Bunburra: Indigenous touch football festival on the beach

Bunburra means beach in Yugambeh, the language of the Kombumerri, Traditional Custodians of the Gold Coast region. Earlier this month 20 touch football teams from across Queensland came together on the Gold Coast for the inaugural Bunburra Indigenous Beach Touch Football tournament on the Surfers Paradise beachfront. The players were aged between 14 and 17 years of age and represented areas including Inala, Bundaberg, Logan and Thursday Island and were joined by NRL legend Petero Civoniceva, Ambassador for the event and fellow NRL great, Scott Prince.

My role in this event? Nil, although I did have the opportunity to learn from local photography teacher Danielle Lancaster of Bluedog Photography, whilst taking photos of the event. Danielle was there as part of an arrangement with PCYC Queensland and the Indigenous Special Projects Coordinator. Photographing sport on the beach is not something I’ve done before and in the evening there was a spectacular fireworks display, something else I’ve never had the chance to photograph.

It was a magical day for all involved with plenty of competition, big smiles, traditionally cooked food, a fire lighting ceremony and dancing on the sand. These are some of my shots from this memorable event.

Memories of our 2011 scrappy adventure

It has been almost 4 years since our trip to Europe, much has happened since then and sadly, none of it included travelling overseas. Nor did it include finishing all of my photobooks from that trip, three are currently sitting on our book shelves but there are still a few books to go. Sorting through photos and deciding on layout takes time and with me being a bit of a procrastinator it is taking longer because I keep getting sidetracked. Today the distraction has been looking through the many photos we took on our compact camera, the happy snaps and selfies (sans selfie stick of course). With the planning of our next trip underway, it was a joy to go back and see the photos we had of each other, captured as we moved from Paris to Amsterdam, then onto Germany and Switzerland before spending four weeks in Italy.  The next trip will be shorter, but still with a focus on Italy and we are madly saving in the hope that we can make it happen this year. In the meantime, I’ll keep smiling as I look through all our wonderful, memory filled photos.

Wordless Wednesday: Koala in pastels

Not completely wordless Wednesday, this week I’m sharing my latest illustration with you. You may have seen photos of a Koala in an earlier post, the images I took provided me with inspiration for this pastel illustration.

pastel illustration of a koala

Art on campus

The Logan campus of Griffith University has wonderful art on display, I’ve always wanted to go and photograph my favourites to share with you but never made the time. Recently I had a little time to spare and with my new iPhone in hand, off I went to capture some of this great art in order to share it with you.


Not an owl

Not an owl.
Not an owl.

The Tawny Frogmouth is often referred to as an owl because of their large owl-like eyes and nocturnal habits, plus they also eat insects and have soft feathers. They are not owls, but they are closely related to nightjars. Unlike owls, the Tawny Frogmouth almost exclusively eats insects and they lack the long talons and powerful feet of the owl.

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

We rarely see these birds, Bundy and Maxi patrol the yard regularly and scare away any bird that dares to perch on our fence. Being nocturnal creatures, when we do see them it is for a brief period at night and they’re so quiet we don’t even notice them. Today I got lucky, as I was leaving the house I noticed an unusual stumpy branch on a nearby tree which, on closer inspection, turned out to be a Tawny Frogmouth. As I moved around him with my camera he barely moved, at any hint of a threat or disturbance these birds freeze, doing all they can to make themselves look like part of the tree.


Tawny Frogmouths generally like to inhabit open forests and bushland consisting of eucalypts and acacias. We are lucky to have such an environment close to home, it has given us so much joy especially over the last couple of years when we’ve had the privilege of seeing Koalas up close as well as a variety of native birds.

An extraordinary effort at camouflage.
An extraordinary effort at camouflage.

Big snake, full belly

With all of the bushland surrounding the local shelter it isn’t unusual to see a variety of creatures other than dogs, cats, birds and guinea pigs. Most days you can see a few wallabies, plenty of ibis, bush turkeys and magpies however, on occasion you do get to see green tree snakes or a python. I’m not sure what sort of python is residing at the shelter, it is possibly a carpet python or a diamond python, whatever the type it certainly has a full belly as you can see from these photos.

python in tree

python in tree

python in tree

It is moments like this when I wish I had my DSLR, the iphone digital zoom is really not great and there was no way on this earth that I was going to climb the tree to get a better view. If you think you know what sort of snake it is, please leave a comment and let me know.

Happy Sunday!




Travel theme: Details

This week’s batch of photos brought to you courtesy of Where’s my backpack Travel theme: details.

Federation Square Melbourne
Considered an eyesore by many, Federation Square’s architecture is unique in Melbourne and still draws the crowds.
Stained glass ceiling
Look up to see the stunning stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria
San Rufino Cathedral, Assisi
Close up of the carving on the San Rufino Cathedral, Assisi
artwork on tiles, Siena
Part of an piece of art decorating the walls of the series of escalators that take you from carpark to the old town of Siena.
sarcophagus carvings
Intricate carving on a sarcophagus housed in the Palazzo Massimo, Rome
Roman mosaic
Mosaics close up in the Palazzo Massimo, Rome