Wheatbelt driving

A few weeks after my trip to York, I had the opportunity to drive to Kulin – deep in the Western Australian Wheatbelt.

If you’re not familiar with the state of Western Australia – outside of Perth metro area, aside from a few regional towns, there’s basically not very much.  I don’t mean that in any way disrespectfully – WA has 2.2 million people and something like 1.9 million of those live in the Perth area.

So when you drive out into the country, things get really empty really fast Read More

A trip to the wheatbelt – Canola fields

Springtime in the wheatbelt means yellow canola fields as far as the eye can see.

Well, not quite, but it does seem a bit like it from some vantage points.  it was a lovely day, I had some time so I jumped in the car and headed out to York, which is a couple of hours drive from me to see if I could find some photogenic fields.
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Experiments with motion

Timing is everything.

Usually, work and my commute dictate my timetable and I don’t get an opportunity to get to the beach with the camera, but weekends are a different story.

And as luck would have it today, timing lined up perfectly and I got down to the beach with the versatile little X100T to take some abstract sunset pictures.   Read More

First signs of spring

Seasons are a bit vague here in Perth.

If you judged Perth climate by UK summer – we have summer all year round.
Autumn is a week of changing leaves between 35 degree summer days and the start of rain and a cool change
Winter comes and goes, but only exerts itself hard enough to warrant a jacket for a few weeks. It can be wet though – much wetter than a UK winter.
Which leaves Spring.   Spring is hard to pin down – it can be wet and cold but also hot and dry like summer.  If viewed by the calendar Spring definition, Perth has 2 or 3 seasons during that time.

The Aboriginal Noongar people that inhabited the Perth area before colonisation had defined 6 seasons.  We should use these really, they make a great deal more sense here than the English seasons the settlers brought with them. Read More

Sundays on the bike

Winter in Perth has been a bit two faced this year.  If it’s not lovely sunny and very unwinter like, it’s been hammering it down with rain and utterly miserable! Anyways – after an whole weekend of torrential rain and damp overcast skies, the sun poked through around lunchtime on Sunday and the afternoon was perfect for a ride and scrub in that new back tyre before I took it out off road Read More

The mighty DR650 gets a new shoe (and other farkles)

The sheer power of the mighty DR650 means that tyres don’t last long..

Ok, thats a total lie, it only has 40bhp, but after a year and maybe 10,000km on and off road, the rear tyre was shot and it was time for a new one.

One of the things I need to be able to do is fix a flat when I’m off on one of my adventures, so I thought I’d kill 2 birds with one stone – change the tyre myself so I could practice the procedure for getting the wheel off and fixing a puncture.

Now in theory, a motorbike is exactly the same as my mountain bike.

Disk brake, chain, knobbly tyres, inner tube. So it was going to be easy, right?

Ha!

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Winter sunset.

As winter approaches, the skies become awesome again.

Not that clear blue skies with endless sunshine over summer isn’t awesome – it’s just that autumn and winter do sunsets better.

I was on the roof at the weekend, clearing out the guttering, as you do (well, as we do here in Australia – the gutters are stupidly designed and can’t cope with the rainfall we have) and I spotted that the sky was looking pretty interesting out over the ocean (which I can see from the top of my roof!) so I packed up the ladder and headed out to the beach. Read More

Storm season

You know winter is coming to Perth when the rains arrive.

We have a remarkably livable climate here.

For most of the year it’s pretty much awesome – can be a bit too hot in the summer, and the lack of insulation and central heating can make winter a bit chilly, but for the most part – it’s peachy.

But did you know we get more rain in Perth than in London?

Most people in Perth wouldn’t know it either, because for 4 or 5 months, it hardly rains. But it catches up.  Oh boy does it.  And Winter is storm season. Read More

Coffee and Magic

So many years ago when I first came to Perth, I used to hang out on a local Flickr group and got to know a few people on there in person.  Some really nice folks too – for example, Dodgee Bruce (although he hangs out more on Facebook these days), Jeremy and Jacob.

I also met up with Charlene, who was, at the time, a 9-5 office worker, 4×4 explorer and weekend wedding photographer.   Read More

Day trip to Boyagin Rock

As you may remember, I’ve got this foolhardy romantic notion of doing crazy motorcycle adventures.

Well, to do this, I need practice (and fitness – it’s very tiring riding motorbikes off-road) and also to get my bike setup.  So what better way to find out how unfit both myself and my bike are for this than to go on a marathon day ride out into the big empty yonder.

I’d spent a little while planning this out, pouring over Google Earth trying to piece together dirt roads and tracks to get to this place.  I’d made a track and exported to my phone’s GPS app (OsmAnd+ on Android). The bike was ready, I was ready.

It 6am, Sunday morning, my alarm went and it was time to go.

Firing up the mighty DR650, Boyagin Rock and Brookton here we come. Read More