Mineral-Themed Face Masks…

I have created twelve mineral-themed face masks via Redbubble. These are of a variety of minerals from around the world.

So far, there are masks containing crocoite (some with other species) from the Adelaide Mine (2), Red Lead Mine, Magnet Mine, Dundas Extended Mine and Kapi Mine, calcite from Dal Negorsk, Russia, a gold nugget from Maryborough, Victoria, rhodochrosite from the Uchucchacua Mine, Peru, spessartine garnet from the Navegadora claim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, wavellite from Phosphate Hill, Mansfield, Victoria, and wulfenite and Mimetite from the Ojuela Mine, Mexico.


  • Non-medical face masks help you express yourself even when you can’t show your face
  • Two layers of soft 100% brushed polyester with sublimation print on the outside layer
  • 7.25″ x 4.6″ / 18.5 x 11.5 cm with over-ear elastic straps for a snug fit over mouth and nose. Each ear strap is 8″ / 20cm (the largest size available on Redbubble)
  • Wash after each use
  • Do not use as medical personal protective equipment
  • Adult use only and should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance

Right now, Redbubble are offering 20% off if you buy four or more.

They are available here.

Please read this warning and disclaimer statement from Redbubble too. These masks are no different to home-made ones.

Orion in the night sky… II

We stayed at Trawool in central Victoria last night and had the opportunity to view a clear sky without light pollution.

This is the result. Orion is the constellation (compare Ballarat image taken a while ago) and the Orion Nebula is clearly visible. Not a Hubble photo to be sure, but not too bad!

Apparently the nebula, known as Messier 42, and visible to the naked eye, was believed to be the cosmic fire of creation by the Maya.

According to Nasa, the nebula is an enormous cloud of dust and gas where vast numbers of new stars are being forged.

When you click on the image below, it may take a little while to load as it is quite a big file. Once loaded, you should be able to click again to zoom in.

Photo taken with Canon 5DS R, Yongnuo 52mm f1.8 lens. Exposure time 4 seconds at ISO 1000. Four images processed through Sequator.

Dry Dock

Sydney ferry, the SS Kosciusko, was built in 1911, shipped to Tasmania in 1975, and broken up in 1991. This prop and associated metal and timbers is set up as an installation adjacent to the Waterfront Hotel in Bellerive, southern Tasmania.

Click on the photo below for a larger version…

Remains of Sydney Ferry, the SS Kosciusko

Pareidolia 1

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations (Wikipedia).

This is something that has always fascinated me and I have to admit, I do see faces. A lot.

This is the first of a series of images showing my view of this phenomenon. This No Diving sign looks to be laughing at those that disobey!

Quartz Goblins…

This is a photo of the inside of a smoky quartz crystal from Mooralla, western Victoria, Australia. The rainbow effect comes from internal flaws or fractures that diffract light, splitting it into its component colours.

Now some people believe that crystals, including smoky quartz, can have special properties such as healing. Me? I don’t. But I think I believe in Goblins, or Imps, or Sprites, or other non-earthly beings. It’s true! Look at this photo closely. I can see at least five different entities! Can you?

Click on the one below to see a larger image…