Saturday, March 10, 2012

exhibition spin off

Went to the opening of the Save our Gulf Coalition Exhibition last night. There are about ninety art works (paintings, photographs, jewellery etc and including my wall hanging) - a really good collection and well worth a look.

Delivering my piece there last weekend we decided to take a sandwich and check out a park we pass frequently on our way to and from the city. (Why don't we go exploring around our own back yard as we would if we were visiting another city?)  I knew the park related to aboriginal culture and thought it was time we learned just what was there. What a nice surprise!  It is the Warriparinga Wetlands - "a unique site in the heart of Marion. It is significant for its Kaurna, European and environmental features". Here is the link
We didn't take the time to walk any of the trails but I plan to return and do that some time. It was amazingly quiet too, given that it is in a triangle bordered by 3 major roads. I managed to give the camera a little try out -

... and enlarging this photo I found I had captured my reflection in the centre of the shield.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

my calamity

Just after I finshed my 'Calamity' I discovered the real calamity. It is the first of a series for our group and I forgot to put in the piece of fabric we were to include in each one! (I won't mention who came up with the idea and the fabric...) So, after a little addition - can you spot it? - here is Calamity version 2.

I have also been working on a piece for The demise or otherwise of South Australia's Gulfs, an exhibition curated by the Save Our Gulf Coalition to raise awareness of environmental issues threatening South Australia's Gulfs. You can catch it at Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre 9 March - 1 April. I have incorporated photos of, and some of my beach finds on our local beach. I've just realised that I didn't photograph it before I took it in.

I got a new camera a few days back, and have been trying some of the numerous settings. My favourite little Pentax is nearly 8 years old and there are a lot of additional features since then. It will probably be on 'auto' much of the time, but there are some great features I will enjoy - like more zoom, a GPS for tripping and a sweeping panorama. The hardest thing is keeping my left hand off the pop up flash!  Here are a few of the first shots.
Above is a twilight/sunset from the parkway a little further down our street.

This is a home grown gerbera - at last! I often buy a potted gerbera instead of flowers to have inside, and plant then in the garden when they finish flowering. One has finally grown on. Below is a flower on the bromeliad close up. It is a very large potted one on our verandah which has had a lot of flowers this year. The indiviual florets are exquisite.