Monday, September 30, 2013

Dog Tired

Australia's native dog, aka the dingo, snapped at Lone Pine koala sanctuary in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, formerly a cotton farm of all things. It's a great place to take overseas visitors for their first encounter with our native species. I've seen my fair share of dingos in the wild and many years ago a friend had one as a pet which is strictly not allowed - he used to refer to it as a Western Plains kelpie. It was a strange animal to have around the house, very watchful and stealthy, very unlike your average manic, attention seeking, domestic, pet dog. Yep, you got it, I'm not a big fan of canis familiaris.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Noosa's Famous Fringed Lily

Our trip to Noosa also coincided nicely with the locally abundant and very delicate fringed lily (Thysanotus tuberosus) coming out in bloom. My camera, which usually seems to struggle with getting the correct shade of purple, is right on the mark this time. Rumour has it you can eat the crisp juicy tubers, raw or cooked. We managed to restrain ourselves and went to a restaurant.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Noosa Koalas - Not Many Left

We've just got back from a few nights up in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. On our first day there we headed to the Noosa Heads National Park hoping to see some koalas. On previous visits we've usually seen a few. Not a skerrick to report this time though and the latest news is not good. We were lucky to catch this little fellow up in one of the trees in Hastings Street, right outside the Tourist Information Centre.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

City View

Brisbane's skyline from Mt Coot-tha on a hazy day a few weeks ago. There's only one crane in sight at the moment, a far cry from the situation shown in my header picture which was taken several years ago. The number of cranes is a pretty good barometer for the state of health of the local economy. I'd give it about 3/10 at the moment. We probably have another six months to wait before big-business is game to poke its head above the parapet and get the economy moving. Bring on the election.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Something Fishy

Mackay's Bluewater Trail is home to a number of large artworks, one of the more prominent being this set of fish bones by artist Fiona Foley. The other artworks commemorate Mackay's heritage so I guess this has to fit in there somewhere. I initially thought they might be miner's picks since that is the current lifeblood of the community but apparently not. That's the heritage listed Custom's House in the background.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mackay Misspelt

Just back from our long weekend in Mackay, visiting the latest member of the family. Mackay's growing very rapidly but the giant Caneland shopping centre, much bigger than I remember from my days around Mackay in the late 90s, has sucked the living daylights out of the town centre which now bears a passing resemblance to a ghost town. Orthographic correctness would also appear to be dying along with the town centre. Here's a novel way of spelling 'chips', although they did get it right further down the page. We also saw 'crumed steak' and 'meringe pie' in our travels.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chinatown - Driving on the Right

This is part of Chinatown in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. It's also the only place in Brisbane, as far as I know, where you have to drive on the right.  It's quite entertaining to watch because it's the exact opposite of the state road rules and confuses a lot of first timers - drivers and pedestrians. This peculiar arrangement serves merely to simplify getting in and out of a car-park a short distance up the road. Only a bureaucrat could have come up with this idea.