3 December 2013
Tasmania (abbreviated as Tas and known colloquially as “Tassie“) is an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia, located 240 kilometres to the south of the Australian continent, separated by Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania, the 26th largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands.
Tasmania is promoted as the natural state, the “Island of Inspiration“, and A World Apart, Not A World Away owing to its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Almost 45% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. The island is 364 kilometres long from its northernmost to its southernmost points, and 306 kilometres from west to east.
1 June 2013
This ancient and very large (14 metre diameter) boab tree has significance to Aboriginal people as well as being a very interesting botanical specimen.The tree is believed to be around 1,500 years old and has a girth of 14.7 metres. It is registered as an Aboriginal site. The Prison Tree is situated just over 23 kilometres along the King River Road. This remarkable boab tree was used by the early police patrols as an overnight lock-up. These patrols would take regular trips out to the surrounding stations to collect wrongdoers and ensure all was well.The boab tree is hollow with a hole cut in its side to form an entrance. It is a day’s travel from Wyndham and with an easily accessible water supply; this natural cell was an obvious choice for a stopover. The prison tree dates as far back as the 1890s.Its association with the history of interactions with early pastoralists and Aboriginal people is told in a nearby interpretive centre. This centre also tells of the biology of the boab tree and the events that took place in the droving days and World War Two on the adjacent town commonage.The tree is protected by a fence and visitors are requested not to approach close to the tree as a token of respect for its cultural values.For day use only. Camping is not permitted.Adjacent to the tree is a short botanical trail leading to a picnic area and Myall’s Bore – the longest cattle trough in the southern hemisphere.
24 April 2013
Uluru , also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs, 450 km (280 mi) by road. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.luru is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. The sandstone formation stands 348 m (1,142 ft) high, rising 863 m (2,831 ft) above sea level, with most of its bulk lying underground, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 mi). Both Uluru and the nearby Kata Tjuta formation have great cultural significance for the Aṉangu people, the traditional inhabitants of the area, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the Aboriginal dreamtime stories of the area.
Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably glowing red at dawn and sunset.
Kata Tjuta, also called Mount Olga or The Olgas, lies 25 km (16 mi) west of Uluru. Special viewing areas with road access and parking have been constructed to give tourists the best views of both sites at dawn and dusk.
21 December 2012
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, opening in 1973 after a long gestation that had begun with his competition-winning design in 1957. Joseph Cahill’s New South Wales Government gave the go-ahead for work to begin in 1958. The government’s bold decision to select Utzon’s design is often overshadowed by the scandal that followed.The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007.It is one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world.
The Sydney Opera House is on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It sits at the northeastern tip of the Sydney central business district (the CBD), surrounded on three sides by the harbour (Sydney Cove and Farm Cove) and inland by the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Contrary to its name, the building houses multiple performance venues. The Sydney Opera House is among the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people. It provides a venue for many performing-arts companies, including the four key resident companies Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and presents a wide range of productions on its own account. It is also one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, with more than seven million people visiting the site each year, 300,000 of whom take a guided tour.
11 November 2012
William Ricketts (1898–1993) was an Australian potter and sculptor of the arts and crafts movement.Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1898, William settled permanently in Mount Dandenong, Victoria, in 1934. Although not trained as a potter and never technically superior (his works, large and small, frequently exhibit cracking), the power of his vision of a modern Australia that embraces Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world was his general message throughout his artworks. His major works include the “Dromana” in the Seawinds Garden, Arthurs Seat, Victoria, and “Gun Brute” at the William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mount Dandenong, Victoria.Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts.
William Ricketts created the sanctuary as a place for quiet reflection and replenishing the spirit. He believed that all Australians should adopt Aboriginal philosophies, respecting the spirituality of the mother earth and all things in the natural world. Some of his works throughout the grounds also depict his feelings on the takeover and devastation of white man into the natural environment.
Within the sanctuary grounds, there are over 90 different sculptures depicting the aboriginal people engaging with the earth in a pure forest setting. Carved into rocks and tree trunks that dot the paths that flow throughout the property, the themes in his artwork reflect his philosophies of connections with human, nature and the earth.
30 September 2012
This blog reached another milestone : 100.000 hits in a few months !!! Thank you very much for everything !!
I feel that all of you are part of my family because in my dark days you helped me with your thoughts and simply by visiting this blog.
For this i want to show a few beautiful photos of some amazing buildings devoured by sand.
The deserts and sands are the best landscapes for finding old and abandoned buildings. The arid climate lends itself to preservation, and there is little danger of serious decay or damage from flooding. At the same time, the sand is an ever-shifting geographic feature that can swallow whole towns both quickly (as in a violent sandstorm) or slowly (as it shifts over time).
Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Denmark.
The Buildings of the Abandoned Town of Kolmanskop, Namibia.
Tilsandede Kirke (The sand buried church), Denmark.
Houses in the Village of Araouane, Mali.
Mosque Minaret, Egypt.
Old Telegraph Station at Eucla, Australia.
Houses in the town of Chinguetti, Mauritania.
Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station, USA.
Ancient Pyramids and Houses in Meroë, Sudan.
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