There’s nothing like travelling and exploring to get you thinking about deeper subjects in life 🤔. ⠀ ⠀ Whilst exploring a pine forest with my mate @ezzapenezza,photocredit I decided to climb one of the pine trees. Although she was concerned the thin branches might break under my weight I was confident I could be delicate and careful enough for this not to happen 😊. ⠀ ⠀ As I looked up at the pine cones growing out of the tree I started to remember a few things I’ve read about pine cones over the years. ⠀ ⠀ Did you know that pine cones are known to represent human enlightenment, the third eye and the pineal gland. ⠀ ⠀ The pineal gland was named after the pine cone because they look so similar in shape. It’s found at the geometric centre of our brain and is linked to our body’s perception of light. It’s also considered to be the ‘seat of the soul’ by many cultures.⠀ ⠀ It’s found recorded in many ancient cultures including the Egyptian staff of Osiris depicting two intertwining serpents to meet a pine cone. Some Hindu gods are shown holding a pine cone or having Pine cone heads or hair. Ancient Assyrian palace carvings depict four-winged godlike figures purposefully holding up pine cones. The Romans related pine cones with Venus, the Goddess of Love and is a symbol of sexuality and fertility. Romans also built an enormous bronze statue of ‘the Pigna’ in the shape of a big pine cone 3 stories tall, which now sits in front of the Catholic Vatican. It’s even found atop of the popes sacred staff.⠀ ⠀ The most intriguing thing about the pine cone though that sparked my attention was that they are one of the most ancient plant genera on the planet and is the evolutionary precursor of the flower. It’s spines spiral in a Fibonacci sequence in both directions. Look up Fibonacci sequence and golden mean spiral found in nature in google and I’m sure it will blow your mind. ⠀ ⠀ Anyways there’s a few fun facts that
If you're going to @visitalburywodonga, be sure to include Lake Hume on the list. This landmark is popular year-round with both locals and visitors 🎣⛵🛶 and is located just east of the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga, along the Murray River. Thanks to @nicwilke_official for sharing with #myriverinamurray#visitthemurray 🙌
We agree the best part of travelling is the people you meet.. Yesterday we surprised our friends @torischoller & @justinschryver in Melbourne, we met them early in our trip in Cairns and had only known them for a couple of days, but when you’re on the road things evolve much quicker and you become family. Huge thanks to @madischollerr for letting us inside your house without ever meeting us, you’re a legend! 😊🚐 On another note, we catch the ferry over to Tassie tomorrow and are super excited! Question - Who has done the journey and how many seasick pills will we need to pop? 😂
We have found our winter wonderland, Mauterdorf. A small country village in Austria with a population of 1700 and a few hundred cows. We wandered the streets this morning and didn't run into any other tourists. It was so peaceful it felt like we had the entire village for ourselves. Every corner, street and alleyway was photogenic!
Looking back in this year, I can definitely see some big improvements in my work and that’s what success is for me. Particularly when it comes to editing. I’m sure I’m not the only one that struggles to stick with a style after being bombarded with images on this platform. I fall into the “that’s popular, maybe I should edit like that” mindset. And I know that eventually that “popular” edit might go out of style. I think I’ve finally come across something I’m genuinely happy with and that’s a win for me. It might not be amazing or extremely unique, but it’s nice and simple and I think it’s me.
My latest trail write-up, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, is up on @modernhiker! As you can see, it wasn’t quite the sunset experience I hoped for when I was researching the trail, but maybe you’ll have better luck :-) 1.7 miles round-trip, 500 feet cumulative gain, a fantastic hike for such a short distance. Check out the link in my bio for history and details :)
Lately I have been getting a bit bored with my local beach (sounds crazy, right?) but I’m there so often for sunrise, I had to look for a different composition than my regular spots, and I found this gorgeous shaped cliff rock wall thingy, I like the jagged-ness of it against the incoming whitewash tidal flow and the warm sky….it made me feel all happy inside. How does it make YOU feel? _______________________________________________ YES! I teach photography…….how to use manual settings, understanding composition, picking locations, using filters…practical hands-on tuition in the field. www.wandacraswellphotography.com/workshops :) _________________use my discount code WANDA5OFF when shopping at www.nisifilters.com.au and www.sirui-photo.com.au xx ______________________________________________ 📍: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia 📷: Canon 6D 🕶: Canon 16-35mm f4 L IS USM 🔭: Sirui W1204 ◼️: Nisi filters 💡: f8 1.6s ISO100 19mm ______________________________________________