Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Australia photos - Brisbane, Day 17

Jacob Epstein's "Kitty" @ the Queensland Art Gallery

Fruit meets water meets tourists

Philip H. Calderon's painting (get ready) "Elizabeth Woodville, widow of Edward IV, parting with her younger son, the Duke of York when Elizabeth learned that the Prince of Wales had fallen into the power of his uncle, the Duke of Gloucester" (phew...)

Evil Richard III in the above painting

A shocking find at the museum = Picasso's "La Belle Hollandaise"

Post-art, I headed south to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

I hate P.E.T.A. heart and soul, but some of the bird cages were tiny. They also had BATS in cages, which kinda ticked me off (I like bats).

"Hey buddy, you're on MY pole."

The koalas actually had nice areas, however.

Owls (like this barking owl) are evil. The ancients held this belief, and I adhere to it.

Kookaburra

Tasmanian devil

A tropical bird that I don't remember

Platypus (blur)

Mother koala and her joey

Sleepy...

A striking white dingo

I love kangaroos... they taste delicious!


In the kangaroo / wallaby area, you can get up close and personal with the marsupials



Tiny horse

Sheep shearing demonstration

The ever popular lorrakeet feeding




The very dangerous cassowary

The ferocious wombat... ok, I'm kidding about its aggression


If only I had discovered Brisbane's Belgian Beer Cafe earlier in my trip... Leffe blonde and Leffe dark are awesome on draught.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Australia photos - Fraser Island, Days 15 and 16

Rainbow Beach, near the ferry to Fraser Island (about 4 hours north of Brisbane)

Rainbow Beach

Family at play, Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach po-po

Our tour mobile, a very comfortable but very large monstrosity

Five minute ferry to Fraser Island (in the background)

Dolphins! (apologies for the blur)

Dingos are everywhere on Fraser Island (note the tag)

You have to have a 4WD to enter Fraser Island, as the only roads are sand

My attempt at abstract photo art, while at lunch at Eurong (tourist facility on the island)

Eurong

Time for a walk - up a noiseless creek! Well, noiseless until we got there.

Wooo...



Where the creek meets the ocean

The Maheno shipwreck











Post-shipwreck, we headed to The Pinnacles

Which were ok...

...but after a shipwreck, nothing seems as cool.

However, to revive our interest, our guide took us clamming

Clam race! If your clam burrows into the sand first, you get to eat it.

Indian Head, overlooking a tiger shark breeding ground

Going up...







We were hardly alone.





Yann, my French buddy, notes the irony.

Though you can't make any of it out, we saw sharks, dolphins, sea turtles...

...and whales!




Ain't no party like an eclipse party...

Ok, so it was only a partial eclipse.

Billiards ends day one.

The rainforest on Fraser Island is the only "dry" rainforest in the world, in that it grows out of the sand



This simple looking fern is called a king fern - this particular one is estimated to be around 2,000 years old.

Lake Birrabeen, one of many gorgeous lakes on the island

LOVE THIS PLACE!