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
or as I stop by the local pond I just might get lucky enough to see this amazing creature…. gives a whole new meaning to catching a dragon!!
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 .
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 .
I was thinking that there was a challenge to write a post entitled “A Good Day”, not sure where I saw it now but I wanted to try out the new Mesh App .
(I am hoping this does not give access to my dashboard as it wouldn’t let me use the basic link as I was signed in)
Anyway, I used to walk a dog called Benji ( a lovable Black Labrador) for some elderly friends and one of the things we loved to do was to go to the beach together. Instead of writing a post with lots of words about a good day, I though i would let my pictures do the talking . At this stage I am finding Mesh just a little bit cumbersome to use but as it is new they are working on the bugs every day so I will enthusiastically look forward to playing with it some more.
Hope you enjoy a good day at one of my favourite local beach spots with one of my best mates. He is still patiently waiting for me to get back to him on the next walk…. so far has been waiting for a long time since the last outing …. and yes.. I feel guilty about that 🙂 He has been with me during the darkest of times, and for that I will never forget his wonderful personality. He is, by the way, … very much still alive even though it doesn’t sound like it . I have just been busy with other life challenges and need to get back to my old friend.
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 !
I must say that apart from the dinner calls … it as very relaxing. Add to this bliss a mini facial for the next thirty minutes and i was soon drifting on a cloud of bliss.
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.
Just had to share this video here as it is so pertinent to things I have been through and will have to say in the future… as yet I haven’t had chance to write about the healthy mind healthy body stuff I would like to… be watch this space as it will come!!!
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.
My world through my camera …. Letting the Light in … one Frame at a Time … while I practise mindfulness and being in the moment as often as I can, I am never the less inclined to record so much of what I see on a day to day basis. I find solace behind the lens, it brings me joy to create beautiful images and fulfilment to record something that just needs to be told. I feel as if my camera at times is just an extension of myself and it will find an image in what may be the tiniest little part of the day or the world around me . Living with depression for much of my life I have been able to use it as a tool to refocus ( pardon the pun)