Pics from Currumbin

Last Friday we visited Currumbin Beach on the famous Gold Coast. It’s a magnificent beach with wonderful rocks, and spectacular views. We took photos from Elephant Rock next to the Surf club, and also down near the other rocks. The weather was perfect, with a slight breeze, not too hot or overcast. Taz even made a quick drip castle as the sand was perfect for the job…took us back to the kids childhood…drip castles were a favourite beach occupation. Currumbin isn’t too crowded and very pleasant to visit and the views from the surf club are amazing. It’s a great treat to walk on a beach again that has proper white sand and put the feet into the surf edge….refreshing for body and mind. My eyes love the distance of an ocean view, and as we do so much close up viewing on devices, it’s a healthy thing to look out to great distances occasionally (well, as much as possible). Currumbin Beach and the surrounding beaches have just been listed as some of the best surf beaches in the world and have some kind of special listing as a result….a wonderful place to play and enjoy.

Day out at Beechmont

Took a little day trip on Wednesday, to Beechmont mountain, about an hours drive south of Brisbane, Qld. It was a beautiful winter’s day, but not too cold….the air can be a bit crisper up mountains. We stopped at Rosin’s lookout, the hang and para glider’s take off spot. A couple were waiting for a favourable wind, but to no avail. Remarkable views can be had from this location, of Woollumbin (Mt Warning in NSW), Springbrook, Lamington Plateau and Numinbah Valley. We took some¬†photos and sat down to relax and enjoy the stillness, quiet, and apart from an occasional passing vehicle we only heard the local rainforest birds…..wonderful to have one’s ears unassailed by city noise. I miss the quiet of living in the country. It’s one of the many healthy benefits and a simple enjoyment that many people don’t bother to experience anymore. We all need more quietness in our lives. We also stopped at Denham Scenic Reserve, which I didn’t know existed till looking on google maps. It’s a very pleasing place, preserved and cared for by the local Landcare group. There’s a lovely creek, quite wild in places, which can be crossed and then a track is followed. We only ventured a short way, but next time plan to walk to the end. I suspect there’s a waterfall to be seen. Walking near rainforest creeks is really refreshing for the soul, and mind. Here’s a few pics from that area.

Pics from a day out

Shot some nice pics on a day at the bay…tide was out but could walk to the island…..beautiful big sky…lots of little crabs in the mud. It’s always refreshing to walk out into the natural world…good for inspiration too. I often get ideas for paintings after such walks, even if I’m working on contemporary abstractions.

The light’s a bit lower and softer in winter, but still¬†very clear.