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Beautiful Langkawi & it’s STUNNING wildlife….

12/02/2015

The Andaman Resort is located on the north side of the tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia.

This 4.5 star resort is one of the best places I have ever stayed :)

Hidden away between a 10 million year old rainforest and the jade coloured waters of Datai Bay – this really is heaven on earth :)

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view from the beach

What I loved the most was the how the hotel was immersed in the rainforest…I could feel it. I literally felt immersed in it.

Our room was gorgeous, well appointed and the beds were super comfortable.

The amenities and service were fantastic – from the way they called me ‘Miss Christine’ and ‘the dancing queen, {more about that in another post!} the service in the restaurants, the cool ‘orange’ spritzers on the beach and the AWESOME band all added to the ambience of this beautiful hotel…

Each day, we sat on the beach and swam in the cool waters of the Andaman Sea…I love being nurtured by the sea….I think all of us have forgotten how wonderful it is just to float and be…I loved it….silently beneath the waves, taking it all in…fabulous :)

As the hotel is very secluded….{think partner} you can walk, listen and observe all that exists in this magical place.

I enjoyed one of the best massages I’ve ever had at the V Wellness Spa. I was massaged in an open air villa overlooking the Andaman sea…It was absolute bliss.

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There was SO MUCH WILDLIFE to be seen and enjoyed at the hotel..

I was lucky enough to see the Malaysian flying lemur {or Sunda} right outside my room…I mean literally…

The Sunda flying lemur is not a lemur and does not fly. Instead, it spreads out with it’s membrane and leaps amongst the  trees. It is strictly arboreal, is active at night, and feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits.

Each day, they looked like this…back from their night flight, resting and chilling out…

Look closely, there are three lemur’s..resting quietly, right outside my door…

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The next day, I saw something moving beneath one of the lemurs and quickly went and got my camera.

This is what I saw….

A baby lemur…peeping out…it was so fabulous, it was as if he was posing for the camera :)

The young are born undeveloped and helpless and attach themselves to the mother’s belly, in a pouch formed from the mother’s tail membrane. They are eventually weaned at approx around 6 months old,

How cool is that?

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I was also lucky enough to see a Oriental Pied Hornbill. These magnificent birds frequent the tropical rainforest’s of Asia and are characterised by an unusual, long ‘horn like’ bill structure. This large bill assists with catching prey, fighting, preening as well as nest building.

Again, this gorgeous bird was right outside my door :)

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The hotel had an abundance of monkeys that could be seen at all times of the day {we even had a cheeky monkey come into one of our rooms!}

My favourite was the Dusky Leaf Monkey. Characterised by its dark grey/black fur and two white ‘eye glasses’, it frequents the tropical rainforest’s of Malaysia..

This subject was SO much fun to watch…

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There were so many gorgeous photographic opportunities at this resort – my camera just wouldn’t stop clicking… :)

My advice? Start packing :)

For more information on this AWESOME hotel click here.

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Paul and his beloved ‘Sharks’ – a personal post…

08/01/2015

My stepson is SUPER IMPORTANT TO ME…and I love what the Sydney Cronulla Sharks do for him…

I’ve written about this Paul before and what the Cronulla Sharks do for him, I just want to show you the pics….

These shots were taken on the Team day in 2014…

Look at his face..it says it all….

Thanks Cronulla Sharks...you mean the world to Ray,Paul and I….

Click on the first pic to see the slideshow :)

 

Fast action photography at Penrith Whitewater Stadium

08/01/2015

A couple of weeks back the click walk learn VIP group headed to the Penrith Whitewater Stadium to photograph some super fast action on the water :)

This artificial whitewater sporting facility was purpose built for the canoe/kayak slalom events at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Today it is used for recreational rafting {great fun} and local, national and international canoeing/slalom events.

This ‘U’ shaped course is over 320 metres in length, 0.8 to 1.2 metres deep and between eight and 12 metres wide.

River pebbles set into the concrete create a ‘natural’ river feel. Movable obstacles are also added to vary the difficulty of the course and to fine tune the rapids.

A footpath follows the course all the way around which made getting in ‘close’ to photograph the action really easy. This path was built with the media in mind for the 2000 Olympic games. If you are interested in photography – it really is a great place to get some awesome shots..

I love fast action photography – we used super fast speeds to ‘freeze’ the water. Thanks everyone for a great day out – enjoy the pics :)

Click on the first photo to view the pics as a slideshow :)

Sand Sculpture Photography at Sydney’s Bella Vista Farm

07/01/2015

Last week some of the click walk learn VIP’s braved the hot conditions and headed to ‘Bella Vista Farm’ in Sydney’s northwest to photograph the Sydney Hills Sand Sculpting Exhibition.

This years theme is A friend in Me – Celebrating Disney Pixar.

Over 400 tonnes of sand has been transformed by these super talented artists into the fantastic creatures from some of our favourite Disney Movies – The Incredibles, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Ratatouille and Cars.

We had a great time taking pics of these brilliant sculptures – you really have to see them up close to appreciate the time and effort that has gone into creating them.

This fabulous event is open until 26th January. Click here for details and more information.

Thanks everyone for a wonderful day :)

Click on the first photo to begin the slideshow :)

 

Assistance Dogs…they are SO SO special….

26/11/2014

As you all know, I am the volunteer photographer for Assistance Dogs Australia. And absolutely love it:)

Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence.

Last Thursday was our annual ‘Awareness Day,’ held in Sydney’s Martin Place.

We received much needed donations from the general public who loved meeting our ‘super puppies’ and having a pat!

The dogs showed us a selection of their ‘tricks’ including opening the washing machine door {yes really}, picking up a mobile phone and pulling off your socks!!

These dogs never cease to amaze me..they are so soft and gentle and just want to help….

If you’d like to help out by making a donation, becoming a puppy raiser or a puppy minder, visit Assistance Dogs Australia for more information…

Enjoy the pics :)

Click on the first photo to view the slideshow.

 

 

Macro photography OR how to see the ‘little’ things….

24/11/2014

Macro photography opens up a whole new way of seeing….In fact it really teaches you to ‘see’ and ‘take notice’ of what’s around you.

Last week, I spent the day at Fagan Park in Sydney’s north west going crazy with my macro lens.

The park was huge and had many different ‘themed’ areas within that gave numerous photographic opportunities.

There were also some gorgeous landscape scenes in the Park – if you live in Sydney, I would really recommend visiting this wonderful place.

Take a look at what I created…. :)

Click on the first pic to view the slideshow :)

 

Angel Place Sydney…or photographs of birdcages :)

24/11/2014

Angel Place is a lane way that runs between George & Pitt Street Sydney.

Over the years it has been decorated with various ‘art forms’ and these ‘birdcages’ have been there for a while…

Last week I was in the city, so I thought it was time I checked out ‘Angel Place’ with my camera :)

Enjoy the pics :) {click on the first photo to start the slideshow.}

 

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