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Monday, January 30, 2012

Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Northern Tasmania, Australia


Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Northern Tasmania, Australia
My husband and I took a very nice hike back into this gorge...
This is the photo for SkyWatch Friday.

...it was rainy and windy, but, wonderful!

There were a lot of knarly trees hanging over the water.

...some repelling during the early evening hours.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Koala and a Man - Tasmania, Australia

An orphaned koala has a best friend...
a preserve for injured and orphaned Australian wildlife
near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Twelve Apostles - Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia...however, there have never been 12 exactly...more like 9 and one collapsed in 2005 leaving 8.
This group is looking westward...some are hidden from view, unfortunately

 a slightly different perspective...

looking eastward at these two as they are bathed in a few moments of late afternoon sunshine...

another view of the two...

Blue Monday
Mellow Yellow
SkyWatch Friday

Friday, January 20, 2012

Koalas Along the Great Ocean Road - Victoria, Australia

We saw this cute little koala in his very own gum tree along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.
The road travels through rain forest and then opens up to awesome coastal scenes.
It's fairly easy to spot the koalas along the way.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia...Southbank Yarra River Walk

He's LATE!
along the southbank river walk (Yarra River) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Great Ocean Road - Victoria - Australia

Our trip to Australia had so many highlights...this being one of them!
The 13 hour day on the Great Ocean Road on the Southern Ocean was spectacular!
This is one shot of the London Bridge...

...this is another.
I could have spent the entire 13 hours right here, but, there was so much more!

...of course I have to get more than one perspective of each bend in the coastline!

The colors changed with the cloudy sky...brilliant moments of sunshine and then rain.

sea caves...

The rock  formations seem to just float on top of the azure seas!

This is all part of Port Campbell National Park...106 km (66 miles) of sheer beauty!

This is Loch Ard Gorge.
It is named after the Lock Ard Ship which is only one of about 700 ship wrecks along this stretch of coast line.

The Rocks seem to be suspended in air...water passes beneath!
The Twelve Apostles are just up the road from here...tomorrow's post!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sydney View - A View of the City from Sydney Tower

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is something special, along with the Opera House.
These photos were taken from Sydney Tower where there is a 360 degree view of the sights below.
I couldn't take my eyes off this view!
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I zoomed in on the bridge to pull it in a little closer...

...and, a little closer again!
We walked across the bridge a few hours later and enjoyed it so much!

 The ANZAC Bridge (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) leads to the west suburbs and Blue Mountains.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sails - Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Sydney Opera House about 10:00 p.m. on a mid November night 2011.
I took this shot from the deck of a boat while cruising back to Circular Quay.
Sydney, NSW, Australia
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-earlier in the evening during the 'blue hour' following sunset-

Blue Monday
Mellow Yellow Monday
Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sydney Harbor Bridge (Bridge Climb) - Sydney, NSW, Australia

Something we did not do, but, kind of wish we had was to take part in the Bridge Climb!
For a hefty fee you can climb to the very top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.  It's quite a workout but surely worth the effort for the view of the city!
People do this day and evening...amazing!
Can you see the dots on the top...brave people!!!
Jerry and I walked the span of the bridge from the traffic/pedestrian level and that was impressive.
We viewed the Opera House and city from many vantage points.
Gotta' love Sydney!
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ANZAC War Memorial in Reflection - Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

I found this reflection in the globe of a park lamp.
It is of the ANZAC (Australian New Zealand Army Corps) War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia...Their Summer Season!

Kids being kids in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia...
Notice the RED light!

 A scenic reflection...
Someone is in a rush on the River Walk along the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Jerry and I liked strolling along the river in the delightfully cool summer evenings while we were there.

 Little cuties giving the seagulls an evening snack on the Yarra River...Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Boats cruising along the Yarra River beneath one of the many bridges through the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
I had a little fun with my Lensbaby Composer on this evening!

Mellow Yellow
Blue Monday

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sulfur Crested Cockatoos in the Jamison Valley - Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

This Sulfur Crested Cockatoo sits in the foggy rainforest of the Jamison Valley in NSW, Australia.
Believe it or not...there is a thick green tropical forest hiding in the dense fog!
This cutie is quite messy on this very fine rainy/foggy summer day.

The valley is the home of many of these great birds.
They gather around the 'skyway' station without any worries!

A little hole in the fog reveals some green tree ferns and gum trees!

SkyWatch Friday
Camera Critters 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Playing With Light

My 16 month old grandson plays with a flashlight in our dark bedroom.

His 4 year old brother gets in on the light play, too!

We should have just given them flash lights for Christmas!

Our World Tuesday