Monthly Display - January 2021


Some More Recent Photographs While Out Walking

This month I present some more photographs that were taken recently (mainly during spring), while out on walks around my local area. It is a similar theme to last month's display, but I have taken quite a few photographs while out on my walks around the local area, and I wanted to present some that were mainly taken during one particular walk, and contained a different collection of subjects that were photographed.

Each photograph presented in this monthly display is not really a special photograph, and I feel that the strength of this display relies on considering the collection of all of the photographs in the display.

As stated last month, I know that some important aspects of enjoying the many things that I see around me are not captured in my photographs:

  • the 3-dimensionality we get from viewing things with both of our eyes (synchronised stereo vision provides a very strong spatial understanding of the things we see around us and tells us things such as how close things are, how much space is between things, and how big things are);

  • the complex movements of leaves, grasses, clouds, my viewing points, etc. (experiencing a dynamic world with air, wind, rain, sunshine, shadows and many living organisms);

  • and other sensory stimuli, such as:

    • sounds (many different bird calls, the wind in the trees, rustling leaves nearby, motor cars in the distance, other people made noises, such as radio music, or chain saws);

    • smells (warm grasses, many different flowers, turpentine from various tree saps, various gardening smells, and unexpected cooking smells);

    • the feel of different temperatures, and the combination of the sunlight and the air;

    • the influence of my emotions, my memories, and my understanding of the world around me on the things that I find enjoyable, etc.


Close up of wild plants growing by the side of the track used for my walk.

From a diary entry written outside in the middle of one of my 'recent' walks:

"(20-11-2020, 3:15 pm): I am outside in the deep shade near the big chicken coop that is at the end of the walkway along Wyfield Street. It is near the bottom entrance to Wyfield Reserve. It is a hot, sunny day. As I was walking along in the sunshine, I was reminded of how important it is to find a comfortable spot in the shade if I was going to do some painting or drawing outside. To do painting or drawing outside, it is important to find a spot that is protected from the direct sunshine, that feels pleasant to be at for a reasonable length of time, and that feels safe from people or animals that may sneak up behind me. This current spot feels good for all those requirements. It feels especially comfortable, out of the direct sunshine.

"As I look around, however, I can not see any obvious subject for a drawing or a painting, but I'm sure I could find something, given a little more time to study. Actually, I can now see that there are many interesting things around here. After I have been quiet and still for a while, I can see little wrens moving quickly from one bush to another, giving out quick little high-pitched chirps. The chickens have their own pleasant reassuring sounds. I can hear cicadas buzzing from the trees all around. There are lots of butterflies (wanderers and white butterflies) and dragonflies flying about - definitely more butterflies than usual (3 or 4 times the usual number). The native bird calls are fabulous, coming in from all around. A white cockatoo screeches out loudly from the top of Knox Terrace.

"The wind softly and silently rustles foliage and long grass stems, and surrounds me in cool air here in the shade."


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