25 Things to See and Do On the Eastern Coast of Australia

January 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Australia is sometimes referred to as ‘Oz’, and like that literary wonderland, the country is a place full of magic and splendor. On a recent trip, I was lucky enough to explore the Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as well as Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Below are just a few of the wonderful sights the region has to offer.

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King George Square 

King George Square is the site of the main entrance to the Kind George Square Busway Station, as well as Brisbane City Hall, its columned facade and clock tower peeking out from behind the station entrance.

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Shrine of Remembrance

The sun shines down on Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance, a touching tribute to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

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Southbank Walkway – Brisbane River

There’s a reason why Brisbane is known as the River City: The Brisbane River offers a welcome mix of urban modernity and rejuvenating greenspace. While gleaming structures of glass and steel tower over its banks, the river’s waters are dotted with kayakers and lined with lovely, tree-shaded walking paths.

 

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Roma Street Parklands 

The largest subtropical urban garden in the world, the Roma Street Parklands is criss-crossed with shaded paths leading to spectacular flower arrangements and beautiful art installations. Birds sing from the trees while families walk amongst the gardens.

At the park’s open air Amphitheater, you might catch members of the Queensland Theatre Company reciting Shakespeare.

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Brisbane Sunset

Brisbane’s beauty only grows as the sun dips to the horizon.

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Brisbane Cityscape

Brisbane has a multi-faceted appeal, mixing a growing art scene, sophisticated café culture, and energetic nightlife with unique architecture, sprawling parks and the languid beauty of the Brisbane River. All of this, and Brisbane also acts as the ideal gateway to the Gold Coast’s many natural gifts.

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Brisbane Night Traffic

Brisbane traffic streaks through the night. Sometimes the best way to slow down is to simply watch the world speed by.

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Brisbane Streets

Brisbane’s nightlife buzzes with an energy all its own, from charming pubs and trendy clubs to live-music venues and the simple pleasures of strolling through darkened but still welcoming neighborhoods.

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Story Bridge

In addition to connecting Brisbane center with Kangaroo Point, Story Bridge is routinely illuminated at night, its steel structure transformed into incandescent art.

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Brisbane Wheel

A glowing pinwheel at night, riding the Brisbane Wheel offers spectacular views of the city.

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Wellington Point 

Located just minutes from Brisbane, Wellington Point is popular with local families, and it’s easy to see why. The area is absolutely dripping with natural beauty, making it the perfect spot for a picnic or seaside stroll.

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Brisbane Plane Wreck

This Airlines of Australia Stinson Model A crashed in 1937 on route from Brisbane to Sydney. Tragically two passengers and the two pilots were killed, but three other passengers survived. In better shape than his companions, one of the three headed out to find help, but fell off a cliff.

The remaining two survivors, John Proud and Joseph Binstead, were eventually found, nearly two weeks later, by Bernard O’Reilly, who’d gone looking for the craft upon hearing of its disappearance.

Upon seeing O’Reilly, Proud and Binstead shook his hand and asked about the cricket scores.

A reconstruction of the plane can be seen at O'Reilly's National Park.

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Gold Coast

Australia’s Gold Coast offers adventure for the whole family, from endless beaches and surfing to amusement parks and hiking among its parks. Cruise its shores or canals, lounge on the sand or at a sidewalk café, the Gold Coast is all about enjoying the outdoors.

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Gold Coast Whale Migration and Whale Watching

Humpback whales migrate north from Antarctica, breaching to spout water, take a breath and duck back under the surface with a mighty beat of their massive flukes. Seeing these gentle cetaceans breaking through the waves is an awe-inspiring experience.

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Parrot – Gold Coast

Australia is home to a variety of parrot and cockatoo species, like this little guy who seems to have flown straight out of a pirate movie.

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Blue Mountains Walk

Australia’s Blue Mountains region is an absolutely magical place, offering spectacular views and the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife.

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Three Sisters Rock – Blue Mountains 

Looming over the Jamison Valley, the iconic Three Sisters were formed by land erosion, but an Aborigine legend offers a more colorful origin for the unusual formations.

According to legend, three sisters, members of the Katoomba tribe, fell in love with three men of the nearby Nepean tribe. Unfortunately, according to local law, the women were not permitted to marry and, furious, the three men set out to simply kidnap their chosen brides, triggering a war between the two tribes.

To protect them from being killed in the battle, a local elder turned them to stone. The elder himself, however, was killed and no other member of either tribe knew how to turn the sisters back to flesh and bone. To this day, the Three Sisters stand, stone sentinels looking out over their former home.    

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Around two hours from Sydney...one of the iconic landmarks of The Blue Mountains..... (Include the aboriginal story about these unusual formations - google search)
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Wallaby – Roo – Blue Mountains

This little guy, a wallaby, calls the Blue Mountains home. I named him Roo.

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Natural Bridge Arch – Springbrook National Park

Though this Natural Bridge Arch is one of Springbrook National Park’s most iconic sights, the park also features ancient beech trees that form a dense canopy over waterfalls, streams and gorges. Less than hour from the Gold Coast, Springbrook offers the chance to explore some of the oldest sections of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests.

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Bush Walking

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’, Sydney Harbour Bridge seems to catch fire as the sun sets over the city.

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Sydney Opera House

Familiar to nearly anyone and everyone, the Sydney Opera House is one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks and a genuine architectural marvel.

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Lucas Caves – New South Wales

Just west of the Blue Mountains, Lucas Caves, part of the Jenolan Caves, was discovered in 1860 and features a magnificent Cathedral that rises over 160 feet in height and is used for wedding ceremonies. Lucas Caves is one of the most popular and spectacular caves in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.

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Darling Harbour 

Night or day, Sydney’s Darling Harbour is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.

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Wallabies – Binna Burra – New South Wales 

Smaller than kangaroos, wallabies are found throughout Australia, but I spotted these guys in Bunna Burra, New South Wales.

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Hollow Tree

From the outside, hollow trees are a source of mystery, while from within, they turn the whole world into a storybook land.

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From Brisbane to Sydney and everything in between, Australia's Western Coast offers plenty of opportunity for a trip of a lifetime.

 

 

In Loving Memory of My Grandmother : Dorothy Theresa Patterson (Dec 7th 1927 - Jan 16th 2017)


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Bacchanal 2016

April 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

   

In between the RUM and the FUN 

Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival 2016

 The Bacchanalia were Roman festivals of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy.

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Walk About With MichLan Photo - 2

December 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Continuing on my Walk-About rite of passage, join me on my ten day journey through Italy, Greece Belgium and Switzerland.

The 9th of October 2015, my feet land in Milan, Italy. Immediately the old world charm hits you, highlighted through its Renaissance style architecture and abundance of churches, reminding you of the rich, religious history of the city.

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The event to end world hunger, set in front of the Duomo Cathedral, was touching and magical. Balloons tied to plates filled with birdseed were released in a wave of red and yellow. As they filled the skies, the birds descended to eat the now exposed birdseed. An ironic scene, I would soon reflect upon as my journeys to follow would make me realize if the food is anything to compare, even the birdseed here must be amazing.  Piazza Del Duomo MilanoPiazza Del Duomo Milano

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One of Italy's most well known artists, Vacca, headlined a show at Piacenza that was a live music lovers dream. The crowd, alive with electricity, the hype from the artist palpable in the air. I had previously worked with him, shooting his album cover for 'Patience' for the Universal Music group in 2013 and seeing him in action was only confirmation of the talent his recorded music reflects.

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The rich history of Athens seems carved into the very dust while one visits the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis. one can imagine how in its glory it would have been a place fit for the gods on earth.

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Never able to escape the reality of modern times, however, this city flipped my walkabout experience to include becoming a CNN verified and featured reporter when I took some shots of a protest for Turkey in Greece. [See CNN iReport]

The fame of Venice, Italy for its vino is not exaggerated. It's famous for a reason, a very delicious one. The delicate mixing of food and wine is an art perfected by a city which is art come to life. The floating city bursts with colors both visually and flavourfully, making one forget trivialities such as the panic one feels almost missing your train to visit said city.

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Brussels, Belgium. Reality again rears its head with a protest at Brussels Central Station. The city views continue my rapture that only seems to grow with each European city I visit. [See CNN iReport]

Each one has its own beauty and Brussels is no different. My waistline regrets to inform you that I have firsthand experience that the waffle made famous here is renown, also, with good reason. Enough fluffy, crunchy, sweet, goodness.

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The Swiss alps as seen from Lugano, Switzerland must be the most breathtaking site because this photographer cannot imagine any sight being more majestic and serene.

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Great Holiday Gift Idea - My 5 Top Picks!

December 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

5 Great Holiday Gift Ideas

 

The holiday season is upon us! Looking for the perfect gift for your friends and family?

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6 Stress Relieving Tips to NOT Have a Mental Breakdown During Your Session

November 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Family pictures are great – they help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family. However, this day can get very stressful, and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen. If you’re stressed it will show, and we want your photos to be carefree. Here are some tips you can use on picture day to help you relax:

 

1. Take some deep breaths. Deep breathing is a common relaxation method. It can quickly calm your stress level and you can do it anywhere. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, counting slowly in your head while letting it all out.  

 

2. Laugh. Laughter is a great way to release tension. It will also help your family relax to get some genuine smiles. Have everyone pretend to laugh and they will feel so ridiculous that they will actually laugh. This will ease everyone into relaxation mode.

 

3. Count down slowly (in your head) from 10. Take a deep breath between each number. If you’re still feeling super stressed, start the process over, back at 10.

 

4. Distract yourself. If your family isn’t cooperating and you are getting stressed, suggest that we play a game or take a walk. This will let some of the energy out and also give us some good interacting photos. Prior to your session, think of a short game that your family would enjoy – it could be something like duck, duck, goose, or dancing to head, shoulders, knees, and toes, etc.

 

You can also distract yourself by going to your ‘happy place.’ Try to take yourself out of the situation you’re in and let your mind wander.

 

5. Trace your hand. Take your finger and trace a figure eight on the palm of your opposite hand. This helps relieve stress and muscle tension.

 

6.  Give lots of XOXOs. Not only will these make for cute poses, but one of the most effective ways to relieve stress is to hug someone or to kiss them. Gather your family in a big group hug, or give your husband a kiss and let your worries melt away.

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