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Blog Action Day – Gratitude in Pictures

October 15th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Since I was three years old, October 15 has always been about my brother’s birthday (Happy B’day Mark!) but this year, it’s also about something bigger, more all encompassing (although, of course, no more important ;- )

I like to start my week with joy. Filling Mondays with precious inspiration helps the week start the best way possible. And what could be more inspirational this morning than joining in with a veritable multitude of voices to write about the environment.

It’s Blog Action Day.

What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day?
One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.

Today is that day. And the issue is the environment.

Blog Action Day

Joanna has been spearheading the project at Joyful Jubilant Learning – and her post today How Much Can We Learn In A Day – says so much. She talks about learning:

So as well as thinking about what we’re going to write today – I wonder if we can look out for just how much we can learn. Maybe that’ll be learning about:

  • Finding the words to describe what the environment means to us
  • Things that are happening close to where we live
  • New research that’s changing what’s possible, our understanding of what can be done
  • Other people who share similar ideas and interests, who are working in similar ways
  • Images that move us to wonder – or to action

My contribution isn’t about getting on my soapbox; nor is it a rant or rave. My contribution to blog action day is to showcase some of the beauty of this wide brown land I am proud to call home, all taken with my camera in the last couple of years. (Please, no using without asking me first:)

Magnetic Island, North Queensland - August 2007

Magnetic Island off Townsville, North Queensland – August 2007

Lone Tree, Hidden Vale, South East Queensland - May 2007

Consequences of drought, South East Queensland, May 2007

Far Horizons, Hidden Vale, South East Queensland, May 2007

Far Horizons and Mountains of Blue, South East Queensland, May 2007

Gold Coast taken from a boat on the Southport Spit - Queensland August 2006

The Gold Coast, Queensland August 2006

Bringing the cows home…


Bringing the cows home… June 2007

Lorikeets at the water trough… 2007

Lorikeets (those two blurs of green and red) as they are startled at the water trough…

The Spit, Gold Coast August 2006

Gold Coast Waterways, August 2006

View from my kitchen window Dec 2006

The view from my kitchen window…

The beauty and serenity that is so close to my home is something I constantly give thanks for. Gratitude for what we have, and appreciation for those who have come before us and left this here, keeps me active and involved and aware.

What are you grateful for, this Blog Action Day?

Tags: Joyful Jubilant Learning · Noticing Miracles · Start Your Week with Joy

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jen // Oct 15, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    First of all let me say Happy Birthday to your brother

    Next let me bless you for taking part in this
    WONDERFUL photos
    I come from New Zealand and like you am passionate about keeping my country clean and green :)

  • 2 Angela Esnouf // Oct 15, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Each evening before I turn out my light, I write in my Gratitude Journal 5 things from that day I’m grateful for. Here’s a sample.
    Today I’m grateful…
    1. for the smell of rain on a dusty day
    2 for the sight of the blossoms bursting on a tree
    3 for the sound of birdsong in the evening
    4 for the taste of clean fresh water
    5 for the touch of sand on my bare feet.
    Let’s hope there will never be a time when we don’t have these natural pleasures.

  • 3 Joanna Young // Oct 15, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Karen, this was a beautiful start to the day and the week, thank you.

    I’m with you on the importance of gratitude – it’s a wonderful feeling to enjoy ourselves, but it also helps us to become more aware of the resources that we use, have been blessed with, and are passing on.


  • 4 Verna Wilder // Oct 21, 2007 at 1:50 am

    The photos are beautiful, Karen. Thank you. If I can’t get out in nature, the next best thing is looking at pictures of it. Many of these shots remind me of the San Francisco Bay Area where, even in the midst of suburban sprawl, you can view rolling brown hills and live oak trees and vistas of the Pacific Ocean. What would we do without it?

  • 5 FedericoDuran // Aug 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    great work,

  • 6 FrankieMcgee // Aug 6, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    great work,

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