Monday, April 4, 2011
A Year Through the Lens started on a wet day so I guess it is only fitting that it finishes on a wet day. Although, thought I’d give you a little different perspective on Cairns, than the Esplanade which was the foundation. I seriously don’t think Cairns can get any greener and trust me there is no colour boost in this photo it is all natural. The landscape is a green fingers oasis at the moment, even for somebody that can’t grow anything I’ve achieved great heights this wet season. It has been an amazing year of travel through China, Hong Kong, and all states of Australia bar Tassie, and ACT. The first three months alone travelled 18,782kms. Lucky travel and photography is both my love and passion. Thanks for all your support through the year and I hope you have enjoyed this trip as much as I have. At the moment, cooking up some new projects so stayed tuned because later in the year off to a couple of very, very special destinations. I really can’t wait to share those with you, so keep checking back for updates. Thanks again. Michele :)
Sunday, April 3, 2011
A lonely bloom emerges from the flowering flame. Waiting, waiting, it can be lonely on your own. Waiting; for the rest of the clan to arrive. Blowing in the breeze hoping your stem will hold out until there is a whole bunch. Attracting the butterfly or bee could aid the others coming to life, and reach their full potential. Colour beams out as the sunlight glistens off your petals. The waiting continues, and as the saying goes ‘good things come to those who wait’. So continue to shine your colours through even though you may be on your own. You never know who you inadvertently help along the way.
Around the corner another treasure is discovered through the garden bed of flowers. Old water pumps that were once a lifeline to the farmer that lived on the land now are a decorative feature in a beautiful garden. Aged boots that walked for miles take up a permanent stationary position with a new plant taking shape within their walls. Rosellas’ rummage around the base to get the last of the seed from this morning’s breakfast, others waiting in the branches above to see if more seed will come. A well established garden has many hidden treasures that over the years have been placed, forgotten and now blend as part of the landscape of the garden. To be admired, to be treasured by those around them.
A short cut to get up to the beautiful Tablelands but also has about 200 odd corners. Within a distance of 19km you climb up over 1000m. The Gillies Highway certainly is an amazing feat of engineering but I wish they could have ironed out a few of those corners. When it was first built it was one way and operated with boom gates at the top and bottom. In the Mountain View Hotel right at the bottom they still have times up on the wall when you could travel up and when you could come down. It is a mecca for motorbike riders and placed high on the ‘to do’ list of roads in Australia. The road hugs the volcanic rock cliffs as it starts another bend through the rainforest at the bottom to the gum trees at the top. Not a road to travel if you get motion sickness although if you ‘tablet up’ you’ll have no problems and it is worth the view.