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 .
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
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 must say I found it extremely difficult to get my head around an image that was relevant to this theme, and certainly to take a photo to demonstrate it. As I was out the other day I was watching a houseboat full of pelicans sitting on top like a party boat …. when coming in to land this one seemed to have wings and legs going in all divergent directions !!!
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.
While the rest of the world queued up for hours in department stores chasing bargains that they didn’t need to have….. I settle for a leisurely dawn stroll along my local beach. As the ad says …. moments like this….. “Priceless”
My world through my camera …. 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 fell 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)