What do you call a big pile of kittens?

A meowtain!

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Where: Mount Wellington summit, Tasmania

When: 9 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 500, 11mm, f/2.8, 3.2secs

Editing: Minor adjustments done in Lightroom CC

Notes: A sunrise on Mt Wellington. Simply AMAZING! Make sure to get up there before the sky starts to change, otherwise you’ll miss half the show!

I feel good . . .

From my head tomatoes.

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 28 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 1600, 11mm, f/2.8, 30 sec

Editing: No editing!

Notes: Last one from that night (for now!!). It’s amazing the buzz you get from aurora hunting. Especially when it’s so exciting as it was for those two nights! This night, I have never seen so many people down on the beach catching the aurora! I honestly would not have been surprised if there had been hundreds down at Taroona Beach trying their luck . . . always good fun!

Went to a seafood disco. . .

Pulled a mussel.

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 28 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 1600, 11mm, f/2.8, 30 sec

Editing: No editing!

Notes: Another shot with the Lady Aurora australis dancing for us. While often the aurora can only be picked up in camera, this night and the night before were perfect opportunties for those who don’t do photography to view it. It was easy to watch the beams dance across the sky…

Without dance . . .

What’s the pointe?

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 28 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 1600, 11mm, f/2.8, 30 sec

Editing: No editing!

Notes: The second night we’ve had the Lady of the night (Aurora australis) dance for us! And did she put on a dance for us or what?

Dancer’s turn out better

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 27 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 800, 11mm, f/2.8, 30 sec

Editing: Minor adjustments done in Lightroom CC

Notes: The Lady Aurora Australis has been making a show the past few nights. Part of the reason why I’ve been slack in updating my website . . . And boy has she been putting on a show for us! I pulled up at the beach to try my luck and spotted this from the car.

Those of you who aren’t aware of aurora hunting in Australia, the southern lights are normally along the horizon, and most of the time you need to get away from any artificial lights to let your night vision develop to see it. Not this night.

I spotted it before I got out of the car – I’ve never clambered out so quickly. Was halfway down the beach before I realised I forgot my tripod.

Unusually, it was also high in the sky. I shoot with a wide angel lens which warps the scale in the final photos in the lens. That higher, outer loop of the aurora sat about 45 degrees off the horizon, so about half way up the sky. I’ve never seen it that high in my time aurora hunting.

I totally, and guilt free admit to sitting in the sand, clicking my camera away and giggling like a kid at the circus through this entire show that night!

How do you organise a space party?

You planet!

Where:Mount Wellington summit, Tasmania

When: 9 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 500, 11mm, f/2.8, 15secs

Editing: Minor adjustments done in Lightroom CC

Notes: Took advantage of clear skies and warm weather to drag my sorry butt out of bed (unnaturally early hour for me!) to watch the sunrise from the mountain. Got up there in time to snag this shot of the pinnacle and the tower just getting lighter (sun wasn’t up yet) and the milky way!

What is an astronauts favourite key on the keyboard?

The space bar!

Still working on getting my mass of new photos sorted and edited. In the mean time enjoy this one!

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 3 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 1600, 11mm, f/2.8, 30 sec

Editing: Minor adjustments done in Lightroom CC

Notes: This was taken the same night as “If prefer to describe myself as delightfully difficult…“. The aurora had died off again, so I turned my attention to the glorious milky way – with a touch of the aurora at the bottom. I miss living out of town for the pure reason that I have to drive and leave the city to see the stars whereas when I lived in rural Victoria all I had to do was step out my back door . . .

If prefer to describe myself as delightfully difficult…

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 3 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 1600, 11mm, f/2.8, 30 sec

Editing: Minor adjustments done in Lightroom CC

Notes: The Lady (Aurora australis) made an appearance last night! Sadly missed the really spectacular event the night before due to weather. So given we had perfectly clear skies (and a haze unfortunately) I wandered out hopeful.A shout out to the three lovely visitors from the mainland that kept me company while we stood hopeful that the Lady would dance for us. Our patience was rewarded after 30mins of no activity!

Dancing is like a bank robbery…

… It takes split second timing. Sometimes aurora hunting is the same!

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 7 January 2015

Equipment: Canon 1100D with a Tamron 18-270mm lens

Photo details: ISO 1600, 18mm, f/3.5, 10 sec

Editing: Minor adjustments done in Lightroom CC

Notes: While it can be hit and miss catching a good aurora show, it wasn’t this night. It was a balmy clear night, with a spectacular show that lasted for hours. And although the moon (which can wash out aurora shows) was just past full, it didn’t rise till closer to the middle of the night. This gave us a good couple of hours before it started to affect our viewing.