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 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 2

Two words: MONSTER TRUCKS!!!  I’ve never been to any kind of car show or what have you, so this was a new experience for me.  And it was awesome!  I was fully prepared to get my bogan on, but was surprised to find that mostly families attended.  There were mohawks and rats’ tails aplenty, but it wasn’t too bad I have to say.  Aside from the numb bum it was a lot of fun (and that sort of rhymes…).  Highlights included a huge flat tyre on Batman, and watching another truck (Outback Thunda?) have its real axel snapped.  Good times!

The trucks all lined up in a row:

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The crowd (well, half of it):

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PS3 Pacific Rift:

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…Something or Other:

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Batman!!!!!!

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Outback Thunda:

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The jet truck (while it was getting geared up):

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All systems go!

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Pretty sunset (I can’t help myself):

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Fireworks:

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The dump and burn, turning some poor old Mitsubishi into molten lava:

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Tonight was really challenging!  While the fireworks and the dump and burn were easy thanks to my camera’s presets, capturing the trucks in motion was hugely difficult, particularly as the sun went down.  Focussing was a real challenge, as was getting the shutter speed sorted.  Plus I couldn’t work the light out, as the grass was lit was stadium lights but everywhere else was pitch black.  Oh well, practise makes perfect I guess…

January 3, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Day 1

Here’s the scene that inspired me to participate in this challenge – a completely gorgeous sunset.

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Sunsets like this aren’t exactly a rarity around here, it’s more the fact that I was actually paying attention that is unique.  Regardless, a tangerine-drenched world marked a very pretty end to an otherwise uneventful day.

January 2, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.