Monday, September 24, 2012

Kakadu National Park........


......in Australia's Northern Territory, a World Heritage listed national park, renowned for its diverse environment, an amazing array of wildlife, and stunning Aboriginal rock art.


Female Darter hanging its wings out to dry after diving for fish. They are not waterproofed as ducks are, and sometimes are too water-logged to take off and can easily be approached.


Climbing to view Aboriginal rock paintings........in 104 degrees!  Wet season is imminent - not a drop of rain here since last March!




'Red Water Lilies' along the Yellow Water..................


...........where we also saw many large saltwater crocodiles, the ones that can open their huge jaws and take a person for lunch!  When the sightseeing boat we were cruising on was stuck for a short time, caught up in some weeds, we hoped they wouldn't approach too close as they can jump out of the water at tremendous speed!


Heading home across the Pacific Ocean. It's been another wonderful trip, quite tiring, very hot, very humid, very exciting!

8 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed your time here and that the weather was lovely and dry. You do not want to be in the Top End when it is hot and humid .That is known as Suicide Season .
    The rock art in Kakadu is absolutely amazing and is current; secret sites are still secret. Hope you bought a little painting as a souvenir. The canvases purchased from art centres are simply traditional stories via a modern medium.
    I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of your photos of the wildlife.
    Would love to hear what you thought of Timor too.

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  2. You must be almost home now. I'm glad you enjoyed your latest adventure. The photos are wonderful. Take care. Hugs, Pamela

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  3. I know you'll be happy to be back home soon. Travel is always wonderful, but there truly is "no place like home." Glad that crock behaved himself. LOL Thanks for sharing the beautiful images.........Sarah

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  4. Another beautiful trip! I would have been nervous sitting there by the crocs. Happy travels home.

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  5. What an adventure! You are having quite a year!

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  6. This is definitely on my list of places to visit.

    Can't wait to see more photos and hear all about your wonderful trip.

    I've missed you.

    SFT X

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  7. Fabulous! I'll bet the time passed very quickly with all your exciting adventures.
    I'm afraid I would have been very uncomfortable, to say the least, with a croc so close.
    Safe home!

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  8. Be careful of those crocs Mary, I'd miss your blog!

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