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Paw Prints & Sleeping Perennials: The Neighbourhood in Winter #3

With just under a week remaining in Queensland, I’ve enjoyed every day since “resolving” the passport problem and allowing myself to relax and soak in the sunshine and the very mellow Easter-holiday atmosphere. Two consecutive long weekends (this one is for Anzac Day, similar to the American Memorial Day) have added to the laid-back feel.

It’s been a great year so far, but not without its stresses and worries. The insomnia that started a couple of weeks ago hasn’t let up, so when I find myself wide awake at 3:00 or so, I stay up, stroll up to the waterfront or the creek in the dark, and have a blast photographing consistently amazing dawns as the sun hauls itself over Moreton Island.

Then it’s breakfast in a Sandgate park with the best public wifi I’ve encountered anywhere. Very pleasant leaning back in the park with a coffee and the iPad, sometimes skyping Kate (no fan of the avian world) while flocks of about a dozen species of local bird, all of them raucous and downright demanding, crowd in seeking access to banana-bread crumbs.

I generally do the walk again around 5:00 for similarly dazzling Bay sunsets. Feels a bit weird posting these wintry New York shots while I’m slumping around the Subtropics in shorts and slapping sandflies from my ankles (the downside of Bayside Brisbane in warmer months) — but I’m gonna wind up this series right here and hit you with some less extreme scenes once back in the North Country.

And as for Moreton, this morning I’m travelling, via train, taxi and ferry, to the island for my third circumambulation via the beaches. Can’t wait. I have a new pack to get to know…

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About half of that bulk is food.

..and the luxury of three nights on the world’s 3rd-largest sand island.

Then I’m back for one last day to recover before another dose of the Joy of Flight. See you soon!

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The eye craves colour in these Winters.

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Some kinda mystical power company symbol

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Tools of the Trade

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Maple Moon

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Sunset & Slushy Road

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Reflections on Home

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Leaf #1

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Iris Graves

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Leaf #2

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I’ve since planted rosemary in this old barrel.

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Echinacea Constellation

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Snow Balancing

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Night Prowler

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Icicles, backyard…

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..and front

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Somehow, Moe has survived 16 of these Winters.

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Time to stretch one’s wings in glorious backyard sunshine.

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Sumac, a weed or a reliable perennial depending on your POV.

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Echinacea Sunset

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The Launch

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Slip-Slidin’ Away

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Another Shot

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Snowbank Fashionista

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Dusk Berries

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Dinner Time

~ And that’s all the Goat wrote

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12 Comments

  1. Yep I can very much relate to this post, as an Aussie who lived and worked in NY state and experienced the challenges of a dual life where belonging was a problematic term. Enjoy the wander around the island of sand, by the way I think I recognise the the chair that the pack is sitting on. Yeah and long flights are never fun but the rewards at the end are always worth the challenges.

    • Flying out this morning — again — and focused on the rewards at the other end! I think this stint will be a lot easier and I’m looking forward to the seasonal changes in the landscape that we don’t get so markedly in Australia. But man, all this flying and red tape are very daunting…

      Moreton was amazing, I’m leaving Brisbane with some great memories (and tons of pictures to edit). That chair? It goes with a red table, found two at a local garage sale years ago!

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  3. Your pictures never disappoint! A lovely selection in this post. I’m looking forward to you tackling some warmer weather over there! As a comparison to here, living in snow must be a little weird. Even a cold weather freak like me might find it a little too daunting month after month!

    • Thanks, and sorry for the late reply, Greg — some kinda explanation is coming in today’s — I stress, today’s — post!

    • Hey Rachael,

      Everything’s great, I’ve just been SO busy reconstructing the garden here in Saratoga. I’ve done little else since getting here nearly three weeks back — Brisbane and Moreton were superb by the way.

      Every day I think, “This’ll be the day I get a post done,” but I do 12 hours or more out there in the yard and can barely even stand straight or keep my eyes open in the evenings, let alone catch up on photo editing or writing a summary of what I’ve been doing. I’ve started on a post and hopefully soon… It doesn’t help that I’ve had insomnia most nights as well 🙂

  4. Half food sounds about right! I reckon one of the best things about walking and climbing hills is the excuse it affords for recreational eating. The coast of Moreton Island looks a great walk.

    • Dominic, you’re blogging again?! So am I, obviously. I see your theme is different too. Will check it out after some sleep. It’s not just the writing of posts I’ve been neglecting…

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