The Quay

Barnacle encrusted stumps remain.
Thrusting, vertebral fossils
From tidal glar pools and rising silt.

The bar is no longer dredged:
Time gently smudges over noisy, dark,
Dangerous memories:
Coal-black,
Bent-backed,
Hard men stooping -
Their iron shovels grate on coal,
Organic metronomes in coal boat bellies.

I remember dimly the last coal boat
That hove to at the quay, then slipped away,
Leaving coal dust to settle, like age.

I’d leap and dive from great stone steps
Measuring days in the high tide times.
I fished here for pollock with dead-man’s-fingers
Torn cruelly from tortured crabs.

But now, luxury seafront apartments crowd
Like schoolyard bullies on the harbour walls
And the silt rises as the stories die.

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Mt. Wellington from Mortimer Bay

A long overdue date with my camera and some filters this evening gave me a few images worth sharing. This is a long exposure taken with a ten-stop ND filter and a Galen Rowell three-stop hard grad. The rest will appear on www.dreapadoir.comwhen I get around to it.

Long exposure from Mortimer Bay looking towards Mt. Wellington

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The Mountain

I just had to put this image of Mt Wellington in early winter splendour on both blogs, here and on the underneaths of EM:

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the underneaths of EM

My new medically focused (and particularly Emergency Medicine) blog is up and running at the underneaths of EM and will be the repository both for new medical content, but also for the re-posting of most of the existing medical content from this blog. please visit it if you are a medical reader finding your way here by a search or an old link! This may be a risk, given that I have just had my most hits ever last month, but I felt it was time, as the personal/medical content was getting a bit confused! This blog shall remain for non-work-related stuff, including photography and family things, plus random writings. Occasionally a post may be published on both blogs…so, please continue to follow me here or on the new blog. Thanks! D

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The Mountain: snowbow?

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The Mountain

ImageThe summit this evening as the sun set and a front rolled over the flanks of Mt Wellington. Taken from the kitchen window of our new house. I love Hobart!

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The young’un hanging out with his friends Ben and Freja

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