Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chasing Waterfalls

Earlier in the year, we had a few days of very heavy rain (basically, the only rain we have had this year). As I have been wanting to shoot waterfalls for quite some time, Michael & I drove up to the Sunshine Coast to explore some of the waterfalls with our friend, Steve, who is a local.

First stop was Cilento Park in Nambour, a small park with a very little known waterfall. Our timing was perfect as it was in full flow.

Next we drove to out to Kondalilla National Park. As it was late in the afternoon, we took the shorter walking track which is a 3.5km return trip.
The view from the fist look out was stunning.

There were further breaks in the trees which provided beautiful views of the layered mountain range.

The track takes you to the smaller falls and rock  pools. It was so serene.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Sky Watch Friday: Nudgee Beach sunset

Nudgee Beach is a great spot for either sunrise or sunset when the tide is low or on the way out. There are sandbanks that seem to go for miles and many fantastic trees to provide great subjects for reflections. It's a very popular place for walkers, horse riders and photographers.
This particular week night, we had the beach to ourselves which is very uncommon. It was a beautiful sunset to witness.

There are 1440 minutes in every day... 1440 opportunities to capture a moment of beauty.
What moment of beauty did you capture this week?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday: Birds of Prey in the Scenic Rim

While out west in the Scenic Rim, I observed a number of birds of prey soaring. Of course, I yelled "Stop the car!". Sometimes Michael could pull over easily and others it just wasn't possible. Here are a couple of birds I did manage to capture.

First up is a Nankeen Kestrel

This isn't a great flight shot but I thought it showed the way this bird flies.

This next one is a Black Shouldered Kite

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kooroomba Lavender Farm & Winery

Last weekend, Michael & I drove out west to Kooroomba Lavender Farm & Winery. We have been planning to visit there for about 12 months.

The drive out provided a stark reminder of the affects of the current lack of rainfall we have been experiencing over the last 6 months. Everything is so dry in south-east QLD due to missing our traditional wet season earlier this year.

Luckily the dams are still relatively full so the farmers can use water for their crops or, in this case, their lavender and vines.

Only in Australia, can you go to a winery with a stunning mountain backdrop and see Kangaroos and Wallabies amongst the vineyards.

This one is a Whiptail Wallaby (he/she has a white stripe on the face).

These ones are Eastern Grey Kangaroos

This one is carrying a joey in her pouch.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Whale Watching on the Gold Coast

I've been a little slack posting over the last couple of weeks. I've been struggling with inspiration to edit my many images and to actually write a post. But here I am, and I have a wonderful experience to share!

I was contacted 2 weeks ago by a company on the Gold Coast offering me a free Whale Watching in return for posting 2 images on Instagram and providing them with a few my Hi-Resolution images for their use. To say I was excited is an understatement! The company also offered Michael a "staff rates" discount.

On the east coast of Australia, the Southern Humpback Whales are on their yearly northern migration from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to their birthing and mating grounds in the sub tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
The entire journey (northern & southern migration) is an epic 10.000 kilometres.

So, 10 days ago, Michael & I went on the Whale Watching experience with Spirit of Gold Coast. It was amazing to witness these enormous creatures frolicking in the ocean.

There was lots of diving...

And lots of tail fluke action...

But, unfortunately, no breaching. We intend to go back for more with our half price passes.

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