Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday: Sacred Kingfisher

The Sacred Kingfisher is a medium sized kingfisher. It has a turquoise back, turquoise blue rump and tail, buff-white underparts and a broad cream collar. There is a broad black eye stripe extending from bill to nape of neck.
Both sexes are similar, although the female is generally lighter with duller upper parts. Young birds are similar to the female, but have varying amounts of rusty-brown edging to feathers on the collar and underparts, and buff edges on the wing coverts.


The Sacred Kingfisher is common and familiar throughout the coastal regions of mainland Australia and less common throughout Tasmania. The species is also found on islands from Australasia to Indonesia and New Zealand.

The Sacred Kingfisher inhabits woodlands, mangroves and paperbark forests, tall open eucalypt forests and melaleuca forests.

Info from: Birds In Backyards



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Monday, April 25, 2016

Lake Wivenhoe, QLD

Lake Wivenhoe (Wivenhoe Dam) is South East Queensland’s largest water storage and is the main supply of water for Brisbane and the greater Ipswich area.
It is also a very popular recreation destination, with a wide variety of activities and facilities available. There are a number of recreation areas at the lake, including Logan’s Inlet, Hamon Cove and Cormorant Bay.
We also discovered this little spot belonging to a sailing club on the Eastern side of the lake; we obtained permission to go through the gate and enjoy this private & secluded area.





  



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Bless Them Anyway

A very wise friend of mine recently encouraged me to respond to a very negative situation in a different way. After sharing with her a very angry message I received by text, her advice was;

"Allow their words to fall to the ground as dead seeds that cannot take root." 


I was encouraged to look beyond the behaviour and words, to the pain these people are feeling (I was aware of their pain, but it had nothing to do with me).
As the saying goes, "Hurting people hurt people."     Isn't that the truth!


It's incredible how much my friend's words touched my heart. Although I was understandably deeply hurt by their message, I chose however to respond in love; I chose not to react to their anger, as it wasn't about me. Instead I chose to pray blessing on them. I chose to pray that God would soften their hearts and break down their walls of hurt. I still choose to pray blessing on them, because they need to be blessed.

 

  

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who falsely accuse you and persecute you," ~ Matthew 5:44  




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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Reflecting: City Lights

Night time photography in and around the city is possibly my favourite genre of photography, however it's been so long since I've done some night shooting in the city!!
It's time to change this ASAP, I think! Here are a few oldies from


I love shooting our city at night!



"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." -- Francis Bacon Read



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Friday, April 15, 2016

S U N R I S E: Currumbin Rocks, QLD

The alarm sounds at 4:30am jolting me out of a deep sleep.
I look out the window, it's still dark outside but it won't be for long.
We must be crazy; who voluntarily gets up at this hour??

We get dressed, grab a muesli bar and a bottle of water.
It's raining lightly outside, threatening to ruin our plans.
As we drive towards the beach, the roads are almost deserted.

When we arrive at Currumbin, the only people in the carpark are the select group of photographers and the team from Gold Coast Tourism who have organised the day.
We walk along the sandy path to the beach, walk across the sand to the rocks.

The rain has stopped, the sky starts to clear, we wait...

As the sun finally peers above the horizon, its rays reach upwards...

It's clear to see why so many photographers love this time of morning...


For me, the ocean is so therapeutic. I could sit for hours and listen to the waves crashing. It's like music to my soul; both powerful and yet serene at the same time...


It's always hard to leave...



“A lesson for all of us is that for every loss, there is victory, for every sadness, there is joy, and when you think you’ve lost everything, there is hope.” ~ Geraldine Solon





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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

K I N D N E S S : Bribie Island, QLD


"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -- Mark Twain


This particular afternoon, the reflections on the lake at Buckley's Hole Conservation Park, Bribie Island, were fabulous! In hindsight, I should have remained in this spot for sunset! 

The lily pads, among the reflected clouds, were home to some Comb-creasted Jacanas.

It was a beautiful day!

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


This scene really touched my heart -- a couple taking in the afternoon light. It spoke of peace, love, togetherness...

Michael and I sat quietly together as the sun set in the west; the light touching the tops of the long grass, the sky turning golden yellow, and the Glasshouse Mountains as a backdrop.

"In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love." -- Mother Teresa



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