Here's an unusual little guy for #wildlifewednesday curated by +Mike Spinak: a Quokka. He's a small marsupial, like a little wallaby, endemic to Rottnest Island and a couple of spots nearby off the coast of Western Australia, near Fremantle and Perth. We had looked for them all afternoon, and finally around sunset they started to appear from everywhere. +Linda Villers has also posted a couple of our pics of these cute creatures.
Black Necked Stork
#BirdPoker Iridescence, curated by +Phil Armishaw, took me to a new folder today, where I found a number of photos of this gorgeous bird from a trip I haven't posted much from yet. This was my favorite pic because of his goofy posture! We saw him in the Daintree rainforest area of Queensland, Australia (near Port Douglas).
I'd like to create one main album for the region and fold my Heron Island pictures into it (currently in three other albums), but I don't want to dump everything into the stream (and spare me the +Chris Chabot post; his Picasaweb lives on a different planet from mine, despite updating). If anyone has any fresh suggestions, great, otherwise I'll wait until this problem gets fixed.
Big Barramundi Garden
Indeed. This is from the Daintree Rainforest area of Queensland, Australia. For #funnysignfriday by +Karen Tate.
Gateway to Paradise
Just pass through the gateway -- does it matter which direction? A #FridayGetaway for +Gary Crabbe, though folks from Eastern Australia might find it more convenient. This is from Heron Island, on the Great Barrier Reef.
Yes, In Fact, I Do Own the Whole Island
Here's one of the little Quokkas from Rottnest Island, Western Australia, for #WildlifeWednesday with +Mike Spinak. These small marsupials are endemic to the island and a few other adjacent spots near Perth and Fremantle. We didn't see them all day, then near sunset they started showing up by the dozens.
The Shape of Song
Almost bedtime, but here's something pretty unusual for me. I saw a beautiful photo by +John Buckingham of the Sydney Opera House at https://plus.google.com/108109729322202771625/posts/6izJ3Tzks3f , and I remembered I had tons of photos from there that I've hardly looked at -- partly because they're terribly composed, with poor lighting... But I was at least inspired to try to do something, so this is my second effort at blending textures. I converted the image to B&W first, to distill the shapes, then added a couple of textures offered by +Karen Waters at her site http://www.texturejunkie.com/ . For #TextureBlendPhotography with +Gemma Costa (+Texture Blend Photography).
Here's an Eastern Reef Egret from Heron Island, Australia. <sigh> Thanks again G+ for the extra black bars. For #waterbirdwednesday with +Sherry McBriar, +Margaret Tompkins and +Ray Bilcliff (+Water Bird Wednesday), and #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak.
We spent several weeks in Sydney in 2009 for the World Masters Games, and the Queen Victoria Building was just up the hill from our place near Darling Harbor. In addition to being a lovely building, inside as well as out, the QVB was also our transportation hub, plus there was good, inexpensive sushi to go in the basement.
For #travelthursday curated by +Laura Mitchum -- something less disturbing than my last post!
Photo by Bob Falkenberg
Chill Out Not Flat Out
For #FunnySignFriday curated by +Karen Tate. The sign is from the Daintree Rainforest area in Queensland, Australia, and is an effort to protect the rare Cassowary, an odd bird like a small Emu with a blue neck and a bony crest on its head (better yet, take a look at a photo by +Linda Villers at https://plus.google.com/photos/106225423487569249789/albums/posts/5671035988055558290 ). It's hard to say exactly what portions of the signs are original vs. added later...
Today's special theme for #PaintItSaturday by +Alexius Jørgensen (+PaintIt Saturday) is Fun Places; this is Luna Park on the Sydney Harbor, taken from the ferry. I laugh every time I see those eyes!
The Tuatara is a reptile, but not a lizard -- a very distant and ancient branch of the family tree. This extremely rare creature is endemic to New Zealand, more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatara . Hopefully +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus will forgive me for calling him a #wildlifewednesday post, since he's shown here at an animal conservation center in Queenstown, New Zealand. If anyone has a photo of one in the wild, by all means tag me -- love to see more.
I'll also tag #wholewildlifeweek , and #threatenedthursday with +Sumit Sen, +Sandy Schepis, +Diego Cattaneo and +Anette Mossbacher (+Threatened Thursday).
Cassowary, Cassowarier, Cassowariest
This guy was keeping a close eye on us! From Sydney's Toranga Zoo -- I haven't seen any photos here of a cassowary in the wild, so I thought he'd be a great choice for today's one-time theme #birdpoker Captive Birds curated by +Phil Armishaw. Also for #quirkynature with +Carissa Braun (+Quirky Nature); #zoosunday with +Melanie MP and +Barbara Wirtz (+Zoo-Sunday); and the #threatenedthursday folks may be interested as well, as these guys are endangered and quite rare. This is probably a Southern Cassowary; Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassowary .
I'm a little bit in the doldrums this afternoon, so I thought a shipwreck was appropriate! Heading off to Las Vegas tomorrow, so I imagine it will be a short-lived problem. This shot is from Heron Island, on Australia's great Barrier Reef.
For #sunsetsaturday with +Dennis Hoffbuhr; and #silhouettesaturday with +Naila Ziani (+SilhouetteSaturday).
I Can Pose Until Your Ferry Leaves
This little quokka came out for us near sunset, just as we were getting ready to leave Rottnest Island for Perth. These small marsupials (related to wallabies) are endemic to the island; I have a couple of other photos of them in the album.
For #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus; and #wholewildlifeweek .
A Noddy Tern, nesting on Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
For #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus; #birdloversworldwide with +Robert SKREINER (+BIRD LOVERS Worldwide); and #birds4all with +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All).
A Musical Welcome -- Happy Australia Day!
Almost 3 am here, but before I miss it I wanted to send a greeting to the many wonderful Australians in my circles! I hope you're enjoying the day and the festivities.
I've been to Australia three times, most recently in 2009 for the World Masters Games in Sydney, where the athletes and our families saw this didgeridoo performance and other wonderful events in the Olympic stadium, and I got to compete in the Olympic pool -- a real thrill for me! Each visit, we received such a warm welcome from the people we met, and got to see fabulous places and amazing wildlife. I hope we have a chance to return soon!
For #australiaday #australiaday2013 with +Paul Pavlinovich; #saturdaystyle with +Lynn Langmade and +lane langmade; and #knowhowandtraditions with +Jean-Louis LAURENCE (+Know-how and traditions).
...We're perfectly safe with that tree between us and the croc! From the Daintree Rainforest area of Queensland.
For #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus; #wildlifeeveryday ; and a somewhat out of season #reptilemonday for +Will Pirnasch (+Reptile Monday).
Preparing for Launch
Despite the hotbed of alien activity in Las Vegas and the American Southwest, They establish Their outposts in every corner of the world. This craft was sitting in plain sight in Perth, Australia when I wandered by, never realizing at the time what it really was...
Happy #alienabductionfriday !
+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by Captain +Irene Kato, with her crew of me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski Jones, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier, on behalf of the #gplusaliennation and Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn . Also for #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; and #sunsetsaturday with +Dennis Hoffbuhr.
My album from Australia and New Zealand is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5709236318448053681 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .