Ooh, Shiny!!!

First I thought this is all about shiny things and then I read what this weeks photo challenge is all about. It’s about things that always manage to catch your attention. So here is my take on “Ooh, Shiny!!!”

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A beautiful sunset always catches my attention. To the point where I just stop talking to people. Rude? Maybe… worth looking? For sure…

And birds. Especially the special ones like our Rainbow Lorikeets or Cockatoos. But for sure eagles as well. Nope, they are not shiny, but they for sure stand out…

Elemental

I sometimes wonder if there is any other continent representing the four elements so well besides Australia. The pictures above of places here in Australia represent the four elements the best for me in regards to this weeks Photo Challenge Elemental.

The ocean stands for water of course. We are surrounded by it here in Australia. The storm stands for air. The moss for earth, because nothing beats that beautiful earthy smell in the forest. And Uluru and the surrounding desert stands for fire…

Textures

When you are out and about you encounter a huge variety of different textures. And only just by putting one foot in front of the other. I’m amazed about how often the texture of certain things still surprise me. My mind decided on a certain feel while the item actually feels completely different. It’s not always the case. A feather feels like a feather, a rock of course feels like a rock, a piece of wood like a piece of wood, grass like grass, grass with frost feels like grass with frost, sand feels like sand and moss like moss.

But then there are other things like the huge piece of kelp that took me by surprise when I touched it. I was so sure it would be softer, slimier, different. Never did I expect it to feel like rubber… So we live and we learn and while being out there we keep finding the little surprises nature keeps offering us. And I wonder if all those things feel the same for the birds, flying over them, experiencing everything from a different angle and then touching it with their claws…

 

 

Satisfaction

Is it bad to say that I find satisfaction in a good meal? But not just that. There is more…

Marvelous views are satisfying, especially after a hike…

A sip of fresh water or a good glass of wine or a fresh coffee can be satisfying…

Putting your feet into warm sand is satisfaction…

Those treasures you find on the beach are satisfying…

And sunsets are of course satisfying…

Transient

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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

Reflecting

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…

Danger

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.

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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…

 

Respect Earth – #atozchallenge

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…