Sydney Behind Headland

A shot of Sydney CBD from past part of the headland that encloses the harbour.

Almost seems like the city is built into this part of headland. Almost.

I think that the photo is pleasant enough. Not sure if it provides a commentary, or even something to think about when it comes to the contrast between urban and nature, but I think all the elements fit together nicely.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s photo challenge for this week.

The theme for this one is “Trees”.

I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit into the challenge.

You can find the challenges here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 600: Being Lazy Once More

Alright, so the last few days have been particularly long ones, but that is not something I feel like discussing, as whilst they were long days filled with a lot of productivity (depending on how you define “a lot” in this instance), they were overall not as eventful as one would think. Just a lot of work that was enjoyable.

Right now I’m in day two of four off and I am still achieving nothing as I’ve been sitting in front of the laptop for a while now and laziness is on the menu. Yes, it is that thing of which I sink my teeth into on a regular basis, but right now I’m going to try and dispel the spell that I seem to have cast upon myself.

Of course, this shall involve the process of moving my hands in a particular order in order to… actually, I think I’m done with that kind of rambling… for now, at the least.

I’m sitting here and I’m being rather lazy. This is of course a bad thing right now as I’ve spent a lot of time being lazy over the past few days. I need to actually get up and do stuff. There are a lot of things that I need to do, so sitting here and doing nothing is not going to achieve anything.

So long as I keep on remaining glued to my seat and do nothing except avoid responsibility, then a lot of things are going to pass me by and there’s little I can do to get back on track. The only thing that I can do is get back on track and start working harder.

However, I need to do that sooner rather than later. All this sitting here and talking about it isn’t solving anything, so I need to actually get up.

That said, maybe I need to relax a little more. I have been putting in more effort than usual into getting a bunch of things done so that I can then say that they are done.

Maybe I’ve relaxed enough. Realistically, this thinking is getting me nowhere. What I need to do is just get up and get going so I can get on with doing a bunch of things, and so on and so forth. I think you get the idea.

Tomorrow morning will be the start of a day of hard work. There will be little procrastinating, for there are a number of things that I want to get done. I know that if I actually get up and start working on… well, anything, then I’ll achieve something.

However, I also know that if I don’t, I may as well consider the day a write-off just like this one has been up until this moment.

Some old habits really do not like to disappear easily, but at the end of the day it’s my own lack of trying that prevents them from moving on out.

Need to turn that around.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 06:51:00

Not my finest work, but better than my worst.

Written at home.

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Obtaining Food

I think that this image is both kind of humorous and serious.

The gull on the left looks a bit goofy due to the angle, but at the same time this is an image of two birds trying to get food out of a bit of rubbish that was too big for the bin.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Wednesday” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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Tennis Ball

The aim was to create something moody.

I think I created something melodramatic.

This was taken in Waverton Park. I came out here after finishing my recent walk around Balls Head Reserve, saw the ball and thought it would make for a good subject.

This being in monochrome does enhance the mood of the photo, I think. It’s not longer just a ball in a field, but an emotive ball.

The photo being in monochrome makes details, and light and shade more apparent. It also means that it’s easier to keep focus on the scene at large.

Well, that’s what I think.

I hope you enjoy.

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One Thousand Word Challenge 30: Some Time to Kill

I have some time to kill, so I think I’m going to have another stab at getting to a length that I want to consider acceptable whilst under a certain limit of time. I’m hoping that it all reads okay and makes some sort of sense.

I sit here listening to music from a game of videos. The music is compositional in nature. It may have been played by an orchestra. Not really sure, but the positive is that I’m enjoying it and in my enjoyment of this music, I am letting myself be lost in its magic.

Still, it is not necessarily the best music to which I could write. I know there is better music suited for this task, but for now it will be fine. It works well enough as something in the background and it does allow me to lose myself in the typing of the letters to construct combinations that conclude as words, and right now that is more than enough.

It looks like that today the weather is going to be warm and sunny. It’ll be good for the watering of the plants and the drying of the clothes. It’ll be good for walking to a station of trains and it’ll be good for being inside after being outside. Today is going to be a long day, I think, but that just means I’ll have more time to get a bunch of things done.

There is a lot of work that I need to complete, so this week will be a busy one overall. I don’t think that that is a bad thing. It’s good to be busy a lot of the time so long as you make sure to take breaks on occasion. Of course not everyone can do things without a break, so better to recharge when necessary so you can always operate at your maximum.

I think that this morning will feature a walk along The Cooks River. It’s a walk easy enough to do and it will take me to a nearby train station. Today is another one of those days spent with a period of time at work. It also is a public holiday, so my hope is that it is quiet so I can get a bit of writing done.

I should probably be working on some of that writing now, but I feel like starting this morning off with working on this rather than other things.

Before that period of being at work, I’ll bask in the sun as I move through space and time. Birds will be out, but I may not see them. If I do see them, I may not be equipped to take photos of them. If I am equipped to take photos of the birds, then the possibility that I lack a lens that can get a shot close enough will still remain strong.

If for some reason the birds don’t move much when I approach them, then I shall take photos. Otherwise today’s walk will be spent on observation and appreciation for the ability to walk along The Cooks River. It’s a nice day for a walk and so I’d rather not spend it taking photos.

Actually, I would rather spend it taking photos, but perhaps not this morning. I desire more to be in the city and see if I can retake some shots from a different viewpoint and see what that brings forward.

Now that I think about it, if I had been faster in getting up and getting ready this morning, then perhaps I would have been able to head into the city and do just that. I probably still could, but I would be pressed for time which is something I’d rather avoid. There are things that need to be done, but I still can take my time with them; at least to some extent. Rushing off to the city only to have to rush around would not help matters very much.

There is only so much time, but right now that is something that has no issue waiting.

I feel like today this bit of text may have already run its course, but at the same time I feel like I can keep on going. My hands move over the keys and I’m finding that I’m struggling less than on prior days. However, that does not mean that the content is necessarily worth the time.

Maybe it does. Maybe there is something to get out of all of this, but that’s not something I want to think about. There are other things that need to be thought of instead, such as the whole reason as to why I am typing in this very morning.

After very little consideration, the conclusion to that reasoning is that I want to write this morning and I need to get back into a form of shape and fitness so I can keep on working on producing something that will be worth the time and effort spent on reading.

OF course I don’t think I’ll ever truly know if I do produce something worthwhile, but that’s not why I write anyway. Truly, I write for the love and enjoyment of writing. There are plenty of things out there that are worth the time and effort, and I truly believe that writing is one of them. There are whole worlds created through the process of creating lengths of text, and more often than not they are worth the time and effort in exploring, even if the end result is not one that many would describe as being of a good quality.

That said, there should probably be more quality control employed. The love of writing does not necessarily justify all (or most) writing, and so on and so forth. You get the idea.

Well, for now I shall find a way to bring his to a conclusion. There are responsibilities I need to attend to, and the day is still quite young.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 14:41:26

I’m kind of surprised in my being able to churn out as many words this morning as I have.

Still, it’s a small step in what is going to be a day mostly filled with writing.

This one is quite grounded. Maybe not grounded in the way that it needs to be, but grounded nonetheless.

Probably could be better. I hope this reads as easy as it was to write.

I think I’m going to work a bit more on reaching one thousand words over five-hundred for a while. There still will be a number of the latter, but not as frequently produced as I’ve done so in the past.

Written at home.

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More Sydney Harbour Bridge Structure

I may not be a fan of The Sydney Harbour Bridge, but I certainly do involve it in quite a number of photos, such as this one.

I think that it may be due to my appreciation of its shape and structure and the way it impacts Sydney more than it as a landmark. Not sure.

With this shot I was looking to capture part of the bridge’s frame. Being on a boat near the bridge, it was a fairly straightforward endeavour.

I like that the framing removes Sydney Harbour Bridge from the context of its location. It could be anywhere.

I think the sky works well in strengthening the structure’s appearance. It seems a bit more striking.

This is my submission into The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge for this week.

The theme for this week is “Filling the Frame“.

The challenge is hosted by four people and cycles weekly:

Week 1 – Patti

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya

Week 3 – Amy

Week 4 – Tina

This week is hosted by Patti and next week’s will be hosted by Leya.

I recommend checking out the challenge to see how people interpret each theme.
I also recommend giving it a go.

I hope you enjoy.

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One Thousand Word Challenge 29: Where it all Starts for Today

So I’m trying to think of the words to come up with so I can begin and get writing about something. Anything really. Still, I can’t think of anything to come up with. It’s been a long few weeks and I feel as though I should start writing about something, but the fact is that I’m struggling. It may be due to being tired. It could be due to thinking too much about what to write about. Perhaps I’m looking for that witty opening sentence (or few sentences), and just can’t come up with anything, but really the issue is that I need to get to typing. “Start at the beginning” as they say. It’s something I know I’ve said a few times to a number of people to get them working on something they’re struggling with, so I should start doing that myself.

So, here is the beginning of this text. This is where it all starts for today. Well, it would be, but the start is in the paragraph above so all I can do from this point on is continue on and hope that all of what comes out falls neatly into place. I don’t want to be trying to pull a bunch of things out of space and hope that they stick. I want to write something that is grounded very much in reality and lacks all the kind of rage and anger that I often wish to express but hold back from doing as I descend into incomprehensibility too often and sometimes I need to take a break from that kind of expression.

Only sometimes. Not always.

So I’m here now, I’m present and I am writing and trying to get the point across, but I think that the biggest problem I have is that I’m stuck whilst trying to write. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have writer’s block, but I do know that I’m having trouble. Perhaps it is the procrastination thing that is holding me back. Perhaps there are a number of reasons. I do know that often I want to write more personally, but hold back as there are so many questions about how it’s all going to be expressed. I guess that some of that comes down to anger.

For a number of years I’ve wanted to write about an important friendship of mine coming to an end, but I’ve always felt that the words were difficult to find as it’s something that I want to do justice whilst cutting out as much bias as possible, but I’ve never gotten around to it. That’s something that really could just be started at the beginning. It’s the same with another that seems to have also come to an end earlier this year. I’m sure that if I get to it, I eventually will be able to put it all down into text in a way that captures the events and the friendships without preventing some sort of angry account.

Of course, there are other things that I want to cover, but I’m not going to go on a loop today. I think I’ve wasted enough words just getting to this point, which I guess is now the part where I try to spin all of this into something positive and show some sort of push forward, regardless of how serious or silly it could turn out.

However, I don’t think that I will reach that point. I’m pretty happy with the fact that I’ve gotten to this point, if I am to be honest.

Maybe the reason for my writing struggle is due to a desire to write in a longer form. However, I really am not sure. Maybe it is too late in the evening for me to tell. Maybe it is too early. Maybe I am just trying to get some padding, but at least I am writing and right now that is good enough.

I don’t think that I need to look for inspiration. I’m pretty sure I’ve got plenty of that.

Wait, why am I doing this? I’ve already worked out that I think the main issue is that I need to sit down and just write instead of trying to think about what to write, but I’m still going on about stuff.

Maybe the journey did not end where I thought it would, and this is sort of the sequel, or something to similar effect.

Clearly the peak of the hill has been passed, so why is this not rolling out as smoothly as I had hoped? Was there a mountain hidden behind the hill? Was it something that waited for its opportunity to strike and now that it is revealing itself, I must face it and hope that I can get to its summit and thus survey the land spread out in all directions and marvel at how small and insignificant I am as well as the overwhelming beauty of all that is in sight?

Perhaps.

The only thing I can do now is get started. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and it does not end. I’m sure that once I reach that peak, then there will be another that needs to be surmounted.

Maybe it needs not to be surmounted, but instead of walking around, or away, I’m desiring to go up it and see what awaits. There is a lot to be discovered on the other paths, but this is one that surely would lead to a bit more of the getting done the doing that needs a certain kind of progress in order to be done. Of course, it may not be, but there is only one way to find out  all of this and that involves a whole lot of writing.

Now, I’m not sure where I should start, but I think that what I should do is just sit down, cast a few conflicting thoughts aside and start in one particular location: the beginning.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 16:31:58

Not sure as to how all of the above reads. I’m sure it’s acceptable at best.

It’s been far longer than I had hoped since I attempted one thousand words.
Procrastination, etc.

I think I need to stretch my legs a little more. I’ve been desiring to spend more time on long form. One thousand words is not exactly long form, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Written at home.

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