Thursday, April 20, 2017

my local camera club Nature photographic competition

Last Tuesday was my club's competition night and the subjects were 'Nature' and 'Open'

Here are my entries.


Hoverfly

Fully Loaded

Dragonfly

Just Sittin'

Ready to unfurl

Fight - Fight - Fight!


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Adelaide Icon - Popeye

I had a wonderful opportunity to go for a walk along the River Torrens yesterday - it was Mr Fixit's last day at work and I needed to fill in a few hours before we went on to his farewell lunch.

It was such a peaceful day - school holidays don't start until next week here in SA.  Another image for my 117 in 2017 & 52 in 2017 project.

Adelaide Icon - Popeye

The Popeye, is an Adelaide Icon - I have only ever been on it once when I was a child, and now that Mr Fixit is retired, I am hoping we will have the opportunity to do things like this a little more often.

Here is a little history about Popeye taken from their website :)

The “Popeye” boats are privately owned recreational ferries that operate on the lake between Elder Park and the Adelaide Zoo. The first boat was launched on the Torrens Lake by Gordon Watts in 1935. It was a 25-foot (7.6 m) boat, built on the banks of the River Torrens to hold up to 20 passengers and named Popeye 1.

Watts purchased a former Glenelg cruise boat in 1948 and placed it in service as Popeye 2. Over the next two years three new jarrah hulled boats were built at Port Adelaide; carrying 40 passengers each they were numbered Popeye 3 through Popeye 5.

Trips on the Popeyes from Elder Park to the zoo became a treasured family outing and the boats hosted weddings and other events.

In March 1962 Keith Altman, took over the Popeyes and introduced recreational paddle boats to the river. The Popeyes had a brush with royalty in March 1977 with Popeye 5 ferrying Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip followed by a choir in Popeye 4. Keith Altmann, ‘Popeye’ owner: “We turned one of the Popeyes into the Royal Barge. We took the hood off and put a platform up the back and the Queen and Duke sat back up there. That went off very well.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser officially launched three new fibreglass models named Popeyes I, II and III in 1982 as the wooden boats’ replacements.

In 2011, Tony and Lidija Shuman purchased the Popeye fleet and have worked tirelessly learning the ropes and hoping to make your experience an enjoyable and memorable event.

“Popeye brings a lot of memories back to people; especially the older generation bringing their children because they remember when they were kids their parents and grandparents used to take them up to the zoo on the boat.”

The Popeye is up there with the frog cake, the hills hoist and the Glenelg tram – they are all officially a State Heritage Icon.

So why not hop on the Popeye again soon….

Please feel free to visit their website HERE and find out more about this wonderful Adelaide Icon.


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Weekend Reflections #392

Another image from my playdate with Joy


Bauble Reflections

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weekend Reflections #390

I had a photography playdate with my friend Joy - such fun to have a play with a mirror and some oil & water :)


Creative Reflections

Linking with Weekend Reflections

Here are some other pics of what we got up to during our playdate :)

Playing with mirrors

Oil & Water #1

Oil & Water #2


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Skywatch Friday | 117 in 2017 | 52 in 2017

Power Lines

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Power ..... more power

Power Lines

my latest entry in 117 in 2017 & 52 in 2017

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

FMSPAD - let's see how long I can go :)

Blue Beads

Banana Smoothie


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Friday, March 3, 2017

FFF-275 | Unusual Angle - 117 in 2017

Tennis Flower Ball


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Back to competition at the camera club!

My camera club has resumed for 2017 - last Tuesday was our first competition.  The subjects were "Architecture" and "Open"

Here are my entries, and the scores they received.

Marching Magpie
Score: 6 out of 10
The Palm House
Score: 7 out of 10
PDI-Open-Locked in Love-W
Score: 8 out of 10
Shades of Grey
Score: 8 out of 10
Lotus Flower Standing Tall
Score: 8 out of 10
Sunflower
Score: 8 out of 10

I started getting real excited on hearing the Judge's comments on the last two images - he was extremely complimentary on them - I was really hoping for a 9, but he scored an 8!


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

International Radio Day - Sharp Transistor Radio

As part of my 117 in 2017 project, the prompt for 13/2/17 is International Radio Day

What better item to photograph than my Dad's trusty Sharp transistor radio

Sharp Transistor Radio

In my investigations to determine just how old this device is, I turned to Google :)

I came across this information, from this website:  http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/sharp_transistor_eight_bxs_327b.html

Country: Japan
Manufacturer / Brand: Sharp; Osaka
alternative name
Hayakawa Electric Co.Ltd.
Year: 1961Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Semiconductors (the count is only for transistors)8:
Main principleSuper-Heterodyne (Super in general)
Wave bandsBroadcast and Short Wave (SW).
Details
Power type and voltageDry Batteries / 4 x 1,5 Volt
LoudspeakerPermanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil)
Power out0.2 W (unknown quality)
from Radiomuseum.orgModel: Transistor Eight BXS-327 - Sharp; Osaka
MaterialModern plastics (no Bakelite or Catalin)
ShapeVery small Portable or Pocket-Set (Handheld) < 8 inch.
Dimensions (WHD)152 x 90 x 40 mm / 6 x 3.5 x 1.6 inch
NotesSharp Transistor Eight BXS-327 SW range is 6...18 MHz (49...16 m).
Similar to model BX-327 (SW 3.9...12 MHz).
Net weight (2.2 lb = 1 kg)0.6 kg / 1 lb 5.1 oz (1.322 lb)
Collectors' prices
Source of data- - Data from my own collection
Model page created by Eckhard Wegner. See "Data change" for further contributors.

This radio was rarely out of his possession - it went everywhere - even in the car in the early days as it was better than a car radio, it went to work with him, and even went out in the boat fishing with him.  Unfortunately, the salt water eventually deteriorated the stitching in the leather carry case that came with it, and over time the case has been lost.   When my Dad passed away in 2014, I brought it home with me (amongst other stuff I just couldn't bear the thought of other people having) and it sits on my display cabinet.  Every time I walk past it, I think of him and can hear the crackle of the speaker as you turned the dial to tune it in just that little bit better :)  Good times and great memories are priceless!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Lazy Days of Summer

Went for a walk down Largs Jetty the other week (before the heatwave hit!)

It was a glorious day, with school holiday sailing activities for the kids.

Lazy Days of Summer

Linking with 117 in 2017


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Floral Friday Foto - FFF272

It's time for another Floral Friday Foto :)

Solanum rantonnetii (Species: Lycianthes rantonnetii) - Blue Potato Bush

Blue Potato Bush



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Saturday, February 11, 2017

it's hot outside ......

.... even the wildlife is trying to get inside and appreciate the air conditioning!

Lazy Lizard

Linking with 117 in 2017, & 52 in 2017 Flickr projects, Our World Tuesday

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

RIP Karta

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you would know I love going to the Adelaide Zoo and taking photos :)

Sadly, one of the loved animals at the Zoo has passed away - Karta, the 34 year old Sumatran Orangutan, has died just hours after delivering an infant that was believed to be stillborn.

How sad :(

Here is the last photo I took of Karta, on 3rd June 2016

Karta

Here is Kluet
deep in thought

You can read the full ABC News story HERE

This is Puspa, the other Orangutan they alternate in the enclosure
Puspa



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Friday, January 27, 2017

Lotus Flower

FLORAL FRIDAY FOTO: 270
Lotus Flower - a very beautiful flower, with much symbolism


Lotus Flower Standing Tall
This flower was actually head height - I know I am not tall, but the stems on these flowers were magnificent!

Lotus Flower
This was another one that was almost head height - I didn't quite capture just how glistening the water droplets were :)

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Australia Day!




Australia Day Dessert

117 in 2017 - 7: Makes your mouth water
Australia Day Dessert

52 in 2017 - 31: Treat

From Wiktionary:  Vanilla Slice - Noun
vanilla slice ‎(plural vanilla slices)
(Britain, Australia) A snack similar to a mille-feuille, consisting of a layer of vanilla custard or cream between two layers of pastry.

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