Friday 22nd October 2021

Share Your Snaps 7. #LifeThisWeek. 35/52. 2018.82.

Share Your Snaps 7. #LifeThisWeek. 35/52. 2018.82.

I love the water.

Toowoon Bay

I like to be near it, swim in it, walk in it and just observe it.

The water can be still, or surging. It can be fresh or salty.

I admit though that I draw the line in the water of the lake as it is a bit murky and smelly. The river is the same.


Now, back to my words: being by the water soothes me and enriches me and also grounds me.

Here are some more snaps from the past couple of months.


Gentle waves…are often replaced by not so gentle ones. As in life!


The lake water is clear but lots of weed. I am not about to get in..just a pic of my feet at the end of a small local jetty.


Arriving at the beach via this sandy track just made me stop to capture what was ahead. Container ships out to see are waiting off Australia’s coast to get clearance to dock in Newcastle or Sydney.


Many photos are taken by me here as it is a stop-off point for the loo as I continue to drive back home. I often use it as another reason to take a photo: the mighty Hawkesbury River, starts in the Blue Mountains, and goes out to sea not far from here.


Messy things these birds and ducks but managed a great shot the seagull. This was a day last week that looked the closest to being rainy. It was not but we got a little 2 days later.


Anglers’ Paradise on the Beach


SPLASH! Love this. And every single wave is different.


This place is a go-to for me to contemplate and be grateful. I came to this bridge and walked here shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer. I have met a friend here to catch up and that was special too. It is a place of memories.

To close: this is my favourite quote about LIFE. From Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Where is your favourite place to be?



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Next Week’s Optional Prompt: 36/52. Taking Stock. 3/9/18.






  1. I love looking at your beach photos! It’s as close to being there as I can get 🙂 The beach isn’t the same over here, and I don’t know why, it just feels different. Best of luck for tomorrow Denyse xx

    • Thank you Katherine. You are probably right about the beaches. I went to Venice Beach on my “LA in a Day” tour and thought “this is their beach?” .

      Thanks for your good wishes! And the heat pack,,,been a great aid to my recovery a few times now.


      P..S, Let me know if you ever want any beach images to say make a photo collage etc and I will send them via email.
      P.P.S. because I have around 4 trillion.

  2. Oh I’m on topic this week – that must be a first! I love being by the water too, especially at the beach, but I only like being by it, not being in it! I love your beach pictures and that quote is a cracker!

    • Good on you Sammie. Hard to not love the water…although this water babe cannot understand your reluctance to get in. My mum was like that as well. She might paddle but she could not swim and had ear issues so could not get her head wet.

      The quote is the best isn’t it? I had forgotten its source and then smacked myself of the head when I remembered. Mr Mindfulness himself, Jon Kabat-Zinn.

      Denyse x

  3. Thank you, Denyse for starting my week with these beautiful photos. We are at the Gold Coast until tomorrow and today the rain has gone and the sun is back shining. I wouldn’t have minded more rain as everyone really needs it but at least we received something. Have a great week!

    • Glad the rain found its way to you. We have had two days of it on and off and I think it’s helping some of the drought affected areas judging by the pics I am seeing from my country dwelling friends.

      Good news isn’t it after the “BAD” news of all last week’s political shenanigans.

      Denyse x

  4. I am holidaying in the Gold Coast this week so I am not as jealous of all those envious beach shots. Normally I would be!

    • Ah I am really glad you are at the GC and hope the weather improves enough for you to enjoy all the scenes and places.

      Denyse x

  5. I’m with you on water – it does it for my soul every time.

  6. I agree, there’s something so soothing and revitalising being around water, even if you aren’t swimming. I always try to get down to the harbour….even just to exercise!

  7. Great photos Denyse! I love water too, it’s calming and invigorating at the same time. I’ve linked up again this week with a post about Iceland, with lots of snaps, thanks for opportunity!

    • Yes so true – water is like life: calm, tumultuous and all that is in between.

      Looking forward to reading and viewing more of your travels Debbie.

      Denyse x

  8. I loved all your water pics Denyse – I can see it’s very close to your heart. I rarely get to the beach these days and must put it on my to-do list for Summer. I’ve linked my round-up post because it has some family photos to share for your theme of the week x

    • The beach is a place I used to go to much more when we first moved here (now 20 minutes away) but I think daily life takes over and there is more to do at home and elsewhere.

      I know though when I need to be at one with the much bigger world other than in my head and that’s when I head outside and often to the coast.

      Thanks for sharing your pics. I look forward to seeing them.

      Denyse x

  9. I’m a water lover too Denyse, luckily we love in a bayside suburb though I don’t actually get down to the waterfront often enough!!!

    • I understand that too Janet. When we first moved to the coast in 2015 and the beach closest to where we lived then was “just over the hill” I would go much more frequently.

      We are now about 20 minutes from the ocean and I tend to leave my visits till I really need to see the sea.

      We are creatures of habit at home I think.

      Denyse x

  10. Beautiful pics. I have a similar love of water – I love being near it, looking at it, smelling it and sometimes getting in it (less and less as I grow older!) I also draw comfort from the trees and the bush, particularly as I look out my back deck. I couldn’t afford a water view so I tried for the next best thing!!!

    • Oh yes, B and I have discussed what we would both like for our own place and some view of nature appeals.

      I have not actually had a swim in the surf for over 2 years and I have surprised myself about that. Now I am somewhat less stable and the 2 beaches nearby are pretty rough, even more reason not to go in.

      Glad to see you back here today too.

      Denyse x

  11. I still feel like I’m a bit “low” on time spent outside recently. One day… things will calm down…

  12. Beautiful photos. Nice part of the world there. Hardly ever get to the beach. Sigh.

    • I got news for you, I had to make myself get over to the beach today after an absence of some weeks. Even living closer, means “life stuff” gets in the way. Just being outside helps me too. And looking up and around me. I need that because I can get stuck in my own thoughts too much.

      Denyse x

  13. Lovely photos, Denyse. I love how the water conveys so many moods, emotions and colours.

    SSG xxx

  14. Lovely photos Denyse. I love the beach too, and don’t get to it nearly enough. It always relaxing me when I stand and watch the waves crashing on the shore. And I love the feeling of the sand between my toes when it’s not scorching hot! We spent a long weekend down at Gerroa/Seven Mile Beach, although it was windy it was nice to visit the beach and capture the waves.

    • Loved seeing your updates about that visit. It is a huge beach isn’t it? Southerly winds make it quite an exposed spot. However nature and its magnificence can never be underplayed.

      Denyse x

  15. Love your photos! Amazingly I accidentally hit the brief this week and I do share my snaps in my post. Mainly because it was the quickest blog post I could ‘write’ lol.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Yeah, I get that, When the Wordless Wednesdays disappeared from my world of link ups I decided every five weeks with Share Your Snaps was a good plan and a respite from writing even though I am never ‘wordless’.

      Denyse x

  16. I feel the same about being near the water. The ocean can help calm me when I need it. Living near the beach is such a blessing. Love your snaps xx

    • It is so good isn’t it? Sometimes when I am in need of ‘more space’ I realise it IS the beach which helps and off I go! Mind you it was so blowy the other day I could barely leave the car.

      Denyse x

  17. Watching the waves is always very relaxing. Water and nature in general is so refreshing.