Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Telegraph poles

I took a couple of friends for a drive up to the east coast and spotted these telegraph poles on a road near Triabunna. The sky was very atmospheric and there’s something stark and both lonely and connecting about telegraph poles in the country. It’s too late at night to try to find the right words […]

Photographing waterfalls

It was a lovely afternoon, and I decided to take my camera and tripod to visit a couple of waterfalls on Mt Wellington. Getting to the first — O’Grady’s Falls — involves a gentle stroll along a wide and easy track, and then has the potential for producing slightly damp feet if taking photos from within […]

A hidden waterfall

As I was tidying my house this week, I came across a map of part of Mt Wellington that had been given to me, upon which was marked the route to a waterfall I’d never visited. I am a sucker for a waterfall and an obscure track, so I called up Dad to see if he […]

Crepuscular rays over Carlton Beach

As I was leaving a friend’s place this evening, I noticed some interesting cloud and light effects, and so I popped down to Carlton Beach. Here, the late afternoon sun was producing a magical set of crepuscular rays through some  amazing cloud formations out over Frederick […]

Sunset across Ralphs Bay

On our way home from Sunday family dinner down near Sandford Mum, Dad and I stopped to enjoy a rather spectacular sunset over Ralphs Bay. The iPhone was the only camera I had, and it struggled a little with what was being asked of it in the first shot looking out from southern end of Mortimer […]

Lauderdale coastal walk

I have been trying to be more active lately in preparation for a big adventure at the end of the year, and so I have been seeking walks and hills. This afternoon I tried out a new track, the part of the Tangara Trail that runs from Roches Beach at Lauderdale towards Seven Mile Beach. The […]

Disappearing Tarn and somewhere else

On the southern slopes of Mt Wellington, about 4km from The Springs, there is one of the mountain’s more famous features: the aptly named Disappearing Tarn. It lies — when it is there at all — in a curious depression in one of the bigger “potato fields”: a large area of tumbled dolerite rocks and boulders […]

Midlands 2016-#12NS

Yesterday I started teaching one of the courses that is going to be responsible for quite a few trips northward in the second half of the year. Because it is winter, and the roads are often icy in the morning, I headed up the day before, leaving much later than I planned and so having to […]

Midlands 2016-#11N

Most of my midlands trips this year have been coinciding with sunset time (and this is likely to continue), and so the sunset shots are likely to become a theme if I maintain this self-imposed photography challenge that helps to keep the drive interesting. This time the pink is on the opposite side of the sky […]

12 of 12, June 2016

Today’s collection was shaping up to be a miscellaneous hodge-podge, symptomatic of my miscellaneous hodge-podgy life, but, following a demanding but largely sedentary week, I decided I needed to go for a walk this afternoon. I was going to do Risdon Brook Dam but by the time I started heading there things were looking tight for […]