My daughter had a theme of abandoned for her art project. We went exploring and found an abandoned building. I took these images with my phone while she used my camera. She found plenty of material for her art project and is working on which ones to choose now.

Traditions, Lights and Streets of Cheer

Lots of Australians like to do Christmas lights.  Some of the television stations and local councils run prizes for them. For some it is a hobby and others almost an obsession.

We went to check out one of the most famous Christmas houses in Brisbane on the recommendation of someone who had been going to see it almost since he was born. The house he told us about is at Kenmore, and wins the competition almost every year, but not this year.  When we saw them it was obvious there was so much effort put into it.

When we lived in Tully there were certain streets that used to team up and win it as there was also a best street award.

One street we lived in even asked us to please put up lights, and gave us a box of them so that we could participate as we don’t  normally do Christmas lights.

We took to driving the streets every year to view it – a kind of Tully tradition.

We didn’t bother to go on a big drive this year, but did make the trek just to this one house. It was amazing to see so many people pop out of their car and walk through the garden of lights and ornaments.

Does your street do Christmas Lights?

JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area


The waterfall was only a trickle, the name sounds unfortunate (I just don’t like that word Slaughter), but from every other point of view the spot was idyllic.

I especially enjoyed seeing the white faced heron, and finding Aboriginal art on the art trail.

The children enjoyed toasting marshmallows  over our woodfire bbq and crunching through the charcoal.

A young magpie watched us eat our lunch and Rainbow Lorikeets, currajong, kookaburra, cockatoos and white face heron were sighted on our two trips there.

Both times we traveled there in the holidays there were families and groups picnicking, but despite this, with spaced out eating spots it didn’t seem too crowded.

We could have walked to the summit for the view but will save that for another time.

I walked slowly finding much to photograph, reflections in water over rocks, sunlight through trees, the children, and birds.

I missed the goanna that my daughter and husband saw come out from the caves and bask in the sunlight, just couldn’t catch up to them in time. I was stopping to enjoy looking up, down and around.

I have been trying to remember to have someone in the family take a photograph of me on our family outings and my eldest son took photographs of me with youngest.

We went once in the morning and once in the late afternoon.  I love the light in the late afternoons, but we couldn’t walk as far on the trails.

I am so happy to have found one of the gems of Brisbane and hope to return there many more times to find different ways of photographing it.

There are beautiful trees the children can nestle in for portraits.

We didn’t go to the Bush Chapel yet, so I am looking forward to that as well as taking a longer lens and capturing more of the birds.

You can find more of my pictures here JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area

(c) June Perkins

Visiting the Cultural Centre and South Bank


On Friday I went to the Cultural Centre of Brisbane.

It is home to the State Library, Conservatorium, Writer’s Centre, Gallery for Modern Art, Art Gallery,  a film school, Science Centre and Maritime Museum as well as some interesting Parklands, an ABC office,  and the Brisbane Eye.

My daughter was on an art excursion and I was picking her up afterwards.

I took the opportunity to go a bit earlier and explore with my camera.

I managed to see Sydney Long’s Spirit of the Plain painting, which I had only ever seen before on cards.

There were lots of sculptures in the parks.


But the image of two painters or is it musicians at the start of this blog, taking in the creative view, is one of my favourite from the images I photographed that day because of what it says about people in that space.

I enjoyed the Gallery of Modern Art, usually called the GOMA, which regularly has changes in its exhibitions.  At the moment, there is one on called Harvest, all about food, the preparation of food, and the people involved in this.

The building has the most stunning views outside as well as some interesting things to stimulate creativity within.


I also was very happy to finally take a decent photograph of a crow and one of a mural I see when we are driving into the centre.

A street sign caught my eye – and I thought back to my earlier memories of walking through this area.

Lots of cultural stimulation was one of the things I missed whilst we were living away from a city centre.

Although in my old home in the North there were many magnificent natural spaces to explore.

Part of understanding a city seems to be looking for the cultural centres and hubs and finding their spirit.

When I met up with my daughter she had been exploring interesting street lane ways for her art class.

She had an amazing day too.


(c) Words and Images – June Perkins