Summer Lovin'


The Aussie summer and I have been somewhat at odds with one another over the years. My husband has ignored my pleas to get an air-conditioner, his heat-loving Mediterranean constitution is blind to the suffering of us ‘whities’. Call me crazy but I have to admit there is something to suffering through a forty-five degree heat wave, like spinach in a vegetable steamer, waiting for that promised reward at the end. When night falls and the cool winds finally arrive it carries with it the most blissful kind of relief and deep, peaceful slumbers. But then there are those days when the promised southerly doesn’t arrive and the temperature is still in the thirties come three am. I don’t like those days.

One thing about having children is that it has forced me to appreciate summer a teeny, weeny bit more. Lamb hates being shut inside, loves going to the beach and (unfortunately) always gets her way. The thought of the harsh summer sun, sweat dripping from every pore of your body, lathering reluctant children in sunblock, and sand everywhere is only made bearable in contrast to the thought of being shut indoors with a nagging, whining preschooler. However, on the way home you realise that it’s one of those things (not unlike exercise and cleaning) that is rarely ever as horrible you think it will be. And in fact, you may have even enjoyed it. Slightly.

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  1. I am like you when my husband tells me to try something new! The pictures are awesome...as usual. What camera & lens you use?

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    1. Thanks! I use a Nikon D7000 with a 35mm 1.8 lens.

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  2. You and I are similar soles when it comes to Summer Katherine!! Lovely post by the way.

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  3. I know how you feel, I had an air-conditioner in my room where we used to live but have strongly resisted installing one in my current bedroom due to the drain they cause on energy resources and the extra burning of fossil fuels. I am thinking of installing a few 250w solar panels on the roof which should generate enough electricity to run a small a/c unit off grid :)

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    1. That's a great idea Sam. I might look into that one.

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  4. That lens flare!! Wow, I can never seem to get mine right when I try...

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    1. I know! It's so difficult, there must be a secret trick to it. I've heard that you get better results with cheaper lenses, I might try that one.

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  5. Wow wow wow. I love the one of Fox & the water bottle. Stunning.

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  6. One of my favourite childhood memories are our trips to the beach every summer (although not in that kind of heat) I love these shots, especially the ones with the sun flare.

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  7. as a canadian, i suffer pretty badly during these aussie summers! but you make summer look amazing x

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  8. Stunning images as always! I dont comment very often but I get lost in your beautiful photos every time I visit. Keep it up, and thanks for sharing your inspiring talent and gorgeous little ones :)

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  9. Wow, I would also suffer in a 45 degree heat wave. The evening coolness must have been a real sign of relief. Hope you guys find air conditioner real soon so you do not have those extremes to deal with. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us through the blog, look forward to hearing more.

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