Saturday, 13 March 2010

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Commercial break

I've started to post some photos on RedBubble, where they can be purchased as cards, prints, tee-shirts and calendars. I'm not going to get properly rich from this unless half of the Australian population buy a greeting card in any given year, but maybe I'll get some warm fuzzy feelings from knowing someone liked a photo enough to pay a few dollars for it. If there is any specific photo you'd like, let me know and I'll see if we can get it up there.

Scooter still developing

Saw the swans briefly last night in failing light. Scooter continues to develop.

The swan family, Scooter on left - 8th March 2010
Scooter (centre) and family - 8th March 2010

Monday, 8 March 2010

Friendly Beaches

Had a somewhat leisurely visit and walk at the Friendly Beaches just north of Coles Bay at the weekend. The camping are here is quite nice, with well spaced campsires, mainly occupied. I got the last one that I could see when I got there. The toilet near my tentsite was somewhat less salubrious, but tolerable. It's nowhere near as bad as the one I once used at Hammersley Gorge in WA - a former long-drop, which had become a short-drop. I'm not sure why they haven't replaced the toliets here with composting ones, as they must get a lot of use.

Northerly view along the Friendly Beaches near sunset, animal tracks in the dunes - 6th March 2010

Had a few swims, and the water was really warm for Tasmania. Lovely place, well worth a visit. Walking north along here you could probably get to Bicheno. There might be some tricky rocky sections as you approached Cape Lodi. A few kilometres north of Isaacs Point (where the road accesses the beaches) you come to what appears to be private property. There were trail bikes, 4WDs and a shack/campsite here. A walk to the south might be better, and next time I'll try that.

Northerly view from Isaacs Point at sunrise, Friendly Beaches - 7th March 2010

These bluebottles (PDF, 1MB) (Physalia utriculus, I believe) were washed up all along the beach. Didn't strike any in the water, just lucky I guess.

Bluebottle, Physalia utriculus, on Friendly Beaches - 7th March 2010

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Scooter still scooting

Scooter seems very settled with his family at the moment. He's obviously delayed developmentally compared to his siblings, but he gets about quite happily. Just a couple of photos today. I'll post some other showing his siblings and their showing off etc when I find time.

Scooter, Franklin - 28th February 2010

That's Scooter's dud leg waving behind him. I noticed that he does seem to use it as some sort of steering mechanism when he drags it in the water, but he often keeps it out of the water as well.

Scooter and his dud leg, Franklin - 28th February 2010