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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Having a blow"

Taking a break from not so fun fencing.

Winging It

An Egret and Ibises take flight at dawn on the Shoalhaven River.
Published 3 days ago.  Nowra NSW 2541

Looking over back gate

Mount Warning is a focal point of the Far North Coast of NSW, standing proud of the hills and valleys.
Published 18 Feb 2016.  Murwillumbah NSW 2484

Morning dip at the Austinmer sea baths

Makybe Diva - forever a part of the town
By Jade Calverley ·  · From Snapped: My town

The day that our horse 'Makybe Diva', won a Melbourne Cup, was a day no one in the community could forget. Then she did it again the next year. And again the year after that.
The City of Port Lincoln stood proud and claimed the Santic family's horse as our own, as we all celebrated a trio of Melbourne Cup victories.
Local sculptor Ken Martin created this life-sized statue to commemorate the historical achievement of Makybe Diva, a horse who will never be forgotten in this community.
Published 30 Jun 2015.  Port Lincoln SA

Paradise on Earth - Wilsons Prom

There is no place in Australia like Wilsons Prom. It is the Victorian secret that we smirk about as others can only dream of a place so beautiful.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Rocks morning

By Julieanne Timms ·  
I love these beautiful trees

Newcastle Train Station
photo Moz Waters

Double barred finch hiding in the Bougainvillea,

photo Allie Cam

Yellow-rumped thornbill
 photo Janet K Scott

Point Perpendicular light station.

The aptly named Point Perpendicular with its beautiful lighthouse and lodgings.  
Published 3 days ago.  Jervis Bay

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

St Patrick’s Church, The Rocks, Sydney,
 photo Peter Miller
 Built in the early 1840s, St Patrick’s stands in Sydney’s historic Rocks area, with a history reaching back to the very beginnings of Catholic life in Australia. Inseparably linked with St Patrick’s history is the name of William Davis, an Irishman transported for his part in anti-British uprisings in Ireland in 1798. Davis obtained land in The Rocks in 1809, and in the early years of the colony, when there was no resident priest in Sydney, his home became a centre of Catholic prayer.
 In 1840 William Davis donated the land on which St Patrick’s is built, gifting that section of his 1809 grant bounded by Gloucester and Grosvenor Streets. The foundation stone was blessed on 25 August 1840, and the now elderly Davis astonished everyone when he came forward and placed a cheque for £1000 on the stone, an incredible sum in those days. Davis had prospered over the years through his business ventures, which included interests in grazing and licensed premises. Davis’ donation was matched by an equal grant from the colonial government.

Happy first day of spring by @cm_gau

As you can see by his muddy beak, Mr Spotted Pardalote has been busy excavating his nest hollow in an embankment. Mrs Pardalote had an equally dirty beak, here's hoping their first clutch for the season is successful! 

Cradle Mountain Walk By Rod Howes

At 60 my wife and I took a holiday in Tasmania and enjoyed Cradle Mountain enormously (Oct-Nov 2014). I found that it was not necessary to travel distances or to hike across country to find 'emotional landscapes'.
This one looked like a scene from a Grimm fairy tale. In winter, the moss would be replaced by snow. The twisted branches stopped me in my footsteps. A picture of mystery and another world.
They say 'the world is out there' but equally it is right here.
Hope you like my pic

Waiting for the sun to set at Karumba Point in Gulf country, North Queensland,
 photo Kathy C 

Man by the fire, photo Hugh Brown who writes 
‘Happy memories for me and many other grey nomads who have lived the dream.'

Lily by Rene Martens who writes……
 My wife Janet has had to visit some family and I have been left to look after the garden (both veggies and flowers) and she has actually missed the first Lily bloom. There are quite a few extra buds so I am hoping that 1) I don't kill any (lol) and 2) that she gets back home in time.

Photographer Jody Burges writes ……pretty bird on my balcony this afternoon and asks, is it a dove? 
 No, it’s a Crested Pigeon

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Rural scene from Richmond, Tasmania
 photo Mark Whitehead

 Brumbies in the forest,
 photo Kylie Jackson

Fishing off the bridge at Eden NSW, 
photo Julie Fouter 

Girl on a horse in the river,
 photo Wendy Hawkes

Early morning fitness class on North Beach, Wollongong
 photo Greg Fisher

Drover, somewhere near Alice Springs,
 photo Helen Simpson

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Dingoes - amazing animals, nothing like dogs

Johnny Banjo at Glass Water Creek, Litchfield Station
Mr Banjo is a Maramanindji man who lives at Nauiyu Nambiyu, with his wife and two grown-up sons. He has spent his working life as a stockman on cattle stations in the Daly River region. He is the Traditional Owner of country to the south-west of Nauiyu Nambiyu.  Some 40 years ago, Mr Banjo was attacked by a saltwater crocodile while swimming across the Daly River. He survived by plunging his forefingers into the crocodile’s eyes. A deep scar on his forehead is a permanent reminder of his narrow escape.

Night shift

By binjy who writes

She sits on a post alongside an old walnut tree - all the muted shades suggesting Winter . 
It IS Winter , and she is TYTO ALBA, a barn owl . She hunts mice and other creatures of the night , swooping silently on wings which beat softly . 
We are fortunate that she has chosen our yard in which to rest ,and for someone addicted to the capturing of images, her position near the house a few days ago was just magic .

The Lens & the Brush
Gundars Eglentals is a well-known artist around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland area. He can often be seen near Mary Cairncross Park on a Sunday with his easel and palette capturing our beautiful Glasshouse Mountains.   My image shows him at work as well as his subject and his art.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

 Rainbow Bee-eater youngster in sunset light
By Jan Martin  

There are actually 30-40 Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) youngsters cavorting around Blatherskite Park Showgrounds horse paddock, Alice Springs, at the moment.  It is great fun to try and photograph them landing and taking off from this fence in some incredibly gorgeous light around sunset.

 The island roads are closed on Christmas Island...Crabs rule
Time to put our walking boots on...the island roads are closed...Crabs rule.

Where are the cockatoos?

Shoot the chef
Camp cook bakes some scones on Central Queensland cattle station for the mustering team.

By Bruce who writes

Taken on a secret stretch of the Upper Williams River, NSW. It’s not the photograph that’s important, but the place itself. Having shared so many great memories at and along this stretch of river with my best mate, who I sadly lost in a car accident the day before his 21st birthday, this place holds an enormous amount of mixed emotion and reflection.  In the photograph, is a good friend who stands on a falling log strewn across the crystal-clear river, the log used to arc and stretch across the river where a paddle swing once hung. It's the last days of winter and I think we both must be thinking that the warmer months aren’t too far away and not long till we spend the heat of the day with a tinny in hand in the river, always with the thought of how lucky we actually are.