Nature Down Under

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What image(s) come to mind when you hear the word, Australia? I immediately begin to think about all the animals unique to Australia. What a thrill it was to see animals in the wild! Today, I give you a glimpse of the wonders of nature from Australia.

My first koala in the wild! This was taken on Kangaroo Island. Funny thing is we didn’t see any kangaroos.

This lorikeet paid no attention to the oohs and ahhs of the tourists mesmerized by the colors of the bird and the unique flower that was providing lunch.

The Adelaide Botanical Gardens did not disappoint. I wish we’d had more time to wander. I have a video on  my phone that I wanted to put here, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to do this. The birds were not visible, but their chatter was deafening. Sorry 😦

A highlight of our trip was a tour along a portion of The Great Ocean Road. What a day! The Twelve Apostles were worth every moment of the long ride.

That is a wallaby in the photo on the bottom left. Can you see the baby in her pouch?

I love bird watching in Australia! Their colors are incredible!

The following photos are from several different wildlife preserves.

The top is a goanna. The bottom is a kingfisher, a wombat (I did see one in the wild, but didn’t get camera out fast enough 😦 ) , and a cassowary.

Top left is a Tasmanian Devil. I do not know what the birds are, but those legs are amazing. Bottom left is an echidna and the rock formation is in the Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters.

The butterflies were in the butterfly house in Kuranda. That is a fern growing in a tree (also in Kuranda).; The lizard fellow startled us in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, it is a baby water dragon. The other photos are also from the Brisbane gardens. The larger one is a fig tree. Those are figs hanging on the trunk. The ground was littered with figs. I don’t know what the other tree is, but I loved the way it looked.

There you have it, some examples of the uniqueness of Mother Nature in Australia.