RETIRED Speleo and Public Servant after years of working in an office and the bush around Canberra.


I have been an amateur photographer since 1955 when I took some of these old images at school & around NSW with my Brownie Box.


A few years of caving, bushwalking and a little climbing gave me a large collection of photos, slides and negs. using Retinette, Pentaxs, Minoltas, Hasselblads and 8mm & MiniDV digital video, now using digital like the rest of you.. Latest camera is a APS-C Mirrowless Sony ILCE a6000 with the SELP1650 kit lens with the recent, Feb. 2018 addition of a SEL55210 zoom.


Lost a few 1000 work slides and negatives in the 2003 Canberra bushfires, but have a few surviving shots at home still to edit and load here on Flickr.


Now with a couple of scanners, I would love to share them with more friends, you, and maybe posterity!

Increasingly I find the digital cameras are good at copying slides and C41 prints from photo-albums!


For a few years I had a site at This is a great resource & community of photographers.


I enjoy places on Flickr like this..

I usually visit the profile of anyone who leaves a comment and if they have similar interests and a good collection of interesting images I will make them a contact.


See a discussion on Flickr and Creative Commons..


So when I search for an image for a Gallery or place to look up, I can restrict the search to contacts to avoid too many hits of irrelevant images, or even incorrectly tagged ones!

It is interesting to view a few Groups that my contacts belong to, and that explains why I have joined so many, it also helps in searches for worthwhile images.


Now reached 250,000 views in Dec 2011 and getting 300-600 views a day from Contacts and visitors, Thanks to you all!


Views are approaching 2,000 to 5,000 per day and total nearing 600,000 as at Oct 2013... Must be all the newbies and non-Pro members who have joined Flickr.


Views are now past 1,109,000 over One MILLION! March 2015


Now it is 2016, and I have 3,070,000 views and accumulating at least 3000 views per day from my >22,800 images.

Just reached the 5 million views mark! as at 19/03/18....

5,000,000 Thanks to you all over these past 10 years or so for wandering around my 31,383 photos...


Views now over 10 Million on >50,600 Photos as we end 2021..........


View my Collections here...


I just acquired "A Nation In The Making Australia at the Dawn of the Modern Era", and the introduction describes the Tyrrell collection as covering..."urban expansion, leisure activities, views, vistas and spectacular natural landscapes including caves, beaches, trees, waterfalls and gullies, farm machinery and farming practices, the natural environment being transformed into farming land, rural and urban fashion and dress, portraits, pets and livestock, labour scenes including sheep shearing and mining, shipping and other forms of land and water transportation (including camel trains and bicycles), roads, streets, railway stations and ferry wharves...."


I felt that this just about describes my collection here, and many of my contacts! I hope you find many images of interest and can spare a moment to leave a comment or two.


I found these relevant quotes on a Contact's Profile


"Shoot any scene at the time of realization of the highest emotional stress coupled with sense of pictorial form - is a decisive moment". -Henri Cartier-Bresson


“I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.” -Ansel Adams


“True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values.”

- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Try Flickriver to view some of my shots here...

spelio - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

And wander around my images that other members of Flickr have made Favourites...

Another interesting site I have linked many images to is the so just search for photosynth on my photostream, or Flickr...


See my DNA here....

View my photos at


I will usually leave a comment or a tag on your images, just to show who has been!


The following applies to my images & for most members of Flickr..


My Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain.

All photographs in this portfolio are owned and copyright © me, alias Spelio.

Any reproduction, modification, publication, transmission, transfer, or exploitation of any of the content, for personal or commercial use, whether in whole or in part, without written permission from me is prohibited. All rights reserved.



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I think we all have!!!!!!!!!

I am nerdier than 73% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk on the nerd forum!


Old Titles from my profile...

A few random unsorted selections from my collection of 6129 images, as at 05-10-10. Now

10,200 images at 17-11-11.

now 2,963,438 views of 22,800 images as at 06-12-15

26,071 images as at 27-12-16

You may also search for the tag "good", which will return many shots covering many Albums!


"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."

Ansel Adams

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  • JoinedMarch 2005
  • Occupationretired & trying to be a Grey Nomad
  • Hometown Melbourne, Sydney, Perth
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Would'nt it be nice of FlickR to give you a BUCK for every hIt ?? Yeah,ME Too !! Great fotos ,keep it up !! Bob G ,Seattle,USA

November 7, 2021

Absolute love travelling through the albums that Spelio has here on Flickr. A journey that brings smiles and ohhs and ahhhs. Wonderful candid shots of a life lived enjoying the outdoors and the bounty of the bush. I can't imagine life without camping.

September 10, 2019

Spelio's photos remind me of 'exploring Australia' stuff like old Leyland Brothers and Bill Peach books. Of a time when exploration and curiosity were still good, before information-age cynicism hit. And places I'd rather be! The men's haircuts of the era were rather fetching too. Men with nice hair and an interest … Read more

Spelio's photos remind me of 'exploring Australia' stuff like old Leyland Brothers and Bill Peach books. Of a time when exploration and curiosity were still good, before information-age cynicism hit. And places I'd rather be! The men's haircuts of the era were rather fetching too. Men with nice hair and an interest in geology getting around in old Holdens - too good. Onya Spelio!

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January 13, 2009