A Quiet Moment on the River: Lens Artists Challenge 102

© irene waters 2020

What better way to have some quiet time than a solar powered canoe trip up the Maroochy River. Not even the sound of an oar dipping into the water.

Leaving from Bli Bli we headed upstream towards Mount Coolum.

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Mount Coolum is on my list of must climb but I know it will not be as quiet as this trip on the river. Not only is it a popular spot but I think my breathing will be fairly ragged when I do attempt it.

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I loved the pattern of the splash made by the outrigger? gliding quietly through the water and

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the birdlife that we surprised along the way

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© irene waters 2020

the reflections in the water

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and the ripples when a slight breeze sprang up.

At this point we should have stopped but no we forced our way under the bridge eventually getting entangled in vines and mud. No longer quiet we couldn’t help but laugh as I pushed off with a paddle I brought a large amount of mud into the boat.

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Trees that have lived and died in silence with only the birds to note their change of state.

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Waves formed by our movement

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© irene waters 2020

And more birds

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© irene waters 2020

And finally we see the tower of Bli Bli castle and we know our quiet day on the river is close to coming to an end.

© irene waters 2020

Thanks Patti for asking us to find images of quiet moments for Lens-Artists Challenge.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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26 Responses to A Quiet Moment on the River: Lens Artists Challenge 102

  1. thewordygecko says:

    Love the reflections in the water especially, Irene.

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  2. Miriam says:

    Your pictures look so peaceful Irene. Beautiful

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  3. These pictures are so lovely and peaceful, Irene.

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  4. oneletterup says:

    What a beautiful journey. I can feel the quiet.

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  5. JohnRH says:

    Wow. Beautiful photos. LOVE the reflections.

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  6. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful Irene. Love the cloud reflection especially. Didn’t know solar-powered was an option!!!

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  7. Irene, you have a special way of melding images and words into a poetic essay. This is one of your best – I enjoyed every photo, every caption, and the sense of tranquility I’ve been looking for for 4 months.

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  8. pattimoed says:

    Lovely, Irene. I especially love your 7th and 8th shots. The reflections are beautiful. A perfect choice for the challenge. I can almost “hear” the quiet!

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  9. Your photos are so beautiful, calm, and peaceful, Irene. I liked the second one, the one with one boat, and the bird photos.

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  10. Leya says:

    Love the reflections, Irene – and water, water. So quieting.

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