It has been three years since we last stayed at the Pink Flamingo, Port Douglas, Australia. In that time we have moved house, married at the British Consulate, Sydney, and my position title, at work, has changed three times.
This trip to Far North Queensland is an opportunity for us to live a simpler life. Relaxing, unwinding and spending time together are the only objectives.
October in Port Douglas is usually dry with occasional showers. It has so far rained every day since Sunday, with more forecasted to come. This has not stopped us from enjoying the pool in the resort and going into town.
This morning, the clouds parted to reveal the deepest blue sky. I was fortunate to be able to take the above picture of a beautiful red hibiscus flower.
Rather than the Australian red centre, this is a detail shot of the UNSW (University of New South Wales) version.
I find the green of the yuccas to be a pleasing contrast against the terracotta coloured tiles. Also, that they appear to be standing sentinel in protection of the building.
This was a particularly windy morning with many passersby. It was a case of snap and go to get the photo.
The Lacquer Room, 1936
Grace Cossington Smith (1892 – 20 Dec 1984) Sydney, Australia. Oil on paperboard on plywood.
Part of an exhibition of modernist artists with Margaret Preston and Georgia O’Keefe at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The trees in Sydney are catching on to the fact that it is Winter.
Winter warmth of russet, orange,
Red, and some brown ‘gainst sky of blue;
Sluggish words rolling off the tongue;
Round sounds linger in the crisp air.
After experiencing this spectacular sunset yesterday the adage was proved wrong. Today the sky has maintained a cloud-filled mantle of gloom.
This amaryllis has narrower petals and a dark red colour compared with the Jarrett Street example.
Red hot pokers are a childhood favourite of mine. I was pleasantly surprised to learn from Wikipedia that they are known by other names; excerpt below:
Kniphofia also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. It is native to Africa. All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly colored flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees. In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles.
I have a new regime when editing pictures for the posts here. Rather than relying on the app that came with the iPad I have taken some tips from Life In Lo Fi.
In a nutshell I take the following steps:
- take photographs with Cortex Cam on an iPhone 6s
- adjust the sharpness and structure using Snapseed
- enhance using the wand tool, apply lenses and films and set the aspect ratio in Kitcamera
The above image is the after version of the original below.
Roofs and columns, detail, 2014
Tree fern viewed through red glass, Chinese Garden, Sydney. Happy Chinese New Year!