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29 Night Lights

As part of Becky’s April Bright Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B, I’ve opened the archives to January 2020 to share our 19 day trip to USA. Join me on a pictorial travelogue of the best and brightest of our pre-pandemic adventures in California and Nevada! The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word bright. Look for #brightsquare.

Postcards from America

When the sun went down the lights turned on at Santa Monica Pier.

And the best view of the night lights was from the top of the Pacific Wheel. 

28 Another Pacific Sunset

As part of Becky’s April Bright Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B, I’ve opened the archives to January 2020 to share our 19 day trip to USA. Join me on a pictorial travelogue of the best and brightest of our pre-pandemic adventures in California and Nevada! The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word bright. Look for #brightsquare.

Postcards from America

We’re back where we started, with another winter sunset in Los Angeles.  

Even after it disappeared below the horizon, the sun cast a rosy glow over Santa Monica.

The day may have been ending but the pier was lighting up for the night. 

5 By the Light of the Moon

As part of Becky’s April Bright Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. I’ve opened the archives to January 2020 to share our 19 day trip to USA. Join me on a pictorial travelogue of the best and brightest of our pre-pandemic adventures in California and Nevada! The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word bright. Look for #brightsquare.

After dark, a crescent moon paired with Venus. Both shone radiantly in the clear night sky over Avila Beach, California.

4 Shadows on the Beach

As part of Becky’s April Bright Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. I’ve opened the archives to January 2020 to share our 19 day trip to USA. Join me on a pictorial travelogue of the best and brightest of our pre-pandemic adventures in California and Nevada! The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word bright. Look for #brightsquare.

We went for an afternoon walk with Marsha and Vince, right along Avila Beach to the pier which stretches 514 metres out into San Luis Bay. 

As the winter sun set beyond Point San Luis, its glowing rays cast long shadows across the sand. 

3 Sunset at Smugglers Cave

As part of Becky’s April Bright Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B, I’ve opened the archives to January 2020 to share our 19 day trip to USA. Join me on a pictorial travelogue of the best and brightest of our pre-pandemic adventures in California and Nevada! The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word bright. Look for #brightsquare.

We joined other tourists at Smugglers Cave, near Avila Beach on the Central California Coast, to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Viewed from inside the darkened cave the radiant evening light created a perfect silhouette.

Sunrise, Sunset

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #31 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Early morning on the beach at Surfers Paradise

Late afternoon, as the sun sets behind the hinterland

This month I’ve joined in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Park Life

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #24 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Head National Park       

While those pesky brush turkeys and seagulls are busy raiding picnics on the sand at Tallebudgera Creek, many other creatures live a much quieter life on Burleigh Headland. 

An Eastern water dragon basks on rocks in the sun, a sea eagle soars overhead at Tumgun Lookout, a blue tiger butterfly rests between flights and a king parrot feasts on berries high in the trees. 

On the railings beside the Ocean View Circuit, dozens of small hairy caterpillars gather. Some play follow the leader while others go their own way. Where they’re going and what kind they are, nobody knows. 

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Small But Beautiful Part 2

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #23 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind Destination: Burleigh Head National Park Rainforest Circuit The Rainforest Circuit starts where the Ocean View Circuit ends, immediately beginning its ascent up the headland. It’s not long before the track is surrounded by littoral rainforest, a particular type which only grows by the ocean. Along the way there are glimpses of those majestic Norfolk Pines at John Laws Park and the white sandy beach at Burleigh Heads. At Jebbribillum Lookout the view expands, revealing the northern areas of the Gold Coast all the way to Surfers Paradise. After the lookout the track heads inland through the rainforest, where more of those hexagonal basalt columns lie half hidden by vegetation. There’s a second opportunity to see the ocean at Tumgun Lookout. This time the view is southwards, past Palm Beach to Currumbin, Kirra and Coolangatta on the Queensland/New South Wales border. The Rainforest Circuit does not go to the summit of the headland, 88 metres above sea level. The risk of rock falls means the highest part of the park is not open to the public. Instead the path heads gently downwards, rejoining the Ocean View Circuit at Tallebudgera Creek, the perfect spot to complete your walk with a quiet lunchtime picnic. This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare Also joining Jo’s Monday Walks

A Passion for Waves

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #22 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Heads

The Ocean View Circuit around Burleigh Headland ends at John Laws Park in the Gold Coast suburb of Burleigh Heads. Popular with both locals and visitors, the park is filled with 450 Norfolk Pines, some planted more than 80 years ago. They provide welcome shade for those who want to sit, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful outlook or watching surfers in the water below. 

Surfing has long been part of the beach culture at Burleigh Heads. The waters off the headland have attracted surfers for decades and the world’s first professional surfing competition, the Stubby Surf Classic, was held here in 1977. 

Even the picnic tables in the park celebrate Australia’s passion for surfing.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Small But Beautiful Part 1

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #21 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Head National Park Ocean View Circuit 

Even though Burleigh Head National Park is one of Australia’s smallest at just 27 hectares, it dominates the coastal vista. Rising 88 metres above the Coral Sea and covered with dense rainforest, the headland separates the beachside suburbs of Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach.

The ocean view circuit begins on the southern side of the park. The walking track skirts around the base of the headland, beginning with rainforest on one side and Tallebudgera Creek on the other before rounding the bend to the ocean side.

Unusual six sided basalt columns, remnants of volcanic activity 23 million years ago, lie in scattered piles beside the path. 

Groves of pandanus palms laden with ripening fruit grow on the protected edges of the creek,

while further around only the hardiest vegetation lives on the exposed rocky shore.

More of those hexagonal columns, created when molten lava from those long ago eruptions cooled very slowly, jut out of the hillside above. 

Around the last bend in the track, the northern suburbs of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach come into view. 

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Also joining Jo’s Monday Walks