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“weigh anchor” – 25 Dec 2006

25th Dec 2006

Christmas at Turtle Bay, Whitsunday Island.

Christmas Morning...

Christmas Morning…

It was a misty start to the day, still and quiet. After sunrise most of the boats moved on to there destinations for the day, we decided to stay put.

After my morning paddle we explored the area, we followed a dry waterfall up into the rain forest we were awarded a sublime view..

Looking back at Tiata

Looking back at Tiata

Some morning exercise...

Some morning exercise…

Solider Crabs

Solider Crabs

We climbed high into the forest..

Rudy walking the dry river course..

Rudy walking the dry river course..

keep on walking..

keep on walking..

Looking back

love our morning walks..

Rudy did a great roast on the Cobber

Followed by an afternoon swim

Followed by an afternoon swim

Tending lunch..

Tending lunch..

Cooking with a view..

Cooking with a view..

it was a beautiful day and after lunch we “weighed anchor” and went for a sail around the Island…

Perfect…..

Flying the spinnaker...

Flying the spinnaker…

Clear sailing

Clear sailing

Christmas on Tiata..

Christmas on Tiata..

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“weigh anchor” – 28th Oct 2006

28th October 2006

We’d been anchored at Lizard Island for about 6 weeks and had recently had  some cruising friends arrive. It was decided for a group sail out to The Cod Hole on the Ribbon Reef on the great Barrier Reef.

We’d woke to the stillest of mornings, the water crystal clear. Your could see people getting out on their boats and peering into the water.

It was like looking in a fish tank, magical..

 
Crystal Clear waters of Watson's Bay

Crystal Clear waters of Watson’s Bay

Anchor line curled on itself

Anchor line curled on itself

Morning on Watson Bay

Morning on Watson Bay

We all loaded aboard Bruce and Toni’s Catamaran, nice and big. 6 Adults and 4 kids, woohoo we were off. The morning stayed eerily still being that the winds blow most the season at 20-25 knots such a still day was like magic. We skipped across the ocean surface and was we came closer to the Cod Hole the bottom started to loom out at us, we looked at the depth finder to see that we were peering into 27 meters of water.

on route to The Cod Hole

on route to The Cod Hole

Some of the gang

Some of the gang

Still Water

Still Water

We arrived at the scene and let out some buoys as we were in deep water.

We jumped in.

It was amazing, colourful and clear we could even see the circling reef sharks circling the outer edge.

Sarah getting in...

Sarah getting in…

Hi Rudy..

Hi Rudy..

Looking into deep water

Looking into deep water

Was a wonderful day of fun and laughter we returned by to Watson’s Bay with a return visit out to the ribbon reef planned.

We were treated to a divine sunset

Sun down at Lizard28th October 2006

Sun down at Lizard
28th October 2006

We had first met the Anui crew, Scott, Sarah, Seth and Fynn at Dockside before we had Tiata. We met them at the ferry stop we got talking and they invited us aboard  there boat Anui. They were heading to family at Yamba for a 3 month stay. We promised them dinner on there return but by the time they returned we had moved aboard Tiata…

Anui sitting in the forground

Anui sitting in the forground

Christmas Morning at Fogg Dam

We treated ourselves to a hire car for Christmas.

We love a drive out to Fogg Dam.

a beautiful wet land area close to home, yet and eye as to what is happening in places like Kakadu…

The last time here about 3 months ago there was still lots of water around so the animal life was spread out…….

Today it was intensified..

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We were up and out early and arrived at Fogg Dam as the sun was starting to warm the day..

 

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Magic on the side of the road

As above, so below..Australian Darter drying out..

As above, so below..
Australian Darter drying out..

Driving along the Fogg Dam wall in the early morning

Driving along the Fogg Dam wall in the early morning

 

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Just walking down the road – Peacock symbolises Good Luck, serenity, psychic protection….

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Sexy Boy....

Sexy Boy….

Lotus is the exquisite flower, which symbolizes purity. Surrounded by myths and legends, lotus is looked upon as a symbol of divine beauty.

Lotus

Lotus

a symbol of purity, peace,transcendence, enlightenment, rebirth, beauty, and fertility.

a symbol of purity, peace,
transcendence, enlightenment, rebirth, beauty, and fertility.

lotus flowers emerge from the dirty and murky bottom of a pond, and yet remain untouched by all the dirt and mud of the environment, in which it grows. This unique quality of the flower is believed to represent the pure spirit.

lotus flowers emerge from the dirty and murky bottom of a pond, and yet remain untouched by all the dirt and mud of the environment, in which it grows. This unique quality of the flower is believed to represent the pure spirit.

 

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There were bumble bees buzzing around my head...they were too quick. The bee reminds me to be organised, industrious and communication...This little guy was very industrious

There were bumble bees buzzing around my head…they were too quick. The bee reminds me to be organised, industrious and communication…This little guy was very industrious

 

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The Bird life vibrant and alive…

 

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Comb Crested Jacanda

Comb Crested Jacanda

Pygmy Geese

Pygmy Geese

Focus......

Focus……

 

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Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite

A  very chatty crow, a symbol of creation and spiritual strength. They remind us to look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life

A very chatty crow, a symbol of creation and spiritual strength. They remind us to look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life

Brolga

Brolga

 

 

 

 

 

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Jabiru

Jabiru

Can you see the Dingo?

The Dingo symbolises duality, sees life as a game and asks others to play.

The Dingo symbolises duality, sees life as a game and asks others to play.