A year, that for so many, has brought only heart break and hardship. As I scrolled through my photo library for this year, I was again overwhelmed with gratitude that Covid19 had so little impact on my daily life. Each and every week my images are of the happiness and beauty that has surrounded me.
My random choices.
January - the drive to O'Reillys
Our icon Australians, thankfully waiting for us to pass before they crossed the road, as we travelled to O'Reillys for a quite spectacular day of hiking. Foggy skies and hot air balloons greeted us on the early morning drive. Lush rainforest, waterfalls, blue lamington crayfish and the odd snake or two, basking in the sun, made the day special.
February - Mt Glorious hike
Here we are enjoying the view back to Brisbane, comptemplating the magic of the rain that had broken the drought and doused the bushfires.
March was a month of unusual butterfly activity. Unusual in their numbers and for actually resting long enough for me to get a photo.
There have been some spectacular sunrises during the year, but none more so than on this morning, as I set off on my daily walk.
Our winter skies are often wispy and dreamy. They fill me with awe.
Late June, we no longer had to walk solo. Three of us went on the great 'resin' hunt, in a local Conservation Park. On this day the aromas and 'greens' of our Aussie bush were remarkable.
An iconic river scene at Goondiwindi, as four friends and a small car, headed west to explore 'The Outback' of Western Queensland.
A chance sighting of the Harlequin Bug, on an early norning hike of Mt Cotton.
November - Box Circuit hike
Return to the rainforest at O'Reillys, Lamington National Park, a day of wonder at nature's tenacity and age. Giant trees held us spellbound.
December - Brisbane from Kangaroo Point Cliffs
A very special, 6 am misty view. My brother was down from north Queensland, to be with his wife who had had a major operation the previous day. It was a glorious morning to be out walking, and on our arrival at the hospital soon after, we found Michelle making a marvellous recovery.
As 2020 draws to a close, I am filled with hope that the vaccines will go a long way to making the world a safer, healthier environment for all.