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    Donate to the Australian Bushfires

    Image: Dale Appleton/Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

    The 2019-20 bushfire season has been nothing short of horrific for Australia.

    More bushfires burning in more places at one time and in extremes we’ve never seen before.

    Millions of acres of land obliterated, thousands of homes destroyed, dozens of human lives taken too soon… and over a BILLION animals dead. 😢

    Below are some links for charities and services that are trying to provide some relief to the devastated areas.

    If you can donate, please do. Every little bit counts and we greatly appreciate the support.

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    An apology

    …and a long overdue update!!

    I’m SO sorry I fell off the wagon with the updates on my Canada trip. I had the greatest of intentions – I promise! – but then the universe began a bit of a pile on and the wheels fell off.

    The big item, personally, is that we’ve been preparing to move house (in mid-Feb) which has involved not only packing/chucking stuff but also finding a new place to live.

    Added to that, my sister (who has multiple sclerosis – MS) will need to start a new treatment, in hospital, right at the time our lease is due to end! 😬 Which meant we would be potentially moving out of place A, moving into place B (yet to be found!), massive move out clean of place A, and driving my sister to-and-from the Gold Coast every day… all in the one week! 😱 Cue stress overload!

    Thankfully, we found out today that our lease at our current place will be extended an additional month. That will allow us more time to find a new place, get my sister’s treatment done with, and get moved without sending us into nervous breakdown territory. PHEWWW…

    On top of all that has been the horrifying news, videos and images of my country burning in these horrendous bushfires. (I haven’t been personally affected, thank god, but seeing so much devastation is like a punch to the gut.) When the news, day in and day out, is so heart-wrenching it’s hard to find the motivation to be creative or upbeat. The fire situation has eased somewhat – for now – but fires are STILL burning around the country and we still have the rest of summer to get through yet. February, historically, is bloody awful for bushfires. I’m just hoping that’s not the case this year… 🥺

    If you would like to donate to the bushfire causes, I’ll pop some links at the bottom of this post.

    Anyway, all of THAT *gestures above* is why I haven’t been updating. Online, at least. I have lots of the trip stuff written down (yes, I still rely on ye olde pen and paper when on holiday!) so I just need to type it up.

    Rockies Premium Tour, Day 2 will be up this weekend! (It’s a long weekend in Australia so I have a bit more time up my sleeve!)

    Donate to the Australian bushfires

    WIRES – NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Emergency Services
    Foodbank (providing essential supplies to survivors)
    GIVIT’s Bushfire Appeal
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal
    SA Bushfire Appeal
    RSPCA – NSW and VIC
    ABC.net.au – List of charities/services helping the communities

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    Happy 2020!

    Happy New Year! 🎉 We’re well into the evening of the first day of January, here in Australia, so I’m taking the opportunity to wish you all a WONDERFUL 2020. I hope it brings you happiness, health and whatever else you may wish for!

    I spent much of last night getting my plans in place, writing out my goals for this year. I’m feeling more focused than I have in… ever. I’ll be holding on to that feeling as long as I can.

    I want 2020 to be a Big Year for me. I have high hopes and right now I’m full of determination to make it happen.

    So, 2020, you’re on notice. I’m coming for you.

    What are you hoping to achieve/do this year?

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    A tribute

    I had originally planned to recount my Thursday outings on Friday however was thrown for a loop when, on Thursday night, I heard of the tragic and unexpected passing of a fellow Australian photographer, Dale Sharpe of DKPhotography.

    Dale was an inspiration to many, including myself. Sadly, I never had the chance to meet him in person but I interacted with him several times on Instagram and Facebook and he only ever had nice things to say about my own photos.

    Not only were his images out of this world incredible, but he had a joy and passion for his work and his life (his fiancé Karlie and gorgeous baby girl Mia) that was evident in the videos and instastories he posted. From everything I’ve seen and read, he was incredibly kind and giving to other photographers, encouraging, humble and his enthusiasm was infectious. Seeing the tributes flowing in has only cemented that he was indeed loved by many all around the world.

    Dale’s passing has left a huge hole in the photography community. While I didn’t know Dale personally, his death has hit me hard. My heart is completely broken for Karlie and Mia and the rest of Dale’s family. I can only hope that the outpouring of love and support from so many who held Dale in such high esteem helps them during this incredibly tough time.

    As Dale passed away while overseas (he was in the United States, chasing and photographing storms – one of his passions), his family needs to bring him home to be laid to rest on the Gold Coast. A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds. If you can help, please do. (You can click the text link or click the screenshot to be taken direct to the campaign.)

    Dale, thank you for being such an inspiration. You are missed more than you will ever know. I hope you’re forever capturing amazing skies, mate.

    Hold your loved ones a little closer, everyone. And live your life to the fullest. ❤️

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    Welcome

    Welcome to Tales of Wandering and Whales, a blog for travel 🧳 photography 📸 and my other passion… whales and whale watching. 🐋

    Please feel free to check out the About page for further information or leave a comment on the posts! 😊

    Cheers,