Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

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403. Bat in colourful night-time

March 10, 2010

2009, felt tip marker on paper.

I like bats, and I like the night. I like the bright colours of felt tip markers.

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384. Leaves

September 24, 2009

05042009-flokot-gardensmall12Photograph, April 2009.

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370. Flowering gum

August 9, 2009

200903-flokot-art10Felt tip marker on paper, March 2009.

Trying to capture something quintessentially Australian – gum trees!

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339. Rainy Days

May 16, 2009

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(looking out from the front porch – oops, better go get the newspaper out of the letterbox)

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(another rainy day, this one photographed from the relative comfort of our loungeroom)

Photographs, April 2009.

After years of drought, it has been such a relief to see rain again! These photos were taken on various days during April 2009. I was so astounded to see wet weather that I felt compelled to take a photo.

The state of Victoria, which is in the south east of the Australian mainland, is naturally a wet, cool temperate area. However, years of various weather problems havemeant a terrble drought, not to mention heatwaves. There has been a lot of theories proposed as to the reason for the weather. My first guess is probably that the climate was devasted when, sometime in the the previous 200 years, the eucalyptus and tree fern rainforests were cut down to make way for farmland.

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326. My Awesome New Shoes

April 3, 2009

200903-flokot-art3Photograph, March 2009.

Yay! Being a relatively tall-ish girl with relatively large feet, it can be difficult finding appropriately sized girly shoes (and socks, for that matter). I always walk into the shoe shop with a sense of shame… It’s hard to tell the shoe salesperson my shoe size when I really don’t want to…

I loved these the moment I set eyes upon them in a factory outlet store in Melbourne on our January wedding anniversary. White with purple butterflies and tiny black lovehearts – woo hoo! And they make them in my size (and even bigger!). I immediately put them on my feet and within an hour had developed massive blisters on my heels. A month later my feet had healed enough to wear shoes again, and this time I was more careful to wear them in slowly – with appropriate socks.

This photo was taken on a dusty morning seated at my children’s school for their bi-annual teddy bears picnic. I’m not sure if the teddy bears picnic is a custom followed in other countries, or if it’s an Australian quirk. Here in Victoria, it is generally celebrated by schools with young children (7 years and below, from my experience), and organised by school librarians. Children are expected to bring a teddy bearish picnic food – honey on brown bread, or teddy bear shaped biscuits. They must also bring a favourite teddy bear. The librarians then engage in a ritual of teddy bear songs, teddy bear story telling, and often a teacher will turn up in a bear costume.

I guess it’s a little weird… especially as we don’t get bears in Australia.

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322. Hill Thing

March 16, 2009

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Pencil on paper, December 2008.

Ummm just playing around with imaginary landscape ideas…

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287. Swing Set With Evil Ivy

September 12, 2008

Photograph, September 2008.

A backyard swing set with slide and soccer ball. I find the suburban backyard almost suffocating. Perhaps it is just our yard, but the whole fenced-in, surrounded, everything confined and contained, it feels very frustrating to someone who spent the first 23 years of their life living in the wide open spaces of the country. The ivy is a weed around here, it is not meant to be growing in our yard but unfortunately the stuff has taken over our entire back fence.

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