Australia: Amusing and Awesome

As many of these photos suggest, Australians seem to have a great sense of humor about themselves and their country–making a visit seem even more enticing.  Especially when you combine that with the unique animals and natural wonders.  Did you know Australia has camels and penguins as well as its most famous and beloved cuties?

FIRST, SOME AMUSING SIGNS

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A flood warning sign starts to disappear below floodwaters near Charleville, about 685 km (426 miles) west of Brisbane February 6, 2012. Thousands of Australians were forced from their homes on Monday because of floods that have risen to record levels in some areas and killed one person, and authorities issued warnings for more than a dozen rivers in Queensland and New South Wales states.   REUTERS/Queensland Police Service/Handout (AUSTRALIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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I have no idea what this sign means.  No walking your sheep on the road?

I have no idea what this sign means. No walking your sheep on the road?

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An albino kiwi.  Too cute.

An albino kiwi. Too cute.

ANIMALS

 Though the unique, interesting and often cute animals of Australia could easily fill an entire post, these images are picked mostly because they highlight the interaction of the animals with their human neighbors.

Camping hazard, like raccoons and bears in the US?

Camping hazard, like raccoons and bears in the US?

 

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I believe this is a frilled lizard.

I believe this is a frilled lizard.

 

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Emu babies

 

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An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Camels, imported into Australia between 1860 and 1907, were used as draft and riding animals by people pioneering the dry interior. With the introduction of motorised transport in the 1920’s, large herds of Camels were released and they have established “Free-range” herds in the semi-arid desert areas of Australia. The estimated population of camels is 150,000 and 200,000.

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Called fairy penguins or little penguins found in S. Australia and New Zealand.

Called fairy penguins or little penguins found in S. Australia and New Zealand.

aus, signs, 7Of course Australia’s Great Barrier Reef deserves it’s own post, so here’s a taste.  Stretching over an area of approximately 133,000 square miles (344,400 kilometers) the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. It is composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

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Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert, 450km from the nearest large town, Alice Springs. It’s sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to be about 700 million years old.

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert, 450km from the nearest large town, Alice Springs. It’s sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to be about 700 million years old.

The unique orange, grey and black stripes of the Bungle Bungle range are the result of alternating bands of sediment, each with different clay content.  Deposited in the Ord Basin 375 – 350 million years ago, the effects of wind from the desert and rainfall over millions of year shaped the domes.  Photo by Paddy Ryan.

The unique orange, grey and black stripes of the Bungle Bungle range are the result of alternating bands of sediment, each with different clay content. Deposited in the Ord Basin 375 – 350 million years ago, the effects of wind from the desert and rainfall over millions of year shaped the domes. Photo by Paddy Ryan.

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Kennedy Range National Park, honeycomb rocks.

Kennedy Range National Park, honeycomb rocks.

King George Falls, The Kimberley region in Australia's west.

King George Falls, The Kimberley region in Australia’s west.

More Kimberly region

More Kimberly region

More Kimberly.

More Kimberly.

Cockburn Range, El Questro, Kimberley

Cockburn Range, El Questro, Kimberley

 

Eroded Rock Formations, the Pinnacle Desert, Nambung National Park, Western Australia

Eroded Rock Formations, the Pinnacle Desert, Nambung National Park, Western Australia

Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

From the wetlands of Kakadu.

From the wetlands of Kakadu.

Magpie Geese at the freshwater wetlands, Kakadu National Park.  Image by  Simon O'Dwyer.

Magpie Geese at the freshwater wetlands, Kakadu National Park. Image by Simon O’Dwyer.

Aboriginal rock art.  found in rocky outcrops that have afforded shelter to Aboriginal inhabitants for thousands of years.

Aboriginal rock art found in rocky outcrops that have afforded shelter to Aboriginal inhabitants for thousands of years, Kakadu.

Image by Dustin M. Ramsey (Kralizec!)

Image by Dustin M. Ramsey (Kralizec!)

Image by Toursim NT,  Image by:  gallery Tourism NT. Via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Toursim NT, Image by: gallery Tourism NT. Via Wikimedia Commons

A river in Kakadu National Park, Australia

A river in Kakadu National Park, Australia

More Kakadu from the air.

More Kakadu from the air.

Cape Crawford in the Northern Territory.

Cape Crawford in the Northern Territory.

Cape Crawford. Picture by Vanessa Hunter

Cape Crawford. Picture by Vanessa Hunter

Murphy’s Haystacks are ancient, wind-worn pillars and boulders of pink granite estimated to be over 1,500 million years old set in the middle of a wheat field.

Murphy’s Haystacks are ancient, wind-worn pillars and boulders of pink granite estimated to be over 1,500 million years old set in the middle of a wheat field.

Murphy's Haystacks again.

Murphy’s Haystacks again.

Wave-Rock by Christof In Oz

Wave-Rock by Christof In Oz

"The 12 apostles"rock formations  in Southern Australia named that even though there were never more than 10.

“The 12 apostles”rock formations in Southern Australia named that even though there were never more than 10.

Apostles at sunset.

Apostles at sunset.

 

The Pinnacles are limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park.  The raw material for the limestone came from seashells in an earlier era that was rich in marine life. These shells were broken down into lime-rich sands that were blown inland to form high mobile dunes.

The Pinnacles are limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park in Western Australia. The raw material for the limestone came from seashells in an earlier era that was rich in marine life. These shells were broken down into lime-rich sands that were blown inland to form high mobile dunes.

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More Pinnacles

 The following are a few random images where I lack most info except to know it is Australia.

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Karst Topography: from misty mountains to caves and sinkholes

Karst towers, the rocky formations by the Li river in China near Guilin, are truly natural wonders.

 

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Below is the town of Guilin.

 

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Guilin rice harvest.

 The following image is so striking, I had to check to make sure it was real.  The story that goes with it makes it even more striking.   Here’s a description by photographer Michael Anderson at his website.  ” I wandered alone on the riverbanks and met a cormorant fisherman who showed me his traditional methods. They fish at night and the lantern attracts fish toward the raft so the cormorant can dive in and catch them. The fishermen tie a loose string around the cormorant’s neck so they can’t swallow it completely, and the men pull out the fish and store them in a basket. This method of fishing has existed for over a thousand years.

KARST TOPOGRAPHY

The Guilin tower karsts are an example of karst topography,  land formations caused by rainwater combining with carbon dioxide in the air to become slightly acidic.

The acidic water works its way into any crack, fault or fissure in limestone rock and chemically erodes the rock.  Over time, the openings caused by the acidic rain are widened into passages or caves and initial trickles of water become streams.  Sometimes the cave ceiling collapses forming  sinkholes or a cenotes.

The following are examples of the breathtaking variety of karst  topography from images taken around the planet.

Viet Nam, Halong bay

By steve vidler

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Viet Nam

By Paul Smit

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Viet Nam

Viet Nam

by Michael Buckley

Karst Forest, Madagascar

Via Flatrock.org

Haiti Karst

By Tequila Minsky

Bryce Canyon Karst, Utah

 

El Torcal de Antequera,  Spain

El Torcal de Antequera,  Spain

Shilin, South China

Akiyoshidai Karst pinnacles in Mine, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world, with over 350 miles explored so far.

 Corn karst, Chocolate Hills, Philippines

Australia, Nambung National Park

Sarisarinama sinkholes of Venezuela

Large sinkhole, Mitchell Plain, Indiana

 Sinkholes, Winslow, Arizona, U.S.A.

 The Zacatón cenote, Mexico

The “islands” in this cenote are made of floating reeds.

Thanks to Bukisa and DarkRoastedBlend