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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Hunter Valley


Hunter Valley is world famous for its excellent wines. It is a major tourist attraction as it is only 2 hours drive north of Sydney. Once you there and you enjoyed your wine tasting, excellent food and serene scenery you may wander why this flat hilly land is called a valley. To find the answer to this question you need to find the right sandy road that will take up high the the surrounding hills and if you lucky you will be viewing this vast landscape with the a matching hill group far on the horizon defining the valley.

From inspiration to disgust


I woke up very early this morning and was welcomed but a fascinating sunrise over the valley. Low laying fog and sparse clouds added to the inspiring view.

Some 18 hours later on my way home I had the displeasure of viewing something very disgusting. A large man sat at the end of the train carriage and ate oranges and peaches. One after another for whole hour and a half. He would split the orange and fill his mouth with it. Kept his mouths open exposing the orange peal, while he consumed slowly the inner fruit. Once he finished he would clean his face and teeth with his tongue. His whole face never stopped moving. I have to add his face looked a bit like that of Stan Laurel.

When he would finish one orange he would take a sip of water from a bottle and rinse his mouth. Then he would proceed to the next orange. This was a very trying journey. Minutes away from my station he stopped eating. The visual torture was over… No! For the next 10 minutes he proceeded to yawn without covering his mouth. I swear I think I could count how many oranges he ate in total.

Look at the photo above – you will feel better.