On Bribie Island where I live, I’ve come to discover that there are a lot of photographers, of varying degrees of skill. The island is well-known for its sunrises and sunsets. But there are other photo opportunities here as well. So I came to know of a woman, originally from Germany, but now an Aussie citizen, with an amazing vision when it comes to capturing the environment around her. Not surprisingly, Kathrin Dierich was announced as the July Artist of the month at the local arts centre. At the launch of her exhibition, she gave a short insight of her work as a photographer and artist (she has had a great year as an artist as well).
Here she is during that talk. Her photos held my attention for some time. Her discussion and photos have inspired me to improve my own skills.
Well, it has taken some frustration with human beings to get me to post again. It’s been a while and hopefully I can get back into a better routine.
So you probably don’t know (unless you’re a Facebook friend) that about a year ago, I moved to live on a small island off the Queensland coast, called Bribie Island. It’s connected to the mainland by bridge. It was once a sleepy little spot where alternative life-stylers flocked to. These days it’s a mixture of young families and retirees, and those in between. I’m a member of the in between group.
So….the island has been a buzz of excitement for a couple of weeks, as a lone seal has adopted our waterways. Unusual, because they tend to hang out in colder climates, but the water apparently is cold enough to keep it close by. What has annoyed me (and many others) is the utter lack of common sense of so many who think it’s OK to get near this wild animal, for photos, to feed it, and, probably worst of all, allowing their dogs to get way too close.
Thankfully, some of our local photographers have been out and used their zoom lens to achieve fabulous shots. One, Sharon Holt, had her photos picked up by a couple of newspapers. The Brisbane Times was one that used her photos.
An update from Sea World is that they think that there are now 2 seals. Double cuteness. Let’s hope they both survive being superstars. 🙂
I happened to be out driving today and had the radio on. I searched for a new station not normally listened to. Living near the sea, I’ve noticed that there are a few beach themed ones. So I listened to whatever came on, and first song on was an old favourite, Summer Breeze, by Seals and Crofts. Anyone around my age (I’m 60) would likely remember this one — they released it around 1972 I believe. So I’m driving along, with memories popping in to my head…of the years that I surfed. My best friend’s father taught us the finer points and we took it from there. We were never going to survive as professional surfers, but it sure was a nice time spent with other surfies over a few years.
Here’s a shot I took recently. It was at the start of September, which is the start of spring in Australia. I doubt I’d be able to balance on a board now, so instead I watch and photograph.
…and if you’re interested, here’s an early video of Seals and Croft playing the song live.
It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve got a lot on, and sadly my blog gets neglected. But I thought I’d put this photo up. I took it at Dickey Beach at sunrise. The beach is at a town called Caloundra, very close to where I live. There was one solitary surfer waiting for some early morning action, and in time he was joined by a lot more. The waves arrived as well.
Sunrise – Dickey Beach, Australia