Saturday, 2 July 2016


Maui's most recently active volcano, 10.000+ feet. We were lucky to have good weather, well it was six in the morning, it's quite often a white out. Spectacular.

Haleakala silversword, unique to this crater.
Lives to be 90, flowers once.

Mauna Kea on the big island, 13,000+ feet.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016


Our main reason for being in Maui was to see m~'s brother and his wife.
They graciously transported us around the island, Haleakalā, Pi'ilani Hwy, Ho'okipa, Lahaina.
As you can see it's very rural, not as diverse culturally as Oahu, a bit WMCA.
No big surf this time of year so no action there. We did however learn all about windward and leeward. Windward being the typical lush tropical vegetation and leeward virtual desert.

The perpetual queue at Costco, cheapest gas around.

From our host's collection a Shin gunto. Issued to all officers of
the Japanese Imperial Forces during WWll.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Cut A Silver Path

Five photographers, Shelley Webster, Tim Bauer, Tamara Gulic, Tim Anger and me were invited by Jennine Primmer to interpret and exhibit images of a stanza from a poem written by Tamryn Bennett. Mine was the last stanza.
A nice exercise, most of my photos came from Thirteen Rooms, such great subjects.

Cut a silver path

through the singing grass,

the high tide of cicadas,

each footstep an echo, a trace.

Blue fire beetles

in fields of flowering cloud.

Cup your hands to carry secrets,

this is where the light is deepest.

We dream these nights dark

our head full of feathers,

remembering birds like comets,

ghost-tails of indigo and ice.

Bury the map of bones

beside the sleeping

stones, soil beneath your fingers,

the ground begins to breathe.

Dance again

like you did with the trees,

lilac webs between branches,

the autumn of release.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Donna Amini

Most often in by nightfall, a rare opportunity to mingle with the night crowd, to see, and hear, Donna Amini, m~'s new discovery at Sappho's. She is a real charmer and of course it's always good to see our daylight stomping ground transformed by night. I packed the dirty little GR.

Come on m~, it can only get better

Monday, 11 January 2016

Welcome To Bronte

Never really did the Bronte thing, what with being a Glebite and all, but now, we have this relatively new bus service, the 440, must be Clover trying to join the Left and right of City Of Sydney.
So today, I felt like a bit of a kid, well, physically being an Invalid probably completes the picture.
No complaints, after swimming a few laps in the tidal pool, sought the shade amongst the trees, not always easy to find on Sydney beaches. Must do it again.

Thought I'd add these taken on a subsequent visit.
First up, The Bogey Hole Cafe, these salt & pepper shakers rival
Badde Manors'.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Goodbye Old Peppermint Gum

After four days and nights of constant heavy rain, I guess something had to give, I was only thinking, apart from a bit of cabin fever how unaffected we were. Well, then the old peppermint gum standing guard outside our front gate toppled over in dramatic fashion, soft soil, rising water table, perhaps not a very deep root system, possibly due to sandstone? Whatever, it came down.