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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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. 6d

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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
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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 1w
  •   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. 1w
  •   sallyhanreck 😬😬 1w
  •   ginxstar Ohh poor thing!! That's just awful!!! So glad you didn't rub your eyes...xxx 1w
  •   polarwarp Ouch!! :( this is why I avoid superglue as id totally end up with a disaster!! Hope it heals quick 1w
  •   chapterandverse Hurts like hell and does for weeks. Happens every time - I've now been banned from super gluing anything. 1w
  •   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!! :) 1w

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ticky2002 A Contradicting Corner // Hay
#igershay
Street photography in Hay just isn't the same as the city.
The more I look at this photo the more meanings and little nuances I can actually see though. I guess that's life in the country, everything takes that little bit more time...
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  •   marniesberries It means their hot water systems are rubbish 2w
  •   ticky2002 @marniesberries That was one. The idea of the hot water system advert with an air-con there, why both? opposites or like yin and yang, and then the big crack to/from the window. The idea of the old and new, cracks in history, along with a scattering of rubbish. That sort of thing. 2w
  •   chapterandverse S**t I've been using mine as a rubbish bin all this time!!! 2w
  •   ticky2002 @chapterandverse The bins are new generation, you're just ahead of the times ;) 2w
  •   chapterandverse Go me being ahead of the curve!! Woo hoo!! 2w
  •   marniesberries Hmmm you've thought that through well! 2w

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ticky2002 Camel Courage // Uluru, NT (2010)
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In life, you must ask yourself this - what do I want from life?
None of this what 'should' I do, or what 'would' I do, but rather, what 'COULD' I do with my life?! What 'CAN' I do with my life?, and; What 'WILL' I do with my life?
In 2010 I was asked if I wanted to join two friends for a one way trip from Alice Springs back to Hay. I said yes. Plans changed a little along the way, one of which was the amount of time up there before coming back. But did we let it get in the way? No. It still happened, it was a great experience, and it opened my eyes to new and exciting things, situations I had never experienced, and the ability to achieve things I had only ever dreamed about.
We had all said we wanted to do a camel ride around Uluru at sunset. It was full. There was a sunrise option, but it meant being up at 4.30am. I was a lot more apprehensive to early rising then compared to now, but my friends would not let that be an excuse. We committed.
As a result there was six of us on camels to watch silhouetted darkness turn to light, compared to a maxed out 25 watching light turn to dark.
Having just had an hour long phone call to a fabulous friend of mine, there is now an idea out there in the world for her to come over to Paris, Morocco for a couple of weeks, Germany, then split or whatever as I head for England, and then back to Morocco or any other possibilities and dreams that we create and allow to come true.
Life is about having Dreams, then making them happen!! Excuses are easy and experiences can be hard, but man, oh man, are they worth it!!!! I hope to hell she calls me back tomorrow after the 24hrs is up with the courage to say "YES. THIS IS HAPPENING. WE ARE TURNING IDEAS INTO REALITY. WE ARE GOING TO MOROCCO. WE ARE MAKING THINGS HAPPEN."
Do it dude; you know you want to!!!!!!! :D
** "Dream, then make it happen" - va :)
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ticky2002 Blossom Beauty // Hay
#igershay #mywalktowork
One of my favourite times of year is just around the corner, and these little guys are coming out of hibernation to prove it.
I love that even along my short walk to work you can see things changing everyday, and comparing it from when I started at the end of June it's beginning to look a lot like Springtime :)
Retreat, rejuvenate, regain, reshoot, regrow.
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ticky2002 Time For Change // Hay
#igershay
Things in life are always changing, everyday - time, weather, nature, light, people, thoughts, perceptions, actions, etc., etc
** However, is it change though, or rather, adaptation?
** Regardless; it is now.
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ticky2002 Travel Temptation // Hay
#igershay
I was just looking at emails and came across one I missed from five days ago. Air Asia have flown over 300 million people, and are celebrating with a sale.
I could fly to KL for under $400 return!!! These dates should correlate with what would be the semester holidays, if I even get back from Europe...!!!!!! I mean, that's what I'm meant to be saving for right now, but this is one epic deal.
What does anyone recommend doing? Have to book by August 16, today, guessing midnight, less than three hours!!!!!!! Argh.... what do I do!!!!!
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ticky2002 VP Day // Hay
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You don't get to see that every lunch time now do you.
The first fly over scared the beejeebies out of me as I had just got home and no idea what it was. Then Dad mentioned the fly past was to do with VP Day commemorations, so I ran up onto the roof in the hope it would fly by again. I could see it off in the distance banking over West Hay, then I watched as it came back, West to East this time. Very low, very fabulous!
It was a four engine RAAF Orion maritime patrol aircraft that did the fly-past over town. According to the newspaper the first Orion fly-past was in a South-North direction to go over Hay War Memorial High School, which meant it flew up the street that our house is on the corner of. The second one seemed to be along the next street over before looping back around to the South-West, gaining altitude into the clouds to return to it's base in South Australia near Adelaide. It recently completed a decade of operational service in the Middle East.
The low flight altitude is around the height my Pop would have flown at during World War 2 in their Wellington's. How cool.
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ticky2002 Travelling Turban // Hay
#igershay
After having to take three days of four off due to being sick, yesterday I got back to work, not quite 100%, but enough to go and get things done. With big hours then, today, tomorrow, and by the looks of things next week, these travel dollars are coming back in, thick and fast.
The picture doesn't really do it justice, as there is a pole sticking out of where I wanted to describe, but whenever I catch a glimpse of myself and the hairnet I have to wear in the cabinet windows, due to the way it gathers at the front, it makes me think of a turban. Thus, this little turban of mine has, and will again, take me to far off places.
** So here's a rough bit of reflection on something I was thinking about today:
See the thing is, growing up you often get told that "The world's your oyster," at least I know I was. Well, being brought up so far from the sea you don't always get to experience any hint of salt water, let alone the taste of an oyster. But, when you finally do, there's no going back, for that slippery little surprise is a one way ticket to an ever changed life - one full of love, life, laughter, much travel, many adventures and mightily merry memories. So as for that oyster, I'm hooked! :D
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