An invitation to walk in your neighbourhood and tell us what you see that inspires you , brings you joy or even makes you sad . Every day I make sure to observe something that gives me joy , and to be honest, living in Queensland on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, it really is not hard to be inspired. I am forever grateful for the fact that I can breathe clean air, listen to a huge variety of beautiful birds sing and feel the green grass under my feet somewhere close by . I may see beauty in the colours and textures of a native plant such as this beautiful Banksia
And right outside my front garden was this noisy little Brown honey eater enjoying the nectar while the dew is still on it first thing in the morning. Isn’t he sweet?
As I was trying to catch Mr Brown, I had that feeling that I was being watched… and lo and behold there was this crazy fella just staring at me from about waist height in the bush next to me….. he is a Spangled Drongo, that is more familiar with the northern ends of our country and hails from the New Guinea area, but with our mild climate many of them decide to settle and call the Sunshine coast home. I am glad to have them and all their silly craziness…such agile fliers and hilarious loud cacklings…. they look amazing in flight with the fish tails and their acrobatics.
I am often amazed at how beauty struggles through to even the most industrial kind of surroundings ….
I would love to see some of your local areas as you walk about each day…. feel free to post and tag this page so that I can see what a day in the life is like at your place.
Lets start with things that put a smile on your face and then we can progress to other challenges .
Being Australian … lets call this the Backyard challenge
In response to the challenge Camera Lucida : The Colour Of Life
What colours my life? There are so many beautiful things that make the heart sing, and behind much of it is the sun , and the glorious light that it shines on everything around us to create a variety of captivating colours and hues. Instead of just one photo I will choose three things I have seen that absolutely colour my world
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”
This week, share with us your monochromatic images. Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range.
I found this a rather confusing challenge as I am a somewhat literally minded person, so the idea of an image being called monochromatic but then not being restricted to just one colour range just didn’t make any sense to me. With this in mind I looked at a few images I have done recently where I explored the monochromatic theme and this was my favourite… monochromatic birds on a very dull pallet were accentuated by removing all but the hint of colour that the birds themselves feature .
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.”
Forever young … If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?
When I was much younger I would probably have said …yes of course…lead me to the well and I have a huge glass with me ….
As I look back on my youthful photos I see a lovely young woman who was blessed with nice eyes, and a fairly attractive face along with a tall build and a brain that I would like to access now and then . Had I been asked this question then, when I was full of the naivete of life and always hungry for something in the greener paddock next door , I would have been the first to say “fill my cup let’s drink and be merry” !!
… but then came the years, and the challenges and along the way … the wisdom . ( at least I hope that at my age of late 50s I have had the good sense to acquire some!)
When I was thirty, after a brush with breast cancer … well maybe I would have been knocking everyone else out of the way to achieve this miracle longevity!
Or would I? After all, drinking from the fountain of youth means you can look young forever …. doesn’t it? Nobody said I would be healthy… just that I would stay looking young and being the silly naive 30 year old that I was??? Perish the thought !!!
Along with my dry skin wrinkles and grey hairs has come a wealth of wisdom that tells me that beauty is indeed skin deep
and if not accompanied by a beautiful heart then it is nothing. Add to that …. would staying young mean that I would forever be young but worried about my breast cancer?
Would I be forever young and go on to have a child that would grow older than her mother???
Would I have to like the next generation’s music because eventually I would be their age?
I could even be stuck on the treadmill of rushing from one destination to another, thinking it is all so important that I miss seeing the flowers bloom .
Maybe I would grow tired of seeing the days come and go and the sun and moon rise … since what makes experiencing these things so special is the changing perspectives from which we view them as we age.
Surely too, this would mean that I have not accepted the human condition and journey on this earth … that I see no value in our beloved elderly , with their wizened faces that have a wisdom in every fold?
But seriously, looking at my concerns in life now when I observe the world around me, meaning the planet and not just my tiny corner of the world, is would this water from the fountain be potable even? And for how many years would it remain so? Surely if it was in the US or Australia….. it would not be trustworthy as the water tables are in danger of being so polluted by giant mining interests and Coal Seam Gas Fracking that my most serious concern would be …… has that well feeding the fountain of Youth …. been poisoned ?
I urge you to consider the benefits of ageing gracefully, of letting your accumulated wisdom from those years shine out, showing the inner beauty that can only come from living life and learning all of its valuable lessons. AS the old saying goes….. life is not a dress rehearsal … and the fountain of youth is almost certainly fraught with hidden dangers
So yesterday, I finally got to redeem a long awaited gift from a dear friend , across the “ditch” ( from Australia) in New Zealand. We were childhood besties, and even though over 50 years has past and we rarely if ever see eachother, we are keeping that friendship alive via cyberspace and that is something to be ever thankful for technology for !!
Earlier this year, after the passing of my father , which had been a very stressful six months, I shared a deal on Facebook from one of those “super deal marketing sites ” ; this was a great value local package here on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and I made an off the cuff comment about how I could do with this and so could some of my friends. Not being very financial I didn’t take the offer up myself but had shared it in case anyone wanted to take it up. At the time I had also contracted Ross river Virus which had left me feeling achy and tired and generally pretty awful for a few months.
The next day I got an email from the marketing company to say that I had been gifted an hour and a half of Bliss by my dear old friend. How awesome is that? When you haven’t seen someone for years and yet such a lovely connection is still there. She even tolerates my little quips on FB that accuse her of taunting me into some very risky behaviours as a child resulting in more than a few scrapesSuffice it to say, she was a leader !!!!
Back to the massage…. The time during the massage was just blissful….. the woman had a darkened room, with some beautiful oils to scent the air and her touch was just perfect for what I needed. She had a very peaceful kind of meditation music track playing with soft drumbeats that lulled me into a sleepy state….
Until the chimes started!!
Now I know from practicing Transcendental Meditation for few years that you are not supposed to be in a prone position and not supposed to go to sleep ( although inevitably that can be the case from my experience!!) but I sooo wanted to drift off. Every time the chimes cut in it was like being called for dinner in my grandparents day 🙂 So for an hour I lay blissfully drifting and running to dinner in my dreams !
After leaving there, and because it was in a beautiful beachside area, i took my camera for a little wander to find some birds ( of course) and I was not disappointed. I have not yet processed those images but will follow with a post including them next.
What I wanted to finish with was the after effects of this massage ….. apart from feeling relaxed, I went on to feeling quite unwell later in the day and into the evening.
I was wondering if any of my fellow bloggers who are physicians or health bloggers know if this is to do with the lymphatic system as it has happened twice to me now. The time before was after an intense reflexology chines foot massage a few years ago. Just a general feeling if being unwell and feeling slightly sick in the stomach. Today I still feel a little sluggish and weird and I am now scouring blogs in search of mild detox drinks that I can make to help my body seeing as it looks as if it is full of toxins , without causing me to pass out, give up food or other such dramatic suggestions.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this
Bliss Out everyone
What would you do if you found this creepy thing hanging from the wall in your back yard?
Some people might run a mile and think…. that is positively the most creepy thing I have seen ever!!
What if I told you that this amazing creature performs a mammoth task every day of its life?
Would you feel any different? Would you be like me and throw yourself into the wormhole that is macro? Full of wonders and delights and would you try to find a little bit more out about this THING ?
Would you touch it?
Because if you did you may be amazed…. you would find that with enormous tenacity, this creature drags its home with it every where it goes ….
After having created that beautiful home that is …
You may be surprised to see that it is 15 cms in length, and perhaps marvel at the softness of its case …. and notice that it has carefully woven sticks and leaf matter gathered from the ground and surrounds so that it blends perfectly into its natural surroundings…..
You could be like me and stroke it softly to feel the fabric of its casing… for that is what it is….. this is the Case moth Larvae … who spends most of its life inside the home that it carries and if things eventuate for the better it may, in some instances, get a visit from a mate either outside or inside its case and turn into an extraordinary moth-like creature.
I have never seen the end result but was happy and privileged to see the part of its transformational journey that it chose to share with me for the time that it stayed
If you love nature and photography … there is always something to remind you that each and every moment is important … and we are blessed to participate in it.
My name is Adrienne, and I live in Queensland Australia. I started this blog as an outlet to say something about stuff that mattered to me and to share my passion of nature photography with others. I was in recovery at the time ( 4 years ago) from Breast cancer and had discovered that it was important to recognise that each day represents new challenges and opportunities to take in the moments. I made a point of going out every day, no matter how close to my home (and sometimes it was not very far from home, as I was having chemo and didn’t have a lot of energy) and seeking out the little things that made me smile. Invariably it was nature in some small way, that gave me that opportunity, whether it was a flower, a bird or an insect….. I celebrate them all.
since then I have decided I am definitely a “tree hugger” …. just love to feel the strength and solidarity of a real living giant.
The locked gate was surrounded by plenty of tiny treasures …. even without opening it ….
Chestnut Breasted Mannikan finch