Melbourne

Sweet Magnolia

by Kristi Hines

I’m a product of the South, from good ole Mississippi. So imagine my surprise when I was halfway across the world and I found my state’s flower, the magnolia, in Australia of all unlikely places.

Sweet Magnolia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Emu Sees You

by Kristi Hines

Some stars are born ready for their closeup. This bird was definitely one of them – she gave me a little time to get a great face forward shot before wandering away.

Emu Closeup

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Baby Elephant at Play

by Kristi Hines

Good Monday morning everyone! This shot was taken at the Melbourne Zoo. While watching a family of elephants walk through their playground, this little guy decided it was time for a cool down near the water.

Baby Elephant

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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It’s Been Two Days

by Kristi Hines

Meerkat

“It’s been two days. No rapture. What gives?”

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Wet Purple Aeonium

by Kristi Hines

It took me a while to figure out what this was, but since I’m a Google master I eventually found it. This succulent was especially beautiful with the water drops sitting on it after the sprinklers had gone off nearby, so I couldn’t resist giving it a closeup.

Purple Aeonium Succulent

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 270mm, 1/250s – F/6.3, ISO 1600
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Eternal Flame

by Kristi Hines

In Melbourne, Australia, there is a Shrine of Remembrance dedicated to all of the men and women of Australia who have served in war, from World War I through today. The Eternal Flame represents eternal life, and is kept alight at all times.

I’ve always had a fascination with fire, which started with the occasional burning of fall leaves in the back yard as a child and has now developed into an interest in photographing flames such as this.

The Eternal Flame - Dancing Fire Flames at the Shrine of Remembrance

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 270mm, 1/500s – F/6.3, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Water Lily Blossom

by Kristi Hines

This lovely water lily was a surprising find in one of the botanical gardens in Melbourne. I had to walk a little bit off the path and balance on some stones going into the water to get this shot, but it was well worth a possible impromptu pond diving experience.

Water Lily Blossom

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Details: Shot at 55mm, 1/500s – F/6.3, ISO 500
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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