Meandering and pondering life

This morning I got up fairly early and went for a slow meander along the beach, pondering life.  I only took my cell phone with me for photos (I may have mentioned in a previous post that I have severe tendonitis in both hands, making it impossible to use my DSLR — I just don’t have the manual dexterity to be able to hold it nor change settings.  Even carrying a tripod is not feasible right now).

It’s winter here, but the temp was warm enough for me to be in shorts and a shirt without a sweater. We don’t get that cold here on the island anyway, but it’s certainly not normal to be having the temperatures we are right now. Probably should get used to it, given global warming. I live on a small island off the Queensland mainland — Bribie Island. It used to be a sleepy place with a lot of beachy types of people.  Some of them are still here, but also there are young families and retirees. Sadly, with an increase in population, comes big city issues, such as littering and angry drivers. The latter seems to be more exemplified by young men in 4WDs (SUVs) who love to tailgate. One day they’ll learn to slow down (hopefully).

I live on the surf side of the island – in fact, I just walk across the street, over the sand dunes and there is the beach.  On the other side of the island it is protected waterways. Both have their own beauty. The surf is supposed to pick up in intensity the next few days and a number of beaches south of here were closed today.

This photo I took on the walk this morning. Not many others there at the time, probably having a sleep in on a Sunday morning.

Enough for now — I’m pleased with myself for doing a post.  More to come.

Cheers from Australia!


Human Spirit — Tuesday’s Challenge

This week Frank from Dutch Goes the Photo has issued the challenge for us to show some human spirit.  It pushed me to find something appropriate, and then life intervened and I’m late submitting.  But better late than never I guess.

In life there are many sources of frustration for us…one for me is the apparent lack of concern by the federal government for Australia’s environment.  Without getting into the political side of things, suffice to say that I’m glad that so many people realise the importance of the Great Barrier Reef.  For the past few years the federal government has been approving the building of coal ports in various locations inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park — in the face of strong opposition from various organisations (Greenpeace, Getup etc)  and a large percentage of our population. Of course, the coal companies and associated corporate organisations are very much in favour, because for them it’s all about the money to be made. That’s the situation as it stands today.

Go back 3 years ago and a rally I attended here in Brisbane, attended by many thousands of concerned people, over the treatment of the Reef. Human spirit was evident everywhere — from young children with their cutout signs of turtles; to teenagers dressed as fish and other sea creatures, seemingly pleading for their home to be saved; through to adults young and older banding together to do their part for the Reef.

That’s the human spirit I am happy to be a part of!


Looking to the future…

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is all about the future.

One of the glorious things about photography is that it enables us to take a moment of our present, and make it available to look on in meticulous detail in the future. This week, share with us your interpretation of future.

Many things come to mind when I think of the future.

I live in an apartment and as such don’t have my own garden I can till and nurture plants in.  So a kind friend grew some seedlings and gave them to me when I visited her last week.  I’ll get some pots for them once they grow a little more sturdy. I know one is a tomato plant, which is great because I love them.  The others I’m not so sure of, so if anyone reading this does, please let me know.  I wonder what they’ll grow to in the future.  🙂

Have a look at others’ ideas of the future here.