Photo a Week Challenge: Wood.

This is my first submission into the Photo a Week Challenge.

I have only been using to host my blog for three weeks so far. My blog – Thirty Summers – is actually about six months old but for all bar these last three weeks I have been using another self-hosted platform. The reason I came ‘here’ is exactly for this sense of community. A meeting-point of like-minded bloggers from all around the world. Feels great to be here 🙂

Friends welcome the onset of spring in Melbourne
Friends welcome the onset of spring in Melbourne

You can’t see the wood for the trees.

I don’t consider myself a photographer rather an ‘observer’ and certainly a wanderer. I have also been lucky enough to have travelled rather extensively across the last couple of decades. However as I get a little older I have realised that you don’t have to get on a plane or even leave your own state to truly escape ordinary.

I often wander the lovely verdant parks in my local suburbs with my DSLR slung over my should to see what ‘pops up’. Many of these shots are a result of one of these strolls in the Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy and Brunswick. The rest are from short drives into the countryside surrounding Melbourne. Places such as Castlemaine or Harcourt.

The ground carpeted by acorns at the Harcourt Oak Forest.
The ground carpeted by acorns at the Harcourt Oak Forest.

I am someone who loves both nature and urban environments. Is that odd? Possibly…

I live and have always lived smack dab in the centre of a large city. I love cafes, street art and urban culture and much of my street photography reflects this.


However, and potentially because of this urban life, I love escaping to the country. There is something ethereal about being alone in nature and the sound of wind rustling through the trees. At least I think so…

Anyway I’ve rambled enough – you may have ‘twigged’ that I go on abit. I’ll stop now and please find below my gallery. Thanks Nancy Merrill Photography for providing the opportunity and I’ll be back (if you’ll have me).

A Photo a Week Challenge: Wood. [click an image to enlarge]

You might also like my post about hiking amidst the beauty of autumnal colours.


Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

8 thoughts on “Photo a Week Challenge: Wood.

  1. I love the focal plane on the acorn photo. We have a lot of tourists here in West Michigan and when I go to shoot I often have to change my mind about what I was going to shoot and go with what is before me instead, much like your ‘voyeur’ shot of the group of young friends. It’s all good. 🙂


    1. Thanks for your comment. Yeah I don’t change up angles enough. I never really remember to like in the acorn example. But when you do it can totally make a photo ‘pop’. I’m a big scaredycat when it comes to photographing people so often my shots are from the side or behind. In fact my editor’s when I used to take photos for travel brochures would often mention this. Might have to get a bit more bravado perhaps. Don’t think I’ll use the tag ‘voyeur’ moving forward though haha

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  2. I love the Spring when us city dwellers come out of hibernation and bare our pasty legs to the world. There’s something cleansing about escaping the grime in favour of a forest – not odd at all to enjoy or even crave this experience.

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    1. I take it you are referring to my pasty legs heading forth into the undergrowth. Only get them out on rare occasions. Heatwaves mostly! 😉 Yes 100% agree. Even an hour’s drive can take you a long and very pleasant distance from everyday and work pressures. Thx for you comment Lisa

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