Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 9, 2018

Islands and Mountains

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Tasmanian tourist photos

After Eaglehawk Neck, I stopped off at Sorell for supplies and headed north towards Oatlands in the Southern Midlands. I stayed at a nice camp just near the Lake Dulverton Conservation Area. There were lots of Black Swans and coots and waterbirds.

Lake Dulverton Conservation Area - Oatlands
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area – Oatlands

Also at Oatlands was this amazing old mill that was fully functional. They could grind flour and there were bags of flour in the mill. I wanted to do a tour to see it working but there was no-one about.

Callington Mill - Oatlands
Callington Mill – Oatlands

After the lovely weather in the Southern Midlands I heade uphill to Lake Sorell and Interlaken in the Central Highlands, but that night the weather turned windy and rainy, so I headed west back to the highway and down to Bothwell, Hamilton and stayed the night near Hobart at the scout camp.

Truganini Lookout and Rookery - The Neck
Truganini Lookout and Rookery – The Neck

I got on the ferry at Kettering to Bruny Island and turned off at Barnes Bay where there were a lot of nice birds and a good mooring inlet for yachts.

The Neck Camp Ground in the rain.
The Neck Camp Ground in the rain.

Unfortunately that afternoon the rain set in so it was not a pleasant place. Luckily there was a little shelter for the campers to cook some dinner.

ferry from Bruny Island
ferry from Bruny Island

I was sick of the horrible weather so I bailed out on Bruny Island, drove through Hobart and camped at Mount Field for two nights. Then I set off again for the west, camping at Tungatinah Lagoon

Tungatinah Lagoon
Tungatinah Lagoon

I did the tourist thing at the lookout of the Taralleah Hydro-electric power station.

Taralleah Hydro-electric power station
Taralleah Hydro-electric power station

Lake st clair NP
Lake st clair

This was a tree cut down along the Watersmeet track at Lake St Clair. Probably for safety reasons.

Do not feed wild animals
Do not feed wild animals

November 29, 2018

Bicheno to Eaglehawk Neck

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South East Tasmania

These are my tourist photos going down the east coast of Tasmania. The first stop after St Helens was the little village of Falmouth, where I got some nice photos of some Red-capped Plovers. Then I went further south to Lagoons Beach where I camped for the night.

Lagoons Beach
Lagoons Beach

Next stop was at Bicheno where it rained most of the time. Governors Island was out the headlands and had a whole bunch of sea-birds roosting. And it was a good place for roosting boats as well.

Governor Island - Bicheno
Governor Island – Bicheno

And the other side of the island was rough as anything.

Seaward side of Governor Island
Seaward side of Governor Island

I carried on south down to Friendly Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula. It was a great camping spot but my car battery died on me and I had to get a jump start and buy a new battery.

Friendly Beach
Friendly Beach

At Triabunna I stopped behind the pub for the night and in the morning had breakfast at Orford. The morning was miserable and raining and drizzling.

Orford beach
Orford beach

I do not know why I took the boat to Maria Island. It rained most of the time I was on the island. But luckily I did get a few good photos.

Maria Island boat
Maria Island boat

Here is the view of Triabunna from the arse end of the boat.

Maria Island creek and harbour
Maria Island creek and harbour

Next stop after a camp at the Dunalley pub was Eaglehawk Neck. I was quite surprised how beautiful it was.

Stunning view of the Tasman Peninsula
Stunning view of the Tasman Peninsula

The beaches looked nice except it was too cold for a swim. brrrr..

Eaglehawk Neck beach
Eaglehawk Neck beach

I did the tourist thing and looked at the Tasselated Pavement State Reserve and then on to Tasman’s Arch which was quite spectacular.

Tasman's Arch
Tasman’s Arch

And Devil’s Kitchen which was very scary to look down at.

Devil's Kitchen
Devil’s Kitchen

November 21, 2018

Going to Tasmania

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North-east Tasmania Tourist photos

I took the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne to Devonport.

Getting on the boat
Getting on the boat

Lining up to get on the boat.

View from ship
View from ship

The view from the top deck of the ferry of cars getting ready to come on the boat.

Leaving Melbourne
Leaving Melbourne

Setting off from the port of Melbourne. St Kilda is to the right up the coast.

Leaving the mainland
Leaving the mainland

the Spirit of Tasmania
the Spirit of Tasmania

This is the other ferry coming the other way, halfway across Bass Strait.

Arriving at Devonport
Arriving at Devonport

There was a very nice bow wave. The weather was really nice and no big seas. I am hoping for a calm sea on the way back. Fingers crossed. As soon as I got off the ferry I headed east and stayed at Port Sorel that night.

Narawntapu National Park
Narawntapu National Park

This is the view from my camp ground at Bakers Point in the Narawntapu National Park. Very nice indeed.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

Just north of Launceston, I stopped at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. They have kilometers of boardwalk and it is a highly recommended walk.

Lilydale Falls Creek
Lilydale Falls Creek

It had rained last night so the creek was powering down the hill.

Lilydale Falls
Lilydale Falls

A small waterfall with plenty of water coming down it.

November 13, 2018

Platypus in the Creek

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Cabbage Tree Creek Walk

As soon as I hit the border of Victoria, it started raining and it has been raining ever since. I saw a sign on the highway that said Cabbage Tree Walk – 5 kilometers, so I screeched to a halt and went in through this rough bush track to the Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve, which is the southern-most stand of Cabbage Palms. It was drizzling rain a little bit and the mosquitoes were very hungry and numerous. But I persisted and went for a walk on the track and up the road a bit to a bridge where I saw a Platypus.

Platypus
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

The Platypus is a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to Eastern Australia. It is called a monotreme, mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.

Cabbage Tree Creek
Cabbage Tree Creek

There were a few birds around but nothing that came out any good. All in all I think it would be better on a sunny day. And it is a beautiful spot.

The track
The track

Birds and Mammals of Cabbage Tree Creek

White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )
Grey Fantail
Common Bronzewing (Phaps Chalcoptera)

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

November 12, 2018

New South Wales

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Tourist photos from Australia

I cannot remember where I left you with the last lot of tourist photos. I think I had just arrived in Melbourne and thence to Newcastle. Let us carry on dear reader. I think I left you at the airport in Newcastle. I spent a few days and bought a car for travelling. It was a Toyota people-mover. My brother Lawrie helped me pull all the seats out and put a bed in the back. There is plenty of head room and it is much better than a station wagon.

Pimp my ride
Pimp my ride

The first journey was out west through the Hunter Valley, stopping at Burning Mountain and Wallabadah, my old favourite camp sites.

Wallabadah Cemetry
Wallabadah Cemetry

Then through Nundle and the back way to Tamworth and still heading west.

Sunset at Attunga
Sunset at Attunga

I stopped opposite the pub at Attunga and photographed a Black Honeyeater.

West to Manilla, then a few days at Borah Creek , before the rain came I snuck out to Gunnedah and Coonabarabran.

The Warrumbungles
The Warrumbungles.

A nice hot show at the Warrumbungles National Park, then on to Coonamble a very nice little town.

The river at Coonamble
The river at Coonamble

No jumping off the bridge or fishing!

water over Gibson's Way
water over Gibson’s Way.

There was heaps of water in the Macquarie Marshes and thousands of water birds. On to Warren and the wetlands

Namoi River near Boggabri
Namoi River near Boggabri

The Namoi River was flowing at Boggabri but not at Narrabri. Where did the water go? Back to Borah Creek again.

black furry  kangaroo
black furry kangaroo

I was amazed how black and furry these kangaroos were. Then back to Newcastle. And down south to the Bendeela Recreation Area – Kangaroo River.

Wombat and camp
Wombat and camp

Nowra and the Shoalhaven. And south to Narooma.

Bodalla State Forest - Lake Mummuga
Bodalla State Forest – Lake Mummuga

Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) The Spotted Gum is an attractive treen with smooth mottled bark with is shed in small irregular shapes.

October 5, 2018

Chile to Australia

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Valparaiso to Newcastle

It was time to go home. I caught a local bus from my hostel on the hill to the terminal at Valparaiso centro.

Valparaiso Bus Terminal
Valparaiso Bus Terminal.

I had some lunch and then caught the bus at 1pm to Pajaritos terminal. At Pajaritos I bumbled around getting a uber taxi to my airbnb room.

My Room in Santiago
My Room in Santiago

This was my airbnb room in Santiago near the airport. I had crashed a teenage girl’s room with posters of anime and korean boy bands. Hideous. There was even a purple unicorn. Yewww. And five scottish terriers.

My breakfast in Chile
My breakfast in Chile

This is your standard breakfast I used to have in Argentina. Two media lunas and a cup of coffee. I got a colectivo taxi from my airbnb room and had breakfast at Pajaritos terminal, where I caught the bus to the airport.

On the way to the airport
On the way to the airport

This is the freeway on the way to Santiago Airport.

Flying over the ice flows
Flying over the ice flows

This is the view from the airplane flying to Melbourne. We flew over the edge of Antarctica and the ocean was covered in icebergs.

My plane to Newcastle
My plane to Newcastle

I stayed in Melbourne at a hotel near the airport and in the morning got a plane to Newcastle.

Flying into Newcastle Airport
Flying into Newcastle Airport

Here I am flying over Stockton Beach coming down to Williamtown airport. At the airport I got the bus to Newcastle and then another one to Swansea. Home again.

September 29, 2018

Valparaiso Harbour

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Valparaiso – Chile – Day Two.

Yesterday I caught the bus into town. I got a pino empanada from the panaderia and sat down at the bus terminal and had my lunch.

Traffic Jam at the markets
Traffic Jam at the markets.

It was chaos around the markets. Buses and cars and taxis were hussling with people with loaded vegetables on carts, with shoppers rushing around all over the place. A complete mad-house.

Selling Vegetables
Selling Vegetables

There were stalls surrounding the markets with people selling all kinds of stuff, mainly vegetables. You can buy anything on the streets – even toilet paper and dish washing detergent.

Launching a rubber ducky
Launching a rubber ducky

I worked out how to get to the water-front and made my way to the wharf, where there were lots of scuba divers getting ready to go on their dives.

Harbour and foreshore
Harbour and foreshore.

Valparaiso has a pretty massive bay with deep water, so it is perfect for a port.

Coastal Train
Coastal Train

This train ran along the coast past Vina del Mar, and beyond that I have no idea.

September 27, 2018

A Tourist in Valparaiso

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Valparaiso – trendy and bohemian

I was up at 5:30am this morning. My taxi came early and I was off to the airport at Arica. I was hours too early so I bought an expensive coffee and cheese sandwich for breakfast and sat down to wait for the checkin to open. I checked in and went through security. I am like a robot now going through security. Belt off, wallet, phone, passport in a plastic bag. Step through the gate, get patted down, get dressed again.

The view from my hostel room
The view from my hostel room

I arrived in Santiago at 12:30 and jumped on a bus to the Pajaritos Terminal, where I bought a ticket to Valparaiso and jumped straight on the bus.

Steep hills of Valparaiso
Steep hills of Valparaiso

At Valparaiso Terminal, the tourist kiosk told me which bus to get to my hostel, and I settled in for a while.

Trendy cafes
Trendy cafes

In the afternoon, I went for a walk down the hill. The area is all trendy with boho cafes and shops. So funny. I wanted to get to the water but got as far as a big steep drop-off and could not get any further so I turned back.

The harbour
The harbour

A little corner of the city
A little corner of the city

Too many steps to go down there.

September 25, 2018

First Day in Chile

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Mollendo to Arica

I got going from Mollendo about 10am and walked up the hill to get a taxi to Ilo. At Ilo I swapped over and got another collectivo taxi to Tacna.

A point between Ilo and Tacna
A point between Ilo and Tacna

I found my hostel next to the bus terminal in Tacna and settled in for the night. I got all my money changed over to Chilean pesos and so I was set to go. The next morning I walked up the road to the international terminal and jumped straight into a taxi for the border. The border was the easiest and quickest one I have ever been through. I arrived at the terminal in Arica, Chile, got a new chip for my phone, changed the rest of my money and found my way to the next hostel.

Church at Arica
old church at Arica

In the afternoon I blundered around until I found my way to the surf spot at Arica. The wind was wrong but I saw how it broke. There were some guys surfing around the other side.

Mounted police
Mounted police

I am going to go back tomorrow morning early to see if I can get some photos on my real camera.

Blackish Oystercatcher
Blackish Oystercatcher (Haemotopus ater)

These Blackish Oystercatcher were taken on the point and shoot. Hopefully tomorrow I will get some shots on the canon. They are found in Chile, Peru, and Argentina.

Surfing the left
Surfing the left

September 22, 2018

High Sierras to Coastal Peru

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Huancavelica to the Coast

Huancavelica is in the southern Sierras of Peru and is about 3200 meters altitude. I needed to get to the coast in order to get to Paracas where I was going to do a boat ride to the Islas Ballestas.

Going over the mountains from Huancavelica,
Going over the mountains from Huancavelica, 4800 meters.

It was really high going over the Andes. There was snow on the high peaks, which I guessed to be from 5-6000 meters.

llamas
Llamas

there were a few herds of Llamas in the mountains being looked after by shepherds.

Auto collectivo
Auto collectivo

This is my collectivo taxi at the top of the Andes. It cost about 70 soles ($23) from Huancavelica to San Clemente.

Vicunyas
Vicunyas

Vicunyas are wild animals not tame.

Coming down into the coastal valleys
Coming down into the coastal valleys.

The lower mountains close to the coast were so dry. The only place where crops were growing were in the river valleys.

me at paracas
me at paracas.

Road machine laying asphalt
Road machine laying asphalt.

There is always road work going on. Some of the roads are really good and some are just terrible.

Atacama Desert between Nazca and Atico
Atacama Desert between Nazca and Atico.

Surf at the coast
Surf at the coast.

I finally hit the coast where there were plenty of empty beaches.

Taxista
Taxista

This taxi driver happily posed for me at Atico, where I changed autos.

Camana district
Camana district .

This is one of the river valleys on the coast. The rest is desert.

Mollendo
Mollendo

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