Sunday, November 30, 2008

Seen on the way to the office Chlamydosaurus kingii

Meant to blog this before. I nearly ran over this Frill-necked Lizard, also known as the Frilled Dragon, (Chlamydosaurus kingii) a few weeks ago and snapped a shot when it scaled a tree.
Frilly I saw on the way to RDH at Tiwi

Saturday, November 29, 2008

ALIA Top End Xmas Dinner was held at Hanuman

The ALIA Top End Xmas Dinner was held at Hanuman,one of Darwin's best know restaurants last night. Jayshree and I thanked the group for a great year and certificates were awarded to graduates from the CDU Information Studies programs as well as Silver Pins for 5 years service to ALIA. We also had door prizes etc.
Fish at banquet
Warren, Stephen and Peter
Jessie and Jayshree
Julie and Ruby

Moyra and Frieda
Margaret and Robyn
Ruby and Mary-Anne
Jessie and Kaye
Emma gets 2nd prize
Peter and Jayshree

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dot painting

Interesting story to tell. In the Todd Street Mall on Friday I bought a dot painting from Willowra Community artist , Patsy Ross. Within 5 minutes it fell out of my laptop shoulder bag. On my return from Uluru, next morning on Sunday I checked with the Alice Springs Police Station and I was very lucky, somebody had handed it in!!
Thanks Alice Springs anonymous person for handing it in!!
Patsy Ross  dot painting from Willowra Community Image Copyright © The artist Patsy Ross


From the coach
Uluru Rock art
Looking at the climb
Almost too much to take in. It so big and the Dreaming stories are quite interesting. So much to see and do and take in.
Our tour guides Scott and Tic were great, this is the long and short of it!!
Scott and Tic from Emu Run Tours
Scott Emu Run Tour guide at Uluru
Scott explains indigenous symbols
I was lucky to get some reasonable shots of a Black-Headed Monitor(Varanus tristis tristis)
Blackheaded monitor
and also some Rainbow Bee-Eaters (Merops ornatus)
Rainbow Bee-eater, Merops ornatus
Rainbow Bee-eater, Merops ornatus
Stephen at Uluru
I chatted to this couple from Echuca, Ken and Margaret Walter.
Ken and Margaret Walter from Echuca
Dinner at Uluru
The sunset viewing was packed with coach tours and the dinner was a hearty BBQ although strictly not meant to be on my diet these days.
The Boys
I tried to get some sleep on my way back but no luck.

Trip to Kata Tjuta and Uluru with Emu Run Tours

Emu Run Logo
Picked up at 6am then breakfast on the bus,lunch on the bus, dinner at Uluru.
An eighteen hour day, over 330 photographs,but a good trip with Emu Run Tours,who I can recommend!
Emu Run Coach trip to Uluru
Honey pot ants Mt Ebenezer Road House
First stop was the Mt Ebenezer Road House and a view of Mt Conner (taller than Uluru)
Stopping to look at Mt Conner
Then it was a walk into Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
 Kata Tjuta The Olgas
The Olgas

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

#3 Trip to Alice this year

Not coming to Alice again!!
I am working at the Alice Springs Hospital again and it seems I bring extreme weather. As I write we have been warned about a major thunderstorm about to hit and I can hear it now.
Leaving the airport it was easy to see a changed landscape from my two previous trips this year, as there was already much flooding
The flight was delayed by half an hour because of weather. It then took an hour to get to motel from airport because roads were flooded and got there via Power Station.
Todd River rafters
I took lots of photo's and met 4 lovely speech pathologists up a gum tree (true!!)
Sarah ,(one of the speechies) offered to get me to work on tomorrow (roads still flooded).
The road to work!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Parap Market

Perhaps the heat and humidity was too much for this little one, fast asleep on Mum's massage mattress
Sleeping babe at Parap Market
Parap Market
Parap Market
Parap Market
Piscatorial choices at Parap Market
Helliconiums always so colourful..
Parap Market
Always worth snapping a shot , the Beehive Gingers (Zingiber spectabile)are stunning to look at.
Parap Market
Artist at Parap Market
Parap Market
I saw library colleague, Tita and her partner there.
Tita Allom at Parap Market