Our road trip to Lithgow and Mayfield Garden, Oberon, NSW, Australia

I do love a road trip. Especially when it’s with 3 other photography buddies who love doing what I love doing – taking photos – lots of photos:)

We specifically went to visit the Mayfield Garden in Oberon, NSW Australia. We decided to stay overnight in Lithgow before visiting the gardens and explore the surrounding areas of Sodwalls and Tarana.

The countryside around Lithgow is beautiful. We found old school houses, beautiful flowers, rural scenes, Tarana railway station and even a church. There is something so nourishing about being in the bush and being able to stop whenever you feel like it because you’ve ‘seen’ a photo or a scene that you’d like to explore.

We had such a fun day which was finished off by a visit to the Lithgow blast furnace. The remains of the pump house and furnace foundations gave us plenty of fabulous photographic opportunities. We stayed until the mozzies threatened to carry us off 🙂

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The second day we hit the road early bound for the Mayfield Garden in Oberon.

What a fantastic, well maintained garden paradise this is – I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

The gardens are split up into different themes and all of them are breathtaking. For those that don’t know me, colour and flowers bring me to life…so you could pretty much say I was one very happy photographer!

There were many varieties of beautiful flowers bursting with colour, a lake, waterfalls, bridges and lots of greenery all surrounded by wide open spaces.

We ate lunch at the cafe which had a beautiful atmosphere and delicious food. The vegetables in our zucchini fritters were picked from the Mayfield kitchen garden.

What more could you want?

Thanks to my buddies Judy, Lorraine and Sonia – lets do it again soon 🙂

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Bowral and the Southern Highlands

You all know how much I love flowers and gardens…well a couple of weeks back we visited Sutton Forest and Bowral in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia.

It was a particularly cool day but the gardens didn’t disappoint. First up we visited Red Cow Farm, a beautiful garden with lots of hidden garden rooms, a lake and so many glorious tulips. I took a stack of photos and we enjoyed meandering through the garden.

Our next stop was Milton Park, an amazing estate built at the turn of the 20th century by the Horden Family of retail & pastoral fame.

There are breathtaking views at every turn and the gardens are the most beautiful I have ever seen {seriously.}

I love the sweeping lawns {with grass so soft you could roll around for hours} cobble stone paths, rose gardens, mazes and hundreds and hundreds of flowers. Think tulips, camellias, roses, azaleas…..it is spectacular:)

The gardens of Milton Park have inspired painters and writers since the early 1800’s.

This photographer 🙂 was particularly inspired by the beauty and colour of this magnificent garden.

Enjoy the pics ~ remember to click on one to view them as a slide show.

Happy clicking

Chris 🙂

Macro photography OR how to see the ‘little’ things….

Macro photography opens up a whole new way of seeing….In fact it really teaches you to ‘see’ and ‘take notice’ of what’s around you.

Last week, I spent the day at Fagan Park in Sydney’s north west going crazy with my macro lens.

The park was huge and had many different ‘themed’ areas within that gave numerous photographic opportunities.

There were also some gorgeous landscape scenes in the Park – if you live in Sydney, I would really recommend visiting this wonderful place.

Take a look at what I created…. 🙂

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More from ‘The Grateful Project’

Hi everyone,

What are you grateful for today? The last couple of days I’ve had a lot to be grateful for…

Day six – I’m grateful for the beautiful spaces we have in our wonderful city. This shot was taken at the Botanical Gardens at Auburn…

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Day seven – I’m grateful for some time to myself today, to catch up on lots of personal projects and to enjoy the  beautiful spring weather.

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It’s not too late to join ‘The Grateful Project.’

Join me by taking a photo every day for a month of something you are grateful for!

This exercise will help with your photography creativity PLUS it’s great food for the soul.

If you’d like to be involved, Just post a photo everyday of something you’re grateful for onto the Christine Bernasconi Photography Facebook page {click here}.

‘Like’ the page and include the hashtag #berngratefulproject in the description and write a few words underneath telling the story of your photo….

If you are not on facebook, you can email me your daily photo to bernasconiphotography@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell me what you are grateful for!!

Enjoy the pics 🙂

 


More pics from ‘The Grateful Project’

Hi everyone,

I’ve had a lot to be grateful for over the past few days. Some time with friends and family, a photography exhibition and FINALLY some beautiful spring weather…

It’s not too late to join ‘The Grateful Project.’

Join me by taking a photo every day for a month of something you are grateful for!

This exercise will help with your photography creativity PLUS it’s great food for the soul.

If you’d like to be involved, Just post a photo everyday of something you’re grateful for onto the Christine Bernasconi Photography Facebook page {click here}.

‘Like’ the page and include the hashtag #berngratefulproject in the description and write a few words underneath telling the story of your photo….

If you are not on facebook, you can email me your daily photo to bernasconiphotography@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell me what you are grateful for!!

Enjoy the pics 🙂

Day two – Today I’m grateful for the colourful flowers in my garden that make me smile…. 

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Day three -Yesterday I spent the afternoon with beautiful friends. I am grateful for every moment I spend with them.

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Day four – Yesterday was Fathers Day..a day to be grateful for family and loved ones…This is my gorgeous husband Ray, a wonderful loving Stepdad to Ryan and Bryce..

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Day five – My passion is photography. One of my images was included in the ‘Captured 50 year Exhibition’ celebrating 50 years of photography at Ultimo Tafe. I am SO grateful to have learnt so much from my teachers and peers at this wonderful institution and to have been included in this exhibition._BP_8850-Edit

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My favourite pics from 2013

I’ve had a fantastic year….

I turned 50, I realised a dream and went to the Antarctic, my clickwalklearn photography tours business has taken off (and hasn’t stopped) and I’ve had two really successful photography exhibitions.

I’ve taken LOTS of pics this year – I mean LOTS….

Thanks to everyone for all your support. I really enjoy your feedback and comments 🙂

Here are some of my favourites photos from 2013…

I hope each and everyone of you enjoy your new year celebrations and that 2014 brings you all you hope and dream for….

Follow your dreams…I do…..xxx

Don’t forget to click on the shots to enlarge them…

This is my absolute favourite shot from the Antarctic. We were in a zodiac right near Port Lockroy. This magnificent iceberg was backlit and begged to be photographed. It was exhibited as part of my exhibition ‘Frozen Lenses’ during the Head On Photo festival..I could look at it all day 🙂

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This humpback whale was as huge as he looks in this pic…I look at this shot everyday (its hanging in my loungeroom) and marvel at the wonder of nature…

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I watched this beautiful chinstrap penguin for a while….How majestic is he? I absolutely love this shot…another favourite 🙂
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I bought myself a macro lens earlier this year and have LOVED it ever since!! This pic shows the detail you can get out of this lens. Everyone now go and buy a macro lens…you won’t be sorry 🙂

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At Easter, we packed up with my family and went to Lake Eucumbene, down in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. It was a photographers paradise! Here are my favourite shots from this trip..I especially love the stars..

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I’ve photographed so many babies this year…They were all beautiful and cuddly and gorgeous!! I love them all particularly this first one that really shows the love between Jodie and her beloved Jack….

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This is Macey…She’s the daughter of very special friends of mine…isn’t she adorable?

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How cute is Lachlan? A beautiful little boy..I love the expression on his face….

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Benjamin is such a happy boy, he was SO tired after our photoshoot….how soft does he look here?

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Here’s Emily. She was definitely the most photographic little girl with such a beautiful smile….

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Mount Wilson is such a glorious town up in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. This garden was truly magnificent. It was really hard to choose my favourite shot, but the softness of the Wisteria and the blurred background makes this shot so easy on the eye….

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I celebrated my 50th birthday in June. This is a shot of me, my hubby Ray and my two boys Ryan and Bryce….such a special family time..

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Its such an icon in Sydney. The face of Luna Park…I’ve photographed it many times before. But I just love the angle and the colour of this one….

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The gardens in the Blue Mountains are always spectacular in the spring and I loved visiting many homes during the ‘Garden Festival.’ I love the colour in this shot and the simplicity of the flower…

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The moon….always a challenge to photograph…I spent lots of time with the camera to get this shot….You need a zoom lens, a tripod and lots of patience 🙂

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Last, but not least, this is my favourite pic from 2013. It’s me…Alone in the Antarctic doing my favourite thing…I absolutely love it!!

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Happy New Year everyone 🙂 🙂 🙂

‘Bisley’ – Mount Wilson – another beautiful garden…

I know I’ve been on a bit of a garden theme of late 🙂

Spring is in the air and there are so many FANTASTIC gardens to view in the glorious blue mountains.

Last Sunday Ray and I took off to Mount Wilson which is off the Bells Line of Road on the way to Lithgow NSW.

What a quaint little village tucked away just waiting to be explored 🙂

The garden we chose to visit was called ‘Bisley’…A 4 hectare garden that is lovingly cared for by its two gorgeous owners who are in their eighties!!

They bought the virgin land in 1982 and have spent the last 30 years creating this magnificent garden.

I loved wandering around with the camera, looking for pockets of light filtering down through the trees. The wisteria was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen…

It was very hot, but there were plenty of shady spots to rest and take in the glorious views….

If you would like more information about the open garden programme visit opengarden.org.au

Enjoy the pics. Click on the first pic to view all the photos as a slideshow:)

Colour in the Blue Mountains….

Last week I had the busiest week ever..

Nothing relaxes me more than getting out into the country and immersing myself in nature.

My niece Claire and my buddy Maree and I set off to the Blue Mountains for the day to take photos (what a surprise) 🙂

We tried to find Minnehaha Falls, but ended up on a fire trail..hmmm….

We visited Leura, such a beautiful town and wandered through one of the gardens that was part of the Leura Gardens Festival.

We we surrounded by colour, one of my other favourite things.

We had lunch in a beautiful cafe in Leura and I sat eating a ploughmans lunch watching the world go by.

After lunch we headed to Blackheath and ended up at Evans Lookout – (a must visit spot) where the wide expanse of the Blue Mountains stretches out in front of you. It is beautiful and made me feel so alive and free….

Next stop was the tea rooms in the Megalong Valley – absolutely gorgeous – where we ate scones and sipped on a cappuccino 🙂

What a fantastic day…..

The Blue Mountains really worked its magic on me 🙂

Enjoy the pics. Click on the first pic to view all the photos as a slideshow.

Renee & Aydin….a day of love….

Renee and Aydin are a very special couple to me. I have had the pleasure of getting to know them and their family over the past few years.

They decided to tie the knot in November last year at Burnham Grove , a stunning heritage venue near Camden.

It was a beautiful wedding…

Aydin and the groomsmen dressed at his parents home in Cecil Hills. We had so much fun, thanks to Aydin and all the groomsmen for making my job so easy!

Renee and the bridesmaids dressed at Aydin and Renees home in Bradbury.

She looked absolutely stunning and the girls looked gorgeous in pink and silver….

We took lots of pics and before we knew it, it was time to go…

Aydin arrived at the ceremony on his Dad’s Harley, fully escorted by some other Harley enthusiasts.

The groomsmen were in a Red chevy and Renee arrived in a pink cadillac (envious, aren’t you?)

It was just fantastic!!

Lots of dark rain clouds threatened but held off for the entire afternoon.

The ceremony was lovely, it was held in a hedged area of the garden.

We then spent the next few hours taking pics of the bridal party, the cars and of course the happy couple.

The reception was held inside a beautiful marquee on the lawn and was complete with some very funny speeches (by the best man), wonderful food and music and a real party atmosphere.

Congratulations again guys, I wish you all the happiness in the world..

Don’t forget to click on the first photo to start the slideshow.

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Doors & Windows – a collection from Italy & France

Doors and windows..I love photographing them..

Who walks through that door every day?

How long has it been there?

During our trip to Italy and France I photographed lots of interesting doorways and windows 🙂

What attracted me most was their age…so old and such beautiful architecture and colours.

Which one is your favourite?

Please feel free to contact me in the comments section below or on Facebook , twitter  or pinterest.

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