As an Australian, I have only seen Dingos (Native Australian Dog) in their natural habitat maybe 7 or 8 times throughout my life. On this occasion, we spotted two together but the lead Dingo wasn’t sticking around to pose for a photo. I did try to photograph from inside the car however wasn’t having much luck so I very quietly and slowly got out the car, switched lenses and using the bonnet (hood) as a stable platform squeezed off a few frames. Is it perfect, no it’s not but both my wife and I feel pretty fortunate to see not one but two in their natural habitat.
There are plenty of Australians that have only seen a dingo, and other native Australian animals in a zoo! and to be honest, it’s probably the safest place to see them.
Many people said that crossing the Nullarbor Plains was boring as there is nothing to see or do. Well, they’re wrong!
Nikon D810 – A: f3.5, SS: 15 sec, ISO: 1600
There’s plenty to do but sometimes doing nothing except looking up into the dark night sky to see how many stars you can see is the best and those stars always to start you to wonder, are the stars just a portal to another world?
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Strangely enough, the coincidence that this post is no 20 in The Friday Snap series and the first post for 2020 hasn’t made it any easier to post something thoughtful or insightful, considering that a considerable area of Australia is being ravaged by bush fires and crippling drought.
Even though I am located in Western Australia, on the other side of the country, I have become glued to news broadcasts, almost hourly, learning of a new area that is under threat only making my concerns for not only family and friends but also the everyday Australians that are fighting the fires and those suffering grow significantly.
I have been around awhile and I have lived through previous bush fires however this is on another scale all together and the impact of these fires will be felt for a considerable period of time.
A test of resilience by all Australians will be if a large cyclone or a major flood in Australia’s far north hits and potentially causes loss of life and massive damage either at the same time or immediately after this is resolved to an acceptable level.
If you can, donate to the fire appeal. Link is here,here and here.
My thoughts are with all Australians affected by these fires and the drought.
A small town in Western Australia called Cocklebidy is remote, hot, dry, dusty and can be a lonely place if you break down. There is nowhere else to get fuel, food, spare parts or accommodation and serves everyone including bush pilots.
Much like the Grey Nomads, I was surprised to see the plane being refueled among the cars and caravans. He had drawn a crowd who stood around watching and photographing him go about his business. Once refueled, the pilot walked the small plane to the rear of the roadhouse, lined up on the dirt airstrip and took off. I half expected to see him again at the next remote roadhouse getting more fuel.
Asking at the counter if that’s a regular occurrence around here, he replied yeah it happens from time to time!
Clarification – A Grey Nomad is (normally) a couple who have retired and have purchased a vehicle and caravan to travel around Australia in their retirement.
I find it somewhat surprising and maybe even a little disturbing when I pull into a remote roadhouse here in Australia, people from all walks of life are desperately trying to get internet coverage with most only checking Facebook or Instagram and very few actually calling for assistance. I, on the other hand, enjoy not being connected to the world to be able to spend time with loved ones listening to music or having a discussion that is not distracted or interrupted by handheld devices hence there was no photo for last weeks The Friday Snap due to travelling in remote areas.
Ironically, this week, the Friday Snap is going to take a little detour with a photo challenge. Khürt from Island in the Net has started a 52-week smartphone challenge and it starts with a self-portrait whilst not showing your face. These two trouble makers are part of our lives keeping us entertained as they try to rule the roost and getting up to mischief.
The first submission was due last Sunday, so there is some catching up to do. The intent is to capture Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of Common and the 52-week smartphone challenge theme the rule of thirds in one post this Sunday. Nothing like a challenge!
If you would like to expand your photography skills either with a camera or a smartphone feel free to jump in. Photo challenges are a fantastic method to improve your photography skills and hone your mind’s eye.
Lastly, if you or someone you know who is or may be affected by either the massive bush fires or the extreme blistering heat here in Australia, please take a few minutes and check on them. Stay safe.