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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Midlands 2015-#14NS

This trip was the last of the 5-in-ten-weeks visits to Launceston to run face-to-face classes for a group of teachers doing a crash course in how to teach high school maths when maths isn’t their area of specialty. This has involved me teaching them three full-semester units, the first in the first five weeks, and the second two simultaneously in the last five weeks. This has been in addition to my regular class and work commitments. On top of that, there have been other northward trips during this time as well, running professional learning for which I’ve had to do more work for than I’d originally known about. This explains why I am pretty much exhausted and three-million years behind on everything.

Fortunately I wasn’t driving on this trip, but it was one of those days where there wasn’t really time to stop despite the driver’s willingness, although she did slow down for me as I snapped out the window. Some of the shots turned out okay.

There were some lovely mist effects at the start of our northward trip but on the wrong side for photographing, and by St Peter’s Pass it had cleared. There is a long row of trees here, which I have been keeping in mind as a subject for some time; this partly captures it, but I may stop one day in the future and see if I can get something more effective.


On the way back it was early evening, and just north of Campbell Town there are some distinctive trees growing on a hillside; these have also been on my photographic agenda for a while. (I’ve just noticed that their shadow directions seem really weird in relation to each other. Perhaps there were two suns behind me.)


The sunset was less interesting than portended, but I took a silly shot of the waxing moon through some dense tree branches as we sped past. I like the idea, but I reckon it should be possible to get better execution another time.


(There was a 2015-#13 trip, to Campbell Town two days ago, but I wasn’t driving, and I was tired, and although I was kind of keeping an eye out for photos nothing really caught my fancy to a sufficient degree to overcome a bad case of weary inertia.)

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