Caring about our wildlife…


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.  🙂

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Evoking memories…by sound


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.

Surf's Up!

…and if you’re interested, here’s an early video of Seals and Croft playing the song live.

 

Time Marches on


Wow, it’s early March and here I am making my first post for the year. Last year saw a few things take my attention away from blogging, which is annoying, because when I write, I am relaxed.  Some of those issues continue on, hence my not being back here in some months.  But I have decided that I must allocate time for myself, so I hope to become more regular again.

When there was some spare time, I most often found myself, with a friend and her dog, at beachside locations.  There are many to choose from in my area in the south-east of the state (Queensland, Australia). My friends on Facebook would certainly support me in that regard, with numerous shots from the locations.

One of my favourite spots is on a small island off the coast — Bribie Island.  It’s connected by bridge to the Aussie mainland and is a popular day trip location for people in Brisbane (the state’s capital) and surrounds. This particular spot is at Banksia Beach, on the protected side of the island.  The waters are clear and it’s a safe place to swim. The photo below was taken from my camping chair. In the distance are the Glasshouse Mountains, so tiny here, but when you drive past them on the motorway, they are much more imposing. I had the pleasure of living on Bribie Island a few years ago, so I know the good spots not usually overrun by tourists. 🙂

So this is where I have been a lot of late. Next post (how’s that for showing a positive outlook) I’ll showcase some of the other locations we have been relaxing at.

Cheers!  🙂

Seasons Greetings


Well, this will be my last post of  the year.  My blog posts have been absent for a few months and I hope to get back to normal in the new year.

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It’s Christmas Eve (morning) here in Brisbane, Australia.  Already the temperature is high, with a forecast for a hot steamy day for Santa’s arrival tomorrow.  It’s times like this that I really miss a nth American Christmas. A Christmas day of cold weather (especially if associated with snow) can’t be beaten, in my opinion. Instead here we suffer the heat, and often times head to the beach — even Santa involves himself.

So to my blogging friends, I wish you Season’s Greetings — a safe Christmas and New Year.