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Birthday Travels | Shot by Pete Dobres Australian Photography Tours and Workshops

Recently I found myself driving back to Adelaide on my Birthday. Now for most , that’s the not ideal thing to be doing. I was in Melbourne for work and just as it so happened, getting back to Adelaide require me traveling on my birthday. My daughter( Tess) was concerned that I’d be lonely and sad driving back on my birthday.

What I explained to Tess, if God brings go me His  awesomeskies on my birthday, then nothing could be better for me and sure enough as I travelled, I did encounter Gods’ awesomeskies.

As I explained to Tess, the things that bring me the greatest joy are the awesomeskies and capturing them. You see what I do is not work for me, it’s more than a passion that I have, its an extension of who I am and the joy on my birthday was awesome.

There will be some people who will never understand why I can be so moved by the awesomeskies, some will view me as a freak, or nerd to have such a love affair with the awesomeskies that we have been all blessed with.

The pics that you see in this blog are a result my travels on this day, that awesome day of the 25th of Feb 2013. I encountered so many treasures and delights.

If there was one negative aspect to my trips, it is the fact that it would be lovely to share these experiences with someone but that’s not the case. I often stand out in the fields as I was this day and often reflect how nice would it be that if I  had someone to share this experience with.

On this day , the unexpected happened, the skies were exploding, the lightning flashed, the thunder roared and yes, I was shaking in my boots at times. The wind picked up and as I stood in the various fields, I was reminded of the awesome nature of God .

What came to my mine was pslam 108:5
“Be exalted , O God, above the heavens, let your glory be all over the earth” and it is. No matter where I look I saw the wonders of his canvas that are ever changing.As far as my eyes could take me, I saw His canvas continually changing and each change brought a state of reverence about it.

As this storm was gaining momentum , it was the calm before the storm , things were so still, hot, humid and yet in the stillness of time, I sense the awesome nature of God’s creativity and before me flashed the importance of life, the importantance of living  to your full potential as we only get one shot at it.

I also reflected how fortunate I was to be standing in this field with the storm about the hit. I guess there are some that wouldn’t see this so fortunate but for me, I do.Where i was standing, I looked down and near my feet was a gentle lady bird, perhaps it could sense that things were about to turn wild and it was heading back to its home.Looking at how small  and colorful the lady bird was and then looking at the immense state of the storm approaching, show, me the amazing contrast in nature and creation!!

As I mentioned before, the only sadness is not to have someone to share this with but at the same time I’m truly grateful to where I am in my life.

Turning 55 on this day, made me realize I will never get to do all the things that I would like to, but I can create the bucket list and I have a small list of photographic treats  that I would like to experience before I go to heaven and while I’m fit enough to walk and hike and i will set out to do them  and if thats on my own, so be it.

This birthday was special for me as I was on the road and God made sure that for me, on my birthday I wasn’t going to be on my own, that He threw so much up to me to make sure I was having the best present that I could ask for.His eternal canvas was ever changing .I was so moved with the close of day shot that blew me away.

Blazing colors, ever changing,changing light, fading light and this moment was very moving for me as during the God I was in constant chats with God and for Him to splash his creative brush across his unlimited canvas was amazing and so moving.I was fortunate to capture this moment at the height of the sunset and God , I would like to say a massive thanks you form the depths of my heart. I’m far from perfect, I have my faults, have my   short comings,yet you still chose to bless me in ways that I really don’t deserve it.

Jesus and God continually rock my world and the last shot of the day for me, can be best summed up with the worlds “ The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man;it searches out his inmost being.” Proverbs 20:27

For those who labour in reading my writing, thank you for taking the time and let me ad i understand not all that read what I say will agree with me , particular if you have no faith in God and I do respect that. For Pete God is his worldview , He is his rock and all that he and Jesus have done for me will always be reflected in my ramblings and I need to add, that given ,it doesn’t mean that Pete is saying he is better than anyone else, far from it. I have never viewed myself that way.

When you hit the road next, or go for that walk at the park, at the beach, in the forest, look skyward and I hope you see the joys and treasures that I see.


Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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