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.

Shortest Day of The Year

AT 6.10am I dragged myself out of my sick bed to snap the winter solstice sunrise this morning. I had to do it for peace of mind. But it was about as exciting as a fractured arm. I should have stayed in bed (moan). The winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice. The sun popped over the horizon where I was at about 6.36am. Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia.

The Shark

Going back to 1988 when Greg Norman (back then he was nicknamed Shark because of his blonde hair and that he attacked the game of golf) claimed the inaugural Daikyo Palm Meadows Cup, defeating Tateo Ozaki of Japan, with a 16-under-par 272 total. The tournament was played in near-cyclonic conditions on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Norman fired a final round 2-under-par 70 for a one-shot victory – his 46th professional tournament title – in the $500,000 Cup. He earned a check for $90,000 and a bonus prize of a new vehicle. The match was suspended for 15 minutes during the final round as the leaders were on the 15th hole, however players, fed up with the inclement weather, decided to forge ahead. In the interest of safety, they did wait for a quick thunderstorm and accompanying lightning to pass. Queensland, Gold Coast.