The Largest Rock in the World, Uluru.

Ayers Rock

Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock

We are finally headed to Uluru.  But first we need to make a brief stop in the much less famous Glen Helen.  Why?  Because some Internet guidebook told me we should drive there immediately after landing in Alice Springs. I took their advice.  Glen Helen may be a more fun spot in less severe heat.  Also for those who love to hike.  However, the one night we spent there was plenty… Continue reading

Australia: Port Douglas to Cairns; Frogs to Bats

 

Mangrove Trees

Mangrove trees at low tide near Port Douglas, Australia

Travel plans were once again befuddled by the South Pacific cyclones.  This time it was Marcus, which turned out to be the strongest, most destructive cyclone to strike Australia in over ten years.  Huge trees were toppled in Darwin, north of us.  We only suffered from severe rain.  Fifteen inches of it, in a single day.  That was enough to cancel all tours to the Great Barrier Reef. Continue reading

Sydney and Its Famous Opera House

View from Mrs Macquarie's Chair

View from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point

Several cities around the world are defined by a single building or structure.  Paris and the Eiffel Tower, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge and Sydney and its Opera House.  Because of this strong association, the convenient location of our hotel and the terrible summer heat wave, I did little else in Sydney other than make short excursions exploring various views of the Sydney Opera House.
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Bay of Fires and Hobart, Tasmania

Red lichen covered boulders at Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires in Tasmania is famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders.  As a photographer, these bright red beach rocks in Binalong Bay on the east coast were a must-see item during our visit to Tasmania.

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Federation Square, Melbourne Australia

Triangles at Federation Square

Triangles at Federation Square

Melbourne is a city designed without a central public square. Various attempts to build one have been in process since the 60’s.  In 2001 Federation Square was completed.  It is almost eight acres of open area pavement and modern designed buildings for the arts and public events.  Similar to Millennium Park in Chicago, Federation Square is built on a foundation created above unsightly train tracks. Continue reading

The Twelve Apostles on Australia’s Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles on Australia’s Great Ocean Road, before sunrise.

The twelve Apostles in the Australian state of Victoria is a collection of eroded limestone sea stacks.  There never were twelve, only nine.  Due to erosion, only eight remain.  The pile of dark rocks in the foreground is what remains of the apostle which collapsed in 2003. Continue reading

New Zealand, South Island

Roadside river along road to Milford Sound

The North Island is separated from the South Island of New Zealand by a three hour ferry ride.  Commercial trucks, motorcycles, caravans and pedestrians all pile in for the ship.  Ferry rides are always exciting, but we have some trepidation as we know we still have a five hour drive once we arrive in Picton at 3:00pm. Continue reading

New Zealand by Caravan

The Greens of Summer

“The greens of summers.  Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day…”  Paul Simon

We will spend the next 21 days driving in a caravan, from Auckland, New Zealand in the far north to Christchurch on the South Island.  We had read renting a motor home is the best way to see this beautiful country, with a photograph waiting around every turn.  Our reality was a bit different. Continue reading

French Polynesian Islands of Bora Bora and Tahiti

French Polynesian Atoll

Coral Atoll

Cruising into Bora Bora it suddenly became clear what an atoll looks like. Completely surrounding some of the islands is a coral reef sticking up out of the water. To get to the island there needs to be a break in the reef somewhere, but this circular reef serves as good protection to the island and a place where fish gather, an atoll. Continue reading