Wednesday, January 8, 2014

More of Australia ... Rottnest Island

Since many of us are caught up in this bazaar 'polar vortex' embracing the country, I thought what better time to have warm images of another place and time.  So how about continuing with our Australia trip!

On my last update of Australia, we were spending a month in Perth on the west coast, which was just the beginning of their summer.

During our time there, we took a ferry to visit Rottnest Island, which sits 11 miles off the coast and is a popular holiday destination.  Diving, snorkeling, boating, biking and just plain relaxing is had by many Aussies throughout the summer months.

The Professor and I took our bikes over on the ferry, since no cars are allowed, and biked the circumference of the island .. which was about 14 miles.  It took us a good 5+ hours to make the trip around.  We stopped a lot, what can I say!  There was much to see and enjoy with the white beaches, crashing surf and spectacular views.

We also enjoyed all the wildlife.
The pelicans (which are one of my favorite birds) have a bit
of a different look than our Florida brown pelican.
But just as handsome!

What was really cool to spot 
was the huge Osprey nest.

~~ HUGE ~~

While we stopped to enjoy the couple, 
one Osprey took off and soon was bringing back lunch.

Other critters scattered around the island are quokkas, 
which look like a cross between a pint-size kangaroo and a a small ground hog.  
There were quite a number of them at our lunch spot.  

This little guy was wondering 
if I had any food to spare.

We had a great day of tooling
around Rottnest.
Warm and beautiful.

Ah, so warm!
Beam me over, Scottie!
(I need to thaw out.)

Later, my friends,


Brian Miller said...

what a cool pic of the groundhog...oh my he even posed for the trees....and landscape...that blue water, oh my....this was a treat....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Awesome! It's a great time to enjoy your photos! Hugs!

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful, warm, sunny, wonderful looking place, Reena!! And such terrific captures -- love the groundhog and the beautiful blue skies and water!! In comparison to Portland these days, it looks like heaven on earth!! Thanks for sharing the "warmth"!!

Tabor said...

Thanks for the warmth.

Lisa Gordon said...

Want to be there! or anywhere actually, where it is warmer. :-)

These are wonderful, Reena.
Have a great day!

Kamana said...

i can feel the warmth and the sun

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, what a lovely outing you had!!! Looks like a wonderful place to visit. And, your pictures are to die for. I love that golden wall and the blue door.

Daryl said...

photos are glorious and those little critters are adorable ...

arent you in FL?

Out on the prairie said...

Does look nicer than the cold,lovely ocean shots

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for sharing these photos, I feel warmer already. We are not that cold here in Washington, But still colder than we were in Vegas. Your photos look amazing my friend.


beth said...

what a gorgeous gift of warmth you just showered everyone with :)

Liza said...

Thanks for the warm-up.

Hilary said...

I feel warmer already. Such beautiful scenes and amazing colour.. both natural and architectural.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful shots of your visit! Quite a contrast to freezing Maine!

Rose L said...

Just love the photo of the blue dorr on yellow wall.

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Catherine said...

Gosh! Warmth, sunshine, beautiful things to see, cute little critters...I think I need to get me to Australia! Fantastic!
xo Catherine

Anonymous said...

Oh, it looks so beautiful and WARM there.

The Little Black Dog said...

Just the color and sunshine of your photo made me feel warmer - thank you. And that little fella of a groundhog - so brave and adorable.

Unknown said...

One of my buddies just happens to be from Perth, and these photos are extraordinary!

Pat Tillett said...

What a fantastic place to spend the day. Your photos (as always) are top rate. That little guy in the last photo is so darn cute!