Lightning and stars a perfect combination.

Lightning and stars a perfect combination
Image Credit: Photograph by Penney Hayley · · From Stargazing
As I watch this electrical storm move around Lake Kununurra in Western Australia I realized that the stars were also visible.
Personally I believe Ii’s a great combination.
Kununurra has sky is unpolluted and as I was shooting away from the town, light pollution wasn’t an issue either.
What I hadn’t thought about was the local crocodile population that live here and on my way down to the waters edge at a fairly quick pace without any lights, I was face to tail with a fresh water crocodile so after my heart stopped racing I set up on a tripod and commenced taking some long exposure shots and this is my favorite.
Source: ABC OPEN: Lightning and stars a perfect combination || From Project: Stargazing

The Pinnacles.

The Pinnacles in Western Australia provide a landscape like nowhere else.
The area contains thousands of weathered limestone pillars.
Some of the tallest pinnacles reach heights of up to 3.5m above the yellow sand base.
The different types of formations include ones which are much taller than they are wide and resemble columns—suggesting the name of Pinnacles—while others are only a meter or so in height and width resembling short tombstones.
A cross-bedding structure can be observed in many pinnacles where the angle of deposited sand changed suddenly due to changes in prevailing winds during formation of the limestone beds.
Pinnacles with tops similar to mushrooms are created when the calcrete capping is harder than the limestone layer below it.
The relatively softer lower layers weather and erode at a faster rate than the top layer leaving behind more material at the top of the pinnacle. via Wikipedia.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor Ali and Romain
Source: The Pinnacles – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Karawina Drive Duckmaloi

by Wendy Anne Hawkes · · From Snapped: My town
Located near Oberon, Duckmaloi was once a thriving community nestled in a little valley next to the Duckmaloi River.
Now there are just 14 properties (so the power company tells me when the power goes out).
But for such a tiny place it is crammed with beauty.
From the old relics of the village down near the river to the sun on the ridges, every space is a tiny art work.
This is Karawina Drive and a trick of the light often turns it into an oil painting in the mornings.
via ABC OPEN: Life in an oil painting || From Project: Snapped: My town.

Shepherd’s Warning, Snowy Mountains.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Lizaard · · From Pic of the Week
I’ve been greeted for the second day in a row by this gorgeous sunrise!
The colours were so vibrant, so bold.
Nature at its best in the Snowy Mountains and a great way to brighten up a day.
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Source: ABC OPEN: Shepherd’s warning || From Project: Pic of the Week

Indigenous Art from Victoria.

r1323751_18354497Originally created for her young son, Ballarat teacher and artist Deanne Gilson’s painting Wadawurrung Cultural Tree of Knowledge is a lesson in local Indigenous history.
It brings together significant symbols and totems of the Wadawurrung people, such as the creator spirit Bunjil the Eagle and Waa the Crow, as well as traditional artefacts.
But it also references the Wadawurrung Traditional Owner’s Catholic heritage through her Aboriginal grandmother, with a cross visible near the top of the tree.
“There are lots of double meanings behind a lot of the symbols,” Ms Gilson explains.
She sourced local ochre and charcoal from her fire to add authenticity to the work.
The large painting won the Australian Catholic University’s Acquisitive Award for Work Based on Spirituality and Cultural Tradition, as part of this year’s Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.
Ms Gilson, who works primarily with clay and paint, says the recognition from the university is an “honour”, and appropriate, as all her work starts from “a spiritual place”.
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Bellbrae artist and Wadawurrung woman Jenny Crompton won the renowned and widely recognised Deadly Art Award for her work Gathering at Godocut, which was crafted from seaweed and binder (ABC Local).
via Exhibition celebrates Victoria’s Indigenous artists – ABC Ballarat – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Tiny homes for the Homeless.

An artist’s representation of tiny homes to be constructed in Gosford. Photograph: Tiny Homes Foundation.
When pious architects choose to direct their talents toward a higher calling, they tend to do so in the form of towering cathedral spires, awe-inspiring sermon halls and grandiose vaulted ceilings.
Derek Mah, an associate at NBRS Architecture, went for something a little more humble. At a Sunday sermon about two years ago at Community Church Hornsby, on the northern fringes of Sydney, he was approached about using his skills not to devise great big buildings in the name of God, but tiny houses for the homeless.
The suggestion came from a friend in the congregation – David Woolridge, who, as Mah put it “has always been passionate about trying to get guys off the street and helping them out. He came up to me and said he’d gotten an idea about how to solve homelessness”.
It is a vision about to be realised in Gosford, on the New South Wales central coast, where three to four “tiny homes” that each take up just 14 square metres will be completed next month as the first project of Woolridge’s Tiny Homes Foundation, designed in partnership with NBRS Architecture.“Think of the house as a shoebox,”
The word “shoebox” isn’t usually a selling point in real estate parlance, but Mah uses it in this case with pride, given the long-term objective of the project is to enable housing to be provided to as many of Australia’s estimated 105,000 homeless people as possible in a country where building isn’t cheap, and land is eye-wateringly expensive.
Each tiny house costs less than $30,000 to deliver, and the small size of the building means it can be squeezed onto excess council-owned land not suitable for conventional housing, at potentially no cost.
Read on via ‘A shoebox that feels bigger than it is’: tiny homes for the homeless | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian