Santa Matey (an Aussie Christmas song)

I didn’t feel like doing my annual Aussie Christmas song last year but I decided to do it again this year. Santa Baby was one of the first songs that came to mind. It’s such a fun, cheeky song and I could immediately see how I could make it more Australian.

So this version is called Santa Matey. It was a lot of fun to write and definitely helped to make it feel like Christmas again. I hope you enjoy it. And Merry Christmas 🙂


Santa matey, leave a beer under the tree
For me
Been a really good bloke
Santa matey
So hurry over Sydney tonight

Santa matey, maybe a gift voucher too
Or a few
I’ll stay up for you champ
Santa matey
So hurry over Sydney tonight

Think of all the work I’ve done
Think of all the times I could’ve been having fun
I’ve really been very good
So won’t you leave me an Xbox One

Santa matey, I wanna Ford
And maybe I won’t get so bored
Been fair dinkum all year
Santa matey
So hurry over Sydney tonight

Santa ripper, there’s something else I’d love to see
To watch the Swannies next year
Santa matey
So hurry over Sydney tonight

Santa beauty, and stuff my stocking with a new phone
And tones
I’ll text you every day
Santa beauty
So hurry over Sydney tonight

Come and try my Christmas cake
It’s just like my mum used to make
I saved a slice just for you
I hope you saved something for me too

Santa matey, there’s just one other little thing
Some bling
Like a gold barbeque
Santa matey
And hurry over Sydney tonight

Hurry over Sydney tonight
Oh hurry over Sydney tonight

O Christmas Tree (2014)


Early Christmas morning
I sit and listen
To nothing
But silence

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have a lovely day today wherever you are in the world.

This is our Christmas tree this year. We couldn’t find all the pieces to our tree from last year so we decided to get this one. I’d love to have a real tree one day but I really like it. It makes our ornaments pop and it was fun decorating it.

The photos came out quite well too.

O Christmas Tree (2014)

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Lightning Over Caves Beach

Lightning Over Caves Beach

Thunder and lightning
Crash across the evening sky
Like two gods at war

We’ve had a couple of huge thunderstorms over the last week. This was on Friday night and the lightning strikes were spectacular. The storm lasted for at least a good hour and there must have been hundreds of strikes like this lighting up the sky.

I’ve never taken photos of lightning before. It was quite interesting as unlike with most subjects, it’s very hard to tell where or when lightning is going to strike so it’s as much a matter of using your senses to anticipate where it’s going to appear as it is working out what settings you need to use. This one came out pretty well in the end.

Not bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself. 🙂

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

RIP Phillip Hughes

RIP Phillip Hughes

Incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Phil Hughes today. He seemed like a lovely young man and was incredibly talented… 25 is much too young to be taken from us.

Like everyone at the moment my thoughts are with his family and friends, and also with Sean Abbott. It must be incredibly difficult for him but it was a freak accident and there was nothing he could have done differently… hopefully in time he will be okay.

I was lucky enough to see Hughes bat for South Australia against Victoria at the MCG two years ago. He scored 158 and it was some of the best batting I’ve ever seen… he dominated the bowling, particularly on the off-side, and it was wonderful to watch. I took a few photos of him during the match. I thought I’d post them now as a tribute.

Rest In Peace Phil. You’ll be missed.


Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes

Photos © CJ Levinson 2012-2014

Wood Chips

Wood Chips

Trees and grass
Nature’s beauty –
How much will be here
In a thousand years?

I took this while going for a walk the other day. I was taking some photos of roses and liked the way the light was falling on the wood chips and made some interesting shadows and textures.

I almost missed the shot as I was so intent on the roses at the time… a good reminder to always look down and around as well when you’re taking photos as you never know what you may miss.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Blood Moon

Blood Moon

A blood red moon
Hangs in the night sky,
A rare sight
Precious few have seen

The blood moon from earlier this evening. I’d been looking forward to the eclipse all evening but was a bit worried for a while as it was quite overcast but luckily it cleared up enough to see it and for me to take some photos.

Apparently it’s quite a rare occurrence and I couldn’t help thinking afterwards about how relatively few people have seen it across the centuries and what they must have made of it. It must have been quite startling for people from less advanced cultures to witness. But captivating as well. The kind of thing you can easily imagine might have created stories and myths over time.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Morning in Swansea


Sitting with my thoughts
My mind wanders to past times
And where you are now

I was in Swansea for an appointment this morning and had some time to kill, so I went for a quick walk along the waterfront near the bridge. It was very peaceful and the water was this incredible clear blue. Definitely a nice start to the day.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

Spider Moon

Spider Moon

In the dark of night
A spider waits patiently
For its prey to come

This spider has taken up residence on our back veranda for the last couple of weeks. I’m usually a bit squeamish about spiders and would have tried to shoo it away by now but I’ve left it alone as it’s not hurting anyone and there have been quite a few less mosquitos and insects around since it has made itself at home.

It was a lovely big moon last night and as I was photographing it, I noticed the spider was almost in my line of sight so I quickly lined it up with the moon to take a shot. It was tricky as there was a very strong wind and the web was dancing around, so catching the spider lined up against the moon was difficult, particularly as I was using a telephoto lens. This one came out quite well though and I really like it.

It reminds me a little of that scene in Tim Burton’s Batman, where the Batwing appears against the moon. Maybe if he’d made a Spider-Man film instead we’d have seen something like this in it.

Spider Moon in Black and White

Spider Moon in black and white

Photos and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

Sydney Twilight


Sydney Twilight

Oh harbour city
Look how your beauty sparkles
As the night sets in

I took this a few weeks ago, looking toward Sydney Tower and the Sydney CBD from near Queens Park. It was a beautiful clear evening and I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Photo details: Olympus E-P3 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6
1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014
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