Posted in Animals and conservation, Family life, Other stuff, Travel

Get up early and embrace the morning

I’ve always been a morning person, but in recent times (I have turned 50) it’s been harder to get up. This morning made me realise that it’s worth it. I remember now – I LOVE MORNINGS!

First I went to boot camp with Fusion Outdoor Fitness for a kettle bell and running session. I felt fit and health and, as always, glad I made the effort to get up at 4.45am. There is nothing like a bit of outdoor exercise to start the day off on a good note. Unfortunately (or fortunately, you be the judge) there is a smoke haze over the Gold Coast, which didn’t make breathing during our runs pleasant but the mist over the fields, as eerie as it looked, was well worth a bit of smoke. It reminded me of that Stephen King novel ‘The Fog’, spooky! I wish I had my camera then and there.

My camera was, however, in my car. I always take the scenic drive home, through Koala Park, over the Tallebudgera bridge and home. Today I stopped over the bridge at the Tallebudgera Creek/Beach School car park. I could see an orange orb rising and with my trusty camera in hand, I raced along the path to the beach. I didn’t want to miss what was sure to be a spectacular sunrise.

So here is some proof of good reasons for waking up early in a few pics:

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And that was just the sun.

Pandanus trees and beyond Tallebudgera Creek entrance.
Pandanus trees and beyond Tallebudgera Creek entrance.
Mist over Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Mist over Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Morning traffic on Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Morning traffic on Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Reflections and high mist over the Palm Beach canals.
Reflections and high mist over the Palm Beach canals.
More of the stunning, glass-like water on the canals at Palm Beach.
More of the stunning, glass-like water on the canals at Palm Beach.

So, in case you didn’t get up this morning to see the beauty in our world I hope you’ve enjoyed it through my eyes.

Maybe tomorrow morning you won’t hit the snooze button. Perhaps you’ll get up and enjoy the best part of the day – morning.

And just in case you missed it, here’s another reason to get up early in the morning:


Posted in Animals and conservation

There’s a whale on my doorstep

Whale with Surfers Paradise in the background and closer by, Burleigh National Park.

I’d been watching coverage of the juvenile whale stranded at Palm Beach. I live just down the road. I was thinking why am I sitting here? Yes, I did have my tax to do. I had paperwork to fill out. I had a load of washing to hang out before work, still – a whale on my doorstep. How often would that happen? I’ve always been an animal lover and the plight of this beautiful humpback whale touched me deeply. I wanted to see him swim back out to sea – free.

I rugged up for the winter cold, grabbed my new camera and drove the three minutes to the beach. I am so glad I did.

I’m not a brilliant photographer as I’m still getting used to my Nikon Coolpix P520 (a fabulous and important gift from my family for my 50th birthday). I think, however, I’ve captured this mornings events rather well, considering that I was at least 100 metres away from the whale. An orange barrier was erected to keep onlookers away from the Seaworld staff and the whale.

Here’s my brilliant morning:

Rescuers helping attaching tow ropes to the whale.
Rescuers helping attaching tow ropes to the whale.
He looks as if he knows people are there to help. They have so much intelligence in their eyes.
Look at all the scars on his body and he’s only young. His organs are hurting while they are pressed on the sand instead of being in the water.
Seagulls were flocking above. Police, security, TV crews, photographers and rescuers were allowed in the whale zone.
The surf comes and goes and doesn’t seem to be helping in the rescue attempt.
Yay, we have movement from the whale as the tow-out starts to gain momentum.
Stalled again but rescuers remain optimistic.
This looks like it will work this time as the whale rolls so you can see the underbelly and this annoying photographer moves in for the ultimate photo.
Wouldn’t this be a great shot if he moved. Come on whale get yourself off the sand and into the water.
Tail is ready to start the swim. Get out of the way photographer. Not only so the whale tail doesn’t hit you but so I can get a better shot.
Hooray! This looks to be working.
Just got to get through these breakers and then the whale is free. Unfortunately, the waves pushed him back this attempt, but I’m happy to say about an hour later he was swimming out past the breakers.
Seriously? And then I saw this on the beach. A macaw?
And this is where I live. Who can complain? I walk back along the beach in a rush to get to work.
Whale eye
I’ll never forget your beautiful eyes, whale. You are beautiful and I hope you have a long life.

I hope you enjoyed my morning as much as I did. Please comment if you like.