photo of the week
Every week I'm on the road I choose a photo of the week. Sometimes it's a fantastic photo, other times it's all about what that shot meant to me. Be sure to let me know what you think.
I am so very fortunate to have won the life lottery and be Australian. A LOT of hard work, blood, sweat and tears has gone into Brad and I being able to live 400m from this beach on the stunningly beautiful Gold Coast. I am always appreciative of where I live but never more than when I get to see it under these sunset conditions.
This is terrible quality and I know it is not great, but our very first night in Bali after a gap of 26 years we saw a turtle on the beach in Seminyak. I can't believe our luck and we were accompanied by two other women both of whom were as keen as we were to get it back into the water. We were all so relieved when it swam off into the swell.
Sometimes the photo of the week just has to be home. Budds Beach between Surfers Paradise and Main Beach is a favourite spot of mine. I'll never be able to afford to live on this amazing basin but I can eat at Bumble and stroll the foreshore for free!
We were on Zanzibar during Ramadan, which was actually pretty cool. While Zanzibar is stunning, it's the local kids who are worth watching. This young boy was practicing his back-flip in the water. You can see he's misjudged it at least once and smacked his head, but unperturbed, he gets up and has another go. Love that attitude and despite the crystal clear water, the amazing snorkeling and the cute hotels, this image says Zanzibar to me louder than any other.
Brad and I spent 5 days on the Costa Brava coast. We actually stayed inland at a gorgeous little medieval village called Peratallada, however we drove the 15 mins to the beach a few times. It is November so it is very quiet but its still incredible to us that this coastline is 2 hours from Barcelona and people only come in the summer. Huh?? It is truely stunning coast though. Loved having the beaches to ourselves and while it would have been great to have somewhere to eat (everything was closed) it was still warm enough to lie on the beach, reading our books and not getting sunburnt. Loved this part of Spain and while I'd love to come back I"m not sure if I could do the summer crowds now I've seen it so pristine.
Sunny days seem to be few and far between in Bocas Del Toro. I've been here 4 weeks and we've had 3, maybe 4. Last week I was walking out to Paki Point and saw this woman trying to get some sun without both or either of her dogs sitting on her. Sometimes it doesn't matter where you are, things are the same.
Bocas Del Toro town is nothing to write home about. As far as Panama goes its quite backpackery so its more expensive than other places, its incredibly dirty as there is no rubbish pick up, however it is the jump off point to a pristine archipelago of islands and sand cays. The jetty at the town beach says it all. This beach is black sand (volcanic area), shallow, laden with rubbish and probably not somewhere you would want to swim, HOWEVER - look out from the jetty and you can see the promise of the Caribbean and its wonders. This really sums up Bocas town to me.
This week I landed in Bocas Del Toro. Bocas town isn't anything wildly spectacular however its the access point to an amazing archipelago of islands and cayes. Its rainy season here and it rained all week so I was dubious about how good a day I was going to get for my day outing to Zapatilla. It was absolutely magic however all weather and surroundings were COMPLETELY overshadowed by the fact that we saw a Hawksbill turtle nest hatch and with all the other beach goers (around 30-40 I'd say) we channeled the baby turtles across the sand and out into the kelp beds, increasing their chances of survival by at least 50%. Such an amazing experience and one I will never forget. Save A Life - TICK!
The waterfront in Toronto borders Lake Ontario of course. This spot was around 500 square metres all with Adirondack chairs and shade umbrella's for the public to use. Toronto was 22 degrees the day I arrived and kept up the spectacular weather the entire time I was there. After 4 months of winter it was delightful!
This is one of those photos that is always going to be more special to me than to anyone else. While I love the reflection of the Paraw at anchor, I look at this image and I can still see Gener and Bong and Emrik and Ton and Donskie and the entire crew laughing and having fun. I can't look at this boat without smiling and that's what Tao does to you.
Jenny - photography lover but someone who hates lugging around HUGE camera's so my images are all from my Olympus OMD or my little Sony digital.