Archive for April, 2011

Photo of the day: Kangaroos fighting in Carnarvon

I was at Carnarvon Gorge over Easter when we came across three male kangaroos having a boxing match. Here’s one of my favourite photos of the moment.

Kangaroos fighting, Carnarvon Gorge. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

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Photo gallery: Anzac Day 2011, Dalby

Anzac Day for me this year was spent in Dalby, about 200km west of Brisbane. We were heading back to the city after Easter out in the bush (more in coming posts) and Dalby seemed a good spot to stop for the commemorations.

Dalby is just a regional town, so imagine my surprise therefore when I came across Premier Anna Bligh and Major General Michael Slater (heading up the Queensland recovery effort) at the event too.

I always find Anzac Day both incredibly meaningful and perhaps the most important day for us as Australians and free people. And the Dalby RSL really made that happen for me this year. They had organised a parade, a service and a generous luncheon afterwards for everyone, not just the vets and their families.
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Great gorge photos from around Australia

I’m heading out to Carnarvon Gorge in a few days – a remote, beautiful spot in outback Queensland – and I’m looking forward to getting into the bush, camping, hiking and some great photo opportunities.

I was reviewing some images I have of other gorges in Queensland to get me in the mode and thought I’d post a few here. Unfortunately the small image of Lawn Hill National Park is probably one of the best but I can’t for the life of me find a larger version and don’t have time to rescan the old E6 file (yes it’s a few years old!)

The colours in the rock, the contrast of the white gums and the incredible natural beauty of these landscapes is quite awe inspiring – can’t wait to get to Carnarvon.

Near Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), Western Australia.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.

` Dorothea Mackellar


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Photo gallery: The road to recovery – Yogyakarta earthquake

This is the final photography essay in this three-part series highlighting submissions I made to Panos Pictures recently.

You can see the others here:
Tradition, struggle and hope in the lead-up to the elections in Myanmar
The Garwhali brides

On May 27 2006 a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck villages near Yogyakarta, Indonesia at 5:54 am on a Saturday morning.

Destruction after the earthquake.

The quake left a heavy toll on the Javan heartland – 5782 deaths, 36 299 injured, 135 000 houses damaged, 1.5 million homeless.
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Photo gallery: Tradition, struggle and hope in the lead-up to the elections in Myanmar

This is the second in a three-part series of photographic essays, a submission I made to Panos Pictures a few weeks ago. For those that have been waiting for this second post, my apologies, I’ve had a busy week.

The first of the posts detailed some of the issues Garwhali women face in the rugged Himalayan region of India. This essay below is about the lead up to the Myanmar elections. The final essay, to be posted next, is about villages that went through an earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Myanmar epitomises much of the Asia of old and appears almost locked into an era you only dream about now in much of Asia.

Temples of Bagan, Myanmar.

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