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.

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13 thoughts on “Nature Down Under

  1. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos! I would love to visit Australia some day. I was over the moon at seeing koalas in trees at the San Diego Zoo this past summer, so I would probably lose it entirely over koalas in trees in the wild!

  2. Oh Elsie, I wish I had of known you were coming. I would have really liked to have met with you. Did you come to Queensland? I’m so glad you had a lovely time. Your pictures are beautiful.

  3. Not going to lie, when I think of Austrialia I think of two things: kangaroos and all the animals that would like to eat me for lunch! Seriously, there’s some scary stuff down there! However, with this slice, I feel a tiny bit better about someday visiting the land down under and see all that cool stuff!! 🙂

  4. Terje says:

    Wow, how many amazing things you saw – the places, the colors, the creatures. I am glad you are here, sharing some of it with us.

  5. Wow! I had no idea that the colors were so vibrant in these Australian flora and fauna. What beautiful images. I think I want to take a ride on the Great Ocean Road and see the 12 apostles.

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