Australia Day…and seeking the sunshine..

Today is Australia Day, and while the most appropriate date for Australia Day is still being debated, and not all of us know the second verse of the National Anthem ……

….the good news is……  there’s still a lot of sunshine out there!

Although it is reasonable and important to have debate for change in a democracy….. let’s not forget all the reasons for loving Australia, or where ever you live in the world..

Here are some of my reasons for loving where I live….


The National Library of Australia and a small electric boat that cruises around Lake Burley Griffin almost every day..

The gardens of the National Gallery of Australia.  Bronze statue of Penelope (isn’t she grand?) by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle  1912 (cast in 1984 by Susse Foundry Paris )

Looking out from the Australian Parliament House towards Anzac Parade and the Australian War Memorial, on a clear blue day…

A winter’s day in the city of Canberra, statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

An autumn day at Lake Tuggeranong, in the suburbs of Canberra

Lake Tuggeranong on a very cold winter’s day for these Buddhist monks from a nearby temple.

A Crimson Rosella eating Peppermint Sage on our deck on an autumn morning..


a golden wattle flower, the floral emblem of Australia.

A Sulphur Crested Cockatoo on his way to Mount Taylor, near where I live..

Kangaroos at sunset on the playing fields at Lake Crackenback

Holidays amongst the Melaleuca trees in Palm Cove, North Queensland.

The Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, with the best food and coffee in the state, thanks to a multicultural community.

St Mary’s by the Sea, a heritage listed non denominational church at Port Douglas, Far North Queensland…

Palm Cove, Far North Queensland….what can I say?

I enjoyed picking a few photos out of so many of this beautiful world…

In the ending words of Desiderata verse

“with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be Careful

Strive to be happy.”

Found in Baltimore 1692..

Do you have a favourite place in your part of the world?


Copyright Geraldine Mackey: All Rights Reserved.



24 thoughts on “Australia Day…and seeking the sunshine..

  1. Susan Hutton

    What an inspiring post, so much beauty to be caught up in, your photographs illustrate your theme perfectly.

  2. Theresa Higgins

    Right here where I live in tropical North Queensland is pretty good for me, Geraldine – maybe rivalled by my favourite spaces & places in Africa – especially Victoria Falls. What can I say!

    1. germac4 Post author

      Yes, tropical North Queensland has so much beauty and a healthy life style. Of course Victoria Falls would have a big place in your heart!

  3. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Happy Australia Day, and I’m guessing it is a big celebration because who wouldn’t celebrate living in such a beautiful country. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos. But, you knew that I’d get blown away by the Crimson Rosella eating peppermint safe on your deck. Oh my gosh, but that bird is a beauty, and you even had a little church. 🙂 I have to admit I love the mountains, but I being at the ocean the very best. Happy Sunday.

    1. germac4 Post author

      Thanks Judy, yes the Crimson Rosella is a show stopper! And I agree the ocean is hard to beat for relaxing!

    1. germac4 Post author

      Peppermint Sage needs some water, protection from the hot sun, ours has morning sun. Good luck with the drought and water restrictions…I’ve been thinking of you.

  4. snowbird

    What a divine selection of photos. You do live in such a beautiful part of the world. The Melaleuca trees are stunning. I loved the Rosella and cockatoo, your birds fascinate me!xxx

  5. Clare Pooley

    You have such a beautiful blog! I haven’t seen many photos of Canberra and had no idea it is such a green place! Thank-you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow.

    1. germac4 Post author

      Thanks Clare, my husband Paul and I have had a few holidays in the UK and I enjoy your beautiful countryside and of course the history that surrounds you. I don’t know much about Suffolk, and I’ll look forward to your posts.

  6. Sylvia

    You are rightfully proud of your beautiful country, Gerrie. Thanks for sharing your inspiring photos. Love your very different birds there. 🙂

  7. Sarah

    I can see why Australia means so much to you apart from the fact that it is home. It’s so blue in the first picture such a contrast to our pewter coloured days! Sarah x

    1. germac4 Post author

      Yes, the summer is very bright, with blue skies, but the we have our share of pewter coloured days in winter!

  8. Jason

    Happy Australia Day! You certainly have much to celebrate. One of these days I will have to make the journey and see some of these wonders.

    1. germac4 Post author

      Thank you .. Yes I think sometimes it is easier to look at the negatives rather than the positives of any country.


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