Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

I wanted to wish each and every one of you a great Christmas. I know for some of you Christmas is a hard time and know theat I will be thinking of you.

For all those who have family and friends to share Christmas with, take a moment to think if there is anyone you know who may be struggling this Christmas, they may have family that are in another state or country, they may have lost family, their family may works away, if you know anyone who will be without a loved one this Christmas, try to add them to your day, often a phone call, dropping in for a drink or asking them to come with you to your family celebrations can be a lifesaver.

I know you will all be taking lots of pictures, remember the less flash the better, try to get people outside in the light for family photos or if you have to use a flash, try to bounce it off the ceiling, if you only have a camera with a pop up flash, grab some baking paper and an elastic band and put this over the flash to act as a diffuser and then fire away

If you are taking photos with people in them, make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/120 sec or put the camera on portrait scene mode. If you are trying to capture the lighting and the ambience, put it on night scene mode but be aware any people may be blurred unless you tell them to be nice and still.

Finally just a reminder to take a moment to think about the reason for the season.

New Skate Park in Busselton

There is great happenings afoot in good old Busso, what with all the foreshore redevelopment, miles and miles of bike tracks, a great history that you can learn about at the old courthouse and yes,t he latest edition the HUGE skate park.

When I say HUGE i have not been to many so you will need to check it out for yourself. It has tow bowls, a smaller on and a larger very deep one as well as lots of skate tracks with all manner of aids to jumping and doing tricks off.

 

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small bowl, skate park Busselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the small bowl and looks like a lot of fun. Before I go on though I want to add a little word about safety. Please all wear your helmets, one fall can do a lot of damage. The sprinklers are making some of the ramps slippery at the moment so be aware that it is dangerous to use the park when it is wet. The sprinklers are being adjusted and as of next week most will only come on at night, which brings me to the problem of people breaking the sprinklers, they are quite close to the path so please be aware of them and stay away from them. One broken sprinkler can have the bowl wet for hours which is not what you want. Finally this is a great facility that Busselton has provided free for everyone, so please clean up after yourselves. There are bins, shelters and water refill points so there is no excuse to leave rubbish behind.

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water, bins and shelter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok back tot he fun stuff…and notice he has on a helmet!

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Skater coming out of the bowl ad getting airborne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The park is for everyone from the smaller kids on bikes and scooters, to the bigger kids and adults on boards.

Busselton skatepark

Artwork and part of the skating area

Fun

More of the track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are smaller areas where younger kids and beginners can find their feet.

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smaller area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there is even somewhere to keep up your basketball skills.

Halfcourt

Basketball halfcourt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally the big bowl….

Large bowl

Big bowl, can”t wait to see some skill happening here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I hope you check this out next time you are down in Busselton. It is park of the foreshore precinct. To drive there head down Queen street, the main drag through town and then at the end of the paved section of road turn right at the roundabout, go to the next roundabout and turn left. This is also the way to the Jetty and The Goose for the time being as more construction is under way.

Something new to enjoy as well as all the old favorites. if you fancy a walk to the end of the jetty there is now a direction and distance pole there to places all over the world as well as a spot for a selfie that tells you how far you are out to sea.