Flora, Fauna, Waves – Northern Queensland Beaches

Barnacled Beach Log - Kewarra

It’s been a very quiet week here in what smw, slt has learned is sometimes called fnq: far northern Queensland. It’s been all about runs by the water in the early hours, walks by the water in the evening hours, and being a lazy schlub with tennis on tv in between. All in all a quite restorative little respite just across the ol’ Coral Sea from POM. Herewith, and without further introduction other than the occasional caption, some of the things I’ve been seeing this week. (Yes, there were philosophical moments during all those walks, but I can’t remember any of it at the moment. Aren’t you glad?!)

Sunrise - Trinity Beach

Paul - Trinity Beach Eucalypts

Colorful Coastal Trees


Erosion in Action - Kewarra

this is called tidal erosion made visible – above and below

Erosion and Roots - Kewarra

Coastline at Trinity Beach

Fruit Bat Migration - Trinity BeachSome flora & fauna in honor of Cate, whose dad mentioned this week that she’s enjoying seeing new members of the animal kingdom when the opportunity arises. Above: fruit bats on their morning migration back to their treetop roosts in the mountains, after a night’s foraging. Below, a gaggle of parrots and all I can say is any number of parrots creates an enormous racket. I have the impression there are lots of Australian-native species of parrot and parakeet and other such. These were the easiest to photograph here because they’re quite numerous; another white parrot was equally loud but higher in the trees and less numerous. Below that, there’s what I think is a kukaburra — stress the “think.” He was hanging out in a tree on my run this AM. 

Gaggle of Parrots

Parrot Eating

Parrot Eating 2Parrot in Tree

Kukaburra - I Think - in Trinity Beach

Crocs Sign Trinity Beach

… it would hardly be coastal  northern Australia without warnings for salties, and the occasional story of lost pets or worse. (Here, pets; in NT: occasionally the odd person, but the NT salties can beat up the FNQ salties any day.) ‘Twas awareness of the possible salties that made me extra wary when my runs and walks took me close to the mangrove areas – I felt most brave doing so. 🙂Trees in Wetlands - Kewarra Beach

Waves - Rocks - Trees

Santa Claus in Trinity Beach

Paul - Sunset Trinity Beach

Pink Sky and Islands - Trinity Beach


Ocean and Mountain - Kewarra Palm Trees and Kewarra BeachTrees and Ocean and MountainsCloudy Morning - Trinity Beach

6 responses

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, Wow, what beautiful pictures! And how fascinating that the warning for the crocodiles started with: “Achtung!” I guess there are some Germans in that neck of the woods, perhaps even some Germans who occasionally stray off the beaten path and encounter crocodiles? I hope you’ve had a really restful, relaxing vacation, and that you have a safe trip back to PNG and a smooth, successful beginning of the next phase of your work there!

    January 13, 2013 at 01:15

    • Birgit

      Wunderbare Bilder. Liebe Grüße an dich Paul und auch an Steve

      January 13, 2013 at 06:21

      • Birgit

        wonderful pictures and greetings to you and to steve

        January 13, 2013 at 06:28

  2. I am so jealous of your travels! I googled the kookie and he is dead on, either him or very closely related cousin. I think my favorite part of the croc warning is the little icon, croc in a triangle! Now I am off to google-earth to look at you on the map. Your posts always make my day; you have such an eye for composition, color etc. When you have had enough of MsF, you can begin touring your photos.

    January 13, 2013 at 01:38

  3. Diane Rachiele

    It is all very interesting, I guess Santa Claus is crocodile-proof? Great photos!

    January 13, 2013 at 01:41

  4. Great pics. I really like the first one.

    January 17, 2013 at 23:19

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