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This old Akubra is a bit like that old jumper that I should have thrown out 10 or so years ago.
It has history. It’s been places with me. We’ve done stuff!
It shielded me 20 years ago when I first traversed the Overland Track.
It’s kept the sun off my face on countless days at the beach.
Its been sat on and it’s been frequently squashed by a carload of gear.
It’s been driven over, it’s been folded up and it’s been lost for weeks at a time.
It has been used as a bucket and I can jam it in my camera bag.
Whenever I head out taking pics now its still my first choice of headgear even though I have a brand new one.
I think it’s days of being a bucket might be numbered though.
It ‘s a lens shade for wide angle flare prevention and it’s a great umbrella for the camera on the odd occasion.
Here it is, taking a well deserved rest in Weindorfers Waldheim Cottage in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park.


  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    It evokes a sense of stories to tell, this is terrific

  • Thank you kalaryder

    – Garth Smith

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Great lighting and story, Garth.

  • Thank you Jan

    – Garth Smith

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsalmost 3 years ago

    very cool capture Garth! The lighting is wonderful!

  • Thank you Clare, it is very good light for this sort of thing.

    – Garth Smith

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Admire your bio/profile page writeup, too, Garth.

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsalmost 3 years ago

    Well past bucket use, Garth ;-) … lovely story :-)
    Please add to the “In the Shadows” group as well :-)))

  • Thank you Ellen, have done.

    – Garth Smith

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic Garth!

  • Thank you JK

    – Garth Smith

  • Hovis
    Hovisalmost 3 years ago

    Cool shot,nice :)))

  • Thank you Hovis

    – Garth Smith

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 3 years ago

    I loved reading the history of this hat ~ and yet so much is wordlessly told and known in your framing of it here ~ :) xx

  • Thank you Linda, “the hat” has actually made it to the pages of redbubble before believe it or not.
    Thanks to another bubbler (oddoutlet) that time though.

    – Garth Smith

  • David Murphy
    David Murphyalmost 3 years ago

    certainly more functional than the failed cake beanie…..although not so comical!!
    Nice mono Garth, well done!

  • Thank you Murph.
    Hey!! leave the balaclava alone, it’s a very functional piece of headgear. My second favourite hat actually …. and not much chance of being pinched LOL!

    – Garth Smith

  • Bob Larson
    Bob Larsonalmost 3 years ago

    I have a pair of underwear like that, I just haven’t gotten around to shooting them yet. Wonderful light play here, just enough of a reveal to draw the eye in. Nicely done.

  • Thanks Bob, much appreciated.
    Just a note before you photograph the “Reg Grundies” though.
    I snapped this shot after I’d worn the hat for 3 days in a row, and on this third day for 14 hours straight before I plonked it down in the light.
    Ya gonna do the same with your pic?

    – Garth Smith

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