Slowing down with Long Exposure

There is something about water that draws and fascinates many of us. No wonder: it is the most omnipresent substance on Earth. I love photographing water, particularly the ocean. I also love clouds. When I am standing on a shore, or look out to sea from our boat or other vantage point, I feel a…

Sea Change – Home will be where the boat is

Whenever we are on board, the domestic side of our life afloat follows much the same pattern as at home – only with less space and much more focused on resource management. Cruising for us is about simplicity, fitting in to the natural world and leaving the rat race behind. But because we don’t want…

Masked lapwing

Bird Photography Challenge #57: Masked Lapwing

A shorebird that is well known for its gutsy behaviour in wide open places, the Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) certainly makes an impression.  With its raucous call and distinctive appearance, this plover is the unmistakable subject of our #57 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like?   The Masked Lapwing is a large ground-dwelling…

Rotamah Island Delights

Our last few trips to the boat have been hard work…  But our most recent visit to the Gippsland Lakes was to finish off the last little bits on Take It Easy and at last after the Anzac Day long weekend, we can actually say the boat is as good as can be. We had time…

Golden-headed Cisticola on thistle head

Bird Photography Challenge #56: Golden-headed Cisticola

A diminutive little bird attracted my attention recently at the wetlands among some reeds.  I could hear it before I actually saw it.  It was a new find for me: a Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis).  This little warbler is the star of our #56 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like? The Golden-headed Cisticola…

Take It Easy is fixed!

Since our return from our Summer Cruise, it has been all go.  We had a few major things to attend to following our altercation with the storm at Jamieson Bay in the Furneaux Islands: repairs to the frame supporting our solar panels, dinghy davits and wind generator, and fixing the wind generator itself, which as…