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Cool Aussie Phoners · What the ti­tle says: Three pho­tos of Aussies hold­ing phones look­ing cool ...
 
Galah Story · We’re vis­it­ing friends in Aus­tralia and I watched a pair of par­rots in­ter­act (oop­s, Mar­ius Coomans writes from Aus­tralia to tell me they’re Galah­s); pho­tographed them, but didn’t un­der­stand. Oh, and a koala ...
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Shellflower V · I re­al­ly had fun with this one, and if you think you’re tired of these shell pic­tures, well maybe not just yet. [Series in­tro here.] ...
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Shellflower IV · Once again, scanned us­ing the Waterhouse-Hayward tech­nique, the ob­verse and re­verse of an erod­ed seashel­l. Of­fered on­ly to please your eye. [Series in­tro here.] ...
 
Shellflower III · Oo­h, I got the Waterhouse-Hayward tech­nique work­ing with the flatbed scan­ner; it’s won­der­ful! Check out what hap­pens when a dead mol­lusk col­lab­o­rates with sev­er­al years of in­tense sur­f. [Series in­tro here.] ...
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Shellflower II · Still haven’t de­bugged the scan­ner pro­cess, so this is an­oth­er Pen­tax/Tripod/Tam­ron shot. Series nar­ra­tive here. Dam­n, these are pret­ty shell­s ...
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Shellflower I · At­ten­tive read­ers will re­mem­ber that in Jan­uary of this year, the fam­i­ly and I spent some time in Gipp­s­land, Aus­trali­a, in par­tic­u­lar on the beach at Cape Con­ran park. On the big beach there where they sur­f, you can find re­mark­able sea-shells. The pro­cess by which the waves slow­ly turn them to white sand is trans­par­ent here, as you can pick up all sorts of shells once cone-shaped which are erod­ing away, re­veal­ing in the pro­cess un­sus­pect­ed beau­ty of in­ter­nal struc­ture. They look like flow­er­s. I brought a bunch home and I’m try­ing to pho­to­graph them ...
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Things About Australia · Wel­l, we’re home. For a six-day stretch I didn’t touch a com­put­er on­ce. Lau­ren and I reg­u­lar­ly talk about mov­ing to Aus­tralia (she’s lived there), so when we vis­it we al­ways have our eyes and ears open. Here are some ob­ser­va­tions whose on­ly uni­fy­ing theme is a few sum­mer days in Vic­to­ri­a, Aus­trali­a ...
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Aussie Snaps · The last of the beach pic­tures: weath­ered rocks at Cape Con­ran ...
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Aussie Snaps · Min­i­mal beach land­scape: grass, sky, gul­l ...
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Aussie Snaps · Skyscapes with eu­ca­lypt­s; one, in a sense, fire­lit ...
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Aussie Snaps · A farm scene in Gipp­s­land, with eu­ca­lypts and drought colours ...
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Aussie Snaps · A red ven­ti­la­tion fit­ting against blue and white sky ...
 
Aussie Snaps · This is the trunk of a paper-bark eu­ca­lyp­t ...
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Aussie Snaps · Two large-scale shots of the beach at French­es Nar­rows at Cape Con­ran park, with peo­ple fish­ing in­to the sur­f ...
 
Aussie Snaps · Red sea­weed on a beach in Cape Con­ran park ...
 
Aussie Snaps · The sun on sub­ur­ban shops on a qui­et morn­ing ...
 
Aussie Snaps · Here­with two pic­tures of CSIRAC, claimed to be the fourth dig­i­tal com­put­er ev­er built, and the old­est still in ex­is­tence ...
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Aussie Snaps · This is an­oth­er flow­er from Sally’s gar­den, an aga­pan­thus ...
 
Aussie Snaps · The moon over Mel­bourne on a de­light­ful South­ern Hemi­sphere sum­mer evening ...
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Williamstown · This Satur­day we took the train out to Wil­liamstown, a wa­ter­front neigh­bor­hood near where we’re stay­ing. We found its charm con­sid­er­able de­spite the pu­trid weath­er, a unique­ly Aus­tralian com­bi­na­tion of grey skies, high tem­per­a­ture, and howl­ing wind ...
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Aussie Snaps · We took the kids to Mel­bourne Zoo, which is OK if in parts too old-fashioned (but the Australian-animals sec­tion is fine). I find zoo an­i­mals kind of de­press­ing so I usu­al­ly don’t take pic­tures. But there was an at­trac­tive red-headed black duck swim­ming in murky wa­ter with its ba­by chicks—a vol­un­teer I think, not a zoo animal—and they were too cute to re­sist ...
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Aussie Snaps · Two ran­dom ros­es from Sally’s front yard in New­port, a sub­urb of Mel­bourne ...
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Aussie Snaps · My writ­ing en­er­gy here in Aus­tralia is about ful­ly oc­cu­pied by a writ­ing as­sign­ment I took on for O’Reilly; de­tails when there’s some­thing to point to. How­ev­er, lots of pic­tures are oc­cur­ring. To­day, Mel­bourne, in­side the Vic­to­ria Mar­ket butch­er sec­tion, ear­ly on a Sun­day New Year’s Eve morn­ing ...
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That Other Hemisphere · I’m in the won­der­ful state of Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia (cur­rent­ly Mel­bourne), for the next lit­tle while. It’s sum­mer. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion may be slug­gish.
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Oz Out · Head­ing home; here­with more il­lus­trat­ed dow­nun­der­notes, plus thoughts on crowd­ed sched­ules and on re­tire­men­t ...
 
Downunder Christmas · Since the friends down here knew we’d be vis­it­ing in Fe­bru­ary, Sal­ly left her tree up and cooked ev­ery­one fab­u­lous Aussie-style Christ­mas din­ner (on the bar­be­cue, of course) ...
 
Aliens Invade Queensland! · Pho­to­graph­ic proof, right here ...
 
Warm Wind Off the Ocean · You could go to Aus­tralia for the warmth or the wine, or for the light or for love; and all of these would be good rea­son­s. But the re­al rea­son is to sit near the ocean and feel its trop­ic wind warm on your cheek­s, which is en­tire­ly be­yond price. Here­with some news and colour ...
 
Aussie Cluefulness · We’re tak­ing a va­ca­tion to Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary. You can’t just hop on a plane, you have to get a visa. This used to mean, if you were in a big city with a con­sulate, go­ing down there with a pic­ture and spend­ing time wait­ing, or if you were away from such a city, mail­ing them your pass­port. So last night, Lau­ren sug­gest­ed check­ing their on­line pres­ence, and what do you know, it’s ex­cel­len­t. You can get a year’s visa for A$20 by giv­ing them your pass­port num­ber and a few ba­sic vi­tal statis­tic­s, and the whole thing takes maybe five min­utes. Good on ya, Aussies!
 
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