Members of the Special Operations team (within the Ambulance Service of New South Wales) during a training exercise on the face of the sandstone cliffs at The Gap, Watsons Bay – New South Wales, Australia.
On the morning of October 9, 2014, the livestock carrier vessel Ocean Drover experienced an onboard fire at the Port of Fremantle. It was reported that 50 crew members were taken to hospital for treatment, and no animals were on the ship at the time.
With good winter rains, the 2014 Avon Descent was a lot of fun to observe. This photo-blog presents some of my images of various paddle craft competitors.
A thick durable fog and rather chilly conditions greeted the competitors…
Hope you enjoyed this post.
With good winter rains, the 2014 Avon Descent was a lot of fun to observe. This photo-blog presents some of my images of various power craft competitors.
I hope you enjoyed this sampling of power craft competitors; the next post will contain the paddle powered competitors.
Ah, I arrived at my destination – Kununurra – after 9 days of driving and bush camping. Here are some images around the greater Kununurra area from the first day or so.
Not far short of Kununurra, and the scenery, topography, and geology changes (after leaving Halls Creek).
Assorted roadside grasses…
The fishing is fantastic in the Kimberley; this is a 1.14 meter Barramundi (released immediately after photo) caught on the lower Ord River.
The ubiquitous estaurine crocodiles (“Saltwater Crocodile”) necessitate care around the water.
Iconic Kimberley vistas…
If you have watched the movie “Australia” then you may recognise this geologic feature, known as ‘House Roof Hill’ – it is the backdrop to the fictional “Faraway Downs” homestead.
This image was captured very early on another glorious Kimberley morning.
The next image is “False House Roof Hill” – neighboring bluffs along the Ord River.
The April 2014 Lunar Eclipse occurred whilst I was in this area. The following image captures part of this eclipse over a Kimberley range.
Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest artificial lake (by volume). It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and is a sight to behold. Unfortunately these “roadside” images are all I managed to capture of this vast and beautiful feature – I must return and spend time above and on the lake!
An alternate view of the Ord River Dam – construction was completed in 1971.
Grass in seed along the dam wall – beautiful April conditions.
More horrific bushfires around the Perth/Fremantle area recently (Banjup to be more precise). I was on my way to shoot a winery when I observed the early smoke of what became a raging fire. I spent a while photographing the fire – the pilots of the helicopter and plane water-dumpers/water-bombers appear fantastically skilled, and also very courageous; thankfully, damage to human and home was minimal.
Thanks for swinging by and looking at my images. See you next time I post 🙂
On the first day that the National Parks were reopened to the citizens who own them, I drove to the Smoky Mountains to have a few hours in Cades Cove – a truly remarkable location, and a visit I highly recommend.
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I feel so very fortunate to see a family of American Black Bears up close and personal – sort of.
Mama bear ascends. Such amazing claws/claw strength!
Unlike the assorted yahoo’s who observed the scene with me, I did not approach and stand under the tree!
The fog was very thick when I first arrived. This scene/habitat is very similar to that where I observed the bears.
Morning light flashes the prairie through the fog.
This is not a monochrome/black-and-white treatment. Rather, the fog and rain and mist altered the light to what you see here.
The lovely winding road that leads to Cades Cove follows a stream for a good portion, and this lone tunnel is always intriguing to me. I stopped to take this image on my way out – the fall leaves are beginning to turn on a show right now!
These images are a mere sampling of the wondrous place that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more of my images of the park, swing over to some of my earlier/archived posts: