Oyster Channel Storm {Yamba Landscape Photographer}

Oyster Channel Storm  

This storm rolled down the river last Thursday afternoon.  Normally I would be at work (my other job as a medical receptionist) but due to a change of plans I was able to finish a little earlier than normal.  I can't believe how lucky I was to be able to photograph this storm.  I'm a 'want to be' storm chaser and photographing weather is something that I really enjoy.  After leaving work, I pulled into the driveway, grabbed my gear (in this case my Canon 5Diii and my 16 - 35mm lens) and my children as they wanted to come along also.  We raced down to Witonga Drive Boat Ramp where we had a lovely view of this storm wave as it tumbled towards us.

Even with my wide angle lens I wasn't able to capture the width of the storm from so I turned my camera sideways and captured a series of photos to stitch together as a panorama. A total of 25 photos were used to create this image.

It wasn't long before the wind whipped up white caps on the river and we could see the wall of rain heading towards us. The clouds bubbled above a mix of blue, green and grey. We ran for the car before the rain fell. Rain that heavy does not play well with electronics.

Now to wait for the next storm to roll in....

 

 

 

Frankie {Yamba Newborn Photography}

Babies make the world a happier place. Frankie - 11 days old.

Yamba newborn baby photographer

Photographed by Yamba's most experienced newborn photographer. If you would like some more information on my newborn sessions, I'd love to hear from you. Phone/text to 0418 429 857,   email: info(at)vickijames.com.au or use the contact form above.

 

PRIMAL CHICKEN, PUMPKIN AND CASHEW CURRY {GUEST POST FROM AMEE AT THE FRIDGE OF GOODNESS, GRAFTON}

PALEO CHICKEN, PUMPKIN AND CASHEW CURRY  

red onion, coriander, giner and chilli

 

PRIMAL CHICKEN, PUMPKIN AND CASHEW CURRY

 
A LITTLE BIT OF TIME IS NEED TO CHOP AND PREPARE INGREDIENTS BUT THIS IS SO YUMMY AND SIMPLE AND FREEZES WELL
 
INGREDIENTS 
 

  • 1 400ML CAN OF COCONUT CREAM
  • 2 400ML OF COCONUT MILK ( CHECK THESE FOR NASTIES CHOOSE THE ONES WITH NIL PRESERVATIVES ETC )
  • 800 GRAMS DICED SKINLESS CHICKEN THIGH
  • 2 RED CHILLIES (CHOPPED FINELY -SEEDS IN IF YOU LIKE IT HOT, SEEDS OUT IF NOT )
  • 1 THUMB OF FRESH GINGER (GRATED)
  • 2 CLOVES OF FRESH GARLIC (CRUSHED)
  • 2 RED ONIONS (SLICED)
  • 1 BUNCH CORIANDER (WASHED AND ROOTS REMOVED- SLICE UP ROOTS  AND STEMS, SET TOPS ASIDE FOR GARNISH )
  • 2 TABLE SPOONS OF CLEAN CURRY POWDER (I USE BANABAN MEDIUM FROM NATURE PACIFIC, CURRY TRADERS ALSO MAKE A NICE BLEND. IF BUYING FROM THE SUPERMARKET CHECK FOR NASTIES EG WHEAT AND PRESERVATIVES )
  • 1/2 A SMALL JAP PUMPKIN (PEELED AND CUT INTO THUMB SIZE CHUNKS DRIZZLE WITH OLIVE OIL AND ROAST ON 160C UNTIL JUST TENDER )
  • 2 TABLE SPOONS COCONUT OIL
  • 1 CUP NATURAL CASHEWS
  • SALT AND PEPPER ( I USE PINK HIMALAYAN SALT )

 
METHOD 
 

  • IN A LARGE SAUCEPAN ADD COCONUT OIL AND SEAL OF CHICKEN UNTIL JUST STARTING TO BROWN REMOVE FROM THE PAN AND SET ASIDE.
  • INTO THE SAUCEPAN ADD THE COCONUT CREAM LET SIMMER IN MEDIUM HEAT STIRRING OCCASIONALLY UNTIL IT BEGINS TO SEPARATE AND THICKEN SLIGHTLY.
  • ADD IN CHILLI, GINGER, GARLIC, CORIANDER ROOTS AND STEMS  AND ONION STIR FOR ABOUT 5 MIN UNTIL ONION IS TENDER STIR IN CURRY POWDER STIR FOR 1 MORE MINUTE.
  • ADD CHICKEN BACK IN PAN AND COCONUT MILK HEAT UNTIL SIMMERING, SIMMER FOR 5 MIN STIRRING OCCASIONALLY.
  • STIR IN CASHEWS AND ROASTED PUMPKIN
  • SERVE BY ITSELF OR ON QUINOA. SPRINKLE WITH FRESH CORIANDER .
  • ENJOY

 
 NOTES
 

  • IF YOU LIKE A THICK CURRY YOU CAN THICKEN WITH ARROWROOT PASTE ( 1 TABLE SPOON ARROWROOT 2 TABLE SPOONS WATER )
  • CAN BE MADE WITH LAMB JUST INCREASE THE SIMMER TIME TO AROUND 40 MIN AND ADD AN EXTRA CAN OF COCONUT CREAM.
  • CAN USE SWEET POTATO INSTEAD OF PUMPKIN IF YOU PREFER
  • SAVE TIME AND ASK YOUR BUTCHER FOR DICED THIGH SAVES CUTTING UP YOURSELF. (ALWAYS CHOOSE FREE RANGE CHICKEN ORGANIC IF POSSIBLE )
  • I STIR IN BABY SPINACH JUST BEFORE I SERVE FOR A HIT OF GREENS :)

PALEO CHICKEN, PUMPKIN AND CASHEW CURRY

Whales at Lovers Point, Yamba {Yamba Landscape Photographer}

There's a lot to be said about being in the right place at the right time.  On Sunday morning I was lucky enough to have front row seats to an amazing display of a humback whale breaching as it continued it's migration south past Yamba's Lovers Point headland.  It breached no less than a dozen times,  not to mention fin slaps and spyhops.  I watched until I lost sight of it as it swam behind the point to delight yet another onlooker I am sure.  

Humpback whale breaching, whale, southern migrationHumpback whale breaching, whale, southern migration

A rocking 50's shoot! {Grafton Portrait Photographer}

A speaking engagement at Grafton Tafe introduced me to Brittany.  Brittany has a love for all things rockabilly even including teaching her own rock and roll classes.  I really think she was born in the wrong era!  Brittany and I arranged a photo shoot at the 1950/1960's theme local ice creamery I-Scream. Here's just one shot of many from our morning.  

50's rockabilly, rock and roll

 

If you would like a customised portrait session to celebrate you and your passion, I'd love to hear from you!  Text 0418 429 857 and email info@vickijames.com.au anytime,  phone calls are answered Monday through Wednesday 9.00am to 5pm. Talk soon!

Winter Travels {Brighton Beach, Melbourne}

I had a VERY quick trip down to Melbourne on last weekend to photograph a website for a client of mine.  I love these little trips away as they refresh me both creatively and personally.  I spent some time shooting for myself and that is something I really don't do enough these days.  Arriving in a place you've never been before with fresh eyes is so inspiring,  I love recording the uniqueness of each part of the world.  Today's photo is at Brighton Beach, the temperature was about 10 degrees celsius and the wind whipped our already chilled cheeks. As we were walking back to our car I spied a swimmer decked out in his budgie smugglers and neoprene swimming cap about to go for a swim in the cold and choppy waters of Port Phillip Bay. I released my hands from my merino wool jacket to grab this photo of this gentleman who is obviously a tougher athlete than me. swimmer Vicki James

The Last of the Autumn leaves {Armidale, NSW}

I have been really looking forward to the short trip I had out to Armidale this weekend. For years I have had dreams of photographing the many colours of leaves that cover the Liquid Ambers that line the streets of this historic town. As I drove into town I was greeted by empty branches and thoughts of 'too late'.  A quick visit to the very friendly visitor information centre guided me to this street. In the early morning fog I was able to capture the last of the autumn leaves as they shimmered in the damp air, before they quivered and floated down the ground.   Autumn leavesAutumn leavesAutumn leaves

Mother's Day Gift Voucher - 24 Hour Special!

Do you have a lovely photo of you and your mum? This Mother's Day I'm giving you the opportunity to give your mum a gift that is as gorgeous as she is, a professional portrait session.

As a special gift to all the wonderful mums out there, for the next 24 hours only......

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The voucher includes a personalised outdoor Portrait Session and a $100.00 print credit.

This is a perfect opportunity to take the time and create some beautiful family memories that you will treasure forever.

The vouchers must be purchased by 7.00pm on Friday 9 May 2014 and are valid for 3 months for maternity, newborn and family sessions.

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Moments {Yamba Wedding Photographer}

Sometimes it's the moments in between the congratulations, between celebrating with your bridal party and between the photos being taken.The short moments you are able to relish together, alone, to think about what your wedding day means to you. Those moments are precious and special. facebook