This week’s creatures: June 10 2020 – “Return to the Deep” wins a prize

I recently entered the Queensland Conservation Council‘s annual Natural Wonders Photography competition, and won the category for Native Plants and Wildlife. I took this photo of a green turtle descending from the sea surface at Manta Bommie on Stradbroke Island – and both myself and the turtle feel very honoured to be awarded this prize.

The judges stated:

A dazzling image of a veteran sea turtle diving to the depths. The composition is perfect with the sun beaming from above and space around the image to gauge scale. The barnacles add context to the age of the turtle. An extremely strong image. Well done.

A green turtle descends from the surface at Manta Bommie, Stradbroke Island
This photo of an old, barnacle-encrusted green turtle descending from the sea surface won the Native Plants and Wildlife category of the Queensland Conservation Council’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards for 2020

The following two photos are my other entries for the competition. For the Landscape category, I sent this photo of a full moon sinking behind the Great Dividing Range from the Scenic Rim in South-east Queensland:

 

The Moon From Mount Maroon
This photo of the full moon setting behind the Great Dividing Range at the Scenic Rim was an entrant in the Queensland Conservation Council’s Landscape awards

For another entry to the Native Plants and Wildlife category, I submitted “You Shall Not Pass”, a photo of two huntsman spiders preparing to do battle (or worse,) on a tree branch on Mount Cootha. This is my favourite of the photos as it is technically better than the others, but is probably a little more difficult to sell to tourists.

Two spiders prepare to do battle on a tree branch
You Shall Not Pass! This photo was an entrant in the Queensland Conservation Council’s Nature Wonders Photography Competition in 2020

Here are some other photos of creatures that we have seen around Brisbane in the last week.

A McDowell's Python is wrapped around a tree trunk
Snake Ball! This is a McDowell’s Python wrapped around a tree trunk on Mount Cootha, fast asleep in the afternoon sun. Its head is tucked under the folds of its body.

Pair of tawny frogmouth nightjars asleep on a branch in the afternoon sun
This pair of tawny frogmouth nightjar birds are fast asleep in the afternoon sun.

Pair of tawny frogmouth nightjars asleep on a branch in the afternoon sun
This pair of tawny frogmouth nightjar birds are fast asleep in the afternoon sun.

Huntsman spider hanging off a grass thread
This huntsman spider was hanging off a grass thread in the garden
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