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Old Jan 25, 2007, 6:35 PM   #1
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A few shots from a day out at Wilson's Promontory National Park.

This Eastern Grey did not mind me getting in close:
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Whiskey Bay
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A couple showing the bush recovering from last years bushfire. We did this very walk last year just before the fire and it was so different.
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The view from the top of Mt Oberon (Little Oberon Bay)
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The view from the top of Mt Oberon (Norman Bay)
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Some wildflowers (paper daisies)

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Mt Oberon across Norman Bay, a lovely swim

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The road home
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 7:11 PM   #2
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Yet another beautiful series of your country. I really do enjoy seeing them. We also have a place called Whiskey Bay, but it looks nothing like yours. The only way to take a photo is in a car going about 70 mph across it, other than by air or boat. It is not safe to stop on the roadway. It is about 26 miles across swamp land.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 7:54 PM   #3
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Okay, you got me, I expected tuxedos and evening gowns. A really nice collection of shots, sharp, clear and colorful. My favorites are #2 and # 8 that is if I had to pick.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 7:56 PM   #4
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A pleasure! Thanks for sharing your shots. Donna
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 12:13 AM   #5
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Nice series Rafael. I always enjoy seeing photos from your home. I thought the Eastern Gray was dangerous. I'm suprised you wanted to get that close to it. What kind of tree is that in#4? Is that the tree that is recovering like that or is it vines growing up the dead tree trunks?

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 2:08 AM   #6
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Bayourebel, one day I'd like to see your whiskey bay as well.

Ted, sorry to lead you astray. For any Victorian The Prom has but one meaning. Almost every child will have been taken there on a school excursion at some point.

Donna, You are welcome.

Don, all Kangaroos are potentially dangerous if riled like any wild animal. They tend to be more dangerous in places where they are fed as they tend to get aggressive for food. Generally though as long as you don't mess with them they are fine and will generally just hop away if you get too close. Here they generally just graze on the plentiful grass. This one let me get about 3 metres (about 10 feet) away and then gave me the wary look you see. Another step and he would have been off. The trees in 3,4 and 5 are all eucalypts (or gum trees as we call them). When a bushfire burns the canopy, they regenerate from trunks and branches. In fact there are some species where the seeds are so hard that only a bushfire will open them. I did not take particular note of the variety, we have over 700 species of eucalypts and they tend to dominate most environmental niches except a few rainforest areas. They are very accustomed to bushfires as the aboriginal people have used fire for over 700,000 years and the trees have grown accustomed to it. Hence our constant bushfires and the loss of our magafauna.
If you are into tree, have a look at my tree trunk shots, mostly gum trees at
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What a scenic series! Excellent photos, Rafael - all of them clean, sharp and bright. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks Raghu. Isn't it a pleasure to see the rest of the world this way? Loved you dragonfly by the way.
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Rafael, I really liked your slide show on the gum trees. All 33 are beautiful and well done. Looks like art.
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Bayourebel,

Thanks for looking at them. I am a bit of a gum tree freak. I just love them. They are so beautiful and varied.
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