Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 13, 2019

Carnarvon to Paraburdoo

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The Gascoyne and the Pilbara

Some more tourist photos from the Gascoyne and the Pilbara. I started off from Carnarvon and went to Quobba Station, then went back to Carnarvon and then north to Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef.

Carnarvon One Mile Jetty


Carnarvon One Mile Jetty

The jetty is the longest in the North West of Western Australia and was constructed by Matthew Price in 1897. It was built to service ships that brought supplies and passengers from Perth and allowed the export of livestock and wool from the region.

Exmouth Dunes beach


Exmouth Dunes beach

The wind was onshore when I got to the Dunes Beach in the middle of the day. There were small waves and a few beginners were having fun on the small waves.

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

There were quite a few of these wallabies on the cliff faces, perched precariously high above the water.

Yardie Gorge


Yardie Gorge

The walk along the edge of Yardie Gorge was very nice. Lots of animals and birds and a very awesome view from on top of the cliffs.

Yardie Creek


Yardie Creek

This is the view of Yardie Creek from the gorge. Amazing.

Oyster Stacks


Oyster Stacks

The snorkelling here was fantastic. Lots of coral, starfish, stingrays and a plethora of exotic tropical fishes. I need an underwater camera!

Paraburdoo


Paraburdoo

A big mine truck on exhibit at Paraburdoo. There is nothing up here. Just mine towns and rocks and trees. So desolate.

April 4, 2019

The Gascoyne Tourist

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The Gascoyne Tourist

Leaving Shark Bay I stopped in at Eagle Bluff for a look. There was a board walk along the cliff and you could see the water below with turtles and sharks swimming about.

Eagle Bluff


Eagle Bluff

This is looking east.

Looking towards Denham


Looking towards Denham

West towards Denham.

Quobba Blowholes


Quobba Blowholes

The blowholes were great. I was not expecting much but they were very exciting and made a really loud roar.

Quobba Point


Quobba Point

The water was really clear. I went snorkelling and saw lots of exotic tropical fish and an octopus. And today the water was really murky 🙁

March 28, 2019

Geraldton to Shark Bay

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Into the Gascoyne

I took off from Geraldton and headed towards Port Gregory after a night at Elbenjo Farm Stay which was really good.

Port Gregory - Pink Lakes


Port Gregory – Pink Lakes

These pink lakes are caused by some type of organism or plant in the lake that they harvest for beta carotene.

Kalbarri Grandstand


Kalbarri Grandstand

Nature's Window


Nature’s Window

In the Kalbarri National Park.

Turning left from the North-west highway I headed west into Shark Bay. The first stop is the Hamelin Pool to have a look at the stromatolites.

Hamelin Pool


Hamelin Pool

Stromatolites


Stromatolites

The ground here is covered with microbial mats, communities of microscopic life forms. In certain conditions the communities trap particles and create stone. When this happens, microbial mats become microbialites. Sometimes microbialites form taller layered structures called stromatolites.

Little Lagoon


Little Lagoon

This is the creek that feeds into Little Lagoon.

March 19, 2019

On the way to Perenjori

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Central West Tourist

After Northam area I stopped at Badgingarra and did the Vern Westbrook Walk just outside of town.

spiky plant


spiky plant

At Cervantes I went and had a look at the stromatolites at Lake Thetis. Stromatolites are a living community. Bacteria in the top layers of sediment release oxygen to form sand bubbles on the surface, a crenulate mat.

Stromatolites


Stromatolites

Caterpillar Army


Caterpillar Army

I found a few caterpillar trails along the track around the lake.

Banksia


Banksia

At Lake Indoon I found these banksias that looked like ice creams.

So many corellas


So many corellas

At Three Spings there were hundreds of Western Corella and they invaded the football field.

three springs talc mine


three springs talc mine

On the road to Perenjori.

March 9, 2019

SW Tourist Photos

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South West Tourist

I cannot remember where I was last in my tourist rants. This is Blackwood River National Park – Sue’s Bridge Campground. A very nice camp by the side of the Blackwood River. It is just before you get to Augusta in the South-west.

Blackwood River gum root system


Blackwood River gum root system

Keep going south from Augusta and you get to the end of Australia at Cape Leeuwin. You will be looking at the vastness of the Southern Ocean. Next stop Antarctica.

Cape Leeuwin


Cape Leeuwin

There was a weekend coming up so I headed for the hills to Blackwood River National Park again – this time I stayed at Chapman Pool campground. When it was safe to venture back to the coast I hotfooted it to Margaret River.

Margaret River


Margaret River

From there I did some shopping at Busselton and Bunbury and headed inland again to head north. I camped at the Wellington Dam near Collie and then kept heading east to Wagin.

Wagin - Big Sheep


Wagin – Big Sheep

Then I headed North and stopped at the Dryandra Woodland for a couple of nights.

My camp


My camp

There is a walk along an old railway line and here is the old bridge still intact.

Old Rail Bridge


Old Rail Bridge

And this is a dam for the old steam trains.

Congelin Dam


Congelin Dam

From there I kept going north past Northam and Moora and then headed west for the coast. I am now at Dandaragan luxuriating in hot showers and clean washed clothes.

February 22, 2019

Southern Forests Tourist

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Southern Western Australia

I got a heap of photos to go through from Jerramungup to Denmark. Half of the things I did I cannot remember now. I visited the Malleefowl Center at Ongerup which was wonderful where I saw a couple of Malleefowl in captivity. I now know how rare they are. I camped at the Stirling Range Retreat for a couple of nights and then went down to the Porongurup Range National Park.

Split rock Tree


Split rock Tree

Mount Trio comprises three separate peaks linked together by a plateau. Montane thickets on the upper levels of the peaks put on a colourful display of wildflowers in spring and early summer.

From Albany I went east to Cheyne’s Beach which had a massive array of coastal heath country.

Cheyne's Beach


Cheyne’s Beach

Then west to Denmark, Parry’s Beach and here I am at Peaceful Bay. I do not do selfies very often, But I thought it was about time.

Peaceful Bay


Peaceful Bay

I did a great tour at the Valley of the Giants just before Walpole.

Old Tingle Tree


Old Tingle Tree

Me in hole in huge Tingle tree


Me in hole in huge Tingle tree

I was going to stay at the camp at Shannon but I was attacked by about five thousand March Flies, so I fled that horror. I stopped at Snake Gully and the Big Tree Grove to see all the big trees.

Grass tree - Xanthorrhoea


Grass Tree – Xanthorrhoea

This is a really old grass tree at Sid’s Campground at Northcliffe.

Big Brook Dam


Big Brook Dam

This is the water supply for the town of Pemberton.

Gloucester Tree


Gloucester Tree

A German couple from Frankfurt climbing the Gloucester tree at Pemberton.

February 8, 2019

South of West Australia

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Southern Coast of Western Australia

I headed south from Norseman towards Esperance. Then I headed east along the coast to the Duke of Orleans Bay and Wharton Beach.

Duke of Orleans Bay


Duke of Orleans Bay

Just west of there is Wharton Beach and Little Wharton Beach. These are the islands from Little Wharton Beach.

Little Wharton Beach view


Little Wharton Beach view

Then I went back to Esperance and had a look at Lake Monjingup.

Lake Monjingup


Lake Monjingup

Next stop is Stokes National Park, about 80 kilometers west of Esperance. They have a really nice camp ground and the fishing is supposed to be terrific. Black Bream – yum yum.

Strange seed pod


Strange seed pod

The water seemed to be really high. These paperbarks were looking pretty soaked.

Stokes Inlet


Stokes Inlet

January 30, 2019

From the Eyre Peninsula to the Nullarbor

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South Australia tourist photos

From the Eyre Peninsualar to the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. Here are some tourist photos taken on my very cheap ($20) point and shoot camera.

Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk


Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk

Boat and tractor


Boat and tractor

This is how they get working boats into the water in South Australia. No mucking around!

Big Swamp


Big Swamp

A very old tree at the edge of the swamp.

Massive stingray


Massive stingray

I saw this massive stingray in an estuary near Farm Beach. It was massive, nearly a meter across.

Lake Newlands


Lake Newlands

All the water bodies were dried out. Sad, very sad.

Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay


Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay beach


Streaky Bay beach

Start of the Nullarbor


Start of the Nullarbor

1200 kilometers from Ceduna to Norseman. It took me three days with no radio, no cd player. yawn.

The nullarbor road


The nullarbor road

Straight and flat.

Great Australian Bight


Great Australian Bight

January 2, 2019

Wimmera and Mallee tourist photos

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Victoria to South Australia Tourist

First stop off for this blog post was Skipton, central Victoria, where I stopped off for a walk around the lake and a look at the op shops.

Skipton - Victoria
Skipton – Victoria

Then I kept heading west to Ararat, where I stayed at Green Hill Lake. Quite a nice little spot by the water with plenty of birds and shade for camping under. Horsham is quite a nice little town in the Wimmera district.

The Big Koala
The Big Koala

Just west of Horsham was this amazing big koala. I just had to stop and take a photo. It took my breath away.

Natimuk Christmas
Natimuk Christmas

Christmas day saw me on the road to Nhill through the Little Desert National Park. Header and hay. Before that I stopped at the Jane Duff Highway Park for a walk around the water-hole.

Nhill Lake
Nhill Lake

I spent a couple of days at Nhill and I spent most of it at Nhill Lake, enjoying the shade and the water skiing in the tiny little duck pond.

Little Desert National Park
Little Desert National Park

I guess they called it a desert because there was lots of sand. I went on a few walks in the park. I did not drive in because you need a four wheel drive.

Mallee Fowl Mound
Mallee Fowl Mound

On the Keith Hately Nature Walk you can see an old Mallee Fowl mound. I still have not seen a Mallee Fowl 🙁

Poocher Swamp
Poocher Swamp

And into South Australia. Near Bordertown, I went for a hopeful look at Poocher Swamp but it was dry.

Ngarkat Conservation Park
Ngarkat Conservation Park

Further North from Bordertown and into the Ngarkat Conservation Park. More mallee bush for miles and miles.

December 18, 2018

Northwest Tasmania Tourist

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The Tarkine Tourist

After the Arthur River, I drove up the road to the Couta Rocks. It is a wild area. There are a few fishermen’s shacks by the bay with a lobster boat moored in the protected waters.

Couta Rocks
Couta Rocks

The country in the north-west is a lot of grasslands and heath.

North-west country panorama
North-west country panorama

I drove inland through the Tarkine and camped at Julius River. There is a rainforest walk as well as a walk along the river.

Unusual Bottle  Brush
Unusual Bottle Brush

At the Sumac Lookout I spotted a whole bunch of Foxgloves along the road.
“Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. This genus was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae, but recent phylogenetic research has placed it in the much enlarged family Plantaginaceae.”

foxglove
Foxglove

The Kannunah Bridge has a good view over the river.

Kannunah Bridge
Kannunah Bridge

Heading north, I stopped off at Smithton, then north along the top of Tasmania, past Burnie and waited for the ferry to Melbourne at Devonport. And now it is back to the mainland!

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