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.
February 2015
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Ben Lomond and Legges Tor

Our plan to head up on to the Ben Lomond plateau were delayed when we came across an Asian tourist who had managed to run her car off the gravel road. Fortunately she wasn’t hurt, but the car was neither retrievable nor driveable and so we had to go in search of mobile phone reception in […]

Some photos from a country road

The final day of our holiday involved travelling back to Hobart, but we decided to head into the north-eastern mountains en route. Our morning was spent driving along a quiet country road, up and down dale, through pine plantations and temperate rainforest, and across a creek or two.


Just north of Mt Barrow the country-side opened […]

More coastal sights

Today was a day for following roads to see where they went, and finding bits of coastline previously unvisited. To the east of Bridport there are some coastal lakes, set behind the dunes, including the lovely Little Waterhouse Lake, skirted by a narrow sandy track, and with a handful of comfortable shacks along its shore.

A nearby […]

A bits-and-pieces day

[Warning: this post contains photos of spiders, and bad puns. You have been advised.]

Day 3 of our excursion involved a bit of driving, much of it on rather corrugated roads. I’m sure my Subaru loved the bouncy bits, but it was a little jarring at times, and there was nice accumulation of dirt to remove when […]

As the lights go down – Day 2, part 3

As the lights go down, things get interesting for photography, and I decided to mess around with my camera down on the beach in the fading evening light. The sunset itself was quite pretty, particularly the effects created in the still waters of the lagoon behind the beach, but more fun was had trying out different […]

Bird on a wire, and other places for ornithology – Day 2, part 2

[Disclaimer/confession: I have taken advantage of the rather large number of pixels in my camera and the relatively fewer pixels needed for the screen, and cropped a few of the photos to show some key things a bit bigger than they were in camera.]

The day had begun overcast and mizzly and this little swallow made a […]

Coastline contrasts – Day 2, part 1

On day 2 of our week away I took over 260 photos. I have since thrown out over 60 of them, but a large number remain, and I have struggled to decide which few to include in the blog. In the end, day 2 is going to get three posts, and, for better or worse, all […]

Churches and beaches

In order to make sure I had at least a bit of a proper holiday over summer I booked a few days away with Mum and Dad, like we had done last summer to the north-west coast but this time to the east and north-east of Tassie. We headed across the Fingal valley, where we stopped […]

Midlands 2015-#2S

On my way back from Launceston I had one of the interstate conference keynote speakers in the car as a passenger. We took a little detour into Ross, stopping at the historic sandstone bridge which gave me a chance to get a few shots for my “Midlands” collection.

The bridge was built by convict labour, and the […]

12 of 12, February 2015

I’ve been in Launceston this week for meetings and a three-day conference. The 12th was the second day of the conference and, having arisen and tried — unsuccessfully — to do some work on a slow internet connection, I headed downstairs for breakfast for the house special muesli and a freshly squeezed orange juice (I managed […]