The Little things in Life

colours, flower, Ladybug, Nature, photography

After going for a walk in Parsley Bay in Vaucluse, Sydney, I came across many interesting creatures. This included birds, lizards, foxes and more. However, instead of focusing on them I decided to try and find something smaller, something so different to us humans. Then I found this little one.

The multicolored Asian lady beetle or ‘Ladybug’, is very commonly found all over the world. They are a bit bigger than normal Ladybugs and can also cause a little more damage. Apparently they can damage the inside of homes during the winter as they are in there for warmth, and if they feel threatened they could release a very potent feremone which isn’t poisonous or anything, it does however have a very large stench.

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The Orange Ladybug doesn’t cause very much harm at all, and mostly they can be seen flying majestically and continuing the cycle of nature.

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Empress Austen

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Indian Minor Birds in a Tree

Australia, Autmn, colours, Nature, photography, Sydney, vibrant

On a brisk autumns morning here in Sydney, I was observing some of the commonly seen Indian Minor birds. The birds are interestingly viewed as pests to many people, although they are under protection.

They can be aggressive and competitive, which puts a certain risk on many of the native animals. For example the birds are seen competing to make their nests in tree hollows, which means many animals such as sugar glider, possums etc. are without a habitat.

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Although, they can seem pretty intense little birds, they sure do take a good photo!

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Sacred Rolling Hills

Australia, holiday

This is actually part of Uluru, up close and personal. I highly recommend visiting Uluru and seeing the rock and its incredibly beautiful qualities.

However, it is very important to the Aborigines that the rock isn’t touched or climbed on, yet many tourists are determined to climb it, and so, due to the tourism funding the community, the rock is still open to the public to be climbed.

I think that the best part is looking at the rich culture and visual aspects it has to offer. Also for the best trip, stay at Longitude 131. (click on the link to view the hotel)

Here is some Aboriginal artwork found on the rock. Some of the art has been there for over  a thousand years.

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Empress Austen

Water Dragons Basking in the Sun

Australia, autumn, Nature, photography, Uncategorized

Today was a truly wonderful Autumn day. The sun was beaming and the rays were cascading down onto my garden, where numerous Water Dragons were laying a soaking up the sun, as the nature of a reptile requires them to have external heat resources to warm their bodies. However, the water dragon does inhabit areas that have access to water; in my case the pool and ponds in my garden.

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Stay tuned for an insight into the wonderful wildlife of Australia, that I will be documenting throughout the week, as well as the numerous natural world phenomenons that I encounter throughout this year.

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Empress Austen

Ormiston Gorge

Australia, bush, colours, Nature, winter

An amazing place to be in the winter- to avoid the snakes and other dangerous animals- is Ormiston Gorge, a highlight, if I do say so myself, of the Lara Pinta Trail. (This is home to many mammals at this time of year, such as kangaroos etc.) We did go for a quick dip in the water and it was freezing! But interestingly not home at this time of year to any scary creatures. The beautiful burned rock reflects of the still cool water, also does the enormous gorge around the corner. The waters surface is dark and misleading, in contrast to the open rock faces, and it is almost as if it could be infinite in depth or super shallow.

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Empress Austen

The Dingo Didn’t Eat My Baby

Australia, dog, Nature, photography

Contrary to common belief, these magnificent creatures live on a majorly vegetarian diet. Funny enough they poop onto of a very spike-y plant which you can’t touch without getting little bits of razor sharp branch in your skin, this plant is called a spinifex and makes up 1/5 (20%) of Australia’s plant population said our tour guide Lou. It is a mystery how the dingo actually poops on top of such a painful plant.

This photo was taken at Ormiston Gorge (McDonnell Ranges, NT, Australia), which is a reliable water source in the dry season (winter), meaning that the wildlife is often active in this region. Of course we were extra lucky to spot a Rock Wallaby! (shown below)

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Empress Austen

Uluru’s Magic

Australia, bush, country, photography, Sunset

After walking the Larapinta Trail (about an hour flight from Alice Springs, NT, Australia), we moved on Uluru. Uluru was so beautifully grand, that when we flew into the airport we got an extensive areal view.

Anyway, after we landed we were taken to Longitude 131* and it was the most creative, luxury, unique hotel/ lodge I have ever had the pleasure to visit. Longitude’s vast view of Uluru and the surrounding bush made it a real highlight of the trip just to watch it from the comfort of your own room.

Yet, instead of just experiencing the magic it’s most well known for, from afar. We actually went for drinks to watch the legendary sunset. Here are some more photographs of the change Uluru experiences twice everyday!

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Empress Austen