A Little Wattlebird nesting in the shrubs in our front yard, seen here among the grevillea flowers (they are nectar eaters). Best viewed large. Over recent days the chicks also have been making an appearance - a rather indifferent shot of one in the PiP.
11 Apr 2020
Let's go to the beach
Stitched panorama of a sunny day with a cold front coming up the coast. One to view large. HFF, stay safe and have a great weekend everyone.
250 years ago today (22 April 1770), Captain Cook and the ship "HMS Endeavour" came past here, mapping Australia's east coast and naming those islands the "Tollgates" and the waters inshore from them "Batemans Bay" (the latter very possibly after Nathaniel Bateman, under whom he had served on the ship "Northumberland" in Canada).
Apparently the local indigenous Yuin people, who had been here for some 50,000 years, were watching with some concern as the strange object went past on the ocean. It also is possible that Cook was not the first European along this coast, though that is the accepted history. Best viewed large.
Luang Prabang is a major centre for Buddhist Monasteries. More images of this one in the PiPs, which show some spectacular 'Nagas' (multi-headed cobra protectors) alongside staircases. In two of the Pips, there also are some young novice Monks watching as the camera wielding tourists wander around. View large on black.
We had just arrived in Luang Prabang and decided to take the ferry across the Mekong River. Shortly after, when we saw the ferry returning, we did a complete "double take" - just look at that car on the ferry!
It turned out that the car is a quite rare 1928 Graham-Paige, being driven around the world by a remarkable Argentinian family. At this stage they had been on the road for eleven years, with four children born on the way. They still are travelling, now confined by the CV19 in South America, and have been to every continent except Antarctica. When I took this they had published a book "Spark Your Dream" about their travels to help cover their expenses (it's still available online).
A very pleasant and surprising meeting and an enjoyable and memorable turn to our day. (See also PiPs).
A "must do" thing, when visiting Luang Prabang, is to rise early and watch the alms giving and donating parade of hundreds of Buddhist monks through the town. I was fascinated to see this 1950s Citroen and a similar vintage Mercedes, as the monks passed by - with the colonial style buildings this image could well have been taken many years earlier, so I've given it a 'film' look. Best viewed large and see also clickable PiPs. HFF, best wishes for the weekend, everyone - and stay safe.
It's becoming archives time! Looking through my collections, I see that I have left many gaps in my images of Laos. One of the real surprises for me in Luang Prabang was finding this immaculate Citroen Traction, as the monks went past on their early morning walk. I've now seen a recent image of it with a new number "LAO&PR♥UD" in a very enjoyable narrative by ToonSarah, a travel writer on the travellerspoint website.
08 Apr 2020
Galahs are a small cockatoo species, found across the Australian mainland (Tasmania misses out). Several are resident in our area and this one was quite relaxed with me taking this photo.
19 Oct 2011
From the archives. I was playing around looking at macro images and found this, which I've never previously done anything with. I hope the Easter bunnies brought you all lots of chocolate. Stay safe, everyone.