Sydney October 2016 (3 photos)

Do you have a bucket list? A list of things to see and do before kicking the bucket?

It’s not something I’ve seriously thought about but I guess we all have things we would like to do if time allows.

And when that itch comes along, well, you just need to scratch it.


I’m no exception.

I have a plane to catch in a few days.


BEING: NOW HERE NO WHERE, by Mee-Sun Kim Park at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016.

Statement: Explores the dependant arising of all beings in nature: repetition and difference, togetherness and separation, the hidden and the exposed, the infinity and now.

And just like those tiny clay sculptures before the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, I suspect that I will experience the same feeling of being “now here but no where” as I explore the sights at my destination.

I don’t usually post when I’m on holidays. So that’s all for now.

Assuming I do not fall victim to Dengue Fever, Heatstroke, Malaria, Rabies, Hepatitis, or Unexploded Military Ordnance, I hope to do one or maybe two more posts after my return before closing down for Christmas, as I do each year.

Or I may not.

Only time will tell.

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The Bucket List


81 thoughts on “The Bucket List

    • I guess the list changes over time for many people as our interests and priorities change.

      Thanks for the thoughts, but hopefully I’ll be back before the end of the year. πŸ˜‰

  1. That scratching back photo – so well timed. So well focused and on point. The Dragon strikes again, and no one knows… πŸ™‚

    Happy and safe travels. Look after the camera…or maybe it is also a case of the camera looking after you and what you see. Take care πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. Wait long enough, and someone will do something interesting, even if you don’t realise it’s interesting until you look at the photo later. πŸ™‚

      The camera is the first thing I pack. Everything else I can buy if I forget to pack it.

  2. I have lists where I put recommended or sniffed-out-to-be-good books, films and places – only in Italy for now, I aim close. I do it in order not to forget about them. I don’t have a list of things to do in general, somehow the term ‘bucket list’ reminds me of throwing up. πŸ˜€

  3. Enigmatic as ever Mr Dragon. Safe travels. By the sounds of your list of possible nasties, I hope you’ve had your shots. Take care and see you on your return!
    P.S I do have a bucket list of sorts, trouble is it’ll take a lottery win to fulfill πŸ™‚

    • Most definitely, if I can be vaccinated for it, I have. For everything else, I’ll rely on common sense, and plenty of mosquito repellant. πŸ™‚

      Thank you very much. My bucket list would include winning the lottery. LOL πŸ™‚

  4. The Secret Agent is on the mission of his life. πŸ˜€ Good for you! Looking forward to your reportage. I don’t have a bucket list (or at least I don’t call it that), but I do have some things I’d like to do and places I’d like to visit. For the travel, I’ve achieved all but one destination. Really feels good to just do it rather than save it for later. Because you never know if there will be a later.

    • Indiana Jones has nothing on me when I’m in my mindset. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you.

      It’s good that you’ve seen so much of the world so soon. I agree, who knows what obstacles life will throw in our paths.

      PS I see you’ve changed your “name”.

  5. Bon voyage wherever you may be heading off to – I am currently on stork watch and not going anywhere until the bundle arrives. I have a semi bucket list which I’ve happily been able to scratch off a few things on it.

  6. My bucket list has always been a bit nebulous: travel as much as possible, get to Wyoming as often as we can, retire some day, things like that. However, I recently came across a vacation designed to cover a large number of national parks in the western part of the US that sounds like something I want to specifically include.

    Safe and enjoyable travels.


  7. ‘Dengue fever, heatstroke, malaria, rabies, hepatitis, unexploded military ordnance’ – I’ve been trying to think of which country you could be going to where you could possibly fall victim to one of these. I’ve come up with Cambodia! Bon Voyage πŸ™‚

    • I was wondering if someone would try to guess the country from the clues. πŸ™‚ Most likely the next post here or perhaps on Instagram will reveal if you’re right or not.

      Thanks for the good wishes. πŸ™‚

  8. Love your first photo of the little girl eating pasta; kids enjoying food is so nice. Like you I don’t really have a bucket list but I have a long list of restaurants I want to try in Canberra and more places to visit in China so I suppose that is a sort of bucket list.

    • Thank you. That’s one of about 14 headers that appear on rotation. That was one of my first candid photos, as well. If you’re interested, the full photo is at the post called, I luv sketti .

      China is changing so fast. You could easily go back to places you’ve already been to and find new things to see.

  9. I’m glad I read the other post first and only now reading about all the perils… glad you are back safe:)

    I do have a bucket list, it grows every day tho, I’ll need to live long to do all the things in it lol…

    • I’m glad I survived, too. I’m glad I went in winter. In summer it get’s over 40C temperature!!!

      My bucket list changes as well. Some things change in priority as time passes.

  10. MrAndMrsBucketList says:

    We’ve got a list. Just full of wildlife encounters really. Working our way through it but it just gets longer. Love your blog btw.

  11. Always love your ocean scenes, they are so colourful and striking… plus a feeling of walking into the scene, I really like that look! πŸ™‚ I now own a Sony A6000… so thrilled with it! Just wondering… what kind of lens would you recommend for scenes? I bought the camera with just the standard lens as I want to take a bit of time deciding what other lenses I’m likely to use. Probably one for portraits and a wide one for scenes. I do really like that look your scenes have. Is it an extra wide lens that gives the effect, or maybe a technique too?

    • Thank you, Suzy. That’s a great camera.

      For those kind of shots, a 24 – 50 mm focal length works well, depending on how close you want to get to your subject. Shoot at about f4 – 5.6 and the subject will be in focus and the background should blur. The amount of background blur depends on your aperture, the distance from the camera to the subject and the distance from the subject to the background. The closer you are to the subject and the further the background is from the subject, the greater the blur. You can practice by placing a person or item a few metres in front of a tree. Photograph them at different distances from in front, keeping all other variables stable. Then repeat with aperture changes, etc.

      • Thank you! πŸ™‚ Yes, practice is everything really. I just haven’t had the chance to get out and about and find some really great scenes yet. Norwich is still all a bit grey at the moment. I loathe grey sky pictures unless they are moody and dramatic, can’t seem to find drama either at the moment! Spring is around the corner, makes chilly old England so much nicer to photograph. I’ve been practising on some still life, mainly Twitter friends books. Sounds strange I know, I’ll be posting something about soon, it will make sense hopefully. πŸ™‚

  12. LaraLain says:

    New York is top of my current bucket list ! I want to go shopping there with my Mum. Great bucket list photo – I live just a few mins from that very spot and spend a lot of time running that track ☺

    • Thank you. I took this one during Sculpture by the Sea last year. It was a good catch.

      I hope you get to NYC like you plan. It’s a great city. I’ll be there again later this year.

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