"Total eclipse in Cairns,QLD 14/11/2012" tropicrd's Profile

Once in a life time experience

I watched this total eclipse from my backyard at 6.38am on 14th November 2012.

I was gob-smacked by this rare experience.

Even though it was a dull cloudy morning the clouds parted right at that moment in time to show off in all it's glory.

I really thought about ancient civilisations and how terrified they must have been,they must have thought it was the end of the world.

The birds went a bit crazy so I supposed they were confused too!

What a wonderful thing to see and I was busy taking as many pics as I possibly could to share with others..I have these on my things to do Cairns page also a video.

Cheers Dorrise.

Tropical reflections

There are plenty of resting seats along the pathways around Centennial Lakes in Cairns to sit and get lost in the still beauty.

August 2012,meeting VT members.

Ant and Deb..Cairns August 2012.
A lovely time was had and new friends made.

Ant and Deb enjoy Barron Falls Kuranda

Flying the VT flag at Barron Falls Far North Queensland.

A travel log will be done as soon as possible.

The Herd

These sculptures are called the Herd--by using your imagination they could be a herd of any creature--they are positioned at the main entrance to the swimming lagoon in Cairns and they can be seen going out to sea or coming in.I like to call them the Du-gong Herd which are known as gentle sea creatures,they are whale like mammals of tropical seas but some of our indigenous friends say they can be very dangerous.I believe them.

Yellow bellied sunbird

Bird watchers travel from around the world to hopefully get a glimpse of this little bird--we are so lucky as they nest under our patio.They are only found in Queensland Australia and mostly up in the north.
Hope you enjoy the pic.This is a male.

Indigenous art and story.

I love Indigenous artists and their story telling.

In Aboriginal mythology---Dreamtime:
the time in which the earth received its present form and in which the patterns and the cycle of life and nature were initiated; based on allegiance to a totemic ancestor.

I am so priviliged to have some indigineous artists as my friends and also had many indigineous clients during my career as their therapist/counsellor.
I also welcomed indigineous people into my art therapy groups as a way of healing and closing barriers through visual art.It can also be a strategy for surpassing culteral barriers to create communication.
I am known by the aboriginal community in Cairns as the 'Bat Lady' and was presented with a red bandanna as a sign of respect.
Bats are considered very special creatures that fly into the rainforests spreading the seeds of trees that can only survive in the forests.Without bats then the forests would die.I know I am very loved and respected by many and if I want to know anything about their home and culture then I have permission to ask. I am a very lucky person.If you want to know more about Roslyn and her artwork please check out my Cairns pages and my personal pages where I have shared her Platypus painting and story.
I have also written about 'Fire-Stick' burning on my Australia page.

The old and the new VT flags

I could not resist having a pic taken with the old and the new VT flags beside this amazing 'looks like lace' tree in the famous Daintree Rainforest in Far North QLD,Australia.

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    Apr 10, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Thinking about you as I heard about the cyclone. Glad to see you are OK!

    • tropicrd's Profile Photo
      Apr 11, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Thanks Kimberly,we are getting heavy duty rain at the moment..post cyclone so on flood watch.. I am fine..xx

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Dory, I sure wish you could hunker down with one of your neighbors to ride out the cyclone: hate to see you go it alone. Crossing fingers all will be well!!!

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      Apr 12, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      Keeping tabs on you via the Misc. thread… Good to know you're doing alright!

    • tropicrd's Profile Photo
      Apr 12, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      It was a rough night last night and lots of flooding,roads closed etc,but I am ok ..it has passed us and on the way down south. xxxx

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    Apr 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Hi Dorrise! I seem to have missed the spotlighted members in March ... Congrats on being one of them ... Truly well deserved !

    • tropicrd's Profile Photo
      Apr 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Thanks so much..it was a real surprise for me.. Hope all is well with you..

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    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I hope things are fine with you!


  • swissfondue's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Hi There my dear friend.
    Alas, not much time for VT these days but I have just got the opportunity to log on and noticed you have been in the spotlight.
    Richly deserved I might add !!!!!!!!
    Sorry I missed you in Melbourne :(
    That whole weekend was a bit mucked up to be honest. hugs Heidi x

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    LOL, I completely missed the March spotlight! Congrats on being a featured member!

    • tropicrd's Profile Photo
      Mar 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Awe thanks mate.. Some people told me otherwise I would have missed it too..Haha

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    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I saw a reference to a downunder meet possibly in Cairns? Can you advsie when that is please?

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      Mar 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Hello, yes you are right about the Cairns Meet..
      The main meet will be on Thursday 11th Sept and if you go into the meeting page and put the date in you will find it.
      It is called Tropical Cairns Down Under Meet.

      We are also arranging a pre meet tag a long road trip for six nights seven days.We leave Cairns on 5th September.

      Cheers Dorrise

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    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Congratulations on being a VT Spotlight Member for March. Well deserved

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    Mar 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    Congratulations Dorrise for becoming a VT Spotlight Member! See you in Word Association! :-)

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    Mar 26, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    Hello My Dear Dorrise,congratulations on becoming the member spotlight for March!!

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