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Our visit to Badlands National Park in South Dakota was atmospheric rather than kaleidoscopically colourful, as it might have been if the sun was shining. The sunflowers surrounding the park had their heads bowed. The geese were heading south. Even the sentry prairie dogs were laying low in their burrows. It was dark and cold, reminiscent of the landscape of Wuthering Heights, only the wind was whipping off the prairies, not the English moors.

Nevertheless, the pinnacles shone through with albeit muted colours.

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Stradbroke FerryNorth Stradbroke Island is so close to where we now live, it’s a shame that our trip this past weekend is only the second time we’ve crossed the bay since we moved here.

It’s a magical place to find some space to clear your head and soul.

There is no bridge to the island. That is a good thing. It means you need to make an effort for the journey and book a space on the ferry. So when an invitation arises from friends to spend time with them at their beach camp site, there is no other answer but yes.

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The site on Flinders Beach was nestled in behind the dunes where we communed with local wildlife including curlews, goannas, magpies and willy wagtails. Closer to the beach, it was the territory of gulls, terns, pelicans, oyster-catchers and sea-hawks.

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Stradbroke - Flinders Beach pelicans - Grunge

On Sunday afternoon, we took the North Gorge walk near Point Lookout where we had stunning coastline views and watched turtles and manta rays swimming below. During the season, this is a top spot for whale watching.  Any season, it’s a top spot for gelato after the walk.

Stradbroke - Main Beach 2 - FX

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It rained through our second night. Nothing sends you to sleep better than that sound.

If all of the above wasn’t enough, fishing, freshly-caught fish dinners, scrabble, walks on the beach, drives up the beach, crosswords, books, wine and good companions were in the very enjoyable mix.

Friends who don’t live locally beware. When you come to visit us, a trip to the island is at the top of the list.

Scrabble

Stradbroke - twilight beach reflections

Today the play is with landscapes. I particularly like the effect on the Glasshouse Mountains panorama. It feels like film stock from the 70s or earlier.

Glasshouse Mountains, S E Queensland

Glasshouse Mountains panorama - GrittyCable Beach, Western Australia – surf and sand grasses

Cable Beach dune grasses - Worn PopBritish Columbia, Canada  – sun and snow

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