Friday, April 17, 2015

Reflections & Textures at Snapper

I've been taking a little time out to do an image clean up on my hard drive over the last few weeks. I need to free up some space before my upcoming holiday to LA, Seattle and Alaska, a gift from my wonderful parents for my *cringe* 50th birthday at the very end of the month.
The digital age has meant that too many images are taken each time I am out with my camera (I know I am not alone in that!). I find the process of going through my many thousands of images, every now and then, means that I often discover a set of images that I have never edited at all or I choose to re-edit some images, based on my continually changing and developing post processing skills.
Here are some images that fall into both categories, taken last year during a Tourism Queensland 'Instameet' at Snapper Rocks on Queensland's Gold Coast.

This particular beach is a fabulous spot for both sunrise and sunset due to its position. The expanses of sand provide wonderful reflections and the rocks provide a great variety of textures.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SS Dicky

On February 4, 1893 an iron steamboat, the SS Dicky, ran aground on a beach near Caloundra during ferocious weather. It was refloated, but again, heavy seas turned the ship about and back onto the sand where it remains to this day.
The surrounding area was named Dicky Beach and is the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck.
Since then, the wreck has become one of the most popular photography subjects on the Sunshine Coast.
Over the last year or so there have been reports that the SS Dicky is to be removed from the beach due to the exposed "ribs" being deemed a public safety risk.

These are not the greatest images as the conditions weren't ideal, but so far they are the only images I have of this rapidly declining piece of history.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday: Striated Heron

After shooting sunrise at Wellington Point one morning, a bird flew on to the branch of a tree I was photographing. I had only ever photographed this bird once before (on the rocks nearby one afternoon), so it was a treat to come across him/her again. Can you spot him??

Here's a closer look...

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sunrise in the River City

One morning, a few weeks ago, I woke up at 4am to shoot sunrise along the Brisbane River. Many of you will know that I am NOT a morning person, so waking to shoot sunrise is a rare occurrence for this self-confessed "night owl"! We arrived in the dark and made our way to the river by torch light to meet a group of fellow crazy photographers.

Every time I have ventured out for sunrise, I wonder why I don't make the sacrifice more often. There is something incredible about watching a new day dawn... from total darkness, to 'first light', to the moment the sun breaks on the horizon!






It's quite some time since I've been out with my camera!! That will definitely have to change as I am heading to the USA in 2 and a half weeks: Los Angeles, Seattle, Alaska crusie then back to LA & home.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday: Bush Stone-Curlew

The Bush Stone-curlew is an unusual looking bird. It is a large, slim, mainly nocturnal, ground-dwelling bird with large yellow eyes.

Bush Stone-curlews have an eerie wailing call which can often be heard at night.

Both sexes are similar. Young Bush Stone-curlews are similar in appearance to the adults, but are paler in colour.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

All the Colours of the Rainbow

All the colours of the rainbow, on a beautiful blue day, on a popular suburban beach... in 'Australia's Most Livable City'.

"For many years in the late nineteenth century, Brighton was Melbourne's favourite seaside destination. Nestled on Dendy Street Beach, the Brighton bathing boxes are a popular Bayside icon and cultural asset. The 82 Brighton bathing boxes are unique because of their uniform scale and proportion, building materials, sentry order alignment and a Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay on a beach owned by Bayside City Council. 

As simple structures, all retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs. They remain as they did over one hundred years ago, as licensed bathing boxes. No service amenities such as electricity or water are connected. 

Although approximately 1,860 bathing boxes, boatsheds and similar structures are located around Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, the Brighton bathing boxes are the only remaining structures of their kind close to the Melbourne central business district. As a functional remnant of a bygone era, they provide a cultural and historical resource that is constantly being photographed, painted or drawn."
(info from

Licensees choose to differentiate their bathing boxes with minor structural, artistic and colour variations. When viewed together they turn the beachscape into a collective work of art that can change by the hour according to season, light and colours.

And behind those sweet little beach houses...

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Friday, February 27, 2015

A Day at the Zoo - Part 2

On our recent trip to Melbourne over the Christmas/New Year period, we were fortunate to visit the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

It is often said, "It's not what you know, but who you know.", and my husband Michael & I feel incredibly blessed to know one of the zoo keepers of Werribee Open Range Zoo, Paul Rushworth, and his lovely wife Chareen.

We were treated to a private tour and personal up close encounters with some of the fascinating animals that call the zoo 'home'.

Continuing from my previous post, here are some more of the beautiful animals we encountered:

The Zebra - A Plains Zebra has rather broad stripes, especially towards its rump, with colour ranging from black to dark brown. While Plains Zebra are common in Africa, they are vulnerable to loss of habitat and, like many species, to hunting.
Absolutely incredible markings, don't you think?

The Giraffe - Another of nature's beautiful and wonderful creatures.
The giraffe lives in the African savannah and is the world's tallest land animal. There are nine subspecies of giraffe, and all have a characteristic walk, moving the legs on the same side of the body simultaneously. The subspecies are distinguished from each other by their coat patterns and geographical locations.

The Meerkat - Meerkats live in southern Africa, which is dominated by the Kalahari Desert. Finding safety in numbers, meerkats live in groups of 10–30, with a female in charge of each smaller family unit. Meerkats are omnivores and spend most of the day foraging for food.

Kulinda, the Cheetah. 
Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals on Earth, reaching speeds up to 112km/hour, although the average speed of a chase is around 64km/hour. Cheetahs formerly ranged in Asia, Western Iran and throughout Africa except for the true desert areas. They can now be found in the eastern and southern regions of Africa. Their main habitats are open country, from semi-desert to dry savannah, including light woodland.

The Servals.
Morili, on the left, and Nanki, on the right.
These slender and extremely agile cats are one of Africa's most successful hunters. Servals are at risk mainly from habitat loss and degradation. They rely on wetlands, a favoured home of rodents, which comprise the main part of the Serval’s diet.

Meet Morili

Meet Nanki

We felt very privileged to get this behind the scenes opportunity.

And finally, here is Paul (our zoo keeper friend) feeding one of his Serval charges, Morili. We are incredibly grateful for his hospitality.

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