Drive-Abouts

Although Mum has not once complained, I know she is struggling. When I ask her how she is, she smiles and says “I’m feeling great”.

Mum

She’s attended an interstate wedding, numerous birthday parties and of course Christmas celebrations whilst battling cancer. She’s knitted toys for her great-grandchildren for Christmas presents and she’s still taking orders from family members wanting specific knitted items.

Mum has finished the chemo treatment and is half way through radiation. We have been taking her out every chance we get. She’s not well enough to move too far on her own legs but she loves sitting in the car and exploring with us.

Not missing an opportunity to get some photography in, I hang out the car window blissfully snapping away whilst MM (My Man) plays chauffeur.

Start the slide show, click on the music (below) and enjoy the ride.

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I missed it!

I missed the third and final super-moon of 2016 on Tuesday. Well, when I say missed it, I did see it from my backyard and muttered to myself “Wow check out the moon. It looks better than the supposed super-moon in November”.

I did take a few shots of the clouds passing it last night (better late than never) but disappointed I didn’t do my homework better and catch it on Tuesday.  Who knew there was a 3rd phase?

Moon

 

This photograph below is a-la-natural.

Moon A

 

Now I have cooled down the temperature, pumped up the exposure, twitched up the highlights, lighted up the shadows and black.

Moon B

 

This photograph I have increased exposure and cropped.

Moon

 

This shot I have warmed up the temperature, increased exposure and highlights, lightened shadows and cropped then chucked a WP frame around it. I like this one.

Moon

I found this great video put together to “Dark Side of the Moon”  on You Tube.

Have a wonderful weekend

 

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Monochrome – Brown

Monochrome

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Deception Bay

Deception Bay in the Caboolture Shire, Queensland, Australia, lies approximately 30 kilometres north of Brisbane  It is called Deception Bay because when discovered by Lieutenant John Oxley in 1823, he thought the bay was a river because of its unusual shallowness.

At low tide, you can find the two unusual baths that have been excavated out of bed rock. Named Bancroft Bath No1 and No2, created in the late 1800s by a local resident Joseph Bancroft as a type of hydrotherapy unit, for his sick wife to bathe in the salt water. (ref)

Deception Bay

Dr Joseph Bancroft was a pioneer in experimenting in native plants for their health properties and through his meatworks, the preservation of meat, fish and vegetables.

The area was once large parcels of land supporting dairying and farming and while some large blocks remain today, most have been subdivided providing housing for a growing community. (ref)

 

Deception Bay Housing

  • Median sales price $338,000,
  • Annual capital growth 3.51%,
  • Weekly median advertised rent $325

Over the last year, property investments in Deception Bay have given investors a capital gain of 5.63%.   (ref)

Deception Bay

Moreton Bay Marine Park protects a vast array of marine habitats, plants and animals covering more than 3400km2.  In 1971 representatives from 18 nations signed the Convention on Wetlands of International Significance (known as the Ramsar Convention) to stop global loss of wetlands. Moreton Bay is one of Australia’s largest sites listed under the Ramsar Convention.

Boat Ramp

There are 11 declared Fish Habitat Areas  in Moreton Bay:

Pumicestone Channel, Deception Bay, Kippa-Ring, Hay’s Inlet, Moreton Banks, Myora-Amity Banks, Peel Island, Jumpinpin-Broadwater, Pimpama, Coomera, Coombabah. (ref)

The name Deception Bay is often abbreviated to D-Bay or Depression Bay. The suburb acquired a negative reputation due to crime and high unemployment during the 1980s and 1990s as it was populated with one of the most concentrated social housing in Queensland by the government of the day. Community problems subsided after 2001 due to development and population growth in the area. (ref)

Deception Bay

 

 

 

 

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Evening

Evening

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Glamping

Campsite

Click on gallery to enlarge and enjoy.

Stars

 

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Supermoon 2016

Not exactly “Super”. Low cloud on the horizon so we missed the grand entrance but managed to get some nice pics anyway. I set up camera at the Redcliffe Jetty and waited.

Redcliffe Jetty

Click on gallery to enlarge and enjoy.

Redcliffe Jetty

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Fang – Australian slang to drive one’s car or motorbike at great speed.

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A popular place to go for a “fang” is in the forestry between Beerburrum and the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland, Australia.

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Australia Zoo

Crikey! If you’ve not been to Australia Zoo or it’s been a few years since your last visit, I recommend you take some time out and spend the day enjoying the fabulous animal exhibits.

croc eating child eating chips

Some of the Aussies 

The last time I visited this zoo would have been 10+ years ago and boy has it changed. Wear good walking shoes, take a sun-hat, sun-screen, mozzie repellent and of course your camera. You’re given a map on entry and you better use it or risk getting lost. Take note of the feeding and interactive event times and plan your walk around the zoo accordingly. Expect to be there from opening (9am) to closing time (5pm)

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You can take your own food in with you but the property is huge and I would suggest minimising the amount of gear you lug around. There are plenty of food and drink stops and restrooms throughout the park.

What I loved most about the park is the natural habitat areas and minimal cages. I find I get quite stressed seeing caged animals and was delighted to find most of the animals in natural habitat areas.

The park is world-class and the TV ads don’t do it justice. This zoo gets a big thumbs up from me. Visit the Australia Zoo website here.

 

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Wood u?

 

 

Timber Boat

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