After a long IT and Telecommunications career in the USA and Australia, I've decided I need a break, I've changed focus and now work in the public transport sector - a complete change of pace.
Hobby wise I'm focused on model railway layout building and modelling. I blog, write and publish as often as I am able.
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Around the world at the moment people are calling for change, to how we impact the planet and how we maintain our lifestyle. While celebrating my darling wife’s birthday today we took a road trip past the wind farm at Mt Mercer in Central Victoria. This wind farm is large, and in sight of the newest central Vic wind farm at Ballan. In contrast to carbon heavy electric generators, think big coal, gas and the nuclear option I’ve never seen power generating plant surrounded by food grade product. Until today.
Hope that you enjoy the images.
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I’ve added a new section under the GO menu for Baking, recipes and food.
And, I’ve posted the first of my mother’s collected recipes from her 1963 Diary and Cookbook – my Aunt’s basic biscuit recipe. Updated, tested and published today the biscuits (cookies for those of a northern hemispheric nature) are light, not too sweet, buttery and able to be baked with a multitude of toppings. Here’s one suggestion baked today:
Head to the GO menu and look under the recipe area for the new page.
It’s my Friday night, and with a day off tomorrow I managed to get home early and eat a meal with the family for a change. Right after dinner with the sun setting I managed to snap a couple of shots of the Western Skyline just before full dark. Enjoy.
1 – Looking South West
2 – Looking due West
3 – Looking North West
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Some days the planets align, and a perfect photographic opportunity presents itself. Today I found an opportunity to shoot Cam Scale’s ‘To the unknown Mariner’ painted on the Old Port of Geelong building at 65 Brougham Street, Geelong. It took Cam 11 days to complete. With neutral grey skies, and rain in the offing, I managed to capture a unique view of the mural, emphasising the eye, as seen through the trees.
I’ve called this photo: Eye in the Sky. I hope that you enjoy.
This image is copyright Ian Andrew Martin, 2018. This image may not be used in any form, electronic or physical, without the express, written, permission of the artist mentioned above.
In light of my previous post, putting Jupiter in a whole new light thanks to NASA’s Juno spacecraft, I thought I’d bring a little enjoyment to your day with a baker’s ability to put cakes in a brand new light with planet cakes. Yes – you got it straight from Horse’s… well let’s just say perhaps not the front end…
NASA… I love them. For exploring, and for sharing what they discover on their journeys.
Even more importantly i love the fact that since it is in the public domain citizen filmmakers and scientists can make use of those images in unique and in this case wondrous ways.
Juno takes a handful of still photographs each time it passes Jupiter, each of which are made available to the public thanks to the NASA image, video and audio site. Sean Doran stitched together the images from Juno’s last transit (the images were coloured by Gerald Eichstädt) to create an approximation of what it looks like to fly around the giant planet.
The thought of one day being able to see Mars out the window each morning fills me with hope for the human race – the only race on our planet. To ensure the survival of our species in the long run we need to get ‘off the rock’ on which we were born. As the only species on the planet that has achieved spaceflight so far, we should be focusing on this goal. Until we look at our long term survival as an opportunity to grow, and venture out there, we’ll have to rely on the creatives who are already out there.
I read a photography post recently on finding inspiration where you live. My photographs around home tend to focus on the human jungle around us. There are the beautiful eucalypt tree shapes and their long leaves, street lights, electricity (telephone) poles, TV aerials and the other manifestations of modern life such as the wires and insulators that deliver our internet and electricity locally. With the weather being what it is this summer (unpredictable) I’ve been able to get quite a few late cloudy sunsets. Last night was no different.
Here are three photos that I wanted to share. There are more notes on each photo.
The earliest of the three shots, the sun just below the visible horizon, the end of a long hot day. About 21:00 hours looking south west.
This time a focus on the criss-crossing nature of the wires that drive so much of human life today. Suffused with nature in the background. Again taken at 21:00 hours, near last light.
Taken at 21:00 hours near the end of twilight. Practicing depth of field through the human jungle toward the west and south.