Lavender Farms, Vineyards + My Summer Bucket List

So not only did I GRADUATE last week (eeeep – more coming on that soon!) BUT I also went on a fun lil’ adventure with one of my besties from back in high school, Dani! One morning we ventured through the countryside until we reached Kooroomba where we were greeted by rows upon rows of grape vines, fields of lavender and mountains lining the distant horizon. It was b-e-a-utiful. And seeing as I’ve had a life-long obsession with alllll things lavender, I was totally in my element ha! They even had lavender ice-cream – I didn’t even know that was a thing?! To top it all off, afterwards we went picnicking at a nearby Lake which you can see in the last photo – how pretty is it?! The whole day was the perfect way to kick off Summer!… View Post

A Sunrise & A Denim Dress

Feelin’ a liiiittle like a zombie and not in a cute Halloween way, more like in a ‘uni assessment has taken over my life’ kind of way ha! But I’m SO close to finishing my degree now YAY. Just bear with me for the next month 😉 And to any of you also going through assessment at the moment – GOODLUCK! I believe in you!

As you may have noticed, Ryan and I haven’t been on one of our sunrise adventures for what feels like forever so the weekend before last we did just that. We decided to go to Nudgee beach because I did a shoot there a few years ago and I remembered it being a great sunrise spot! We left the house just before 4:30am (dedication ha!) thinking we would have plenty of time to get there but little did we know google maps would hate us AND there would be a ton of roadworks. Luckily, we made it juuuuust in time. Just. And oh my goodness, how pretty is it?! Look at the reflections in the water! Ugh I love sunrises. If you’re ever feeling stressed, get up early one morning and watch the sunrise – it always makes me feel better!… View Post

Tasmanian Adventures | Part 2

FRIDAY // 14th of July continued..

Hmm, so where were we? Oh yes, that’s right, we were stranded in the Tasmanian bush as darkness approached. Well, plot twist, we didn’t actually end up dying from frostbite like I had envisioned (because, you know, the fact that I’m alive writing this totally didn’t give it away). Instead we calmly went searching for any sign of a slight path or a pink ribbon. Ok, Ryan searched calmly and I may or may not have done a fantastic impersonation of a crazy person. The details aren’t important. I almost wished we had left a trail of breadcrumbs behind us like my mum had suggested (don’t worry, she was kidding… I think) but considering my luck they would have lead to some witch’s candy covered gingerbread doorstep. BUT, lo and behold, we found the freakin’ path. We then proceeded to walk back to the main track as fast as humanly possible. Phew, that was a close one. I nearly kissed the ground in elation (the key word being ‘nearly’ – my better judgement came through just in time). #Blessed. From there we went and got the most amazing pizza (because let’s face it after that ordeal pizza was in order) from a place called Solo Pasta and Pizza and fell asleep later that night watching movies.

SATURDAY // 15th of July 

Another big day of waterfalls. Saturday’s agenda consisted of Strickland Falls, Secret Falls (except ironically, this one wasn’t actually a secret), Myrtle Falls and much to my despair, Ryan wanted to give the hidden waterfall from yesterday another go. So we started off at Strickland Falls and once we found the track (tip: about 30 seconds into the track it suddenly stops and you have to cross the shallow water and go up the Little Rock wall) it was only a 2 minute walk to the waterfalls. I’m not sure what amazed me more, the waterfall or the fact that Ryan saw a guy walking around shirtless whilst I shivered in my five layers of thermals. We then headed back to my arch nemesis, the hidden waterfall, whilst it was still early on in the day to give us plenty of time. And you’ll never believe it,… View Post

Tasmanian Adventures + Ryan’s Birthday | Part 1

On Wednesday we flew into Hobart in the early afternoon. Much to my surprise, we didn’t spend the remainder of the afternoon settling in and unpacking, instead we headed off on an adventure. After many windy roads and far too many wrong turns (my bad) we arrived at the perfect sunset spot, Mortimer Bay. And of my goodness. After a short walk, the trees lining the bay cleared to reveal an out-of-place wooden fence parting water so still that when you looked at it all you could see were the clouds reflected from above. The bay was entirely deserted besides us and one other photographer whom had the same idea as Ryan. The three of us chatted as they got their shots and all too soon the once golden sky transformed into a sea of purple as the sun slowly slipped behind the distant mountains bordering the horizon.

Now, a lot of you know that I’m not even fond of queensland winter; which to most people is a sorry excuse for a winter. So travelling to a place that actually experiences a real winter had me a little nervous. Perhaps standing in the sun had lulled me into a false sense of security, but up until this point I thought I had been handling the cold relatively well. That was until the sun went down. Only then did I learn the true meaning of cold. If it weren’t for that incredible sunset and the handsome soon-to-be birthday boy standing beside me I would have been seriously questioning my sanity in agreeing to go to Tasmania in the dead of winter.

From there we drove over to opossum bay whilst becoming very well acquainted with the car heaters. Eventually we landed on an isolated sandy road leading out to the pitch black beach, the perfect spot for Ryan to get Astro photos of the Milky Way. Which just so happened to also be the perfect spot to let my sook flag fly high; firstly, it was freezing and secondly, there was definitely something in the bushes (Ryan would argue it was a possum but I was thinking something more along the lines of an abominable snowman or a serial killer… or a kangaroo). But I put my big girl pants on and ventured out down the beach track with my trusty iPhone torch whilst Ryan casually mentions spotting what looked like kangaroo footprints. Thanks babe, exactly what I wanted to hear. Anyways, Ryan got some incredible shots and I’m still alive to tell the tail so it was a win-win situation.… View Post

Adventures At Twin Falls

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Ryan and I have been doing a lot of adventuring (lol, not sure if that’s a word, but let’s roll with it) lately and I couldn’t not share it with you guys. I figured I’ll split the posts up according to the weekend which we went, so let’s start with Twin falls from about 3 weekends ago.

Ok, so this weekend was rather, hmmm, interesting. Let’s just say I was a tad unlucky that day. Firstly, we left too late and were fighting time (bye sunlight) to get back up to the top of the mountain before it was completely pitch black. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a total wuss and hate being in the bush when it’s dark. It freaks me out. Big time. And of course to make things worse, we got caught in rain and intense fog. ‘Cause, you know, what goes better with a creepy dark forest than some eery fog?! Ohhh and let’s not forget that I also almost stepped on a huge crayfish and what looked like a baby snake. Hmmm, now I think there was just one more thing – oh that’s right, I GOT POOPED ON BY A BAT. Yeah, that happened. And it was so unbelievably gross. Also, can we all just assume that the ‘when a bird poops on you it’s good luck’ thing is true for bats as well? Yeah? Cool.… View Post