Saturday, April 15, 2006

An island for every day of the year.


It is said that there are 365 islands in Moreton Bay - one for every day of the year. Some of the "islands" are little more than sand atolls that are only visible at low tide.
Three are quite a few islands visible from the Wynnum Manly area, the larger Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands in the distance, and St Helena, and Green quite close to the shore, and over at the sound end of Waterloo Bay is King Island. King Island is attached to the mainland by a sand spit. At low tide it is a popular walk - one just has to remember to make the return journey before the tide comes in. This photo was taken Easter Saturday, 2006.

Yachts need wind!


It was a perfect day - but not for yachties - they need to have their sails filled with wind to push them along. For us on the spectator boats it was a perfect day - no wind, smooth seas, no rocking of the boat!

The start of the race from Brisbane to Gladstone was delayed for almost an hour - not enough wind we were told. It gave us a good opportunity to look at the yachts up close.

When the wind did come in - it was just gentle - enough to flutter the flags, and off they went. This photo of the yacht Earthling, with calm water give some idea of the weather at the time.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race


On Good Friday, the first public holiday of the Easter Weekend, it is the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. The main race goes from Sandgate to the north from Wynnum Manly - but it is from Manly that the multi-hull yachts leave.

I'd booked tickets on one of the spectator boats and duly lined up at 9 am along with many other people to go out and watch the race. It was a picture perfect day - blue sky, calm sea - no wind. No wind? What about the yachts?

The race was due to start at 11 am - and at 5 to 11 we heard the gun go off giving the 5 minute warning, followed by another. We on the spectator boat had no idea what was happening, as nothing happened at 11 am. The expected starter's gun did not go off, and the red flag indicating no race was still flying. It was almost another 50 minutes before the race started. We were told that it was because there was no wind - hardly a breath of air to fill the sails and push them on their journey.

If one was just to laze around on the bay in a boat, it was the perfect day to do so, but so frustrating for the yachties who wanted strong winds to fill their sails.

On one of the boats was a lone piper - yes, there was this guy standing on the boat playing the bagpipes. I must find out why - but it did amuse us.

Pelicans


There are quite a few pelicans around the area. They are a familiar sight flying - gliding across the sky. Often the are sitting with other sea birds on the waterfront - especially at low tide when quite a few of the birds congregate.

The best place to see them is at the mouth of Wynnum Creek. They spend a lot of time there, as there are many tasty morsels for them from the little Fish cafe, and this is where a lot of fishermen clean their catch and throw fish heads and bones into the creek. Good pickings for hungry pelicans.

The often can be found sitting atop a pole - just lazily watching the world go by and waiting for the next fishing boat to come back to share the catch.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Foreshore


Along the waterfront from Wynnum North to Lota is a pathway that takes you on a scenic walk or ride thought the most beautiful scenery in the area. With Moreton Bay, the boats, and islands in the back ground, the pathway is littered with cottowood trees and pine trees. Along the route are also quite a number of parks with picnic shelters, and other facilities to make life more comfortable for visitors.

Along the Esplanade are a wide selection of restaurants and cafe's too - along with several Boating Clubs with great facilities.

It's a walk done - all or in part - by hundreds of walkers and bicyle riders each day.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Blue sky day

Today is one of those special days - crisp morning air, blue skies, a gentle breeze fanning Moreton Bay. A good day for boating - our next door fishing boat left at 5 am to find what the ocean will give up this day.
The deep blue sea of Moreton Bay glitters in the sunlight, and the boaties soak it in. Just a magic day.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Wynnum Library Precincts










What a non-interesting building this is in more ways than one. People spend ages looking for the library which whilst signposted is hidden behind a motley lot of shop fronts, mostly in the hands of community organisations. Not that I take issue with that, but as it turns out it looks like some bizarre wasteland. The toilet block sits by the side of the library as if in silent protest at the whole place - it's disabled toilets being accessibly only by the mildly disabled. Wheelchair friendly it is not.

The library is well past its use-by date, and the council seems to have been teasing for the last ten years about a possible upgrade - better facilities within the libary (wider selection of books) and user friendly meeting rooms, just like most of the other libraries in the Brisbane City Council.