The Stars Of Green Island

Stars of Green Island with wrass  Just half an hour by boat out from Cairns is Green Island  surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Great barrier Reef.  Green sea turtles, coral trouts, banner fish, clown fish, Maori wrasse and Parrot fish are just a few inhabitants of the many thousands of fish species.  The green parrot fish in this painting has been named by locals as Gavin and is internationally renowned for smiling and posing with the tourists in their underwater photos.  800 X 600 this painting is for sale.

The Cassowary

11279_02-04.tifThe Cassowary lives in Far North Queensland rainforests and is the 3rd largest flightless bird in the world.  Descended directly from the dinosaurs about 80 million years ago and receiving its name from Papua New Guinea ‘Kasu’ meaning horned and ‘weri’ meaning head.  This endangered species has less than 1,000 left in the wild and plays a vital role in dispersing seeds in its droppings and supporting the vital echo systems of the rainforests.  Numbers have dropped due to human inhabitants,  dogs, wild pigs, cyclones and vehicle strikes.    The original of this painting is 600 x600mm $1,800.00 and  exhibiting at the Tanks Art Gallery until the 26thApril 2015.  This painting has been reproduced into Limited edition prints, Tea Towels, Placemats , coasters and fridge magnets.

Kookaburras at the Henry Ross Lookout

kookaburras at the Henry Ross 008The Henry Ross Lookout is on the Kuranda range between Cairns and Kuranda. A great view of some of Cairns mountains and looking out over the Great Barrier Reef.  You will also see the Cairns airport , Machans and Holloways Beach, Freshwater, Aeroglen Stratford, the Barron River and the Captain Cook Highway. The Kookaburras and the Ulysses butterfly amongst some pretty weeds in the foreground.  for sale $995

Maori Wrass and Clown Fish

The Maori Wrass is one of the largest reef fish in the world growing up to 2 metres and living for over 25 years.  The famous Wally” Maori Wrass is found on the The Great Barrier Reef  just out from Cairns, you can swim with him – its a great honour to say the least.

The clown fish are probably one of the most interesting of all the reef fish doing a little wriggling dance around the anemone to become compatible – they use the anemone to protect themselves from their predators.  The clown fish eat the left overs from other reef fish.

Koalas and Ulysses

11429_01-02.tifWhen you visit Cairns there are many places you can actually have your photograph taken hugging a Koala.    This Koala is sitting amongst the eucalyptus flowers and he is looking at the irridecent blue butterfly known as the ulysses which is unique to Cairns and the Far North Queenslands peninsula.

Frederick

Prince of the tropical garden ‘Frederick’ the white lipped tree frog,  sitting on a red ‘Lady Di’ heliconia flower and stalking a blue dragonfly.  This painting is 16″ X 20″

Kingfishers Paradise

Kingfishers ParadiseRepresents the many crystal clear waterways that we have meandering through the World Heritage Rainforests and mountain ranges around Cairns.  This is home to the Black Bream Fish, Turtles, Platypus and of course many species of bright coloured birds such as the Kingfisher which is in the foreground of this painting.

This painting is 1800 wide X 800 high  $3,200.00

 

 

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Kingfishers Paradise [inset]

Kingfishers Paradise [inset]

Cheeky Lorikeet

The Rainbow Lorikeet is a cheeky bird because they come so close to you happily chattering and foraging the flowers in your garden as if youre not there.  This Lorikeet is perched on my Golden Cane Palm in my backyard.  These birds dont eat seeds, but they love pollen and nectar from flowers.  They are always in groups and can be found on the East coast of Australia.  The males can put on a real show for the female and this  behaviour is really the only way you can tell what sex they are.   This painting is in fact sold but I have a few prints on hand.

The Tropical Kiss

The screeching of the beautiful Eclectus Parrots cuts through the silence of the Rainforests and echos for miles across mountain ranges to reach the woody plains and outbacks of Cape York Pennisula.  The Male is the Green Parrot and the Female is the Red.  This pair is perched on the Native Penda tree which is the floral emblem of Cairns.