Sunday, June 29, 2008

Trevor Jenkins, a Darwin and Top End identity

This photo is from David Forsyth's photo stream. The subject is one of the Top Ends identity's, Trevor Jenkins. Also know as the Rubbish Warrior see this article or even listen to an interview with the Darwin City Council CEO talking about him
Trev or his handiwork can be seen all around Darwin and I believe Palmerston. He walks the main road footpaths gathering small piles of litter and generally tidies. It's my understanding that local council outdoor workers then pick up the rubbish. I saw him this morning in fact.
He won a NT Pride of Australia Award in October last year:
"Rubbish Warrior Trevor Jenkins, who won the Environment Medal for his efforts in cleaning up roadsides around Darwin, said everyone can contribute.
"I feel very honoured but it's something we can all do," he said.
"I see heroes every day." See that story here.
Trevor Jenkins also known as the "Rubbish Warrior"

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Wedding Day Saturday Tropical setting

An acquaintance from Charles Darwin University and also from the Darwin Sailing Club, Dan Baschiera asked me to snap a few shots at his wedding to Dr.Annie Whybourne. They looked a lovely couple as they married on the Dripstone Cliffs in front of a fairly large gathering of friends and family.
Annie and Dan's wedding
Annie and Dan's wedding
Annie and Dan's wedding
Annie and Dan's wedding
Annie and Dan's wedding
Annie and Dan's wedding
Annie and Dan's wedding
Annie and Dan's wedding

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday at Mindil Beach and Fannie Bay

It's Sunday so it was off to Mindil Beach Market with Hugh.
I enjoyed a barramundi burger and a fresh fruit juice for tea and then listened to these buskers.
Buskers Mindil Beach Market
On the way homewards on my scooter I just had to get off my scooter to capture this tropical sunset at Fannie Bay.
Sunset Fannie Bay Darwin
Sunset Fannie Bay Darwin

Saturday, June 14, 2008

RAAF Base Darwin Open Day

After a couple of weeks of Darwin residents constantly hearing the deep throated sounds of fighter jets buzzing around the sky above us, it was:
Saturday 14th June 2008
10am – 2pm
RAAF Base Darwin hosted a Base Open Day to showcase the personnel and aircraft involved in Exercise Pitch Black 08 , the Air Force’s largest and most complex Air Exercise.
It was a long walk in through the side gates (appropriately perhaps opposite Bombing Road).
The long hot walk
The walk
The alternative was bumper to bumper driving!!
RAAF Darwin Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Noel Hinschen,is quoted as saying
opening up the Base gave the public a terrific opportunity to get a close look at the aircraft taking part in PB08 and a chance to talk with Australian and international ground crews and aircrews.

“It was also an opportunity for the Base to say a big thank you to the local community for their ongoing support,” Wing Commander Hinschen said.
NATO Early Warning aircraft
Royal Thai Airforce
Royal Thai Airforce
Displays included static aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, the United States Marine Corp, NATO, and the French Air Force, plus hourly displays from the RAAF Military Working Dog Team.
High view
The elderly strike reconnaissance aircraft,F111 was introduced to the RAAF in June 1973,
but its still doing good service
FII1.. still a great aircraft
There were great crowds there, with families willing to queue to get a closer look
Families enjoying the day
I had a great time snapping away at this event, chatted to a couple of pilots, one was 25 year old Peter "Topper" Tippner from the RAAF, who flies the F18 Hornet. (Costing $35,000,000 each!!)(See this article"A FLYING CAREER BEYOND MACH 1 giving his history!!)
Peter "Topper" Tipper F/A 18 Hornet pilot
and Major Tyson from Republic of Singapore Air Force also spoke with Major "Tyson" from the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
RAAF FA 18 Hornet pilot
United States Marine Corp pilots
Royal Thai Airforce pilot has a chat
French NATO crew from airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft.
French pilot from NATO
United States Marine Corp fighter
Royal Thai Air Force pilot
For further information on Exercise Pitch Black 2008 visit the Exercise Pitch Black website at:

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sunset at Mindil Beach Market

As usual the Mindil Beach Market was packed as was the beach and sandhills with people watching the sunset
Mindil Beach Sunset
Mindil Beach Sunset
Mindil Beach Sunset

emDEE was very entertaining as usual:
MD Mindil Beach

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Great wall of Howard Springs

Jessie and Rod invited a number of friends and work mates to their lovely house to celebrate the dry stone wall that Jessie had built.
Great wall of Howard Springs
Rod and Stephen
Enjoying a good Dead Arm Shiraz
Grant entertains..
The girls
The tin lids
The wall is officially opened

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Little Green Tree Frog

Hugh found this little Green Tree Frog in the bathroom, so he carried it outside where I took some closeups on his car window.
Green Tree Frog
Green Tree Frog
Green Tree Frog

Green Tree Frog

A night out on the town...@Glenti 2008 Darwin

When Hugh got home from the Territory Wildlife Park, we rode our scooters to Glenti, the very BIG Greek festival at Bicentennial Park, Esplanade, Darwin.
It was very, very busy and I reckon all of Darwin was there or so it seems. I caught up with Rod, then Jayshree and Peter. We also met Emma from William Forster Chambers
Emma and Jayshree
The food was very good and the so was the dancing. Riding our scooters was also great fun..