Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gentle giants

 
Spotted these gorgeous Pelicans on my way home from a day's outing with Canadian visitors yesterday. My nickname for these is B52s - because, in the air they have a heavy undercarriage and huge wingspans - yet for all that, they glide so gracefully through the skies. Love 'em ! 
 

With grateful thanks to the respective hosts, I'm joining in the fun at 
 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Kaleidoscopic sky

Following on from my previous post, the sky at Semaphore beach that night was so kaleidoscopic, I just couldn't resist sharing more images from that experience!
(was also absolutely delighted to have my Nikon back from repairers!)
 
 
 The constantly changing shapes and colours kept me spellbound

while behind me . . . . (that building is a famous South Australian landmark - the Largs Pier Hotel)




ribbons of rich ochre above gold leaf daubs








Do you have a favourite? I found it impossible to choose - hence the many inclusions!!
 
Linking up with Skywatch Friday
and James' Weekend Reflection
 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Welcome relief

After several days last week of very high Summer temperatures here in Adelaide, South Australia daytime top of 40C and overnight low of 34C at 7:30am), early evening one day the temperature dropped by an appreciable 10 degrees, so I headed off down to a local beach for some relief. I was not disappointed!  As the next 2 hours unfolded, the sky provided an extraordinary light show as the sun dropped over the horizon.
(for some reason these pics have not uploaded in the sequence I chose, but nevertheless I hope you enjoy them).The shots are almost entirely straight out of the camera.
 


 




This poor dog was also feeling the heat and at one stage actually SAT in the water!
 





The views were so incredible, it was hard to choose amongst all the photos taken, so forgive me if I've "gone overboard" in sharing the experience!
 
Joining in the fun at Our World Tuesday

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Walk in the Woods


Macdonald Wood Park in Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada
 
Joining in the fun at James' Weekend Reflection

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Seeing out 2016

Following a year of wonderful adventures and experiences, it seemed only fitting to see out 2016 with yet another!
My photography friend and I had been promising to undertake a kayak outing around Garden Island on the Port River in South Australia for about the past 3-4 years.
Having had a taste of kayaking while on Vancouver Island a few months ago,
it was time to commit, so on Saturday 31st December, 2016 we did just that!
 

As my "real" camera is still being repaired, I used a Nikon Coolpix waterproof camera purchased for the Vancouver Island kayak outing.  I am disappointed with the results
but perhaps I need to spend time learning how to adapt to the different hardware!

So, notwithstanding the poor photographic outcome, I decided to post these few
pics anyway, on the basis that perhaps they would still give you a feel for the experience
and environment.

We ventured a little ways into the mangroves - a very different "world"


This was one of many vessels in the Ships' Graveyard around Garden Island -
didn't want to venture in too close because the tide was coming in (and we had to paddle against it to return to the boat ramp from which we had launched!) and the waters around the wreck were eddying quite fiercely, so we chose to keep our distance.

The waters around Garden Island also offer home to some 90 Dolphins as a Sanctuary -
we did see a couple just after we launched but weren't quick enough with our cameras to capture them.  Here is a white-faced Heron and we also saw Spoonbills, Pelicans and Cormorants.

It was a fantastic 3-hour adventure and one we are keen to repeat and explore
other kayaking venues around the State of South Australia.
 
A delightful way to sign off 2016 - in good company and surrounded by nature!
 
Wishing you all a safe, healthy and very happy 2017 - I look forward to seeing your photos.
 
Joining up with the team at  Our World Tuesday

Saturday, December 31, 2016

C to C

"C to C" = Comox to Courtenay on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
 
The following images were captured from the vehicular & pedestrian bridge I crossed several times a week as I headed off on another adventure exploring the island.
As can be seen, it was Fall and I never tired of the colours that greeted me each day.
 




Well time to sign off for 2016 - what a year of extraordinary experiences!
Have been greatly blessed with exciting travel opportunities, resulting in the forging of new friendships and greater appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us.
 
To cap off the year's adventures, am just about to head off for a 3-hour
kayak outing around Garden Island in the Port River (South Australia) with a good photography friend - stay tuned!!
 
Wishing my fellow bloggers a very happy, safe and healthy 2017.

With grateful thanks to James for hosting Weekend Reflection

Friday, December 30, 2016

Water Sports

Late one afternoon I spotted these energetic & athletic types "doing their thing"
near Goose Spit in Comox Valley.....
 








Whoa! - what goes up ......
 


Truly an "uplifting" experience !
 
With grateful thanks to Yogi for maintaining Skywatch
and wishing you all a very Happy & Safe 2017.
Thank you for the lift your photos bring to my days. 

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