A Mad Crush on Wedge Island

How can you not fall in love with Wedge Island?  It’s like the soft gentle warm back of the old family dog sitting on the porch looking out at the far off perimeters. Guarding. Protecting. Head on paws. Watching as boats and storms go by – nary a twitch of the ear, just an eye tracking the wake.  Who knows, Antarctica is only 2000 miles away, one needs to always be on the ready… And the name, Wedge Island, can it be any better? Nope. You can’t forget it. So Wedge Island has become my Monet’s Haystack.  I can’t keep from making images of it. However, Wedge Island has another side – its head that faces the Antarctic and the onslaught of rough weather. Continue reading A Mad Crush on Wedge Island


A deep bow and a tip of the lens cap to @jvhenkel and “his” hashtag #treesarebeautiful.  It was a highlight of my last year in terms of social media and an important contrast for me to the din of Facebook’s echo chamber. It made many of us look at trees a bit more. If you don’t follow Jim on Instagram, you should. I hope that 2018 continues the trend. Touring around Tasmania these last weeks and thinking of the hashtag enticed my camera to focus on trees occasionally.  These following ones won’t make it to Instagram, but enjoy them in the spirit of #treesarebeautiful.  Thanks Jim. Happy New Year. Continue reading #TreesAreBeautiful.

Cubed. Still the World’s Best Coffee, Location, People, and Aprons

I am not going to waste bandwidth describing again Cubed, the great solar eco silver coffee van trailer in Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania.  You can read my earlier posts from two years ago here and a follow up here.  Or you can check out Laurie and Fabienne’s website here. Just today I finally got to stop by and have a flat white like no other.  Now, after a mere 3 years of Cubed making single origin espresso coffee and German sweets from sustainable sources, it is clear that people have gotten the message.  They now show up to get their photo in front of Cubed – not a shot just 3 meters away of themselves in front of the dramatic Tasman Peninsula and the sheer cliffs of Cape Hauy. Continue reading Cubed. Still the World’s Best Coffee, Location, People, and Aprons

Traveling With Peter – The Hazards of Freycinet

I took 2 weekends off from the Residency and saw more of Tasmania.  Traveling with Peter is always an adventure, but you get to see some pristine amazing spots very much off the beaten track. Just be prepared: 4 wheel drive, hand saws, lots of water, and road-side emergency care. Continue reading Traveling With Peter – The Hazards of Freycinet

Pictures of Volcanos


Yes, I know.  There are volcanos everywhere and we have all seen them, but I have never spent any quality time with volcanos so my last hurrah of a trip down-under was to tramp for 3 days around the bottoms, middles, and definitely the tops of active volcanoes. Tongariro has 3 of the most famous ones in NZ and I visited all three which are in a nice tight group. So, pictures of volcanos are a dime a dozen, but these are my dozen (actually a baker’s dozen).  Continue reading Pictures of Volcanos

The LOTR Checkbox is Finally Checked


Finally I can come home and people under 30 will respect me.  I saw some locations for a famous film series today.   Not sure, but here I think someone lost a finger here, someone found a ring, and a little whimpering fleshy pale guy who likes to crawl around the ground made his appearance nearby.  Black Gate must be close by… and some really really bad guys.  Continue reading The LOTR Checkbox is Finally Checked

One Tree


There is a small isolated wind-swept island in the middle of Wellington Bay.  It is most renown  for being a quarantine for arriving passengers and then later for diseased animals.  There is this one tree, totally contorted by the environment, that sits on the highest hill.  If I was going to be here for a number of seasons I would turn it into my “Monet Haystacks” and head out there in all environments to photograph it. Continue reading One Tree

Wellington: Baltimore Inner Harbor’s Aspirational Peer


Academia regularly uses the term “Aspirational Peer.”  When planning, institutions will list who they think their peer institutions are, but they will also make another list of institutions they aspire to become – something to shoot for and communicate their most important values.  This post is for Lee Boot who loves oceans, sailing, humanity, and cities.  He also has visions and limitless energy to make Baltimore the best.  This is a seed to plant that Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, should be one of Inner Harbor’s aspirational peers. Continue reading Wellington: Baltimore Inner Harbor’s Aspirational Peer

Still Loving the Caution Signage, Part 3

SignCrossingI call this caution sign, “Caution! Powerful Cel Tower with 6 Bars of Strength! Duck and Cover!”  Always remember that you need to use exclamation points when describing caution signs in New Zealand.

Or maybe, just maybe, there is a new caution sign designer and just a smidgen of vanishing point perspective is working its way onto the signs.  NO!  Could this possibly be that there is a cross walk up ahead? 3D!

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Ohio, Tasmania, and World Heritage Areas


Numerous Tassies, when attempting to explain Tasmania to me, used the example that Tasmania is about the size of Ohio. I took the time and did a pretty good job of comparing their sizes. Since many of you who are actually reading this blog have a personal relationship to Ohio, I thought you might enjoy the following in trying to visualize just how much of Tasmania is totally wild. Untouched.

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