Gemsbok Sky

Typical scene in the Kalahari . . . an endless horizon, very blue skies and Gemsbok.

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For more photographs of Gemsbok see the post Gemsbok Graphics

For more info and stories about the Kalahari see Kalahari Series I – 2009 and Kalahari  Series II – 2011.

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Postcards from Australia: Mooloolaba

This is a guest post by Willie for the Notes from Africa Photoblog.

During December 2011 I went to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the way. From Melbourne we flew up to Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, and travelled up to Mooloolaba where the actual conference was held.

Mooloolaba was a brilliant place to have a conference, as you can see from the pictures below.  For the correct pronunciation of Mooloolaba have a look at this reference.  The town lies between the beach and the marina on the Mooloolaba River.  It is a popular town on the Sunshine Coast, though from the photographs you can see that we had only overcast weather during our stay there.  This did not spoil the visit in any way – it was still way better being on the beach than in a lecture room.

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To the east of Mooloolaba we visited the Glass House Mountains National Park, pictured below, as well as the Beerburrum plantation area.

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A lunch break gave us the opportunity to explore some of the indigenous forests and take some pictures.

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So what is a visit to the great land of Oz without a picture of a kangaroo, this one on the lawn of the local university.

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I could not pass up the opportunity to go out on the flat sea around Mooloolaba to see how the locals fish.  Mooloolaba derives its name partly from the Aboriginal word “mulu”, meaning snapper fish, so we went out to see what they look like.

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The launch from the marina was easy and access to the sea via the picturesque river mouth was an absolute pleasure.

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The marina also houses a fishing fleet making use of the secure and easy access to the sea.

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Postcards from Australia: Melbourne

This is a guest post by Willie for the Notes from Africa Photoblog.

During December 2011 I went to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the way. From Melbourne we flew up to Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, and travelled up to Mooloolaba where the actual conference was held.

Melbourne is one of my favourite Australian cities. It has the same cosmopolitan (or is that multicultural) “feel”to it as Cape Town here in South Africa.  The mixture of old and new buildings is also a similar feature to both cities. Although, in many instances it is very different to Cape Town, especially with regard to the river and city structure.  And, do not forget about the hook turns in Melbourne. As a foreign motorist those certainly take some getting used to.

Cape Town can certainly do with a better public transport system.  The quaint tram system in Melbourne is still active and gets you around pretty quickly.

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From a previous visit I remember Coop’s Shot Tower located in the central CBD and went back to find it again.  You can read all about it here.

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The area around the old Flinders Street Station is a good hub to walk from, located close to many interesting areas like the art museum, as well as the new developments.

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Some of the old (above) and new (below) buildings are located in the same area.

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The geometric patterns of the new buildings make for some interesting shots.

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The stark old and new contrast . . .

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Postcards from Australia: Landscapes

This is a guest post by Willie for the Notes from Africa Photoblog.

During December 2011 I went to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the way. From Melbourne we flew up to Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, and travelled up to Mooloolaba where the actual conference was held.

Here are some random pictures from the road trip between Canberra and Melbourne.  Our mission was to learn about various (indigenous) Eucalyptus species growing in dry to moist sites along the way.  It was striking how similar the countryside in Australia is to the South African countryside.  The major difference is that the Eucalypts in South Africa are of course very successful invaders species.

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The Murray River snakes for an amazing distance through the Australian country side.

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A bunch of foresters discussing “sex between trees”, commonly known as tree genetics.

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Some distance from Melbourne, a lunch stop offers the opportunity to look at the countryside and to take some pictures.

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Getting into the mountains north of Melbourne.

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Strange to see some wattle (an Acacia species) in their natural environment.

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Beautiful tree ferns, again indigenous – we have the exact same species growing in our garden.

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