Because January is the month we celebrate Australia Day (the day that commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet into Sydney Cove in 1788), one of my favourite days, I decided I wanted to share my love of Australia and Summer on Instagram. So, I created a month-long list of prompts that would capture that (as you do ). It was a great month on Instagram and I loved that many Instagram friends also took part and between us we shared over 1000 photos about what Australia means to us. Wow!
We all seem to have an appreciation of the “great outdoors,” our big yards, wide open spaces and spending time with friends and family. It was so lovely to see.
For me personally, the challenge was another way to inspire motivation and creativity in taking photos of my favourite time of year.
Here’s the list of daily prompts created to capture our Aussie summer….
Most of the prompts are fairly self-explanatory and you can probably see why I would have them on there, but I feel I should explain some of the more random prompts….clothesline, for example! …Way back in 1945, an Australian man named Lance Hill invented a rotary, height-adjustable clothesline, the infamous Hills Hoist. Hills Hoists are synonymous with our big backyards (I say this in a truly generalistic way….not everyone in Australia has a big backyard!) and ability to dry clothes outside for most months of the year. They were also great for swinging around on as kids It just so happened that our new place had a hills hoist and I had to have it on the monthly list!
Another explanation may (or may not) be required for the word thongs. In Australia, when we say we are wearing a pair of thongs, we mean we are wearing a pair of flip-flops, jandals or sandals, depending on where you come from. They’re very common in the summer months and I own about 7 pairs of them, Havaianas in particular! I won’t buy any other brand!
Below are the photos I took. As you can see, there were lots of blue skies (which have all vanished in the past week!), trips to the beach, barbecues and road trips. It was a fun month
In response to What does Australia mean to you?, there were so many different responses but they all lead to the fact that we’re a pretty proud bunch! My response was “Australia means, in simplest terms, home. Proud, free, safe, awesome.”
What does your country mean to you? Are there any things/icons that are just so typical for your country? Do you have a day that celebrates your countries birth and identity?