Seagull serendipity

VJ at One Woman’s Quest has invited us to respond to a quote by the Dalai Lama.

“The planet does not need more “successful people”.  The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”

I believe healers, peacemakers, restorers, storytellers and lovers cross our path each day.  To be unaware of their presence is a gift we can deny ourselves, and at our peril.

Every time I photograph something, it speaks to me on a deeper level.  I am more open, as I go deeper within.  The art and science of this, is never linger within, for a moment longer than necessary.  That’s when you deny yourself the gift, the mystery of serendipity.

I love photographing gulls.  They have a certain presence, a dignity, despite their reputation of being a nuisance.  I love their attitude!  They are fierce in the face of it all and captured in a brief moment between lens and me, which I now share with you.


Oh! she is brave
as she faces the sun
skin freckled with age
eye brows undone
bright eyed, without sleep
her day never done
Oh! she is brave
as she faces the sun
and offers her painted lips
to no one.

a dawn bird

In response to VJs Weekly Challenge – #94 – Wild Card

Never too old …

Give me an expanse of water, and you’ll find my footsteps alongside it.  It has been this way for as long as I can remember although, ironically, a non-swimmer, I’m afraid of being immersed in water.DSCN7127
The silver sands of Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia
I’m always interested in what the tides leave behind.  Sometimes, it is a landscape of trees.  DSCN7132
At other times, exquisite perfection in shells and pieces of coral.DSCN7146
Or stuff that appeals to the child in me.

With photography, I’ve been focusing on ‘inner work’ for some years now to the detriment of every day life, the small stuff, that makes my world go around.  This year I decided to turn my attention to my finances and keep track of where I spend the most.  I’m not into apps at all.  I enjoy spreadsheets.  So started 2020, spreadsheet ready.

On reflecting on my expenditure last year it was an uncomfortable truth, I spend too much on books.  I go into automatic mode at the airport.  I clear security and head to the bookshop.  With several trips a month and books costing around $40 each, it was a hidden monthly expense.  I’ve been able to overcome my habit of buying chocolate each time I buy a book (because one cannot read without chocolate, can one?!).  It was difficult but I was able to achieve it.  I now only eat chocolate from Margaret River and I go there a few times a year.  That takes care of the chocolate habit.

My first trip to the airport this year was torture.  The more I thought of ignoring the book shop, the stronger the desire.  I ‘disrupted the circuity’ by telling myself I would go to the Ladies and then to the book shop, 20 minutes before boarding and I set my alarm for this.  At that particular terminal it is a long walk to the restrooms but it is flanked by two book shops.  I had only a few minutes to spare as I browsed the shelves when I came across the book ‘Tiny Habits:  The Small Changes That Change Everything” by BJ Fogg.  I flicked through the pages and, although the theory is familiar to me, it appealed on a personal level.  I nearly bought it when the message of the book became clear.  I needed this opportunity, a tiny change, not to buy the book.  After all I reasoned, if I really wanted it, it would be on the shelf next trip (delayed gratification).  Late one night I searched for BJ Fogg’s work and found he gave a TED Talk some years ago.  Interesting, on You Tube, and worth having a look.

Since that tiny change, each day before I get out of bed I promise myself I will focus on one small thing.  Call it change.  Call it fine tuning.  I call it behavioural cobwebs that need clearing.  They seem to be there, visible, non-intrusive, and one gets used to them until one spring cleans.

So my apron is on, my reach is long, may 2020 unwrap a new me.

May you find creative ways to achieve what you would like to achieve, and here’s to a shiny, new you.

Until next time

As always,

a dawn bird

In response to VJ’s Weekly Challenge – #80 – Habit

Against all odds …

Wildflower, Shark Bay, Western Australia

Those who visit my blog regularly will be familiar with my interest in photographing nature.  I’m always on the lookout to photograph something beautiful and/or unexpected.  Finding a flower growing beachside among shell rubble in harsh conditions in Shark Bay was a special moment for me.  It brought home what I know to be true … there’s strength in fragility and against all odds the beautiful will push through.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1563.jpgPainted blue tree Morawa, Western Australia

The Blue Tree Project originated in Western Australia.  Dead trees are painted blue in rural communities to raise awareness of the incidence of depression in these areas.  It is a mental health awareness project.  When I see a solitary one in the middle of a paddock or roadside it is a reflection of a community in action.  Just like a solitary flower in rubble, I’m reminded, against all odds, the human spirit does push through.

Against all odds has been a motif in my life.  I know the beautiful does push through.  I experience this every day and hope I’ve now shared it with you.

Until next time

As always

a dawn bird

In response to V.J.s Weekly Challenge #64 : Resilience