Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent



I have learnt a new word today:
ev·a·nes·cent (adjective) – “Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.”

The rapidly changing colours before dawn seem perfect for this word. Here are some Hobart sunrises that I have snapped this month.IMG_0246IMG_0536IMG_0563

These 2 photos are 8 minutes apart.IMG_0044IMG_0048

This is an original photo, no editing. Followed by a “cold tone” edit which I think highlights the actual sun rays.XTLP0628XTLP0628-2

Here’s to a brand new day, new hopes, new opportunities. Wishing everyone a good day.


Charity Duck Race at Puddleduck Vineyard



IMG_0530A local vineyard held their bi-annual duck race today. Plastic ducks were sold in aid of three cancer charities – pink ducks for breast cancer, blue ducks for prostate cancer and yellow ducks for childhood cancers.IMG_0483Almost 1,200 ducks were put into the pond. They needed a bit of help from the local firemen, a human sized duck and some cheering by spectators, to actually get to the finish line.SZHU9568QSUN0117UOJN2603The resident ducks stayed across the pond or wandered amongst the vines. It was a fun afternoon in a beautiful location, with $12,000 raised for charity.HQGX7509MNNQ0823

Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage



Much of Tasmania’s heritage dates back to European settlement. These three bridges were all built by convict labour.

Richmond Bridge
Built in 1823 it is the oldest bridge in use in Australia.IMG_2961IMG_2962

The Red Bridge, Campbell Town
Built in 1838, constructed of hand made red bricks. This bridge on the Midland Highway now carries two million vehicles each year.IMG_4342IMG_4352

Spiky Bridge
Built in 1843, it is no longer in use, located a few meters from the East Coast Road.
But such a spectacular design. Some say the vertical stones were to prevent cattle falling over the side. Others claim it was convict rebellion against their supervisors.

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Tasmania – The Apple Isle




Apples have been an important crop in Tasmania since European settlement. They were exported all over the world, particularly to Europe, with the industry at it’s peak during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Although exports declined over the decades, when Britain joined the European Common Market in 1973, the export industry collapsed. Today, it is a $40 million industry, still growing a wide range of apple varieties.


Tasmania, as an island, has a natural quarantine advantage, which is strictly enforced. If you buy Tasmania apples in Melbourne, you can not bring them back into Tassie, on a flight or on the ferry.

I took these photos at the side of the road, along the edge of an orchard, farmed by four generations of the same family. Their apples are delicious, organically grown since the 1990’s. They make good cider too.