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While in Margaret River, we visited the Berry Farm. We go there once a year mostly to stock up on jam (and then the jams/conserves we get last us until the next year, lol, so it works out). But this time we actually decided to stop off for lunch, because my stomach has been a *tad* more reliable lately. We ended up sitting outside in a sheltered area, and got some visitors while we ate. Delightful, colourful visitors. :D

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I love Sugarloaf Rock? It's like...easily one of my favourite places to visit down south. And Canal Rocks as well. So Glen gets his beaches, and then I get my rocks, lol. I don't know what it is, aside from the fact the landscape is striking, I think it's that in Perth all our beaches are kind of stereotypical 'tourism' beaches, you know - white sand, blue water, sand-dunes with vegetation. Rocky outcrops and formations are rare. So for me, it's not the 'tourism beaches' that appeal most, but the rugged, moody-ass ones.

Sugarloaf Rock

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We mostly go to Meelup Beach and Bunker Bay whenever we head down south primarily because Glen really loves Bunker Bay (and I really love Sugarloaf Rock). These places are in Dunsborough, and it's amazing how much more populated Dunsborough has become over the past ten years. Not that it's a bad thing necessarily, I'm glad the area is enjoying greater commerce and doing quite well. Plus these places are still quite 'remote' overall.

Meelup Beach

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It's an alpaca farm that decided to expand into a petting farm, and then expanded a bit more. They sell rabbits and chicks and alpacas and well...lots of animals. Glen and I are kind of a sucker for these places? I used to think it was just me, and then the last two times we went away, Glen suggested we go and I realised it wasn't just me. And then one day Glen suggested he wanted a goat and a pig and a cow and I realised it REALLY wasn't just me. O.O

Calf! :D

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Glen you are allergic to all animal life ever you can't have a goat and a pig and a cow. )
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A random collection of photos. I'd burnt out really hardcore by the time we hit Denmark (Western Australia), so there's not a ton of Denmark. I spent most of that weekend inside feeling pretty miserable and happy not to be moving. Thankfully Glen was happy for that too. It was probably actually the most restful two days we had. We visited a couple of places (most notably a great chocolatier, and an animal petting farm because we're nerdy animal dorks).

Chocolates from Dark Side Chocolates, featuring a lot of bush tucker chocolates that were just amazing.

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It's a shame we were only in Esperance for three days. And two of those days - well one was a 6.5 hour drive in, and one was a 7.5 hour drive out. So two of those days were kind of not really spent doing much except driving. I wish we'd spent a week, or even two weeks here. There's a lot to do and see, the locals are really friendly, and the wilderness is fucking amazing.

As it is, even with the short amount of time we were here, we managed to see some stellar beaches, as well as Humpbacks right off the coast. :)

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Including photos of Hellfire Bay and other beaches, as well as a few other bits and pieces. There's more Esperance to come. I really loved this place. The beaches are like nothing else I've seen before, and I'm a Perthian and spoiled for beaches. It was somewhat bemusing to drive to Denmark and then find their beaches so very lacklustre by comparison. I know people talk about how awesome Denmark is, but when you've come from Esperance, it certainly puts things into perspective (though Denmark did have a very nice bookstore).

Hellfire Bay - it was even prettier and brighter in person.

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Cape le Grand is a region in Western Australia which has remained unglaciated and above sea level for over 200 million years. It is home to many primitive, relict species, and is managed by DPAW - the Department of Parks and Wildlife (which previously was Department of Conservation DeC), and before that, Conservation and Land Management (CALM) - let's see how many more name changes the dept. goes through in my lifetime).

The name le Grand comes from an officer on l'Esperance, a ship in the 1792 expedition: Bruni d'Entrecasteaux.

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All taken on my iPhone.

Last month we went to Albany, Esperance, Denmark and Margaret River, and all in all we did about 40 hours of driving. Maybe more, actually. We had a good time, though it did tip my fibromyalgia into a flare, I was very happy to see Esperance for the first time. :)

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I've been using Instagram a lot as a way to document life,
since it's handier than my camera (though not as good, still fun).
Decided to dump everything back onto the hard-drive and I've been resizing the pictures.
So here's a glimpse into how things have been,
they'll come in stages, because I don't think people need to see 60 photos of my crap in one day.


Everything from self-portraits to the garden to Missy the Tenterfield Terrier to work in progress artwork )
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Sand Tiger

Seven of Maybe, seven of Moet. )
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This was a freebie commission for Glen's brother's wedding reception (it's going out as a...oh it's hard to explain, but it's gonna look cool I think.

I got Glen to hold it for a sense of scale.

Hee. And hey, look, I do something other than animals and people!

More madness under the cut. )
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For once, Spring is on time. In previous years, the jewel beetles have either been coming two weeks early / two weeks late. And two years ago, they were an entire month early, signalling a premature end to Winter, and the start of sunnier things to come.

I can't believe our garden already has jewel beetles! I am so happy. These photos came from our own garden! Whee!

It's not iridescence if your legs aren't iridescent too.

4 more shinies beneath the cut. )
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I had a juvenile Australian raven come visit a roof-top today and then caw its handsome little heart out. I had to switch lenses, and the Australian ravens here know when they're abuot to be photographed and generally wait until I've got the camera lined up before flying away. It makes me laugh.

So I said out loud, 'please wait for me this time, brother raven, please wait,' and I ran and switched lenses and came back outside and got these. :)

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I have this wonderful thing known as terminal insomnia; which is a form of insomnia where instead of having problems falling asleep, you have a problem where you wake up earlier than usual (no matter what time you go to bed), and can't fall asleep again. I'm having a bit of a relapse right now... so this morning, while I let the cat outside to pretend to go to the toilet (after getting lost two houses down he came back in and used the litter tray instead. WTF???), I decided to watch the sunrise.

And then when I realised the sunrise was going to show off... I decided to take some pictures. :)

01. Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning... and all that. This is the view from our front porch. Some of it will disappear when all the houses go up.

Four more beneath the cut (and now the sky looks like Turner...) )
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Sugarloaf rock was closed, so we went down here instead. As you can see, the weather was pretty damned forbidding, as this was the middle of the day.

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What is it with ravens eluding my damned camera! I hear them, I see them, I see amazing shots to take of them, but when it comes to pointing and clicking, where are they???

You'll have to content yourself with these instead.

part one - lorikeets mostly. in the next batch i have some flight shots i'm really happy with. )
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A sample from part two!

Long Billed Corella - VOGUE.

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It'd be nice to go there again as it's only a 20 minute drive away from our place and now that I can walk around a fair bit more, I can start lurking around my favourite haunts more often. Wootage.


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