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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Tuesday Challenge: the Path


I haven’t posted in a few weeks (life has become challenging in other areas and lack of time has made posting scarce).  But I do have some time for a post for the Tuesday challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo!

This week it is: the Path.

I’d like you to photograph whichever path(s) appeal to you.  In the theme of path, I’d like you to think about where the path might lead you; is this a place that you want to get to, or is it one that you want to avoid?  Is this a path that everyone is going to take, or is it just your path?

I thought about the various meanings of the word.  The obvious meaning of a physical thing that leads you somewhere. A footpath, a road, country lane, a grassy path….and so many others in this category. I also thought of the way that certain elements in photos can draw our eyes in a certain direction –> like a path. So my photos are a mix of both ideas.  The last one is from many years ago when I was living in the USA — and whilst not such a good photo, you can clearly see me trying to dig a path out.  🙂

Summer breeze….


Here in Australia it is winter. Some friends scoff at that, and I guess, having experienced a north American winter, I can understand why.  But the major difference here is that our homes aren’t set up for cold weather.  No such thing as furnaces, instead we exist with various types of heaters, and if lucky, a wood heater. Anyway, I digress.

I’ve been going through my photos in a bid to decrease the total (currently sits at about 7000). I came across one that reminded me of days gone by, back when I was a teenager and enjoying the Christmas holidays, and the visits to the beach that my parents always made.  At some point my best friend’s father offered to teach us to surf the waves. We were clumsy and fell off a lot, which I guess is pretty common for newbies.  But in the end we got a handle on it and started to enjoy the experience of being in the water.  One place I love here is Caloundra, which back in the 70’s was somewhat smaller and a place with little shanties and workers cottages, a place to come and experience peace and quiet.  These days there are pockets of that kind of place, but they are fast being lost to high-rise apartments to satisfy the tourist trade.

I had a brief stay at Caloundra in 2015, and took this photo from the balcony.  DSC_0017_HDRWhat struck me was that this view hasn’t changed all that much.  There were still those magnificent Norfolk Island Pines, and out in the water were the surfies.  However there were also people trying their skills with the new fad, stand up paddleboarding.  You can see a few of them in this photo. Caloundra is also situated close to the deep-sea nautical passage that scoots down the east coast of Australia, as evidenced by the large oil tanker further out to sea. I’ve always been drawn to the sea, not so much for the beach, but for the peace that I seem to feel from sitting by the water.

When I saw this photo, I also remembered a song that was in the charts in 1975, the year I started working, and shared that time with surfing. So long ago, but this song really highlighted the 70’s for me.  Ahh memories!  🙂

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!