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Motel Kettle

From time to time I need to stay in regional motels for work and it surprises me the differences you can find in budget motels in the country.  Some are really nice, others are… budget.  One common problem I have almost everywhere I stay is making a coffee!  I can deal with having a limited number of those little UHT milk containers, instead of fresh milk, but when I cant fill the jug or kettle to boil the water I just cant believe it.

The problem is a regular size cheapo kettle that simply wont fit under the tap in the little basin you find in motel bathrooms.  You might be able to put the kettle on an angle and get half a cup in before the water starts overflowing.  If you want to actually fill the kettle, you have no choice but to use the shower!  That was the case in the budget motel I stayed at in Hamilton this week, which is where I took these photos.

Motel owners should actually try to use the facilities in their rooms!  I have come across one motel that provided a small kettle, it only held about 3 cups worth of water, but you could easily place it under the tap.  A few weeks ago I stayed at the Siesta Central Apartments in Sale which had a big basin with a high tap – perfect.

Waiting for the Sun and Clouds

Yesterday I told you about my dawn photography at Hastings Marina.  Well I managed to get a couple of shots showing a pinkish sky, but for most of the time the sunrise was hidden behind clouds on the horizon.

I was just about ready to pack up, when I noticed a big patch of clear blue sky making its way towards the eastern horizon, so I waited a half hour or so until the Sun finally poked up from behind the clouds. It wasn’t pink any more, but there were some nice rays of light spreading across the sky. To add another element to the shot, I threw a rock into the water to get rings of ripples disturbing the reflection.  I’m very happy with both of these shots.

See the Hastings Marina gallery here –


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Hastings Sunrise

Last weekend I was photographing the sunset from Grantville, on Western Port Bay.  This week I found myself across the bay at Hastings, capturing the sunrise from the local Marina.  As my bad luck with cloud cover on the horizon continues, there was only a brief moment where the sky turned bright pink before the sun was hidden again, but I’m still happy with the results.

(In-between shots, my son and I had a bit of fun skimming rocks on the otherwise mirror smooth water.)

You can see my dawn photos from Hastings Marina here –


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