2014: My Year In Review

Sunrise in Glacier Bay Alaska

Another year has come and gone and I feel I have achieved a lot. I want to take a moment to look back on the year that was for me. Thank you to all my friends and followers for your support and encouragement, it really means a lot. Here are some of my favourite photos from 2014. 


When I look back at 2014, it can be difficult not to think of the news headlines for the year. But for every time there was a tragic event in the world, I threw myself into nature to find peace. I wish more people could open their eyes to the wonders of this world and truly appreciate what we have. Looking at my pictures as a collection, I can see a lot of nature, wildlife and landscapes.

Here is a little clip of some of my favourite moments from last year.

Music is a chilled version of “Dove” by Moony.

I am so grateful for 2014. I’ve had some exciting adventures and feel really fortunate to have been able to experience them.


 

A highlight, not only of the year but of my life, was flying over the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska and landing on the ice field to spend the morning with the Alaskan huskies. Yes, I may have lost my breath for a moment when I was told the price of the helicopter tour to the Glacier but everyone said it is worth every cent and it is a once in a lifetime experience. They weren’t wrong. I will never forget that day. A special thanks to Flight Centre Australia for helping me get there.

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Check out my Cruise Timelapse here.


 

I was lucky enough to visit the Whitsundays Queensland a number of times. Now I have seen how accessible the islands are, I am making it a regular destination. The tropical waters, beautiful beaches and marine life make this one of the most heavenly places I have visited.

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Returning to The Fraser Coast for whale season was a treat as always. Nothing makes me happier than being up close with these gentle giants. I went out on the water with Quick Cat Whales and took the high speed half day trip. Heading out over the pristine waters of Hervey Bay was exciting in itself, but when the first person screams and points at whales in the distance, the energy on the boat erupts. Turns out the whales are usually just as happy to see us and do a few laps of the boat to get a closer look at us. Out of this world.

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I relived childhood memories by visiting Tangalooma Island Resort.  Spending the day at the resort was like spending a day as a kid again. It brought back memories of family holidays when I was young. We would run up and down the beach to the wrecks, throw stranded starfish back into the water, hire the iconic kayaks and spend hours on the water and finish up by hand feeding the wild dolphins at night. A little slice of heaven just off the coast of Brisbane.

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See the Moreton Island Must Do’s here.


 

I discovered the diverse beauty of Tasmania. Nothing had prepared me for what I was going to find down there. I expected lush rain forests and yes I got those. But I was blown away by the spectacular coast lines, especially the Remarkable Caves near Port Arthur. As a proud Queenslander, it is a tough call to say that Bay of Fires actually serves up some of the most beautiful beaches I have seen in Australia, if not the world.


 

I had a mini tour of New Zealand’s north island. While on a quick trip to visit friends in Auckland, we decided to head west to the iconic black sands of Piha. I haven’t explored much of New Zealand but if this is anything to go by, I cannot wait to see a whole lot more of this beautiful nation in 2015.

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I was so happy to return to one of my favourite places in the world, British Columbia. It was a whirlwind tour as it was more of a stopover before heading to Alaska, but the few days I spent in Whistler were breathtaking (and not just because of the altitude). With a rush of adrenalin, I completed the famous zip lining course which zips from mountain top to mountain top across sweeping valleys. This picture was taken after the first line, the longest of the course stretching over a kilometre. Eek!

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See Also Exploring Canada – Calgary to Vancouver.


 

2014 was the year of Queensland as I worked with the digi team on the world’s biggest Instameet Project. 80 locations across Queensland hosted an Instameet on October 4th with almost 1100 Instagrammers/Photographers coming together to show off this amazing part of the world. I had a lot of fun with the team and learned a lot while doing so. Of course the day was a massive success!

Check it out here Ten Awesome Shots From the Queensland Instameet.

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But my favourite photo from 2014, was taken in the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. I was in Malaysia not long after the cover up/conspiracy of the MH370 disappearance and there was a certain feeling in the air. I decided to get out of the city for the day and made my way to Batu. It was already a spiritual experience being in the caves while many locals had made the climb up the hundreds of steps to pray, when I found myself looking up at the cascading light falling from above. Considering there were quite a lot of people around, it was almost completely silent. I was watching water droplets drip from the cave’s walls and was fascinated when the light would catch the droplets. Then a lone dove calm floating down from above and I managed to take the photo just in time before he disappeared into the darkness of the cave walls. 


 

With 2015 already shaping up to be an exciting year, I can’t to get out there and explore more of this amazing world. Looking forward to sharing it with you as I go. Thank you for following along!

Happy New Year! May you make your dreams come into reality this year.

MTT

Oh and as your posse bonus.. here is last year’s clip for 2013 🙂

Extra bonus? My favourite photo of this guy..

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ELIZABETH CROSSLEY

Hairstylist | Makeup Artist

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