Double Island Point, Carlo Sand Blow, and Carlo Point – Rainbow Beach, Queensland.

A series of images of Double Island Point, Carlo Sand Blow, and Carlo Point during an express visit with friends who live in this beautiful area – Rainbow Beach, Queensland.

Sunset viewed from Carlo Sandblow.

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Early morning and sunrise at Carlo Sand Blow.

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Double Island Point.

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Carlo Point, on the estuary side of Rainbow Beach.

Carlo Point 2AM-000932 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Estuarine leachate funnelling off tidal flats during ebb tide…

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Cheers 🙂

Aerials of the Bribie Island bridge and Pumicestone Passage, Queensland.

A series of aerial (drone) images of the Bribie Island bridge and Pumicestone Passage, Queensland.

Bribie Island 2AM 0563-0565 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

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Bribie Island 2AM 0541-0556 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Bribie Island 2AM 0557-0558 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Bribie Island 2AM-000560 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Bribie Island 2AM-000561 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Cheers 🙂

A quick (2 nights) visit to Fraser Island, Queensland.

“Fraser” is the largest sand island in the world, is fascinating in its diversity, and absolutely stunning. I recently spent two nights on family vacation on the splendid Fraser Island, Queensland. As it was a family holiday, these were opportunistic photos and as such do not represent the vast diversity of habitats and scenery.


This is Lake McKenzie – a beautiful spot to have a freshwater swim.

Fraser Island 2AM-005282 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view back as you approach Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM-005283 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view up the sand dune from Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM 5293-5294 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Sunrise ocean motion.

Fraser Island 2AM-005313 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Stranded jellyfish.

Fraser Island 2AM-005316 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Tempestuous sunrise.

Fraser Island 2AM 5342-5344 HDR ©Andrew McInnes

 

Ocean approachin’.

Fraser Island 2AM-005349 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Stranded jellyfish again.

Fraser Island 2AM-005353 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) in front of  She-oaks (Allocasuarina and Casuarina spp.).

Fraser Island 2AM-005360 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005361 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Highway.

Fraser Island 2AM-005364 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Goats-foot Convolvulus (Ipomea pescaprae subsp. brasiliensis) and Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005375 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach airstrip.

Fraser Island 2AM-005384 ©Andrew McInnes

 

North view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM 5406-5413 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

South view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005417 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The beautiful Pacific Ocean as it meets the beach next to Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005419 ©Andrew McInnes

 

4WD’s from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005420 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Contemplation on Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005425 ©Andrew McInnes

 

A very busy day at the famed Champagne Pools.

Fraser Island 2AM-5440-5443 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Cruising down Eli Creek.

Fraser Island 2AM-005448
©Andrew McInnes

 

Cheers 🙂

Aerial views of the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Aerial views of some of the volcanic plugs (remnants of volcanic activity that occurred 25-27 million years ago), known as the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Some of the mountains included in these images are Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin (‘Crookneck’), Mount Ngungun, Mount Tibrogargan, and Mount Tunbubudla (‘The Twins’).

Mount Beerwah 2AM-000330 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Mount Beerwah 2AM 0319-0324 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Cheers 🙂

The view from Mount Ngungun – the Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland.

The 360 degree view afforded from the top of Mt. Ngungun is fascinating – the 2.8 km (return) hike up is well worth including in your plans.

These are some of the volcanic plugs (remnants of volcanic activity that occurred 25-27 million years ago), known as the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. These two are, from nearest to furthest, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah, as seen from Mount Ngungun.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-003979. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004006. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004003. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004009. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004013. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004021. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Cheers.

Fire in the sky – the Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland.

A fiery sunset over volcanic plugs (remnants of volcanic activity that occurred 25-27 million years ago), known as the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. At just over an hour from Brisbane, these hills are well worth a visit.
This is a 12 image panorama stack.

Glasshouse Mountains 2AM 3904-3915_Pano ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Glasshouse Mountains 2AM 3904-3915_Pano
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Autumn colour, toadstools, and a train station in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

This past weekend I spent a brief couple of hours photographing near Mount Wilson and Katoomba in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales, Australia.

Although it is the end of the season, remnant autumn colour abounds at Breenhold Gardens. I went looking for colour and fanciful toadstools on a brisk and breezy dusk and was fortunate to find both.

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Autumn Leaves 2AM-008205 © Andrew McInnes

 

This quintessential toadstool, Amanita muscaria, is commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita. I looked hard but unfortunately I failed to find any gnomes or fairies 😉

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Amanita muscaria – Toadstool 2AM-001323 © Andrew McInnes

 

A bit more colour…

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Autumn Colour 2AM 8175-8177 HDR © Andrew McInnes

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Autumn Leaves 2AM-008172 © Andrew McInnes

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Pink Spider Lily 2AM-001341 © Andrew McInnes

 

More fungi – clumps of mushrooms.

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Mushrooms 2AM-001314 © Andrew McInnes

 

On the way home after dark I stopped in Katoomba as the train station caught my eye. The first two images were on the way to the platform…

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Katoomba Railway Station 2AM-008226 © Andrew McInnes

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Katoomba Railway Station 2AM-008229 © Andrew McInnes

 

This is the view of the Katoomba train station that enticed me to stop and photograph on what was fast becoming a bloody cold evening.

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I hope you enjoyed this very limited discovery of a portion of the Blue Mountains.

Cheers 🙂

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors, Sydney.

As part of the 2015 Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year (the Year of the Sheep), the famed “Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors” by Chinese artist Xia Nan are currently on display at Dawes Point, Sydney. These fabric and wire structures were originally created for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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Malaysia (3 of 3) – Scenes from a ship on the South China Sea.

This is the third, and final, post covering my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, all of these images are handheld or rested on objects, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available, not targeted light. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. Taking images with a slow shutter speed on a moving ship is certainly challenging 🙂

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

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Clouds and some of the unidentified islands (to me at least) of the South China Sea, photographed through the plane’s window somewhere between Kuala Lumpur (on the Malaysian peninsular) and Labuan Island (just off Malaysian Borneo).

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117331
A glorious dusk on the South China Sea off Borneo. This image includes some of the fender chains at the bow.

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117315
More from the bow of the ship – a spectacular sunset.

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117353
Ripples on a calm, golden sea.

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117354
Gold and steel.

 

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South China Sea 2AM 117300-117310
A ten image panorama.

 

 

So long Malaysia, you are lovely and diverse, as are your people.

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia (2 of 3) – Labuan and surrounds.

This is the second of three posts covering my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, the great majority of these images are handheld, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available, not targeted light. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.

Labuan is one of three Federal Territories of Malaysia and is an island off Malaysian Borneo. This photo-blog will include some scenes from Labuan and some from nearby islands (island = Pulau).

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

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The Tiara Labuan Hotel, where I stayed for the first few days on Labuan.

 

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Water Village – Labuan 2AM-116956
This is one of the “water villages” on Labuan Island, Malaysia. At high tide the water comes within about one foot of the floors of these homes. The people in this village were lovely, friendly, and apparently content with their lot in life – perhaps those of us with so-called ‘first-world problems’ could learn some lessons from these fine folks. This scene reminded me of areas in Papua New Guinea, where I was raised.

 

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Water Village – Labuan 2AM-116959
A closer look at part of a water village.

 

As my purpose for this trip was marine related, i.e. working offshore on vessels, there are several images of boats and dry-dock…

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Labuan 2AM-117376
A storm and rainbow over a large assemblage of seismic vessels in Labuan Harbor.

 

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Labuan 2AM-117371
Pre-strorm light illuminates a portion of Labuan’s commercial district.

 

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Fishing Boat – Labuan 2AM-117064
A few local trawler vessels preparing for departure. I loved the character of the hulls of these boats.

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117092
Scaffolding surrounds a ship that is dry-docked (photographed at night).

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117154
A worker inside a dry-docked barge uses an oxy acetylene torch to cut out great plates of compromised steel that are part of the hull of this barge.

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117173
Spectacular showers of molten steel sparks – a result of three oxy acetylene torches.

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117166
Sparks rain down onto the great plates of steel as other plates are being cut out.

 

Water taxis were abundant and necessary for those, like me, who work on vessels.

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Water Taxi – Labuan 2AM-117059
At rest – the bows of several taxis.

 

Labuan has an active bazaar which was both bustling and fascinating. All manner of goods and services are available including electronic repairs, jewelry, food, tailors, fashion, cobblers, etc.

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This shoe repairman was amazingly efficient with his workmanship, and a very pleasant fellow.

 

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Cobbler – Labuan 2AM-117074
Some of this cobbler’s tools of the trade – all manually applied instruments.

 

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Bazaar – Labuan 2AM-117080
A vendor watches a shopper stroll through a portion of the bazaar.

 

Arrrg! Almost without exception, whatever body of water I may be on, this is what I see, to varying extents (and this is only the visible stuff – I cannot imagine how much chemical contaminants are present). These images, though from Malaysian waters, are not endemic to this place.

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Marine Trash – Labuan 2AM-117055
Quite the assortment!

 

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Marine Trash – Labuan 2AM-117056
Trash piled up between two small barges.

 

As there were several days of downtime awaiting the arrival of the vessel which was the vehicle for my work, several of us – Australian, German, French, American – hired a local boat owner to take us to a few off the nearby islands.  These places, though offshore, are not exempt from marine pollution.

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117011
More marine trash – an aesthetics killer.

 

More scenics from Pulau Rusukan Kecil, this time sans trash. A thoroughly delightful and complex group of little islands, all very proximal to each other.

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-116996

 

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117014
A lovely sense of isolation on this island’s beaches.

 

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117027
Tropical paradise.

 

This next island is designated as a marine park – a “no-take, no damage” island and surrounding waters.

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Pulau Kuraman – Malaysia 2AM-116984
The red vessel is the one we adventured with. A lovely place for a swim/snorkel.

 

The following four images are from Pulau Daat, an island with a village populated by Philippine fishermen and their families. The colors were so vivid – almost startling – so much so that I was keenly wanting to explore and visit with the residents.

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117049
The approaching view.

 

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117038
A sampling of the colorful little fishing boats. The fishermen take these little, and highly unstable, motorized vessels offshore to fish – you might notice the outriggers that they troll their lines/lures off.

 

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Home to a fishing family – how about the color!

 

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117044
I was fortunate to spend time visiting with some of the folks whereby verbal communication was challenging due to language barriers. One thing I already knew from my various travels was reinforced though… a smile goes a million miles in human interactions. What started as a chat with the four men (photo-front), soon became a delightful visit with over 2 dozen folks, most of which were children – once they “got their courage up.”

 

Back to Labuan.

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Pond Cleaning Man – Labuan 2AM-116954
A worker harvest plants from a freshwater pond at the WWII Memorial.

 

As my last location before I departed Malaysia was at a dock in Labuan, I’ll close this post with a few images from there.

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117392
Mid afternoon a storm began building and I was hopeful there might just be some amazing light as dusk approached. I was not disappointed by the storm or the color!

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117395
Industrial imagination.

 

Hopefully you experienced some of the sights, sounds, and scents , if vicariously, through these images.

I sure appreciate you visiting.

Cheers,

Andrew