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Here’s another escapade into the Australian Outback in Western Australia a few months back.

 

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Murphy’s Law dictated it rained 6mm the night before we left. It took us 5h30 to drive the last 86km.

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Wild camels

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Not one of our bus part for a change

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The purpose of the trip was to visit the tiny settlement of Rawlinna via the Trans Access Road, running parallel to the Indian Pacific Railway line for 1,000km across the Nullarbor.

 

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Nearby, Rawlinna station is the largest operating sheep station in Australia with 60,000 merino sheep on 2.5 million acres. Mustering done from dirt bikes was in full swing.

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Misty sunrise over the Fitzroy River, WA

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And today… is the 39th anniversary of me leaving France, an event I always celebrate with gusto!

 

 

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Congratulations on your anniversary Gen! 

 

Here's a couple of recent uploads of mine:

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Icicle "fangs" breaking through tunnel wall, Nagano, Japan

 

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Heading to dinner at a traditional izakaya

 

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This one is actually nearly a year old but I've only got around to uploading it recently. Total solar eclipse viewed from the Ningaloo coast of Western Australia, 19 April 2023

 

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Gen, remember when Lingua Franca meant you spoke French? The nation of your birth is one of the most important in world history. I smile and nod when people in Paris are rude to me. Je ne parle pas français has a nice bounce to it.  🙂

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12 hours ago, gvallee said:

Here’s another escapade into the Australian Outback in Western Australia a few months back.

 

2WXK0NJ.jpg

 

Murphy’s Law dictated it rained 6mm the night before we left. It took us 5h30 to drive the last 86km.

2WXK0F6.jpg

 

Wild camels

2WXK0KG.jpg

 

Not one of our bus part for a change

2WXK090.jpg

 

The purpose of the trip was to visit the tiny settlement of Rawlinna via the Trans Access Road, running parallel to the Indian Pacific Railway line for 1,000km across the Nullarbor.

 

2WXJY30.jpg

 

2WXJYAB.jpg

 

Nearby, Rawlinna station is the largest operating sheep station in Australia with 60,000 merino sheep on 2.5 million acres. Mustering done from dirt bikes was in full swing.

2WXJYME.jpg

 

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Misty sunrise over the Fitzroy River, WA

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And today… is the 39th anniversary of me leaving France, an event I always celebrate with gusto!

 

 

 

Wild cameras and cowboys on dirt bikes! A unique place, for sure.

 

Paulette

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The Granites at Peace Gorge, Meekatharra, Western Australia

Lovely free bush camp with granite boulders glowing in the morning sunlight

 

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This old cinema is still operating. I know, I know, where is the person walking past to make it more saleable. There was nobody around to be seen (only 700 inhabitants in total)

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State Gold Battery used in to crush and process ore

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2 hours ago, gvallee said:

The Granites at Peace Gorge, Meekatharra, Western Australia

Lovely free bush camp with granite boulders glowing in the morning sunlight

 

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This old cinema is still operating. I know, I know, where is the person walking past to make it more saleable. There was nobody around to be seen (only 700 inhabitants in total)

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State Gold Battery used in to crush and process ore

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I love the colours on the rocks in the early morning light Gen. It would be lovely waking up at these locations and just rolling out of bed and heading out with the camera to capture the sunrise. I like seeing those old picture gardens too. I looked it up and read that it re-opened in 1988. Imagine being under the stars in the outback watching a movie 🌟

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20 minutes ago, Sally Robertson said:

 

I love the colours on the rocks in the early morning light Gen. It would be lovely waking up at these locations and just rolling out of bed and heading out with the camera to capture the sunrise. I like seeing those old picture gardens too. I looked it up and read that it re-opened in 1988. Imagine being under the stars in the outback watching a movie 🌟

 

This is just what I do very often in the Bush. I see the first faint light from my bed, get up, grab the camera and witness this awesome show of nature. Sometimes I'm lazy and just watch it happen lying in bed. What freedom in Oz, and how easy it is to get close to nature!

 

 

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Back to wildlife. So much to catch up!

 

Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla)

 

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White-necked Heron or Pacific Heron (Ardea pacifica) 

 

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Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)

 

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Wandering Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arcuata)

 

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Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

 

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Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos) 

 

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A pair of Wandering Whistling-ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata)

 

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This was shot a few years ago but after yesterday's awful news about the aid workers, for World Central Kitchen, being killed in Gaza, I thought I should upload this photo of the founder of World Central Kitchen, Chef Jose Andres, at home with his wife. He was not among those killed. 

 

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8 hours ago, gvallee said:

Back to wildlife. So much to catch up!

 

Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla)

 

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White-necked Heron or Pacific Heron (Ardea pacifica) 

 

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Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)

 

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Wandering Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arcuata)

 

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Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

 

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Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos) 

 

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A pair of Wandering Whistling-ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata)

 

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I love these bird images Gen. They are beautiful. I remember the first time I saw a White-necked Heron I was excited as I'd never seen one before and thought maybe I was seeing something rare. It turns out they are not rare and fairly common but I was fascinated by their spotty neck.

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42 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

This was shot a few years ago but after yesterday's awful news about the aid workers, for World Central Kitchen, being killed in Gaza, I thought I should upload this photo of the founder of World Central Kitchen, Chef Jose Andres, at home with his wife. He was not among those killed. 

 

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A nice portrait Michael. I'm glad he is ok. I'm not watching much news at the moment so I've been avoiding a lot of the bad things happening in the world.

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35 minutes ago, Sally Robertson said:

 

I love these bird images Gen. They are beautiful. I remember the first time I saw a White-necked Heron I was excited as I'd never seen one before and thought maybe I was seeing something rare. It turns out they are not rare and fairly common but I was fascinated by their spotty neck.

 

Thank you Sally. I've still got a lot more to edit. 

Not quite wildlife now but animal: we're experiencing a severe storm with loud thunder, so I'm spending the night on the couch with the dog . We're housesitting. 

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59 minutes ago, Alan Beastall said:

 

Women's English Rugby Union, a clean and gently sport. 🤭

 

 

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You'd never catch me doing that!

 

Paulette

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3 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:
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You'd never catch me doing that!

 

Paulette

 

Taking images in the rain and mud. If you want the shoots like these you will get muddy and wet. A great afternoon shoot for all involved.

Thanks

Alan

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8 hours ago, Alan Beastall said:

 

Women's English Rugby Union, a clean and gently sport. 🤭

 

 

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Well done... Proper job!

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We drove over to the Brecon Beacons, South Wales last weekend and climbed Corn Du and Pen Y Fan. It’s a popular walking route but was really busy, the second image is the queue for a pic next to the trig point on Pen Y Fan. It’s a good walk with great views from the top. I’ve given up juggling the Fuji kit whilst carrying a rucksack and holding the dog on her lead, when we’re out walking, so the RX100 had a day out with me.

 

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7 hours ago, Steve Hyde said:

We drove over to the Brecon Beacons, South Wales last weekend and climbed Corn Du and Pen Y Fan. It’s a popular walking route but was really busy, the second image is the queue for a pic next to the trig point on Pen Y Fan. It’s a good walk with great views from the top. I’ve given up juggling the Fuji kit whilst carrying a rucksack and holding the dog on her lead, when we’re out walking, so the RX100 had a day out with me.

 

 

When I go out these days I wonder why I take the larger Sony kit when all we need is the RX100. Mine is the Mk7.  The only thing that is missing is the extreme wide angle and I do not use that as much as I should.

 

Allan

 

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9 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

When I go out these days I wonder why I take the larger Sony kit when all we need is the RX100. Mine is the Mk7.  The only thing that is missing is the extreme wide angle and I do not use that as much as I should.

 

Allan

 


l totally agree Allan. I find it really hard to leave the Fuji behind yet I’m never disappointed with the results I get with the RX100, I have the MK6. Another thing I find is that it’s a lot easier to get portraits when I’m out and about or to take a picture of a scene without drawing attention to myself using the smaller Sony camera.

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Here's what I found on a rainy day on my hard drive gathering dust. Those images were taken three years ago. Never got round to editing them.

 

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavescens)

 

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Magpie Lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

 

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Black Kites (Milvus migrans) mating.

The female looks totally uninterested, more like thinking 'what am I going to cook for dinner?'

 

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Black Kite (Milvus migrans) in flight carrying nesting material

 

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Grey-crowned Babblers (Pomatostomus temporali)

 

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Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporali)

 

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Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

 

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Blue sky through gathering storm clouds

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Magnolia tree in full bloom

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Franke & Heidecke Rolleicord I nickel plated camera

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Flexaret VI automat twin lens camera

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Franke & Heidecke Rolleicord twin lens reflex camera 

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Allan

 

Sorry if I am boring people with cameras.

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

Sorry if I am boring people with cameras.

Blimey those little TLRs are nice, such good condition. I love that first baby Rolleicord, super quality in a tiny package.

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