International Earth Week – by Susannah Friis

This photo was taken at sunset just up the road a few minutes from us. It’s not been changed in any way…that actually was the colour!

This photo was taken at sunset just up the road a few minutes from us. It’s not been changed in any way…that actually was the colour!

Susannah is an aspiring writer who currently owns and runs four community publications with her husband. After aSusannah Pic recent humanitarian aid trip with the organization Destiny Rescue, Susannah joined their volunteer writing team and has also formally become an advocate, speaking at various clubs and groups about the work Destiny Rescue is doing to free girls trapped in the sex slave industry.

When not working, speaking or writing, or mothering her three children, she loves to enjoy a good wine, great friends, delicious food and hearty conversation.

She also likes to look at life sideways and enjoys speculating on the ‘whys’ of how we behave as humans. You can join in the speculation by stopping by her blog here.

This tawny frogmouth (they are not actually owls, as many believe) and his family visit our home often. My husband snapped this photo just near our washing line. The bird stayed there nearly the whole day supervising our laundry 

This tawny frogmouth (they are not actually owls, as many believe) and his family visit our home often. My husband snapped this photo just near our washing line. The bird stayed there nearly the whole day supervising our laundry. 

Beach at Frazier’s Reef, east coast of Australia in New South Wales.

Beach at Frazier’s Reef, east coast of Australia in New South Wales.

Taken by Charlotte, 15 years old. Gum leaves in our back yard.

Taken by Charlotte, 15 years old. Gum leaves in our back yard.

This was the view from our spa on a weekend away a couple of years ago. Needless to say, we stayed in the spa quite awhile!

This was the view from our spa on a weekend away a couple of years ago. Needless to say, we stayed in the spa quite awhile!

Nine year old Lily recently snapped this photo of a water dragon. While this one was at a park, we frequently have them in our yard and around our pool…if we’re quiet enough!

Nine year old Lily recently snapped this photo of a water dragon. While this one was at a park, we frequently have them in our yard and around our pool…if we’re quiet enough!

This is a waterfall at Mount Fraser National Park. It’s only about an hour’s drive from home. Beautiful!

This is a waterfall at Mount Fraser National Park. It’s only about an hour’s drive from home. Beautiful!

The kookaburra! This large male (the males have blue on their wings) sat in this tree quite close to our house for about an hour. As they eat small mammals, among other things, we kept our little dogs inside!

The kookaburra! This large male (the males have blue on their wings) sat in this tree quite close to our house for about an hour. As they eat small mammals, among other things, we kept our little dogs inside!

Iluka, east coast in New South Wales, is our favourite family holiday destination. Endless beaches of white sand, crystal clear water and, usually, not a soul in sight.

Iluka, east coast in New South Wales, is our favourite family holiday destination. Endless beaches of white sand, crystal clear water and, usually, not a soul in sight.

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13 responses to “International Earth Week – by Susannah Friis

  1. Beautiful. Love the close-up of the frogmouth. Such funny birds. 🙂

    • Yes, Angie, one of the things I love most about where we live in Australia is that the sea is only an hour away, and the mountains are only an hour away too. We can have our pick of seaside or mountainous getaways 🙂

  2. That frogmouth almost looks as if it is carved from wood – what a beauty!

  3. Wow, I want to visit! Particularly love the view from the spa. Inspiring! A trip to your homeland is on my bucket list, Susannah! We’ll meet IRL then. 🙂

    • Vaughn, come!!! You will love it (and we will love having you and your wife here!) That little cottage with the spa became one of my fav weekend retreats as soon as we walked in and saw that view….ahhhh, I feel relaxed just remembering it 🙂

  4. When Karen invited me to be part of this theme week, I thought everyone else was just a happy snapper like me! Imagine my horror to see all the preceding posts and know that my little point and shoot photos would be among such photography greatness!! I feel honoured and privileged to be here 🙂 Glad you like our pics!

    • karenselliott

      I’m happy to have you as a participant. Your pictures are awesome! “Happy Snapper” – that’s cute.

  5. Susannah, what fun to discover yet another of your many talents! My husband is an amateur photographer and loves his fancy equipment, but the heart and soul of a photo starts with the photographer, and no amount of high-end gear can make it right if that part isn’t there. Your photos were great fun, especially since they depict some animals that are totally alien to us here.

    • Thanks Elizabeth! Yes, my daughter (who is the real photographer in the family!) get so sick of hearing the comment on seeing one of her photos “Oh, you must have a really good camera.” She smiles and nods politely but it is such a misinformed assumption! Like you say, it’s the heart that counts and ultimately what comes through in the photo 🙂

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