We spent a day out at the Lake Barrine, north of Cairns in Australia.
Having lunch out there and taking a boat ride in the lake is unforgettable.
Many of the beautiful pictures, however, have my wife in them. The only one which I can find without any person is posted here.
Very picturesque indeed!
We were up north in Australia, somewhere beyond Cairns.
We were blessed with another Good Day visiting Lake Barrine.
After taking a cruise on the lake, we took a rest in a cafe there, entertaining ourselves with the best scones and tea we ever had.
Then we took a stroll by the lakeside and captured more photos.
This photo shows everything I needed that day. If I need a boat ride, there is a boat tied up there. If I wanted a rest under the shade, there was a bench.
What else do I need?
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We can see serenity in many things.
I can never forget the beautiful view at Lake Barrine, Australia.
These water plants in the lake gave me a sense of serenity which I have always remembered.
The sunlight seemed to shine only on the plants I like.
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A place is usually serene if it is frequented by flocks of birds.
The sky was blue and the lake azul, as we moved along we found a flock of birds resting together.
We found some ducks too in a lake not far from Cappodocia.
The water fowls were swimming happily together while the sun was setting.
Again another serene scene!
Ailsa’s Travel Theme for this week is Shadows.
Do I like shadows? Many times, the shadows just fall on my subject of interest leaving them in the dark or partially in the dark. In those cases, I only have the option of taking a bad picture or not at all. Sometimes, you clearly knew that, you may only pass through this place only once in a life time. So, reluctantly, you took a picture, hoping it may come out alright.
Other times, a shadow may make things more interesting. It may add to the atmosphere or making things more real by giving readers an idea where light is coming from and what funny shadow it casts. I like taking pictures with long shadows but I only have a few of those.
In this collection, I hope to show how shadows add to the picture rather than being a negative.
While walking the narrow streets in Lithuania, I noticed that the street was covered in the shadow resulting in the left hand side having a darker color contrasting with the bright color and details on the right hand side.
Down under in Australia, we enjoyed the tranquility of Lake Barrine not far from Cairnes. The boat trip on the lake brought us close to trees on the landside, with branches hanging down to the water. While the trees were in the shadows, the aquatic plants and lilies just stood out from the dark background as if the light have chosen just to illuminate them.
Last year, on our way to the YunGang Grotto, China viewing some of the biggest buddhas, we passed through this bridge which leads into the site. The bridge piers were basically in a shadow. Still, it couldn’t hide the fine details on the piers.
My pictures with shadows were taken mainly to highlight the portions not covered by the shadows. I must admit that the shadows in the pictures are not the main subject but help to enhance the overall quality. An inspiration from this Travel Theme is that, in future, I should also be shooting pictures with interesting shadows as the main subject.
When we arrived, we realized it was a very picturesque crater lake of 1 km diameter, average 65m deep with no streams or springs feeding into it. The contained rain water is calm, crystal clear with lots of fauna surrounded by rain forest on the landside. The setting was quiet and tranquil.
We were entranced by the view as we sat out in the verandah of a pre-war built tea house overlooking the water and surrounding rainforest. . . . . life could not be more blissful than enjoying the view and at the same time sampling the delicious freshly baked scones and legendary Devonshire tea offered by the tea house.
We boarded a boat and began the tour around the lake. There were birds sitting out on dead tree trunks fallen over to the lake, pythons basking in the sun, ducks swimming happily, not forgetting to mention the variety of different types of trees and plants surrounding the lake. The lake exhibited a hue of vivid deep blue and it was just perfect – heavenly!
We then travelled on to the Paronella Park which was a dream park built by the Spaniard José Paronella in the 1930s; this was also the place where some of the Japanese animation were based. A Spanish castle and fountain were built by José near to the Mena Creek Falls. It was not difficult to imagine how gorgeous they were when the park was opened to the public in 1935. In the park, we also visited a cave with hundreds of bats hanging from the cave soffit. . . .what a sight!
It turned out that the whole trip offered a lot more than expected. . . . . another memorable trip with images infiltrated deep into our brains!