Archive for May, 2010

Houston – May 2010

May 31, 2010

Brisbane Airport

flight QF , Brisbane-Los Angeles (13 hours flight)

Houston – The Woodlands

 

Houston – Downtown

Brand new shopping center, awaiting for tenants. The economic crise is not helping. Looks like a ghost town 

The brand new first Houston tram line. The line covers approximately 7 miles

la première ligne de tramway de Houston, toute neuve. Elle couvre une douzaine de kilomètres.

The Lambs of Gods

rapping for the good cause

Double Tree Hotel lounge

Houston Airport

A reminder of the on-going egological catastrophy in the Golf of Mexico.  The largest oil spill ever. A scandale

Flight CO  , Houston-Los Angeles (3.5 hours)

Byron Bay bis

May 31, 2010

Dernier jour de la visite de Chantal et Jean-François. Nous allons vers le sud, direction Byron Bay en passant par Gold Coast. Au retour nous faisons un détour par les Tamborine Mountains.   

Last day of Chantal and Jean-François’ visit. We go South, direction Byron Bay, passing by Gold Coast. On the way back we pass through Tamborine Mountains.

Burleigh Heads avec au fond Broadbeach (Gold Coast)

Byron Bay

Chantal et Jean-François

Cape Byron

Wategos Beach

un mariage sur la plage / a wedding on the beach

Chantal and Wanda watching the ceremony   

Tamborine Mountains

we arrived just on time for the sunset…

…and the last parrot of the day

nous arrivons juste à temps pour le coucher de soleil et pour voir le dernier perroquet de la journée. Malheureusement trop tard pour visiter les vignes et déguster le vin: Jean-François, il faudra revenir

Fraser Island & Rainbow Beach

May 25, 2010

Fraser Island

Petit voyage de quatre jours vers Fraser Island et Rainbow Beach, à environ 250km au nord de Brisbane, sur la côte Pacifique (mer de Corail), en compagnie de nos amis Chantal et Jean-François qui sont venus depuis la Suisse.

Fraser Island est une île faisant environ 123 km de longueur, constituée essentiellement de sable et recouverte de forêt. C’est la plus grande île de sable au monde.

Pour se déplacer du sud au nord on roule sur la plage. On en peut y aller qu’en 4×4. Nous en avons loué un pour l’occasion. La conduite sur la plage est terriblement grisante.    

Brisbane,le soir avant le départ / evening before the departure 

the ferry

 

 

 le premier dingo que nous voyons, sur la plage / the first dingo we see, on the beach

la vue depuis notre bungalow / the view from our lodge

Satinay / Syncapia hillii – diameter at breast height 215cm, diamètre à hauteur de poitrine 215 cm

 

Lake Boomanjin

 photo JFJ

photo JFJ

photo JFJ

 

Lake Wabby

 

L’arbre tatoué / the tatood tree

 

Dingos

 

Maheno Shipwreck

Sold as scrap metal to the Japanese in 1935, it was beeing towed from Sydney to Tokyo by another ship when the rope broke during storms raging off the Queensland coast. The Maheno washed ashore on 9th July 1935 and has been a tourist attraction ever since. The stern of the wreck was badly damaged in the second World War after the Australian air force and navy carried out some bombing practice on it. Luckily it wasn’t hit very often. It is still an impressive landmark on the Eastern Beach.

 

The Pinnacles

 

 

Champagne pools

 

Waddy Point

 

Rainbow Beach

Coloured Sands Legend

According to aboriginal dreamtime legend, a beautiful black maiden by the name of Murrawar lived on the banks of the Noosa River. Murrawar fell in love with the rainbow, which came to visit her every morning, as she clapped her hands and sang to her lovely rainbow. One day Burwilla, a wicked tribesman, stole Murrawar for his slave. Murrawar worked all day while Burwilla sat in the shade admiring his evil spirited killing boomerang. His boomerang was larger than the largest tree in the forest. After some time, Murrawar managed to run away, running along the beach as fast as her legs could carry her. Burwilla’s boomerang was chasing her and she called out for help she fell to the ground too frightened to run. Suddenly a loud noise in the sky saw Murrawar’s faithful rainbow racing towards her across the sea. The evil spirited boomerand attacked the brave rainbow and they met with a loud roar and thunder, killing the boomerang and shattering the rainbow in thousands of little pieces.

As the coloured pieces of the rainbow landed on the beach, the sand dunes magically transformed themselves into the “coloured sands” that they are today.

 

 

Lake Poona

 

La dinde sauvage n’arrêtait pas de bouger, impossible de photographier normalement 

 

Carlo Sand Blow

Une dune de sable, entourée de forêt et qui surplombe la plage de Rainbow Beach

époustouflant, de toute grande beauté

Granite Belt

May 25, 2010

We spent the first week end of May in Stanthorpe, on the border between Queensland and New South Wales. The altitude here is 900 meter. The area is called the Granite Belt. We visited two national parks in the surroundings. The area is also known for it’s wines. Unfortunatley my stomach was kind of disturb and I therefore could not enjoy the wine tasting. We will have to come back. This was our second so-called surprise tour and this time I was the one organizing.

Stanthorpe city center

the little cottage where we spent two nights

First morning, trying to warm up in the sun. The temperature had a low of 1 degree C during the night.   

 

Girraween National Park

Wonderful Girraween National Park adjoins Bald Rock National Park over the border in New South Wales and features the same towering granite boulders surrounded by pristine forests.

 

Wallangara

Wallangara station

Second morning, breakfast in the garden, the night had been less cold

 

Bald Rock National Park

 An arch,on the way up to the top of Bald Rock

The geological process resulting in this scenic landscape began about 220 million years ago. The New England Batholith, an underground chamber of molten rock, was forced by internal pressures within the air, upwards towards the surface

Cooling at depth, the molten rock or magma, slowly crystalised and solidified into granite. Subsequent erosion has removed the overlying and less resistant older rock, sculpturing the granite into this array of spectacular domes.

The huge domes, tors, boulders, and other balancing rocks which give this part of the park outstanding scenic quality, are more correctly known as “inselberg”. Bald Rock is the largest inselberg in Australia and the southern hemisphere.

A labyrinth of natural tunnels and arches passes through these boulders. An accumulation of leaf litter in the dark sheltered environment between the boulders forms organic matter which nurtures small shade loving plants, mosses and lichen.

The boulders of this vicinity beyond the archway are collectively called the “Granite Titans”.

Granite Titan

TThe top of Bald Rock

On the way back home