Day 27: Water the grass you’re standing on

Day 27: Water the grass you’re standing on

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Why on Earth is the Australian media still so fixated on what’s happening in the USA? Do we have something to learn from them? Gain from them? Are they still leading the world?

I don’t know anyone who genuinely believes that… apart from Americans, maybe.

Every time our media runs a story about something obnoxious Donald Trump said, or something someone said to ridicule him, I look at it in the same way I’d look at a story about a fist fight breaking out in some Asian government or some guy driving a jeep down the main road of a backwater nation and calling it a military coup… except we get at least ten of these stories from the USA every day.

Imagine how much more we could accomplish if we gave local issues as much attention as we do to the minutiae of a nation that, frankly, has little effect on our daily lives*.

About today’s photo: I don’t know who came up with the phrase “If the grass looks greener on the other side, water the grass you’re standing on”, but it’s very similar to a much simpler Australian phrase: “Look after your own back yard”. Normally I wouldn’t run a photo like this, but I’m just testing the D850’s dynamic range between shadowed and fully-lit areas, how the light bounces off the water… things like that. 

*Please don’t start on interest rates and share values and petrol prices etc; I’m talking about the things that occupy our lives when we aren’t thinking about international trade.

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