celebrating place

i met some of my running friends at the cleveland lighthouse this morning, in the dark, at 5.30am. luckily they had all remembered torches. we ran 10km with a sprint finish (for me) to make it in under 56 minutes. we agreed, while running along the waterfront, that this is a fantastic place to live. i photographed the spiders webs and beetles sparkling in the early light, testing my new lens: canon EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM, with macro extension tubes.

then i received some welcome news in the mail – my grant application with the regional arts development fund was accepted. i have a year to make pictures. i’m going to talk with local people, gather stories, take portraits and define our local cultural identity through image and word. i have a year to reflect on local life, community and place. it will involve the things i love; discussion, social history, photography, design, understanding and celebrating place. what a privilege.

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goal oriented living

i’m a person who doesn’t like goals. living in the present is at odds with planning for retirement! this year though i’ve set some goals.

my fitness goal this year: to complete a half marathon. two weeks into my 20 weeks of training i enter the australia day “convicts and wenches” 10km race at victoria point in queensland. i see my friends are all doing the half marathon though so i upgrade. it’s a late night decision, before i consult the weather forecast or think it through rationally. i mean, i know i can run 10km, so where’s the challenge in that?

its done nothing but rain this past week but now the rain ceases and it’s a muggy 30 degrees as we set out…fast. cycling has given me endurance. you don’t want to be dropped. you stay in that peloton at all costs. running has made me more body-aware. you have to settle into a run, you start to enjoy it, then all too soon, your body has had enough. there’s an art to talking yourself out of giving up and that’s the real challenge.

i finished my first half marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes. i hated most of it and i’m not about to do squats or lunges or much of anything today but i did it and now i can aim to run it more comfortably in july at the gold coast half marathon, a much bigger event.

so, with 11 months left in the year, i need to set another fitness goal…

king tides this weekend

spent the morning taking photos of my neighbourhood; enjoyed an amazing sunrise at thorneside, (where the ocean is parallel to my street), ran in the bush near lota before taking pictures of the boardwalk, where it was cyclist pandemonium as they all removed their shoes and socks and carried their bikes through knee-high water. too high to ride through, even on a mountain bike – believe me, i tried to talk them into it for the “spray” shot but they weren’t having any of it. i particularly liked the “planet” jerseys, reminding me that this is our home and rising sea levels are going to be a problem. these shots will be sent to green cross for the king tide project, planning for the impact of rising seas.

then we went to the beach!

canon eos 7D

testing my new canon eos 7D camera at wynnum this morning…sky was plain but the early light and old wading pool made for some grungy shots. the 7D is user-friendly with great features like 19 focus points and rapid-fire continuous shooting. what a great christmas present, birthday present, next christmas present…pete’s definitely raised the bar for future gifts!

it looks to be a good year for skipping girl design with a business certificate to study for, photography assignments and workshops and yet more interior design. keep those projects rolling in…

guesting and tripping

cool to be guesting for a photographer whose work i admire. here’s a link:

http://thecareyadventures.com/blog/2011/guest-photographer-sue-desbrosses/

moreton island – here are some shots from a fortnight ago. it’s such a beautiful place and so close to home, just 1 1/2 hours by ferry. we climbed mt tempest, swam in blue lake, eagles came close and taipans stayed away. ann and barry were inspirational and it was great to hang out with a bunch of photographers who would also only manage a dozen steps before they just had to take a photo.

rainbow beach

school holidays and friends invited us to stay at their ‘shack’ at rainbow beach, just 3 hours drive from brisbane. we rode a boogie board at carlo sandblow, avoided snakes on the walk to the beach, swam in the ocean, adopted a poodle (temporary), made an unreal pasta dish, enjoyed the company of children, vowed to be more passionate in life and took a few photos. home now, feeling inspired to work on bathrooms and beach houses this week

no, not degrees of separation, just how cold it was when i ventured out this morning to snap the sunrise. winter creeps up on unsuspecting queenslanders, used to basking in dangerously high temperatures.

deepak chopra contends that the natural human biorhythm is to sleep between 10pm and 6am, which means you should be in bed, lights out, by 10pm and up by 6am, the pattern people naturally followed before the advent of electricity. and the early bird catches…the beautiful sunrise!