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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,

  • Whale Watching

    Whale watch, 26 July 2018

    I wanted to write up a few of my previous whale watch trips to share, the ones that really stick in my mind. One such trip was last year for my birthday.

    I’d just the day before picked up a new camera lens and was looking forward to taking it out for a spin.

    I headed down to Sea World Whale Watch on the Gold Coast for their morning tour and we headed out towards the Gold Coast Seaway at 10am.

    The conditions were stunningly calm – flat as a tack, total glass out and barely a breath of wind. It made searching for ‘the blow’ a lot easier. (‘The blow’ looks like a puff of smoke above the water and occurs when the whales surface to breathe. The ‘smoke’ is actually their exhalation of air.)

    First encounter

    You can JUST make out the baby dorsal fin!

    We hadn’t been looking all that long when we spotted a blow not too far in the distance; it looked to be a single adult humpback. It was only as we got closer that we realised SHE had a calf with her!

    And it was a NEWBORN! 😍

    Taking into account the pale colour of the calf as well as how ‘rubbery’ the calf’s skin looked (and the dorsal fin was still ‘floppy’) we were guessing that the calf was, at most, about a week old but probably younger. So really quite new.

    We turned off the engines and sat in the water a couple of hundred metres away to see what the mother would do – they tend to be quite protective of their calves, particularly when they’re so young as this one was. We never want to harass these animals – it’s their turf and all interaction is on their terms. To our surprise – and great delight! – the mother didn’t seem all that nervous. She started actively nudging her calf toward our boat.

  • Travel

    Travel for 2019

    When I was thinking about holidays for this year, I decided to do things a bit differently. I LOVE taking long holidays but they’re not always practical (getting leave approved, expense, etc). So this year I wanted to see more of Australia – closer to home, shorter trips.

    The decision I made was to do a lot of long weekends/short breaks, specifically to places I hadn’t been before or haven’t spent much time at.

    So far, I’ve:

    • spent 6 days in Noosa (and it was beyond amazing 😍)
    • a long weekend (4 days) in Darwin in early March
    • I’ve just returned from a long weekend (2 nights) in Hobart.

    I have loved ALL of my trips and at some point I will come back and blog about them.

    Still on the list for this year I have:

    The Canada trip was actually a very last minute decision. I hadn’t been planning to go anywhere overseas this year! But then the Rock the Rink tour was announced and I couldn’t NOT go! So first trip to Canada – YEW! 🇨🇦 I’ll spend most of my time on the west coast/BC area, though I’m also hoping to get over to Toronto and possibly the Banff/Jasper area as well.

    The best bit I’m REALLY excited about with these trips is I’ll be going whale watching in ALL of those locations!! 😁 I deliberately moved my trip to Canada earlier so that I could visit during their whale watching season.

    Stay tuned! No doubt I’ll be posting updates in the coming days/weeks. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions for things to do/places to stay/spots to visit for Canada or Perth, please feel free to share in the comments – I’d appreciate any help!

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    Starting from scratch

    Some changes were made to how I wanted this website to work. I didn’t want it to be just a photography shop/portfolio… I miss having somewhere to post my stories. Travel, whale watching… and whatever else happens to pop into my head.

    So. A decision was made to scrap the old stuff and start with a clean slate.

    Now I just have to figure out how to work this layout properly… 😬