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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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 […]

Consider the lilies

Consider the lilies of the field*, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matt. 6:28-29, KJV)

* Actually, they’re now in a vase on the table, and they’re not growing … although they have […]