Archive for October, 2007
Just a very short notice here from super hot Tennant Creek. It’s been some wonderful cycling days since I left the Darwin region about 10 days ago. A lot of pedalling and sharing camp site stories with fellow travellers.
All is very fine here. I’ve had some pretty crazy cycling days down the Track, including a few (personal) record breaking ones. More about that from Alice Springs when I get there next week. Internet is very, very sparse around here, and at 8 USD/hour it ain’t cheap either…Expect long delays from the WT Camp.
The Bush Tucker Man
As we all know by now – it is October after all – Christmas is just around the corner and what a great delight it generates.
In many ways my time here in Darwin suburbia has been one hell of a learning experience. first gardening, then the upgraded landscaping, and today a bit of garden sculpturing. It’s all fine. Also I’ve learned that the Australian Post Service isn’t a snappy as they pretend – and this fact is the reson for this news entry.
If, for some unknown reason, you feel obliged to send me a Christmas thought, a classic Christmas card, or whatever, I can be reached on the following address until X-mas. Hopefully, I don’t have to wait this long next time, in Adelaide where I might end up spending X-mas. We’ll see…
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Expect approx. 3 weeks for the delivery.
Hope all is fine out there!
Nicolai, the garden sculpturer
First off, thanks a lot to all of those helping hands! Your comments, ideas, and opinions on Flickr, here and private have been a great help to me finding a focus.
Well, not really ‘cos I’m now in a photographic turmoil greater than the other day!
Generally speaking I’ve been advised to try and find a theme for the calender. Some opt for an “expedition theme”, other for “the people you’ve met” and others have come up with other great ideas that are just complicating it all – but again, thanks a lot!
I like both ideas (WT and people focus) and have tried to sort photos for different calenders with different themes.
The 107-108 photos from Round 1 have been cooking for a while and now counts a mere 70 photos. Actually, the first 16 photos (until the rear view mirror photo) didn’t appear in Round 1. They all got a wild card, straight in to the second go. The world is so unfair sometimes. Bring it on – Round 2!
…and to complicate things further another 20 late arrivals have appeared. Out of the blue!Check them out here and tell me what you think…Any nuggets?
A Saturday evening walk down memory lane brought me to this 1977 photo taken in Belgium of a very young lad…
Fashion always meant a lot to me…
…but sadly it’s all in Danish. I feel kind of terrible posting all these “empty” notes to the non-Danish speaking guys out there.
o km etc.
Sorry, but this post is not available in English
Wild life of the Day: The Green (and friendly) Frog.
Fiona and I cruise around most of Darwin today doing all sorts of small things. Like consuming a great breakfast buffet at a Darwin restaurant that – according to my grateful standards – is a very fine place.
At the library I realize how wonderful the world of the library is – I haven’t been there for 1½ years now.
All of these Western experiences (supermarkets, libraries, public toilets, trash bins everywhere, sidewalks, street lights, potable tap water, being able to talk to people in the street and at the bakery) that I re-live here in Australia – it’s like being born again and see the world right from the beginning. Wicked!
I’m facing a challenge. Among roughly 20.000 WT-photos I (hopefully with a bit of help from you) have to select just 12 (!) which are to form a 2008 photo calender (the wall kind of thing) that I’m making together with Print2People and that’ll be for sale this autumn (more info to come).
The whole idea with this calender is to give a little taste (12 bits, actually) of how it is to cycle around the world, of how the world looks through a WT optic…and of our beautiful world of course.
It’s a bloody hard work, I’ve just realized. During the last 1½ year I’ve taken numorous favourite photos that all mean a lot to me, that tell a story which is part of me, or that I simply just like looking at.
I’ve selected 108 photos from the last 540 days but I find it very hard to find the right filters in order to boil the soup down to a mere 12 photos. That’s why I need your help!
The 108 photos make up Round 1 and I hope that you – through feedback (be it good or bad), ideas or otherwise, can help me cut down that number remarkably. The result might be Round 2 etc. until the 12 photos are there.
If there’s one or more WT photos that you particularly like and that might fit the calender, please speak up. Likewise, if you think that some of the photos are crab (I might like the photo for personal reasons, I’m terribly biased here!) or just not suitable for a show case, let me know.
I really appreciate any kind of help here, folks!
Nicolai (Humpty Doo, Darwin, Oz)
Up here in the Northern Territory the school kids have a week off this week. Fiona, her grandkids Tayla and Jayden and I visit the Darwin Crocodile Farm today. Get ready for some big salties out there!
Check them out on Flickr where you’ll also find hundreds of other WT-photos – if it’s gonna be a long and boring autumn back home…
Tune of the Day: My Moon, My Man – Feist
A nasty and thorny bourgainville bush gives me a surprisingly hard time when – at noon (35 C) – I try to demolish it in the backyard. Evidently, it’s not only in the women’s world, but also in the botanical world, that the beautiful ones are the hardest to tame…
Happiness has more to do with how you construe the events in your life than the actual events themselves. Readers Digest-philosophy, september 2007.
Wild life spotting of the Night: Possum
…and a little fatty…