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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Roosting owls
By tealebritstra ·  · From Pic of the Week
I had a really lucky day with spotting roosting owls today! There was a pair of Barking Owls (Ninox connivens), and three separate Southern Boobook Owls (Ninox boobook) including this one.  Unfortunately, this individual had chosen a rather open spot to rest, and was being harassed by several medium-sized birds. The poor thing almost looks like it's asking me for help getting rid of them 😉 On the bright side, the other birds did eventually leave it be, hopefully allowing it to get some rest.                                     Published 16 May 2017.  Glen Eden QLD 4680

Loch Ard Gorge
By james_terry70 ·  · From Pic of the Week
Loch Ard Gorge is a stunning and beautiful spot on the great ocean road, but it is one of the most dramatic scenes for the lose of life in the 1800's as the gallions hit rocks along the ship wreck coast, with passengers scrambling to the beach for survival.               Published 17 May 2017.  Port Campbell VIC 3269

Beauty and the beach
By 5Cees_Photography ·  · From Pic of the Week
                                Published 17 May 2017.  Bondi Beach NSW 2026

                    Lunching on the Yamba headland
By Di Lymbury ·  · From Pic of the Week
This white-faced heron was preying on small lizards for its meal at the headland overlooking Main Beach, Yamba.  There were three there, and they seemed to be getting lots of catches.     Published 16 May 2017.  Yamba NSW 2464

Afternoon stroll
By danielkrige ·  · From Pic of the Week
                                          Published 16 May 2017.  Surry Hills NSW 2010

Home Sweet Home
By georgie_mann_photos ·  · From Pic of the Week
Enjoying a little social media hiatus lately, but couldn't resist this one for WHP home sweet home project ❤️         Published 17 May 2017.  Dunkeld VIC 3294


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

The Opera House Cave in Namadgi
By gkennedy_landscape ·  · From Pic of the Week
Trying to find it in the dark was almost a bad decision, but in the end it definitely wasn't.  Published 15 May 2017.  ACT

The fading light on Uluru
By honeycut ·  · From Pic of the Week
Published 15 May 2017.  Petermann NT 0872

When the morning glow hit the foreshore
By steve_outandabout ·  · From Pic of the Week
                                            Published 15 May 2017.  Canberra ACT 2601

                               Living the high life
By Fiona Gray ·  · From My Back Roads
When we get a bit of time away from work, we do like a "staycation".
Exploring our local area and checking out the places we don't get time to over a standard weekend is our idea of a holiday, plus we get to take the dogs with us.  Often, though, we will spend a day or two out Tabulam way where you can hear the wind in the trees, look for tiny native flowers & explore the pre-historic landscape.
Staying on a property nearly a thousand feet above sea level, the views seem to go on forever.  On a clear night, we are craning our necks looking skyward and trying to identify the stars and planets as the campfire throws sparks up, seemingly putting on its own display in response.  A two hour drive is more than worth the effort and sure beats any holiday that requires a passport. 
Explore your own backyard first, there's plenty to see and experience that will never be listed in a travel agency.                       Published 14 May 2017.  Tabulam NSW 2469

City to sea
By Twofoldbay ·  · From Invisible Farmer
From the bright lights of the city to the quiet dark waters of Twofold Bay, my wife made the transition so smoothly you would swear she was a local.  Her first day out on my father's boat Marauder saw her fall in a bag of salmon - screaming they were going to eat her.   From there, I took her tuna fishing to South Australia - so seasick we had to put her ashore at Port Lincoln to recuperate - or as she put it - "FATTEN UP". 
Back she came, chumming and cooking, and keeping me company.  She did a couple of years on the Beach Seine MAC in Sydney trying to bash some sense into the NSW managers; and gave up before it made her mad/or caused irreparable damage to someones head.   
Trawling around Eden, Hobart, a trip or two Orange roughy fishing from Hobart to St Helens in 1992; then after we sold Osprey, we bought Roamer and she came full time with me beach seining for salmon. With our deckhand, she christened us two and a half men.  
Nothing to throw her over the side with an anchor to wade ashore when we were shooting in salmon or mullet. Many phones were drowned. 
We now own the Marauder (after my father's boat); she now owns an oven which I ensured was put on board, for her delcious scones, she still gets chucked over the side but its all good.          Published 16 May 2017.  Eden NSW 2551

Back in my own backyard
By clairebearagram ·  · From Pic of the Week
Published 16 May 2017.  Ben Lomond TAS 7212

Friday, September 15, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Amazing colours
By away_we_go1 ·  · From Pic of the Week
Amazing colours, Adelaide Hills 
Published 11 May 2017.  Adelaide SA 5000

Some of the historical buildings in Morpeth
By tendollartownmotel ·  · From Pic of the Week
A gorgeous town to spend some time.    Published 11 May 2017.  Morpeth NSW 2321

A little snap taken on my way to a meeting
By genwindley ·  · From Pic of the Week
A little iPhone snap taken on my way to a meeting this evening. The neighbour's dairy cows relaxing post afternoon milking; Ed (still) planting carrots on the other side of the road. Ahhh, life in the country. 😊
#scenicrim #eatlocalscenicrim #farmlife #countrylife #scenicrim #eatlocal #igers_scenicrim #fmspad #thankafarmerforyournextmeal #farmerswife #thankafarmer #legendairy #brisbanefood #brisbaneanyday #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #abcmyphoto #ig_australia #passionpassport #country_features #renegade_rural                           
Published 11 May 2017.  Cannon Creek QLD 4310

Any guess where I am?
By apall93 ·  · From Pic of the Week
When your plans get squashed and you're left exploring the urban life. Any guess where I am?              Published 15 May 2017.  Waterloo NSW 2017

Mr Moody
By Ian Donato ·  · From Pic of the Week
The giant cuttlefish is capable a multitude of mood (and shape) shifts in a very short space of time. It must come with the territory; with the instinctive knowledge they only have two years to accomplish all they're meant to accomplish.                                          Published 15 May 2017.  Manly NSW 2095

Lumholtz's Tree-Kangaroo are the smallest tree-Kangaroo
By faunagraphic_ ·  · From Pic of the Week
Lumholtz's Tree-Kangaroo are the smallest tree-Kangaroo in the world and are found in the Atherton Tablelands.       Published 11 May 2017.  Gunnawarra QLD 4872

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Wild yellow-footed rock wallabies
By missybaxta ·  · From Pic of the Week
Today was the first time I'd set eyes on some wild yellow-footed rock wallabies. Was incredible to see them hopping over their steep rocky terrain with ease.                        Published 12 May 2017.  Yarrah SA 5433

Outback Gallery
By deborahhunter72 ·  · From Pic of the Week
Finally got out to Sheep Hills to photograph part of the Victorian silo art trail. Truly spectacular art by Melbourne artist Matt Adnate transforms these old silos into standing galleries...   "The most beautiful things can form in the most unexpected places"      Published 11 May 2017.  Wartook VIC 3401

The clouds!
By lifecatchme ·  · From Pic of the Week
Down below there, under the clouds, is the city of Hobart.  After a 'heads up' that the mountain peak was in sunshine above the clouds I headed up there with my tourist friends. As many 'wows' as I was thinking, they were saying! At one stage, they said they felt as if they were 'flying' and experiencing this today was the highlight of their trip to Hobart.                                          Published 11 May 2017.  Wellington Park TAS 7054

Picking up spilt cotton
                                             By dust_n_diesel ·  · From Pic of the Week                                               Published 11 May 2017.  Wee Waa NSW 2388

Umperston Sinkhole, Mt Gambier
By thirtyseven140 ·  · From Pic of the Week
Umperston Sinkhole, Mt Gambier. Nikon D7100. 21 shot stitch, ISO 100, 10s f2.8, 11mm                                      Published 12 May 2017.  Mount Gambier SA 5290

Good morning Thursday
By katypotaty77 ·  · From Pic of the Week
This morning Hobart Waterfront had the goods     Published 11 May 2017.  Hobart TAS 7000

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

An immigrant in Sydney
By RobynC ·  · From Pic of the Week
The Strelitzia indigenous to South Africa under the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge   Published 10 May 2017.  Kirribilli NSW 2061

Siblings in the sun.
By Patricia iley ·  · From Pic of the Week
                       Young wrens basking in the early morning sun.                                  Published 10 May 2017.  Bunbury WA 6230

Born Wild, Stay Free
By Judy Goggin ·  · From Pic of the Week
The draft Wild Horse Management plan for Kosciusko National Park aims to reduce the current number of wild horses in the national park area from 6,000 to approximately 3,000 in the next five to 10 years. It then proposes to cut that figure to only 600 over the next 20 years. These numbers are contested!  This image shows the beauty of these horses. People come from far and wide just to sit and watch in awe.   This photograph was shot at Long Plain near Kiandra and Tantangara Dam.                   Published 10 May 2017.  Long Plain NSW 2629

 Farmer's daughter, farmer's wife, farmer and midwife
By Beck Hart ·  2 min read · From Invisible Farmer
Hannah Jane Lynch began life as a farmer’s daughter in 1831 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.  She worked in the linen trade, as an overseer in a flax mill in Lurgan Town.  She became a farmer’s wife when she married George Byrns in 1853.  
Hannah learnt midwifery and nursing skills in her three-months at sea, working as a volunteer in the ship hospital. They arrived in Geelong, Victoria, in August 1854, and their first child was born in September.  George was disposed to a local farm for six months, where Hannah worked as a domestic.  
By 1858 the family had settled in Melton, where they rented a small dairy farm and built a wattle and daub hut.   George was killed accidentally in April 1860.  It can only be imagined how Hannah must have felt, widowed with three very small children and another shortly on the way.  She managed her potentially dire circumstances very well. 
She was now head of her household, and continued with dairy farming and midwifery.  Although it is unclear how much income she generated through either role, every month she walked 30 kilometres to pay the rent, babies in tow, and back again.  She purchased land in Melton, in her own name, in January 1863 - a remarkable achievement!
Hannah again became a farmer’s wife when she married former convict William Watts in November 1863.  By 1866 they had added two children to the family.  They took up land in Toolern Vale, built a stone and mud house, and farmed.  
On ‘selection’ in 1871, they cleared 35 acres, built a weatherboard home ‘Rosebank’, built a stockyard, dug dam, made a garden with paling fence, erected 175 chain of fence (around 3520 metres), and milked cows.
William died suddenly in August 1874.  Hannah was left with 15 cows, 14 yearling cattle, household furniture, a horse and a dray.  Her ability and willingness to control the family affairs is evident.  She skilfully administered William’s estate, settling three incomplete land grants.   She then obtained three further Crown grants in her own name and purchased more land in Melton, a total of nine allotments.
All the while she continued dairy farming at Rosebank, and continued to practice midwifery.   Ultimately, midwifery became a more viable income than small scale dairy farming. 
The rate books show a change of profession when the ‘dairywoman’ officially became the ‘midwife’ in 1887.   Hannah came off the farm and she moved to her land in Melton.  She built a home and private hospital, Lynch Cottage, where ‘Grannie Watts’ delivered over 400 babies between 1886-1921.
Hannah died on October 21, 1921, age 89, and is buried in Melton Cemetery with George and William.  
She was mourned throughout the district, and is still remembered in her community, with 'Hannah Watts Park' named in her honour.   She lived a remarkable life for a twice widowed, illiterate, Irish immigrant woman; a journey from farmer’s daughter to farmer’s wife to farmer, landowner, and beloved local midwife.
Published 10 May 2017.  Melton VIC 3337

Great fun crossing Manning River in this tinny!
By australiansecrets ·  · From Pic of the Week
You need to get to the other side one way or another to start the walk to Manning Falls/Gorge. You'll always see a few people who decide to wade across with backpacks resting on their heads. One unsure step and oops! They slip into the river and everything is wet! The river is deeper than it looks.  Published 10 May 2017.  Lake Carnegie WA 6646

Bells Gorge
By australiansecrets ·  · From Pic of the Week
We spent about two hours at Bells Gorge one afternoon enjoying superb wild swimming. And guess what? The whole time we were there some guy stood on the middle tier of the Falls psyching himself to jump!! You can see the tiny figure on the right. Poor guy   Published 09 May 2017.  King Leopold Ranges WA 6728