Saturday, October 6, 2012

A FAVORITE THING..................

An evening in Broome.....

Now home from the expedition cruise of Western Australia 
and the Northern Territory, I'm sharing the highlights 
of a really wonderful adventure.

Dromedary Camel - Camelus dromedarius

The highlight of our stay in Broome was definitely the sunset camel safari ride! In the late afternoon, as 100 degrees abated slowly, we were directed to beautiful sandy Cable Beach......and told to look for the camels wearing yellow and black blankets.  There are several camel trains, ours was named 'Ships of the Desert' and advertised as the original and best since 1981. The handlers were young and energetic, mainly from European countries, working their way around the world.

Getting instructions from the handlers.......and feeding carrots as a treat before mounting.

Camels are quiet but pull funny faces and groan once they 
know you are going to climb on their backs - can't say I blame them! They are inquisitive, affectionate, and attention-seeking.

Just know you want some interesting camel facts, so here goes!

 24 camels from Peshawar and Karachi were first brought to Australia in the 1840's to cart supplies for explorers. Between 1870 and 1920, another 20,000 camels and their 2,000 cameleers arrived in Australia. 
  • Weight: bulls 800-1000kg - cows 600-800kg
  • Strength: a working camel can carry half their own body weight for 6-8 hrs. a day
  • Speed: normal 'amble speed' 5 kph - racing camels gallop at 25 kph
  • Feet: camels have broad, flat leathery pads, two toes on each foot, no clip-clopping hooves
  • Movement: when walking a camel moves both feet on one side of the body, then both feet on the other side
  • Hump: contrary to popular belief, a camel does not store water in its hump - which is a mound of fatty tissue from which it draws energy when food is scarce
  • Water: camels need very little water if their diet contains moisture-rich pasture. On average they consume 20-30 litres per day in a domestic environment. A severely dehydrated camel can drink 100 litres of water in 10 minutes.
  • Food: camels in Australia eat 82% of the plants available to them in the wild. Domestically kept camels are fed a diet of oaten hay and lucerne.
  • Lifespan: domestic camels approx. 40-50 years, wild camels approx. 30 years
Up until the 1950's, Broome's pearl shells were in great 
demand for buttons. It was the camels job to cart the 
shells to the port for shipment.....their route being 
along Cable Beach, so camels walking the sands is 
not a new thing!

Ready to ride..........................

............quite high up there - a fully grown 
adult camel stands six feet at the shoulder 
and seven feet at the hump.

Center camel providing delightful transportation 
for me (front) and Paula as the sun set.

Yes, this was definitely one of my favorite things on the 
Western Australia expedition......

........say hello to Alice!
Be sure to pay a visit to Claudia our party hostess at Mockingbird Hill Cottage where sharing a favorite thing will bring you in touch with so many interesting bloggers.


  1. I once sat on a camel in Tunisia. Your pictures are beautiful one is funny. You know which one, don't you? happy weekend. Regula

  2. Very brave of you dear Mary - I've always been told to be wary of camels as they are bad tempered...
    I must say your ones look fairly docile to me!!
    A M A Z I N G photography.

    Thinking of you and hoping you are feeling a little better.
    Shane ♥

  3. That was indeed an adventure. Your
    Camel ride took me back to when I
    was a kid.. we lived in Saudi Arabia
    and a herder gave me a Camel (quite by
    surprise) because I shared a sandwich
    with him.. No I did not keep it, what
    would I have done with a Camel...haha
    Nice post

  4. How fun! Beautiful pics of the camels especially the line of them against the setting sun. I hope you are feeling a bit better and stronger every day. Hugs, Pamela

  5. Mary,
    You have the most interesting adventures and I'm so glad you share them with us. The first photo made me laugh. I had once been told that camels spit a lot and have bad breath. LOL. So nice to hear the more redeeming qualities of these fascinating animals.
    As always, your photographs are beautiful.

  6. That looks like a wonderful adventure. The first camel picture had me laughing out loud!

  7. Amazing. You have so many wonderful adventures, Mary! The shot of the camels walking in a line on the edge of the beach is stunning.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  8. Hello to Alice! Doesn't she just have the sweetest little face? I once rode a camel and found it to be much harder to get used to than a horse--they rock a little differently, don't they? That photo of the line of camels on the beach is truly beautiful. This must have been a wonderful and memorable experience. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog! Linda

  9. WOW! Very cool! I have a small camel figurine collection. They are so interesting.

  10. Hi, Alice! Fun adventure, Mary. Thanks for sharing your images. Love seeing them!
    Happy weekend to you and Bob.........Sarah

  11. Oh boy! If I had a bucket list, this would be on it. Love the picture of your shadows in the sand.

  12. What an adventure & what beautiful photography. My camel ride was in Egypt at the Great Pyramids many years ago. I still remember how they get up off of their knees. I felt like I was going to topple over!

    How you are feeling better!

  13. What an exciting ride and love the photo of everyone in the line!! You've gone everywhere!!

  14. All I can say! The photography is stunning! I am visiting from A Favorite Thing Saturday and am your newest follower. So excited to have found your blog! Hope you have time to stop by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit!


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