool of golf course fertiliser green water

Climate. Its simple
(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Tuniu

Tuniu

What the hell I hear ya say, my thoughts exactly who is this crazy airline that has a baby cow cartoon thing on the side of their plane.
I would tell you except its a struggle to work out their website

Tuniu – (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

 

100

I probably should go thru my images a bit more regularly – in a few short months this will be a 101.

Not every day you can say you have been on the planet for 100 years more than some one else in your family

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