Tuesday-PC-Wk168-Wall

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Walls

A wall of hay bales

A wall of limestone along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

The area is known as Gibson Steps

 

 

A wall of water pounding the coast

near Torquay’s,

Bells Beach.

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Tuesday-PC-Wk167-Outdoors

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Some outdoor scenes

from Botswana.

Sunset at Lekhubu Island.

 

Our campsite at Lekhubu Island.

 

 

 

During a game drive from one of our Okavango Delta camps

we came across these elephants.

Our guides estimated we sighted

over 1,000 elephants that day.

Simply fascinating.

Our flight over The Okavango Delta…

…was equally as fascinating…

 

 

…as our game drives.

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Tuesday-PC-Wk166-Radiant

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radiant

sending out light; shining or glowing brightly.
(of electromagnetic energy, especially heat)
transmitted by radiation, rather than conduction or convection

 

My first thoughts were

of this scene…

…of the sun rays radiating warmth and heat

onto a lone pleasure craft on Corio Bay.

Then onto this image of the sun’s rays

in Moorabool Valley fog,

last week.

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Tuesday-PC-Wk165-Trail

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There was little more than…

…wheel tracks to lead us across Sua Salt Pan…

 

 

 

…which formed part of Botswana’s

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

and also part of the Kalahari Desert.

 

 

On we drove following a trail of wheel tracks

towards Lekhubu Island surrounded by

little more than salt.

 

 

In fact Sua Pan covers 24,000 square kilometres

and is one of the largest playa lakes in the world.

And while I am certain we did not drive

the widest part there was no sign of civilisation

from whence we came or where we were going.

But our overnight stay at

Lekhubu Island,

surrounded by salt,

was well worth the journey.

 

A snake trail in Greater Kruger National Park.

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Tuesday-PC-Wk164-Road

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Since 2013 we have travelled sorts of roads.

Dirt tracks upon which a pride of lions rested.

Then a road which was not much more

than wheel tracks across Sua Pan,

one of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.

The Sua Pan (or Sowa Pan) is a large natural topographic depression

within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana.

The Makgadikgadi Pans were once a lake which

was larger in area than Switzerland.

It dried up several thousand years ago

(Source: Wikipedia)

Could we call this a water road, in Venice?

 

An extraordinary trip across to France and return via Eurostar.

Extraordinary because I was ‘talking’ to MGW’s cousin

via Facebook while under the Channel.

 

Last year another Railroad ride on

The Rocky Mountaineer.

Two days of travel through glorious scenery

with first class comfort and service

back to Vancouver.

 

 

I’m probably stretching it a bit to call

the Peak2Peak gondola ride at Whistler a road.

However, it was the only way we could

access the mountain top.

Finally, there had to be a road of some sort

leading up onto the Athabasca Glacier

when we visited the Columbia Ice-field.

I doubt if we will ever get to ride in

one of these machines again.

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Tuesday-PC-Wk163-Ancient

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My first ancient was…Rome’s, Colosseum.

According to our guide was constructed

around 2,000 years ago.

 

 

My second ancient is something I have lived within sight of my whole life.

We call these mountains The Grampians and the the attraction in The Grampians is the township of Hall’s Gap.

In !976 while camping in the Canadian Rockies

I remember reading a plaque which stated that

Australia’s The Great Dividing Range was

older than the the Rockies.

In fact I believe that plaque stated that

the Australian Alps were well eroded

when the Rockies were formed.

 

Today Google tells me that The Great Dividing Range

was formed over 300 million years ago when Australia

collided with what are now parts of

South America and New Zealand.

Google also states that the Rocky Mountains were formed

between 80 and 55 million years ago.

I have never seen (in person) any form of snow on our Alps,

while I did see icy snow on Banff’s

Sulphur Mountain in August 1976.

And of course it snowed while we were at

the Columbia Ice Fields in June 2018

and the snow views at Whistler were simply awesome.

The Rocky Mountains definitely win the ‘wow’ for views and scenery,

however, I am claiming, for all Aussies, the ‘wow’ factor for age

for our Great Dividing Range.  😀

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Tuesday-PC-Wk162-Tower

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Towers from all over.

Eiffel Tower.

A Leaning Tower at Pisa

Dubai’s,

Burj Khalifa

 

Towering Redwoods in Rotorua

New Zealand

Light house towers.

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