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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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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

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A VERY UNUSUAL BIRD

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature…..Claude Monet.”

“Adapt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tawny Frogmouth

I’m still trying to make up my mind as to whether the Tawnys’ are ugly or exotically beautiful but whatever, they are certainly unusual.

These nocturnal birds which are native to mainland Australia and Tasmania are often mistaken for an owl but are in fact more closely related to the Nightjar. They are stocky and compact with rounded wings and short legs and generally weigh between 157 – 555 grams and measure 34 -53 cm. Their bills are hooked at the tip and topped with distinctive tufts. They have large yellow eyes similar to owls.

Are they dangerous? I have on occasions approached to within 50 cm or so without them showing any concern or aggression whatsoever, relying instead on their extremely good camouflage. I have come across them in parks and private gardens.

The birds mate for life and it is not unusual to see them roosting in pairs on low lying branches or in the fork of a tree.

If you happen to be in Australia, settling in for the night and hear this strange Oom -Oom – Oom grunting, it’s a safe bet that you have a Tawny Frogmouth or two in close proximity.

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawny_frogmouth

Remain observant and be aware at all times.

Jimmy Bee

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THE DISAPPEARING SUN

“My dream date would be a hike through the woods followed by an outdoor picnic, followed by a glass of wine at sunset. Heaven!”…..Nina Agdal

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/sunset
Image of the sun receding from the western sky at Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia was taken by the author.

“Natures way of painting the perfect ending to a perfect day.”…..JPB

Having had a wonderful day and now sitting on the balcony with a glass of red wine in hand, chatting to friends and watching the sun go down was quite a fulfilling moment.

Live for the moment.

Jimmy Bee

SCARLET

“A study in scarlet eh? Why shouldn’t we use a little art jargon? There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.”…..Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)

Did you know?

The color scarlet symbolizes courage, passion, force, joy and heat. In the earlier centuries, it was an expensive color that represented the upper classes of society and the wealthy. It is also a symbol of lust and sin, particularly prostitution and infidelity.

https://www.reference.com/science/color-scarlet-symbolize-132930312213eacc

Try to put a little colour into your world. Can you really imagine a grey world, one without an ounce of colour?

Jimmy Bee

FOOTSTEPS ON SANDSTONE Watsons Bay to Bondi Beach

“Take a discovery walk to-day to find what’s missing in your life. There is peace in the whisper of the wind, hope in the sun smiling from behind the clouds, strength in every step forward. You can do it! “…..Toni Sorenson, The Great Brain Cleanse.

Courtesy of – https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/walk

Watsons Bay, NSW walk
Federation Cliff Walk to Bondi Beach, NSW

As we were staying at Bondi beach and without a vehicle, we hopped onto a bus which took us on a nice leisurely ride to Watson’s Bay. Being a long weekend we expected to find hordes of people as it is a very popular destination for day trippers. The Watson’s Bay Hotel was overflowing and the parkland and foreshore also had a number of families picnicking and enjoying themselves beside the bay. We found however, that only a few were attempting the walk and decided, due to it being such a beautiful day to increase our walk by adding the 4.5 km Watsons Bay Walk to the Federation Cliff Walk making it a total of 11 km.

If you look at the above photograph, you can see the start of the walk at the top between the white building on the left and the jetty. You then have a choice of whether you walk along the promenade beside the boats or along the beach or perhaps remove your shoes and paddle through the water. The photograph doesn’t lie, the water is very inviting.

What we are looking at in the above photograph is the southern headland of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. This landmark is known as The Gap. These majestic sandstone cliffs rise many metres above the sea. Unfortunately, as well as offering a truely panoramic vista across the Tasman sea, it also hides a dark and sinister secret. Many people unable to cope with life have chosen this spot to end it all by jumping to their death from the top of the cliffs.

The opposing headland visible at the top of the photograph is North Head, a very similar cliff-scape to South Head, mainly sandstone escarpments.

There’s nothing quite as raw as the sound of your footsteps on sandstone.

This walk between The Gap and Dover Heights (Federation Cliff Walk) is not long at 5 km, nor is it hard but it is worth the effort if only for the coastal views. If I was to do it again, I think I would take a bus from Dover Heights to Bondi Beach rather than walk, as this last 2 km wasn’t all that stirring except for the portion between Bondi North and Bondi Beach.

The above view was taken from North Bondi looking south and to the start of another alluring walk along the cliff tops to Coogee. Once we arrived at North Bondi, we knew our destination was close at hand. One more stop was made before completing our walk at the Adina Apartments and that was the Hotel Bondi where we enjoyed a refreshing, frothy, cold beer to celebrate our cliff walk.

For further information: 1. Watsons Bay Walk – https://www.sydneycoastwalks.com.au/watsons-bay-walk/

2.Federation Cliff Walk with extension to Bondi Beach: – https://www.bestsydneywalks.com/federation-cliff-walk/

3. Adina Apartments, Bondi Beachhttps://www.adinahotels.com/en/apartments/bondi-beach-sydney/?

4. Hotel Bondihttps://www.hotelbondi.com.au

Take care and enjoy your life,