Snakeears, you are one talented photographer. They are publish-quality.
If you get sick of your current job, ride around Australia, take shitloads of photos & publish a coffee table book.
On your tyre & bike choice, I hear you on the pain-in-the-arse of changing tyres all the time. I ended up getting a second set of rims (second-hand) one set (alloy, unpainted-these are most likely to have tyres changed in the bush) have 606s front & rear. Like 'em. Do wander on the knobs at high speed (110km+) but seem sure footed most of the time.
I also have Tourances on black painted rims. Came with the bike. My mate Supamanaint calls them "Scareances" especially in the wet
. When they are worn out, will go with Conti TK60s. Use these for tar touring and commuting to work. Not overly happy, but good enough for now.
Have a look at a big single instead of your V-Strom. I have an XT660R, good compromise on & off road. Not an MX Mud-Slinger but a great all rounder. Cheers & thanks for the awesome photos, Boneman