Just Another Day (Wordless Wednesday)

Just Another Day

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Harmony (WPC: Harmony)

Last Saturday morning we needed to be up and going very early, something none of us were particularly happy about. However on looking outside our moods quickly changed.

Harmony

On seeing the magical colours covering the sky, providing the beautiful backdrop for the vast assortment of dancing clouds, an immediate harmony descended upon the family.

Our destination was met on time with a good time being had by all. Plus this morning skyline provided a perfect capture for this week’s Daily Post Challenge Word of HARMONY.

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Silhouette (October One Four Challenge: Week 4)

It’s the fourth and final week for Robyn’s One Four Challenge. This is where we choose one of our own images, then each week for the next four weeks we process it in a different way. Hence… One Four Challenge!

This week I’ve darkened the image quite a lot to create quite the stormy effect then brightened just the sand and sand-bags so you could still see the those details. And yes, naturally the contrast has been upped… of course!

One Four Challenge - 1-4-4

Here is my previous week’s images, along with the original, for you to make your own comparisons.

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the ONE FOUR Challenge

 

 

 

 

Morning Silhouette (October One Four Challenge: Week 3)

It’s Week 3 of Robyn’s One Four Challenge. It’s where we choose one of our own images, then each week for the next four weeks we process it in a different way. Hence… One Four Challenge!

This week I’ve slightly cropped the image, leaving only a hint of the sun at the top then had the image Reflected, giving the illusion the ocean water had pooled behind this mound of sand with the trees.

One Four Challenge - 1-4-3

Here is my previous week’s images, along with the original, for you to make your own comparisons.

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the ONE FOUR Challenge

 

 

 

 

Morning Silhouette (October One Four Challenge: Week 2)

It’s Week 2 of Robyn’s One Four Challenge. It’s where we choose one of our own images, then each week for the next four weeks we process it in a different way. Hence the One Four Challenge!

This week I’ve altered both the Saturation and Hues of my photography to create the feeling of perhaps a pending storm. Not that I can remember but I’m sure I’ve bumped up the contrast. (I think that goes without saying now don’t you, lol?)

One Four Challenge - 1-4-2

Here is last week’s image, along with the original for you to make your own comparisons.

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the ONE FOUR Challenge

 

 

 

 

We have new neighbors!

Earlier this week I was reminded of yet another thing I so associate with Australia, the sound of magpies. Their musical warblings always make me smile as it’s just so unique!

You wouldn’t call the Australian magpie beautiful by any stretch of the imagination but on saying that, they aren’t “unfortunate” looking either. To give you an idea these are the two from the tree directly in front of our apartment.

Magpie Mates

Now, don’t be fooled by the stance of these two magpies, as even though they aren’t looking at each other, I have a hunch they are in fact mates. Why do I think this? Because of this…

Magpie Nesting

These two little love birds have been busy building this nest, gathering twigs. leaves and bark. This is hardly surprising given the superb weather we’ve been experiencing. It must be so confusing for nature as it feels that winter is well and truly over and spring has already sprung… time to breed!

They, or should I be saying “she”, as it’s actually the female magpie that does the building of the nest, appear to have finished building as they are no longer collecting, she is just sitting.

What a shame we won’t be here for another three weeks so we could witness the hatching of their “clutch”. How exciting would that be? Could you imagine the children waiting for the chicks? For that matter could you imagine ME waiting for the chicks to be hatched? “Mum, how much longer?”

Twilight on the River!

And there wasn’t a vampire or werewolf to be seen anywhere. It was just my boy and his fishing gear!

 

Twillight Fishing

Even his mates were flying in to be with him!

Coming into Land

Yep, if my son is going to have an interest I’m more than happy to support this one.

Twilight on the River

Twilight on the river tonight, just glorious. And as the last of the sun’s rays disappeared I was anxious for Young Sir to ensure all his gear was packed away safely, nothing left behind.

That and the Thai take-away dinner that I’d ordered for us before joining him should have been ready for collection so… “mum, how much longer?”

Do the Pelican Prance!

What’s more gorgeous than a Pelican glistening in the sun? A Pelican prancing of course!

First bow to your partner…

Dancin gone REAL bad

Then take your position with one foot pointing back just so…

Pelican Dance

Then dance with gusto… like no one is watching…

Dancing Pelican

That is until you turn around… oops!

Pelican Tango

And don’t under ANY circumstances CUT IN as it may be all smiles to begin with…

Gettin down wih a Pelican

But it quickly turns ugly!

Dancing gone wrong

The anti-shaking device on my camera is brilliant as by the time I took the photo above I was laughing fairly hard! Plus it only looks as if she’s been bitten, the Pelican bill simply nudged Miss Ten’s side. Not that she’s saying that, lol!

All the while of course Master Twelve who is catching fish is being ignored hence looking at me inquiringly… “mum, how much longer?”

Colorful Creatures!

Going to the park is made that much better when you get to see nature at its brightest. This was certainly the case last Sunday when we were treated to a trip to Tamborine Mountain, up in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Originally we were going up for a traditional Devonshire Tea but once there were side-tracked with shopping, lunch, and then some more shopping before we finally enjoyed our Devonshire Tea. After this we took a drive to see the view of the Gold Coast from so high up but in the opposite direction to where we stopped, in the park behind us, were these colorful creatures!

First there were the Rainbow Lorikeet which are so prevalent on both the Gold and Sunshine Coast’s. I love hearing the sound of hundreds of these birds together first and last thing of an evening.

Rainbow Lorrikeet in Pink Flowers

Then there was the King Parrot.

King Parrot in the Magnolia

But my personal favorite would have to be the Crimson Rosella with its beautiful blue feathers.

Crimson Rosella

And last but by no means least was this bird. First seen wandering down the road before it popped up again behind a house and began coming towards us…

Wayward Chook

Yes, there was a house-hold hen out taking a Sunday stroll. No doubt there was someone at home tapping their watch, looking out the window and wondering… “mum, how much longer?”

PS Happy Birthday Darling Husband – hope you enjoyed the pressies we left for you !!! 🙂

Hints you’re back in Australia…

There are three very tell-tale hints that one is back in Australia.

One is seeing Grevillea in full-bloom – it is such an incredibly unique flower!

Grevillea in bloom, there's nothing else quite like it!

Then there’s another hint with the sound of cockatoos flying over-head!

Cockatoo Capers

And let’s not forget the most definite hint that one is in Australia… the Mint Slices on the fridge shelf!

Mint Slices my FAV

Master Twelve is rather fond of the odd Mint Slice but he’s yet to taste one as the packet is always empty for him. Consequently I’m often hearing down the hallway a very exasperated… “mum, how much longer?”