A Photo Every Day from the Sunshine Coast - Australia

Sunday, 24 September 2017

February 2010 - Construction






Seven years later, construction on the coast continues unabated - growth forecasts are almost insane - it will not be the same place a decade from now.

This weird yellow light was to be my skywatch photo for Friday, but, well I just got my days a bit muddled this week!  Strangely the sun looks very high in the sky going by the reflection on the cloud, but as can be seen from the depth of shadow in the background, it was in reality almost beyond the horizon, hence the strange illumination.

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

January 2010 - the first towel of summer.

Nothing says "summer is here" than seeing your first towel hanging over a rail.

When we were kids, we'd escape along the beach for hours, crawling among the rocks or building huge canals through the wet sand.  We didn't have watches to tell the time, so Mum used to hang a towel out the window as a signal that it was lunch time.

I suspect this Mum probably sent an SMS, or maybe a Tweet, but the signal brought back memories.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

December 2009 - Some things never change.


After four months in some of the world's most cycle-friendly countries, it's come as a shock to be back home where bicycle safety means a pole with a sign on it!

As the wagons circle, one wonders just what one is supposed to do with one's bike.  Stand by the post to lessen the impact perhaps?  Or is this the stake where cyclists, once captured are tied as punishment for their transgressions?


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Thursday, 21 September 2017

November 2009 - Uncertainty


I share his pain though - 18 months of blog reviewed and I'm still buzzing with ideas and no firm thoughts as to which direction it should head... oh well back to the review!

I'm not sure why this surfer appears so concerned.

Perhaps it was the oyster clad rocks behind him and the thought of what the oncoming wave ahead might do.

Coolum


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

October 2009 - the Coast.


I used this shot as the background image for this blog for many years, to me it typifies a lot of what the coast is; clean deserted beaches.  Make the most of them while we can - the crowds are coming.

For the geographically challenged, if the ocean is on your left, you are looking south. If further description is necessary: I took this shot on the beach!

Peregian Beach



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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

September 2009 - Sunset



Pressures of life such as those that have given rise to this current lack of new photographs have meant that I haven't spent a lot of time walking on the beach at sunset for a time.   That will have to change!

They reckon sunset is one of the best times for fishing.

I'm not sure whether he caught anything, but I'd have to agree with the sentiment.

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Monday, 18 September 2017

August 2009 - Bike Paths


Having tried three times to repost this post, I wonder if there's a great conspiracy in the sky, to ensure that they who ride bikes and they who design the paths are never destined to meet.

If you made it through yesterday, the last great challenge awaits. Now the trick is to go THROUGH the power pole, since clearly there's no room either side.

Happy Trails!

Buderim.


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Sunday, 17 September 2017

July 2009 - Point Cartwright



It must have been a difficult month, but we have a dozen views of Point Cartwright to show for it.

Well we're going to be geographically confused today as well, but we are now on the southern side of the river, but since it kicks around at the last minute to enter the ocean facing north, we are also on the eastern side of the river mouth!

If that's confusing, well just remember there's no river between us and the lighthouse now, so we can walk around the rocks and enjoy the view.

Pt Cartwright




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Saturday, 16 September 2017

June 2009 - Nambour


I've given Nambour a bit of a hiding on these pages over the years, mostly I think the criticism is more than justified.   I shall return to try to find a spark of goodness lying beneath that unkempt exterior.   I know it's there.... somewhere.

A building so ill-conceived that the entry needs a big sign just so that one can find it, with graphics so poor that the sign has to be repeated three times and it still doesn't sit over the entry.  It must be the Council head office, hopefully the first impression isn't a reflection of the decision making process, but I do have some lingering reservations.

Nambour.


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Friday, 15 September 2017

May 2009 - Big Bob


Big Bob was the first mayor of the amalgamated shires that formed the Sunshine Coast.

He was also the former mayor of Noosa, the shire which retreated from that amalgamation at its first opportunity, so will always be tarred with the "he was a Noosa boy" brush!

My second post on this blog featured an election poster for this man.

Big Bob for the Big Job.

Our mayor, and larger than life politician and blues harmonica player, overseeing a very difficult transition as the coast moves from a collection of burroughs to a full fledged city over the next few decades.

Cheers Bob!


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Thursday, 14 September 2017

April 2009 - breeding grounds discovered.


In April 2009 I discovered a breeding ground for shopping trolleys.

The supermarket trolley, having accomplished it's mission on land, now laden with its young, slides gracefully back into the water with the coming tide.



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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

March 2009 - the first year.


If I was incredulous then, I am more so now almost ten years later, but no closer to figuring out what I am doing!   Perhaps with this exercise that will become clearer, it's certainly quite fun going back through nine years of posts, remembering them as though they were yesterday!
It hardly seems possible that a year has gone since the establishment of the new Sunshine Coast Council, and not coincidentally, this blog.

Just as the Council has struggled in its first year, I've still not quite worked out what I'm trying to communicate, but perhaps that will come with time, and it's been a lot of fun anyway. While I am grateful for our endless blue skies and cheery new buildings most of the time, I must admit to the odd wistful glance at photographs from other places, of changing seasons and the patina of centuries of history, and with every visitors comment, I am prompted to visit some far flung corner of the globe!

Here, the changes of season are far more subtle. Notice that there are no beach umbrellas in the picture? It's Autumn and things are cooling down!

If things get too hard, I can always go to the beach, no matter what time of year it is!

Thank you to all who have visited over these past 365 posts, I hope to see more of you in the coming years!


Mooloolaba.\

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

February 2009 - Gone and almost forgotten.



The Dicky Beach shade structures were a quite eccentric thing, and quite nice really, but they were now, not are, consigned to landfill and historical photos.  (Like this one.)

I'm not sure what the shade structures over the median are actually there for, but they do reflect the pattern of the zebra crossing rather nicely.

Dicky Beach


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Monday, 11 September 2017

January 2009



A family of ghosts watches the waves as evening descends on the rock pools at Pt Cartwright.

Pt Cartwright

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

December 2008 - Summer Frost


Visitors from a colder climate could be forgiven for thinking that this was a picture taken through a frosty window.

Alas December here brings us temperatures around 30°C (86°F) which makes frost rather unlikely. Sadly but beautifully no less, it's just the setting sun viewed through a dirty shop window.


Sunshine Plaza
Maroochydore

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

November 2008 - Vale the wreck of the Dicky



Well the wreck is no more - it's been removed from the beach by some no doubt well intentioned local authority, apparently to be relocated!

I cannot say that this is a great idea...... but I do wonder.

I posted a shot with the wreck of the S.S.Dicky in the background a few months ago, and it elicited some excitement from a few former residents, so thought I'd return with some more.

The ship was wrecked in around 1900 and is variously buried by the sand or exposed depending on the state of the beach during the year.   A few years ago it was completely exposed deliberately, and the steel treated with rust preventative in an attempt to slow the decaying process, as it is seen as a part of the identity of the neighbourhood which derived it's name from the wreck.

Dicky Beach
Caloundra

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Friday, 8 September 2017

October 2008 - disappearing colours



I'm fairly sure that the colours are gone.  If they are not, they are going!  Another of those "must check" things.

Nautilus isn't actually devoid of colour. Even though I quite like its richness, it will fade with time although I'm not so sure that it will develop a graceful patina.

For now, this is one of my favourite building photographs, which explains why I've used it on my other blog as well, but that's because it made it onto the judges "long list" in a recent photo competition.

Mooloolaba

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

September 2008 - Cute and furry



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.

Sippy Downs

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

August 2008 - Ettamoggah



Whatever we thought of it, it's gone now, after a licensing dispute of the kind where one refuses to pay the other, the other has forced all distinguishing features to be removed.   At the time of writing the building, modifications still unfinished was not looking like a finalist in this year's architectural awards.   Where there is life, there is hope....

Ken Maynard was a cartoonist who captured the Australian way of life with exquisite characatures, and a cartoon strip based around the goings on in the Pub in outback Andamooka in South Australia.

Being somewhat off the beaten track, most people would never get to see the place so he took a good deal of liberty with the structure, and included a model T on the roof among other features. Perhaps even more unfortunately, someone took it on themselves to share the cartoon with us in real life, and so a series of Ettamogah Pubs have been created around the land.

This is ours.

Glenview
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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

July 2008 - the French Quarter



This is one example of how seemingly random photographs can document a place in time.  This building, although operating successfully as a resort, was unable to obtain the relevant star rating with it's "faded" (although quite deliberately so) paint effect.

It's white now, or beige, or something else, and since Noosa is no longer a suburb of the Sunshine Coast, I may or may not take in upon myself at some time in the future to document its present form!

In our relentless push to find an architectural identity, influences come from many places. While distinctly Australian in form, the Pacific Colonial influences are apparent too.

The French Quarter
Noosa

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Monday, 4 September 2017

June 2008 - making a splash



It was a difficult month to choose just one photo, but it was still interesting to see that even in its infancy the blog was as directionless then as it is now!

The former Caloundra City Council provided a wonderful wet park for kids at King's Beach.

Kings Beach
Caloundra

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

May 2008



May 2008 seemed to be the month of shipwrecks on the coast, or at least on the bit near where I lived.

Notice the complete absence of any logical explanation for running aground!

I suspect that due to the influences of Global Warming, the Bermuda Triangle has moved to incorporate a part of Mooloolaba. It's the only logical explanation I can find for two groundings in one evening.

Note to file: if you are going to steal a boat, stay clear of the hard bits round the edge of the water!


Warana

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

April 2008 theme day - "Water"



When you live on the coast and the theme is 'water', deciding how much water to include in a single photograph becomes problematic.

Storm surf at Alexandra Headland doesn't particularly make a beautiful scene, but for those that can get out, there is always the satisfaction of telling their Mum they rode a ten footer!

If they don't drown.

From Alexandra Headland, looking towards Maroochydore.

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Photographing the Photographer


What is a photographer?  It's a question I often ask with relation to myself.   I describe this as a photo blog, not a photography one, but there is not word to describe one who takes photos but who is not a photographer is there?   

So for this months theme day, I just followed the trail of illuminated faces.  The photographer here is staring into the screen of her device, lit like a beacon in the sunset, capturing an image that no doubt will be better than any of mine!

This is my interpretation of this month's City Daily Photo theme day "photographing the photographer", for a gallery of other's views please click this link.

Tomorrow, we'll be back to the retrospective!

Maleny


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