Posted by: Bruce | March 16, 2014

A pelican in profile – Lake Macquarie

Just a few images of a pelican closer up. Hair style, eye contact and sharp, hooked bill.

I wondered if he was a Canadian pelican leaving the blizzards behind. This one had an Aussie accent though, said he was from North Qld and soon flying back for the winter.

I’d never noticed the ‘nails’ on these birds. The pelicans have four (4) ‘fingers’, the seagulls three (3) with a stubby one at rear of foot.

Click on a pic for larger images that are easy on the eye and look as they should.

Word for today;   Pelican – a big bird with big hook on the end of a big bill.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

From my stuffed political armchair;

It’s been a few months now since I heard the words ‘Australia is the land of the fair go’. I was driving to and from somewhere and Meryl Swanson, host on a radio talkback show, was the person delivering this infrequently heard, optimistic, Aussie saying.

As cars chopped and changed lanes I fleetingly wondered if that holds for Australians these days. Probably I figured, but politicians (especially Federal) flashed, like a neon sign, as the exception. This thought stayed with me until recently…..

Tony Abbott said he would ‘stop the boats’; meaning people smuggling boats for paying, hopeful asylum seekers. He had only been in the job for a few months but the strategy so far appears to be reasonably successful. Credit where credit is due.

Best intentions aside, the Rudd/Gillard Labour Gov’t totally stuffed the policy and handling of people smugglers/asylum seekers arriving by boat. They opened the floodgates and it seemed there were boats enough to be used as stepping stones from Indonesia (rest area) to Australia.

Christmas Island 2010. 50 dead.From where I sit, the Federal Opposition Leader and Greens Leader should pull their heads in. What the hell are they going on about in Parliament? Trying to make something out of nothing, being kept in the dark? They sound like childish, poor losers to me.

During Lab/Greens terms of gov’t, asylum seekers were just about a daily newsflash (here and world-wide) and boats were bumper to bumper with an increased risk of tragedy. Who can forget Christmas Island?

Labour and the Greens had their chance and they blew it big time. The people smugglers were in control, Australia was being used as a doormat.

The Abbott governments stategy should get a fair go. It won’t be perfect but it’s a hell of a lot better than what we had. Hopefully it can develope to something better still and get the nod from both sides of politics. Time will tell.

Word for today:         Fair  -  reasonable, equal, evenly matched, given a chance.

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | March 4, 2014

Street photography – Port Stephens, 2014

Jan 12, 2014. A great view and interesting passing parade. Different, anonymous people with the same curiosity.

Marine Rescue Radio Base, Nelson Bay Lighthouse, Port Stephens is the location. Excellent pancakes and coffee can be had while taking in the scenery.

It’s street photography, near water. Just click on a pic. for detailed, large images that are easy on the eye.

Word for today;        Selfies – these aren’t really selfies.

More to come;      same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | February 22, 2014

She didn’t mean to worry me.

But I worried anyway. And the thing is, she doesn’t know me.

You see, I passed this young lady when driving to my mum’s place tonight. It was around 8.15 pm and she was walking at the side of the road with her back to the traffic.

I only glimpsed her for a few seconds but that was long enough to see that she is a she and wearing something like a work uniform. She could be 18 to 28.

Traffic was light and the road she walked was gloomy on her side with trees and railway to her left. It’s a highway with lighting but gloomy all the same. The area is industrial and ahead of her was nothing in terms of people. A station was about 2 or 3 klm’s away and empty of people.

I tried to figure out where she was going; there were no houses. I couldn’t see a bus stop and if there was one, it was deserted. I was already feeling unsettled but now I worried. I was also unfairly cranky with her because she was in a situation that I didn’t like.

I wanted to stop, turn around and go back. I wanted to ask did she need a lift, was she stranded, did she feel safe? Was someone coming to pick her up, her dad or boyfriend or brother?

But of course I can’t do that and didn’t. I wondered if she had any emergency stuff like police on speed dial, an air horn screecher or some kind of pepper spray.

If she did it would have worked on someone like me. On one or two bad guys who stopped and snatched her in the gloom, it would have been pretty useless.

I hope she got home safe and sound tonight, tucked up in her bed. Tomorrow I hope to hear nothing in the news. Then I’ll be right till next time.

She should be able to walk when and where she likes, but she is so vulnerable.

Word for today:        Worry  ………. An unsettling state of mind

More to come:     Same blog time, same blog channel

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