Bare and Broken

I saw this tree whilst driving home from Bathurst.

Tried to capture it with a bit of space and ended up with a photo that feels a bit grim, I think. Of course I’m just attaching that to this image, but that’s how it feels to me.

I wonder as to how the tree ended up like this but I have no answers. I’m guessing it has to do with people cutting it back, though maybe it was dying and parts of it have fallen off over time. I don’t know but I can guess.

I do like the space in this shot as it adds to the mood. As the sky was mostly overcast it helps to draw attention to the tree whilst also isolating it in space. It’s a tree surrounded by severe emptiness.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Madness” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 1169: Tight on Time. Time to Ramble

Time is a bit tighter than I thought it would, but had I taken more action throughout the day I’d be in less of a predicament. Soon there will be recording and it is recording in which I need to engage in as I’ve been putting it off for far too long. This will of course be followed by more procrastination but sometimes you just procrastinate and when you do that things still happen and things will still happen, but I’ve got to be more of an active participant in those things.

Maybe it’s not the best idea to rush ahead with doing things right now and maybe I should be preparing but that is just what I do. Of course I could do things differently but I won’t and so this will continue and as it continues I will continue to do the thing that I always do. Such is the way of things that I allow to happen and I’ll probably keep allowing them to happen for some reason.

Maybe I shouldn’t be writing about this as it offers nothing. Of course it’s good to think about but unless I take action, all I’m doing is spinning the wheels whilst keeping them off the ground.

Sometimes spinning is a thing that happens but I’m not here to spin things; I’m just here to crap on into a void filled with detailed nothingness and I keep on going on and that’s the way it all goes. Such is the way of things, or something. Maybe there is no way of things and really all I’m doing is trying to find some sort of anchor point in a reality filled with chaos and nothingness so as to be able to better justify my actions or lack thereof. Maybe there is nothing at all to go on about and so I should stop doing what I’m doing and actually do something and then go from there, but… well, as all things that seem to be cyclical, this is cyclical and I’m sure that I’ll get on with the getting on soon enough.

I think about how, two months ago I was getting a fair bit more done but I also was doing a lot of walking. I’ve heard it said that exercise is good for productivity and maybe it is, but maybe what really is good for productivity is being healthy where possible. It probably is but I don’t actually know as that’s not something I studied and I doubt I ever will, but I still will do my best to be better, but that’s not important right now. What is important is making sure that this month is a busy one. There is a lot to do and I need to start doing it for if I don’t I won’t get enough done and it’ll be another month of things piling up for no reason.

Anyway, with all of that said I guess I should actually wrap this rambling up.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:32:39

Not the worst writing I’ve done and not the best.

Written at home.

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Susumu Yokota: Saku

This is a song I’d not listened to before. Thought it would make for interesting writing.
I think that, whilst I captured a sense of the song I ended up being more cautious in my writing than I should have.

Susumu Yokota’s “Saku” is from Sakura.

I hope you enjoy.

Warm, gentle and maybe even a little soft. Slowly sounds fade in and a slight run of keys move up whilst the opening continues its entry to prominence. More keys look for space and slightly draw out on their single presses.

Something else begins to fade in, looking to have a meeting become a bigger gathering. It slides down and up and back and forth. Something flashing also finds its way in and stays more in the background, and slowly all the sounds coalesce into something whole whilst others appear here and there.

Peaceful and almost inward-looking and for a moment there is a sense of stillness. All is there and motionless, but it is only a brief moment and soon sounds start moving away. It all starts to strip down and it seems that there is a nakedness. The motion is bare and it is vulnerable and it stands there, unwilling to hesitate and be anything other than itself.

Here is a single moment once more frozen. It stays and there seems a slight watching in the distance, but it is faint and it is not the moment for anything other than that opening warm, gentle and maybe even a little soft sound. It stays and lingers as it fades away at the song’s end.

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Path Disappears into the Hill

This was taken earlier this year during my first trek out to La Perouse.
The scene is perhaps too bright but maybe that makes it work. Would probably work better had I made sure the sky was a bit more visible as it actually was, however.

I hope you enjoy.


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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 1168: Laziness Reigns

A day of processing photos which is what tomorrow will also be. It’s the way it goes sometimes and sometimes you need to stay on top of things but you don’t so what happens is you end up with more photos to process and why oh why have I been so lazy as of late?

Anyway, I think that I need to get on with things and the getting on is happening but it is taking time. Always does but that’s not the worst thing in the world. Just need to get back to getting back on top of things and I need to keep on chipping away so I can get back to being on top of things. To be fair I wasn’t quite there; I still had a while to go, but I was getting there and then I set myself back by another month so now the climb must resume so that I can get back to staying on top of things.

There is a lot that I need to catch up on and I think I’ll get there with enough time but I need to actually make the most of that time. I need to not procrastinate and so long as I stop doing that I should be fine in about three months… maybe. There is a lot. I’ve been dragging for so long and now I need to just get on with it.

So I sit here and I think about all the things that I need to do and I think about how I can get them done so long as I start doing them but I’m also trying to write this and get a sense of something across, but I cannot work out what that something is. I think that means that I need to rethink these more than I have in the past, but it could mean anything really.

Well, it couldn’t but I’m going to pretend that it could.

I imagine that once this blog finishes I’ll have a bit more time to get things done, but right now I can work around this and all the stuff I should be doing so it’s not too bad.

I think that the issue with this bit of writing is that I’ve said all that I need to say but I need to also find a way to fill the rest of the space. I don’t want it to be filled with just waffle. I don’t want this to be empty but I’ve put myself into a bad position and so now I don’t know where to go from here. I can work that out and I can keep on going, of course, but I’m also pretty sure that I don’t have too many words left and so I’m struggling. Could be worse of course, but it could always be worse.

Maybe I just need to switch off for a while and then go with the flow, but that will have to wait.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:14:16

The first bit of this turned out mostly well. After that it becomes clear that I started struggling and so the writing drags.

Written at home.

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Brush-Turkey on a Rock

Another photo from Palm Beach.
I was walking back to my car when I took this photo.
This probably isn’t the best photo I could’ve taken but I still like how it turned out.
It’s dramatic and moody, and perhaps there’s a sense of mystery due to the brush-turkey partially obscured by silhouette.

In a way seeing this is a treasure of sorts. I don’t know if I’ll see something like this with a brush-turkey again. I certainly could have another situation where everything lines up at just the right time with the right kind of scenery, but I don’t know if I will. This was a really lucky moment for me.

I hope you enjoy.

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Sunset Colours the Lighthouse

Another photo of Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

Not much to say about this one. I think the photo is sharp enough and I like how the contrast in light provides a different feel to the shaded part of the lighthouse.

I hope you enjoy.

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A Poem About Discarding Ideas

Just a short rough sketch.
I was hoping to get something out quickly and tried a few things but I couldn’t get them to work. In part due to not being awake enough to work under a time constraint before I switch off for the night… Actually, that’s the whole thing.

Just self-referential writing that expresses in a clumsy way.

I hope you enjoy.

I had words and I threw them away
There were ideas that needed work
I wanted to express something grand
But all I could say was very little

The ideas were there and ready for use
I could not help them grow
And so they are now gone
Though I may seek them later

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Light Cloud Reflection

I’m fairly certain that I took this photo due to the clouds being reflected on the ocean.
It’s not something I see often and so I wanted to capture it as best I could. Probably could’ve done better with a long exposure but I need to get new filters so I can do those during the day again.

This is a very blue photo and pretty standard in some ways, but I still like how it turned out. There’s a nice contrast between the ocean’s surface and how the sky appears, and the clouds are easy on the eyes.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 1167: Heavily Influenced by a Lack of Sleep

Another day passes and in that passing the passage of time is denoted by the recognising the passage of time, though it probably wasn’t worth recognising as there was nothing to recognise… at least, on a personal level.

Anyway, now that that is out of the way I can revel in something. I can revel in the sounds and maybe I can revel in the lack of things to revel in but I don’t know what I’ll do from here. I think I should just be resting but there is plenty of time to rest later. I could also try to type a bit faster but I am lazy and laziness takes hold and all of those things.

I’m inside and the world is both in here and out there and I’m thinking about what I’m missing, which probably isn’t much.

It’s probably a lot but I don’t want to admit that.

I think about how being tired really has a negative impact on a lot of the things I do. It makes it more difficult to write and it makes it more difficult to be motivated in general. This isn’t some amazing insight and I know it’s a pretty common thing, but sometimes I wonder as to why I allow this to keep on happening. I could be so much better about the amount of sleep I get, though over the past week, aside from one day, I haven’t exactly decided that not getting enough sleep would be a good thing. It’s just happened and, as it always does, it is affecting my ability to get anything done, but it’s not that big a deal at the end of the day.

Sleep is something that should be less elusive and, really, it’s something that everyone should be able to embrace without any issue or trouble. People shouldn’t have to fear going to sleep and people shouldn’t have to go to sleep afraid. Sometimes that’s a thing and I wonder as to what we can more actively do to minimise and hopefully eliminate that as being an issue.

There are a lot of things we could do to make things better but I’m struggling to think of other things. My mind is so set on thinking about my lack of sleep and it doesn’t help anything or anyone and so I’m just going to continue on rambling about the lack of sleep. It’s not a good thing but again, it’s not the worst thing. There are worse things I could be going through right now so I’m just going to continue on with my rambling as that’s about all I can do at the moment. Sure, there are other things I could do, but motivation and all that.

Maybe there will be more sleep tonight. Of course I hope that that will be the case but there is no telling right now and so I’ll just keep trundling on and I guess what will happen is I’ll see what happens.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 07:36:79

More blandness. It happens.
There’s something in this that could’ve made for interesting reading but I touch on it far too lightly.

Written at home.

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