Next adventure!

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I have another exciting adventure planned for this weekend and next.

Maddi Thomas is the girl in the photo and she is going to compete in her 10th Avon descent next weekend in a power boat.

Maddi and her father work for us at Echo Yachts as part of the team building the GRP shadow vessel and I have known Rod for many years now….also watching Maddi grow up over those years.

So, when Rod asked me if I was interested in coming on board with their Avon team this year, I thought why not.

I have personally done the Avon 4 times, twice in a single Kayak and twice in a double Kayak, so I know how arduous the Avon can be and also how fickle the conditions can be.

Tomorrow is practise day, so I get to practise a bit as well!

 

Around the world Balloon Record

 

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I had a fantastic day out yesterday, albeit somewhat long and arduous!

The weekend started with a run down to Margaret River to catch up with old friends for a meal and then a trip down memory lane to see Peter Garret perform at the Margaret River Tavern.

I then set out East to chase the landing of the around the world balloon attempt landing by Fedor Konyukhov and ended up staying the night in the car at Nanup…a bit cool to say the least!

I woke at 0500 on Saturday morning and a quick check of the app told me he was heading further North than previously thought, so then it was a race back up to Northam where the epic journey had started only 11 days ago. That is now an official record knocking an incredible 2 days off Steve Fossit’s record!!!

At around 1300 Fedor flew almost directly over the top of Northam airfield where I had watched him take off at Sunrise 2 Tuesdays prior.

Such an incredible feat to fly all around the world, non stop and only working with the various winds available to you and then to get back to within metres of where he started is really something else.

Then the chase was on. I had my mate Ray in the Channel 7 heli keeping me up to date and another friend David and his family were on the mission behind me.

Following the Flight radar 24 app showed us his track, speed and altitude and after driving for 4 hours we ended up in a paddock North of Muckinbudin, just in time to watch history being made.

I have some awesome drone footage and on the ground vision as well which was picked up by the Channel 9 crew who had had a bad day and totally missed the landing due to some bad calls in the planning I think, so I helped them out and it should be aired sometime today I think.

I will, of course do my own edit as time permits.

I was a day in total I clocked up 15 hours of driving from Friday evening, so a big task, but I got the gold and also, more importantly was there to witness a very historical event.

I hope you enjoy the story and the picks…more to come!

Avon Gold

Noble Reds

Lamb Tree

A few of the lads and myself headed out to the Avon valley this morning and we had a fantastic day out with all sorts of great scenes, around 12km of tracking and some great light to boot.

We were welcomed back into Perth with a serious rain front, but it was too late to spoil our day as we had already achieved all that we had set out to do.

Here are the first 2 from the day.

Around the world Balloon Attempt Photos

 

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Balloon Pre SR Balloon Night Zoom Solo Balloon Balloon Sun Trees Twin Balloons Sunburst Balloon Ballon Glow Russia Balloon I decided to head out early this morning to capture the around the world balloon attempt taking off from Northam.

I set out at 0330 and made pretty good time to Northam, getting there in under 2 hours and had plenty of time to check things out and to get some night shots.

There were plenty of onlookers and a lot of excitement, with perfect conditions for the launch.

3 of the local Balloons set off just before the Russian balloon which added to the spectacle.

A beautiful way to start the day!

Swan River magic

Narrow Swans

The call of thunder is something I struggle to resist and Friday night was no exception!

On Friday evening I heard a big clap of thunder over our house, so I set out in amongst the driving rain to the Narrows Bridge where I could tuck in out of the rain.

As often happens with photography, things didn’t quite go to plan, but I did spend a very pleasant hour or so watching the rain belting down and also watching swans and pelicans playing and feeding in the rain.

I also met another keen photog and Nikon D4 user named Dom, which added to the experience.

So, not exactly what I headed out to get, but something different and a nice experience for sure.

Just like singing in the rain, photography in the rain can also offer rewards!

Rowley’s Warmth

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Well, that was a proper winters day in Perth and the South West of WA!

Around 10 degrees at 1800!

I thought given that it is so cold and miserable outside at the moment, that I would work up another little gem from the Rowley Shoals from last year I have been meaning to get around to for a while now This image showcases the beautiful clear water out at the shoals and the stunning Bedwell Island.

True North is now only a few weeks away from going back to the shoals for our seasonal 3 x 5 day dive and snorkelling excursions out there.

True North still has some availability for this years Rowley Shoals season, so if you are interested in getting away from the cold for a few days and exploring one of the best dive destinations in the world, then check out our website at:

www.northstarcruises.com.au for details, or call the girls in the office for information on:

08 9192 1829