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I'm a Cairns, far north Queensland, Australia professional photographer specialising in travel, editorial and environmental portraiture.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fantastic FNQ photo Friday

One of the nicest things about living in Cairns are the fabulous beaches. I mean, seriously, how could you not love living here.

Palm trees leaning out over golden sand, calm seas protected by a huge reef so it never gets too rough. And beautiful sunny weather all year round.

Not quite. Ironically Cairns is at its most beautiful any time but Summer. As soon as the hot weather starts to arrive Cairns starts to get funky.

The first thing that happens is that the water warms up and the jellyfish come out. Then the crocodiles start heading towards the ocean looking for new territory. They swim out of the rivers and up and down the coast looking for new rivers to live in. And then the wet seasons starts.

From November through to March it rains more than not. And we're talking torrential downpours here mixed in with the odd tropical cyclone or two.

So whenever a friend says they're coming to visit I always recommend they come outside of these times if they want to spend time swimming at the beach. Of course if you just want to photograph it while standing on the sand then come and visit whenever you like. Either that or you could just hit the rainforest. Nothing quite as authentic as a torrential downpour in the jungle.  :)

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