Alexander Galloway (1876 – 1945) – Newcastle Composer


This article is about my maternal great-grandfather Alexander Galloway.

The article was originally posted ten years ago to accompany an ABC radio program.  Exciting for me was to discover that they digitized two of his songs which can be heard. The music is of its era and genre – so not everyone’s cup-of-tea! But as family history this is gold!

Phoneography Challenge – Nature

Soft Serve Icecream

Summer afternoon
Walking back along the track
Longing for icecream.

I love following Sally’s weekly challenge even though I’m not a regular contributor. It’s summer here and we were returning from a bushwalk – a bit hot and tired – when Nature offered us this icecream. Spotting it there on the rock face, low to the ground, brought delighted laughs. Especially because mine usually end up falling apart like this or melted all over my hand because I can’t eat it that quickly. My haiku was scribbled a bit later in the car.

To enjoy some of the other entries to this week’s challenge Sally has them listed on her own post. You’ll also find the programme and the instructions for participating

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Just as a a by the bye – I’m hoping to have my new blog ready soon, so I’ll let you know the address when it’s ready.

Phoneography Monday – The Sea Urchin

Camera - HTC One

Camera – HTC One

I think I’d only had this camera a few days, maybe a week, when we went for a winter walk along a beach. Sometimes there are sea urchin shells washed up among the rocks and even occasionally they have their spines, but they’re always bleached and brittle. I’d never seen one like this before, I’m not even sure I knew what colour they were.

The experience was as if I had found a jewel, bright and alone on the fresh white sand. From the distance all that could be seen was purple on white, getting closer and with the recognition of it I received a gift.

And it was a delightful gift – one to find and then to leave undisturbed, hopefully for someone else to come afterwards and share my experience.

This post is part of  a Phoneography Challenge organised by Sally of lensandpensbysally. Please go to her post for all the contributions to this week’s Nature Challenge.

Phoneography Monday – processing

Canon EOS 620 by Android HTC One -- Standard camera (ZOE) for original picture, Pixlr Express to adjust hue, saturation and then I decided to apply a "sketch" to see what would happen.

Canon EOS 620 by Android HTC One — Standard camera (ZOE) for original picture, Pixlr Express to adjust hue, saturation and then I decided to apply a “sketch” to see what would happen.

Well Wednesday really.

Our task: 5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (Objects)

Although I love taking photos with my phone I’ve stayed away from most of the effects that seem to be available. I’ve got too many real photos from the 70s which are faded due to the early colour processing problems to ever need to simulate that particular look. I will admit that being able to adjust the balance of the picture is marvelous. And cropping – that’s my favourite.

While reading around the other entries from last Monday I found a new app, Pixlr Express (for Android), thanks to Su Leslie. I’ve also been boxing up all my old SLRs for a TAFE teacher who wants her class to experience film photography. So this story, fairly obviously, is one of old and new.


Have a look at Sally’s entry where she lists all the participants for this week:
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Once again this post was mostly done on the phone – this sentence is being added as I proof on the big screen.

Phoneography Monday – my choice – food

GoGo Balls

The thing that I find delightful about phoneography is the abundant sharing of wonderful food photos. So here’s my contribution to this pastime. GoGo Balls from the New Town Greenstore . It was gorgeous by the way, enough to satisfy without the enormous serves that we often encounter.

Camera: HTC One – with cropping

And because this challenge is for our smartphones, I’ve decided to try and do the whole post on the phone inside the WordPress app. Here goes.

This challenge is organised by Lens and Pens by Sally

Click the logo for all of  this week’s entries.