December 29, 2009

Brush-turkey


Brush-turkey
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We stayed at a lodge on the Atherton table lands near Cairns Australia during our vacation.
Brush turkeys were common around the cabin we were in.
They are a large bird, with a total length of 60–75 cm and a wingspan of about 85 cm.
It has a prominent, fan-like tail that is flattened sideways.

Alectura lathami

December 23, 2009

spiral splash pad


spiral splash pad
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
You can walk down into this water feature at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
The water trickles down the ridges and disappears at the bottom.

Around here the water would turn to ice and you would be stuck at the bottom.

Different.

December 22, 2009

Happy Christmas


Happy Christmas
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
To some one from snow country it is really odd to see Christmas trees and decorations when it is 25c -75F outside.

Sydney had lovely banners on their streets including this one.

Happy Christmas everyone.

December 18, 2009

Erosion


Erosion
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
general term for the processes by which the surface of the earth is constantly being worn away. The principal agents are gravity, running water, near-shore waves, ice (mostly glaciers), and wind

While traveling on the western shore of New Zealand we took a small twisty road up to the head lands of the western access to the harbour at Auckland. This access is not used as much as the eastern entrance due to sand bars .

They might have a small erosion problem.

Photo by Anne

December 17, 2009

Got room for one more...

or possibly some food, kind sir or madame?
This is a kea, the snow parrot of New Zealand. We saw them on our way to Milford Sound. They weren't playing in the snow, unfortunately they were mooching food from us humans

December 16, 2009

Shades of Hotel California

You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.

If you like rain you will love paradise.

Photo by Anne

December 14, 2009

Radioactive dandruff


Radioactive dandruff
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Who cares about sterility, but that dandruff can be such a social burden.

I know I'm a little odd, well a bit weird maybe, but this just cracked me up.

Well doctor, I was just looking for the toilet and now I have this dandruff problem. The glow keeps me awake at night.

December 11, 2009

How tall is your yucca?


How tall is your yucca?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I think they call it flax in Australia but it sure looks like our yucca plant.
Anne is about 5'9". The "flower" is over 20 feet tall.
So much for your 3-4 foot ones in North America.

As long as it doesn't start saying "feed me".

December 10, 2009

At least it isn't snow


At least it isn't snow
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
It looked odd to see a lifeguard shoveling away.
In Canada he would be shoveling snow.
It was 25c 75F and sunny.
At Bondi Beach Sydney Australia.

December 08, 2009

Fantail


Fantail
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Now why would they call it a fantail?
Not my best photo, but the best I got of this bird.
They move a lot and boy, do they move fast.
They hop around, spread their wings and fan their tail, supposedly to flush out insects.
I think they want to be peacocks when they grow up.

December 07, 2009

No smoking


No smoking
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Evidently the Australian authorities are tired of arguing with smokers.
This sign was at Central Station in Sydney.
Who's been smoking what?

December 04, 2009

Three friendly Aussies


Three friendly Aussies
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I don't know who they were but they saw my camera and the guy in the middle really wanted me to take his picture.

Slightly inebriated, but happy.

If you recognize them say hi for me.

Met on the docks at Darling Harbour, Sydney.

December 03, 2009

Docking at ulva


Docking at ulva
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
When we were on Stewart Island, we arranged to go to Ulva Island, a nature preserve. All the rats, cats and other predators have been removed so the flightless birds have a chance.

It was storming the day we went. This sailing ship was trying to get into the dock. It eventually made it, but it was a challenge.
If you look in the background you will see a small water taxi of the type we took.
A wild ride, we weren't sure if Anne could get off the boat as it was pitching so badly.

December 02, 2009

bite me


bite me
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We were on the tablelands above Cairns, Australia when we came into a small town.
Anne and I both cracked up when we saw this sign.

December 01, 2009

Once you go horizontal...


We watched people jumping just north of Queenstown NZ.
The first couple got up to the edge and she changed here mind. He went by himself.
This couple took the plunge.

Once you go horizontal...


We watched people jumping just north of Queenstown NZ.
The first couple got up to the edge and she changed here mind. He went by himself.
This couple took the plunge.