Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sunshine Coast

Last week I made a quick trip down to Esk to see family. On the way home I traveled along the range instead of using the motorway along the coast. I went through Maleny, Montville, Mapleton, and got on to the freeway again at Nambour. There are magnificent views all along this route.

The land drops away very quickly and you can see all the way to the coast - or at least you can if the weather is good! Unfortunately, there was fog and low cloud around and the views were restricted because of this. We stopped first at the look-out a short way along the road to the Mary Cairn Cross Reserve.

The view out to the coast includes the Glass House Mountains which were named by Captain James Cook as he sailed up the coast in 1770. These mountains rise straight out of the coastal plane and are the remnant cores of extinct volcanoes. In this photo they are just visible through the mist and cloud.

The only birds I saw were these Crows - and I couldn't get close photos because I had the 50mm lens on the camera for the scenic photos.

This view was taken at another look-out between Maleny and Montville. The view is looking northward.
 Next time I travel on this route I hope the weather is nice and clear and good for photos!

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23 comments:

  1. i like the rolling terrain in the last shot. very pretty!

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  2. If I travelled along that route Mick I'm not sure I would ever reach my destination. Such wonderful landscape to see and explore, not to mention photography or birding. I'm just looking to buy another Canon so as no to keep swapping over lenses - time consuming and troublesome.

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  3. The Glass House Mountains create such an unusual and spectacular landscape. That overcast sky makes the scene even more atmospheric!

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  4. Wow, the views are gorgeous. Even with the bad weather. I am sure on a clear day the views are stunning. Lovely photos, Mick!

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  5. Stunning clouds!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. They are lovely views Mick! I like the cloud formations!

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  7. Crows always make me dream of the cooler days of Autumn in the USA. Grand views of the coast you've shared.

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  8. Beautiful views but I hate it when I have only one lens with me and want to take photos with the lens I left at home. :))

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  9. I am always happy to see crows. They are smart and funny birds while at the same time they can be bullies. But, I have a little flock that hangs at my feeders (they like the suet) and with their presence they limit the amount of hawk activity I have. That is both a good thing and a bad thing, because I am a be fan of the hawk. But, I have to admit, I don't like to see them take any of my birds. Enjoyed your scenery and your crows. Very nice post ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  10. Beautiful landscape, the view is stunning, and great photos of the crows :)

    Thanks for yoru visit and comment.
    Hilde :)

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  11. It makes a change to see landscapes, it gives us another dimension of your wondefull country.
    All the best Gordon.

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  12. Amazing views from your journey, Mick. What a pity the weather wasn't a little better!

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  13. Interesting to see the landscape in Australia! Nice photos!
    The crow is the same here, on the other side of the world! :)
    Thanks for your comment, Mick!
    Greetings Pia in Sweden

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  14. Its a long time since I've been on the Gold Coast and then I remember the Glasshouse Mountains more than the coast itself. Lovely area to look down on and one bird is definitely better than no bird at all, even if it is a crow.

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  15. Lovely pictures of your area. Thanks for commenting on my blog. we have a sunshine coast here where I live also.

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  16. Thanks for sharing. I have always enjoyed visiting this part of the world.
    But looking at these gorgeous scenes I can't help but think.....
    "This place needs a dinosaur park!!"

    (Like a hole in the head)

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  17. Fantastic landscape, Mick! I'm with Phil - I'd never make it to my destination along that route!
    Wonderful photographs!

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  18. Sunshine Coast! What a lovely name for the coastline. Your crows differs in colros from ours. This looks more like our Western Jackdaw

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  19. I love the views from Mary Cairncross Park. That area is one of our favourite places for a day trip.

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