Take Me to the Beach.

It’s raining here, miserable and grey. So to make myself feel better I’m going on a trip to the beach…

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Sunset.

The humble sunset. Probably one of the most beautiful, most photographed phenomenon’s the world over. Is it possible to get sick of those ever changing mystical colours as they slowly paint the sky?

I am forever taking photos of sunsets. They are all similar yet they are all so vastly different. These were taken on the inlet by my parents house. Only in the month’s of May and September does the sun set in the perfect position for us to capture it, although it does its best the rest of the year too. IMG_4176 IMG_4179 IMG_4184 IMG_4200Do yourself a favour today. Step outside and capture your sunset.

Warm Winter’s Day.

IMG_1475We are getting these Winter days at the moment where the temperature drops to 5 degrees Celsius at night, but hovers between 16-20 degrees during the day with not a cloud in sight. While this is spelling doom for my poor garden (hand watering in June, unheard of!) it is making for some gorgeous sunny Winter days. IMG_1507I took a little stroll yesterday around what is unremarkably called ‘Big Swamp’ in the heart of our city. To me it is more than a ‘swamp’, it is a gorgeous playground for all sorts of wildlife.  IMG_1511There are plenty of beautiful birds hopping around the mangroves and swamp grasses.  IMG_1483Amongst the greens and browns bright colours pop.IMG_1529The birds are in constant competition for these privileged spots on what I imagine was once some sort of jetty. Now the perfect spot for sunning birds. IMG_1536The scent of wattle fills the air.  IMG_1538Getting ready to dive for fish.  IMG_1539Hiding out amongst the grasses.  IMG_1549Leafless branches are the only real sign of the winter season.

Daily Prompt: Celebration!

I just had to put an explanation mark at the end of celebration! It didn’t look right without it. It feels like a million years since I last celebrated something, or had reason to celebrate. A year of saving/study doesn’t really go hand in hand with wild, out-there celebrations, even my birthday was skipped over. A flurry of meaningless Facebook birthday wishes from people I haven’t seen or spoken to in years was the only thing that separated it from any other day.

So I hit the archives to remind myself what celebrating felt like, and I found these shots. Every year at Christmas there is a street in my city that goes all out with Christmas lights. And I mean, ALL OUT. The street is over a kilometre long and basically every house gets decked out in fluro magic. People flock from all over the city in the week before Christmas to tour the lights, cars clog the area which is patrolled and controlled by police men, that is how big the event has become.

It is a very cool display of community spirit in an age where community spirit is almost non-existent, a blatant and unapologetic outrageous celebration.

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Daily Prompt: Vacation

Vacation.

This word is beginning to sound as foreign to me as Latin. I haven’t had a vacation, a proper one, for well over a year. For someone who used to travel overseas or across country at the drop of a hat, it is becoming slightly depressing.

But this is a time to work hard, I know, and so I vacation vicariously through my old photographs. And now The Daily Post has given me the perfect prompt to share some of them, so here are some of my past Vacations.

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A Word A Week Challenge: Angles.

This week’s challenge from Sue over at A Word In Your Ear is fantastic. It had me searching through endless folders for photographs that best met the theme of ‘angles’. The beauty of this challenge is that angles can be found in nearly every photograph, if you look hard enough. Obviously, I got carried away.

Here is what I found…

_MG_5317Marble Fountain – Hayman Island, Whitsundays _MG_5397Underwater Observatory – Cruise Whitsundays Pontoon, Queensland  _MG_5745Our Christmas Ham – Bunbury, Western Australia _MG_5990Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Sydney _MG_6172The most famous toilet in New Zealand – Kawakawa _MG_6410Inside the Maori meeting house – Waitangi, New Zealand _MG_6414Inside the Maori meeting house – Waitangi, New Zealand

Dancing With Fishes.

While searching through my photos for something completely unrelated, I stumbled across these. These are some of my all-time favourite photographs.

These beautiful fish are Red Emperor’s, some of the best eating fish in the world. These guys were lucky enough to live under the pontoon on Hayman Island though, which is a Marine National Park. No fishing for them. Each day when we got back to the island from working on the boats we would feed them scraps left over from the day, and they would dance like crazy for their supper.

Their vivid colours flashing through the tropical water was truly magical, one of the best parts of living on an island.

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