Guest Shooter Alison Raynor – Fiddling With Her Images

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I found it impossible to post yesterday. I spent most of the day running around frantically trying to gather last-minute paperwork to send to the insurance company. I finally sent a twenty-three page fax. This makes a total of seventy-three pages of documentation I have sent. I’ll have more information for interested readers at the end of the post.

Thanks to Alison Raynor for sending me a couple of beautiful images of Sunrise at Mt. Beppo in Queensland not far from where she lives in Toogoolawah. The images were only 800 pixels, so I didn’t have much to work with, but they are so pretty that I could not resist them. I was also grateful to have someone else’s work to show, as I have no time to dig through my own to put together a decent post.

This one had some electrical wires in it that I had to remove. It’s a lovely, peaceful scene:

The lighting is unusual, but it has a very natural feel.

I could not resist turning it into a watercolour. It has just the right composition and tonal qualities for a painting:

I particularly like the contrast and the way that the rays of light on the right are accentuated.

This shot is a real beauty. All I had to do with it was pump up the vibrance and contrast and adjust the colours just a bit to make it look good on the black background:

As with the other shot, the lighting lends a wonderful naturalness to the scene.

And, of course, I had to fiddle with this one also. Again, the watercolour filter in Photoshop gave the effect that I wanted.  Not all images look good when faked as art. These two worked very nicely:

The arty effect on this one is more obvious if you click to enlarge it.

In case you’re wondering about Mt. Beppo, here is a Google Earth image of where it is:

You can click to enlarge and put in the coordinates of it or just put “mt beppo queensland australia” in the Google Earth search box.

Thanks Ali, for providing me with two very nice images to amuse our readers and myself. Thanks also for your call last night putting me onto the best air fares to get to Brisbane.

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Tomorrow, we fly to Brisbane in the morning. Our friend Val Jerram will meet us and take us to her house in Gympie. I hope that Eunie does okay on the trip. We have to make a stopover for a couple of hours in Townsville.

Eunie has appointments for tests beginning on September 3.  She will have an MRI and some other kind of scan – I think an MRI involving a contrast dye. She then has appointments on the 6th and 7th with two other doctors. At last the ball is rolling.

I’ve mentioned several times the lovely apartment that we have stayed in since we have been in Brisbane. I want to acknowledge and extend our deepest gratitude to our dear friends of many years in Madang, Mike and Di Cassell for putting out the welcome mat for the very pleasant and convenient accommodation provided to us as a gift of love.

We have always had a deep sense of family with our closest friends in Madang. Never have I felt it more and never have we needed it more.  There is nothing like being in deep need to find out who your real friends are.

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10 Responses to “Guest Shooter Alison Raynor – Fiddling With Her Images”

  1. Roz Says:

    You and Eunie are very much in my thoughts. Safe travels to Brisbane, and I hope that the medical profession can provide some answers. I have just teamed up with ROAR Foods on the Gold Coast for my rawfood provisions for my next ocean row. If i can help at all, through exploring options for food-as-medicine, I would be more than happy to give some time to it. Please let me know if this would be any use to you.

    Much love
    R xox

  2. Jim Davis Says:

    Jan, Cindy and I are praying for Eunice and for you. Words are cheap, especially at a time like this, but please know we love you and are thinking of you.

  3. Carolyn Says:

    Hey this is amazing – I am from Toogoolawah – we have a farm at Scrub Creek about 5 minutes from Alison. I dont know Alison but I just loved the images. I am in Timor and the shots made me homesick – the light that comes off the Pohlman Ranges is quite something.
    Jan – obviously away at the moment but my husband is in Brisbane everyday for work (Broncos Rugby League). If you need anything at all just yell. His mobile is 0412 809 156.
    Best wishes

  4. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, dear Roz. I know that you speak from your heart. There’s no better medical aid anywhere else and we have good support from our friend Val in her home. We’ll be better off there than anyplace else. Believe me, if I need any help, I will not hesitate to ask, because I know you would do anything possible to assist us. Take care, my dear.


  5. MadDog Says:

    Right, Jim. I dig what you say. It’s easy for one to say a bunch of fancy words about how much one cares and then forget about it. I know that you and Cindy are feeling for us now. That’s not cheap. It’s priceless!

  6. Colin Huggins Says:

    “Eunie has appointments for tests beginning on September 3. She will have an MRI and some other kind of scan – I think an MRI involving a contrast dye. She then has appointments on the 6th and 7th with two other doctors. At last the ball is rolling.”

    Jan and Eunice.
    All the best with these tests – make sure Eunice that you don’t have an itchy nose when they stick you in! I have been up the tube for feet, bowels, legs, back and recently to find my “brain”!!!????
    It was found and I didn’t have a TIA ( I think that is what it is called) – just an ageing brain system! I don’t think I ever scratch my nose but as soon as I went into this tube, the bloody thing itched!
    All the very best and a speedy recovery.
    Sorry I have not been following your blog, I’ll put it down to the “Brain” finding business. Anyhow now I have photos to prove that their is something between my ears!!!!
    Cheers and no itchy nose please.
    Finschhafen ( 64/69)
    “The Paradise Lost”

  7. Ali Says:

    I love what you did with the photos Jan. Actually they are taken from my front verandah and I’m very lucky to have such a beautiful view and live in such a delightful spot on the map. (remote as it is)
    I am glad to have been of a little help with your flights to Bris. It’s a pleasure to be able to do some small thing for you and Eunie as you were both very helpful and kind to both Dave and I, prior to and during our wonderful stay in Madang.
    I was very surprised to see that someone from Toogoolawah read this post…(how incredible.) I know Scrub Creek very well, as it is quite close to the Drop Zone actually. I wonder what Carolyns last name is? Do you know Jan?

    Safe travels my friends.

  8. MadDog Says:

    Carolyn, now I know three people from Toogoolawah. This is an unexpected turn of events. Something weird is going on here.

    Ali’s shots made me want to visit. Actually I had planned to later this year until Eunie’s illness arrived without welcome. Thanks very much for the offer of help in Brisbane. Peace to you, new friend.

  9. MadDog Says:

    Colin, thanks for the “itchy nose” advice. I had an MRI once and you are absolutely right. The instant the banging noise started and I was told to hold absolutely still, my nose began to itch as it had never itched before. Thanks for the good wishes for the tests.

  10. MadDog Says:

    Ali – your front veranda! I’m amazed. You compete quite will with our Madang frontage. You assistance saved us a couple of hundred dollars on flights – thanks.

    I don’t know Carolyn’s last name, but if she reads these comments, she’ll probably contact you. Peace to you, my friend.