Canberra Nature, 2018

February 2018 to February 2019, Canberra, ACT

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In the changeover from one trip to another, here are some local images from the last year.

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There are two groups of images. The first is from a Nikon-sponsored event on Black Mountain Peninsular, late one afternoon.

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No prizes for identifying these birds.  They were cited in the second century AD by Roman poet Juvenal as an example of something that could not exist.  They were originally believed to be a hoax when reported back in Europe by the Dutch in 1697.

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Lake Burley Griffin in the late afternoon light.

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After a while, I mainly focused on semi-abstract details.

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There was a prize of a canvas print for best image of the afternoon.  I won that with this image.

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The remaining images are out the back of where we live, in Canberra Nature Park, or in the case of the first image, in the back yard.

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Kangaroo in the back yard, through the dining room window.

Over many months towards the end of last year there was a severe drought and there was no grass left for the kangaroos on Mount Ainslie.  The kangaroos would come down at night to eat on the roadside grass verges.  At the same time our back fence had disintegrated so we had kangaroos coming in at night as dinner guests.  This is one still there in the morning.

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Kangaroo in Fog.

Before we left on the Uzbekistan trip at the end of September, there were many kangaroos on the mountain and we would often see mobs of twenty or thirty.  One time I counted and we saw one hundred and thirty kangaroos on our half-hour morning walk.  They were under pressure at this time and we found two discarded kangaroo fetuses in our back yard.

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Close up of young kangaroo.

When we came back from the trip there were none, or so it seemed.  They had either found alternative pasture, perhaps beyond the other side of the mountain, or I suspect more likely, there had been a mass starvation event.  Numbers recovered a bit and we now usually see between three and ten kangaroos on our morning walk.

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Big male kangaroo reclining in shade.

Canberra has a controversial annual kangaroo cull.  Kangaroos have greatly increased in number due to clearing of forests with European settlement and there are around fifty million of them in Australia.  The Australian Capital Territory Government says that without a cull there will be greater kangaroo population explosions and crashes, while rare plants are threatened when the kangaroos feel pressured to eat everything in sight.  Animal rights groups are opposed to this and demonstrate against the Government.  If I correctly interpret these events, the Government may have a sensible strategy.

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Cunningham’s Skinks (and background insects).

On our walk every morning we go past a hollow log where a family of Cunningham’s Skinks live.

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If it’s warm enough they come up on top of the log in the sun, perhaps also to catch passing insects.

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This is a small one.

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They are much larger than a garden skink.  They grow to 40 centimetres (16 inches) and are viviparous (give birth to live young).

All of these Cunningham’s Skink shots are focus stacked, in other words, multiple images combined for depth of focus.

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Superb Parrots.

(No, really, that’s what they’re called).

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Superb parrots are a bird of inland New South Wales and Canberra is on the edge of their range.  They are increasing in Canberra but this is partly because they are being pushed out of their normal habitat by climate change and land clearing, and they are classified as vulnerable.

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They prefer to nest in two species of eucalypts, Scribbly Gums and Blakely’s Red Gums with a trunk diameter of 1.1 metres or more, and 95% of their natural woodland environment has been cleared.

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Eastern Bearded Dragon.

At one point in our morning walk there is a dead tree that forms an archway over the path.  I used to sometimes hit my head on it until it settled a bit lower.  One day there was a dragon stretched out on the top though pretty well camouflaged.  I went back for my camera and this image is also focus stacked.

Males grow to about 60 centimetres (24 inches) long and they are diurnal.

 

Oregon Coast.

Oregon, 5th to 8th November 2018.
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Columbia River Valley, then Oregon Coast.

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La Tourell Falls.

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View from Vista House.

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Multnomah Falls.

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Foliage on cliff, Multnomah Falls.

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Rainforest, Multnomah Falls.

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Base of Multnomah falls.

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Near Multnomah Falls.

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Wreck of the Peter Iredale.

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Looking north, from the Wreck of the Peter Iredale.

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Ecola State Park.

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Unexpected wave, Hug Point.

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Views from Neahkahnie Viewpoint.

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Rainforest near Castle Rock.

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Coast view south of Nestucca Bay.

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse (and next two images).

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Views from Kronenberg County Park, Bandon .

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Bandon South Jetty.

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Somewhere north of Crescent City.

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Redwoods, perhaps Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

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Willits street scene, Paradise burning 100km away.

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Golden Gate with Paradise smoke haze.

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That was the last of the temporary posts from trip to Uzbekistan, Istanbul, Athens, Thira, Crete, Andalusia. Barcelona, Washington and Oregon.  Next I have three miscellaneous posts, then I will continue with final posts for Cuba and the Caribbean, starting with Cuba.  After that, unhbless something else intervenes, I shall make final posts for the Uzbekistan trip.

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La Push to Portland.

Washington State, USA, 3rd November 2018.
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La Push in early morning (and next seven images).

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Probably a Western Gull.

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Lake Crescent.

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Mount Walker viewpoint (near Qilcene) (and next nine images).

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Seattle.

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A photographer at the roadside, possibly Greg Scott.

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This is what he stopped to photograph.  Dosewallips River.

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Fishing boat on Hood Canal.

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Autumn colours on Hood Canal.

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Second Beach.

Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA, 2nd November 2018.
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La Push and Second Beach on a rather damp day.

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La Push.

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A gull on my balcony.  Probably a ringed-bill gull or a glaucus-winged gull.

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Second Beach (and subsequent images).

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I encountered local photographer Jim Wood and his grandson and his friend.

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Jim Wood’s grandson descending from the rock.

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At the high tide mark there were large numbers of driftwood logs.

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… and also some interesting seaweed.

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Hoh Rain Forest.

Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA, 31st October to 1st November 2018.
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Storm at dawn, La Push.

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Near Rialto Beach.

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Rialto Beach.

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La Push.

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On the road to Hoh Rain Forest.

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Hoh Rain Forest (and following images).

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Washington Day 1.

Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA, 31st October to 1st November 2018.
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Most of this post is a journey around Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park, Washington State, going for a few walks and visiting a few waterfalls.

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Now we’re on the road north.  This is Ruby Beach.

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This last image is on the road in to Hoh Rain Forest, which as it happened was closed that day.

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From Flores to Cancun

Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, 31 August 2016

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This follows a journey in two small planes from Flores in Guatemala to Cancun in Mexico via Belize.

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This appears to be a small Mayan Temple from the modern era, in other words a church.

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Soon we were flying over the red lakes of forgotten time in what was once the lands of the Maya and really still is.

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Maybe there was once ancient Mayan irrigation canals here.

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The land underneath started to be hidden by the golden clouds.

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And after a while, Belize City hove into sight.

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Soon we are flying over the Red Sea..

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Many shallow islands below.

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Well, the Caribbean Sea, actually.

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The golden clouds of the late morning.

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Memories of an asteroid crash nearby long ago flashed up…

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… and then faded again quite quickly.

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The weather began to seem almost normal.

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But then, what’s normal anyway.

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The edge of Cancun.

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And yes, that was an infrared post.