Brisbane, Queensland, 31 July 2021.
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We are on our second day in Brisbane, staying with friends, en route to Northern Queensland, or so we thought.
Though inside Brisbane, we are on a scenic drive that goes in part through a national park, and we are looking down some distance at a house on farmland. It appears to be the mansion of a drug baron. Perhaps a nineteenth century drug baron. Probably opium, in that case.
Near the road, we noticed this compact granny flat. Specially adapted for natural air conditioning.
And in the distance there are these massive ancient megaliths. Some of them may be more than a hundred feet high. How they carried the stones there is a mystery.
It’s not fire season yet so this was presumably burning off. These days severe bush fires can occur even in winter though.
We proceeded on to Wynnum, where we visited a cafe and then wandered out onto the pier. Beside the pier, this I believe is a gazebo martin (though usually known as a tree martin). I tried to get them in flight as a test of camera settings for that purpose but they are very fast and I did not succeed.
Wynnum pier. The martins were building a nest in the roof of the right-hand gazebo.
Next we visited the nearby East Coast Marina and I photographed some of the yachts sailing around and in or out of the marina, from the end of a pier.
Also, a couple of dragon boats. Going out…
…then coming back in.
Small yacht returning to the marina.
Two launches and a yacht coming out.
The red sign at the left is not blank on purpose for the benefit of people who cannot read, rather it is a marker for the dredged channel. The water can be otherwise quite shallow around here.
A launch and a windsurfer exploring the possibility of flight.
I think the same windsurfer.
A small flotilla of launches coming in on the channel.
You can see the channel marker in the mid background (in itself an indication the water is not as deep as it may seem).
There was a parasurfer there as well.
We are now around behind the marina and a paddle-boarder is proceeding out. He may not require as large a mooring as those catamarans.
The boat at front in the middle is an old pearling lugger with a Maori name, which may indicate it was used by Maori divers.
We are now a bit further south at Cleveland Point. There are a number of cormorants on this tree.
With a slightly different angle, I am now shooting into the sun. It is still a colour image but the extreme contrast has wiped out the colour.
This is the old Cleveland Point Lighthouse, no longer in use. It has an unusual design and was built in 1865. It is a State lighthouse for local navigation so was not amongst the Commonwealth lighthouses I photographed in 1987 (Lighthouses tab, at top of page).
Half an hour after I took this photo, Brisbane went into a sudden COVID lockdown for at least seven days. We worked that out later when we drove past a pub that had no patrons. No flight for us to North Queensland early morning the day after next.
Fortunately, we were able to stay with our friends for the duration. The lockdown did end after seven days but then there was a North Queensland lockdown for another three days. That also ended after the three days and I would have waited and kept on going but I received a letter from the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Government advising against further travel. The problem was New South Wales where COVID was out of control by Australian standards because the NSW Government waited for 10 days before locking down. Had I kept going I risked an ACT lockdown and either having difficulty returning or returning to 14-day hotel quarantine (as opposed to the much more benign home quarantine).
So after five days, I abandoned the North Queensland trip and returned to Canberra.
Meanwhile, we stopped for the sunset at a beach a bit further south near Victoria Point.
… as the light slowly receded.
MacLeay Island in the background and South Stradbroke Island beyond that.
An obliging pelican swam up and posed for me.
The light was getting very low and although I was using a lens with good image stabilisation, that does not compensate for subject movement and I underestimated what shutter speed I needed so the pelican in this image is not actually in focus. (I decided to show it anyway because of the feel and the colour).
A last image in the gathering doom….
Then when we got back home, I went to change lenses on my cameras for more compact storage and discovered I was missing a lens – actually the new lens from my recent post on Setting Up the X-E4. It had fallen out of my bag.
Clearly it wouldn’t be there the next morning so notwithstanding the lockdown, I went back to try to find it. I thought it had probably fallen out of the bag when I bent down to take a photo using a small post as support.
When we got back to where we had been, I immediately saw it on the road where the car had been parked. It had fallen out when I got the bag out of the car, about eighteen inches to two feet. Fortunately I hadn’t run over it. It was unmarked, had no apparent ill effects and still worked fine including autofocus. (Phew!)