Wooo Nighthawk!

Man this year was sooo good 😀 As my last year before I became too old im so glad I was also unit leader, and we came 3rd out of 100 or so teams! *cough cough* so proud :’)

 

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Sunset before we head off! (we weren’t to leave till about 9:00PM) Camping again, in the middle of nowhere, still pretty sunsets 🙂

DSC03299Hiking Fog. Took this at about 2:00AM. Navigation by compass and torch got harder but hey we were nearly home. Was absolutely epic to hike through totally loved it

 

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Sky Trails

So I finally made it, not the best photo I have ever done, the tripod was kicked a few times during the 45 mins. But I have to admit I am incredibly proud of my impromptu tripod, made out of sticks and hutchie cord. star trails 1 tripod

IT WORKED YAAAAAY

I took a picture of spaaaccceeeeeeee!!!!!

It was a successssssss

Ok so eventually the clouds parted and the night sky was absolutely breathtaking, will definitely come back and do it again!! This photo was done with a 30s shutter and ISO 3200, plus the greatness of the Southern Hemisphere made the sky infinitely better than you plebs in the North 😉

As I’m still away from home I don’t get to make my sky trail photo yet… but will tomorrow!!

 

Leyburn Observatory Camp

Ok so I’ll be away for the weekend, camping of course! (Man I do way to much of that).

We’ve set this camp up so it’s in line with the new moon, + Leyburn is pretty much far away from everything so we wont have much light pollution = fabulous photos!!!

This is a picture of the last time i took a photo of night time, at Operation Archer in March this year, see the aeroplane? I think that shutter was on 30s, other details I have no idea.

Glen Rock Hiking

Last week I went with some buddies to get some hiking done out at Glen Rock State Forest 🙂 It was pretty lax in regards to routes, first day we followed the creek for about 11km and found an old abandoned stock yard (for cattle). On the second day we set out to actually reach the summit of Glen Rock, we were about 250m away when my friend chickened out (it was a rather death defying ascent). So yeah… these are my favourite photos I took, the first is following the river and we had some awesome cloud cover + sunlight at the same time, and the other I took at the highest point we reached, the view of the valley beyond. I like how a high contrast creates drama.

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VenMX Hiking

venMX hiking

 

There is this (supposedly) annual camp for venturers called VenMX. I say supposedly because it was cancelled last year… but I took this 2 years ago (yes I was again reminiscing through old memories) and man it was a fun camp.

Mainly because my friend Brandy and I were the only people from our group so we were put with 4 boys from another area and we had a super fun 50km or so, probably the best scenery I have ever seen on a hike. At one point we climbed up a rock face to find a full 360 degree view of the Great Dividing Range. Not like Australia’s mountains are really that great anyway :/

So yeah this is a picture I took mid hike, of a rather nice view of whatever hill/mountain/part of the range it is.

Lonely Park

Lonely Park

It’s overcast today, not many people about. I took a bet to myself that the local park will be empty, I won. The trees in my area are so old and beautiful, they remind me of the fractal system, always continuous and ongoing, also the perfect shade for any park ^_^

By the way mylocal park is next door… My neighbours are trees!

Yay Australia ^_^

Yay Australia ^_^

All of what you thought about Australia is true… jokes. Mind you in this particular town, Woodgate, the local kangaroos raid the place at precisely lunch time (around 11ish), maybe the grass is juiciest then? Who knows. But yeah, whoever’s house has the greenest grass is sure to be bombarded with kangas. Just another day in the life of a typical Australian… well Woodgatian, you don’t see many of these in the city. But all foreigners with a fear of spiders? They are everywhere, country and city. I looked in the cupboard today to find a red back spider, very venomous, what to do? Put it in a tupperware container and leave outside to scurry away and find a new home, away from my baked beans please.

~funny story~ As a kid we went to a town called Port Douglas (very pretty, next to great barrier reef) and my friend and I convinced some americans every member of the Australian royal family has their coronation at this tiny little chapel on the main street of the town. They totally bought it and it was great. 😀

You can say that our imaginary royal family acquired celebrity status with this couple xD

I found a pinecone

I found a pinecone

Tonight was the first scout night of the year for our group. Totally hectic. Mind you most of the kids as soon as they saw me there were hugs all round (it’s so cute to think that they missed me!) ahh t’was adorable. Tonight was dedicated to games and planning of our sign up day for Saturday… like an open day for interested families, we plan of making them all hyper with a fire and damper cold rock style (australian ice cream) where you can add flavours like choc-chips, marshmallows, treacle, milo (oh so much milo). We are all so excited I can’t wait 😀