The First 9 Days of a Photo a Day

My photo for a day quest lost momentum and steam last year, and in the end it was one of the projects I let go, feeling I was wallowing in the failure of it, rather than riding the wave of creative expression it should have presented me with. The thing is, for the last few months I’ve been hankering for it. So to celebrate the 2011 New Year I decided to climb back behind the view finder and start snapping moments again.

Compliments of no internet and a rather weird and crazy week, the first lot of photos will go up in one post, but expect a single shot a day from now on.

#1 Cairn at the Top of the World (Carson’s Look Out, NSW)

We stopped to enjoy the look out and a stretch of the legs on our journey back to Walcha from Gloucester on New Years Day. At the top of the hill is is at least 5 – 10 degrees cooler than lower down and a blessed relief from the heat! The view is amazing ( have other pics up on facebook) … but I was more interested in the interesting shadows and textures in the cairn. Plus I’m a sucker for a bit of history.

#2 Tangled Fishing Line across generations (Cobrabold River – Walcha, NSW)

Mr D got his first fishing rod from his Auntie Alison and Uncle David. As to be expected, the line soon got snarled and tangled, prompting not one, but two sets of hands. This is Dave and his Dad doing their best to fix, what ended up being, an unfixable situation. RIP reel!

#3 Storms A-Coming (Walcha, NSW)

All afternoon we’d watched the storm clouds gather and we left Walcha with the sky looking like this, taken across the yard of Dave’s Dad’s neighbour. Love the juxtaposition of the dark sky (complete with true storm clouds) and the colours in the backyard – especially the red roof.

#4 Leaving the Storm for dead (Tenterfield, NSW)

Storms were everywhere in our final days in NSW and we drove through a nasty one just outside of Tenterfield, thus we were glad to put it behind us and head for clearer skies and home. Have always loved the view from the rear vision mirros.

#5 Belated Birthday Wishes

The card finally arrived… from Paul and Julia in England – with Paul now holding a better record for celebrating birthdays than me. Shall be better this year. Surprise mail when you arrive home from holidays is always a treat! And I love seeing the handwriting of someone who I normally only ever see in text via email or SMS.

#6 Domestic Vamp

This was the view from the bed where I was sitting folding washing. I thought it an interesting combination of what our lives have become, since we became parents. There’s the old me in the photograph, the perennial box of tissues and the kid’s story book. Oh, and the dust! Yes, the dust…

#7 More Surprise Mail

The British Royal post really out did itself this year. Granted there was some rather abysmal weather to contend with. Paul and Julia’s Christmas card is post stamped 13 December. I can guess given the few days difference in arrival times, my birthday card was meant to actually arrive on my birthday! Wonder if there is any more surprise mail awaiting me in the following week?

#8 Consumed by Tim Winton

My book lying in wait. I didn’t get up again until I’d finished it (at 2:30am this morning). Love Winton’s crisp, sparse writing style which eludes to so much else below the surface. Can’t wait to read more of his work. Highly recommend it, even if you’re not a fan of surfing (I’m not but it grabbed me). There is some rather “challenging” sexual content towards the end.

#9 Enter the Tooth Fairy

The wait is over! It started to wobble just before my birthday back in December and after some serious wobbling earlier on in the week (to no avail) it popped out this morning while Mr D was munching on some chocolate buttons. Looking forward to see The Rock prancing around our place tonight in his fairy outfit.


5 thoughts on “The First 9 Days of a Photo a Day

    • It took me back to years of sitting on the beach as a chick watching the boys surf. I kind of get now some of the thrill of why you’d want to do it. I found myself having to pick the book up and keep reading. Given the opportunity I would have read it all in one sitting.

      Good to see you giving the pics and fling. The honeymoon period is always the most fun. I know I will probably be wishing I hadn’t decided to do it around day 250!


  1. Photo #3 to me, is the epitome of country and rural Australia: the weatherboard and corrugated iron, the clouds, the ramshackle fence and garden tended so very carefully. Great photo for a prompt. Might use it.
    Love Tim Winton’s writing – it’s what I aspire to be (just different), but the “challenging” sexual content turned me off a little. Still a great read.
    Adam B @revhappiness


    • Please feel free to use the picture as a prompt for a story – I would be thrilled to have you write something to it. Chris wrote a freaky amusement park story last year based on a photo I took a Melbourne’s Lunar Park.

      The “challenging” sexual content was foreshadowed in the beginning (the quickly forgotten as you get swept up in the thrill of the surf and the unfolding of the relationships with Sando, Loonie and Eva) but it seemed fitting in a way, given the whole theme of breathing. While it’s not something I’d give the thumbs up to, I think Winton did a fantastic job of making it gratuitious, or just fobbing over it. I think he treated it with kid gloves and got the right balance with it. It could totally have been a train disaster at the end of the book.


  2. I think my favourite one is number 9 with the missing tooth. I’ve been through that first lost tooth with many of my kids already, but I still have more to go. 🙂

    I also really like your photo of the car mirror and the stormy sky reflected in it.


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