The Collector

An hour ago in Southport (Gold Coast) I pulled my Nikon out of the back-pack to look through the lens at a reflection. It looked bloody terrible so I didn’t click the shutter. As I putting the Nikon back in the bag this bloke walked past me about 50 feet away. Click, click. The print he is carrying is a famous image of workers who were erecting the Empire State Building in New York. The construction commence in the 1930s. Hey, ho. Queensland, Australia.

Winter Solstice

A picture I snapped after sunrise on the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice (or hibernal solstice), also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of its daily rotation mean that the two opposite points in the sky to which the Earth’s axis of rotation points (axial precession) change very slowly (making a complete circle approximately every 26,000 years). As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the polar hemisphere that faced away from the sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the sun and experience summer. This is because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along Earth’s axis, and so as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer. Hope you understand all that. Queensland, Australia.

NO COMPUTER GAMES HERE

A few days ago at Snapper Rocks, these lads weren’t clinging to the rocks like a baby clings to it’s mother – this was the real deal. Time after time, as huge waves pounded the gnarly rocks, these young dare devils clung to them like professional mountain climbers. Yep, better to be doing this than at home playing computer games. Hooray, woohoo. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Clever Cat

Meet Boomer the skateboarding cat, a picture I snapped at Rainbow Beach a few days. Owner Robert Dollwet says it is short for Boomerang. Boomer is a Bengal, adopted by Robert because of its (supposedly) trainability. He was well aware of the Bengal’s wild traits. They are not your typical lap cat, plus they require a lot of room, attention and mental stimulation. Not a breed for most people, especially a cat person. It’s a lot like raising a very energetic puppy. John said he used to “train police dogs so it is the perfect breed for me”. PAWNOTE: As I only had a short time with Boomer, he wasn’t easy to snap as I didn’t know when he would lower his paw to push the skateboard along. But this will do. Meow, meow, meow.  Queensland, Australia.