Tread lightly, celebrate nature.
As an avid lover of nature photography and the great outdoors, I have been fortunate enough to see some of the most beautiful (and remote) corners of this world. But truly, there is no place like home.
We are incredibly lucky in Australia to have such a deep connection to our land and to have such diverse beauty literally right out our front door, or within a matter of a short drive. With a plethora of white sparkling sandy beaches, to endlessly rolling mountain ranges, islands of pure paradise, ancient tropical rain forests and impressive million-year-old rock formations - it is no secret why travellers are drawn here from far and wide. This country has it all and is home to some of world’s most impressive natural sights.
So with Easter around the corner, I wanted to touch on a very important message, in line with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, to encourage safe behaviour and ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday period enjoying this beautiful, rich land.
Did you know that just last year 97 people lost their lives in our rivers, creeks, streams, dams and lagoons.
It’s true, getting out in nature will clear your mind. But Mother Nature is ever-changing, moving and evolving and we too must adapt and pay attention to all things. Remembering that changing seasonal patterns, flooding and other natural effects can cause our environment to change drastically. It is really important to respect and become familiar with each new environment you enter, which ultimately elevates your overall experience and adds to the memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
I have put together a series of Australian images collected and captured over the last few years in our inland waterways to inspire you to go explore and feel the land alive inside you.
Autumn is the dreamy season, when the air seems so crisp, fresh and clean and the sun is beaming through the trees as they bend and sway in the soft breeze. I am still encouraging you to get off the beaten track, to disconnect from your day-to-day thoughts, and busy lifestyles, to reset and restore, to breathe in the clean air and just be…. Just make sure you are practical and safe whilst doing so.
While remote settings can make for a peaceful escape, the more hidden the location, the harder it will be to find you should anything go wrong. Patchy mobile signals, unfamiliar terrain and unpatrolled swimming areas can turn trouble into fatalities fast.
Here are some key tips to help keep you safe:
- Never go alone.
- Be prepared and make sure you tell someone where you are going and for how long, take enough supplies and check the latest weather conditions.
- Wear a lifejacket when boating, kayaking or using a paddle board.
- Avoid drugs or alcohol around the water. And remember that water conditions, which may have been suitable, previously can change hourly.
- Always enter the water slowly, feet first – never just dive straight in.
- Learn CPR and first aid – brush up on a course before you go away, you never know when you may need it. (and it’s a cool skill to add to your resume – win/win!)
Head to Royal Life Saving for further tips and information
Happy holidays and have fun. I’d love to see what you capture this Easter break!