Tag: Snapper Rocks

679. Sunday 26th May 2019.A visit from my Granddaughter, being a local tourist guide and finding wildlife…

Wednesday 22nd May

My granddaughter Georgia and her boyfriend Cam arrived today. I dropped them at Harbourtown so they could sample the delights and leave some money behind which they did by exchanging money for plastic bags. In the afternoon I took them to The Spit but the wind was blowing from the south and was quite chilly so any thoughts of a walk on the beach were forgotten as we hastened back to the warmth of i30. From there we followed the beachside road through Surfers Paradise, past Cavill Avenue and on to Broadbeach and watched an amazing sunset along a waterway beside Isle of Capri.

Thursday 23rd May

Georgia had seen some photos of Snapper Rocks on the internet and wanted to see if it was as nice in real life.

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Surfers Paradise framed through Pandanus and Casuarina Trees at Snapper Rocks.
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Snapper Rocks view.

We drove through Coolangatta, past Greenmount Beach over the steep hill to Rainbow Bay and the little street to Snapper Rocks.

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A storm was building at sea. It rained out there but at Snapper Rocks stayed fine all day.
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Through the Palm trees

We got an additional surprise.

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Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.
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another view of Surfers Paradise and Snapper Rocks

Apart from it being better in real life, we also got a parking spot.

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another view at Snapper Rocks.
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and yet another view at Snapper Rocks.
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The Boogie Board riders seem to choose the most hair raising waves which break toward sharp volcanic rocks. It makes for wonderful face on photos for me.

This is a lovely area and the surf was running with perfect little half metre waves and all the Pandanus trees and photogenic rocks abound.230519 boogie board2230519 boogie board1

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I recall surfing from Snapper Rocks and riding a wave all the way across Rainbow Bay and into Greenmount Beach.

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waiting for a break in the waves to scramble, barefoot across the sharp volcanic rocks into the ocean.
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Wave take off. The inside man has right of way.
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Surfing close to rocks st Snapper Rocks.

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Surfer

Once upon a time, way back in 1956 a Sea Baths was built, followed by a shark pool and later still a dolphin pool and aquarium. The aquarium was operational at that time .

Jack Evan’s Porpoise Pool

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Froggy Beach, squeezed between Snapper Rocks and Point Danger.

We then drove up another steep hill to the Light Tower, which straddles the Queensland New South Wales border at Point Danger.

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Point Danger Light Station. The Qld/NSW Border passes through the middle of the tower.

On the beach below, Duranbah, surfers were struggling against a really stiff south easterly wind. Also below is what is known as Lovers Park which has been taken over by a film company making a movie called Monster Problems. In a small area walled in by steep volcanic cliffs on one side and the ocean crashing against the rocks on the other. The entrance to the movie set is another wall of shipping containers on which scenery backdrops are hung or built while stores and supplies are kept in the containers.

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On the set of Monster Problems.

Security below was tight as lots of machinery was moving around and carpenters were creating a set. The movie is called Monster Problems and stars Dylan O’Brien is this Sci-Fi thriller. There were no actors on the set today -0 just set workers.In the distance we could see the Fingal Head and the lighthouse just poking above the trees and Cook Island a little way offshore.

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Looking south from Point Danger, across the mouth of the Tweed River to Fingal Beach, Fingal Head, the Lighthouse and Cook Island offshore.

On our way back up the coast we stopped at Currumbin and climbed Elephant Rock but it was too windy to take photos. Next we stopped at Burleigh Heads and it was one of the few occasions I was able to get a parking spot but there was only three surfers today as the wind was chopping the waves.

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Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach seen from Burleigh Heads

On the very steep hill was a bus where a bus is not meant to go. It had tried to turn, lost traction and used the gutter as a brake. That was a mistake as the back end of the bus was stuck on the ground and all he could do was spin his wheels.

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The bus is stuck.
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Slowly being winched out.

That was at 9am, we arrived at 2 pm and a big tow truck had to winch the bus away from the gutter wall and with a bit of manouvering the bus was able to reverse down the hill. Later we saw it on the TV News and I managed to get lots of photos.

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Planes fly low over Burleigh Heads as they make their approach to Coolangatta Airport.

From here I drove Georgia and Cam to Cavill Avenue in the heart of Surfers Paradise where they asked to be dropped and would find their own way home.

Friday 24th May

Georgia and Cam spent most of their day at Harbourtown. After lunch I took them to Coombabah Wetlands Reserve where I know we can see hundreds of Kangaroos in the wild. They are wild too. They are used to humans but not tame and do not like to be approached too closely. I also know there are Koalas here as well. We were not disappointed with the Kangaroos and after a bit of help from a man riding by he showed us a Koala high in a tree.

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Koala’s sit high in a fork of a tree for protection. This is also why they are so hard to see from the ground.
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Try sleeping like this when a wind is blowing and the top of the tree is swaying.

He also pointed out a pair of Tawny Frogmouths.

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The Tawny Frogmouth is a master of disguise and holds still so it looks part of a tree.

Unexpectedly we saw another Koala in an adjacent tree and as we headed back to the car we found another Koala even higher in a Eucalypt.

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Those sharp claws hold the Koala firmly in place.

I drove Georgia and Cam to Surfers Paradise where they are meeting a friend for dinner.

Saturday 25th May

Georgia and Cam were back at Harbourtown again today.

In the evening I drove them to Surfers Paradise to meet their friend again.

Sunday 26th May

Today, bright and late we drove to the Carrara Markets which was on Georgia’s bucket list (along with several other places she never got to). Just as we arrived at the markets, Cam’s mother called to say she would arrive at 12.30 to take them back to Brisbane. At the markets they went shopping for almost an hour while I filled in my time with a coffee and people watched.

Shortly after we arrived home, Cam’s mother arrived to whisk them away. I know they had a good time here on the Gold Coast and they want to move here.

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676. Sunday 5th May 2019. A rant, a flight to Melbourne and a wonderful day at Coolangatta…

Thursday 2nd May

Last week I had a photo issue which I did not write about. Today another photo issue occurred which I feel compels me to mention. Especially if anybody shares a photo on Facebook OR The Internet for that matter. It does not make any difference if your photo is an unfocused happy family snap or a carefully arranged creative image which has been sensitively edited to achieve a work of art. It is especially true if you share on Facebook which is after all, supposedly a friendly, caring, sharing and embracing outlet. Although I use Facebook I do not like Facebook. OK here comes the long story. Get a coffee before you start to read.

I am sole Admin for an Australian based Facebook photo sharing group. When people apply to join they must answer three questions and obviously must be a Facebook member. Included in their application is a link to their FB profile. As a matter of interest I like to look at their profile or more correctly at their photos, if any. What their profile might reveal in terms of idealogical, political or other personal beliefs has no bearing on their application. (Although if the person was paedophile or terrorist that might take some soul searching on my part). One applicant had answered three questions so I looked at his FB photos where I was confronted by a photo which I knew I had taken way back in 2010. I compared the two side by side. To me they were the same in every way, not only visually but edit points were the same as were the number of pixels. I sent the two photos to a trusted source for a second opinion. The result was the same. Same photo in every respect including light shining from the same source direction.

I wrote to the applicant and said I had not yet approved the application and explained I was uncomfortable with the photo and could he provide an explanation (By the way one of the rules of every photo group I am involved in is that any photo must be your own work). Several hours later he replied saying he saw the photo on the wall of the Hebel Hotel which sits in a remote part of the Qld/NSW border. He took a photo of the photo and put it on his FB page. Hmmm. I realised I was dealing a very talented photographer and super talented photo editor who could take a photo of a photo and edit and crop perfectly. So perfect it is the same number of pixels! All cameras are different and have photo image of different sizes. How he managed to get his photo of photo image cropped to the exact size is brilliant.  I wrote to the applicant again and included a copy of our rules, bringing his attention to those relating to your own work and copies of photos not being acceptable. I asked if I approved his application could he abide by our rules?  I did not get a reply. That was a week ago and still no reply. I declined his application.

I also reported it to FB but not unexpectedly, they have not acknowledged my report let alone given any feedback.

Today on another group of which I am a member was a photo taken from the air of a small water course. The Admin asked the member if it was his own work. He replied, of course it was. It was taken in the Amazon – that’s a big area – from his Dad’s private helicopter. Another member asked the same question and this time he replied he used his own Phantom 4 Drone to take the photo. The Admin posted a link to a website where the photo was used to show some devastating eco damage in Africa! So far that member has not responded further. I did an International Tin Eye reverse search engine hunt on the photo. It has appeared on-line 52 times since 2016. Although the original photographer is not named there are enough resources to show where the photo came from. None were the person purporting the photo to be his own.

Why am I telling you this? If you are comfortable with your photos on FB not falling into the wrong hands than that is fine. If however you post family photos or as sometimes happens with younger people, more intimate or revealing photos, they can be taken and used by anybody anywhere, claimed as their own or used in a way not intended by you. As seems to be the case, FB is not prepared or not capable of follow up and will not or cannot help if you have a problem. Although FB state that photos always remain the property of the photographer, proof that it is your property is up to you. FB is tarred with the same Political Correctness brush that has invaded our world. They are too busy telling us how to run our lives they do not have time or resources to follow up on artistic or intellectual theft or piracy. Simply be careful what photos you show of your family, especially your children and even more especially your teenage children.  Do not expect any help or guidance from FB.

Friday 3rd May

Up at 5am to take Donnis to Coolangatta Airport for a flight to Melbourne as it is granddaughter  Hannah’s 6th birthday next week. Although there is a 7.30 am flight, Donnis is on stand-by. There is usually drama on arrival as there are 3 options. The flight is only partially booked and she gets a boarding pass immediately. That does not happen often. The flight is full or nearly full so we wait, along with the other stand by passengers to see if a passenger does a no show. Any spare seats are then allocated to seniority and then arrival at the airport times. The third version is the plane is fully booked and there are lots of stand by ahead of you. This is worst case scenario as you then wait for the next flight. Or the one after. Or the one after that and so on.

I dropped her at the airport and started to drive to Kirra Beach to see the surf and take a few photos. Before I arrived at the beach Donnis called. She has a ticket.

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Rain clouds off Kirra Beach.

The surf was sloppy, the sky was dark with storm clouds and it was beginning to rain.

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Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach almost hazed out by rain clouds.

There were no surfers in the water.

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A downpour of rain approaches Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

Time to head home and make myself bacon and egg for breakfast. Despite the rain I had a nice drive home along the Gold Coast Highway.

Saturday 4th May

A bowls match was planned at our green today. Within 20 minutes of starting it began to rain. The game was called off but it continued to rain anyway. The bowls committee had gone to a lot of trouble preparing meat pies, mashed potato and mushy peas with gravy plus a dessert. While some sat around socialising the table tennis players got in some match practise. Then it was time for a pie and couple of glasses of wine. We all had a good afternoon anyway.

Sunday 5th May

After a cool morning around 12° the day warmed up. It was brilliant sunshine so I decided to drive to Coolangatta for a day out.

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Johnny O’Keefe famed Australian Rock star has a statue in his honour straddling the border of NSW and Qld – Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. It was often said he was Australia’s answer to Elvis Presley. He had a string of hits but was killed by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in October 1978. How often have we heard of actors and singers dying of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs?

I forgot it was a long weekend and traffic along the Gold Coast Highway was heavy but from Surfers Paradise all the way to Coolie it was a good drive. Parking on the other hand was impossible. I drove into NSW and found a spot about half a Klm from the beach.

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Cenotaph at Tweed Heads. I had to park down near the tall building in Tweed Heads and walk back to Coolangatta and Greenmount.

Oh the sun was shining the water was warm and clear and the surf was only about 60cm and gentle.

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Greenmount, famed for its long slow swell.

The surf from Kirra to Greenmount to Snapper Rocks was just rolling in wave after wave and was simply annoying.

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The surfing traffic was getting a bit busy.

Annoying?

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Gentle waves which go on and on.

Yes annoying.

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This surfer dude has an unusual method of “hanging five toes upon the Malibu” From the hit song Hanging Five by the Delltones.

I was annoyed I did not bring my boogie board and not out there enjoying it.

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Gentle, clean clear waves, ideal for Malibu boards.

Almost every board was a Malibu.

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Greenmount Beach framed through Pandanus.

The waves were probably too slow for the hot dog boards.

I recalled my first visit from NSW to Qld many years ago. We arrived at Kirra and the waves were perfect as was the water temp.

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and yet another skyline

The next day we surfed from Snapper Rocks all the way through to Greenmount.

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and yet another, this time framed by a Pandanus and populated with board riders.

After walking around and going bananas taking photos I had lunch and drove through Tweed Heads and onto the M1.

The weather forecast is for another prefect day tomorrow with even better surf.

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Looking back at the skyline from Greenmount Hill
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I never tire of the Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach skyline. This one is from Greenmount Beach
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Many moons ago this was the Greenmount SLSC. and they would have open air rock bands on a Saturday afternoon. My friend Karl and I had just surfed at Kirra Beach and were getting in the car to drive to Greenmount. I got my fingers jammed in the car door. Blood blisters formed and I was in pain. Karl use a nail file to file through 3 fingernails to expose the blood blisters then poked a needle into them to release the blood and the pressure. I am not sure if I passed out then or after listening to the rock band. We then drove 700 Klms back to Toukley in NSW. I was unconscious on the back seat most of the time.
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The Pink Hotel. This was once called the Seaview Motel. The new owners painted it pink. put in an eatery, a tattoo parlour, a boutique and a bar with a stage for a band. It reminded me of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi and the words, “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot, with a pink hotel a boutique and a swinging hotspot”. It seems that mural of, I’m guessing, Joni Mitchell, was not there 6 months ago.