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From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
Good morning everyone,
This is a submission from Dec 20, so a while back, before all the ghastly, horrible fires. The life that’s been extinguished in Australia provokes in me such a profound well of sadness and horror. And dread – dread for things worse to come, and soon.
All we can do is make today and tomorrow better, we cannot do a thing about yesterday, and so there is hope, action, progress, setback, and adaptation in our eternally-renewing daily tomorrows. We cannot lose ourselves to grief for what we’ve lost, me must harness that since we can not afford to lose more ecosystems and species, anywhere, of any type. Life is limited, glorious, and its diversity worth preserving.
We have no choice but to keep on, but maybe we can all find some ways to be better on energy – paying the premium for renewable energy, going solar where appropriate, using hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and BEV vehicles. Moving our investments out of the oil and coal industries and into solar, wind, tidal, and other renewables.
And changing our purchasing behavior: buying water from other continents is bad, as is buying firewood, and so many other basic resources that are pissed or burned away in a jiffy and so are not worth spending so much energy moving so far, even if someone can make a profit doing it by externalizing and diluting the apparent costs and effects over time and area. These are two minor examples of the market providing cheap products that make no sense if you step back and take another look. Since we are in a consumer-driven economy, the consumer has power. Use it!
Have a great day and weekend, we’ll recommence Monday, same bat-time, same bat-channel.
Living in Melbourne, a trip to Tasmania is not too taxing but we’ve always flown in the past and hired a car while there.
This time, we decided to take our own car on the ferry, the Spirit of Tasmania, so that we could stock up with the island’s famous food and drink for the Christmas holidays.
After a night in the delightfully named Penguin, a drive along the North-West coast of Tasmania, this is a view of the small town of Boat Harbour.
The second night, we stayed in Stanley, overlooked by the remains of a volcanic plug called ‘The Nut’. Stanley has its own small rookery of little penguins and they’ve built a boardwalk and some lighting so that you can see the penguins come ashore. One of life’s great experiences.
Strahan is a small town on the West Coast of Tasmania and sits in the Roaring Forties. It’s reputed to have the freshest air in the world as the last land it will have touched is in Argentina.
Strahan sits on Macquarie Harbour, six times the size of Sydney Harbor. We spent the day on the Gordon River Cruise which takes you around the harbour out to the ocean entrance (known as Hell’s Gates) and down the harbour to the Gordon River, entrance to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The whole South-West corner of Tasmania is wilderness with no roads in or out.
The Gordon River is one of the great rivers of Australia. It became famous in the 1980’s when plans for a massive hydro-electric dam on the river led to massive protests against the destruction of one of the world’s last great wildernesses.
The reflections are brown in colour due to the tannin in the water which tints it brown.
Included in the cruise was a stop at Sarah Island, one of the most brutal convict settlements of the period. Guides on the island tell the story in a really engaging and entertaining way.
We spent a couple of nights in Hobart to give us a chance to visit Bruny Island. The island sits at the Southern end of Tasmania and it’s the most Southerly point I’ve ever been. A great place to stock up with cheese, beer and wine at Australia’s most Southerly winery.
There’s a Quarantine Station on the island where Germans were interned during WW1 and returning soldiers were quarantined on return from Europe during the Spanish Flu pandemic. Pictured is one of the resident echidnas.
The island is basically two main pieces of land joined together by a neck of land, very originally called ‘The Neck’. The Neck has it’s own rookery of little penguins.
This is the view the Southernmost point of the island at the lighthouse. The land is rugged and next stop to the South is Antarctica.