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Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Daylesford Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this travel and photography adventure was to revisit the region of Daylesford.  It was a beautiful winter’s day and the drive through Victoria’s countryside invigorating!  My husband and I – only had a day to see a few locations of note which were the township of Daylesford itself where we stopped for lunch, then to Mount Franklin, Lake Jubilee and lastly to Trentham Falls.  This was a big-enough day for us, and I managed to capture some noteworthy photographs which made me happy.  But most importantly, we had a lovely day together driving and walking through natural Australian bush-land. During our travels we discovered breathtaking expansive views looking out and across farmlands from Mount Franklin, a forest of tall slender Birch trees at the top of Mount Franklin, water birds on Lake Jubilee, actual water running over and down Trentham Falls – all achieved while we embraced the glorious weather that Victoria had to offer!

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography  exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots, I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  Each photography adventure helps me learn more and more about my camera and lense; and also hopefully helps me becoming a better photographer. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during this travel and photography adventure!

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

 

© Karen Robinson – June 2017

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page! 

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Valley of a Thousand Hills” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this travel and photography adventure was to revisit an area we had not been back to for a number of years.  The Strath Creek region, Victoria – Australia is so green during this time of the year as winter rains help to ensure the landscape is lush, and the creeks have running water; unlike summertime where the landscape can be dry and leave the creeks to run with little-to-no water at times.  My husband was the driver and my daughter joined us as well which was a lovely treat for us as her parents.  She is a keen bird photographer whilst I enjoy landscape photography.  Our first stop was at the Murchison Gap Lookout which overlooks the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’ region.  The views from this outlook are just breathtaking and because we were visiting here during the week, it was quiet and peaceful.  There were a number of birds inhabiting the surrounding bush-land which made my daughter happy!  The air was fresh and crisp; the sun shone for us long enough to take some good photographs, and time enough for us to enjoy our time together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS’ – STRATH CREEK

This part of Victoria is very picturesque and we didn’t have to travel far from where we live to be amongst this beautiful region.  Murchison Gap Outlook proved to be the best place to view the ‘Valley of the Thousand Hills’.  A noticeboard found on located provided the following information:

Murchison Gap:  Prior to the cutting being created, the former Bradford-Flowerdale Road depicted in the far right image, utilised a different route over Murchison Hill.  Buggy drivers would cut saplings at the top of Murchison Hill to use as a brake on the steep descent.  At the bottom of the hill the buggy drivers would dispose of the used saplings, which created a pile that when considered too big, would be burnt off.

The view from where you are standing overlooks the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’.

The small image to the right is the same view, taken some time between 1900 and 1930, from a point along Murchison Spur Road.  Murchison Spur road is believed to have been originally used by early miners, timber cutters and saw millers.

If you continue along the Spur Road you will enjoy the view from many vantage points, including perspectives similar to the ones pictured.

Original Selectors:  The Murchison and Mackenzie families, who lived in the Strath Creek are between 1838 and 1870, were the founders of Kerrisdale and Flowerdale Stations respectively.  Along with Reedy Creek Station, these properties were the original three squatting runs of the area, that incidentally all met at this site.  Farquhar Mackenzie, former Lieutenant in the Scottish Regiment, arrived in NSW in 1836.  He travelled south to the Goulburn District in NSW a short time later.  In March 1838 he mustered all his stock together to follow the route travelled by Hume and Hovell and arrived at the Goulburn River, Victoria, in May 1838.  He then travelled up river to King Parrot Creek and settled a large tract of land.  In July 1841 Farquhar’s cousin, Roderick Mackenzie, arrived in Melbourne with his wife.  He purchased part of Farquhar’s land and named the property Flowerdale after his family property in Gairloch, Scotland.  Roderick built a stone cottage in 1842 and in July of 1849 Roderick died of consumption and the property was sold.  In May 1842, John Murchison moved his family from NSW and joined Farquhar to continue farming the remaining land, which they called Kerrisdale after Farquhar Mackenzie’s family property.  Murchison Gap is named for the original squatter of Kerrisdale, John Murchison (Murrindindi Shire Council/Mitchell Shire Council/State Government of Victoria 2015).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography  exercise – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  I am still getting use to understanding the abilities of my new camera and lense, but it was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during this travel and photography adventure!

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS PAINTING

 

Details:  Abstract Painting No. 51 Titled “Valley of a Thousand Hills”, June 2010/March 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 220cms Length x 120cms Wide x 3cms Deep, Painted by Abstract Artist – Karen Robinson.  NB:  Please click on this link to view my Abstract Paintings Portfolio

 

Painting Story: It was in June 2010 that my daughter, my husband and I decided to travel up through the Strath Creek region of Victoria (Australia) for a fishing day – my husband loved fishing. This was the first time we had all gone fishing together since the death of our son Ben on 5th November, 2009. Ben, our 25-year-old son was killed instantly in a single vehicle car crash. As a family, our lives had been shattered by his loss. It was the first time, since Ben’s death that we found the courage to go off and do something like fishing. We went with mixed feelings and an emotional struggle, in getting truly interested in what we were doing. But it was easy to see that it was a day of reflection, for the three of us.
It was a beautiful, fine winter day! The air was crisp and clean. The area was green and the trees were in Autumn mode. As we drove through the region, my spirits were up lifted by the beauty of the area. My daughter and husband organised themselves to fish and I went about taken photos which I liked to do. I could see by the look on my daughter’s face that she was quietly reflecting. My husband was off in another direction also deep in thought. It was clear, we were all thinking about our Ben whilst amongst Australia’s beautiful bush-land. I came away that day with my spirits lifted and a step closer to being able to live without our son in our lives. The quietness and solitude of the day shared with my loved ones, amongst the stunning beauty and tranquility of the area named “Valley of a Thousand Hills” Strath Creek region (Victoria, Australia) was all we needed to feel at peace. Even if just for the day. Hence this became my inspiration for this painting called “Valley of a Thousand Hills”.
Featured in the painting is a large English Elm Tree. Whilst driving through this area, we came across a property named “Kerrisdale Station” 852 King Parrot Road, Strath Creek. The entrance had these magnificent, large English Elms lining the driveway down through to the homestead. Their strong, dark trunks and branches held a display of beautiful lemon, yellow and pale green autumn leaves. Another Station in the region called “Strathglen” had Lipstick Maple Trees lined either side of a long road, stretched into the distant hills. These trees had a single, slender trunk with branches like arms reaching up into the bright, blue sky. They were dressed with pretty pinks, golden yellows, amber, orange and deep auburn leaves. These trees which would have been planted by early settlers where a strange contrast within our Australia bush. But so beautiful within this magical setting of the Strath Creek region!

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Re-visiting this region did bring back some sad memories of my last visit to this region back in June 2010.  Now, 7 years along from then – I was able to enjoy the company of my husband and my daughter, doing what we enjoy doing together. Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits which is a good outcome for the three of us…

Happy photography all!

 

 

 


 

Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

 

© Karen Robinson – June 2017

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POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Poetry and Prose: “Autumn” written by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

Autumn can be a really beautiful time of the year, especially when the days are fine and the temperature – not to cold.  Just outside our front door, we have an Manchurian Pear Tree which loses its leaves each autumn.  It’s a stunning view, and a tribute to my husband’s efforts in growing and nurturing our home garden for over 16 years now.  After taking a photograph of this magical autumn display, I was inspired to write a prose poem which can be found here below.

 

 

 

 

 

— Autumn —

 

­

When you visit each year,

you leave behind a carpet of leaves,

a swathe of warm gold,

bright yellows,

blood reds

and earth browns,

- a dramatic reminder

of your wilfulness.



In my garden-paradise

you leave trees

naked.

They stand tall,

branches bare,

surrendering

to the call

of approaching winter.



Your fallen leaves

will soon be hustled together,

swiftly swept

into a pile of aging matter,

then heaved over garden beds

where winter winds

will whisk a playful dance.



I look forward to this season of Autumn,

how it shares its glorious visual feast,

how it marks Time,

and makes way for new seasonal endeavours.

When you come and visit each year

I stop, enjoy, and wonder…



– Ο –

 
Prose Poem © Karen Robinson, May 2017 



 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Prose and poetry writing, alongside of my photography efforts, offers me a creative avenue that leaves me feeling contented.  At this time in my life this is something to be very grateful for – which I am…

 

 

 

NB:  A special thank you to Judy Bird who continues to provide me with ongoing support with my creative writing efforts.

 

 

© Karen Robinson – June 2017

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Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Please Vote for Me?! – Australian Photography Awards” Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR YOUR VOTE PLEASE…

I have just submitted the above image with ‘Australian Photography Awards‘.  This photograph I took during a photography adventure with my husband and daughter.  While we stopped at this location – Mitta Mitta River, Omeo, Victoria – Australia they fished and I took photographs.  It was a beautiful location and I particularly love this photograph because of how you can see the reflection of the sky in the almost still waters of the river. The pretty colours are appealing and help to convey the beauty of the region.  In order to capture this image I had to stand on the bridge looking down and out towards the hills in the background thus ensuring I had captured the river’s length which gentle meanders through the landscape.

 

If you like this photography, can you please vote for me by clicking on the link below:

http://australianphotographyawards.com.au/entry/index/sharedimage/userid/77

Much appreciation in advance….sincerely Karen Robinson

 

 

 

Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

 

 

© Karen Robinson – June 2017

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POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Bundara and Mitta Mitta Rivers Junction – Omeo” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this travel and photography adventure was to visit my husband’s brother and his family for a couple of days on their small farm in Bruthen.  During our journey back home to Melbourne, I managed to capture some landscape scenes around the region where the ‘Bundara and Mitta Mitta Rivers’ met near Omeo, Victoria – Australia. It was a lovely spot to stop.  The family fished while I took photographs and enjoyed the wonders of our Australian bush!

 

 

The above photograph is of my daughter standing in front of a dead gum tree trunk that had once been ravaged by bush fires.  It is a stark contrast when compared with the surrounding bush which has been able to regenerate after such a devastating fiery event.  The below photograph is the same image, but this time I decided to make it a black and white photograph which is inclusive of the entire tree trunk – effective I feel.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography  exercise – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  I am still getting use to understanding the abilities of my new camera and lense, but it was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during this visit to Mitta Mitta River, Omeo, Victoria – Australia.

 

 

 

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

 

 

© Karen Robinson – May 2017

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page! 

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Mitta Mitta River – Omeo” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this travel and photography adventure was to visit my husband’s brother and his family for a couple of days on their small farm in Bruthen.  During our journey back home to Melbourne, I managed to capture some landscape scenes around the ‘Mitta Mitta River‘, a perennial river located within the alpine district Omeo, Victoria – Australia.  It is a direct tributary of the Murray River and this particular spot very popular with holiday makers looking to do a bit of fishing.  My husband, his brother, my daughter and I stopped to do some sightseeing.  While they fished, I went about taking some photographs of the still river waters that mirrored the cloudy blue skies above and surrounding region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography  exercise – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  I am still getting use to understanding the abilities of my new camera and lense, but it was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

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THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during this visit to Mitta Mitta River, Omeo, Victoria – Australia.

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

Omeo, Victoria - Australia 'Mitta Mitta River'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - April 2017. Comments: My husband, his brother and my daughter stopped by the Mitta Mitta River to do some fishing and exploring. It's a perennial river located within the alpine district of Victoria. A direct tributary of the Murray River.

Omeo, Victoria – Australia ‘Mitta Mitta River’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – April 2017. Comments: My husband, his brother and my daughter stopped by the Mitta Mitta River to do some fishing and exploring. It’s a perennial river located within the alpine district of Victoria. A direct tributary of the Murray River.

 

 

Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

 

 

© Karen Robinson – May 2017

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page! 

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Media TAC Victoria: “Short Film Produced by TAC as a Mother’s Day Road Safety Message Featuring Karen Robinson”

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This week I was asked by TAC (Transport Accident Commission – Victoria) if I would be interested in talking about being a mother who has lost a son to road trauma and about what was it is like to be without him on mother’s day.  To also talk about my road safety message to the wider community.  Please find here above the short TAC film titled ‘Karen’s Story’ produced and used as a road safety message for Mother’s Day 2017.

 

 

© Karen Robinson – May 2017

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  Post-traumatic Growth – My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Toorongo Falls Reserve” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Cardina Shire, Victoria - Australia 'Toorongo Falls Reserve'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - April 2017. Comments: My hubby, daughter and I stopped to visit the region of Toorongo Falls where green large ferns are plentiful, and tall gum trees reflect the late afternoon sun off their papery trunks, and the Toorongo River quickly passes by within this heavenly beautiful location.

Cardina Shire, Victoria – Australia ‘Toorongo Falls Reserve’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – April 2017. Comments: My hubby, daughter and I stopped to visit the region of Toorongo Falls where large lush green tree ferns are plentiful, and tall gum trees reflect the late afternoon sun off their papery trunks, and the Toorongo River quickly passes by within this heavenly beautiful location.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this travel and photography adventure was to visit my husband’s brother and his family for a couple of days on their small farm in Bruthen.  During our journey back home to Melbourne, I managed to capture some landscape scenes around the ‘Toorongo Falls Reserve’ situated within the Cardina Shire, north of the town of Noojee, Victoria – Australia.  The reserve’s flora and fauna “comprises of mostly wet forest types with the most common over-storey and mid-storey species being Mountain Grey Gum, Mountain Ash, Manna Gum, Blackwood and Austral Mulberry.  A variety of ferns thrive in the damp conditions including the Necklace Fern, Soft Tree Fern, and the Long Fork-fern” (Dept. of Sustainability & Environment Vic 2004).  We managed to discover the Toorongo river which weaves its way through this beautiful part of Victoria.  My daughter and husband tried to do a bit of fishing – but with no luck!  But it didn’t matter, the joy of just being there to experiencing the natural surroundings was reward enough for us all.

 

 

Cardina Shire, Victoria - Australia 'Toorongo Falls Reserve'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - April 2017. Comments: My hubby, daughter and I stopped to visit the region of Toorongo Falls where green large ferns are plentiful, and tall gum trees reflect the late afternoon sun off their papery trunks, and the Toorongo River quickly passes by within this heavenly beautiful location.

Cardina Shire, Victoria – Australia ‘Toorongo Falls Reserve’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – April 2017. Comments: My hubby, daughter and I stopped to visit the region of Toorongo Falls where green large ferns are plentiful, and tall gum trees reflect the late afternoon sun off their papery trunks, and the Toorongo River quickly passes by within this heavenly beautiful location.

 

 

 

 

TOORONGO VALLEY ROAD – NOOJEE

This part of the Toorongo Valley Road is very picturesque!  On one side of the road, in the distance, there are mountains covered in lush green bush; and in the foreground, fenced off grass paddocks lay.  On the other side – mighty tall gum trees and lush green tree ferns straddle the Toorongo River.  It was mid afternoon when I took these photographs below and the sunlight reflecting off the gum tree trunks was magical.  In one of the photos below, you can see the back of my daughter standing between two sets of tall gum trees.  She is actually fishing in the Toorongo River which is well hidden by tree ferns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVER-STORY GUMS AND MID-STORY TREE FERNS

This part of the ‘Toorongo Falls Reserve’ supports a variety of Gum trees that seemed to almost reach the heavens.  We saw the largest tree ferns that we have ever seen – happily growing alongside of the Toorongo River.  The sun seeped through and hit the tall lanky gum tree trunks which then seemed to radiant a golden glow!

 

 

 

 

 

TOORONGO RIVER

Such a beautiful river with its fast-moving fresh water, huge moss-covered boulders which invariably helps to support all forms of wildlife and natural vegetation within this region.  The lighting was soft as the sunlight at this time of the day couldn’t reach down into this part of the bush and therefore gave me the opportunity to take photographs where this soft lighting really showcased its natural wonders!

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography  exercise – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  I am still getting use to understanding the abilities of my new camera and lense, but it was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

NB:  My husband took this photograph below of my daughter and I standing side-by-side taking photographs of the same photographic view.  Wonderful to be able to share this hobby with her…

 

Cardina Shire, Victoria - Australia 'Toorongo Falls Reserve'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - April 2017. Comments: My hubby, daughter and I stopped to visit the region of Toorongo Falls where green large ferns are plentiful, and tall gum trees reflect the late afternoon sun off their papery trunks, and the Toorongo River quickly passes by within this heavenly beautiful location.

Cardina Shire, Victoria – Australia ‘Toorongo Falls Reserve’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – April 2017. Comments: My hubby, daughter and I stopped to visit the region of Toorongo Falls where green large ferns are plentiful, and tall gum trees reflect the late afternoon sun off their papery trunks, and the Toorongo River quickly passes by within this heavenly beautiful location.

 

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during this visit Toorongo Falls Reserve, Victoria – Australia.

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

 

Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

 

 

© Karen Robinson – April 2017

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page! 

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Bruthen Bush and Farmland” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

Bruthen, Victoria - Australia 'Farmland'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_April 2017. Comments: My husband, daughter and I spent some time at my husband's brother's farm where we got to reconnect with nature. The early mornings were particularly beautiful, especially how the rising sun light stretched out across and through the trees, leaving long casing shadows.

Bruthen, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmland’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_April 2017. Comments: My husband, daughter and I spent some time at my husband’s brother’s farm where we got to reconnect with nature. The early mornings were particularly beautiful, especially how the rising sun light stretched out across and through the trees, leaving long casing shadows.  NB:  My husband took this photograph of me on my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this travel adventure was to visit my husband’s brother for a couple of days and his family on their small farm.  During our visit, I managed to capture landscape scenes around his farm in Bruthen, a small town located alongside of the Tambo River between Bairnsdale and Ensay of the Great Alpine Road in East Gippsland, Victoria – Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

RAINBOW LORIKEETS

The State forest within the region extends to the north, east and west of Bruthen and provides an important habitat for many and varying forms of wildlife.  Early morning and late afternoons, Rainbow Lorikeets flock to feed at the bird feeder set up for their benefit. There is also a variety of flowering native shrubs planted around the farm which in turn provides them with a safe, healthy food source for these blossom-feeding birds.Their striking colourful appearance and noisy chatter invites a wonderful photographic opportunity!

 

 

 

 

 

BUSH WALKING

Our first venture on arrival was a bush walk through dense bush and shrubbery, and along a dry creek bed named ‘Ramrod’ which was congested with fallen and broken tree branches and trunks.  The beautiful natural lighting that filtered down through the tall trees offered an opportunity to take photographs that were soft and with limited colouration.  Natural sunlight can be seen through the tops of the bushes in the distance where the denseness of tall trees wasn’t as great.

 

 

 

 

EARLY MORNING LIGHT

The early morning light just as the sun was rising – offered me another wonderful photographic opportunity.  The lighting was just so beautiful filtering through the farmland trees where their shadows adorned the large spans of grassed areas.  There was also a light mist that hang in the shallows of the fields that made the whole experience almost mystical.  I particular loved the photograph I took of my husband with the neighbour’s horse.  The horse was looking for company and gently approached my husband.  It was a lovely moment between them both…

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography  exercise – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  This was the third time I had used this new camera and lense. I am still getting use to understanding its abilities.  It was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

Bruthen, Victoria - Australia 'Farmland'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_April 2017. Comments: My husband, daughter and I spent some time at my husband's brother's farm where we got to reconnect with nature. The early mornings were particularly beautiful, especially how the rising sun light stretched out across and through the trees, leaving long casing shadows.

Bruthen, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmland’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_April 2017. Comments: My husband, daughter and I spent some time at my husband’s brother’s farm where we got to reconnect with nature. The early mornings were particularly beautiful, especially how the rising sun light stretched out across and through the trees, leaving long casing shadows.  This here above photograph was taken of me by my husband with my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below the best of what I took during this visit to Bruthen, Victoria – Australia.

 

 

  • Please click on the images to view in full and find camera setting details

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way I can improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

Bruthen, Victoria - Australia 'Farmland'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_April 2017. Comments: My husband, daughter and I spent some time at my husband's brother's farm where we got to reconnect with nature. The early mornings were particularly beautiful, especially how the rising sun light stretched out across and through the trees, leaving long casing shadows.

Bruthen, Victoria – Australia ‘Farmland’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_April 2017. Comments: My husband, daughter and I spent some time at my husband’s brother’s farm where we got to reconnect with nature. The early mornings were particularly beautiful, especially how the rising sun light stretched out across and through the trees, leaving long casing shadows.  Here above I turned this photo-image into a black and white abstraction – I think it’s effective!  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

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© Karen Robinson – April 2017

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Media 2017: “A short film about Road Trauma Support Services Victoria Counselling and Support Services”

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Volunteer Speaking at a Road Trauma Awareness Seminar Melbourne Australia with RTSSV - Karen Robinson June 2016

Within this photo above, there is a photo of my son Ben and me – his mum.  It was taken three weeks before his death and it was the last time I saw him alive.  Ben was killed in a single vehicle car crash on 5th November 2009 at the age of 25.  There is also the folder I take with me when I do a Road Trauma Awareness Volunteer Speaking role – talking about my son’s road trauma and the events leading up to his death.  Our loving son Ben is greatly missed by us his family and his friends.  In memory of our beautiful boy – Ben…love you forever son…mum

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Recently, myself along side of three other Road Trauma Support Services (RTSSV) Volunteer Speakers – participated in the making of a short film about RTSSV’s counselling and support services (see below).  Caroline and Ryan from Rybazoid interviewed each of us, asking a series of questions in relation to our family’s road trauma stories.  Once more, I found myself talking about the loss of my son, Ben, who had been killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November 2009 at the age of 25; and talking about the incredible support services available at RTSSV.

 

 

ABOUT ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT SERVICES VICTORIA

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria – Australia “is a not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of road trauma (RTSSV 2017)”.

Counselling:  “Counselling is provided to anyone impacted by road trauma, including bereaved families, friends and colleagues; injured people and their carers; drivers and passengers; witnesses and emergency service workers who are first-on-scene.  A referral to access the services is not needed, just call 1300 367 797 to make an appointment with one of the RTSSV’s counsellors (RTSSV 2017)”.

Education:  “RTSSV’s education programs reach more than 2,000 people each year and are supported by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and Victoria Police (RTSSV 2017)”.

RTSSV is “committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives.  A vital part of this educational work is delivered by our volunteers who share their personal stories about road trauma (RTSSV 2017)”.

 

 

SHORT FILM ABOUT RTSSV COUNSELLING & SUPPORT SERVICES

Published on Apr 19, 2017 – A short film about Road Trauma Support Services Victoria Counselling and Support Services – a Rybazoid production. It features a number of Volunteer Speakers sharing their personal road trauma stories inclusive of myself.

 

 

CONCLUSION

To those who contributed to the short film, thank you – you are brave, strong and resilient…

To those who carefully crafted the questions and the production of this short film, thank you – your kindness and sensitivity was greatly appreciated…

To those who asked us to come together and share our deeply personal road trauma stories for this important message and who offered the right amount of caring support, thank you – your time and support didn’t go unnoticed…

To the organization of Road Trauma Support Services and all of its incredible team of people, thank you – my family will not forget what you have been able to do for us in our time of greatest need…

With all