Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last day 2009

It's been a crazy year and I didn't finish what I started in such hope and anticipation. Life got in the way, but I made a few good decisions. One was to leave full time work and the more I think about that the better it has turned out to be. I look forward to 20120 and for the reasons I started this blog originally, I am going to continue it this year. I loved following Tania's 365 project and she did see it through. I am glad that Sue will be continuing her Year of Images as well. I have joined the Edtech 365/2010 Flickr group and am looking forward to getting involved with that. I love the idea of having the theme of change for January. It seems like a very rich topic. There is also discussion about how to use the group in the classroom - very intriguing.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Day 68

It was my study, but now it's Kieran's. If only he would be in there more:

new year 12 study for Kieran

My self portrait: A photo of my mother and her family in Holland in 1939:

My mother and her family

Day 67

Went to the gym today and on the way out I took this photo of the pool:

Casey ARC

My self portrait for Sunday:

Shadows and slats

Day 66

On Saturday 7th March I saw this amazing cloud formation:


Just found a copy of my 30 year old passport photo. I was only 23.:

my passport photo when I was 23

Day 65

This my rather overexposed self portrait, but somehow I like it: After a hard week's work

My experimental shot:


Day 64

I really only took one photo today which I uploaded to both the 2009/365 group and the twitter 365 group:

Here it is: My school

I took it because I am constantly amazed that whenever I look up I have a view of the sea. How much better could it get?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Day 63

Rain (finally) just as the kids get out of school: After our days of extreme heat and extreme fire danger we have a day of coolness and rain

Rain (finally) as the kids get out of school

Coming out of uni tonight after our session: Tonight was the first session of my University course for 2009. I am completing a Masters of Education in ICT

Coming out of uni tonight after our session

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Day 62

Today the fire danger was 170, with high winds and high temperatures. No lives were lost today thank goodness:

High winds in Endeavour Hills this afternoon

After our meeting this afternoon I asked two colleagues, Mel and Talaylen to pose for a photo. I love these guys:

me and two much valued colleagues: Mel and Talaylen

Monday, March 2, 2009

Day 61

Teaching Year 8 Geography has made me aware of different things. I called this one Land use on the way to work:

Land use on the way to work

And this one is self explanatory I think:

Twitter: 61/365

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Day 60

Shopping in the local shopping plaza, my eye was caught by this architectural feature:


My twitter self portrait for Day 60:

Twitter 60/365

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Day 59

Loved the lacy pattern against the cloudy sky:

Tree against a cloudy sky

And I took a photo of my favourite Saturday morning activity, reading The Age

May favourite Saturday morning activity

Friday, February 27, 2009

Day 58

Had a great day today. It started off this morning with this great photo:


And continued with great news about Kieran's progress. He will be going to school part time from next Tuesday:

Kieran and me: Back yard

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Day 57

Today I got the best surprise of my life when I saw my son Lachlan who left for Norway two years ago. He has travelled in some remarkable places and is home for six months before he returns to Norway to go to University:

Lachlan back home after 2 years away

While driving through Prahran today, I took this photo of some trees and their shadows:

Trees and shadows in Prahran

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Day 56

I love the bloggers feasts and the twitterers' meetups we have in Melbourne when we have friends from interstate or overseas. Tonight a few of us got together. This is Allison and me at our dinner:

Twitter: 56/365

I took this picture of the classroom without students because I could still feel their energy in the room, as if the air was still moving with their activity. They are keeping me on my toes a bit, I must say, but I do love 'em:

The students have gone to lunch

Day 55

I liked this shot:

Twitter: 55/365

And all through this latest drought, the roses have kept flowering without any additional watering. Amazing!

Roses in my garden

Monday, February 23, 2009

Day 54

I loved this pattern of roots under a pine tree. When I had taken a few shots, I realised my foot was intruding into one of them (not visible in the blog. Click on the photo to go to Flickr):

Twitter: 54/365

As I was coming home from work today, I was driving closer and closer to this fire near my home. I took this photo from James Alexander Reserve just near home. The fire was in Birdsland, where I had gone for a walk on Saturday:

Fire near home

Day 53

Went to the National Gallery Victoria to see the exhibition of photos by Andreas Gursky. I wanted to see it to improve my photography. I was quite unsettled by the images as I couldn't see how he had done them, and as for using his inspiration to improve my photos, well I don't think so! We can but dream:

Trip to see Gursky exhibition

After the exhibition I took this rather lame photo. But I know now that to improve I will put more effort and thought into all aspects of photography:

Twitter: 53/365

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Day 52

Taken on a walk in Birdsland Reserve Twitter: 52/365 Bob and me

And on the same walk:

Mistletoe skeletons

Day 51

Outside my local gym, there is one of the aquatic sculptures that were made to represent the 72 competing nations in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. This one is a Leatherback Turtle, which represented St Lucia, an island nation in the Caribbean:

Leatherback Turtle

Back from the gym:

Twitter: 51/365 Back from the gym

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Day 50

This evening my school held its secondary swimming carnival. There was lots of cheering and excitement:

Movement in the pool

On the way home I took this as the day transformed into dusk:

Late drive home

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Day 49

Have to wear sunnies in my office (the blinds are coming):

Bright sunny office

Another view of my daily commute:

local wetland in summer

Day 48

After yesterday when I took a photo from my office window, today I was surprised to see an excavator digging a large hole next to the tree. I don't know why.

View from my office window on Tuesday

Another photo of the sunrise taken on the way to work:
Another view of Tuesday's sunrise

Monday, February 16, 2009

Day 47

Loved this scene of the sun low in the sky this morning, so I got out of the car on the way to work.
The sun coming up this morning...

And here is the view from the window in my office:

View from my office window

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Day 46

My sister (who wasn't yet born in 1961) came to visit with her Jack Russell:

Lester and Carmel

Twitter: 46/365 Family (1961)
Twitter: 46/365 Family 1961

Day 45

Strange light in the sky this evening:

Red smokey sun

Self portrait for day 45:
Me and Mum

Friday, February 13, 2009

Day 44

At the end of a tragic week in which bushfires have taken many lives and burnt property, wildlife and bush, it is not surprising that a pall of smoke hangs in the air and changes the light:
Evening light with bushfire smoke My flickr caption says: Illuminating a tree nearly dead from drought in our front yard is a weak sun struggling to send its sickly yellow rays through haze of smoke

And continuing my photojourney, here is another photo of me. My mother sewed my dress and knitted the boys'jumpers. (One of my brothers was absent in this photo):