Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 240: Stoney Creek Falls.

 Water tumbles down over the rock face of the mountains into the Barron River.  As the Kuranda Scenic train passes over the top of the falls to get a bird’s eye view.  Those below in the Barron Gorge National Park, get to enjoy the view for a bit longer.  Recent rain has boasted the flow of water coming down the falls, making it a wonderful place to chill out and enjoy the view.  It is also the location of the Barron River Hydroelectric Power Station that has a visitors centre open daily to the public.  For those that are feeling a little more adventurous you can take the plunge literally and jump in a raft and go white water rafting.  It all starts from the bottom of the falls.  Whilst, crocs have been known to habitat this river, I guess it gives you more incentive to paddle faster!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 239: Leaf Magic.

  One of the great things about photography is playing with the light to make your subject come alive.  I’m not talking about taking the shot and then playing around with it in an editing programme.  Don’t get me wrong; they have their place, and that is a debate we could go on forever about.  It is just a great feeling being outside and exploring different things to take photos of.  Working out an angle and using the natural light to bring out the different textures in nature; especially in the macro world.  There are a lot of interesting subjects out there, just got to fight the bugs off some!  Joking, they add to the adventure too.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 238: Bedford Truck.

  England, 1930, and the humble Bedford Truck rolled off the production line.  The years following it become one of Britain’s leading international truck manufacturers, exporting all over the world.  WWII didn’t slow them down either because they developed several special models for the Allied Forces.  When the flower power days hit, it must have been the extra herbs that were around.  That inspired them to develop specialised utility vehicles to the modest base; fire truck, tippers, horse boxes, and flat-beds.  If you happen to find one lying around in a paddock today, it could be worth a dollar or two.  Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, recently a restored 1956 Bedford went for $5,000, labour of love.  

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 237: Bend in the Path.

 Every now and again instead of forging straight ahead, there appears to be a bend in the path, so our plans take a wee little turn.  Sometimes it’s in the direction we want and well, sometimes not the best option.   It is a case of re-evaluate/recalculate and then move on.  But what happens when you can’t move on?  The bend seems like it is a dive into the abyss.  It’s all well and good to say get a can of harden up but sometimes it doesn’t seem possible.  In Australia, at the moment ‘Movember’ is coming to an end, a special month for the guys.  The men grow a mo and support charities for prostate cancer and Beyond Blue.  ‘Movember’ might be wrapping up but keep in mind that depression is a very real thing in our society today.  If things get too much, especially for you guys out there; talk to someone.  It does not make you less of a man, it shows you are human.  Anyone that is going to criticises you for that, tell them to exit stage left.    So no matter what the bend has in store for you, may it all be smooth sailing.  Keep in mind, it’s not that easy for some and if you can, support these great causes.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 236: Green Ant.

 Also known as a Weaver Ant can really pack a punch for a diminutive creature and give you a nasty bite.  Although you could always get your own back and bite the juicy bit off at the end, apparently it is really sweet and lovely bush tucker.  Can’t say I’ve tried it but from a good source told it’s not bad in the taste department.  Despite all this, they are also very clever and can weave a home together of leaves and silk from their larvae.  The nests are quite big and house rooms within for the queen, one for the babies, and another for the workers.  The workers have set tasks of gathering food, guarding the queen and looking after the young, a real community effort.  In one colony it is believed that between 100,000 to 500,000 ants live in the nests, talk about crowded.  Although it might be a good lesson in love your neighbour/co-worker, and just get on with it.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 235: Unconditional Love.

 The humble teddy bear holds a special place in all kids’ hearts, and big kids alike.  They listen to you and don’t talk back.  Hug you when no-one else is around.    If you’re alone hold your hand in a bad storm.  Keep the bad dreams away by staying up all night to protect you.  Even when hanging from the clothes line dripping wet by one ear a smile is always upon their face.  One of the great things it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done they love you unconditionally.  Maybe a teddy bear is best summed up by this:  "Teddy bears don't need hearts as they are already stuffed with love."  -Unknown