landscape

emu

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P1190831So far on my driving adventure I have driven 2800kms across two states.. yes Australia is a big country! It’s sometimes hard to be driving with half a thought for spotting birds or a scenic vista and by the time I pulled the truck over this female emu and her gaggle of offspring were well down the road, and unfortunately those cute chicks were now hidden by the shrubs. Emus are large flightless ground birds (ratites), standing 1.5 – 2 m tall, they love open country in unsettled areas. They feed on fruit, seeds and insects.

isle of skye

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P1180705.jpgThese types of strange mountains rise up unexpectantly throughout the Isle of Skye, one of the islands of ‘Argyll and the Isles’ in north west Scotland. It’s a rugged landscape that presents a challenge for those on foot. Certainly in earlier days when the great dense pine forests (now sadly decimated by harvesting) covered the island, the combination of seemingly impassable forests and steep exposed mountains slit by gorges led to the inhabitants preferring to travel by boat around the island rather than across country. 

mountain view

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The Border Ranges National Park on the far north coast of NSW Australia is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area that protects untouched rainforest and unique plants. As the name implies it lies on the border between NSW and QLD.