Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 9, 2020

Makassar to Manado

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Sulawesi Tourist Photos

I took all these photos on my phone. I lost the charger for my point and shoot camera and it has some dust on the chip so I might just chuck it. I have had it nearly ten years and it cost me twenty bucks so I am not too worried about it. I got my money’s worth. So these photos start from Makassar. This girl was at the warung where I was dropped off to catch the mikrolet to Malino. I waited there for more than an hour and she wanted me to take her photo. So I obliged.

Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Girl

I rented a motorbike and rode up into the hills surrounding Rantepao for a few days.

Tana Toraja houses
Tana Toraja houses

I took this shot in Ampana. I had sated chicken one night and took this photo of the boy cooking the meat. It was delicious.

Cooking Sate
Cooking Sate

These were the villagers from the outlying islands coming into town to do some shopping at Wakai.

Villagers' Boat
Villagers’ Boat

This was the fast boat from Salakan going back to Luwuk.

Fast boat to the Banggai Islands
Fast boat to the Banggai Islands

And this is the sleeping arrangements on the slow boat to the Banggai Islands.

Fun on the boat
Fun on the boat

This is Manado harbour and these boats will take out supplies to the big boats heading to the outer islands.

Loading the lighters
Loading the lighters

And this is the boat to Lataud, an island way up north, just near Mindanao in the Philippines.

Boat to Lataud
Boat to Lataud

And one of the mangrove beaches at Bunaken Island, just off Manado.

Bunaken beach
Bunaken beach

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December 28, 2019

Makassar to Manado

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Sulawesi Tourist Photos

So I will start at Makassar where I stayed for a few days, then went up into the hills to Malino. I spent one night in Pare Pare because I wanted to break the journey north to Toraja country.

Pare Pare Harbour
Pare Pare Harbour

This boat was going to Kalimantan.

Dead Cat in the Water
Dead Cat in the Water

This cat was just floating around in the harbour. It freaked me out a bit.

Toraja Buffalo
Toraja Buffalo

After a winding road through the hills, I made it to Toraja where I rented a bike for a few days and drove around through the mountains above Rantepao.

Rice Fields
Rice Fields

Traditional Toraja houses
Traditional Toraja houses

On the way to Tentena I stopped at Masamba hoping to break up the journey. But the journey to Tentena still lasted about ten hours through winding hills and the worst roads ever.

Danau Poso
Danau Poso

I got a lift up into the Bada Valley, where I stayed in this hut for a few days by myself.

My hut
My hut

Fishing boat
Fishing boat

These fishermen were pushing out the net boat at Ampana.

Pulling in the net
Pulling in the net

Bajo Village
Bajo Village

This was a bajo village in the Togian Islands.

Kadidiri Island
Kadidiri Island

This is where I stayed in the Togian Islands, at Black Marlin Dive Resort.

coconut crab
Coconut Crab

The next resort had one of these Coconut Crabs in a drum. “The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons ” (wikipedia) They are related to the hermit crab.

Luwuk panorama
Luwuk

I went to Luwuk from Ampana, then grabbed a ferry to the Banggai Islands to stay in the town of Salakan.

Ferry to Salakan
Ferry to Salakan

This was the slow ferry which took three hours. Our boat only took two hours.

Gunung Api Lokon
Gunung Api Lokon

This is the Lokon volcano which last erupted in 2012, and is expected to erupt every ten years. This was the view from my homestay in Kakaskasen, just north of Tomohon.

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November 21, 2019

Bugis Schooner Harbour

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Pelabuhan Paotere

I got up early in the morning for a change. I have not known what time the sun comes up in Makassar because I have been sleeping in. I ordered a gojek from my phone to go the the old schooner harbour. I got there, paid 10,000 rupiah to get in and pottered around a bit and had breakfast at a warung – Kopi-o and nasi campur.

K.L.M


K.L.M

The old style traditional Bugis Schooner that have been sailing to Australia and elsewhere for hundreds of years. Maybe more. Now they have motors. KLM stands for Kapal Layer Mesin (Ship Sail Motor).

A nice catch


A nice catch

I met some fishermen unloading some nice fish. They looked a bit like spanish mackerel. I heard they might have been going to Japan.

Portrait


Portrait

These guys asked me for a photo, so I obliged.

Unloading Onions


Unloading Onions

Onto the wharf


Onto the wharf

Onto the truck


Onto the truck

After the winch had dropped off the load, a couple of guys would lift one up to a guy’s back and then he would walk the plank up on to the truck.

The winch driver


The winch driver

A prahu


A prahu

A traffic jam


A traffic jam

I got a ride to the central market after the harbour to look for a new shoulder bag, but no luck. And I lost my hat. doh!

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November 6, 2019

Guangxi Yunan Sichuan

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Guilin to Xi Chang

Well where do I start with the tourist photos. At Guilin I guess. The first time I went there I stopped in Guilin North, which was more the working class area. It was close to the very fast train station when I first arrived. After a couple of days, I went to Xingping, which is a small town on the Lijiang river, famous for the scene on the 20 yuan note.

lijiang river

Lijiang river at Guilin

guilin sculpture

Sculpture of musician

Lijiang River

Tourist boats on the Lijiang River

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Dancing in the morning

After about eight or nine in the morning the dance groups start up their shenanigans along the promenade next to the river. They have everything – exercise dance, waltz type dancing, tai chi and ethnic stuff as well.

guilin

Pounding nuts

They make these candies out of nuts. This guy was pounding the mixture after mixing with caramelised sugar or something similar. It tasted pretty good.

xi shan, kunming

Xi Shan

At Kunming, I took the subway to the Western Hills Park. The bus took me right up near the top of the mountain. I took a few photos, then it started raining and it did not stop, so I took the bus back down the hill.

Xi Chang

Boat on the Lake

I caught a train to Xi Chang and this morning went for a walk to the Qionghai Lake and Dream Lake Wetland.

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October 27, 2019

China Tourist Photos 2

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Beijing to Yangshuo Tourist

This is the second installment of tourist photos from China. The last few days I went to Olympic Forest Park and the Beijing Botanical Garden. There were heaps of people early in the morning walking around, playing music and doing their exercises.

beijing botanical garden

Early morning exercises

Next stop was Wuhan where it was raining as soon as I got there. I got one day of nice weather. Here is the high-rise building where I stayed at a hostel on the 24th floor.

wuhan

Wuhan lodgings

I caught the very fast train from Wuhan to Guilin. It looks like a space ship.

very fast train

Very fast train

The maximum speed was about 300 kilometers per hour.

Top speed on the very fast train

When I got to Guilin I went to the Seven Star Park to find some birds.

guilin 7 star park

Guilin Seven Star Park

I had some great meals near the markets at North Guilin. Jozu were five yuan for eight and I was having rice and vegetables for 10 yuan.

guilin north markets

Guilin North Markets

Then I caught the bus to Yangshuo which was super busy. I was glad I did not stay there. I changed buses to Xingping which I thought might be a little quieter but there were thousands of tourists there too. ha ha.

xingping

xingping old town

I walked along the river and took a photo of the river that is on the 20 yuan note.

lijiang river

Lijiang River

For dinner I went for a walk to the markets and seen this dog butchered ready for sale.

dog for dinner

Dog for dinner ?

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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 🙁

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