ticky2002 Untitled Atmospheric // Somewhere, The World
#igersSomewhere #igersTheWorld
It's May 26, 2016 - the day I was meant to fly (again), and the day I did not (again).
It is the second ticket I have forfeited this year, and the third flight I have not taken.
The first was from France to Morocco in January, and this one was from Australia to England having altered my original dates from April to May.
Had I not decided to be a "no show" for my flight today, I would have been through Brunei and now be on the second leg of the trip enroute to the Middle East.
Instead, a few weeks ago I first decided that I would be staying in Australia. During that time though I have been up and down with bursts of excitement, psyched up and mentally revoking my decision to stay, considering just taking the flight and working it out from there.
But in the end the sensible side of my mind won out, deciding that there is no harm in spending more time here before I do as my heart desires, whenever that may be... (current plan involves October at the latest) .
On April 19 I was pretty down at not returning to England/Europe as I had planned to, but today I didn't feel like that.
I was kept busy working from 8am-6.30pm, but not only that I had accepted the fact it wasn't going to happen, so then was able to get on with life.
I hope that the empty seat from my non-refundable half-used un-cancelled return ticket has made someone's day and aided in a more enjoyable flight.
** When you take a trip you never really know where it's going to lead you, or what it may teach you - at the time, or later in life. Yes we may have hopes and desires for A-B, B-C or even A-Z, but ultimately; no one actually knows the who, what, where, when, why or how of all the paths that are we are yet to come across.
** The past is paved, the present paves, but as for the future it is out there, waiting, day-by-day, waiting to be discovered...
** This sunrise was taken somewhere up above the world enroute to Paris in October last year. Not only am I still working out where that/this trip is leading me, but also what it is teaching me too.
** For discovery!
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ticky2002 The Peace in the Pause // Stokesby, England
#igersStokesby #igersEngland
Below is some prose I wrote a couple of years ago whilst living in Melbourne. I felt it to be an appropriate accompaniment for this peaceful picture from when I was living in Stokesby in February this year.
Taking a break from the world to try and clear my head, it meant I was able to step back and appreciate what was around me. I spotted these geese one evening by the old boat shed whilst walking Boodle the dog and playing fetch down by the village green. It was from this walk that during my shower the following morning I had a lightbulb moment - so I raced out and started typing - ending up with 1,900 words of life lessons learnt from a dog, and a ball.
Take a break, and enjoy. This walk sure made me smile. :)
***
This world, this world is moving too fast, so fast, so fast it has already passed. We could all do with a bit of a break, oh what a difference I think it would make.
Taking the time that we want not that we need, will make it all a lot less of a deed. Pick up a read and pick out a weed, put down the lead and go plant a seed. A flint, a glint, a moment in time - a ding, a dong, a sweet little chime. Once in a while take a pause from your life, have a look, look around, you'll feel a lot lesser strife. A peace in the paws is a piece of the pause, and the paws of the piece offer peace in the pause. A kit is a cat and a cat is a kit, but a pit of a pat ain't a pat of a pit. So once in a while take a break from the file, put down the dial and go walk a mile. I'm sure it will make you smile. :) va

7.41pm 24 June, 2014
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ticky2002 Tears They Fall // Paris, France
#igersParis #igersFrance
The streets were crying.
The people of Paris; pain.
Hard times - c'est la vie.
***
I went to live in Paris for five weeks. I wanted to test out living in the city, and see whether I enjoyed it enough to look into it as a longer term option. I had no other plans but to get out, explore, eat pastries and most of all work on my street photography in the most beautiful city - the city in which street photography was born.
I was absolutely loving life - truly walking around with a smile on my face and completely and totally enamoured by my surroundings. Two and a half weeks in everything changed.
Hours were spent wandering amongst the memorials on multiple occasions, facing fears and trying to come to terms with what had happened, sombre days indeed they sure have expanded the depth and breadth of my emotional capabilities.
Pastries made it easier, plus the positivity of Parisians too - "we must not let them win... we will not let them win."
I'm slowing editing through my images from Paris - November 13 onwards - in particular from the memorials, to create a series for submission. It sure is hard work.
Tears they fell, tears they fall.
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ticky2002 Tears They Fall // Paris, France
#igersParis #igersFrance
The streets were crying.
The people of Paris; pain.
Hard times - c'est la vie.
***
I went to live in Paris for five weeks. I wanted to test out living in the city, and see whether I enjoyed it enough to look into it as a longer term option. I had no other plans but to get out, explore, eat pastries and most of all work on my street photography in the most beautiful city - the city in which street photography was born.
I was absolutely loving life - truly walking around with a smile on my face and completely and totally enamoured by my surroundings. Two and a half weeks in everything changed.
Hours were spent wandering amongst the memorials on multiple occasions, facing fears and trying to come to terms with what had happened, sombre days indeed they sure have expanded the depth and breadth of my emotional capabilities.
Pastries made it easier, plus the positivity of Parisians too - "we must not let them win... we will not let them win."
I'm slowing editing through my images from Paris - November 13 onwards - in particular from the memorials, to create a series for submission. It sure is hard work.
Tears they fell, tears they fall.
2w

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ticky2002 Tears They Fall // Paris, France
#igersParis #igersFrance
The streets were crying.
The people of Paris; pain.
Hard times - c'est la vie.
***
I went to live in Paris for five weeks. I wanted to test out living in the city, and see whether I enjoyed it enough to look into it as a longer term option. I had no other plans but to get out, explore, eat pastries and most of all work on my street photography in the most beautiful city - the city in which street photography was born.
I was absolutely loving life - truly walking around with a smile on my face and completely and totally enamoured by my surroundings. Two and a half weeks in everything changed.
Hours were spent wandering amongst the memorials on multiple occasions, facing fears and trying to come to terms with what had happened, sombre days indeed they sure have expanded the depth and breadth of my emotional capabilities.
Pastries made it easier, plus the positivity of Parisians too - "we must not let them win... we will not let them win."
I'm slowing editing through my images from Paris - November 13 onwards - in particular from the memorials, to create a series for submission. It sure is hard work.
Tears they fell, tears they fall.
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ticky2002 Tears They Fall // Paris, France
#igersParis #igersFrance
The streets were crying.
The people of Paris; pain.
Hard times - c'est la vie.
***
Hours were spent wandering amongst the memorials on multiple occasions, facing fears and trying to come to terms with what had happened, sombre days indeed they sure have expanded the depth and breadth of my emotional capabilities.
Pastries made it easier, plus the positivity of Parisians too - "we must not let them win... we will not let them win."
I'm slowing editing through my images from Paris - November 13 onwards - in particular from the memorials, to create a series for submission. It sure is hard work.
I was intrigued by this image whilst moving through my captures. I had been walking from the restaurant attack sites back along Canal St Martin to get to the Bataclan, as when I had gone to visit on November 15 the street had been closed off. It was just starting to sprinkle with rain. Looking back now I couldn't help but see it in the emotional sense, rather than meteorological.
Tears they fell, tears they fall.
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ticky2002 Lest We Forget // Melbourne, Australia
#igersMelbourne #igers_vic
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning... we will remember them.
They fought for our freedom, and what a fabulous free day I had...
Last night at the going down of the sun I found myself spontaneously meeting up with two friends at the beach. Upon arrival we decided fish and chips were in order, followed by philosophical life chats by the pier until after dark, then hot chocolates at The Cove.
Earlier in the day I had been scouting the city for a car park and open coffee shops so as to meet up with my oldest brother for brunch and a catch up.
After midday I wandered through the city, in awe at the sight of and idea that service personnel were walking with the rest of the crowd - thinking of references to two texts I had read the day before.
I wiggled my way all throughout a very busy CBD, then to Fed Square, against the flow on St Kilda Road and up to the Shrine of Remembrance, listening to the national anthem and watching as the ceremony came to a close. I sat there for a fair while just taking it all in.
The trams were playing up so I got to walking once more, re-energising on a double shot short mac for the drive, which ended up taking me to St Kilda and all the way along the beach to Carrum - stunning as the last of the sunlight shone bright.
After good totally unexpected times there I caught up with yet another friend for another hot chocolate and even more chats. ** I have so much appreciation for all the super kind and wonderful people I know down here. To have had freedom enough to meet you all, and freedom for all the years of fun since(and to come), for that I am truly grateful. ** Such a fab and full weekend has been had - but now that it's morning it is time to head North.
** Until next time Melbourne... Peace! xo
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ticky2002 ANZAC // Melbourne, Australia (2013)
#igersMelbourne #igers_vic
I didn't Dawn today, but I have before and I will again.
With fearful thoughts fluttering in my head it was decided that I must look after my head and not expose myself to certain situations to soon.
I know for a fact that there are men and women out there today who have been through much worse and I fully acknowledge their bravery, but this is not a comparison game, we all have our own personal battles to deal with in our own separate ways.
I love Dawn Service. I first went in 2008 as Vice Captain for Hay War Memorial High School. My Pop was in the Air Force in WWII, along with an assortment of other family members who have served.
Our school was built as a War Memorial (as Hay had one of the largest people per capita enrol - I cannot remember the figure but for a small town it was huge) and we have always attended ANZAC Day there.
In 2013 I spent my first ANZAC away from Hay, experiencing the incredible Shrine of Remembrance Dawn Service with a friend, followed by the march.
In 2014 I marched by my Pop having lost Nan only one month prior, and in 2015 I went back to Hay for the day.
We remember the service personnel who have fought for our freedom, and those who still do too.
With my feeling of freedom incredibly shaken in November, I sometimes struggle to see things as I used to. I read this morning 70,000 people were at the Shrine this morning. Incredible respect to them and those before us, plus what a sight it would have been - but I can't help the fact that that kind of number does make me nervous, and is part of the reason why this morning I did not attend.
Making my way into the city soon to see my brother, whom I last saw when leaving Australia in October, I may manage to catch some of the march on my way. ** Seeing soldiers on the streets with guns became the everyday for me in Paris. If they weren't there it almost felt strange, yet at the same time turning a corner to see three ordering hot dogs, or a group hushed and huddled in a museum entrance didn't seem normal.
** It is still a fight for freedom, but in this fight there are no uniforms.
** Fighting the unseen enemy...
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ticky2002 Life On Earth // Melbourne, Australia
#igersMelbourne #igers_vic
This weekend I came down to Melbourne for friends, photography, and family.
Many conversations have been had since arriving on Friday evening, many emotions, feelings and places travelled to too.
I choose this weekend not because it is a long one, but as it lined up with an @igersmelbourne Instameet - which is a great excuse to catch up with a fab bunch of friends in one go.
I was an hour late to the Albert Park Lake meet as I was having a good time in the city, then this morning I slipped into a second meet briefly at the Royal Botanical Gardens before going to meet up with another friend. Tomorrow I had planned to do Dawn Service with another friend, but as it has been making me exceptionally nervous and having had such a great day today, I'm not sure I want to risk putting myself in a situation which could bring up the feelings like I had the day before.
Anyway, along with the meets I have had lengthy conversations with friends all over the place - some new, some I hadn't seen for a few weeks, others months, and some even years!! Yet again, and as expected, I have had some very enjoyable times in Melbourne with mates from all walks of life, where at times things have felt like just they used to. But at the same time I have also had nightmares, been anxious, tight-chested, irrational, felt sick in the stomach and scared of my surroundings.
Life has a habit of getting in the way, with life, but that's just how it is and you have to adjust to the new circumstances you find yourself to be in.
After some in-depth conversations across the last two days, I think I have come to a conclusion about what I need to do with my life, at least for the time being.
** Life is for enjoying, so get out there and try push through the shit so you can make the most of those special times you get to spend with others - be it friends, family or anyone else.
** Help those who are in need. You never know just how much of difference a smile and pleasant conversation can make to some people.
** Talk to strangers.
** Live in the moment.
** And - when you have a choice in it, don't feel you must take all opportunities.
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  •   sallyhanreck Can't believe I missed you today! Sorry, Ticky x Wonderfully written and powerfully motivational x Keep doing what you're doing xxxx 1mon
  •   legojacker Beautiful image and message Vicky. So great to see you thought briefly. Take care of yourself. Hope to catch up soon. 1mon
  •   soconnie1 Beautiful image & words for Earth weekend It was really nice catching up on Saturday 1mon
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ticky2002 Weekend Wind Down // Near Pyalong, VIC
#igersPyalong #igers_vic
Perched on the side of the road at a top of a hill I right now can't think of a better place to be to watch the sun go down...
The light was changing as I made my way down the highway, so I decided to slip down a side road and wait. One purpose of this is to avoid peak hour as I come into Melbourne, but the other is because well, why not? It's beautiful watching the world paint a pastel picture right in front of your very own eyes.
I can hear a kelpie barking somewhere out behind me, its' call being carried by the wind.
Infront, cattle are grazing on the first bits of grass and greenery I have seen in Victoria yet (it's incredibly dry everywhere else), cockatoos are circling, eagles however high above.
To the left sheep work their way around the rocks and to the right the sun is only just now slipping beneath a distant hillside.
This view, which I am looking at out in front of my vehicle, is now almost all in shadow as darkness begins to move in for the night.
The cockies are still, high up in a gumtree and I can see a work ute wiggling it's way across the countryside, now coming up the road. Barely even 12 vehicles have passed since I stopped here.
Such a beautiful sight to basically have to myself, it sure makes me miss all the sights and sounds of life out on the road...
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ticky2002 Time To Leap // Stokesby, England
#igersStokesby #igersEngland
Today's the day - Tuesday, April 19.
I was supposed to be boarding a flight back to Europe today. It's just gone 9am which means I should have been arriving at Melbourne Airport in order to start checking in. But, I'm not.
I'm in bed, at home, in Hay, lying here trying to work out how I feel about the whole situation.
I'm happy, sad, annoyed, angry, relieved, reflective, all this pondering of my position in one go.
It wasn't an easy decision altering my return flight. It took days, weeks even of decision making.
Every single day for the past seven weeks I have been back in Australia I have been trying to work out what to do next, where, how, when, why - every single day. It's tiring.
It changes all the time, having contemplated travel in every single continent, every state of Australia, returning to college, starting fresh at university, a full time job, settling down, Melbourne, Hay, Sydney, elsewhere, hitting the road and just driving, writing, photography, videography, all sorts.
I have no idea what to do. I think I am set on an idea then it changes the following day. I feel good and I think one thing, I feel bad and I get cautious.
Not many people may know this, but the afternoon before I was due to leave England I rang my travel company and asked what I had to do to not get on my flight the following day. I had got to a point where I felt happy to stay, and wanted to. Fees were involved, but I didn't have the money, so I figured that answered that.
Since being back I have done a fair amount; I returned to my old job, worked as production photographer and photography tutor, had my first article published and well received, dealt with panic attacks as anxieties, saw an abundance of friends and family all around, wedding, travels, so on.
There's life to be lived here, just as there's life there, wherever there may be. For now I best take a leap of sorts, out of bed that is, as I've got to be at work in half an hour. Saving for the next adventure, wherever it may be...
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ticky2002 It's No Eiffel // Hay, Australia
#igersHay #igersNSW
No, it's no Eiffel Tower, but with the right outlook one can see past that, remember and dream...
It wasn't my intention to wake up early today. It is my one full day off in 12, and I wanted nothing more than a lovely little sleep in before getting onto other work. That was happening. I was mid way through a rather vivid dream when I woke to noises, voices, and in barely any light.
I lied in bed for a few minutes with my heart beginning to race, quiet, listening, trying to work out who or what it was - and where it was coming from. It sounded like it was either near the front door, in the courtyard or from the other side of the house.
I got up, creeping through the darkness and trying not to make a noise. It's hard work trying to go to the loo without drawing any attention to the fact you are - which is a crucial new insight for me into being stealth in your own home! I crept all around the house, checking hallways, rooms and open spaces as had the doors to rooms moved I'd have known exactly where it was by their own sounds.
Slowly, I got to the other side where the dogs were alive, awake but not barking, which made me think nothing was outside.
I went on, being spooked as Archie jumped to the window, crashing about in the process.
Continuing, it was finally through to the last room. I could see out but nothing there. I couldn't see anything in the courtyard, nor had I heard any noises inside. Strange.
I could see the pink of the sunrise reflecting on the wall, and poked my head around to take a look.
When I was finally convinced I could not find a source of the sounds I heard, I crossed the courtyard to my room, startling the cat. I grabbed my camera then climbed onto the roof.
I didn't want to be awake this early. It was 6.19am when startled awake, and 6.40 as I climbed. This then is perhaps the most resentful sunrise I have seen. Beautiful, yes, but totally unintended.
I know I heard something, not just my imagination, as I wouldn't have woken up otherwise. However, I also know each day when I look up my town's communication tower I try to make my mind see the Eiffel Tower; now that is my imagination.
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ticky2002 In The Dark // Sturt Highway, Hay Plains
#igersHay #igersNSW
Last Friday was meant to be the end of a long week, but instead became a long day into a long weekend.
I'd spent a good chunk of time at work, then finished somewhere after 6.30pm. I went home, eager to sit down, rest and relax. So I did, for a bit, then started to pack.
It wasn't until around 8.45pm that I realised I really should get on the road soon.
My commute to work these days is about a two minute walk. I suppose in my head I'd forgotten Griffith was an hour and a half drive, on a good day.
Kangaroos have been bad out here lately, and I had hoped that by waiting a bit later after sun down they may have gone away. About 70kms into my journey I saw the first ones. A big group, with a large male roo on my right. I slowed down incase they jumped, then pulled over to light him up and take a picture.
I went to the side of the road, turned my lights off, then sat and stared in awe at the night sky.
To see the stars shining in all their glory really is something special, and something I guess I often take for granted. You don't see this in the city, there's too much light pollution.
My mini tripod broke in the dark, I saw way more roos after this, and it was gone 11pm before I got to my friends place in Griffith. It was late, but for a view like this it was worth it.
The last few weeks have been pretty hectic for me, and it looks like the next few will be too. but it's these little moments, the little breathes, that make me stop and appreciate where I am and how lucky we are to experience such a wonderful world.
In very sad news we lost a young Hay girl to this highway earlier in the week. I didn't know Jess very well, but that's the thing with death in small towns - you may not always know the person who passes that much, but you generally will know some or all of the siblings, parents, cousins, friends, school year, work colleagues, neighbours etc.
I served Jess just last week, and remember thinking what a go-getter she seemed to be, always smiling and getting on with life.
I'm sure the next time I look up to the night sky there will be another star shining brightly...
~ Murphy's in my thoughts.
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ticky2002 Where It Began // Paris, Frace
#igersParis #igersFrance
Yesterday was five months.
I almost missed it until I realised what the date was as I fell asleep. These are good signs. Slowly beginning to let go perhaps, but as I see in the cities and at certain times, it's still there, of course.
With the time difference to Paris it's 1.30am on the 14th. Factoring in daylight savings, it would have been 11.30pm.
It was around 11:30pm that I found out about the attacks. Shocked to the core, I could hardly believe what the French guy next to me was saying. The live music at the bar I was in had stopped, something was said in French, then they continued. At this point I noticed the time was 11.23pm. Somewhere after that I asked what was said, only to be informed it was about what had happened in Paris that night. That there were attacks around the city and 20 people had been killed so far. We were being told it was happening across from us, as well as near to my apartment and surrounding areas. I was stuck. I only had 800m to get back home - to safety, security, power, contactability. But I couldn't, it was too dangerous. We were told to stay and wait for police.
They came, the entire street was filled full with police in riot gear, then all of a sudden they were gone. We didn't know if it was now safe or not, so still we waited. I didn't know what to do. Around 1.45am Amel walked me as quickly as possible back to mine, then she went on to hers.
Perhaps the shortest version possible, barely doing justice, to sum up: I have never been more afraid in my life, and all I can do is hope I won't be again. After the whole experience - Friday night, the Sunday scare, three more weeks of post-attacks Paris, and dealing with Post Traumatic Stress since January; my emotions have a new dimension, a deeper depth.
In my last week of living in Paris in November, I spent hours amidst the memorials. Here is where the shooting started, 9.30pm.
Barely a day goes past where I don't think of Paris, be it the horrible parts like above or the incredible ones too.
I was so happy and truly living my ultimate dream - but, unfortunately you can't control when dreams turn to nightmares...
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  •   sharon.v.porter You always have good write ups Ticky :) it's always good to read what you have to say.. 2mon
  •   sallyhanreck I wrote a long reply but deleted it. You already know everything I wanted to say, and more x Keep writing, Ticky x 2mon
  •   onepoint66 When you need a break Sydney awaits always a place to stay at the watsons 2mon

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ticky2002 Up The Back Streets // Sevilla, Spain
#igersSevilla #igersSpain
Spain is a country that I never had any desire to visit, however I was secretly surprised once I arrived.
It was early December and we had just spent a week making our way down through Portugal. As there are no trains between the two countries, @nicolaburbidge and I bussed our way across the border and into the city of Seville.
Whilst on our way, we got chatting to two girls who had been sitting behind me and speaking in French. They were Canadian, and on their way down to Morocco. It turned out we were all staying at the same hostel, and so ended up in the same room. We navigated our way through the small streets and to our accommodation, then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring together.
The following day Nicola and I went off in search of the gypsies, and less touristy spots. Not exactly sure if we found the right area or not, we definitely did get to an area without many other travellers.
On the third day Nicola was on her way, off to Granada with Damian, who we had met in Portugal a few days earlier and who also staying at the same place.
It was on this day I went exploring the back streets of the North. Not many people around, I definitely would have been lost had that not been the whole point of my day. I simply wandered along, working on my street photography once more. It was great. I ended up off map and nowhere near anyone or anything familiar. You could tell it wasn't central as the oranges were at a pickable height, and had fallen to the ground too, decomposing.
I thought Spain seemed rather different than Portugal, more affluent and out there with it's' people, personality, and culture - plus tapas culture is pretty great too!
Spain was superb to see, experience, and sense - even though for me it was only one place, and only for a few days.
Looking back at the series I made whilst there, it makes me want to go back and explore more... deep into the depths of the unknown, but not until I'm ready. Seville is one of the last foreign cities where I did not feel overwhelmed by fear, even when alone and way out in the diverse and divine back streets. It makes me miss those days...
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  •   ginxstar I loved Spain too...but we were in Barcelona & the coast north to France. You must see the house of Salvadore Dali in Port Ligat. A true highlight 2mon
  •   ticky2002 @ginxstar I was quite delighted, and there is so much more to see. People would talk to me about Spain and I had no spark for it at all, and I don't think Portugal had ever even crossed my mind. Oh the places you find yourself when saying yes to super cheap airfares!! Haha. So much more to see. If my head was good I'd be aiming for months down in South Western France to explore that way more, over the border too. Maybe later.. 2mon
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ticky2002 Stunning Sydney // Sydney Harbour
#igersSydney #igersNSW
I tell you what; I could, can and am getting quite used to the superb scenes that Sydney offers up aplenty.
I know commuting can be a drag, people get over it and are so sluggish eyed to really see what is around them - but even still, this is one pretty sweet way to get to work.
These guys hung about the front of the ferry for our whole away across the harbour. Chatting away with a coffee in hand, enjoying what was around them. It wasn't until we were pulling into Circular Quay that I realised at least one of them was Irish, and it made me wonder if that was why they were out there enjoying it so much.
Fresh eyes offer fresh perspective, and it is often when in a new or foreign place that we open up to all opportunities and awesomeness around us. It can be hard but I believe by being immersed in said situations that even when on home soil, or water for that matter, that one can truly appreciate life and all of its' little luxuries.
** You can learn a lot from the world - the way it works and how people operate amidst the myriad of moments, even on a Monday morning. Each of us are generally up to the same thing, that is eating, living, breathing, etc. - wherever you are in the world, it is simply the way in which each act occurs that differs across the dimensions of the day... so why not enjoy it in your own back yard! :)
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ticky2002 Aussie Love // Manly
#igersSydney #igersManly #igersNSW
What a beautiful fun day Sunday to spend down around the beach!
Having only had three hours sleep Friday night and an exhausting day yesterday, after chats, catch up, dinner, cartoons and some other fun times with the good ol' Watson @zoe_wato , it was sleep time for me. Massive sleep in and all through the night, when I woke up this morning in Manly I at first had no idea where I was. Deep sleep has made a huge difference, and as a result I'm feeling much better today.
This morning we've wandered around the markets, brunched, beached, chatted, laughed and simply enjoyed life in a stunning part of the world.
After lunch we split up and I headed bak towards the beach, stopping to watch a young busker and chat to a fellow photographer too.
For now it's back to the ferry terminal, but this time it's not me taking it, instead I'm now the one waiting for a mate. A friend from my '09 Europe tour, Mick @moopsmick, is on his way over the harbour for a visit. I'm not even sure the last time we saw each other, perhaps 2013, I don't know.
** That's the beauty of the best places and faces, it doesn't matter how much time there is between them, you still get to enjoy it when amongst it all again. ** Australia, I'm learning to love you once more! :)
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ticky2002 There's Something Over There // Sydney
#igersSydney #igersNSW
Walking around the city, lost and with little direction, I was surprised at how few people were around... that was until I came across The Rocks Market. People galore, a lot seemingly tourist, potentially off the massive cruise ship moored in the Harbour.
I'm not sure which bits I liked more, the seemingly less popular or the more. Sydney is a beautiful city to visit, that's for sure, and to walk out from a pillar looking at the choppy harbour and then have the Opera House as a surprise the further I went was pretty groovy. Yet again though, I'm taking a rest, catching my breathe, and letting my body and mind have some space.
I'm still not exactly feeling the best. I noticed I have a tight chest and a few occasions my mind was jumping to false conclusions with long sirens, a few loud noises, and some other things too. I took myself to Martin Place in search of the Lindt Cafe, sadness as I saw memorial images and thought back to Paris.
I'm not very happy with any of my photos. I've lost confidence shooting in unfamiliar settings again, and it shows. Not the biggest fan of it.
The buzz that I normally get at times like this is only just there, simmering rather than boiling over. The spark seems to have faded, but maybe it's partly due to only having three hours sleep last night... those late night life chats and cheese were worth it though @galow22 :) Still more to see and do, but I might just have a quick snooze on this luscious green grass..!! Good view to wake up to.
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ticky2002 Red Eyed Arrival // Sydney
#igersSydney #igersNSW
There is nothing quite like that first flight out for the day - flying out with a beautiful sunrise, morning light over rural NSW, mist hovering over the Blue Mountains, and then touching down into a silhouetted Sydney.
I don't know the last time I flew domestically, be it in Australia or elsewhere. I think it must have been way back in December 2010 when I covered 7,500kms in 11 days, with flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Alice Springs in that time.
It's not that I haven't travelled, I have just always driven, trained or bused to get myself around; either that or the flights have been to overseas. I usually see it as so expensive, but this time around I got an excellent deal, and with less time available the cheaper travel options (cheaper financially, longer in time, less time at destination) proved inefficient as in would lose days of work either side. This way I was still able to work yesterday, and on Monday have two hours to get myself home from Griffith and to work just after lunch.
In the mean time, this little weekend jaunt of mine is for a catch up or two, some Sydney street photography, but also as a test to see how I go in a less familiar city, in airports, navigating my way around etc., all the usual travel things but without the language barrier.
I have to say, it feels quite bizarre flying without a passport, international plugs or any of the like. I'm seeing photos everywhere so am now in the centre to drop my bag and get exploring... :)
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  •   catherineelaine I love Sydney from above! Great shot! 2mon
  •   onepoint66 If you can navigate your way around Sydney you can do it anywhere 🏼 2mon
  •   ticky2002 @catherineelaine Thanks Catherine, I had hoped it would be clearer but you can't choose the weather. Still nice :) 2mon
  •   ticky2002 @onepoint66 :) Thanks Phil! I got around, was so tired though!! 2mon

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ticky2002 Alpine Awesomness // Fernpass, Austria
#igersFernpass #igersAustria
It is three months ago to the day that a friend of mine, a brother of mine and myself were making our way across the Alps.
We had woken up in Innsbruck to stunning blue sky and sunshine, as well as some of the most beautiful scenery around. The morning was spent looking around a very quiet Innbsruck before wiggling our way North through the Tyrolean Alps and into Southern Germany.
The mountain ranges here are truly spectacular. You think you've seen the most beautiful bits, but then just a few hairpin bends later you find your mouth open to breathtaking views like this...
Austria is a pretty special place, and it is easy to see why. From here we went up into Germany, back into Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France and Italy before returning to Czech Republic. This time around we didn't go down into the stunning Southern part of the Swiss Alps as we were pushed for time, and also didn't want to get caught in bad weather on the high roads crossing from the North, but having been driving through scenery like this already there were no complaints.
Given time and space, looking back over my photos and remembering what we got up to my happier memories are beginning to come back.
** Mindset makes a massive difference.
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