On Monday May 13 I was invited to take photos for Sentaor Kate Lundy as she visited theat an information session about the Settlement Grants Program.
This was a great event and the local community members who met the Senator were genuinely appreciative they she had made the time to come and visit.
Photos I took at the event feature on the web page the Senator posted about her visit.
Also appearing on Senator Lundy’s website is a photo of Parliament House as viewed from the War Memorial. This appears as the footer image on every page of Senator Lundy’s site.
On the way to drop off some prints on canvas for the Yarralumla Gallery, I was taken by some amazing light in front of the Canberra Tower today.
My nephew managers the Oaks Brasserie which is the restaurant component attached to the gallery. It was getting close to lunch time and I didn’t want to interrupt him during what I presumed was going to be a busy time for him on a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon.
But I had to stop and I’m really glad I did.
I’m a born and bred Canberran – 4 score + years worth and yet I’ve never seen light like this around town.
So as concerned as I was that I’d interrupt my nephew during lunch service, I just had to stop. When he saw my photo, he didn’t seem to mind.
You flew through our skies so beautifully..
You performed your duties so.. dutifully..
You were admonished by many, so… brutally…
In our airspace, you were so graceful..
Although some found your “assets” distasteful..
(Though It’s true – more than a handful is wasteful!!)
Though so many were keen to scold you…
No earthly bounds could hold you…
There’s so much I wish I could have told you!!
Though some say your cost was quite wasteful
Please return to us – and make it… haste-ful!!”
Because life without you is oh so dull!
My gorgeous, floating Leviathan
Will we ever see you again?
Oh, how will we ever cope with all of this pain?
Skywhale… Oh, my dear, sweet Skywhale…
It was my usual rush job to get out to Conder yesterday morning (Conder’s a suburb in the ACT’s deep south) where I was scheduled to take photos of @honey_delight checking on one of the hives she has installed that makes up a part of her Canberra Urban Honey project. 1
It’s a wonderful project, and an ever increasing number of Canberrans, and no doubt other Australians are finding out more and more about what’s involved in this activity.
Basically, the project has, as a very simple goal – to increase the number of bees in the Canberra area. The system by which this goal will be achieved is by plonking bee hives all around suburban properties here in the ACT!
To find out more, you can visit http://www.canberraurbanhoney.com.au/about-us/.
Anyway. I got to the location pretty much on time.
Carmen (aka @honey_delight) started off by firing up her smoke machine which, as most people know is used to calm the bees, usually before honey is extracted from a hive.
Carmen’s aim today was mostly to check on the hive out at Conder, to make sure that the bees contained therein were in good condition and that the hive’s Queen was well and respondent.
Carmen was very pleasantly surprised to find that the hive was travelling along brilliantly which was evidenced by the presence of at least one of the hive’s honeycombs being chokkers full of honey!!
Brilliant!! This meant that the hive’s Queen was still very much alive and kicking, and that conditions still very comfortable for the hive’s many, many inhabitants!
After quickly re-firing the smoke machine (using a very secret blend of at least 11 secret herbs, leaves and spices!), Carmen opened up the bottom box of the hive which contained its glorious Queen!!!
As she pulled out the Comb which contained the hives Regal helm, I was very impressed with how calm all the loyal subjects remained under what might otherwise have been very engaging `conditions.
In a rare circumstance, Canberra’s colder climate has a beneficial effect on something!
Indeed, with the temperature hovering around the 15 degree mark, the occupants of the hive living near the Queen (most prone to agitation apparently) remained in a very calm and sedate condition!
Yay for me! More yay for our bee keeper whose flowing locks were all to use to being entangled with her beloved gold and brown pets!
No Bee helmet needed for anyone – photographers and keepers (and hosts) alike!!
And the deed was done!
Hive producing sweet golden honey? – Check!!
Queen present and accounted for?? (Very important in the bee world!!) – Check!!
Loyal subjects in good order and, having fulfilled their warmer month expectations, all set for a winter’s bunkering down?? – Check!!
Photographer, bee keeper and hive host sting free?? – Double check!! (and double #woot!!! )
So what a lovely morning!! My only disappointment was not remaining out of field for the Hive hosts i-pad photos which were re-tweeted to a great many folks. Oh well – risks of the trade I suppose!
And the biggest upshot for me??
I could tell you a long, somewhat depressing story of an ex public servant who never quite fitted the mould in his ½ career in the Australian Government.
Or, I could tell you the happy story of a young(ish) man who, as a result of a single photo shoot feels far more deeply that he’s well on the path to a new and vibrant career in a trade to which he feels well called!
That was the biggest win for me today, and that’s on a day where I saw my beloved Carlton Blues win a sound victory – all be it against a less than formidable foe.
To go further into my feelings about my “calling” to be a photographer, it’s important that I confess to being a very spiritual person – in a very traditional, Christian sense.
As a Christian, finding one’s calling can be one of the biggest challenges you have to deal with!
“Who am I??” “Where am I supposed to be??” “What am I supposed to be doing? etc. Obviously it’s not just Christians who have to deal with this issue.
Well, today, maybe for the first time, even after all the photo shoots I’ve done, I think I’ve found even more confirmation of what I truly believe is my professional calling.
And this added confirmation came in the photographing of around 15,000 furry little flying insects, and the wondrous home they all lived in and their even more wonderful keeper who has well and truly found her calling!
And how did it feel?
It felt good. Very, very good!
And almost as a side effect from this event, I have the full results of the photo shoot for you all to enjoy.
They’re on Google+ at http://ht.ly/kIH9b.
I’m a big fan of mountain scapes and the views from the Arboretum of the Brindebella Mountains are exceptional.
Here are links to my favourite photos from the Arboretum. You can click on the pictures to see larger versions.