Outback South Australia - pics

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    Hi all,
    As you enjoyed my last lot of pics I thought I would post some from a different spot we visited on Monday & Tuesday. it is near Streaky bay in South Australia. Streaky is on the west coast of S.A. near Ceduna. A very remote place, great fishing and camping.

    This one is of "The Granites", a great geological formation.

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    We were lucky enough to see some dolphins, a pod of about 12, surfing the waves at Highcliff. They were about 50 metres away but I think you can see 2 fairly clearly.

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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Oh what beautiful scenery!!! You did well to catch those dolphins on film. We saw a pod of about 7-8 at Fort Augustus a couple of years ago and it's a sight I'll never forget. :D What kind of fish do you catch in the Streaky Bay area?

    Keep the photographs coming Craig as I love to see them. :)
     
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    Hi Frank,
    No, I'm not sure why it's called Streaky Bay. I'll find out. Fungi is a strange name for a dolphin :!: We did have a great time there. Too short, as usual.

    Hi Eileen,
    We catch all sorts of fish, from whiting, salmon, trevally, shark, etc. Also some not-so-common species - abalone, crayfish, razorfish, oysters. In fact, I'm sitting here at present eating a dozen oysters (natural). :D

    Here is a picture of the White Pointer a 15 year old lad caught 2 years ago at Streaky Bay.

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    Near Highcliff. Our camping spot is immediately behind where I took this shot.

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    Sorry, must have posted the last 2 pics twice :oops:

    We also went to see the seals (Too cold to swim with them, but we have done that here before.) :smt018

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    This spot is called "Smooth Pool" and is great for swimming. About 6 feet deep, no sharks or other nasties. The kids love it.
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    What type of seals are those Craig - fur seals?

    It must have taken some strength to reel that shark in - hope the boy had plenty of help.

    I could look at that gorgeous scenery all day!!! :D
     
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    I love thr rocky coastline and would like exploring it. I'm not too keen on the wather though. I like to keep my feet firmly planted on land. My oldest son is in Australia for two weeks. I don't know where. He is visiting vineyards in connection with his work. He is a vidiculturist. Wine and grapes. He has a degree in it. Doolely
     
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    Eileen,
    Here is an excerpt from the brochure of the area. "Point Labatt Conservation Park & Sea Lion Colony.
    55kms south of Streaky Bay (on the Calca Peninsula), at the foot of the rugged cliffs, on granite slabs worn smooth by the constant wash of the Southern Ocean, is the only known mainland breeding colony of Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea)."
    Hope that helps with identification.

    Frank,
    These seals would probably take the balls away. :!: They are very playful though. We love it over there. Very peaceful - no mobile phone service, no cars, no hoons, etc.

    Dooley,
    We have a number of vineyard areas throughout Aust. So he could be anywhere.
     
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    My son lives and works in Napa Valley, California so I don't see him much. I'll have to ask him when he gets back. I think he said adelaide but I could be wrong. He whale watches and counts them when they go up and down the coast in the spring and fall. Dooley
     
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    Dooley,
    We live in Adelaide too. If he is based here he is probably either at Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale (our 2 big vineyard areas)
    Whales are seen at Victor Harbor.
     
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    Frank,
    Here is the reason why it is called 'Streaky' bay.
    Excerpt from a brochure.

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    Before the establishment of the agricultural and fishing industries in Streaky Bay, the locality had already had a long and colourful past.

    The first recorded sighting was made by Dutch explorer Peter Nuyts, in 1627 in the "Golden Zeepaard" (see monument on median strip in Bay Road).

    Nearly two centuries later, in 1802, Captain Matthew Flinders rediscovered and named Streaky Bay whilst examining the South Australian coast in the ship the Investigator. He named it after the streaks in the water in the bay (caused by the reflection of light and seaweed).

    "And the water was much discoloured in Streaks ..... and I called it Streaky Bay"

    Taken from Captain Matthew Flinders' log - February 5th 1802.
     
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    You know Craig my first thought when I saw the 'seals' was that they were Sea Lions but then I thought - nah - can't be - must be fur seals!!!! Great to know that there's a breeding colony over there. :D

    It's interesting to know how places got their names isn't it? Our village is called Livingston Village and was named after De Leving (an 11th century landowner) but was origionally known as Leving Village. The De leving name eventually got changed over the centuries to become what it is now.
     
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    Well all,
    On Sept 25 we will be embarking on a 15 day UK & Europe Tour. I'll have lots more photo's then.
    We have 3 days in London, then bus to Amsterdam, Arhnem, Cologn, Bonn (Germany), Rhineland, Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna (including "Sound of Music Tour"), Venice, Rome, Florence, Milan, Lucerne, Savigny Les Beuane, Paris then back to london and back to Aust.

    Cheers
    Craig
     
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    Wow Craig that sounds like quite an adventure!! I hope you have a great time and I am looking forward to lots and lots of goodies from Europe when you get back :D Are you travelling by train? How many of you are going or is it a solo journey?
     
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    Sounds as though you're going to have a wonderful trip Craig. :D I hope the weather stays good for you so that you can get plenty of piccies for us all. ;) ;) I was hoping to nip over to Holland at the end of August to visit friends again but my MIL is ill so I guess we'll be leaving it for the time being. How long are you away for altogether? [/i]
     
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    Hi Frank,
    We fly from Australia to Japan, spend one night/day in Tokyo, then fly to London where we are free agents for 3 days.
    We then join a Trafalgar Tour to tour Europe in a coach (We being my wife, myself and 2 other great couple friends.)
    Here is a map of what we will be doing.
    My digital camera will get a hefty workout! I can store up to 780Mb of pics on it.
    Cant' wait.

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