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from one winter to another...

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 4 Oct 2009 | Views [647]

My time here is almost up, sadly, but Mother Nature, knowing I don't get a summer this year as I'm leaving Perth at the end of the winter and going back to the US during the fall, has blessed me with a few days of beautiful sunshine for my last weekend ... Read more >

Tags: beach, cottesloe, perth, swan river, western australia

a southern spring

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | Views [1338]

It's not quite warm in Perth, but spring has sprung for the wildflowers and the newborn birdlife. The sun has poked through a few times in the past couple weeks, bringing with it gorgeous pink wildflowers in King's Park and adorable ducklings and swan ... Read more >

Tags: kings park, perth, spring, western australia, wildflowers

a bird's life

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | Views [1958]

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways I amuse myself these days is by observing the various species of bird and duck that live around my local watering hole--Lake Monger. My favorites are the cockatoos. While the black swans and the dozen ... Read more >

Tags: birds, cockatoos, lake monger, perth, western australia

lovely mandurah

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | Views [634]

Last weekend, we had the good fortune to be invited by our friend Julia down to her family's weekend house in the delightful town of Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth. Mandurah has a fantastic setting between the Indian Ocean, the Peel Inlet and ... Read more >

Tags: mandurah, western australia

paradise found

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [591]

Just when I've started to take being in Oz for granted, I have one of those weekends where I'm slapped in the face and woken back up. This past Monday was Labour Day in Western Australia, so I took advantage of the holiday weekend by tagging along with ... Read more >

Tags: indian ocean, marjorie bay, perth, rottnest island, western australia

blowing in the wind

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | Views [636]

Last weekend we journeyed up to the small country town of Dongara, about 4.5 hours north of Perth, for Kitestock 2009. The wind was pumping for kitesurfing enthusiasts from across Western Australia. Pumping way too much, actually. Because of the cyclones ... Read more >

Tags: dongara, indian ocean, kite boarding, kite surfing, kitestock, western australia

respectable york

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | Views [520] | Comments [1]

A Sunday drive a couple of weeks ago took us through the little town of York. The oldest inland town in Western Australia (settled in 1831, two years after Perth), York has a cute, historic main street with charm and kitsch not unlike a tiny Colorado ... Read more >

Tags: western australia, york

bird's eye view

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | Views [953] | Comments [1]

There is a French photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand , who takes these amazing ariel shots all across the planet. He has had an exhibit of thousands of photos, Earth From Above , since 2000 that has traveled around the world. I walked through it many ... Read more >

Tags: perth, photography, western australia, yann arthus-bertrand

wine country and other delights

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [561]

After a stop at Torndirrip National Park in Albany (a couple cool rock formations on the coast), we finally rolled into greener pastures, literally. The Denmark and Walpole areas are fantastic...rolling hills, farmland, big leafy trees, cool rivers, ... Read more >

Tags: denmark, walpole, western australia, wine country

the great outdoors

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [410]

We got back to nature at our second camping location. We stayed in a very rustic homestead in the middle of nowhere run by a funny German couple. Actually, it was in the middle of the very large and deserted Fitzgerald River National Park and was only ... Read more >

Tags: western australia

south coast beauty

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [899]

I thought I had seen the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia. Boy, was I wrong. It turns out that the most beautiful beaches in the state, and quite possibly the country, are in and around the small town of Esperance, on the south coast. We ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, esperance, indian ocean, southern ocean, western australia

gee, that's a big rock

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Views [1941]

Our southwestern road trip began in the southern coastal town of Esperance...the furthest east I've been yet. But first, we had the great fortune of some touristy stops along the way. It turns out that Wave Rock is, well, wavy. But nothing spectacular.... Read more >

Tags: tin horse highway, wave rock, western australia

long weekend down south

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | Views [569]

Seb and I spent last weekend with some friends about three hours south of Perth in Western Australia's wine country - Margaret River. Luckily, Seb has a friend with a holiday house there, so we had some very nice accommodation. A very peaceful setting ... Read more >

Tags: kangaroos, margaret river, perth, western australia, wine country

penguin island

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 | Views [1830]

Today we finally made it to Penguin Island, where I've been trying to go for a few weeks now. The largest colony of Little (or Fairy) Penguins in Australia live here. Unfortunately they are nocturnal animals, and they spent all day hiding in burrows ... Read more >

Tags: fairy little penguins, penguin island, perth, western australia

lions and penguins and birds, oh my

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 16 Nov 2008 | Views [3910]

This week's Sunday outing took us to the Perth Zoo - a smallish but very nice animal park with lots of palm trees and animals from mostly the southern hemisphere...South America, Africa and Australia. My favorites: the Little penguins, of course; the ... Read more >

Tags: animals, perth, western australia, zoo

cottesloe beach

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [2414]

Perth has lots of beaches within its city limits, but Cottesloe Beach is probably the most picturesque. The water is a beautiful clear turquoise. The sand is light and soft. And it's the home of the Indiana Tea House, which is a gorgeous piece of architecture ... Read more >

Tags: beach, perth, western australia

king's park

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [2906]

I have been to lots of big city parks, and I must say Perth's biggest park is quite a beauty. Views of the Swan River and the downtown skyline can be enjoyed while picnicking, reading and relaxing. There's plenty of open green space to hang out and ... Read more >

Tags: kings park, parks, perth, walking, western australia

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