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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Yet another tricky challenge at The Daily Post…this week we have to post images that portray ESCAPE. This required much searching through old photographs, but finally I came up with something that depicts escape to me.

These photographs are from my 2008 trip through Cambodia. I decided to take a boat trip down the Tonlé Sap to get from Siem Riep to Battembang. On the way we passed through the floating villages, a unique and enchanting experience.

The lives of the fisherman and their families, living isolated in their floating or stilted houses, completely summarises escape for me. Escape from reality, escape from civilisation, escape from solid land.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFarmer rides the wake from our boat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFriendly child waves hello

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFloating petrol station

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFloating general store

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACar, or rather, boat park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFloating chicken coop

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeautiful floating villages

Travel Theme: The Four Elements

This weeks travel theme over at Where’s My Backpack is very intriguing…entitled The Four Elements, we have to come up with photographs representing Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This challenge has taken me on a trip through old photographs and old memories.

EARTH

_MG_5798Moreton Bay Fig Tree – Sydney Botanical Gardens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATree growing through the rocks – Rabbit Island, Cambodia

AIR

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Tui resting on its favourite flax plant – Taupo, New Zealand

_MG_9090Hang-gliders – Queenstown, New Zealand

WATER

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Up to 220,000 litres of water rushes through the Huka Falls every second – Taupo, New Zealand

_MG_7232The awesome power of Huka Falls as seen from our helicopter tour – Taupo, New Zealand

  FIREOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFire-twirlers on the beach – Ko Samet, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Huge burst of flames caused by the boys throwing their fire sticks into the air – Ko Samet, Thailand.

Travel Theme: Beaches

How could I pass up on this awesome photo challenge, when I have been in search of the perfect beach my whole life. I moved to an island to be surrounded by beaches, for god’s sake. Thankyou once more to the awesome people who create these challenges and give me a reason to look through and reminisce over old photo’s.

In this case it is Where’s My Backpack providing the challenge today. _MG_4729Sunset at my former island home – Hayman Island, Queensland.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Boats on the ocean – Sihanoukville, Cambodia.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My final sunset in a wonderful country – Kep, Cambodia

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A scattering of shells – Langkowi, Malaysia

IMG_3489Holiday paradise – Busselton, Western Australia

IMG_3316My new beach, my new home – Bunbury, Western Australia

(Couldn’t help but include the last two shots even though they are Instagrammed off my iPhone, amazing what technology can achieve these days!)