Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Rock Tour - Olgas

Day 2 of our journey with The Rock Tour led us to the Olgas. You can see them behind us. Our guide said that was really Homer Simpson laying on his side. D'OH!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Rock Tour - Hunter Gatherers

The Rock Tour took us on a three day adventure from Alice Springs, to King's Canyon, to the Olgas, and finally to Uluru (Ayer's Rock)

At King's Canyon, we ran up Heart Attack Hill, and were treated to some spectacular land formations. And we learned that the Grand Canyon isn't really a canyon -- it's a gorge. Anyway, pictures don't really do it justice, but here ya go:

Before a cold night under the stars in Australia's Red Center, you need to gather firewood. And that's just what we did! It's just that some pieces of wood need more gatherin' than others do.

Below, the muheres are not playing Bush Rugby, they're shaking a burnt-out stump loose from the ground. Some of these buggers can be quite stubborn, but the girls were successful in the end!

After all the gathering is done, the work is not. We poor tourists were forced into further labor: loading the dangerous, spikey stumps atop the trailer, as well as being expected to tie reliable knots!

But the efforts were worth the troubles! Cozy warmth under a cloudless, Outback sky!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Fun With Timer

As we drove down the coast, south of Perth, we were taking in the sunset at Bunbury, and we got creative with the camera's timer function. We like this shot the most:

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Great Ocean Road

Our friends in Geelong graciously lent us their car today so we could head out and explore The Great Ocean Road!

This wonderful coastal road is in the Great State of Victoria, which is governed by the wonderful capital city of Melbourne. In Victoria, the weather changes often. The Victorians are known for good-heartedly complaining about "Four seasons in a day", although I doubt it ever snows (ha!)

Anyway, when the weather's a changin', there's bound to be rainbows about, and we weren't disappointed, because we were greeted with a beauty as soon as we hit the Southern Ocean:

There are some odd rock formations along the road, and these are the main tourist attractions, although they seem to be diminishing. One of these attractions is called The Twelve Apostles, but several of the twelve have disappeared in recent years. Here we see two Apostles:

Stripey tried her best to fill in for the missing ones:

Interestingly, the Twelve Apostles used to be called "The Sow and Piglets." No word on whether or not the sow is still standing.

A bit further down the road, we took in London Bridge, just before dark. London Bridge used to connect to the mainland, but it fell down in 1990. We heard that there were tourists out on the remaining part when the arch collapsed, but nobody was hurt.

Here we have more Stupid Tourist Tricks with photography. Keeping true to London custom, we see our subject Minding the Gap:

And judging by the hardness of said subject's head, we might call this snapshot "Marble Arch". We'll leave it up to you.

These attractions are located just west of Port Campbell. The satellite images isn't quite up to snuff yet, but perhaps one day you'll be able to see the rocks from space.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

51st State

We saw this book in the gift shop at Australia's Parliament in Caneberra.

Evidently Oz is trying to muscle in on Canada's claim:

Friday, May 25, 2007

Feed the Parrots

The neighbors here in Lane Cove, Sydney have some friendly visitors. Every afternoon, the most colorful parrots hang about in the trees around their back yard, hoping for a treat. The little buggers don't seem to be too worried about people harming them, as the photos below show!

food (munch munch) more interesting than big scary guy

closeup of colorful little critters

makes you want a bowl of Fruit Loops!

So if you're in Sydney, you can skip the stinking zoo. Just go to the neighbors and feed the parrots! ;)

For you bird watchers out there, these little guys are evidently called the Rainbow Lorikeet.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Schizophrenic Cockatoo

Last weekend -- here in Lane Cove, Sydney (Google map) -- we were sitting around in our neighbors garage watching the pig roast (another story altogether) While we sampled bits of the roast, we were also being amused by our good friend: Koki the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. Koki is the neighbors faithful pet bird, and is usually in good spirits, as seen here:

After a while, though, Koki started getting all aggressive. Perhaps she had angst about ending up like the poor little piggie:

Perhaps she was riled up from chasing/biting the grill's eletctrical cord every time somebody moved it. Or maybe the camera-flash freaked her out. Whatever the reason, she started flaring the yellow comb on her head, spreading her wings, and aggressively attacking our toes! She was promptly escorted to her cage, but not before inspiring these comics: