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Snake versus spider – spider wins

My wife is now putting all of our possessions into cardboard boxes. Apparently we are moving house….

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 By the way, snake was alive when I took these. It was in the barn next to where Mitch was working on his car. Its gone now…

Rays of light in my big backyard

Saw this tonight, grabbed a camera and shot a few different angles.
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B&W Challenge

Those who use Facebook would have seen a challenge going around where people are asked to post 5 B&W photos over 5 days.

I must admit that turning colour pics that I like into B&W has never appealed to me but I know many that do.

I’ve been asked to “rise to the challenge”. Here are the five days.

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Day 3
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Day 4
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Day 5
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2014 Outback Challenge

Went to Broken Hill for the first couple of days of the 2014 Outback Challenge.

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Coast drive Redbanks to Port Gibbon

Just a few pics from a coast drive from Redbanks to Port Gibbon (Eyre Peninsula, South Australia).
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And a 15 minute video (from about 4 hours of footage)

FYRLYT update – 2 years later

It’s been 2 years since I posted about FYRLYT driving lights.
Given it appears to be the most searched page on this site it’s probably time for an update.

Ive added the update to the bottom of the original page at: FYRLYT Article

**UPDATE** September 2014
So, after 2 years of hanging off the front of the Patrol how have they performed?
Pardon the pun – brilliantly!
The mounts are rock solid, the lenses have survived and the original globes are still going strong.
The light output is awesome, the lack of glare is welcome and maintenance free reliability is perfect. They just WORK.
Originally I ran them as one spot and one spread but the light output is so good I now run both as spread beams.
Better than HID? Maybe, but more importantly they are reliable and instantly come on.
Better than an LED light bar? Don’t know, but their range and spread is more than adequate.
Worth the money? For me, yes, as the quality and reliability (sorry to harp on that) make them a worthwhile addition.

As always, my opinion only and all thoughts and comments are welcome.
No affiliation, just a happy customer.

My new Photo Gallery

Have (finally) got my photo collection sorted and uploaded at http://photos.touring4x4.com/
Please take a look around and all feedback on the good, bad and ugly is welcome!
While photos can be purchased through this site (eventually) I’m quite happy for people to just look and enjoy.

Here’s a sample.

Brachina Gorge (again)


Nice little day trip today.

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Kayaks & Paddling in Eight Mile Creek

Kayaks & Paddling in Eight Mile Creek

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Wallaroo, Easter 2014

Easter Long Weekend in Wallaroo

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Johnburgh and the Bendleby Ranges, March 2014

Johnburgh and the Bendleby Ranges


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Limestone Coast, December 2013

Limestone Coast


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Little Dip Conservation Park, December 2013

Little Dip Conservation Park


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Canunda National Park, December 2013

Canunda National Park


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Tantanoola Caves, January 2014

Tantanoola Caves


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Glencoe Woolshed, January 2014

Glencoe Woolshed


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Northern Flinders Ranges, December 2013

Northern Flinders Ranges


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Where eagles dare….

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Flinders 450 at Baroota SA

Fifth round of the Australian Off Road Racing Championship

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Middleback Station revisited

Middleback Station – End of an era.

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Four days in the Flinders Ranges–Anzac Weekend 2013

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Another Birdsville Blast – Easter 2013

This was a Daddy Daughter trip, just Charli and I in the Patrol. Travelling with us were Andrew K in his Pajero and Fons in the Farm Truck.

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Clipsal500 2013

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New Y62 Nissan Patrol

Got a new Patrol on loan for the night, thanks to Malcolm from Whyalla Nissan. Very very nice. Fuel consumption around town looks to be about the same as the GTS. Highway fuel is a bit high cruise controlling at 110 (12-13L/100) but its only done 400kms.

Its a fair bit bigger than the GU. Trakta has 4″ lift and 35″ tyres and the new one is still slightly taller. Inside its a massive difference. Could comfortably get a 40L Engel behind the 3rd row seats.

Pretty much did what I wanted to do. Cant take it offroad unfortunately.
Checked the acceleration (like a cut cut snake), braking (sensational – a GU can only dream of stopping this well), around town driveability (slightly thirsty, dead quiet, handles reasonably, bloody big) and a couple of highway runs (reasonable fuel, super quiet, 1800rpm @ 110).

Importantly it passed the Woolies shopping test and driveway cred, so really only has the school run left in the morning. LOL

Victorian High Country – December 2012 & January 2013

G’day all.
Just spent 3 weeks on the road and have written up the trip. I’ve spread this story over five long pages so click on the links below to go to each of the pages. Or even easier, click on Part 1 and then use the link on the bottom of each page.


Victorian High Country 2012 Part 1


Victorian High Country 2012 Part 2


Victorian High Country 2012 Part 3


Victorian High Country 2012 Part 4


Victorian High Country 2012 Part 5

As of tonight (Sunday) some of the embedded videos are still uploading to Youtube but will be available soon.

More from the big backyard

Tonights big backyard pic
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Flash lit
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A few more from Feb 2015
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Tonights sunset in my big backyard

Tonights sunset in my big backyard
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Jamestown Air Show 2012

On Sunday 14th October Mitch and I drove across to Jamestown in South Oz for their annual Airshow and fly-in.
This was probably the best organised and run country event I’ve been to. Huge crowd yet quick entry and plenty of room alongside the runway for perfect viewing.
The show started on time and the action didnt stop. There were no breaks just a solid six hours of air show.

Click HERE to go to the main page and then scroll down to the various links

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Image taken from the official event program

Weekend in Whyalla #7 VIDEOS

Weekend in Whyalla #7 VIDEOS

Eagle Ridge video from Saturday http://youtu.be/6G-JAP30nRo

 

Point Gibbon on Sunday http://youtu.be/-8yYaCfYskY

 

Anzac Creek on Monday http://youtu.be/OOwf-43c_qs

 

Port Broughton

Port Broughton

FYRLYT Driving Lights

FYRLYT Driving Lights

FYRLYT Driving Lights

Arno Bay

Lazy Easter 2012 – Arno Bay

Lazy Easter 2012 – Arno Bay

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Merna Mora – Flinders Ranges. March 2012

Merna Mora – Flinders Ranges. March 2012
Near Hawker, South Australia

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Ironman awning install

Ironman awning install

Our Windsor Rapid Caravan

Our Windsor Rapid Caravan

My DIY camper trailer build

The camper trailer that I built for less than $3,000

Project 365 2011 – a photo a day

For 2011 I took on the challenge of shooting a new photo every day.

Has been great for really learning the limits of me and my gear (mainly me!).
Has tought me a lot about what works and how to make it work.
Have seen a whole lot more of this town and made lots of discoveries.
Have learned a lot about lightroom and post processing.
I hope Im a far better photographer because of this project.

Really really glad Ive done it but wont do it again any time soon! Maybe if I travelled more often. It should be easier in a big city but I doubt you’d move around enough to stay inspired.

Would highly recommend it to anyone starting out, anyone lacking inspiration or an experienced tog that has become jaded.

Click the links below to go to the photos for each month.
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
October 2011
November 2011
December 2011

Jan 18 – Fly me to the moon
Canon 1D/Sigma 150-500 OS @ 500mm, handheld, ISO200, F22, 1/160s

Birdsville Track Roadtrip 2011

August & September 2011 we toured the Birdsville Track
Birdsville Track Roadtrip 2011

Weekend in Wilmington, South Oz

Long Weekend at Stony Creek Bush Camp, Wilmington

Long Weekend at Stony Creek Bush Camp, Wilmington

Mungerannie & the lower Birdsville Track

Mungerannie & the lower Birdsville Track

Cooper Creek June 2010

June 2010 – Mitch and I spent 3 days up on the Cooper Creek where it had crossed the Birdsville Track
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Lake Eyre 2009

In April 2009 we visited both sides of Lake Eyre
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Auckland NZ, March 2009

Auckland NZ, March 2009
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Beltana Station, Northern Flinders Ranges

Beltana Station, Northern Flinders Ranges

Easter at Cullyamurra Waterhole

2006 Cannonball Run – Innamincka for Easter

USA & Canada, May 2005

USA & Canada 2005
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Victorian High Country 2005

Victorian High Country 2005

Birdsville “Cannonball Run” Trip Anzac Weekend 2004

Birdsville “Cannonball Run” Trip Anzac Weekend 2004

Birdsville “Cannonball Run” Trip Anzac Weekend 2004

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Simpson Desert 1997

Crossing the Simpson Desert on the French Line
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Innamincka, Easter 1996

Innamincka, Easter 1996

Innamincka, Easter 1996

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Colour scheme

Any comments on the change from a white background to a black background?

Looks better/worse?
Easier/harder to read?

cheers

Andrew

Lots of new stuff added!

I’ve added a lot of tech, photo and trip pages without posting here in the news feed about them.
Have a look at the menu across the top of the page or links down the right side to see them.

Comments and feedback on the site and the content are VERY welcome.

cheers

Andrew

G’day and welcome to my Touring4x4 blog

I’m slowly adding all of my trip stories here. Please be patient and check back here regularly.

thanks and cheers

Andrew

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