Day 115-121, 366 Day Project

Day 115-121, 366 Day Project

Days 115-121 : 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!” “Faces” Day 115 – (24 April 2016) Out dining with friends I spotted this cool wall art mural along Ocean Street. Sometime about the eyes intrigued me…captivating yet a little crazy. “A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” ~ Oscar Wilde “A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer “Lest We Forget” Day 116 – (25 April 2016) Lest we forget : Anzac and the language of remembrance Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day. Today we commemorate our diggers, it’s a day to thank them for their service & remember those who died defending our freedom. Australians recognise 25 April as a day of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held across the nation at dawn – the time of the original landing, while later in the day, former servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches through the country’s major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal, and are held at...
Day 114 – 366 Day Project

Day 114 – 366 Day Project

“Bug”   Day 114 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”   How cool is this little guy which I spotted on a bush at Cotton Tree park on Anzac Long weekend. Did you know that Scutelleridae is a family of true bugs. They are commonly known as jewel bugs or metallic shield bugs due to their often-brilliant coloration. They are also known as shield-backed bugs due to the enlargement of the last section of their thorax into a continuous shield over the abdomen and wings.  This latter characteristic distinguishes them from most other families within Heteroptera, and may lead to misidentification as a beetle rather than a bug. These insects feed on plant juices from a variety of different species, including some commercial crops. Closely related to stink bugs, they may also produce an offensive odour when disturbed. There are around 450 species worldwide. Pretty amazing when you get up close and personal don’t you think? Next time you spot a bug or insect, I challenge you to lean in and get a closer look.  I guarantee you’ll be surprised and amazed by these creatures as much as I am.        ...
Day 112 – 366 Day Project

Day 112 – 366 Day Project

“Australian BrushTurkey”   Day 112 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!” Spotted out on an afternoon stroll around the peninsula it’s not uncommon to come across what I call the ‘bush turkey’ foraging around the parks and bush land areas. They tend to mingle among the visitors in the local park and are usually friendly towards picnickers. The Australian brushturkey or Australian brush-turkey (Alectura lathami), also frequently called the scrub turkey or bush turkey, is a common, widespread species of mound-building bird found in eastern Australia from Far North Queensland to Illawarra in New South Wales. The Australian brushturkey has also been introduced to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Despite its name and their superficial similarities, the bird is not closely related to American turkeys, or to the Australian bustard, which is also known as the bush turkey. It is a large bird with black feathers and a red head. Its total length is about 60–75 cm (23–30 in) and a wingspan of about 85 cm (33 in). It has a prominent, fan-like tail flattened sideways, and its plumage is mainly blackish, but with a bare red head, and a yellow. The male’s wattle becomes much larger during breeding season, often swinging from side to side as they run. The males’ heads and wattles also become much brighter during the breeding and nesting season. The underside of the body is sprinkled with white feathers, more pronounced in older birds. The brushturkey is a clumsy flier and cannot fly long distances, only taking to the air when threatened by predators or to roost in trees at night and...
Day 111 – 366 Day Project

Day 111 – 366 Day Project

“Bodyboarding”   Day 111 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”   On an early morning walk on the beach I spotted these two guys heading out to catch a wave or two.  I noticed that their boards were shorter than the standard surf board so did some research… So What is Bodyboarding? Bodyboarding is an awesome sport that can’t really be described. It’s a board sport very similar to stand up surfing, but in bodyboarding, the rider lies on his/her stomach or kneels on a smaller soft board. The board is more flexible and allows more radical changes in speed and more vertical drops. The true father of modern bodyboarding is Tom Morey who invented the “Morey Boogie Board”. This board was once the choice of mainly kids and beginning surfers, riders began to ride the Boogie Board for more advanced maneuvers in progressively gnarlier conditions until the term “boogie” was stricken from the language and replaced by the much less silly “bodyboard.” The basic bodyboard is a 3-4 foot foam rectangle, but modern boards are designed specifically for riders and wave type. Bodyboarders can ride either “prone” or in the “drop knee” position. In the prone position, body boarders can complete maneuvers of much more difficulty and in a much more critical area of the wave than stand up surfers. If you want to know the rush of riding a wave, grab a bodyboard and get out...
Day 108 – 366 Day Project

Day 108 – 366 Day Project

“Beacon”   Day 108 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”   Buoys and marks are like marine traffic signals, and they have particular meanings – warning of dangers, directing you to deep water and keeping you on the correct side of the channel. Direction of the buoyage: On entering a port or harbor, or travelling upsteam in a river or channel, you should pass the port (RED) mark on your port (LEFT) side and the starboard (GREEN) mark on your starboard (RIGHT) side. On leaving a port or harbour, or travelling downstream in a river or channel, you should pass the port (RED) mark on your starboard (RIGHT) side and the starboard (GREEN) mark on the port (LEFT) side. A simple rhyme that references navigation lights on your vessel and may help you to remember is: “Green to green when going upstream; green to red when seas are ahead.”...
Day 107 – 366 Day Project

Day 107 – 366 Day Project

“Vortex Water Feature”   Day 107 of 366 Day Project “Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”   At the Canberra Airport terminal heading home from my family trip, I noticed these amazing water features outside the main entry of the terminal. After I checked my luggage in I detoured back to take some photos. The need to provide physical protection to the front of the terminal building, the team at Canberra airport decided to design a more aesthetic alternative to traditional bollards. “Just as heart is a fountain of unspoken words, the universe is a womb of wonder weird worlds.” ― Toba Beta Waterforms International and GMB Architects worked together to find a solution that combined both clever landscaping and unique water features. Richard Phillips, Manager aviation Projects, Canberra airport explained, ‘the water wall along the road edge had always been part of the solution, but we wanted two signature pieces to mark the terminal entries and to finish the stone ‘triangle’. So the ‘vortexes’ were created. They are the work of Dirk Slotboom, Chris Carter and Mark Salis from Waterforms International. They are the only Vortexes of this size in Australia and feature coloured LeD lighting, which are controlled by a central computer and can, rotate through eight colours or stay as one. The vortex can grow and disappear altogether, and even change shape and give the effect of plaiting hair. On a more practical note, the water is re-circulated, filtered and treated to 1.5 microns to prevent any sort of bacteria and if anything falls into the vortex it can be retrieved from a collection...