We’ve been to Australia three times now, twice to Melbourne, and once to Sydney and Tasmania. It’s been an exotic place ever since Bugs Bunny first introduced me to it, and when the chance came, we decided to spend some time driving around the island. On one overcast and rainy day, we drove down to Cape Tourville to see the bay – what you can’t tell is that I’m underneath an umbrella, desperately trying to get the pano shot before more raindrops fall on the lens. And what you really can’t tell is my wife in the car, laughing at me, because she’s dry and warm!
When we were in Tasmania, we took a photo cruise down into the great southern ocean. The scenery was spectacular (I’ll share those another time), and there was tons of wildlife. On an island off the south tip there was a huge colony of sea lions basking on the rocks. Somehow this one had climbed, jumped, flown? about 20 feet up the side of a near-cliff. So this must be the very rare Great Southern Flying Sea Lion.
Tasmania is one of those places we all hear about (usually from Bugs Bunny and friends), but never think we’ll actually visit. We decided to change that a few years ago, and spent a vacation down under, down under as one local put it. The Tasmanian Devil population is being hurt badly by a cancer that’s spread by contact, so populations have been isolated and a large number (like this one) are in nature preserves as researchers work to solve the disease.