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

11 comments:

Fun60 said...

Can't think of a better way to end the year. I wonder what other adventures you've got lined up for 2017.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful journey for you and lovely photos ~ so serene ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year ~ ^_^

Agi Yiga said...

Awesome experience and lovely photos..

diane b said...

Its sounds like you have found a knew hobby/sport. Looks like fun.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What an adventure you had. Thank you for sharing. I have a Nikon Coolpix AW110 water proof camera that gives me good results. Please keep trying with yours. Or it may be defective.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...and what a great adventure it was! I felt as if I was in the 'hot seat' just cruising along with you. Wow. Beautiful images.

Valerie said...

Thank you all for your kind comments and Yogi for your encouragement. Fun60: we've already decided that our adventure goal for 2017 will be hot air ballooning :-)

Felicia said...

some of those scenes look quite mysterious. The ship would be neat to see up close and with a bigger boat.

Happy New Year.

Stewart M said...

That looks like a good way to spend some time. Shame you could not get closer to the old ships.

Cheers and (a slightly belated) Happy New Year - Stewart M - Melbourne

Lady Fi said...

What a lovely outing.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Thanks for taking me on your kayak adventure. No need to apologize for those photos-- they provide a nice chronicle of the experience.

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