Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Signs

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While cruising

Queensland’s Daintree River

a few years back…
…we noted a few signs of danger

lurking on the shore.


After the cruise we had to cross

the Daintree River

on this ferry/barge.

Although this crop is not very good,

one does get the idea that the sign is a warning

of crocodiles and swimming in the river.

Remain in your vehicle?  Really?

Who would get out on a

relatively sideless barge while crossing

a crocodile infested river.

Sadly, someone will.

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-August-Words-Yr3

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Words from all over.

After a hearty breakfast our hosts thought we required

further fortification about two hours down the road. 

We soon cut back on hearty breakfasts

not so much to eat this food,

rather just to cut back in intake.

I hope this fits the definition of designer chic.

It’s part of the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

 

As we cruised Glacier Bay this year we all

watched these ‘small’ pieces of ice

floating past the ship.

It wasn’t until I heard someone comment

on the length and size of a piece that I began

to think  of ‘the tip of the iceberg‘.

Then I saw one piece of ice which was

not moved by the ships bow wave.

Definitely 90% submerged!

 

  This chunk of ice is a bit longer than some

and I only discovered the seals this morning. 

Adult Alaskan seals are 5-6 feet long and tip the scales

at 180-285 pounds or 80-130 kilograms. 

My  guesstimate is that this small piece of ice

is around 20 feet long with much

more submerged than we see here.

I think all agree that this is the

embodiment of a prehistoric creature

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Thursday’s Special: August Words-Yr3

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Week 75

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My first contribution to the Pic and a Word Challenge.

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The Daintree River in Far North Queensland.

It is nearly five years since we visited Cairns,

the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

A beautiful stretch of water with some

unique ‘no swimming’ deterrents (crocodiles)

lazing in the sun.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ The Sign Says

This was a no-brainer…at least that’s what I thought.

When  you are on a ferry crossing a crocodile infested Daintree River it seems common sense to follow these rules without a needing a sign to remind you.

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This next sign seems to indicate the facilities are on the Sky Rail… follow the arrow.

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IS the Sky Rail and I could not see room for any of those facilities within the confines of the gondolas.

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Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge ~ The Sign Says

Cape Tribulation……or not?

Posted: May, 1, 2013

imageAfter obeying the signs and not swimming in the Daintree River our trip continued north, with some local directions, towards Cape Tribulation. Somewhere in the back of my mind I thought Cape Tribulation would be the northern most point I had visited in Australia.

Directions to the river train, the only way to cross the Daintree River, were easy to follow from Daintree village. After a short wait for the ferry to make the return journey to our side and parting company with $22 for the return fare, our car was allowed on board.

imageI did offer up a quiet prayer or two that we would not be on the first ferry to sink in the Daintree River. I’m not sure what my greatest concern was, the inhabitants of the river or the fact that the car hire company may not be amused.

imageAfter the river  crossing  directions became less easy to follow. No matter how hard we tried local signs pointing to Cape Tribulation did not seem to be forth coming.

A stop for directions yielded “…take the road to the right about two miles up the road….” It appeared to escaped our informant’s mind that Australia has been using a metric system of measuring distance since the later 1960s!

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No matter how hard we tried we could not find that road.

imageThe only side road we came across, which remotely resembled the given directions, was a dirt track, which we were told by the hire car company not to drive on.

After sneaking along what initially was thought to be road works for about five minutes, the decision was made to return to base. After all it was nearly a two-hour drive.

imageWe did find a beautiful beach at which we stopped to stretch our legs and tiring bodies before continuing our journey south.

Port Douglas glided by on our seaward side….a stop for another day.

Our ferry crossing was again uneventful and all were happy when the familiarity of Cairns’ outskirts began to come into view in the late afternoon.

I initially thought that my goal of reaching my northern most point (in Australia) had been unsuccessful. It was only writing this post and with the benefit of Google that I have decided that my goal had been attained. But only just. Prior to this expedition the northern most place I had ever been was Kununarra, on the shores of Lake Argyle, in Western Australia. That was April 1975 and my trip ended up at Lake Argyle because authorities still had Darwin closed to tourism after Cyclone Tracy (Christmas Eve, 1974) had made a direct hit on Darwin. That story can be left for another day.

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Daintree River Cruise

DTBank4Several years ago whilst visiting Far North Queensland a cruise on the World Heritage listed Daintree River, was suggested.

The Daintree River, located about 100 kilometres north-west of DTBank2Cairns, flows through the Daintree Rainforest in the Cape Tribulation region of Queensland in northern Australia and drains approximately 2,125 square kilometres.

My preconceived idea of the Daintree River was similar to this picture. Riverbank1 A broad expanse of water with lush green rain forest foliage growing down and into the river.

A total contrast to the type of foliage to that in southern Australia, where I have lived most of my life.

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What I did not plan on was the anti-swimming ‘devices’ enjoying the autumn sunshine at strategic positions along the shore.

Croc_2While reptiles are common in southern Australia I have never seen a reptile as large as these in the wild.

The Daintree River is in an isolated area and the once threatened saltwater crocodiles, now flourishing there, are beneficiaries of the legislation that protects them.

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Death by crocodile is widely reported so a wise person will not venture too close to river’s edge or swim in the river.

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The main thing I remember about Far North Queensland is that all its inhabitants wore a big friendly smile!

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