One of the greatest privileges of living and working up here on the Sunshine Coast are our daily early morning long walks.
Banx prefers his 15,000 steps from Moffat to Currimundi Lake via Dicky Beach and Coondibah Creek along the rainforest coastal walking path, the Annette Corridor, where he regularly sees the rare Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (and once or twice a baby snake!) eeks! The path meanders past amazing vegetation and loooooong stretches of deserted beaches and birdlife.
I can’t keep up with his vigorous long strides (and there’s not enough coffee stops with artist Banx!) so I head off in a different direction (healthy for any relationship, right? ha!) and my walking path is either via Moffat Beach over the headland (that hill is steep!), onto Shelly Beach and beyond to Kings Beach with my fave coffee stops at Coffee Cat at Kings Beach and Happy Turtle Cafe at Happy Valley, and then back along that mesmerising meandering headland to Shelly Beach and back home to Moffat.
When we meet up later on our back deck, we are always SO excited to share what we have seen on our walk that morning – funny stories about dogs or kids, descriptions and gestures of birds we aren’t sure of (Banx has written to Bird Life Australia sending pics to identify birds that have dropped into our garden like the Pallid Cuckoo and the Pheasant Coucal, trying to recreate to each other the sheer beauty and magnitude of what we’ve observed and witnessed that morning – and it’s always new and different and changing from what we’d seen the day before. Or what we’ll experience the next day.. and the day after.. and the day after that…
…So I wasn’t the least bit surprised to read this statistic in the Sunday paper a few weeks ago!
Nature is SO inspiring! On so many levels – its hardly surprising artists like Banx literally rush back in to the studio and start re-creating all those things in a scene that they felt, smelt, touched… the “stories” and beauty of Nature they just observed and were privileged to witness first hand.
From paddock to palette.. from walks through exquisite natural landscapes to paints, palettes, easel and gallery… thank you Nature – you inspire us daily!
To see more nature-inspired and beautiful landscape paintings by Banx click HERE
And… “Let some Sunshine In!”