Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
At low tide on the Mooloola River the Soldier crabs are on the march. These are tiny crabs, ranging from pea size to maybe 15 mm across their bodies, and they run in regiments.
I'd often wondered at how the blue colour gave them any camouflage at all, but perhaps this view of them running across a patch of sand with a heavy mineral content gives a hint.
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Kangaroos don't run in the main street, but they are quite common in any bushland area or particularly where there's a grassy patch adjoining bush.
This one is part of a large mob which inhabits the grounds of the Sunshine Coast University. They are not domesticated, but happily graze within a few metres of human activity.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
A few years ago in Maleny, many of the townsfolk rallied in an effort to prevent the building of a Supermarket.
The fight was long and bitter, but sadly for the antagonists, ultimately the development complied with the Town Plan and was approved. Many of the townsfolk have not forgotten, and cryptic signs like this abound, to the bemusement of strangers.
Visitors to the town could be mistaken for thinking that the craft shops they patronise, and which this vehicle is parked outside are the target of the campaign.
Perhaps it's time to rethink.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
What you are seeing is actually a mobile musical instrument called "Sprocket". Sprocket can't easily be explained nor photographed as the musicians are always in a position where their backs are to the audience.
Inventor and Musician, Steve Langton has created (with a little help from friends) this amazing 4 wheeled tuned percussion machine incorporating Marimbas, Tuned Wheel Rims, Tuned Pistons!, A Drumkit played on high, Pedals that 2 people can use to move Sprocket around, and the world first "Thongaphone".
For more pics see my Flickr Sprocket Gallery and to hear it in action there's even a clip on YouTube.
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Mooloolaba is a town where even the old buildings are new, and thanks to one particular property development group the new buildings provide a pleasant foreground to a typically cloudless sky.
In planning terms it's a bit of a disaster though, as it has created a ten story wall between the beach and the areas behind. I'm always confused when "developers" are blamed for the result, when all they are guilty of is meeting the requirements of the Town Plan.
Friday, 19 September 2008
As the sun starts to fade over Mooloolaba, and before the lights of the buildings begin their nightly duties, the handful of apartment buildings on the shore bear more than a passing resemblance to the City Daily Photo portal!
Sunshine Coast Daily Photo - Australia
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Macaranga tanarius is a Queensland rainforest species, but I've seen examples on a "plants of Hawaii" website so who knows what that's about!
It's known as a "pioneer" species as it will grow in disturbed earth, providing mulch and cover for a taller plant to germinate from below. They're messy blighters though if you grow them over your driveway, with all those sticky flowers and leaves which fall 12 months per year. (We won't do that again!)
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
The dappled glass awnings along the Mooloolaba Esplanade provide a lovely balance between letting the light in, and letting the harsh sun do its worst. In a country where the UV index ranges from "Dangerous" to "Extreme" this is a truly beautiful compromise.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
On Wednesday's some Mooloolaba Yacht Club members go sailing in a very informal event known as WAGS, or Wednesday Afternoon Gentlemen's Sailing. It's a handicapped start, which explains why the other yachts are just tiny white specks on the horizon.
The surfer in the foreground is just splashing around on a perfect winter afternoon.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
The rainforest provides stark contrasts between light and shade. There's little filtering of light, it's more like a switch turning it on and off where the few gaps in the canopy occur.
With just a little imagination, the transition between light and dark happens so quickly and evenly it is remeniscent of an Escher Tessellation.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Saturday, 6 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Monday, 1 September 2008
Today's monthly theme is "Sister City", but with our town in some disarray after the recent merge of local authorities, rather than a picture of our Sister City, to best explain the sculpture, I'll quote directly from journalist Sam Benger published in the Sunshine Coast Daily Newspaper on the 12th June.
"It's a bird, it’s a plane ... it’s a flying bronze sculpture.
A swan song to the Maroochy Shire was unveiled at Nelson Park at Alexandra Headland yesterday – a $130,000 bronze sculpture representing the area’s emblem, the black swan, ready to take flight next to an egret, the emblem of Maroochy’s sister city in China, Xiamen.
After three years of planning and controversy surrounding the cost of the project, the final product, weighing a massive 1.5 tonnes, was lifted into place by a crane yesterday.
Local Kenilworth artists Elli Schlunke and Tony Reay had a hand in the creation of the sculpture, which was constructed by Chinese artist Min Yi Ming.
“The idea of it was to use both cities’ emblems as a way of connecting the two, and for that reason we’ve called it 'sisters by choice',” Elli said.
“In some ways it has lost a bit of its significance now that the three councils have merged, but it’s also a record of part of that history of the area and of an era that has just finished.”
Former Maroochy Shire Mayor Joe Natoli, who championed the project after a similar sculpture was unveiled in Xiamen last year, defended the cost of the artwork and said at the time the statue was cheaper than the one in China and would be an outstanding piece of artwork for the Coast.
Tony said originally the statue was to go in the water, but due to its size – the swan has a wingspan of 6.3m while the egret stands 3.4m high – it was decided the statue would take pride of place on a small island situated in the centre of the park.
Chinese artist Min Yi Ming said it took almost a year to create the sculpture, which was constructed by placing bronze sheets over a steel frame and belting them into shape."
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