Sweet, delicious pineapples and the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Fresh locally grown pineapples on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland = DELICIOUS.

This series of photos (the first three) includes a pre-dusk image, then a blue-hour image including light-painting, then a startrail and light-painting image.

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©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Cheers 🙂

Early-summer thunderstorms, Caloundra.

We have experienced a few dramatic early-summer thunderstorms at our new home over the last few weeks. These scenes are from Kings Beach and Happy Valley, at Caloundra – on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Some show storms building, others in mid-action, and others of the retreat.

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Kings Beach 2AM-003647

 

FARMS, NOT COAL – Breeza, on the Liverpool Plains of NSW, Australia.

‘nuf said?

The Liverpool Plains is a prime food and fibre producing area that is under imminent threat from several coal mines – at least one of which, the Shenhua Watermark mine, is foreign-owned (Chinese). These companies seek to rape and scar the land, deplete and contaminate aquifers, then pack up and leave once the destruction is no longer financially viable. Never mind that there are farmers, you know, living breathing hard-working people, with families and dreams, enduring incredible stress as they seek to remain being outstanding stewards of the land they sweat for. How and why our political “representatives” allow this is beyond me – I suppose it goes along with their belief in continued economic growth year on year. Well, let’s inform them that exponential growth is unattainable and to seek it is ignorantly irresponsible (but I guess it is politically astute?).

I am not against mining, per se, however I do have issues with “the commons” being over-extracted for the profits of a few whilst the landholder has little recompense for the invasion, and the people of this nation see very little direct financial benefits. As another roadside sign in the area states: “Wrong mine, wrong place.”

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A pre-dawn light painting at Breeza, on the Liverpool Plains, NSW. Breeza 2AM-001230 ©Andrew McInnes.

 

Silos at dusk. Breeza 2AM-001216 ©Andrew McInnes.

 

I hope you enjoyed these images.

Cheers 🙂

Days 5 and 6: Moeraki and Dunedin, New Zealand – December 2015.

Days 5 and 6 – Moeraki and Dunedin.

Just outside the coastal town of Moeraki there are numerous large concretions, exposed and highly visible, lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. I thoroughly recommend reading more about them (here is a Wikipedia link).

Here are a series of images captured during our brief visit.

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Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000526. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000500. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000496. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000517. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000533. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000549. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000538. ©Andrew McInnes

 

After a thoroughly enjoyable dinner washed down with a local amber ale at the Moeraki Tavern, I took these shots of the nearby harbour. We had hoped to also eat at the famed Fleurs Place restaurant another night but, alas, it was closed for a while over the Christmas break.

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Fleurs Place – Restaurant 2AM-000598. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Bay 2AM-000599. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Bay 2AM-000593. ©Andrew McInnes

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Moeraki Bay 2AM-000595. ©Andrew McInnes

 

A little further south is the city of Dunedin, where I have family heritage. We had a joyous visit with a cousin and her family, and she accompanied us on a lovely hike to see the Organ Pipes. “The Otago peninsula was formed entirely by volcanic activity and the tall polygonal columns featured on this walk are remnants of this past. As molten lava cooled slowly beneath the hardened crust, it contracted and formed geometrical cracks which propagated downwards as the mass cooled.” (source: NZ Tramper website).

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The Organ Pipes 2AM-000567. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Organ Pipes 2AM-000576. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Organ Pipes 2AM-000577. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Organ Pipes 2AM-000578. ©Andrew McInnes

 

After the organ pipes we wanted to visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross so we ventured out to Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula. Unfortunately we did not see any albatross, but there was a rather active colony of gulls. Whilst wandering along an observation path, we heard, then saw, quite an aerial commotion… upon further observation we saw a Black-backed Gull being harassed by several smaller gulls – the larger gull had apparently “kidnapped” a chick and was heading off with it. For those who may be a bit squeamish about natural history, the following two images may concern you.

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Black-backed Gull 2AM-004861. ©Andrew McInnes

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Black-backed Gull 2AM-004882. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Looking down the steep cliffs of Taiaroa Head I was entranced by bull kelp (Durvillaea species) as it seemingly twirled and shimmied in a whimsical tango with the ocean.
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Overlooking the spit within Otago Harbour – our lunch spot on our way back to Moeraki.

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Harrington Point 2AM-000580. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Back to Mouraki, we were thrilled and fortunate to observe, up close, a few Yellow-eyed Penguins (Megadyptes antipodes)! These New Zealand endemics (native) are purported to be among the worlds rarest penguin species.

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Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004739. ©Andrew McInnes

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Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004780. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoyed these images.
Cheers 🙂

Springsure, Queensland – including a light-painting episode.

This is overlooking Virgin Rock and the town of Springsure in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland, Australia – as seen from Minerva Hills National Park. As is my want, I hiked in a few hours too early with all the required equipment and froze my bum off, waiting for dusk’s blue hour and the town lights to be on, in order to light-paint this scene…

This is the “before” image, taken on iPhone 5:

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And this is the subsequent light-painting image.

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Springsure 2AM 8300-8301 stack © Andrew McInnes

 

The remaining images here are different views of Mount Zamia escarpment, incorporating Virgin Rock:

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Springsure 2AM 8353-8355 Panorama © Andrew McInnes

 

This is a light-painting of the entrance to Springsure Golf Club.

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Springsure 2AM-008319 © Andrew McInnes

 

For the following shots it was 1 degree C, and silly me, I was out photographing in thongs (i.e. Flip flops, not the underwear variety), light summer fishing pants, t-shirt and an old hoodie! Brrr.
On the left is Virgin Rock – a feature of the Mount Zamia escarpment.

The following two images are essentially very similar compositions, but were taken  50 minutes apart.
different light = different feel.

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Springsure 2AM-008332 © Andrew McInnes

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Springsure 2AM-008359 © Andrew McInnes

 

Hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse of this beautiful area of Queensland.

Cheers.