We have regular bush fires here in Australia. A couple of years ago it was really bad. I remember that we were on our way back from Queensland and watched the horror in the news. Black Saturday was born. Last year we did a hike in the area that was affected really hard. It had been 7 years since the big fire. While nature had recovered very well and everyone living there from what it seemed as well, there were still signs of the nightmare that had happened there years ago.
I find it always amazing to see the contrast between the char-coaled trees and the fresh green vegetation. Life and Dead so close. The old and new. The past and the future. And most of all: Resilience…
Probably not the best example for “transient”. But the prompt still made me think of the black trees. There in a moment, in their fresh beauty, gone in another after fire have torn through.
Inspired by the Daily Post Photo Challenge – Transient
Still not entirely sure what happened when I took those two pictures. For me this shows focus or no focus. Although probably rather “semi-focus”.
Sometimes you only see the beauty when focusing hard. Sometimes though beauty is also in the not being entirely focused…
Surfboards and plants in perfect order. But it’s not just people who can place things in perfect order but also animals… 😉
Friends feeding what appears to be friends. Friends hanging out together. Friends cuddling each other. Friends relaxing together and sometimes friends having a little bit of a disagreement.
A real friend will always be there for you. No questions asked. You know who they are. They are close to your heart.
One moment everything is covered in beautiful white. After hours and hours of snowfall. Then the sun comes out and the snow slowly melts away. At least here in Australia and at the end of the winter season. A snowflake is something so amazing, so beautiful but also something that is disappearing from one moment to the other.
Inspired by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent
You might think “again?” But bare with me, this is not about what is currently going through my mind but just my take on the Weekly Photo Challenge. Having said that, I might actually do some reflecting too…
I love the reflecting light on water, the silver or golden color it can give the ocean and I found that the artist who created that massive stingray sculpture did a fantastic job in choosing the material that allowed the light to reflect as well.
I love the reflecting light on snow as well and I wish it would have been easy years ago to capture the light of the full moon on fresh snow. The kind of snow that covers the ground when it’s super cold. The one you can actually see the snow crystals. When it sparkles like diamonds.
There is so much beauty out there. When a ray of sunshine finds its way through as if it is a spotlight trying to capture whatever is on the surface of the water. If you don’t look up that very moment you miss out on the beauty of it.
We don’t look up that often anymore.
As children you are constantly out there to discover. Maybe it has changed too but I still find they are living so much more in the moment than we do. They want to see the magical things out there and they try to spot whatever could be hidden somewhere. We need to play the I spy with my little eye game again and actually spy the bird flying passed, the picture the cloud has formed by coincident, the different shades of red, purple or pink in a evening or morning sky.
All of it are things that can never be recreated in the stunning way that you see them in when you first spot them…
Australia is well known for it’s special, unique and also dangerous animals. One of the things that have fascinated me from the very beginning are the different kind of jelly fish that are lethal. While the box jelly is one you can actually spot and hope that you spot its body before the tentacles get to you, the Irukandji is tiny. Thankfully we do not have to worry about either of them down here in Australia’s South. Up in the North it’s a different story though and during certain times of the year you should not enter the water without either wearing a stinger suit or swimming in one of the netted areas. And even there you have no guarantee to not encounter an Irukandji.
It took us 9 years living in Australia before actually encountering the first snake in the wild. We were on a hike and it was suddenly in front of us. It disappeared very quickly which was good. My heart was racing as my son was right next to me and I can’t imagine what I would have done if it would have bitten him. He still claims that it was only a baby black-headed python but I’m not so sure about it. It think it might as well have been a tiger snake, which is one of the venomous snakes in Australia. In any case, I’m glad we actually didn’t have the time to make sure we can properly label it.
One of the locals everywhere in the coastal region of Australia is the shark. Again, I have never seen one from up close in the wild and I’m glad this is so. I do honestly think that we should cut them some slack. After all it’s not as if they jump out of the water, chase us along the beach and eat us there. When we enter the ocean we enter their habitat and actually their food bowl. I also believe that if you consider some simple rules you will be much safer too. Never swim in murky water, never swim after heavy rain and close to where rivers flow into the ocean. Basically don’t swim in the middle of the food they like to eat.
The one thing I can’t share with you here is a picture of a big spider as I always chicken out when I see one. Danger, I think! So just google huntsman spider and you will find some nice pics from many people…
“Wanderlust Definition: A strong desire to travel.”
I love traveling and for my liking it’s almost been too long since we last boarded a flight. I do feel that strong desire to travel or the Wanderlust, if you want so. For me heading out there discovering the world always has something exciting and I love that we always had the philosophy that our kids should experience the world with us. What I thought would be a normal thing obviously is seen very differently by other people. I was surprised to learn that some people actually think it’s a waste of time and money to take your kids along your trips rather then seeing it as a fantastic chance to make memories and discover this planet together. Each to their own…
What I have also learned is that although it’s great to get out of your hood your area can provide you with as many adventures and sights to see as an overseas trip. Sometimes beautiful things are right outside of our door and we just have to head out and discover them too…
A to Z Challenge 2017
Earth is beautiful and we really need to take care of her. She is home. In all her beauty and diversity.
When I was pregnant with my son, our first child, I had a wish. The wish that he will grow up to respect the earth, its animals, nature and of course people. I would say that he is on the right path so far.
It makes me sad to see what a lack of respect a lot of people have. When you walk you see rubbish everywhere. People through it out the window while driving. Some don’t care to recycle although it’s really not that big of an effort.
I know that there are people out there doing much more than I do. I drive my car, I heat the house, I cool the house and so on. But I try my best to do my best.
Sometimes I think we should consider the world for what it is. Our home. And I think you would probably not mess our home up the way we mess up the earth…
Sometimes the world is full of surprises. And when you least expect it you can be presented with something wonderful. Often I find the sun can provide you with heaps of surprisingly beautiful moments…