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Neptune……..

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Let there be Light

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“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose

Happy Easter everyone!  :-)

Musos entertain protesters against unconventional mining

eremophila:

I used to say we haven’t had a civil war in this country, but it’s certainly getting closer to it now – those who are greedy and in favour of CSG, and those who believe in the right of everyone to have clean air and water.

Originally posted on WattleRangeNow:

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattle rangenow

 Fracking is on many peoples lips these day, since with the prospect of unconventional  mining in the South East becoming a possibility.  Information meetings have been held around the region in most communities. This article came across my desk today and I thought I’d pass it on to you. Musos including Dan Sultan (pictured) arrived to entertain protesters today.

It was first reported on Echonet daily.

Echonet Daily

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Like a scene from a spy movie, seven cars pulled up at a guarded gate on Saturday afternoon, but instead of black suited secret agents, some of the north coast’s highest profile musos stepped out to surprise and support protectors at the Bentley Blockade which has now had people locked-on for six weeks.

Nick Hanlon and Amanda Shoebridge from Aussies Against Fracking organised the northern rivers super group that included Ash Grunwald, Kram from Spiderbait…

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What are we doing to the children?

eremophila:

Surely it’s time to take action against this atrocity?!

Originally posted on O ECOTEXTILES:

Americans live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet American children are less likely to live to age 5 than children in comparable nations – and I was shocked to find that America has the highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world. [1]

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Our children are especially vulnerable to the presence of toxic chemicals in their lives, and unfortunately this means that our children are sicker than we were as kids.

That is due to many different things, but one component can be found in changes to our environment. Since the middle of the last century, we have allowed a slew of chemicals (numbering now over 80,000) to be used in products – chemicals which were untested, many of which we now know to be harmful. In 2009, tests conducted by five laboratories in the U.S., Canada and Europe found up to 232 toxic chemicals in…

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The Result

I mentioned a while back that I’d entered into a photo competition.  Well, on Friday night the awards were presented and I was very lucky to get runner-up in the Open section.  The prize was a voucher for $200 photo printing.

The standard of the more than 200 entries over 6 categories was very high, with many professional photographers entering – all vying for the $1000 first prize money.

The exhibition will be open for the next two weeks, and I’m planning to take some photos of it when I’m in town next week.  With a bit of luck, one or more of my six images may be sold also :-)

Here’s the image:

Working the mobOf course, the funny thing is, that this was taken with my old camera, Fuji 200EXR, before I obtained the Olympus, which just goes to prove, it’s not all about the camera!

One of the aspects about the competition which did concern me however, was the constant reference by the judging panel about winning shots, being the ‘sharpness’ of the image.  It seemed to count more than whether the image imparted feeling or told a story etc…..  Other photographers I spoke with on the night also shared my concerns.  It’s an old debate I know and it appears we’re no closer to resolving it.

PS – No animals were harmed in the making of this image :-)

Reflections at the Marina

Yesterday found Fred and I down at the Robe Marina, once we’d finished the business I was in town for, and I felt the weather was simply lovely.  Foggy, not cold, no wind at all, a very peaceful feel to the day.  Seems I was the only one who felt that way though – I got strange glances when I said to others wasn’t it a lovely morning!

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