Kiku Pujol, Byron Bay surf photographer

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017

Photo by Kiku Pujol

Since it’s been a while since I featured some surf, and underwater photography, here’s the work Kiku Pujol, who is based in Byron Bay, Australia.

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Ella Thrupp, Coogee based Australian artist, and painter of horses

Friday, 9 June, 2017

Artwork by Ella Thrupp

I don’t see too many horses at Coogee beach, in Sydney’s east, yet that doesn’t make them any less of an inspiration for Ella Thrupp, an Australian artist based in the beach-side suburb.

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Kira Burrows, Townsville, Queensland, based artist and photographer

Friday, 19 May, 2017

Artwork by Kira Burrows

Kira Burrows is a contemporary artist and photographer, based in the Queensland city of Townsville. If you’re a fan of watercolour artworks, then you are going to like her work.

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Tracy Thomas, Sydney based on an abstract expressionist journey

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

Artwork by Tracy Thomas

Tracy Thomas is a Sydney based artist on “a grateful artistic contemporary abstract expressionist journey”, who draws inspiration for her work from her children.

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Narelle Zeller, Canberra based artist and illustrator

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

Painting by Narelle Zeller

Narelle Zeller is an Australian artist, and illustrator, based in Canberra, the country’s capital city. I’m drawn to this work, which, when I first looked at it, reminded me of Flemish artworks from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. As it happens, it was actually the artist’s intention to paint a portrait reminiscent of the Flemish style.

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A summertime road trip from Melbourne to Perth

Thursday, 6 April, 2017

This is will do little for anyone grappling with wanderlust. Footage, by British filmmaker Ben Walton, of a summertime drive between Melbourne and Perth.

I hear the call of the open road. How about you?

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Cameron Trudgian, Australian travel and landscape photographer

Friday, 24 March, 2017

Photo by Cameron Trudgian

Cameron Trudgian is a Brisbane, Australia, based travel, lifestyle, and landscape photographer. He says his next stop is to be Tasmania, but some of his recent photos are taken in Scotland. Such is the life and work of a travel photographer?

I had a little trouble selecting one of his photos to feature here, but this wedding shot, stood out. Taken on what was clearly an overcast, damp day, the joyful mood of the occasion nonetheless shines through.

And here be a lesson in why choosing the right photographer for a wedding is vital, they can make the day look amazing, even if the weather refuses to cooperate.

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Jack Toohey, Sydney based photographer and filmmaker

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017

Photo by Jack Toohey

It’s been a while since I last looked in on the work of Sydney based photographer and filmmaker Jack Toohey. Well over six years, as it happens. These days he can also be found on Instagram, where the above photo comes from.

It was taken at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and features Australian musician Vera Blue. I linked to her single Settle about a year ago. Incredible how everything is all interlinked, isn’t it?

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Did Indians bring dingoes to Australia four thousand years ago?

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

From an Economist article from four years ago. Not sure how I missed it back then, but anyway. It seems quite possible some Dravid speaking Indian seafarers reached Australia a little over four thousand years ago, where they became a part of the Aboriginal communities they encountered.

This is said to explain the presence of Y chromosomes in the genes of some Aboriginal men, which appeared to be of Indian origin. That wasn’t all the Indians bought with them though, it is also thought, although the point remains disputed, they introduced dingoes to Australia.

This would account for the disappearance of the native thylacine, or the Tasmanian tiger, which didn’t stand much of a chance against the wild canines, that may have arrived from India.

About 4,000 years before Captain Phillip and his merry men arrived to turn the aboriginals’ world upside down, it seems that a group of Indian adventurers chose to call the place home. Unlike their European successors, these earlier settlers were assimilated by the locals. And they brought with them both technological improvements and one of Australia’s most iconic animals.

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The Great Sydney Harbour Walk, linking Bondi and Manly beaches

Monday, 27 February, 2017

Bondi to Manly walk, image by Sydney Morning Herald

The coastal walk, that spans the beaches between Bondi and Malabar, is a Sydney icon, and is popular with Sydneysiders, and visitors to the city, alike.

Depending on your walking pace, the approximately twelve and a half kilometre path could take about five hours to complete. Add an hour, by the time you’ve stopped for breaks.

Now John Faulkner, a retired Australian politician, and Lachlan Harris, a former parliamentary press secretary, have devised another, much longer, walk.

Tentatively known as the Great Sydney Walk, it connects Bondi Beach, in Sydney’s east, with Manly Beach, in Sydney’s north, and is about seventy kilometres in length.

Laced along 70 kilometres of Sydney shoreline are heritage sites, spectacular scenery, bush hideaways and beaches that have seen the Eora Nation, the arrival of the First Fleet, the building of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

It would probably take an average walker about a week to complete, for those wishing to break up the walk into daily ten kilometre segments.

Some work would be required to join the various accessways between Bondi and Manly, to make the path into a single track, as it were, but it’s an idea worth thinking about.

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