bradbarian It's been a few months since we've seen rain here but this morning I woke up to the delicious sound of rain sheeting across the yard and plopping loudly onto the leaves of the palm trees outside. After years of living in the Pacific Northwest you'd think I would have gotten my fill of rain but I suppose I am a true pluviophile (thanks for this word @sugalu ) because all of my angst and melancholia from these past few days now feels freshly washed and put away to wear on another day. Of course the trade off is that photos of rain falling don't really contrast as well as dry and sun-scorched...so here's some dead trees to balance it all out

#townsville #townsvilleshines #WWII #bunker #capepallarenda #conservationpark #deadtrees and #scorchingsun
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  •   ampersandpony It's raining here for the first time in months and I'm so pleased. It's basically jacket season Bradley! 2w
  •   bradbarian @ampersandpony Hahaha, you need more reasons to wear more jackets. 2w
  •   the_mighty Rain cleanses the soul and provides life to the elements outside. 2w

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bradbarian Sometimes you get tired. Tired of the voices in your head, tired of conversations you're never going to have and tired of even breathing. So you sleep or you hide and you ignore the phone and even knocks on the door and you wonder how it will end.
If you're lucky you have something that you can use as a touchstone, something that you reach for that starts to pull you up and out. If you're not that lucky and drugs, sex or food no longer work as ways of masking the hurt then you're left to deal with the thoughts...and don't kid yourself, you're on your own no matter how many helplines or outreach centres or people who love you there are. It's your decision to become better and to choose life. Every time.
Nothing makes me more sad than losing someone because they couldn't make that choice. I have no answers and I can't give suggestions because what works for one may not work for another.
What I do know is, that a kind word, a hug for no reason or a comment to make someone laugh can become the touchstone that is needed to change the thoughts in their head, even just a little.
I've found more than once that just looking into someone's eyes and asking sincerely "How are you?" can change the entire focus of a moment or a life.
It's worth remembering.
Love, Bradley.
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  •   bradbarian @missvickie_ You know sweetheart, it's people like you and Aubree and Shawna that give me something to cheer for. I know you've had to deal with a lot, it's in your eyes, but you love and care for each other so much that I only worry when you're apart from each other. I often think of you all and I always send my good thoughts your way. Stay safe love. 2w
  •   bradbarian @tallshawna I'm ok love. I'm not in a great place but I'm definitely not in my worst place either. Sometimes things happen which make you wake up and realize you've been in your own head for far too long...that's not always a good thing for me. Thank you for being so positive every time I've ever communicated with you. Like I said to Vickie I use you and her and Aubree as my reasons to cheer for the good things. 2w
  •   _starlit_eyes That means a lot i hope i do 2w
  •   bggessner Brad, you really are one of the best men I have ever met. This post and the responses from some clearly close friends proves it. Hope you are well. 2w
  •   glula touched ! thank you 2w
  •   ampersandpony Love you to bits and pieces Bradley. I think about you every day and miss you terribly. You made such an impact on me in such a short time. Looking forward to a reunion soon. xo 2w
  •   bradbarian @bggessner Bart I consider you to be one of the finest gentlemen I know and it is my honour to know you. Thank you for your gracious compliment and I hope I see you again soon. 2w
  •   bradbarian @ampersandpony You are such a unique and important person to me A. I have never really explained well what you mean to me but it's all wrapped up in love and inspiration and goodness. Thanks for being my friend. 2w

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bradbarian So apparently what we have here is low lying cloud from cooler areas near the horizon being moved over the warmer parts of Townsville where they rise and are then ripped apart by the fast moving jet-steam...but in my imagination what we have is the birth of Little Fluffy Clouds with the accompanying tune of the same name by The Orb. (Go find it on YouTube and you'll understand a bit about my 'wasted' youth)

#townsville #townsvilleshines #littlefluffyclouds #cloudporn #morninglight #sky
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bradbarian I haven't been getting out much lately but occasionally I take pictures of my neighbour Patrick when he goes for a walk. "Hey Patrick, don't take any wooden nickels!" That always confuses him because
A. We don't have nickels and B. Why would he take one anyway? and C. He doesn't really like me yelling weird things at him
#pallarenda #ww2 #bunkers #townsville
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bradbarian It's all about balance innit?
Just last week I walked along my usual track with Lucy into this amazing foggy vista and this week it's been all sunshine and clear skies. I'm not sure I'll see the fog again in what's left of Townsville's winter but I'm hoping to. My soul is a little too rimmed in black to handle constant blue skies and even if it's just a morning here and there where I can wrap myself in dim light I'll look forward to it
#fog #townsville #townsvilleshines ? #townsendstreet #morninglight
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  •   the_mighty You would be crazy where I live then. Dreaming blue skies all day every day with intense heat. I look forward to rain and clouds just so I don't have to melt!! 2mon
  •   the_mighty Oh, and autocorrect changed "freaking" to dreaming. I'm very sure that's NOT what I meant. 2mon
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bradbarian It took about fifteen minutes for the corona effect burned into my eyeballs to dissipate after I took this photo. I can barely look at this photo without wincing even now.
#noedit #nofilter #noneed #townsville #townsvilleshines #morninglight #thestrand #jetty #sky #beach
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  •   redbeetle Woooow! Speechless. Naa i'm not. Beautiful capture! 2mon
  •   the_mighty Perhaps you shouldn't look at the light afterall. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @redbeetle Haha! Thanks love. It was a perfect moment and a perfect opportunity. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @the_mighty It's funny how you don't consider certain things through a a camera lens and then suffer the consequences later. I'm pretty sure that's how people get hurt! 2mon
  •   picobaby But look at the perfect effect you captured! 2mon
  •   sushibao Great capture! 1mon
  •   memo1002 Gorgeous 3w

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bradbarian I'd parked my bike halfway across Aplin's Weir and was having myself a nature moment just looking across the water of the Ross river to the distant horizon, and drinking in the beauty of a warm winter's day when a voice piped up from just behind me and slightly startled I turned around. "Ya know how ya can tell if there's crocs in the water just by lookin' at it?" said the grizzled old-timer resting his elbows across his bike handlebars. "No, how??" I responded. "Ya can't!" he replied abruptly, and he put his hands back to his handlebars and cycled off.
That's what they call bush humour here in Australia. Something funny that teaches you a lesson...at least now I'll keep that in mind next time I get the urge to dangle toes in the water

#townsville #townsvilleshines #rossriver #aplinsweir #clouds #sky #horizon #reflection
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  •   adrianaw85 Thems wise words. No swimming for me if I ever end up north 2mon
  •   bradbarian If the stingers don't getcha the crocs might and if both if them miss you watch out for the sharks! @adrianaw85 2mon
  •   adrianaw85 Yeah.... I don't think so 2mon
  •   larissakalinka What an amazing view! 2mon

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bradbarian One of the hardest things to do this weekend was getting a shot of this 1978 Ford LTD staff car modified and used by the Australian Army as a promotional tool, without crowds of dudes doing the full ostrich inside the engine compartment or surreptitiously rubbing their crotches along the side panels as they "took a closer look".
The best I could do is convince the two dudes in the back to stay there until I could get this shot. Although I'm pretty sure they had to stay there until their car-boners wore off enough to walk around in public.

#projectdigger #FordLTD #musclecar #australianarmy #townsville #TSV500 #V8s #townsvilleshines
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bradbarian I'm working the V8's this weekend in Townsville...or as I referred to it "Tits, tatts and hot laps" weekend.
The Jesus car didn't fare so well this morning. Out of probably twenty vehicles it was the only one to kiss the wall. I guess having Jesus sponsoring your car doesn't guarantee you anything on race day.
The mechanics have done an awesome job to have the ark ready for racing tomorrow though, you can barely tell the whole front end was caved in before.
Still, I'm pretty sure that's not a prayer session going on in the background; there were more than a few empty tinnies in the bin to attest to that

#townsville #townsvilleshines #V8s #porschecarrera #car
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  •   kirilan What work are you doing up there? My fiance does media for super cheap and HRT teams 2mon
  •   bradbarian @kirilan Oh nothing as fancy as that! Just slinging drinks for a catering company for the weekend. Although it might stretch into a bit of travel if I play my cards right. 2mon
  •   kirilan That would be fun :) I love going to the races. 2mon
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bradbarian The thing I asked myself about this Chinatown plaza in Brisbane was, "Why didn't they centre the Chinatown sign over the entrance to the plaza?"...and then I realized there wasn't any answer that would have made me happy

#brisbane #chinatown #capitalcity #queensland #red & #gold & #blue
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  •   misslauraamy Hmmm I did notice that when I went to Brisbane last year. Additionally the restaurants and the shops were a bit all over the place. I can understand why perhaps.I did like the atmosphere but Melbourne Chinatown in particular is more centred. 2mon
  •   memo1002 Lol 2mon
  •   bradbarian @misslauraamy I think I prefer Melbourne's Chinatown, I certainly enjoyed eating there that's for sure. I agree with you on the layout though, it does seem kind of hodge-podge. 2mon
  •   adrianaw85 I think it would be unbalanced if it were centred. They need to change the font or something to make it work centred. Or am I overthinking? 2mon
  •   bradbarian @adrianaw85 Upon further reflection I think the sign is attached to a frame on the roof that is off-centre, so maybe that explains it. I don't agree with that choice of font though, it's just doesn't work for me. 2mon

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bradbarian Transition is fraught with complexity.
It's neither here nor there and it usually occurs just after letting go of one thing and reaching for another. It has the potential to become limbo and the real possibility of becoming regret, especially if the transition period becomes circuitous or complicated.
I can't say there is any way to handle transition well other than to acknowledge that it's also a chance for adventure, and if there's one thing that tests your inner strength it's adventure.
There's also the fact that transition can include surreal moments of clarity and vision...the type of moments that answer deep seated questions about who you are and what you want.
I guess this is what the old aphorism about "finding yourself" is all about; it's just that it doesn't mention you have to welcome being lost first
#fog to #morninglight #transition #townsville #townsvilleshines #raintrees #sky
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  •   angiecip Thanks friend ️ It will get better eventually. Especially when this holiday weekend is over. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @ilovemystaffies That's wonderful Fi. I bet you're a pro when it comes to fitting in with new people, the job is lucky to have you! 2mon
  •   bradbarian @pystal Damn girl, you don't do anything by half measures do you? That's a lot (maybe even a fuck-ton) on your plate right now. I hope there's some 'lazy, feet-on-the-table with a beer' time for you soon. 😐 2mon
  •   pystal I'm usually pretty low key, but apparently when I make some changes... I make a lot and I make them big. It's good though. Felt like I needed a big change and it feels good and all for the better. Keeping that in mind helps me deal with all the stress and busy-ness! 2mon
  •   prettypicturedreams Beautiful 2mon
  •   karenpercelle Divine moment. 2mon
  •   memo1002 Fantabulous 2mon
  •   glula thank you for the opportunity to associate this fantastic scene to transition ! I will keep it in mind , so precious to have a positive attitude " between " 2w

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bradbarian There is some sweet Federation style architecture still standing in this town, much of it more than a century old, and there are also some lovely Queenslander homes both old and new all over the suburbs but it's pretty sus' of me to take photos of them from the street. Maybe if I get permission from a homeowner I'll get some shots to illustrate that style of homebuilding. This bandstand was originally part of a war memorial park but has been relocated in this park now. I don't think they even use it as an actual bandstand anymore which is a pity, but it would make a great place to set up some decks and soundgear for a rogue rave

#townsville #townsvilleshines #bandstand #thestrand #palms #sky #federation #architecture
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  •   adrianaw85 That is some sky. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @adrianaw85 It's sometimes impossibly blue here and the clouds are almost surreal in their fluffiness. I sometimes stand staring at the sky for far too long for it to be comfortable in public. 2mon
  •   adrianaw85 You're one of those, huh? Blocking up the footpath, looking like a loon? 2mon
  •   bradbarian @adrianaw85 Hahaha, hell no! You know me better than that...I always step off the path to zone out! 2mon

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bradbarian The saltwater pool on the Strand doesn't see much action in the early mornings but I imagine it's a kid-fest during the day. Especially on a long weekend holiday like today.
If you're wondering why they'd put a saltwater pool right beside the ocean then you'll have to google 'marine stingers Townsville' to get some info. Australia has no major predators that threaten people but we make up for it by having a million little things that'll kill you dead if you even give them the stank-eye

#townsville #thestrand #saltwater #pool #morninglight #palms #sky #rockpool
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bradbarian Have you ever seen someone having a nature moment? When they suddenly become aware of the amazing beauty right in front of them and it freezes them completely?
Their eyes widen, they forget to breathe and their posture is stuck in whatever activity they were previously involved, and sometimes they make an embarrassing sound like a loud gasp or exclamation. I like to think of it as recognizing a moment we didn't know we'd been waiting for. It's the reason we travel and the reason we sit and wait and stare at the horizon and it's something I love seeing in other people as much as I love experiencing it myself
#townsville #thestrand #morninglight #sunrise #clouds #palmtrees #beach
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  •   ampersandpony I had one of those when I reached my first campsite on the Oregon coast. I couldn't move. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @ampersandpony That's exactly what this woman did A. She stopped and froze like that as if she'd only just noticed the sunrise for the first time. I had to trespass and take the photo. 2mon
  •   craigsaintj Good trespassing Brad :) 2mon

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bradbarian What's that saying, "A dog in the fog is worth two on a log"? Yeah, no, I think I just made that up.
This is not the best shot of Lucy but given that her vision is fading and that she gets a little nervous when asked to sit and 'stay' for photo opps this is the best I could do this morning.
Lucy is about 93 dog years old and her hips ain't what they used to be so our walks start out brisk and finish up kinda slow. That's ok with me though, just hanging out with her is the point
#lucydog #blacklab #floodplains #path #fog #townsville #morninglight
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  •   yaradh I'll be up next week for hugs...and I'll hug you too Lucy / 2mon
  •   larissakalinka Hello Lucy, you are beautiful 2mon
  •   bradbarian @yaradh You're a hugslut that's a given. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @larissakalinka She's a doll Larissa. Such a sweet, loving, cuddle-dog who acts like a puppy when it's dinner time. 2mon
  •   yaradh Can I grab you and Lu's numbers? 2mon
  •   bradbarian @yaradh I'm number one and she's number three. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @yaradh I'm also a dick. I'll post mine on one of your photos bro. 2mon
  •   craigsaintj Gorgeous fur baby, just love black labs 2mon

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bradbarian It's winter here in North Queensland...overnight temps drop to around 17C (62F) and top out around midday at 28C (86F) and walking the dog early in the morning means I get to see the sky change colour as the sun rises. There's this one area that's basically floodway, set lower than the surrounding area and the only place I've ever seen fog form here in Townsville. It only lasts a short time after the sun rises so I try to get a photo of it occasionally to capture the mood.
It doesn't make much of a difference where you are when you're walking through fog early in the morning, the silence and the weight that fog brings is a beautiful thing...and with only the snick, snick, snick of dog-claws on pathway and snuffling sound of a wet dog-nose to break the silence it's hard to imagine a more peaceful way to enjoy a walk

#townsville #morninglight #floodplains #fog #trees #horizon #australia #northqueensland
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  •   bradbarian @skulliesbowtique It's a strange place to experience fog Ally, what with lush greenery and the occasional tropical bird screeching from the trees, but as soon as I see it I just head straight into it. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @robertx_tx My word exactly Big Bob! 2mon
  •   bradbarian @ampersandpony Yeah Anni, it's mild up here and it gets warmer further north. It's comfortable sleeping at night and still fairly hot in the middle of the day but it only lasts a short while. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @razzy_b Home soon Raewyn? I'm sure you'll miss Vancouver then, as much as I do. 😐 2mon
  •   bradbarian @_starlit_eyes It's the best the weather gets here Dee. Otherwise it's as hot as parts of Texas with a bit more humidity. You do live in Texas right? 2mon
  •   bradbarian @ilovemystaffies Hey Fi! How are you sweetheart? 2mon
  •   bradbarian @larissakalinka Thank you darling. I knew you'd relate to the 'walking the dog' aspect of the story. Sometimes my sister and I walk her down by the sea along a path in town. Different kind of beauty there but just as nice. 2mon
  •   _starlit_eyes Yes I do! And the weather here is usually warm, warmer, hot, and hotter ^_^ lol 2mon

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bradbarian Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun, but mama....that's where the fun is
#townsville #morninglight #andersonpark #botanicalgardens #raintrees #clouds
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  •   bradbarian @robertx_tx Hahaha, they can't all be Pulitzer prize winners mate. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @_starlit_eyes Ah sweet Dee, I dream of those lips...saying the nice things you always say. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @larissakalinka Thank you sweetness. 2mon
  •   bradbarian @bundaberg This place has sunrises/sunsets/ clouds and sky that just kill me Ems. My morning walks are worth dragging my arse out of bed for. 2mon
  •   _robertx_ Apparently you should set your goals higher. 2mon
  •   _starlit_eyes :) you are the cutest ... thanks sugar 2mon
  •   pystal This is pretty epic... And I don't throw that word around 2mon
  •   bradbarian @pystal Are there any words you do throw around? I've always known you to be very careful with the placement of your words. 2mon

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bradbarian This was an astounding piece of mural art in Melbourne. It seemed to glow with its own light and the hyper realistic quality was nightmarishly gorgeous. I know nothing about the logistics of painting something like this and I'm ok with that. Just as with street magicians I prefer not to know the trick...
#melbourne #streetart #mural #pink or #purple #collingwood #australia
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bradbarian Feeling alone, with someone, is the greatest intimacy.

#lifeguardtower #palmtrees #morninglight #beach #townsville #thestrand #almostnofilter #australia
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bradbarian I've been told I speak with an American accent by a few people lately. Which is strange because that comes immediately after we've discussed how long I lived in Canada. I'll admit that I couldn't tell a Canuck accent from a Yank one until I'd lived there for aboot a year (and no, Canadians don't say 'aboot', they say 'aboat', which is totally different) but I never, repeat NEVER made the mistake of accusing a Canadian of being American or complimenting an American on being Canadian. I have way more tact than that
#thestrand #jetty #townsville #morninglight #trees #lux #hudson #randomcaption
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  •   bradbarian @robertx_tx HAHAHAHA, I won a bet with myself that you'd be the first commenter Bobby! You know I think of Texas as just another Australian state or Canadian province. You guys are too good for America. 3mon
  •   _robertx_ One day we will drink beers my friend. I look forward to it. 3mon
  •   punkrawkpurl I had a Canadian roommate for several years. we bonded over making fun of one another's accents. The way he said "garage" & "Mazda" were my faves. 3mon
  •   bradbarian @robertx_tx You know it and I know it mate. So it's gonna happen. 3mon
  •   bradbarian @punkrawkpurl I got laughed at for years in Canada for my accent and certain words I'd use and now I'm being laughed at here in Australia for exactly the same thing...so, you still looking for a roommate? 3mon
  •   larissakalinka Love your writings... in any accent! 3mon
  •   bradbarian @larissakalinka Thank you sweet heart. 3mon
  •   _starlit_eyes I agree with @larissakalinka :) 3mon

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