Monday, 12 March 2018

The Joy of the Unexpected.

Today has been filled with the unexpected joys of nature. My camera clicked constantly to capture its amazing beauty. Over the past week, there have also been occasions when I have marvelled at its awesomeness, right on my doorstep.

The colour in this quiet corner of my garden appeared overnight.

As I snapped this kookaburra sitting on our fence, he turned to face me, revealing his catch.

A goshawk visited our pool fence as we sat resting inside. Thankfully he was in no hurry to rush off, while I dashed for my camera.

A new family of ducks, grazed the slope opposite our home.

Unusual mushrooms on my morning walk.

The very loud sound of cascading water in the usually sleepy creek I walk beside, drew me to its bank. I shouldn't have been surprised by the volume of water, as it hasn't stopped raining for a week.

This morning I drove to my cousins home to help with some gardening. Her garden backs onto a field of unmown grass. I don't normally have my camera with me when I visit, but today I must have had a premonition of what I was to discover and grabbed it with the car keys.

It wasn't difficult to spy these mushrooms, the size of dinner plates, emerging from the long grass.

Work done, the decision was made to take our coffee to the local lagoon. Just so many unexpected, delightful moments ensued.

A black swan and her only, very young, gosling.

Unusually brown ducks resting.

The path around the lagoon is well over a kilometre.

 Great excitement when several, of my favourite tiny bird, [Superior Blue Wren] flitted onto the grass, and occasionally sat still long enough for me to capture their image.

A country girl at heart, these lovely beasts lifted my spirits even more.

A quiet moment in the gum tree for these corellas. They are an incredibly rowdy bird.

The loop completed, I was very happy to discover that the ducks and swan were still wanting to pose for me.

 Unlocking all the doors on my arrival home, I was surprised to see so many golf balls on the 6th green. A closer look and the realisation that these were just more mushrooms.

Of course my camera and I had to take a closer look and even more were found.

Over the past week, we have had 4 inches / 100 mms of rain. This was on top of a very wet February.
The ground is very damp and the humidity is high again, perfect conditions for mushrooms to emerge. 

I hope, that you too have found joy in the beauty of nature, on my doorstep.

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

A Short Seachange - Part 2.

After enjoying our early morning stroll on the beach and observing a very hazy sunrise, we returned to camp for a leisurely breakfast. Mid-morning saw us heading off in the car, to explore the local coastline. 

The view from Cabarita Headland was pretty spectacular. It was lovely to see that this bay was less hazy than the open beach at Pottsville.

We would return to this cove the following day to swim and then relax under the shade of the pandanus trees.

Our next stop was the lookout at Hastings Point and the decision was made to return here for sunset. Pottsville is further south in the haze.

By late afternoon, the thick seaspray had returned to the extent that combined with the humidity, the wine label quickly became saturated. No spectacular sunset, but the cooling breeze was very welcome.

As we left, this lovely couple arrived for a wedding shoot.

5am saw us cresting the sand dune back at Pottsville Beach.  The sun was inching above the horizon, with the seaspray creating a muted colour palette.

What a glorious way to start the day!

Attempting trick photography on a high dune.

Canine, bird and human footprints.

Midmorning we returned to Cabarita Beach. The tide was surging in, making it quite unsafe to surf. I was unable to watch this group for long, for fear of what might happen. Thankfully no helicopter rescue took place. We later heard that the Gold Coast beaches, some 20 k's further north, had to be closed all weekend.

Keeping cool and relaxing with a book under the pandanus trees.

Back at the campground, we observed a telegraph pole for nesting eagles. Obviously not nesting at this time, but we were amazed to see that both the magpie and the honeyeaters chased this eagle away.

A calm sea greeted us for our final sunset.

Billowing clouds to the south eventually brought a harmless storm and cooler temperatures for the evening.

On our final morning, a 4am start had us wearing head torches to find the path to the Cabarita headland to watch this morning's sunrise.

First light 5 am.

A pod of dolphins entertained for a very short period.

Looking back to our cove of the previous day - low tide.

Spectacular nature soon had us spellbound.

Joc had brought her photographic crystal ball along and we managed to capture some lovely images.

As the sun appeared!

Heading back to the car we observed jet skis, towing board riders out to catch the waves. Not something I've seen before along our coastline. The swells were huge but not close in. Very impressive.

Beautiful sunrises are not just found on the coast. The morning after our return, I was up at five for my morning walk, to beat the heat, and this was the view across the golf course ponds below our house.

So very fortunate to live where I live.

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