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First nations speak for themselves on pipelines proposed to link the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat on BC’s coast. See more at the Vancouver Sun.
In the current edition of the Hunter Lifestyle Magazine, Marilyn Collins wrote a nice article about me. She talked about my photography, moving to Newcastle, our involvement with guide dogs, the fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation that was done on the exhibition opening night. I also got to display a number of my photos.
The highlight is that they are using one of my Squids Ink photos for the front cover of Issue forty six. When Marilyn asked me if they could use one of my photos for the front cover, I was understandably very pleased to say the least :-). The article is named Leave Only Footprints and opens with a full page of my Golden Tumble photo taken at Karijini National Park back in April.
The magazine hit the newstand in the Hunter on Thursday 28 October. Some select newsagents also carry the magazine in the Sydney and Central Coast regions.
The exhibition at Gallery RAW has been a huge success. Over the month of August, we had close to 400 visitors. I am also very pleased to announce that we raised $3290 for the Leukaemia Foundation. This has been an amazing fundraiser on opening night and I would like to thank all those that visited and purchased prints.
On the last day, it was actually sad to be taking down the prints off the walls. Fortunately, Gallery RAW is running a new exhibition called “Eclectic”.
Gallery RAW has the “Eclectic” exhibition running till the end of September, so make sure to visit.
Opening night has now been and gone. It was a huge success, way beyond my expectations. I was able to raise a fair bit of money for the Leukaemia Foundation quite a few of my prints sold on the night. I’m just in the process of calculating the final figures.
Gallery RAW was open all weekend and it is very rewarding to have people come in the gallery and enjoy my photographs, makes for a wonderful feeling. So if you are in the area, do not hesitate to come in for a chat and check out my photos.
More by accident then by design, the other night we watched the documentary called The Cove. It just so happens that it won the 2009 OSCAR for Best Feature Documentary. The movie is about a team of activists, film makers and freedivers that go and investigate the “tradition” of hunting dolphins in a cove in Taiji, Japan. It is a story that will stay with you for a long time.
Did you know that approximately 20,000 dolphins are killed each year in Japan? The documentary shows how this is being done in this small seaside village in Japan. The fishermen initially round up the dolphins. Then some of these dolphins are sold to trainers that train up the dolphins to then be sold to dolphinariums or swim-with-dolphins programs. The rest of the dolphins are simply slaughtered and sold for meat!
Be warned, it is a difficult movie to watch but we need to watch it so people can take action. There are various ways to take action:
Start by watching the movie
Take part in the campaign.
Join a Save Japan Dolphins.
Spread the word to your friends, family, school, workmates.
Just a quick review of the Frans Lanting seminar that I was able to attend in Sydney this past weekend. Frans’ seminar was titled “Every Picture Tells a Story”.
Frans is a very engaging presenter and you can really feel his passion for nature photography. It was wonderful to listen to him talk about the process that he goes through when going on a photo shoot for National Geographic. How he conceptualises his images, be it landscape or wildlife, was very refreshing. Like all great nature photographers, these wonderful photos rarely just happen, he has spent numerous hours in the field, waiting and planning to get the image.
The seminar was organised by another famous photographer, at least in Australia, Ken Duncan. Ken was also running an exhibition of Frans’ works at his gallery in Erina and The Rocks in Sydney. To be able to view Frans’ work framed on the wall of the gallery was outstanding. These images look fantastic in the books that Frans has published but nothing compared to seeing them printed big.
Here is a new banner served up on the blog. This is Two Moose Lake in the Yukon, Canada. Two Moose Lake is located in Tombstone Territorial Park. This section of the park is along the Dempster Highway that leads to Inuvik. Two Moose Lake is in the Blackstone Uplands and you are in the tundra in this section of the park. This is the most southern area of North America where you can experience the tundra environment.
We were fortunate to be in the park right at the peak of autumn colours. The tundra and the mountains were covered in bright reds, yellows and oranges. It is a amazing sight to see.
There wasn’t much wildlife when we were there. We saw a small herd of caribous, only eight of them, in the far distance. The Porcupine Caribou herd can number up to 150,000 animals. The herd tends to be in this area in the winter time, so a bit early for us.
Early September was a perfect time to visit. The park was at its prime in terms of autumn colours, temperature still wasn’t too cold – ie 12-14C in the day, close to freezing at night and best of all, there weren’t many bitting insects 🙂
You will notice as we go that suddenly, there are a number of new blog posts. That’s because I do the updates off-line using the ecto tool and then when I get some Internet access, I do a publish so a few posts appear all at once. I prefer to make shorter blog entries as I go instead of just one big one. I reserve the right to change my mind later 😉
We are finally on our way. We are sitting at Sydney Airport waiting for our flight. Today we travel to Cape Town, South Africa. We will spend a number of weeks in the southern part of the African continent, visiting South Africa, Zambia and Namibia. I’m not sure how much Internet access I will have but I’ll do my best to update the blog.
We left this afternoon, saying goodbye to Mariola’s mom. Our four-legged girls are at home in the good hands of Alison and Bryan who are moving in for the duration of our holiday.
Time to sign off before they call our flight.