A Photo Every Day from the Sunshine Coast - Australia

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Stoney Grey - from June 2016


More grey skies I'm afraid, but I was tired of all that blue.

Moffat Beach

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Out vile grass! - from May 2016


It turns out I was completely wrong about the kind of grass this was... those seeds were just about the most virulent... aaargh... I've been digging the stuff out for eighteen months and it still keeps bobbing up!

OK, I'm not rolling in it and if I did it has the look of something itchy, but here's the flower stem of one of our native grasses, this one is a lomandra, I think of the variety longifolia, but then all the folia in grass is longi, that's what makes it grass!

Dicky Beach

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Simplicity - From April 2016


It's hard to describe the feeling of solitude.

All it takes is a board, a wave and an ocean.

This is my take on today's theme "the beauty of simplicity".  To see many others, don't forget to visit http://cdpbthemeday.blogspot.com.au

Moffat Beach

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Umbrella Trees - from March 2016


Another photograph of the umbrella tree canopy, perhaps giving just a hint as to where its name was derived.

Caloundra

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Things haven't changed - from February 2016


I've been burning the candle from both ends and the middle as well of late, and by the time I had enough of a break to find a photo, there wasn't all that much natural light left.

Here's a pandanus tree in Eleanor Shipley Park, Moffat Beach, with just a hint of sea mist in the air.

Moffat Beach

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Hanging in there - from January 2016


If only the rain would actually come instead of hanging up there looking picturesque.

Looking north toward Dicky Beach.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

The problem with being at the beach at sunset - from December 2016



The problem with being at the beach at sunset is that the photographs are just too pretty to discard.

Sigh.   Be prepared for a day or two of photographs with a lovely pink hue!

Bulcock Beach

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Star of Wonder - from December 2015


Having a cup of tea in our friend Pam's garden the other day we were reminded of this post.

If the wise men of old, the Magi, had followed this particular star they would have ended up sitting on Dicky Beach on that first Christmas, no doubt wondering where things went wrong, and how they had accidentally ended up in heaven.

Had that had actually occurred, no doubt a council officer would be on the spot in no time flat, issuing them a ticket for having unlicensed camels on the beach, just before some over enthusiastic immigration officer carted them off to a detention centre for illegal immigrants, and I can only begin to wonder  if that had happened what  Christmas Card motifs might have been.

Whatever your personal beliefs may be, I hope you you get a chance to reflect on the true message of the season and have a very Merry Christmas!


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Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Cheer - From November 2015


Yes it's become something of a hobby-horse of mine, and I suppose if a government can't make plans to provide sufficient infrastructure for growth, how can we expect it to understand that the Christmas needs to be thought about every year!

And so it begins.

Don't get me wrong, I am grateful that the Sunshine Coast Council actually acknowledges the coming "holiday" season by its proper name, but once again in a city, no, a REGION which relies on tourism for its principal income, surely this effort at street decoration could be described as paltry!

To be fair, there is a matching sign on the other side of the street, (which has a more generic wish, no doubt to appease those who would wince at the use of the word "Christmas" while happily buying their cards with snow-scenes on them....) .  Seriously, do two little flags in the main street of a major suburb send an adequate message that we are grateful for your tourism dollar and will do what we can to make your stay a joyous and festive one?

Thank goodness for the good will of the traders in town.

Merry Shopping under Christmas skies!
Woombye



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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Lorikeet interrupting my morning coffee - from October 2015








October 2015 brought a change in format to the blog, which those who only view on Facebook or who have never clicked on the "home" button will not have seen, and it also brought this photo, one of my favourites from our own house.

For some it is hard to believe, but unlike kangaroos, parrots do visit many backyards in Australia.   (To be fair, kangaroos do too, but perhaps not quite so many in the urban areas!)

The only problem with having a flowering tree near our front verandah is that we are tempted to waste a bit more time than perhaps we should just watching.   Usually by the time I think to get my camera, the light has gone, or the parrots have.

Dicky Beach



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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Serenity - From September 2015


Since this photo was taken, the pole has been replaced with a new, green treated timber one, but still;

There's nothing more serene than looking out at a power pole at dawn.

Dicky Beach

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Photographer - From August 2015


Surf photographer waiting for the semi-final heat to begin.

Moffat Beach

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Sunday Driver - from July 2015


Surfer watching the view go by, Mooloolaba in the background.

Moffat Beach

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Complete with wonky horizon! (Real time!)


iPhone panorama while lying on the beach - there's a limit to how steady one can hold it!

On a more serious note for my friends experiencing their first snowfall of winter, we are a little envious but this is a small consoloation;  25°, summer is on the way.

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Malibu - from June 2015


We are a long way from Malibu, but not far at all.... I remain fascinated by our need to be somewhere else or someone else!

Maroochydore.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

The gift that keeps on giving - from December 2010




I can't imagine that Seligs Jewellers would have thought they'd be getting mileage out of their little parking promotion seven years later, but I'm pleased to help out!

Today's City Daily Photo theme day is "gift" and I'm glad I remembered this post!

See more "Gifts" at this link.


Today I walked the length of Caloundra's main street looking for a sign or even the merest hint of any forthcoming festivity.   Apart from the odd shop interior, the place was entirely bereft of decoration or anything that hinted at just a little more cheeriness than usual for that matter.   I was hoping for a shot of someone in a fur trimmed hat so I could make the obvious bitingly witty commentary, but no one obliged.

Just as all hope was lost, I saw a present sitting on a post.   On investigation the post usually held up a parking meter, and the present in fact completely enveloped it.

Good on you Seligs Jewellers.  Sure there's a bit of commercial intent behind all this, but in a desert of Christmas Spirit it sticks out a mile!

Caloundra


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

The lunch room - from May 2015


One of the pleasures of working in a town like this, is that in the right you can go for a quick surf or simply hang your toes over the revetment wall by the ocean while you have your lunch.

Alexandra Headland

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Clear as day - April 2015




This photo pretty much sums up where I think I am in terms of moving this blog forward!

I hope the person who designed the sign and road system for the Maroochy Botanic Gardens got a pay rise.

I'm still trying to work out how to leave.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Moffs on the Rocks - March 2015


 The Rocks and Moffat Beach - just made for fossicking on - carefully!

Moffat Beach



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Monday, 27 November 2017

Another sunset - February 2015


It's hard to believe that this building is in the middle of a built-up area, but it is.  The grassy "dune" is a pile of debris on a construction site, the building is predominantly white, but if one catches it at the right time of the evening, anything can happen.

Let's call it "art" and be done with it.

Kings Beach

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunset over Tooway - January 2015




A lot has changed since 2014.  That clump of trees is gone, succumbing to erosion, and at this point not fully recovered from jet lag,  I haven't been near the beach at sunset!   It will happen!


Actually it was taken at sunset yesterday, and the real reason I have chosen it is not because it has any particular merit, but that it says much to me about why I live where I live.

It is taken from the bridge over Tooway Creek, a few hundred metres from home, and when I am not gallivanting around the globe I can often be found not far from here, particularly in the early morning or late afternoon.  

I hope that all who are reading this have a "prosperous" (in every sense) new year, and I look forward to being able to find more photos just like this one as the year rolls on!



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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Holidays - December 2014


With the summer holidays beginning yesterday for many, and the first cricket test of summer underway, this seemed like an appropriate post to resurrect!

What will it be, the holiday home or the caravan?  

In our house, without those choices to make and the rain set in for the day, a warm couch with the television beaming the Cricket is be a fine alternative.  We are happy to leave the beach to those who are only able to enjoy it for a few weeks a year!

Moffat Beach

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Where's Willys? - November 2014




Life can't be easy when you are the only one that isn't a Kombi.

Caloundra

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Beachscape October 2014


I never cease to be amazed at how the same scene can vary so much, from deep shadows and rich blue skies, to subtle pastels with the hint of humidity.

I never ceased to be amazed at how beautiful it is and how privileged I am to be in a position to record just a small piece of it.

Coolum

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

One of those days - October 2014


Have you ever had one of those days when even though you had a whole list of things to do, you couldn't get motivated?

That was today.  I tried sitting on the beach till the feeling passed, but it never did.

Mooloolaba

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Dimples - September 2014



I have a pair of these thongs with the little dimples on them.

After wearing them for a day, I can go barefoot and not slip on any surface!

Mooloolaba

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Mixed messges, or why I don't read newspapers - August 2014


Colloquially, newsagents are referred to as "paper shops", because they sell newspapers.

 I wander past very early in the morning.  I pass the mat proclaiming "Welcome" and the message that implores me to "Win Big, right above the poster that reads "Woman Crushed by Car, Man Drowns", and wait for the nice lady to tell me to have a nice day.

Do I really want to take this sort of news away?

Dicky Beach

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Brrr....Winter on the coast. July 20145




Clear blue skies, sparkling water, gentle breezes, and southerners who think it's warm enough to swim.

Is there any wonder I move to the northern hemisphere in search of summer at this time of year!

Tooway Creek

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

The retrospective continues! - June 2014


I really should go off in search of more sunrises, but sunrise currently is at 4:40 am and it's a fair old journey to get to the top of the hill....

 If you blinked you would have missed it yesterday, but there it is again, Mount Coolum looking suspiciously like Uluru in profile, but the ocean says we aren't in the centre!

from Mooloola

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Friday, 17 November 2017

from May 2014



There is no time limit on that piece of dappled shade on the grass.  We can sit watching and listening to the waves for as long as we want, or until we get hungry!

Moffat Headland

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

The bathroom wall - April 2014






Perhaps we are making progress in the seemingly never ending quest for the bathroom wallpaper.

Another of my favourite things; the way the little waves at the edge of a giant ocean seem to chase their own shadows.

Moffat Beach
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Flower- March 2014




I don't know what's come over me... I just felt the urge to take a photograph of a flower.   I used to do that all the time.  Might do it again soon!

Landsborough


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Where to now? -February 2014


While I'm still pondering that question as far as the blog goes, the retrospective continues!

Clear signs that an Ibis has been quite lost.

Moffat Beach


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Monday, 13 November 2017

Claire and Michael - January 2014


In a barbed wire canoe....

An old European tradition seems to be gaining a foothold here, no doubt (with the greatest of respect to Clare and Michael whose lock tells me they were celebrating their first anniversary), spurred on by commercial interests from interested parties such as the people making these heart shaped locks.

Originally the tradition had the lock clasped to a bridge stanchion on the wedding day of those concerned, and the key thrown into the water so that the bond could never be broken.

I am not sure what the symbolism in the barbed wire is.... hopefully it's not a reflection of that first year.

Glasshouse Mountains


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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunrise over Tooway - December 2013


Sadly the grand-puppy is no more, so early mornings on the beach are without his exuberance, but we  are glad that we had the opportunity to share them with him

It's just after sunrise, well before five a.m. and the small fluffy grand-puppy and I have the beach to ourselves!

I suspect that I can be forgiven for not being here often at this time, but when I do make the effort I often can't believe the sheer beauty of the light!

And all those sleeping wives, daughters and grand-children missed it!

Tooway Creek


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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Yellow brick road - November 2013


So do I follow the yellow brick road and end up in the bin, or take the red path, perhaps less travelled?

Kings Beach


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Friday, 10 November 2017

Why I live where I live (again) - October 2013


Of course now she is seven and too tall to photograph from this angle without employing a ladder, or a drone perhaps.

Three year olds are just as enthusiastic as I am when it comes to mucking around at the water's edge!

Moffat Beach


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Why I live where I live -September 2013

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Four years on this is still the background photo on our cards.  Strangely perhaps, the days of the morning surf seem to be in the past, but that doesn't mean we still don't communicate, the ocean and I.

It's an interesting question - why do you live where you live?

We only live at "home" for half the year, but perhaps the images we chose to illustrate our home on our "calling cards" best explain the reason we keep returning.

The six images in this series are cropped to the proportion of the cards.

Hopefully no further explanation is necessary.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

100 kilometres per hour. - August 2013


I had thirty images to choose from the month, and for reasons inexplicable, I just liked this one.

It was the car travelling at a hundred, not the mountain.   The cane fields in the foreground have been abandoned, and like all good abandoned cane fields will soon magically be transformed into a golf course.

Mudjimba (I think!)


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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Anything Green is my Scene - July 2013


The soft green algae gives the rocks at the edge of the high water mark a pillow-like texture underfoot.

It's a very slippery pillow though, so great care must be taken when walking among them!

Coolum Beach


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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Signs that Don't - May 2013



Sometimes, signs need further explanation, but I don't do further explanation.

Maroochydore.


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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Colours - April 2013

The question is as valid today as it was then!

Do designers of container ships research the routes their subjects will ply to ensure they are colour co-ordinated?

Perhaps they do.

Caloundra
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Grave Days - March 2013


The day the coast got smaller.  The vote was held, Noosa withdrew from the city that became known as the Sunshine Coast, and nothing else happened.

Perhaps the sign wasn't really meant to indicate that the Caloundra Cemetery is truly a business park, but today may well herald the death of the Sunshine Coast as we have known it!

Today, the people of the former Noosa Shire were given the opportunity to vote for de-amalgamation of the Sunshine Coast Council and have effectively voted to succeed!  After five years as one City, one third of us is leaving!

For this blog, it means little, fifteen kilometres or so less coastline to cover, and some pretty scenery, a market or two that will remain unphotographed, but plenty of the good bits are left to share.

The timing of the separation is not yet known, but I think I may bid Noosa a Ceremonial farewell on the 15th March, our fifth anniversary!




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Thursday, 2 November 2017

February 2013


This photo is a curiosity for me from a number of perspectives, the least of them being that the intervening five years have rendered our front garden unrecognisable from this shot.   Secondly in an age of disposable electronics, I am happy to say that "that" new camera is still serving me well.   I have chosen to publish in a different crop format of course, and I would hope that even if I haven't got any better, results with it are coming a little easier!

I have a new camera and am just dying to get out and see if it works, but since it arrived our daily rainfalls have been 50, 42, and 72 mm respectively.   That's 2, 2 3/4 and 3 inches near enough, so the closest I can actually get to "out" is onto our front verandah between squalls.

The bare patches  in the lawn were badly burnt before the rain started, but now I suspect it may have actually drowned.

Sigh.

If tomorrow's post is similar, I will have no need to explain why!

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Rock and Roll (from July 2016)


Rock and Roll George was a larger than life personality, in the days when "personalities" were different, not just talking heads on television.  This car was built as a replica of George's (which is now housed in the Queensland Museum.)

Here is a short Youtube clip in memory of George.

Caloundra

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Life at the Beach - January 2013


Many of January 2013's photos were beach-derived.   I used to think that was an easy way out, that it was somehow cheating to wander down to the beach for a daily photo.   Now I am not so sure, it is why we live were we live after all.

I suppose all those people have umbrellas in case it rains.  There's no sign of that for a few weeks apparently, but it will come then.  I know that because I will be starting some building work which will involve removing part of the roof of our house.

Kings Beach
Caloundra


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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Nostalgia - December 2012

Sixties landscaping goes with sixties cars, although while the colour suits the composition, it wasn't on the original options list!

Moffat Beach


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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Nambour - November 2012

I have to admit I have not gone gently on Nambour in times gone by.  Good things have happened in the last half dozen years, but I'll wager now that this stair remains in its redundant state.

Decades on, and the main stair entrance to Council's offices is still blocked off by a Stainless steel handrail.   Presumably the stair doesn't comply with current regulations if it is left full width, so why not turn it into something useful, like a garden, or a skateboard ramp?

Nambour


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Friday, 27 October 2017

The City Daily Photo Portal! - October 2012






Originally this post was entitled "light at the end of the tunnel" and it marked the launch of the renewed City Daily Photo Portal, after I had sort of accidentally become involved in trying to get it back online.    Five years later, I am fairly sure that the light at the end of the tunnel was the reversing light of a giant dump truck about to deposit another load!

Wither goest the Portal from here?   This question and others will be addressed in the coming months I'm sure!

Sunset, the day the new City Daily Photo portal went live.  
Now I can sleep! ;-)

Moffat Beach.

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