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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. For much of my life I have been a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. Recently I have eased back somewhat, but am still writing, teaching, doing some radio work and running overseas tours - as part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past decade. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation. In January 2018 I was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for 'service to conservation and the environment'.

Friday, 19 July 2013


I'm taking an easy option for today's post I'm afraid; struggling a bit with the lurgy that's going around, and leaving town soon for a significant family birthday in Sydney. 

As I've mentioned (and demonstrated!) before, I make no claims to being a good photographer, but I have fun, and I'm always drawn to shots of the moon in natural situations. For no good reason I'll share a few of those today - maybe they'll inspire you to put up a collection of your much better ones! I'd like to see them. 

First, perhaps my favourite moon shot, taken recently in the northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia, just before it got too dark. (Normally I'd leave the best until last, but you might not read that far!)
Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen, Arkaroola
You can take 'straight' moon shots, and of course it can be a quite different colour depending on its elevation and atmospheric conditions.
These shots were taken just 23 minutes apart, soon after moonrise, on the south coast of New South Wales.

However I like to include other features; vegetation is an obvious choice.
Through palms, Darwin.
Through Norfolk Island Pines, south coast New South Wales.
Moon over Coolabahs, Idalia National Park, south-west Queensland.
You can't go far wrong with water either.
Moon over the Pacific, Murramarang National Park, southern New South Wales.
Same ocean, moonlight without the moon!

And I'm pretty keen on rocky hills in moonlight too.
Moonrise over Sachsayhuaman, above Cusco, southern Peruvian Andes.
Moon over the Horns, Torres del Paine National Park, southern Chile.
OK, that's enough of that! As I mentioned earlier, I'm hoping this will inspire you to show off some of yours - by all means post a link to them.

(with a more conventional posting...)


Susan said...

Here are a few links to moon shots on our blog:

A Blue Moon

The Devils Marbles

I don't think we've got anything that beats yours, but it's fun playing around with the moon in photos.

Ian Fraser said...

Thanks Susan - that's just what I wanted to see! It's not a competition, but in any case there is no need to be modest about those lovely shots, which I greatly enjoyed.

Denis Wilson said...

I also love moon shots and a challenge.
Here are some of my varied blogs about the moon and its phases and moods.
My daughter always referred to the first sliver of visible light on the moon,(past the "new moon") as the 'nana moon, (because it reminder her of a banana.
And here is a full moon and lunar eclipse.
And here is an orange-coloured moon, courtesy of a bushfire.

Ian Fraser said...

Excellent thanks Denis; I do love it when I can elicit a response from someone who reads this. Plus there are some lovely shots among those, which I greatly enjoyed.