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ticky2002 The Road // Near Heathcote
#igers_vic
The road went on and the night got darker.
The stars popped up and appeared even brighter.
That was until the night got lighter, then the stars began to fade.
But seen or not, the stars are still there; hidden by the light, impacted by the environment.
One day those stars will be seen bright again, when the road goes on and the night gets darker.
For the road went on and the night got darker.
For the road went on and the night got darker.
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ticky2002 Bright Delight // Near Mathoura
#igersNSW
Beautiful canola has started to pop up on either side of the road as I make my way to Echuca and the Victorian border.
Said canola looks even better in the late light of the day, but this little monkey is on a mission, so no stopping today.
One more hour and I'm in Kangaroo Corridor, I hope they're all off celebrating TGIF elsewhere.
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  •   soconnie1 Very nice 🏼🏼🏼 stay safe on the road 🏼🏼🏼 16h

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ticky2002 Southbound // Hay Plains
#igershay
I'm on the road again... sit back, foot down, look up, and in a wee while I'll be hypnotised by the highway.
Only another five hours to go... :)
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ticky2002 Summoning The Sun // Hay Plains
#igershay
Way back, in May? I think, my big, little brother and I went to Hay. We went out to the farm to take a look at the cotton harvest: baled and barren, it was a very different sight to summer when we watched and worked with the plants as they grew and matured, with fields of green all over (and sprinkles of white by the time I left too).
I just came across this picture of Will atop of some big cotton bales from when we and others climbed up on top and had some fun. They were everywhere. Thousands of hours of hard work and bulk dollars wrapped up in yellow waiting to be picked up and taken to the gin.
It made me think of the glorious sunshine we had at that time. Here's hoping that maybe by putting it out in the ether the weather will treat us well this weekend also. :) We'll see...
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ticky2002 Not Quite Shepherd's Delight // Hay
#igershay
Why not quite? "Red night = shepherd's delight," and this was completely and totally orange.
Discluding a vignette of 20 and 15 points of sharpening, this image is completely unedited, and looks as saturated and orange as it did to the eye.
**
Tonight has to be one of the most incredible natural colour shows I have ever seen.
Everything was dripping wet from the afternoon's rain and the rain was still falling, thus the lit up moisture in the air. Everything dripped orange. It was as though I was witnessing the world with a completely orange filter, as though the warm white balance was way out of control.
It was incredible. Eery and almost unreal, but incredible.
I had almost been sent home from work a couple of hours earlier because I wasn't feeling 100% - light-headed, hot, sick and slightly out of it, but was determined to push through to the end.
Around 6pm one of the guys rushed back inside to the deli and told us to go and get outside and check out what was going on. We ran out the back entrance to look West.
It blew my mind.
By this point I had been beginning to feel better, and was on the homeward cleaning stretch, but my gosh did it make me wish I had accepted going home and not being stuck inside working whilst this magic show shone.
As we went back inside, incredibly enthused, I was mentioning it to other customers in the store. One older guy agreed it was amazing, and commented on how good the rainbow was. Well, looking West we had missed that. We rushed out the side entrance to look North/East.
Boom. Orange still everywhere with a beamingly strong double rainbow stretching right across the sky - from the Westpac Bank to way beyond our awning.
I needed to get back to work, but by this point I wanted nothing but to photograph.
I'd snapped a couple of shots on my phone, figured that and the memory would have to suffice, and went back to work.
Truly breathtaking.
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ticky2002 The Sunshine // Hay
#igershay
Welcome Spring, it is extremely nice to meet you again!!! :D :D
This year we may only have eight weeks together, and so far we haven't even had 12 hours, but right now you are allowing me to sit outside in a singlet and shorts, and my gosh does it feel good.
Our house was built for the local doctor and his family, the most architectural of its time, with his surgery on the side - which is now a hairdresser. I'm told that his wife insisted on having the large courtyard so she could sun bake in private, in the nude. It's not what we use it for now, but it sure does catch the sun well, bouncing off the North facing Southern wall back within.
When we were kids we would play cricket in here, having to watch out for the wall length double window doors - all six of them. I think only once did one get cracked. Over the roof was out.
Today, I've been in here cleaning things up to try and sell. Having moved practically a house full of stuff home from Melbourne on more than one occasion, plus brothers things and farm stuff too, there is way too much, plus it's a great way for me to help sort it out and earn extra money too.
It's days like this that it makes going to work inside quite hard. But having rained every week for over two months, and with more due this week, you have to make the most of what you've got.
Ah sunshine :D
Fun fact: The word 'riad' describes a traditional Moroccan house built around a central courtyard. Google it and you can get lost for hours in a myriad of breathtaking images.
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ticky2002 Bonnie Haverin' // Glen Nevis, Scotland (2009)
#igersScotland
Yesterday before work I was looking through old pictures of mine from when I went up to Scotland for about a week in 2009.
I was 18 and had bought a one way ticket to England. I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, except to get back to England - in the end I stayed for six months.
People kept telling me that I should go to Scotland or Ireland. I didn't know which to choose, but as Scotland is on the same land mass, and only required three trains to get to - as opposed to crossing the Irish Sea via air or sea - I went with the easier, cheaper option.
It was September when I got to Scotland, a most beautiful and fascinating country with a horrific past that I was barely aware of. Somehow though, it became the catalyst for my return to Australia. Perhaps it's the strong family ties that exist up there, the coming together of clan members etc, the fact that 'Anderson' came up as a Scottish name and maybe my ancestors were from there. I don't know, but once back in England I painfully longed for home.
Having been travelling around Europe with the most wonderful bunch of people for two weeks in July and August, the first group of people I had made friends with whom had absolutely zero connection to anyone else in my life (being a pretty naive, little country girl this was a huge thing for me, and I believe that Europe tour altered the course of my life to how I live it today), I had very high expectations for the five-day tour around Scotland, expectations that were not met.
The country was stunning and the information fantastic, but our group didn't gel like it had on the continent, and I've come to learn how essential good group dynamics are to any experience.
What I found interesting yesterday though was that in the morning I'd looked at my Scottish pictures, last night a movie Mum and I watched was set in Scotland, and then as I was about to go to sleep I had an article show up by @adventurouskate on Scotland too. I read the article this morning, on the dark side of the Highlands, and was delighted to read of places I'd been to and experienced with the same tour company many years earlier.
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ticky2002 Sunday Surrealism // Hay Plains
#igershay
Today was long, got off to a fairly muddled start, but in the end turned out to be quite surreal, and delightful.
Horrible night's sleep waking up cold, staying awake cold (even with the heater on), and with numerous bizarre dreams, plus I snoozed out three alarms.
Late for leaving to pick up my Ma from breakfast with friends, where I also ended up joining in as I woke before walking through a riverbend, across from a place that holds many memories as a teenager.
Onwards East we drove to finally get to see our friend who is after my help with some visual art he has ideas for; exploring nature, nuances and all things awe-inspiring and thought-provoking.
We were wandering through a myriad of majestic old trees, one of which has a hollowed out X type shape inside - a V stretching from the ground up, rotting away, probably over 500 years old, but still with new growth reaching into the sky. We sat by the riverside and chatted over ideas, coming to understand the concept's drawings whilst gazing off to another idea including a mini Japanese like, modern type, selection of flooded out baby trees/stick shapes.
Lunch and more talking before it was time to go, again further East to retrieve some old furniture from the farm before turning around and heading back in to town.
When finishing with our last load off the trailer, an unexpected yet familiar face popped in to say hello down the hallway, who had three Welsh girls with her in the car, so then were all offered to come inside for a catch up/meet. Talks were had as the roast prepared, so then there was an invitation for dinner. Happy chats were had as three grew to seven, with stories from young and old, travels and dailies.
** Shot in the afternoon as we made our way back to the cottage - reflections on reality, stories within stories, within stories. Who'd have known that would sum up the day in one... a combination of mischief. :)
** Who knows what may happen next, life is, after-all, what you make of it...
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ticky2002 Full Up // Hay
#igershay
Lately my time has felt fairly well filled up - what with work almost every day until late, catching up with people on weekends and with jobs at home - a long list of jobs which I have slowly been making my way through for the past two months!! I've been getting tired, so this weekend I needed a break, and kind of have had it already. I only had a short shift today, so spent the evening and afternoon working on things, still not accomplishing one which has been on my mind all week long!!
Sundays are my day off, but as for once the weather is looking fine, I have finally been able to make a time to meet a friend on a farm to go through an art project he has in mind and is keen for my help with - a time we haven't been able to arrange for eight weeks already!! It is then on to another farm to pick up some things before returning home, where I will endeavour to make my list that little bit shorter.
It seems though like once one thing is done, then more is required. It's tricky fitting everything in when working full time, a phenomen I haven't been overly used to of late but am adjusting too.
Looking forward to going away next weekend though, I haven't been out of town (and to another locality, so not including farms) for five weeks. That's a long time for me.
So time - it seems full, a bit repetitive, sometimes a bit like it's going nowhere, but then you look around at nature and you notice the changes unfolding before your own eyes - that today was in fact once a tomorrow, and will soon be yesterday.
As I went into the courtyard to finish something off tonight, I witnessed the beauty of the full moon rising in the Eastern sky, shining brightly, reminding me that change is in the air (maybe as it's Spring on Tuesday), change is coming... (my 2011 iPhone 4 really doesn't do change and time much justice).
We are now in the 50's though, and things are looking up - 59 days, 59 days until I fly. 59 days until I delve into the unknown once more!
** Change? Bring it!! :)
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ticky2002 Varying Viewpoint // Hay
#igershay
It was nice to finish work half an hour early tonight and thus get to walk home with late light still shining in the Western sky. I'm used to it being night time, or dark from clouds/rain when I'm done, so that made for a lovely little change.
I spent the evening resting off my feet (having been on them for 18.5hrs of 33), chilling with parentals and then researching a wonderful array of work away options all around the world - particularly focussing on Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Morocco.
There really are so many different things out there to do - how, when and where I choose I feel will be the hard parts, I want to do them all!!
Here are some favourite examples of experiences that I found:
• "Help us build an alternative artistic space in the medina of Marrakech.
• "Volunteer at a remote mountain hostel in Romania.
• "Teach at a cultural exchange, linguistic immersion and foreign sport project in Austria. • Help in B&B in Madeira and enjoy this beautiful place.
• "Help me build a home! (Scottish dude having purchased an old French farm house).
• And another cool one which I forgot to bookmark was a chick who recently bought an island off Belize and wants to get it sorted out for day trippers, plus many, many more...
** It's the second night this week I've been hooked on this site - so here's hoping I overcome my doubts and actually do it!!!
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ticky2002 Morning Coffee // Hay
#igershay
Here we go again...
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ticky2002 Weird World // Hay
#igershay
Today was weird; on way too many accounts to actually count them.
I think I'm best just to go to sleep and hope that things are a bit more "normal" tomorrow.
This wasn't so normal to see as I walked to work this morning - a massive yacht/sail boat? (there were in fact two) parked along my street, with Audi sponsorship signage, but both being pulled by Jeeps. They were indeed quite a sight to see, with the other one even requiring an oversize sign - mind you I'm surprised this first one didn't.
Being over 400kms from the nearest open body of sea, and with that being Port Phillip Bay, these guys were clearly a long way from home. A quick Internet search told me that Dux Nutts had had many names, and was recently bought by people in Adelaide. So maybe they were travelling from Sydney, if so they'd be halfway home, with just another ~650kms to go, who knows.
Anyway, I'm halfway to sleep and hoping tomorrow is nowhere near as bizarre as today was, until then it's dreamy time...
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ticky2002 Yellow Peril // Colbinabin Back Road
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How am I meant to drive to and from Ballarat next weekend for the Foto Bienalle, on a short time frame, knowing that these beautiful canola crops will be in flower and I may not get a chance to stop and photograph them??
It might just drive me mad...
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ticky2002 The Emerald Isle // Co. Galway, Ireland (2012)
#igersIreland
Three years ago I was here, driving around the stunningly beautiful country of Ireland with two good mates Georgina - @galow22 and Andrew - @a_lowie.
It really was quite a treat, and the weather put on a pretty good show for us too - I can still recall sun baking on the ferry over having been told it was rain, rain and rain some more (the following day it bucketed, but still).
Having known George and Andrew ever since I was born, I had no idea that one day we would be road-tripping our way around a country together.
It was only about two months before we met up in Dublin that they had come to stay at my Grandma's in England, a day or two after I had landed. They stayed on and ended up being a nice little surprise for when Mum and Dad also arrived, within the week.
It was there that they spoke of going to Ireland in August, and where I asked if I changed my flight back to Australia if I could join them.
Fun times, fun times indeed!!! :)
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ticky2002 Faults // Melbourne
#igersmelbourne
My poor little Fuji X100T didn't even make it to 10,000 images. The last file was 9223, but that does include JPEGs saved for sending to my phone, so not even 9,000.
It was just 6.5 months old when it learnt that cameras and concrete don't mix well, and barely two months after that was it sent away and taken apart to find multiple and costly faults throughout.
It is sad and the need for replacing extremely unexpected, especially as I'm trying to save every dollar for my upcoming photographic fun times in Europe, but at least that little camera and I saw some seriously magical places during our time together...
From the sights of Kuala Lumpur to the tropics of Sumatra. The streets of Melbourne to lush landscapes of Victoria and New South Wales. Starry skies and some surprise(s) in Geelong, documented days and nights working on the cotton fields over summer. Sheep farms to rain forests, babies to grandparents, plus a fluttering of friends and family in between.
My little Fuji was there with me the whole way, changing the way I saw the world, altered for the better, becoming an extension of myself.
** So what will I do without it? All that I can:
Move on, replace, keep finding moments to memorialise, and ensure I insure the next one before it's too late!!! Lesson learnt.
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ticky2002 What Reality // Melbourne:Hay
#igersmelbourne #igershay
What makes reality real? Really. What revelations, realisations and responses really reveal reality?
Is it what it is because we say it is, or it is what it is because we think it is, or is it because it is?
Are we, we? Or are we just me?
** "I think therefore I am", or I am therefore I think?
Action, inaction. Black, white. Left, right. Up, down.
** What is real for one can seem unreal for some, while what is unreal for one can be real for some. ** Is reality real, or is it a projection? A combination and culmination of knowns and unknowns coming together to form one, one what?
** If a photograph is merely a captured collection of light, a moment of what was once, what was real, can it ever truly capture reality, what is, for its' existence is simply of what was?
*** If what is, is real, is reality, then reality is what is, and not what was. So if what was, was what is, but is not is, then what was is not real, and if what was, was what is, but is not real, can what is really then be real?
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  •   edgeofsuburbia Perhaps there is no single reality, only one's interpretation of it. I'm not sure an objective reality exists outside of a filter of awareness. 2w

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ticky2002 City Streets [1 of 3] // Melbourne
#igersmelbourne
DearMelbourne, I miss the little moments as I'd patter round your pavements; but I can't dwell, because travels.
#backinthecountry
#barelyphotographing #butbuildingthebankaccount #bulksavings #toowetfortractors #dollarstocroissants #nineweekstomorrow
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ticky2002 City Streets [2 of 3] // Melbourne
#igersmelbourne
DearMelbourne, I miss the little moments as I'd patter round your pavements; but I can't dwell, because travels.
#backinthecountry
#barelyphotographing #butbuildingthebankaccount #bulksavings #toowetfortractors #dollarstocroissants #nineweekstomorrow
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ticky2002 City Streets [3 of 3] // Melbourne
#igersmelbourne
DearMelbourne, I miss the little moments as I'd patter round your pavements; but I can't dwell, because travels.
#backinthecountry
#barelyphotographing #butbuildingthebankaccount #bulksavings #toowetfortractors #dollarstocroissants #nineweekstomorrow
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ticky2002 Sticky Situation // Hay
#igershay
Flip that hurt!!! Trying to fix something with super glue, squeezing the little tube with no luck, saw some liquid coming through what must have been a crack in the package. Tried to make it drip where I wanted it, did eventually. Turned my hand and realised I couldn't move my fingers, the glue had instead been going down them - I had stuck four of my five right hand fingers (three and one thumb to be precise) together. Fuck!! I could not move them. Rushed inside and yelled, started running under water and trying to pull them apart from not only the tube, but each other.
I have a pretty good pain threshold, but that hurt, and I wasn't convinced they would come undone with any skin left behind. When they eventually came apart from each other I could see multiple areas on the tube where you could see my fingers had been (see bottom of tube). Stuck it in spirits for a fair while and then tried to use an abrasive to get the glue off, working a little but not a lot. Apparently it will eventually come off, but now I have dried, white glue all over my right hand fingers, and in fact some on two of my left hand also.
I've had a little bit of super glue on me before, once a touch between two fingertips which came apart easily, but nothing like this, it was all over them.
Definitely stuck together.
Definitely pulled skin off.
Definitely hurt.
Definitely still hurts.
Definitely looks quite bad.
Definitely can't show all of it in the picture.
Definitely panicked as it is my camera hand / slicer hand / dominant everything hand.
Definitely don't recommend over-squeezing a super glue tube ever again.
Ouch.
** AVOID CONTACT WITH EYES AND SKIN. ** Knowing how much it hurt pulling my skin off/apart, I cannot even begin to manage what it would be like if you rubbed your eyes with this stuff. Argh!!
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  •   fatima.zul DUDEEEE WHAT IN THEEEE WORLDDDDD 2w
  •   ticky2002 @fatima.zul TELL ME ABOUT IT!!! I know what super glue is like, but I had absolutely no idea at all that it was running down my fingers. Not good. 2w
  •   sallyhanreck 😬😬 2w
  •   ginxstar Ohh poor thing!! That's just awful!!! So glad you didn't rub your eyes...xxx 2w
  •   polarwarp Ouch!! :( this is why I avoid superglue as id totally end up with a disaster!! Hope it heals quick 2w
  •   chapterandverse Hurts like hell and does for weeks. Happens every time - I've now been banned from super gluing anything. 2w
  •   ticky2002 @sallyhanreck @ginyastar @polarwarp @chapterandverse Thanks for the concern guys, it sure was ouchies alright! Seem to have got a decent amount off throughout the afternoon, but it's still sensitive. It's going to be interesting tomorrow when it's back to all the water, chemicals, preservatives, corrosives and who knows whatelse-ives which already seem to make me and everyone else get weird reactions. Eh. At least what I wanted to stick stuck!! :) 2w

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