I was out the door late this afternoon for only my second ride this year so far (I know, I know - not off to the start of 2015 that I was hoping for but better than nothing). The aim - just enjoy it!
Not far from home I encountered a tree full of black cockatoos ....
followed not long after by a frill necked lizard sighting ...
We used to see a lot of these wonderful creatures around but unfortunately it is not so common to see them now.
I was happy to stand and watch this one for awhile though we eyed each other rather warily and I made sure the bike was between me and the lizard.
I only wish I had realised how to zoom on my new phone before I went riding.
After this morning's heavy rain it was energizing to have the sun peep through and I just kept on riding, loving the tail breeze and Darwin's now clean green look, so different to just a couple of months ago when everything was still dry and dusty.
The white cockatoos were also out and about ...
Into the wind on the way back I struggled a little, but with so much to look at I was soon back on the foreshore and then heading for home.
Some days you just have to take the time to "smell the roses" and enjoy the simple things!