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PATTERNS IN NATURE

Patterns in nature are visible regularities of form found in the natural world. These patterns recur in different contexts and can sometimes be modelled mathematically. Natural patterns include symmetries, trees, spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tessellations, cracks and stripes. (Wikipedia)

The above photograph was taken of tidal water on sand. This is a once only photograph as the next time the tide recedes the pattern and depending on weather, the colour may change also.

You may notice that the texture in the above photograph taken in Alaska, is very smooth and this is because for thousands of years, this rock has had tons of ice in the form of a glacier sliding across it and in it’s travel has managed to form this beautiful pattern.

Once again we have pattern in rock, this time it’s sandstone and over time, nature through compression, water and wind has formed a natural pattern.

The above image was taken of a section of a leaf which in itself was not all that spectacular. However, by photographing a certain portion it became a contemporary piece of photographic art and if framed, could look quite presentable on a living room wall or as a pattern in material.

This last photograph is yet another example of a natural pattern formed by nature, this time in the bark of a tree.

I have tried to illustrate in this post that there are natural patterns everywhere around you whether it is on a beach, a forrest, the sky or anywhere else nature can be seen and appreciated.

Stay safe and enjoy your surroundings.

My photographs can also be found on Instagram – jimmybee2

Jimmy Bee

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NORTH HAVEN, S.A.

“One should be empty, open, choiceless as a beach waiting for a gift from the sea. The sea once it casts it’s spell, holds one in it’s net of wonder forever. I love the beach. I love the sea.”……Anonymous.

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/sea-quotes

This was my first glimpse of North Haven beach. It could quite easily have been a picture on a wall but it wasn’t, it was the view through a picture window overlooking the dunes and the beach to the ocean and it only gets better. I believe the collective of owners, so as to preserve the native flora, use the one track to gain entrance to the beach.

The Position of the house we were staying in was nestled between the small boat harbour on one side and the entrance to Port Adelaide on the other which meant there was quite a lot of activity happening on the water.

North Haven beach is both long and wide with beautiful sand and crystal clear water lapping the shore.

The time to walk along this beach is sunset. Great for photography as well.

On either end of the beach are walls of rough hewn sandstone rocks revealing an array of colourful natural patterns. This is one example.

If you are disenchanted with your lot at present, you could consider moving to Adelaide in South Australia where you have some very nice beaches, bike and walking paths, vineyards, universities and reasonably priced housing. I would certainly consider North Haven Beach which is positioned some 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. This may prove to be the best decision you ever made.

Interesting site to look at – https://www.whereis.com/sa/north-haven-5018

Live well and stay safe.

Jimmy Bee

‘SINGAS’ the pearl of the orient.

The above photograph so represents what Singapore is, or should I say used to be. The fishing villages, the boats, the canals, the humidity, colonial buildings mixed in with shop houses and an eclectic mish mash of nationalities going about their daily business.

Pongal Point Cafe and restaurant. Photo courtesy of Lee Kip Lin and National Library Board.
Bugis Street. After about 10 pm this street would come alive and could be described as the underbelly of Singapore.
Photograph courtesy of nowhere.per.sg
Change Alley – One could obtain just about anything here and it was always the right place to exchange currencies.

I spent a lot of time in Singapore in the late 60’s and early 70’s when it went from a post war colonial outpost to a vibrant city. It was fascinating, alive with the remnants of all of Asia cocooned together on this tiny island. I loved every moment I had there, the Chinese Puppet Opera, Change alley, the smell of durians in season and Bugis Street. Water skiing from Mosquito Island off Pongal Point followed by a feast of cracked crab with chilli sauce and eased down with an icy cold Tiger beer. There are so many memories here and all of them good.

There was this story floating around the traps about the famous comedian Bob Hope who was passing through Singapore. As the flight steward opened the door of the aircraft, a waft of sickly sweet humid air entered the cabin. Bob Hope was heard to exclaim to his aide, “My God, what is that smell?”, the aide replied “I don’t know Bob, but it smells like shit!” to which Bob countered ” You’re right, but what have they done to it!” In those days they didn’t have the luxury of an air-conditioned air-bridge joining the fuselage of the aircraft to the terminal, passengers had to descend a set of steps wheeled up to the aircraft and then walk across the tarmac to the terminal and their first taste of Singapore was commonly called the smell of the Orient.

Cathay Cinema with the Cathay Hotel behind

Back in 1967, when I was in my early 20’s, I used to stay at the old colonial Cathay Hotel. Whilst consuming a cold beer in the bar as a new chum to Singapore, it felt as though I was living out a scene from a Somerset Maugham or Ernest Hemingway novel. As I said before, it was the 1960’s and the room was full of business people, military and naval personnel, civilian aircrew, tourists, expats. and locals, people from all walks of life really and this was what made it so fascinating. Unfortunately, All that is left of this grand old dame now is the facade fronting another shopping mall.

Living in this modern metropolis of Singapore is probably great for the locals and I don’t begrudge them one little bit, but for me, I’d rather have the colourful, post war ‘Singas’ with all of it’s smells and sounds any day, and I am happy that I had the fortune of spending some time there and still have the memories of what it was like.

Well, that was then and this is now.

Gardens by the Bay

And, as we herald in the modern era, the new city of Singapore is brightly lit at night with a mix of colonial and modern architecture and chock full of honey, just for the taking. As busy as a hive of bees.

Gardens by the Bay
A tribute to Singapore’s architecture.
Singapore taken from the cable car to Sentosa Island.

It is a modern city and therefore you would expect to see good modern architecture and you have it, lots of it, mixed in with the old British colonial and Asian shop-houses. It has an air of urgency about it and at the same time, the locals look perfectly relaxed.

Tanjong Katong

Ten minutes drive outside the CBD and it is as if you are in a different world, one with vertical living next to an array of restaurants and bars, with a similarity to the old Singapore.

This is getting out of control as I could go on and on but I won’t, ending this post here.

Information you may find important: https://www.visitsingapore.com/en_au/contact-us/

The 15 best Things to Do in Singapore: https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attractions-g294265-Activities-Singapore.html

Jimmy Bee

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A VACATION BY THE SEA

“A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy.”…..Yanni

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At 6 am in the morning, Burleigh Heads, Qld. is alive with joggers, cyclists, walkers, exercise junkies and of course surfers both amateur and pro. Old men, in not so flash gear and younger ones in colourful T-shirts and board shorts. Females, young of course, flashing the flesh in bright bikinis, shorts and tops. There are the newly arrived with their lilly white skin and those who have been here awhile with their beautiful tans.

On most days you are greeted with the spectacle of board surfers both pro. and practiced amateurs putting on a display riding the breaks.

When I am there, I’m usually up at day break with a hot coffee in hand and watching these guys have fun. What a way to start the day, completely rested and relaxed and looking forward to breakfast which can be had at any number of good restaurants in Burleigh Heads.

The above photograph was taken of the main beach looking north towards Surfers Paradise. This strip of sand runs for as far as one can see and accommodates a number of patrolled beaches and is known as the Gold Coast of Australia. On a hot day in the middle of summer, these beaches are full of people just wanting to bare the body beautiful to the sun, cool down in the surf break or body surf the waves. As well as holiday makers, a lot of Brisbane residents make the day trip as it is just a little over a hundred kilometres.

Of course, it is not all about beaches and surfing, family picnics are popular with locals arriving early in the morning just to reserve a good spot in John Laws park beside the rolling surf and stay for the entire day and sometimes well into the night. For those who like walking, there are plenty of good walks including Burleigh Hill, which is a good heart starter after having a night out. Nights here are pretty much alive as well with a number of good restaurants and bars to keep you entertained and it’s not too far down the road to try your luck at the casino, and for those with a more refined taste, there is a good performing arts centre to catch a live performance. Public transport is good and it is not that difficult to hire a Uber. It’s all….just good.

Christmas is a fabulous time to be at Burleigh Heads, especially when it is full moon. Be warned though, it would be wise to obtain your accommodation early if planning to holiday here at Christmas and don’t forget the bubbly.

https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/corporate

Cheers, stay safe and keep well,

Jimmy Bee

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MAI TAI’S AT THE PINK PALACE

E Aloa Kekahi i Kekahi

Love one another.

Recipe fromThe Royal Hawaiian as I remember:

1 oz. White rum.

1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup.

1/2 oz. Orange Curaco.

1 oz. Orange juice.

1/2 oz. Dark rum.

Mix all the ingredients except for the dark rum in a cocktail shaker, pour over ice in an ‘Old Fashion’ glass and then carefully float the dark rum on top. Garnish with a Maricino cherry skewered to a pineapple wedge together with a fresh lime wedge.

In a recent trip to Honolulu my wife and I made a 5 pm pilgrimage to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (The Pink Palace), overlooking Waikiki beach each afternoon for no better reason than to savour the famous Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai.

There are a number of stories as to how the Mai Tai was created but I tend to favour the one which says that Victor Bergeron was hired by the hotel’s owners to create a number of exotic cocktails for the hotel’s bars and out of these cocktails, the Mai Tai is the only one remaining today. He supposedly served the cocktails to some of his Tahitian friends who exclaimed “Mai Tai – roa ae” which means “out of this world, the best”. For what it’s worth, I agree.

I apologise that I failed to take a photograph of the Royal Hawaiian at the time. I have however included the above image of Waikiki Beach, which was taken from in front of the hotel’s property and depicts what a lovely location it is to sip a cocktail at the end of a day in Honolulu. I hope this tempts you to take your vacation there.

Quote: ” In Hawaii, we have something called Mo’oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance”.….Duane Chapman (Brainy Quote)

Would I recommend a vacation in Honolulu?………………..absolutely!

Aloha,

Jimmy Bee

SPACE NEEDLE

Seattle, Washington State, U.S.A.

Seattle Space needle photographed by author.

The space needle was built in the Seattle Centre for the 1962 World’s Fair. It is a significant structure and is a landmark of the Pacific North West.

Some interesting statistics: Height: 184 m; Width: 42 m; Weight: 8660 tons; Wind Resistance: 320 km/h; Earthquake Resistance: 9.0 magnitude. It has 25 lightning rods.

There is a 160 m observation deck with a revolving restaurant and yes, they do have elevators which travel at 16 km/h and reach the top in 41 seconds.

Seattle CBD photographed by th author.

A birds-eye view of the Seattle CBD taken from atop the Space Needle. The snow covered mountain in the top right corner is Mt. Rainier, which is south/southeast of Seattle. Mt. Rainier has an elevation of 4,392 m. It is volcanic, active and considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world due to it’s having a large amount of glaciel ice. An eruption could cause lahars (Massive mudflows) which could threaten 80,000 people and their homes living in the valley.

The above two photographs were also taken atop the Space Needle.

I took the above photograph of the spider on an adjacent building from the observation deck.

A lovely view of Seattle on a magnificent day. A photographer’s dream.

All of the above photographs were taken by the author.

Until next time.

Jimmy Bee,