It is apt that it rains on my birthday as I was born in the year of the water rabbit. We have had five days of perfect Spring time weather in tropical far North Queensland, Australia. Lunch by the pool today may become lunch in or playing pool.
The showers are an inconvenience more than a burden. The 50th celebrations not going according to plan are a reminder that there are greater forces at work. Rather than dampening my spirits the water helps me to reflect on life and the misplaced importance I allot to creating the perfect occasion. It is more than enough that I am joined on my birthday by my partner, our dog and a group of dear friends.
The precarious looking angle of this tree caught my eye. On closer inspection I realised that the remains of the original tree are in decay while the multiple fig trunks surrounding it stand strong.
The green moss on the rocks proved to be extremely slippery when wet. The personal cost of taking this picture was a bashed right knee, a grazed left elbow and wet feet.
A cooling retreat from the 32oC heat in downtown Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge offers rainforest walks and a waterhole for swimming. Not many people opted for the 2km circuit walk up the side of the gorge down to the creek and back up again. The earthy smells of fertile soil, decaying vegetation and unpolluted air was intoxicating.
Mossman Gorge website
Taken with iPad as during descent into Cairns airport from the north.