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IT NEVER GOES AWAY!

“The soldier above all prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”…..Douglas MacArthur

The above painting “After Afghanistan” by Ben Quilty (Australian War Memorial )

really tells the story without uttering a single word.

THE NEVER ENDING STORY

It’s not the bullet, shell or I.E.D. that kills you

it is the awaiting of the inevitable

day in day out it never goes away

even when it’s over

it’s there to haunt you

day in day out it never goes away

Your dreams are not of love and beauty

but of barren landscapes with not a drop of water to be seen

just blood, flesh and more blood

day in day out it never goes away

The terrifying screams of the wounded

the explosives and whack of the bullet 

that hits the wall near your head

day in day out it never goes away

The fear that wells up inside you 

as you pass through the gates of the compound on patrol

It should be routine but what’s routine in this land

nothing is normal apart from fear, pain and death

There’s no end to it

day in day out it just never goes away

JPB

Australian War Memorial -https://www.awm.gov.au

Be aware, remain aware,

Jimmy Bee


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WEIRD but BEAUTIFUL.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”…..Carl Sagan

Sea Hare…Caloundra

The Sea Hare, Aplysia Dactylomela – Spot, lives in tidal rock pools, shallow coastal water and seagrass but have been located as deep as 40 m. They are capable of both swimming and crawling, are harmless to humans but have a defence of spurting a non toxic purple ink if disturbed.

Sea Hare…Caloundra

Sea Hares are hermathrodites, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. They can be found in most states of Australia but are often difficult to spot due to their extremely efficient camouflage. Their life span is approximately 1 year.

These creatures are so called due to their large tentacles which were thought to resemble the large ears of a hare.

The above photos were taken by the author at Kings Beach, Caloundra, Qld. Australia

For more information, see -https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/molluscs/sea-hare/

Live for each day.

Jimmy Bee,

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LIGHT MAGIC

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in th most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”…..Roald Dahl.

A Costa Boda crystal candle holder, a lit candle inside and twisting the candle holder into different positions so that the external interior lighting of the room reflects and refracts the rays of light onto the crystal.

The second view was taken directly above the top of the candle holder and gives a totally different effect.

Once again by twisting the candle holder and framing the view in a different manner the result was another individually distinct image.

Who would believe that a simple candle holder as beautiful as it is, would be capable of producing a number of abstract images. It could be said that it is a bit of “Light Magic”.

Nearly everyone deserves to find their piece of magic.

If you like my work, you’ll find more of it on Instagram under Jimmy Bee 2

Jimmy Bee,

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LA COULEUR ROUGE

“Difficult choices, unlike red wine, rarely improve with age”…..Richard N. Haass – https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/red

“I can’t help myself, if I see a pattern, I have to take a snap of it.”

“Bright reds, scarlet, pillow box red, crimson or cherry – are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone”….Christian Dior.

“It’s amazing what can be done with some jelly and a camera.”

“Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength and power. It can also be the symbol of passion, love and desire.”….. ?

“I used to walk from my hotel in Vancouver every night to lik’d just to have one of their delicious ice-creams.”

“Red is the colour of sexuality. It stimulates the more intimate passions in us.”…..?

“The stories that have walked in and out of this door. If only the door could speak!” (Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C.)

“In China, red is a symbol of good luck, whereas in India it symbolises purity.”…..?

“Lichen on a rock. It was the pattern that got me.”

“Red has always been my colour because red stands out.”…..Ravyn Lenae

“Having fun with a very ordinary editing suite.” (Kangaroo Point from New Farm, Brisbane, Australia)

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight…. The truly wise person is colour blind”….Albert Schwartzer.

“Mucking about with silver foil and light.”

“I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red”….Maria Sharapova

Sunrise at Cleveland Point, Queensland, Australia

“Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, a sailor’s warning.”…..?

Does the COULEUR ROUGE, stimulate passion and desire in you, and as with good red wine matures with age, or is it a warning of danger and the time to flee?

Jimmy Bee

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THE QUESTION IS –

“Why is a useless question, an unknown object. But to suspend thought is impossible. The mind is made perfectly of possibilities.”

Sarah Hall, Mrs. Fox.
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/questions-in-life

Can anyone identify correctly what the subject of these three photographs is?

Life should be about learning and living and….. having fun, but to many, too many, life is merely about trying to exist….

Jimmy Bee

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WATER COLORS

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”….George Bernard Shaw

If global warming continues and I fervently believe it will, we may have to rely more on the sea to produce our food. The above photograph was taken looking into a shallow rock pool at the plant life below. It would be good to know whether this plant life, which could be a renewable resource, is edible. No! I didn’t try it, I leave that sort of thing to the scientists or the guinea pigs.

As I was walking along the foreshore one day, the tide was coming in and there were a small number of fingerlings swimming. I photographed them and the above photo was the result. The fingerlings were opaque and not being a professional photographer as such, I have no idea how they represent in this photograph as a shade of purple and white.

The above photograph was taken of sea water rushing in and over a shallow crater in the rock I was standing on and I thought at the time that it made an interesting pattern.I should imagine that this pattern, as mixed as it is, would be extremely difficult to replicate in a painting. If nothing else, it makes a good talking point.

I’ve always been fascinated to see the result of light hitting water and the resultant picture it creates and if I was to come back in an hour’s time, the above picture would have changed dramatically, particularly if the weather changes. Perhaps that is why it is called a moment in time.

There is something very peaceful in sitting and watching the tide flow into the shoreline. Watching the play of colours on the surface and listening to the rippling of the water as it flows gently over the rocks.

This photograph is a good example of how you can turn something very simple into an abstract or decorative art piece simply by manipulating the colour. It is not necessary to capture a panorama to make a visual statement. Sometimes, simplicity speaks the loudest.

Enjoy what you do and do it well.

Jimmy Bee

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SHARK AHOY

“But as they say about sharks, it’s not the ones you see that you have to worry about, it’s the ones you don’t see….

David Blame
Bull sharks off Cleveland Point, Queensland, Australia. Image taken by author.

One morning recently, I received a phone call from my friend who said “Jimmy, grab your camera and come over here, I have a school of sharks feeding on bait fish just out the front.

Bull sharks off Cleveland Point, Queensland, Australia. Image taken by author.

Wow! what a sight, I used to kayak in these waters and never sighted a shark, I sometimes felt a bump on the bottom of my kayak, especially in the canals but nothing more. These were Bull sharks and they were swimming and hunting bait fish in knee high water. I was intrigued to watch how the pups (younger sharks) stayed up one end whilst the larger sharks acted like sheep/cattle dogs and herded the school of bait fish and drove them to the waiting hungry pups. They would then fan out and collect the bait fish that had escaped bringing them back together in a tight school before herding them back in the opposite direction to the waiting pups. This went on for more than an hour.

Bull sharks off Cleveland Point, Queensland, Australia. Image taken by the Author.

The Bull shark is not indigenous to Australia as a similar species can be found in Zambia and is known as “The Zambi”, also in Lake Nicaragua where it is known as the “Lake Nicaragua shark” and probably a lot of other places. It is quite unusual in that it has the ability to survive in brackish water and therefore can be found quite away upstream in rivers, e.g. in the United States, they have been known to have travelled up the Mississippi River some 1100 km from the ocean.

This shark is stocky in build and grows to a length of 3.4 m in coastal open water but considerably smaller in rivers and estuaries where they are recorded as growing to 2.25 m depending on sex. They have a bluntly rounded snout and small yellow eyes. Their colour ranges from pale to very dark grey with white underbelly.

Four bull sharks were tagged and released in the Richmond River at Ballina on Thursday 23 February 2017.
Article by Alison Paterson , Northern Star newspaper, Lismore, NSW. Australia

The big question is…..Are they man-eaters? Well!….. they are extremely aggressive and can justifiably claim to be the world’s most dangerous shark and probably responsible for more deaths than they are credited for, particularly in shallow warm coastal waters, estuaries and rivers. As you can see in the above photographs, these shark are very close to the shore and in knee high water. The larger sharks would have been at least 2 m long. There appears to be a myth out there that sharks only feed at dawn and dusk. I can tell you that these sharks were filling their bellies around 11.30 in the morning, so I for one wouldn’t like to test that theory. On the positive side, there is a lot of water between sharks, so the chances of being attacked is quite minimal.

For more information you may like to follow up with:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_shark

and

https://www.qm.qld.gov.au/Find+out+about/Animals+of+Queensland/Fishes/Sharks+and+rays/Bull+Shark#.XVUT8i1L2w6

I thank both organisations and hope this article has been informative.

Live in the moment and stay safe.

Jimmy Bee