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Laughing Kookaburra

Kookaburras are my favourite bird. I see them everywhere and often have them in close proximity when I’m out and about walking. I have come to think of them as my ‘spirit animal’. 

I snapped this bold little fella on a recent holiday.


This one flew right up to me as we pulled into a station on the Puffing Billy Railway.

 

In these photos, both birds had flown up to me and were less than a metre from where I was standing. We had ‘a moment’ and I looked them right in the eyes!

I have also previously written about kookaburras in my post “The Larrikin”. You can listen to the ‘laugh’ of the kookaburra HERE.


Image credits By Sarah ©2017

 

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 79 – Bird

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Forster Beach

Forster Beach is part of the Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park in NSW. The park encompasses the stretch of coastal land between Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head, near Macksville. It is home to the local Gumbaynggirr People.


By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 77 – Sand

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Hobbiton This Way!

The Hobbiton Movie Set was a location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series. It is situated on a family run farm 10 kilometres southwest of Matamata, in Waikato, New Zealand. It is now a tourism destination, with guided tours of the set.

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Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 76 – Signs

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Mirror Lakes

Mirror Lakes are a set of lakes lying north of Lake Te Anau and immediately to the west of the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound in New Zealand.


Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 76 – Signs

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V-Wall

The V-Wall at Nambucca Heads, NSW is famous for its diversity of artistic graffiti. It has become a significant tourist attraction. There are now hundreds of artworks within a stretch of about 500 metres. Every day many visitors come especially to inspect the stone gallery.



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Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 75 – Stones

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Lava Tube

This is my sister in the Thurston Lava Tube, Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, HI. The contrast between the darkness of the cave and the light spilling in from the mouth, makes for an interesting snap!


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Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 74 – Dark

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Pillbox

“Unlike many pillboxes in Hawaii, the Lanikai pillboxes are very intact. The first pillbox is absolutely covered in graffiti.  It is relatively easy to climb on the first pillbox’s roof for a unique perspective on the area. Also, you can climb inside the pillbox, either with the ladder from the roof, or by squeezing through the viewing slit. The inside is just as decorated as the outside and the graffiti’d cement block walls juxtapose with the beautiful scenery visible through the slit. 

The second pillbox is only about an additional five minutes along the trail. You can clearly see it from the first pillbox, and the trail between the two is easy to hike. The second pillbox is a double pillbox with two separate sections. Just like the first pillbox, you can climb down inside. While the second pillbox does have graffiti, it is nowhere near as colorful as the first. The second pillbox is basically at the end of the ridge and offers fantastic views of the ocean, on one side, and the mountains, on the other.”

Source: Sky Above Us


View over Lanikai Beach – Kailua, Oahu, HI, from the second ‘Pillbox’. 


Image credits By Sarah ©2017


Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 73 – Water


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Lake Daylesford

Lake Daylesford in Daylesford, Victoria is a main attraction for visitors and locals. It is a haven for bird life, a place to enjoy a picnic, take a scenic walk or enjoy the glorious views it provides.


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Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 72 – Blue

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Pink Heath

Epacris impressa (Common Heath) – Victoria’s floral emblem. Shrub grows to 2m, flowers 1 to 2cm, colour ranging from white, pink, red, magenta, but very variable. 


Image credit By Sarah ©2017;   Bullace Glen, Grampians National Park, Victoria


Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 71 – pink


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Pink Lake

About 10kms west of Dimboola, VIC, next to the Western Highway, you can find Pink Lake. This lake is easily viewed from the rest-stop beside the highway and you can walk down the path to the edge of the lake. The pink colour comes from a pigment secreted by algae which is more intense when there is water in the lake. During dry periods the salt lake appears more white due to the light reflected by salt crystals.

As you walk along the path to the lake, you will see yellow gums, buloke trees and paperbarks, giving way to the smaller and very distinctive salt tolerant plants that grow in this unique environment. 

Information source: http://www.dimboola.com.au and 360 cities (click this for a 360o panorama!)


Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 71 – pink

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Silent Street

“Silent Street” – This stone alleyway forms one of the last parts of the Pinnacle Walk in the Grampians National Park, Victoria. Due to the high rock walls and almost fully enclosed nature of the gully, there is an eerie silence as you walk through.

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Week 70 – alley

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Wallace Hut


Wallace Hut is one of 106 huts scattered across the Alpine National Park. Many of these huts were burnt in the 2003 Alpine fires but fortunately Wallace Hut survived. Wallace Hut, near Falls Creek, is the oldest hut in the park. It was built by the three Wallace brothers – Arthur, William and Stewart – who arrived as small boys in Melbourne from Ireland in 1869 with their parents.

The hut is never locked. You enter by pulling the string hanging through a hole at the lower right of the tiny window in the split- paling door. This releases the latch and the sunlight, revealing an unusual split-slab and rammed-earth floor, a rough table of mountain ash on snow-gum legs and the fireplace at the far end. The names of cattlemen who first used the hut are burnt into the tie-beams of the roof and at the back of the mantelpiece. One small window looks towards the distant Mount Kosciusko. 

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, woods

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Bed Bugs

Unfortunately on the last day of my holidays in NZ I was unlucky enough to encounter some bed bugs at my accommodation. Being a “sensitive” and highly allergic person, I have been having some…erm, interesting times dealing with my reactions to the bites!! By far the worst have been the ones on my fingers and forearms. Pus filled blisters are simply delightful *insert sarcasm here*


Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bugs