Day 107 – 366 Day Project

Day 107 – 366 Day Project

“Vortex Water Feature”   Day 107 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”   At the Canberra Airport terminal heading home from my family trip, I noticed these amazing water features outside the main entry of the terminal. After I checked my luggage in I detoured back to take some photos. The need to provide physical protection to the front of the terminal building, the team at Canberra airport decided to design a more aesthetic alternative to traditional bollards. “Just as heart is a fountain of unspoken words, the universe is a womb of wonder weird worlds.” ― Toba Beta Waterforms International and GMB Architects worked together to find a solution that combined both clever landscaping and unique water features. Richard Phillips, Manager aviation Projects, Canberra airport explained, ‘the water wall along the road edge had always been part of the solution, but we wanted two signature pieces to mark the terminal entries and to finish the stone ‘triangle’. So the ‘vortexes’ were created. They are the work of Dirk Slotboom, Chris Carter and Mark Salis from Waterforms International. They are the only Vortexes of this size in Australia and feature coloured LeD lighting, which are controlled by a central computer and can, rotate through eight colours or stay as one. The vortex can grow and disappear altogether, and even change shape and give the effect of plaiting hair. On a more practical note, the water is re-circulated, filtered and treated to 1.5 microns to prevent any sort of bacteria and if anything falls into the vortex it can be retrieved from a collection...
Day 106 – 366 Day Project

Day 106 – 366 Day Project

“Shadows”   Day 106 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”   I know I’ve already posted a blog on shadows, Day 48 with Kodie my dog, but this one was magic and I thought worth sharing here. This was on our way home from the park when the sun was low. My three grandchildren were giggling and fascinated with the distorted effect of their shadows…so tall and skinny, no representation of them in real life.   Shadows—for all their subtlety—will add so much to any picture. They’re spectacular for highlighting emotions and generating some really surreal imagery. The best part about them may be the fact that they can be used in so many different ways. Versatility is always a very likeable quality!   “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” ~ Ruth E.Renkel It all comes down to how a photographer approaches the concept of shadows in snapping pictures. Shadows aren’t simply black masses that border light; rather, they’re entities that are every bit just as alive as the light in a picture! There are many diverse ways that shadows could be incorporated into everyday photography. Photographers use focus, texture and, in some cases, even misdirection to highlight the power of shadows as a way of producing something aesthetically pleasing. Shadows can be used to obscure, as when they hide facial detail to draw the eye to a certain part of the face. They may also be used to display both texture and form, as when their presence highlights details in the terrain (such as ripples in...
Day 105 – 366 Day Project

Day 105 – 366 Day Project

“Trampoline FUN”   Day 105 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”   Did you know that trampolining is one of the most effective form of exercise? Well don’t’ know about you but I’m totally amazed. Apparently research has found, rebound exercise such as trampolining is ‘the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man’. In fact, studies found that 10 minutes of trampolining was a better workout than 30 minutes of running. Two of my granddaughters, Arya and Olivia were living proof during my recent family visit that trampolining can be so much fun. It was magical to watch them play, bounce, laugh, giggles…priceless moments! Here are some of the top benefits: Jumping can enhance motor skills and improved coordination and balance. Jumping is great for stress relief. Trampolining can improve behavior. It’s a great way for kids to expend their energy, which might otherwise result in more destructive behavior. Jumping can enhance motor skills. It is a great way of enhancing children’s muscle development, strengthening bones and reinforcing joints. Trampolining improves coordination and balance. Bouncing creates a constantly shifting centre of gravity, which kids must quickly respond to by adjusting their positions and bilateral movements. Jumping is great for stress relief. The motion of jumping up and down on a trampoline is fun and a great way to wind down after a difficult day in school. The concentration, fun and repetition of rebounding on a trampoline is great for advancing sensory skills. Trampolining can improve kids’ ability to learn. Through calming kids down and improving their concentration, trampolining can improve kids’...
Day 104 – 366 Day Project

Day 104 – 366 Day Project

“Wishes”   Day 104 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!” 
I picked a dandelion today, and made a wish for you A gentle breeze just happened by, the second that I blew 
It caught my wish and carried it to where you are, I pray 
Please catch it as it passes by, and you will hear it say: 

”I wish… that seeds of love grow profusely in your life and success when you are weeding out adversity and strife. 
I wish for sunshine to warm you, and raindrops to quench your thirst And when you need a friend… I wish you’ll call out my name first.” 

”I wish… for you to always know just how much you’re loved More than all the many stars in Heaven up above 
I wish for solid ground beneath your feet, and rainbows in the sky 
And when you need a friend… I wish on me you would rely.” *   *   * 

”I wish… the butterfly of love not be elusive and that your love for yourself will be conclusive I wish you’ll always feel free to march to your own drum And when you think of friends… I wish you’ll think of me as one.” poem by: Rinda Nelson©2008 “When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes.” What will you do next time you see a...
Day 103 – 366 Day Project

Day 103 – 366 Day Project

“The Swing”   Day 103 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”     Sometimes I just want to be a kid again, I don’t want to be jaded, the future isn’t a thought. And Swinging can be the best thing. It’s rare to find a child who doesn’t like to swing. Most people may think it’s just because it’s fun. But there are also some neurological benefits to swinging that most people are unaware of. I bet you didn’t know that swinging helps children sleep? It’s true. Studies have shown that children who swing regularly sleep well (or better anyway), because the spinning motion helps balance neurological activity in the brain. You know those wound up thoughts you have when you’re lying in bed with insomnia, staring at the clock? Well, kids have that stuff too. But they don’t have the logical perceptions to help them lie still. When wiring has gone haywire, neurological focus affects your sleeping patterns. The back and forth motion and spinning motions helps settle immature brains into a restful peace. So, if you’ve got an overactive/hyperactive/hard to settle child, try adding a daily swing activity into your routine and watch them settle down. Best of all, this fun activity can be practiced right on your backyard swing set. Even adults can try this! After a stressful day at work, try swinging along side your child or grandchild as in my case. It may be just what the doctor ordered!   I find it therapeutic and calming when I visit the park with my granddaughters....