Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Selections #340

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  You may start to detect a pattern.  Today I will feature some photos (with more to come later) from a day-trip we took last week.   We finally did get back to Tidbinbilla - and had a glorious day.  A long day, a tiring day, but an excellent day.


One of the many things about Tidbinbilla that I really like is that while Nature's artwork is on display, human artwork (with a strong nod to our indigenous people) is also featured.

Starting at the entrance to the visitor's centre.


The artwork (natural or otherwise) was everywhere.




The acoustics (and view) from the Ribbon Gum theatre were amazing.
















We also saw some marvellous birds and animals (some of which were MUCH too fast for my camera).  So another post about this wonderful place next week some time.

Later this  morning we are heading out again.  To a kite festival in a town just across the state border from us.  Himself has been complaining bitterly that we never go anywhere.  I think it is time for him to back down.. 

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  1. The lizard tree carving is AMAZING!

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    1. Sandi: We were very impressed by the goanna too.

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  2. I like the lizard carving as well.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: It was close to life size as well. I have seen some huge goannas in my time.

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    2. That one was my favorite!!

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    3. fishducky: It was beautifully done wasn't it?

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  3. Another beautiful place.
    Sooner or later Himself will say: let's slow down for a while. : )))

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    1. Caterina: Perhaps. I feel a bit ungrateful being so tired because we have been to some lovely places.

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  4. amazing photos of nature. greeting from Poland

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    1. Gosia k: Thank you so much. I suspect you will like the next post from Tidbinbilla too.

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  5. Himself should be happy now with your many day trips.

    Cool carvings

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I suspect he feels a positive precedent has been set. Some of the carvings (and there are more to come) were lovely.

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  6. I really like the metal cutouts. The goanna on the stump is pretty good too.

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    1. Andrew: I liked both of those things too. Rather a lot.

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  7. Fantastic photos EC, I love them. I am with standing painting on a tree, beautiful.

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    1. Bob Bushell: You wait until you see the pelican in my next post...

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    2. Bob Bushell: I hope you won't be disappointed.

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  8. Yesterday I was thinking of you when I was watching a documentary on Australia's Tasmania Devil. What a nasty creature. So volatile! And yet somehow loveable. 😂

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    1. Birdie: The Tasmanian Devils are in trouble at the moment. And not really nasty. Hungry. I have to ask was it their nastiness or their volatility which made you think of me? (Sorry I couldn't resist).

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    2. Just because you live in Australia, silly!

      The documentary was about them being on their way to extinction. Some sort of transmittible disease passed on through biting each other. And they do like to bite apparently. A lot.

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    3. Birdie: It is a really, really nasty disease and gives them tumours. In 2012 they moved some (who were free of it) to Maria Island. I hope they breed and don't become extinct.

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  9. Bit of a one-armed paper-hanger just now, so I'll come back later for a wallow. Love the artworks!

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    1. dinahmow: We loved the artworks too. A really clever addition to an already beautiful place.

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  10. Surprises around every corner by the looks of it.

    I hope you enjoy your Sunday, EC...and the coming week. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Surprises and treats galore. We are heading out before long - and Jazz will NOT be happy. I suggest you delay cuddling him until he regains his equilibrium.

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  11. Tidbinbilla seems like a magical place. Thank you for the introduction and look-around.

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    1. Martin Kloess: It is. It was severely damaged in a firestorm in 2003. Hundreds of animals were killed and natural habitat destroyed. Tidbinbilla has come back from the ashes.

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  12. I may not be commentating but a, still here...still reading x

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    1. John Gray: Thank you. You have some many blogs claiming your attention I am pleased to hear it.

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    2. Hark at Mottie in his sheepskin coat.

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  13. Some great photographs that wouldn't look out of place at the Hinckley and district photographic society. Because you're Australian we might have to take that into consideration (50p gets you a cup of tea and a biscuit).

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    1. Treey Stynes: 50p for a cup of tea and a biscuit sounds cheap to me. Shame that the airfare would make it prohibitive.

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  14. Sigh... You have so much beauty going on around you! I love looking at that place. The landscape, the artwork, the theater - all of it. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: This is one of the places we don't get to often enough. Not nearly often enough.

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  15. This is all so wonderful. Hard to adsorb. My BFF and her husband visited Australia a few years ago, "before she got too old!" Her description simply was incredible beyond words.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Thank you. I am so grateful that the blogosphere has made the world a much smaller place. I get to marvel at things I would never see without it.

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  16. Canberra does art so well I think. Great photos. Enjoy the kite festival today.

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    1. CountryMum: Canberra does do art well - for which we have a previous Chief Minister to thank. The kite festival was like the parson's egg - 'good in parts'. Glad we went though.

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  17. I think Himself needs to rethink his position! From here, it seems as if you are always off to visit the most interesting and photogenic places. I love all of the Australiana, and the words on the wall plaque certainly struck home for me, because they could apply just as strongly to this little country. "Magical" is clearly the right word for Tidbinbilla.

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    1. Alexia: I loved those words - and some others I captured elsewhere and will probably include in the next post. I thought how very true - and it hasn't got better in the years since he wrote them.
      I think himself is hankering for exotic climes again - and will probably go towards the end of the year.

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  18. What a glorious place you visited! The art of man and nature there is exceptional. I would love that place to, EC.

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    1. Marie Smith: And when you add in kangaroos and birds and platypus and koalas it is complete bliss...

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  19. Love ALL of the art. My dad was a super talented woodcarver, so of course I love the lizard carving. I also love lizards in general.

    Love your adventures. (I've used the love word too much.) Sorry.

    T.

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    1. T. Powell Coltrin: There can never be too much love. Thank you.

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  20. Beauty everywhere ... the painted panels in the theatre are wonderful and the theatre itself is peaceful looking. Lovely wooden carvings and metalwork, and trees, rocks and water. A balm for the mind and heart. Thank you for taking and sharing lots of pictures.

    You have every right to be tired. You've been on the go a lot lately. Better now than in the upcoming summer, though. That's usually my thinking, anyway :)

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    1. jenny_o: I have done both Tidbinbilla and the Japanese Gardens in summer - and they nearly did for me. You are so very right.

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  21. Tidbinbilla is a hard word to pronounce but looks lovely to visit. I like that sign. We must all protect the beauty of nature that we have been given.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Tidbinbilla is pronounced as it looks. And that sign struck home for me too.

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  22. I like the effort to include natural and human-made artwork (e.g., the butterflies).

    I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I loved the juxtapostion of natural and manmade art. So very much. Our weekend is nearly done - but it was goood albeit tiring. I hope yours is wonderful.

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  23. OH! I LOVE the lizard log and the bunny rock! and of course the tiny waterfall leading into a pond. Water has always been my favourite thing. It looks like a fabulous place to spend a day.

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    1. River: Something we share. I love water, moving or still and if ever I become filthy rich I will live by the water. Tidbinbilla has marvels enough for many days. Many, many days.

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  24. Hi EC - Tidbinbilla - wonderful name and obviously a great nature reserve ... lots going on there for the kids to learn from and to see. Gorgeous art work ... - love the cut-out ones: there must be a better name for them! Stunning scenery too ... one could just sit and be - listening to the earthly life around one and the water tinkling along nearby ... David Lindemayer's quote is so appropriate and set in a pertinent place for all to read and understand ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: It is a lovely place - for all ages. A lot of it is wheelchair accessible and there are also challenging walks for those who are so inclined. There are a lot of quotes featured and I will show some more next post.

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  25. well worth the visit... do so while you can and keep sharing your great pics

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    1. Anna: Thank you. It really is a lovely place to visit. Some day I will stay there overnight.

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  26. you've been busy visiting wonderful places - and we blog followers reap the rewards! I agree - I love the human art too, and the way it complements the 'natural' art. It's one of the most photogenic places I know. . Animals and birds don't usually wait for me to take photos either. Looking forward to the next instalment ...

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    1. catmint: Some of the birds and animals did deign to stay around to have their photos taken, and everywhere I turned there was more art to revel in. It is such a sympathetically developed area...

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  27. Gosh, I am so pleased to be back here among the serenity of your photos and the artwork! Paradise, indeed.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you so much. I often (very often) turn to nature's beauty for serenity and I am very glad to hear I convey that feeling.

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  28. To me, who lives on the opposite side of the Globe, all of Australia seems like natural artwork. All of the pictures are amazing =)

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    1. CrimsonAnna: Thank you too. I do love a lot (but not all) of my country - but yours offers marvels too.

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  29. Dear EC
    A lovely place where the artworks really complement the natural beauty. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Judging from your blog, you seem to get out and about quite a lot when your health allows - and always to such fascinating places.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I think we get out quite often. My partner doesn't agree. The truth probably rests in the middle. I am however very glad to hear that you enjoy the places I share.

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  30. I enjoy your blog and the photos are beautiful. I have joined the Sunday Selections and hope I have linked it correctly, please let me know as I would appreciate your comments on my blog.

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    1. Rosemary B: Welcome and thank you. I have indeed visited your Sunday Selections - and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  31. Wonderful photos. Thanks for taking me along on your Sunday walk. Love the lizard tree carving.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: The carving of the goanna is brilliant isn't it? We loved it.

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  32. Hi! I have often seen your comments on Lon's blog and have wanted to visit your blog... I have finally made it here!
    I love Australia! I am facinated by its people and wildlife! These photos are fantastic! I don't travel. I am an armchair traveler and I look forward to seeing more of Australia here on your blog.
    I am happy to be a follower 💮

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    1. Tshanks for your comments, it's great to know that you are visiting my blog and I hope I can keep providing you with interesting photos. We travel mostly in Australia and are planning another trip in a few months' time. Thanks again for following me.

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    2. Jan: Welcome and thank you. I am an armchair traveller too. My partner is MUCH more adventurous.

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  33. Beautiful photos, E.C. Can't wait to see photos from the kite festival.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. Photos from the kite festival 'Flying High' next Sunday I think. More from Tidbinbilla first.

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  34. Wow, that looks like QUITE the experience! Looks like the sort of place that should be experienced multiple times. As always, I love your photos.

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    1. Carolyn McBride: You are right - it is somewhere which repays repeated visits. You will always see something different. And things to marvel at.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: You could hike for a day, you could hike for an hour. I suspect you would be in your element.

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  36. I've heard about Tidbinbilla from my cousin who lives in Mawson. Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit while I was there, perhaps next time, but I have no idea when that might be! I really like the artwork throughout the site. Love the stream trickling between the big boulders.

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    1. Shammickite: Mawson is quite close to us. I hope you can get to Tidbinbilla in the fullness of time.

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  37. Yes, he needs to understand you too! You are making a valorous effort to keep up :) I love your wonderful shots here, Sis

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. He does understand - but the dread disease impacts on his life as well. Which I resent.

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  38. You do love in such a beautiful part of the world. I'm glad he's making you take pictures, I love them all! :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank you. He is insisting on the outings - and we both take photos. Me probably more than he does (in Australia anyway).

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  39. What an awesome place to visit. I love the mix of natural art and man-made art. I especially like the art that has cut outs in it and you can see nature in the art (not sure what this style or type of art is called). It brings the natural art and man-made art together. Thanks for sharing. :) ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. I am sure there is a name for this sort of art - but like you I don't know what it is called. Inclusive art?

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  40. I think himself isn't quite correct, you seem to always be going somewhere, love the photos and the butterflies on that wall what a nice touch.

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    1. Linda Starr: The moths (Bogong moths) on the wall are yet another nod to the indigenous people of the area. They were a food source - and each year they overrun our Parliament House - which makes me smile.

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  41. I want that lizard statue. He's so well carved I thought he was real initially. I would put him on my balcony. haha

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    1. Robert Bennett: We did a double take when we saw the goanna statue too. And loved it.

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  42. Your photos are so beautiful that I want to be there.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: Thank you. I am happy to take you with us. Very happy.

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  43. I love nature's art as well as its manmade. Fabulous place EC, thank you for sharing it. Your photos capture it beautifully and am looking forward to more next week.

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. I am a beauty addict, and will happily accept it whatever form it takes.

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  44. Thanks for the interesting photos, I too like the lizard totem. Why does the Lizard King come to mind?

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    1. Truedessa: The goanna won a lot of hearts in this post. And it is an incredible depiction of them too.

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  45. It never ceases to amaze me how talented people are, and the creative things that can be done. Truly beautiful! Hugs...

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    1. RO: I hope your birthday was wonderful. I am also amazed (and awed) at how creative some people are. And so very grateful to them.

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  46. You seem to go all the time from your pretty photos! This park had such interesting art....lo ve the snake

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    1. Kim Standard: We are lucky that there is a lot to see quite close to home. However, because of that I do resist longer trips. Tidbinbilla really isn't far away though - and we should go there more often.

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  47. You posted the neatest photos. I'd love to have some of those items in my yard.
    R

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    1. Rick Watson: I hadn't thought about transporting them - but could happily find a home for some of them. And for some more which I will show later in the week.

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  48. What a place to find a good walk!

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    1. Susan Kane: It is. With a degree of difficulty to suit almost everyone.

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  49. My favorite is the piece with the hieroglyphics - it reminds me of a cartouche. A wonderful walk, looks like.

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    1. Lynn: I had rather a lot of favourites, but can only agree, it WAS a wonderful walk.

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  50. In order to carve like that people really have a skill indeed. The theater sure had a lot on display. Seems like artwork is everywhere there indeed.

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    1. Pat Hatt: I am in constant awe at the talents in the world. And grateful.

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  51. What wondrous sights. So glad you had an excellent day.

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  52. Great post! Many beautiful photos to enjoy!

    Hope you have a lovely week.

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    1. sonia a. mascaro: Thank you. There are rather a lot more photos from that outing to come. I hope that you and yours have a wonderful week too.

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  53. I enjoyed seeing the art in nature. It didn't intrude into the surroundings, but were bursts of surprises. I really liked the iguana/lizard? Not sure what kind of lovely reptile it was, but it was a delight.

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    1. cleemckenzie: We loved it too, and suspect we missed some of the marvels. Future trips will tell us. The lizard is a goanna - and without doubt they thrive at Tidbinbilla.

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  54. incredible art work.
    Thank you for sharing, S. xxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Nature is the best artist I know, but she inspired these people well.

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  55. Dear EC, it seems to me, from reading your blog for these several years, that you two do a lot--go to a lot of places. "Himself" would label me a "recluse" is he could live my days! But, oh, I so enjoy the beauty of nature and art you send my way. That sculpture of the lizard on the tree trunk is breathtaking. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Lots of our trips are very close to home - half an hour or so. Himself has itchy feet and would wander much further. The irony is that on the social side he too is a recluse - except when he is travelling.

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  56. You're getting out and about and inspiring me to get out there too. I love the artwork in your photos, like the posts, the one with the lizard is it, creeping up its side. The big rock something, not sure what it depicts but obviously a creature! And that theater! Wow!

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    1. Strayer: It really is an amazing place. I am not at all certain that the giant boulder isn't a natural formation - but love it. And would happily see a performance in that theatre. Very happily.

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  57. More beautiful artwork. What an amazing place you live in!

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    1. Jono: I think so - but my city is widely condemned as boring. Pffft to the nay-sayers.

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  58. Such a lovely natural setting for all that gorgeous art!

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    1. Lady Fi: I think it is an inspired juxtaposition and cannot decide whether the natural or the man-made art is better. Fortunately I can have both.

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  59. You have been out quite a few times lately, you will soon run out of things to do!
    Looking through the photos I am reminded that in all of those choices, the thing I am always most drawn to is the water. Such a simple thing to be fascinated by!

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    1. kylie: Snap. River and I are both drawn to the water images too. It is an amazingly powerful, beautiful and precious resource.

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  60. Wow, EC, this looks brilliant. I was sure I'd been to Tidbinbilla but it didn't look like this. I went along an industrial type street to a carpark at the end on the left, then wandered around some pathways, over a bridge, looked at birds on the water ... it was beautiful but I didn't see any stunning artworks

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    1. Kim: It sounds to me as if you went to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Also lovely, but much closer to town (in it really). Tidbinbilla is a drive in the country away - and definitely not down industrial streets.

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    2. Ah yes, you're right. I'd hoped to get to Tidbinbilla which was why the name was in my mind, but ran out of time. Thanks so much for the reminder about Jerrabomberra - what great names

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    3. Kim: I hope you can get to Tidbinbilla next trip. I am pretty certain you would find a lot to please you.

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  61. Himself:) I love the way you communicate:)
    Thanks for sharing the beauty and brilliance
    you encounter along your journey - i feel so much
    more stretchy for it:)
    -Jennifer

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  62. Aren't those wood carvings amazing?
    YOU, have a wondrous one.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I think it is ALL wonderful. And hope that your day is equally so.

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  63. Himself is very lucky to have so many beautiful places to visit and you to visit them with him. :0 )
    Thank you for sharing your photos, the artwork is truly amazing.
    Have a lovely day, hugs Barbara

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    1. Barbara Fisher: Thank you. Himself yearns for more exotic trips - but also enjoys the ones we take in the local area.
      I hope your day/week goes really well.

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  64. The shining sun glows through the wood carvings so specifically, it makes the patterns look so unique set in the cooler shady colors of the day.

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    1. Spacer Guy: It is a lovely place - whatever the time of day or year.

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  65. I bet it would be fun seeing a show in the theatre.
    YOU, have a great one.

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    1. Sandra Cox: If ever we hear about a show in that theatre we will be there. In a heart-beat.

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  66. And...the goanna is amazingly well done isn't it?
    There's just so much to see here. Glad you shared.
    YOU, have a colourful weekend.

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    1. Sandra Cox: So much to see is most definitely true. I hope your weekend is full of wonder.

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