Shifting Sands

The biggest offshore dredging program has kicked off with a 111m long barge dredging tonnes of sand and pumping it toward beaches on the Gold Coast. The $13.9 million Beach Nourishing Project aims to increase the amount of sand on open beaches which are vulnerable to erosion caused by powerful cyclones and wild surf. For the next 16 weeks crew on the Balder R hopper dredger owned by Danish company Rohde Nielsen will work all hours dredging tonnes of sand from deepwater to the surf zone. I SNAPPED this wonderful sight with a 600mm lens at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. In 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.

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.