Pat

I just wanted to post two shots I snapped of Pat at Burleigh, on the same day as the surfing/seagull pics.  I was happy with how they turned out. 🙂

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Oh and a quick one of the beach as the storm rolled in!

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February 6, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Ultima, Tweed

We had to stay in another hotel in Tweed, this one called Ultima.  We didn’t get a room this time, but a suite.  From the veranda there were some pretty rad views!

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I was digging the contrast between industrial and beachy surroundings.

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Look at these people exercising.  Lunatics.

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Anyway, so the room itself was pretty spesh too…

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And it came with a fully-equipped kitchen that was so nifty, Pat had to cook me dinner.  I photographed him in action because uh, it doesn’t happy very often and I always want to remember it. 😛

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It might have been the greatest ravioli I’ve ever eaten!

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After dinner we went down to the beach, even though it was getting a wee bit stormy.  I love this shot – they sky is so angry it looks like Pat is marching (barefoot) into battle, haha.

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I just wanted to point out that Coolangatta boasts one massive beach.  Soooooo much sand.

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February 6, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 24

img_0894Today was a day of epic storms. 

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Apparently the people across the lake thought it made for prime swimming conditions though.  Yeah, something about lightning and a large body of water must have sounded magical. 

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We got so much rain it filled a pot with water in the space of like, an hour.

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The rain made the water all nice and warm, so this swan came floating past by house all chilled out…

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Well it was chilled out until Indy came barelling down the hill to bark at it.

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What can I say?  Another day in paradise.

January 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 22

I spent the night in Brisbane.  I pretty much just went to Borders and then had dinner at a pub type thing in Southbank, but it was good.  Books and steak, that’s really all it takes to make me happy.

Here is the front of the Treasury Casino.  It would have been way more interesting if Pat stood in between the giant balls as instructed,  but he didn’t want to be part of my vulgarity.

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 I remember when I was a little kid and they first built these trellises.  It’s cool now that the vines have grown over them, very funky!  I wanted to snap pics of the lagoon, as it was completely packed despite it being about 9.30pm.  But it was full of kids and you know how parents feel about people snapping their kids in speedos…

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Ch-ch-check out the ferris wheel!  I know that basically every city in the world is trying to do the London Eye thing, but whatever, it’s big and cool.  I was too chicken to go on it, so I basically ran laps around the thing taking photos from all different angles…  Totally normal, yes?

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Now the other side!

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Yeah, I’m pretty sure I looked like a massive hillbilly as I marvelled at the ferris wheel.

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I don’t want to be hating on my state’s capital, but Brisbane is sooooooo much prettier at night.  You can’t see all the beige.

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It was an obscenely hot and muggy night, but being by the river was so refreshing.  We kind of meandered through the parklands, taking in the scenery…

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I couldn’t help but feel like I was in that completely inaccurate and annoying Brisbane ad.  The one that shows Miranda Kerr swimming with dolphins in the Brisbane River…  I think the use of “Save Tonight” is the only redeeming quality of that ad.

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I’ve always wondered what happens when tourists show up and realise the Brisbane River contains neither Miranda Kerr nor dolphins.

January 25, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 18

So this is the park across the lake from me (it’s a very small park):

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This is the outdoor vent of the air conditioner that stops me from killing myself during February:

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This is a very lonely chew toy:

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Indy treasures his chew toys, Jazz destroys them.  And when she’s done with hers, she moves on to his.  She’ll usually chew off the face or a leg when Indy has annoyed her, but she refrains from destroying it completely.  Apparently she’s not that heartless.

This is a bleeding heart:

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They don’t really look pretty until you see them up close.  I used to obsessed with their curling tendrils.

January 19, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Day 17

I figured I should post some legitimitely gloomy imagery so that people don’t think the weather is perfect here 24/7.

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Apparently the gloominess wasn’t enough to deter some very keen iron man wannabes though!

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And yes I did feel like a huge pervert taking that shot.  Thanks for asking!

January 19, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 13

Pat and I took a trip to Uki so he could write a review on the Ecoasis for his paper.  Having driven through Uki and northern NSW before, I was not thrilled at the prospect.

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As I expected there was a lot of sugar cane.

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No, really, lots of sugar cane.  So much of it that I became excited when something slightly different, like railroad tracks became visible (that’s what the black object is).

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I occupied myself by testing the limits of my shutter speed, taking unfocussed and rather boring shots of the sugar cane as we shot down the highway at 110km/h.  Cows, excitement!  Perhaps I should have titled this, “Sugar Cane: A Study.”

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Just as dusk fell, we arrived at the Ecoasis.  We were staying in the Morning Mist Chalet.

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The resort is located in lush rainforest surrounds, with stunning views of Mt. Warning.

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Our two-storey chalet was simply stunning.

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Yes, we had this all to ourselves!

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The world’s comfiest couch.

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The kitchen!

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The kitchen was seriously well-stocked.

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Check out the brekky hamper:

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We headed downstairs and found the most amazing bathroom ever.

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In addition to boasting Dorf fixtures and an epic bath tub, it was stocked with MOR bath and body products (making for the bubbliest bubble bath I’ve ever had) and Aveda haircare.

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The bedroom reminded me of a castle.  The bed itself was so comfy and I had a really good sleep (exciting, I know).

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Instead of a mint on the pillow, we got a cute little watermelon soap.

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Perhaps the piece de resistance for me was the coccoon swing chair – I don’t know why but I’ve always been obsessed with them?

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It was a great way to enjoy the views of Mt. Warning.

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Fun with lens flare!

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I really wish we’d gotten to stay longer than a night.  The resort has a pool and nature walks and yeah… Much fun to be had.  Although I did feel amazingly refreshed after the short stay, it was as though I’d had a complete holiday.  It was great.

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January 16, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 12

I promise there will be no sunsets today…

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Because I have some TOTALLY AWESOME midday sky instead!

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Oh, and there has to be a dog photo.  I can’t help it.  She just looks so silly with her tongue like that!

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And a new entry for this blog – water fowl!  I’m branching into aquatic birds now, hope that excites you.

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January 16, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 11

Another day, another sunset it would seem…

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I really didn’t think it would be anything spectacular today.  But having tried to capture ducks and swans all day (and failing!  Where have they gone?) I figured there would at least be a touch of pink to see. But as it progressed, it turned out to be pretty.  Very pretty!

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And look – swans!

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Look how stripey it was!

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January 12, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day 10

So it got to 8.30pm and I realised I hadn’t taken a photo all day.  Dinner was ugly, the dogs were camera shy and no one in my family wanted to be photographed.  Did I mentioned it was 8.30pm?!  Well, it was a full moon, so naturally I thought I would photograph it.  Not to mention there was a pretty cloud cover.  But, being in a half-assed sort of mood, I just thought, “Cool, I’ll put it on landscape mode and all will be well.”  It wasn’t.  I tried night mode.  Also not good.  Of course, I didn’t realise this until I uploaded the photos later.  So long story short, laziness comes at a cost.  There is an excellent tutorial on moon photography here, but I was too lazy to follow it.  So I present you with the only salvagable shot of the night:

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Which really wasn’t that decent at all.  Le sigh.

January 12, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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