Posts Tagged With: Western Australia

Thursday Doors : Broome…

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Broome is the tourist mecca town 2000 kilometers north of Perth in Western Australia. A magical place embraced by the azure blue of the Indian Ocean and surrounded with the deep red, pindan dirt. It is renowned for the pearling industry which brought many Chinese to these shores to dive for the elusive oysters that held the pearl in the heart of their shells.

These photos are the corrugated shops that form China Town today.

To see more photos of when I stayed in Broome go here.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time

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Thursday Doors : Wine and roses.

When you go to the Margaret River area in Western Australia a visit to a winery is a must do. It is one of the top wine regions in Australia, so many to choose from, but when I saw this eye-catching sculpture that the locals call “the chick on the stick” and saw the name “Laurance Winery”, that is my son’s name, I turned in to check it out.

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It was a beautiful rose garden leading to the cellar door. Just look at how impressive this door is.

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I visited in 2010 during our trip around Australia. To see more of that visit click here.

Or follow this link to their website and a virtual video tour of the winery.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time),

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Garden Photo Challenge : Wild Flowers…

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Western Australia is a mecca for viewing wild flowers. You can pull up anywhere along the roadside and wander around finding so many different types, forms and coloured flowers. A photographers paradise. Look at the dry, stony soil and yet flowers are everywhere.

Big, bold clumps easy to see. Then walk further into the bush and look carefully and you will see the tiny, delicate orchids and many, to me, unknown species.

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Donkey orchid is very well named.

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Green hooded orchid.

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I have no idea what this very tiny flower is. Anyone recognize it?

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Jude at “Earth laughs in flowers” host’s a garden photography challenge and this month the theme is wild flowers.

“This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes sadly often referred to as weeds”

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Garden Photography Challenge : Wild Flowers…

 

I can go back in memory to 2010 and spend time searching through the hundreds of photographs I took of the Western Australian wild flower season. We spent 3 months slowly, very slowly, driving and living in Matilda, our small camper van home, along the wild flower trail from Broome in northern WA to Perth in the south. 2010 was a perfect year, just enough winter rain meant the flowers were in magnificent abundance.

It was a dream come true for me to be here reveling in one of the planets exceptional displays. A profusion of beauty.

Here is a gallery of some of the more unusual wild flowers from Western Australia.

Unfortunately I do not know the names of most of these beauties, I just enjoyed the experience of seeing them and capturing their images to live in my mind.

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Jude has some beautiful wild dog roses to show you this week. Go over for a look.

“Jude says: This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes sadly often referred to as weeds”

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Thursday’s Special : Scattered…

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This is the Indian Ocean on the coast of Western Australia. It is wild. You could say the foam scatters heavenward. But this couple thought it was going to get them and it made them scatter out of the way very quickly…

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Paula (lost in translation) has given us the challenge to interpret “scattered” for this weeks challenge.

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Garden Photography : Wild Flowers…

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I’m going to enjoy Jude’s (earth laughs in flowers) theme for this month “wild flowers”

“Jude says: This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes sadly often referred to as weeds”

I can go back in memory to 2010 and spend time searching through the hundreds of photographs I took of the Western Australian wild flower season. We spent 3 months slowly, very slowly, driving and living in Matilda, our small camper van home, along the wild flower trail from Broome in northern WA to Perth in the south. 2010 was a perfect year, just enough winter rain meant the flowers were in magnificent abundance.

It was a dream come true for me to be here revelling in one of the planets exceptional displays. A profusion of beauty.

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This path wound through a stunning display of everlasting daisies. They stretched as far as the eye could see. We took photo after photo trying to capture this riotous pageant of colour. But a photo can never capture the feeling that is inside you when you look at all this beauty.

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Here they are in close-up. Not only are they beautiful today as I take their photo, but the petals will slowly dry to a crisp papery texture and will last (as the name implies) for ever, without water.

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There are so many wild flowers I will have to restrain myself.

If you would like a sneak preview of more wild flowers click here.

Thank you Jude for hosting this interesting challenge. Use this link to see more wild flowers from around the world.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Depth

 In the red heart of the Western Australian outback where the earth is being torn apart to retrieve the abundant mineral riches that have lain buried for millennia, in an area called “The Pilbara”, can be found Karijini National Park. The rugged grandeur of the Gorges, it’s beautiful waterfalls and sparkling rock pools are in stark contrast to the surrounding bleak red, dusty landscape.

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The few ghost gums line the dusty track, the dry grasses are tainted a blood-red. This is the start of the track to Weano Gorge.

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The land opens before us and drops into the depths of  some of Earth’s oldest rock formations (over 3 billion years old).  Some of the world’s oldest surface rocks, including the ancient fossilised remains known as stromatolites and rocks such as granites are found here.

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The vertical granite rock face towers above us as we carefully make our way along the base. The boulders are slippery.

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It is a challenging tramp. We inch along ledges and squeeze through narrow slot canyons, with towering walls of banded iron rock rearing above us, we clutch at protruding rocks to keep our balance.

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Look very carefully and you will see Jack’s backside disappearing around a rock just above the water line. Have you spotted him?

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Now we have to wade along the edge of this pool, waist deep, feeling for submerged rocks, heading for that slot in the far wall. I am now getting way out of my depth.

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As I reach this spectacular and unforgettable place I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me.

Australia is a land of such contrasts and this is one of those special places that take some effort to reach, but once seen it will live in my memory for ever.

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WP challenge this week, whether visually or emotionally, this week let’s dig (or dive) deep.

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Travel Theme : Industry

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In the early, pioneering days these intrepid workers forged the growth of Australia by building the railways and maintaining them to keep the industry of the gold fields and agriculture moving.

Now these are all museum pieces.

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It is a different type of machinery that now fuels the mining industry. These modern giants are keeping Australia’s economy buoyant in a world floundering in debt and despair.

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Digging ever deeper into the earth they search for the gold that has laid buried for millions of years.

Can you see those behemoth trucks? They look like dinky toys as they trundle their loads, 24 hours a day every day of the year, back to be sifted and searched for the miniscule amount of gold in each huge truckload.

“Based in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, The Super Pit produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year and its operation far outweighs any other mining centre in Australia. The Super Pit is the biggest gold open pit mine in the country.  Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s famous landmark will eventually stretch 3.6 kilometres long, 1.6km wide and go down to a depth of more than 600m. What had once been the Golden Mile, was named the Fimiston Open Pit, which in turn has become commonly known as the Super Pit.”

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But that is not all the story as this industry is situated in a very sensitive and sacred Aboriginal site.

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This is how close it is.

 

“This site is considered by Anthropologists and Archaeologists to possibly contain the largest collection of Petroglyphs (rock carvings) in the world, estimated numbers range from 500,000 to one million individual motifs. It is also unique because it contains many styles of artwork and representations laid down over period from recent times to approximately 30,000 years ago, providing a social and ecological timeline spanning through the last ice age some 17,000 years ago.” (An interesting article in the Australian Geographic about these rock carvings can be seen here.)

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Ailsa has asked us to be industrious this week and these are just 3 of the many interesting industries we saw when travelling around Australia. Go here to find more industries all around the world.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Gone but not forgotten

Matilda was our constant companion for 4 years, she was our accommodation and transport taking us on journeys of discovery around Australia. We sold her a year ago and though she has gone, she will never be forgotten.

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More photos of Matilda and the good times we had together, click here.

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The hard drive is full of thousands of photos from those 4 years, so though they are gone they will never be forgotten.

Broome, in Western Australia, is one of those dream destinations. Warm, tropical climate, laid-back relaxed atmosphere. Gorgeous sunsets.

The tropical sunsets draw the tourists to Cable Beach to congregate in groups, drinking wine and sharing food it is a festive occasion.

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Going to watch the sunset

Some watch the sunset from the back of a camel.

Some catch the moment from a boat

Some catch the moment from a boat

Going….

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Gone…

But scenes like this will never be forgotten and just looking at these photos I am transported back to those magical days.

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In today’s WordPress challenge, show us what “gone, but not forgotten” means to you.

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photography 101 : Glass

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The sweet memories of evenings sitting on the deck in Geraldton, Western Australia, watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

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My interpretation of today’s “Photography 101” theme, glass.

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