Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 19, 2019

The Hutong Clan

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Beijing Tourist Photos

Two days ago I went to Yuanmingyuan Park to do some birding and there was some nice scenery around so I took a few photos. There were a few boats on the waterways and you could get a boat ride or hop on an electric cart.

Scenic waterways

And of course I had to get my photo taken with the cute figures. I have no idea what they are.

Cute figures

Yesterday I went to the hutongs, the old area of Beijing. It is mostly a tourist area, complete with rickshaw ride and boat rides, etc etc.

Hutong rickshaws.

Wedding photos

There was a nice couple getting their wedding photos done. Very nice.

The bell tower

This was a tower with a bell that got struck when the invading mongols came sweeping down from the hills.

Tower in the circle

Hutong lane

In the back streets of the old area of Beijing.

Beijing traffic

The usual city pile-up at sunset.

Night scene

Lit up at night, near Tiananmen Square.

August 3, 2019

Around Maleny

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Soouthern Queensland

Nearly out of Queensland. Heading south. Ravensbourne’s rainforest has seen many changes. Aboriginal people camped and gathered food here long before timber-getters arrived to log the forests.

Ravensbourne National Park


Ravensbourne National Park

Then on past Lake Somerset to The Blackall Range. Just near Maleny you can see over the Glasshouse Mountains near to the coast.

McCarthey's Lookout


McCarthey’s Lookout

Just before Kenilworth there is a nice patch of rainforest with big strangler figs.

Fig Tree Walk


Fig Tree Walk

High up in the mountains, there is the town of Mapleton with the nearby Mapleton National Park.

Mapleton National Park


Mapleton National Park

On the northern side of Lake Baroom there is a dam and spillway. This morning the fog was closed in.

Lake Baroom spillway


Lake Baroom

Heading up into the hills again, I stopped at the Andrew Drynan Park just before the Border Ranges and New South Wales.

Border Ranges National Park


Border Ranges National Park.

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July 17, 2019

Southern Downs Tourist

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Dalby to Toowoomba

From Chinchilla in the Southern Downs of Queensland, I went east to Dalby, then north to Jimbour Station which was pretty bizarre. It was built more than a hundred years ago for a rich grazier. It is a bit full on I reckon.

Jimbour Station


Jimbour Station

Jimbour Station


Jimbour Station

Then further east to Toowoomba , then north again to Crows Nest where I went along the walking track from Bullocy Rest Area to the Pumphole Lookout.

Statues of bullocks pulling  a wagon


Statues of bullocks pulling a wagon

The back of the wagon.


The back of the wagon.

The Pumphole


The Pumphole

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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

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