Not much of a photograph, but I was trying out a new (non-macro) lens on this golden orb spider. She's not specially large as these things grow, with a body not much longer than an inch and a bit. Next time I'll use a flash and see if we can see her eyes!
The casual visitor would be hard pressed to work out what was going on here.
Today is Australia Day, a national holiday celebrating many things, but historically the landing of the first settlement fleet in 1788. Not everyone stays home in a darkened room on this day, some of the occupants of this picnic shelter for instance had camped overnight to ensure the pick of the spots was theirs.
By seven in the morning they had lounge chairs, tables, tents, marquees, a massage area (for the girls) and enough flags decorating their picnic to sink a fleet. They were waiting on the arrival of a twenty metre water slide and a few more car loads of people, food and refreshment when we left them.
By nine, at the rate others were arriving to set up their own little parties, there will be standing room only in the park!
Note that any similarity between the this photoblog and the regional newspaper from Queensland Australia, which is also known as the Sunshine Coast Daily, is purely coincidental. We have absolutely no relationship with that publication apart from the fact that we live in the same town. If you would like to read more of the goings on in our particular tiny corner of the world, please feel free to visit The Daily online.