Archive for October, 2012

Sydney

October 31, 2012

21/10/2012

Week end in Sydney to visit cousins and friends. Also played tourists, took a classic tour through the harbor and visited the aquarium (water underworld).

Un saut à Sydney pour voir cousins et amis. Avons  également joué aux touristes en visitant le port et le fameux aquarium.

A room with a view / chambre avec vue

vue de notre chambre d’hotel / view from our hotel room

building designed by Renzo Piano

Harbour / Le port

Angel Place

Aquarium

Upside Down Jellyfish

Jelly fish / méduses

dugong (seacow)

sharks / requins

Famille

Anna, Paul, Elaine

Wanda, Elaine, Anna

Tapas Party at Birkalla Street

October 14, 2012

13/10/2012

Wanda, Sonia, Bacia, Margot, Murka, Pawel, Tai, Chris I, Steve, Chris II

later in the evening, the remaining core team

Margot and Bacia, tiny glass of water (?)

Murka’s shoes

Murka, Bacia and Wanda

Broome and the Dampier Peninsula

October 14, 2012

30/09 – 03/10/2012

Broome revisited

This was our second visit to Broome this year. We were there in April already, but that was a very short visit. We liked the place and decided we should come back and see more of it. So we returned in October, just before the start of the rainy season. The second visit coincided (again) with the full moon and we were hopefull to see more of the famous staircase (the previous time there was a storm and we saw nothing).

Seconde visite de Broome cette année. Nous étions déjà venu en avril. L’endroit nous avait plu et nous avions décidé de revenir pour en voir plus. Cette seconde visit coincide avec le pleine lune (comme le première fois) et nous epérons cette-fois ci pouvoir voir les fameuses marches (la première fois il y eu un orage et nous ne vîment rien)

Cable Beach

Roebuck Bay

Sun Pictures

Sun Pictures – open air cinema / cinéma en plein-air

The world oldest still operating picture garden. Is mentioned as such in the Guiness Book of Records

Le plus ancien cinéma en plein-air encore en exploitation. Listé en temps que tel dans le Guiness des Records

Avant la séance

18:15 heures, on attend que la nuit tombe

Le cinéma est tout proche de l’aéroport, dans l’axe de la piste d’atterissage. Deux avions atterissent durant la séance, passant en rase-motte au dessus de nous. Quelques chauves-souris passent devant l’écran. Amusant et pas trop gênant

Le film projeté est ¨The Sapphires¨, excellent film australien. C’est l’histoire d’un groupe de chanteuses aborigènes en tournée au Vietnam durant la guerre. Fortement recommandé.

Staircase to the Moon 

waiting for the night to come and the Moon to rise/en attendant la nuit et la lune

A spectacular sight can be seen across the Roebuck Bay during a full moon and low tide. The reflection creates the illusion of a golden staircase to the Moon

Un phénomène fascinant se produit à marée basse lors de la pleine lune. La réflection de la lune sur la baie crée l’illusion de marches menant vers la lune

Moon rising over the Roebuck Bay (photo Wanda Michalak)

my vision of the staircase

We unfortunatley did not see a full staircase. The Moon did not appear immediately, there were some low clouds on the horizon. When it did appear, the Moon was already higher and part of the reflection got lost.  It could also be that the tide wasn’t low enough. The event however remained fascinating.

Nous n’avons malheureusement pas vu les escaliers en entier. La lune n’est pas apparue immédiatement, il y avait des nuages bas à l’horizon. Lrsqu’elle apparut, environ 10 minutes plus tard, elle était déjà plus haute et une partie de le réflection fut perdue. Il se peut aussi que la marée n’était pas assez basse. Quoi qu’il en soit, le spectacle n’en fut pas moins fascinant.

This is what one can see in optimal conditions. The stairs are at their best when the Moon is still very low (photo: unknown)

Voilà ce que l’ont peut voir lorsque les conditions sont absolument optimales. Les marches sont au mieux lorsque la lune est encore tres basse

the Moon is now higher, the stairs are gone / la lune est maintenant plus haute, les marches ont disparu

Sunset Camel Ride

We could not escape the traditional camel ride on Cable beach. Kind of touristic, but so nice to sit on a camel

Nous n’avons pas échappé au traditionel tour en chameau sur la plage du Cable (Cable Beach). Très touristique mais si bon d’être sur le dos d’un chameau.

On n’en parle pas beaucoup, mais l’Australie compte plus d’un million de chameaux. Ils furent importés d’Arabie au début de la colonisation européenne pour faire usage de moyen de transport. Ils furent plus tard relachés dans la nature. Ils vivent à l’état sauvage dans le centre désertique du pays.

Dampier Peninsula

The Dampier Peninsula is synonymous with aquamarine waters, white-sand beaches and red rock formations; it’s also home to thriving Indegenous settlements of the Ngumbarl, Jabirrjabirr, Nyul Nyul, Nimanburu and Bardi people.

The road to Willie Creek

white sand

Cape Leveque Road

dusty

Beagle Bay Church

Beagle Bay church, built by Pallottine monks in 1918

The Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Latin: Societas Apostolatus Catholici, abbreviated S.A.C.), better known as the Pallottines, are a Society of Apostolic Life within the Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1835 by the Roman priest Saint Vincent Pallotti. Pallottines are part of the Union of Catholic Apostolate and are present in 45 countries on six continents. The Pallottines administer one of the largest churches in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire.

église édifiée en 1918 par des moines Pallottins

mother-of-pearl altar / autel, décoré à l’aide de coquillages

les chiens recherchent la fraicheur de l’église

“no hunting or cattle killing passed this point¨ /¨pas de chasse ou de tuerie de bétail à partir de ce point”

Cygnet Pearl Farm Resort

bouées utilisées dans la culture des huîtres à perles

Cygnet Bay

baby baobab

sunset on Cygnet Bay

One Arm Point Community – Ardiyooloon

The Ardiyooloon community is about 220km north of Broom on the Dampier Peninsula. It is home of the Bardi Jawi people who were the original inhabitants of this beautiful part of Australia. The Bardi Jawi people hunt the surrounding sea for Turtle (Goorlil), Dugong (Odoor), Fish (Aarli) and Trochus shells (Alngir).

the channel

islands in the backgroud

Turtles in the hatchery

Hatchery (Joolboon), is a working aquaculture centre where fish, Torchus and other marine life are bred and released into nature

Hatchery = incubateur, centre d’aquaculture ou des poissons et d’autres espèces marines sont reproduits et ensuite relachés dans la nature

James Price Point

50 kilometers north of Broome. Pristine piece of land, red cliffs and white sand. Very typical of the Kimberley Coast

50 kilomètres au nord de Broome. Zone vierge, immaculée. Falaises rouges et sable blanc. Paysage typique de la côte du Kimberley

James Price Point’s pristine future is threatened by plans to construct a huge LNG facility. The Goolarabooloo and Jabir people are protesting the decision. The outcome is still unclear, although it does not seem very positive at the moment for the locals.

Le future immaculé de la  Pointe de James Price est menacé par un projet de construction d’un énorme centre de traitement de gaz naturel. Les occupants traditionnels de la région, les Goolarabooloo et les Jabir tentent de combattre la décision. La situation est encore incertaine en ce moment, mais ca n’a pas l’air d’être très rose pour les locaux en ce moment.   

for more information regarding the action click on following site /cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous pour plus d’information

http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/

and it appears a film has been made around this issue / un film a également été réalisé comme soutien à cette cause

Brisbane Festival – Laser Show and Fire Works

October 12, 2012

29/09/2012

Southbank Laser Show

                                        laser show photos: Wanda Michalak 

Fire Works

Before the start /avant le commencement         photo Wanda Michalak

                                                      photo: Wanda Michalak

                                                                    photo Jarod Lu

                                                                         photo Jarod Lu

                                                                         photo Jarod Lu

                                                                          photo Jarod Lu

John Kearney

Paul, Chris, Tai Mak 

                                                                       photo Jarod Lu

Whale Watching at Hervey Bay – La Saison des Baleines

October 5, 2012

22/09/2012

Hervey Bay- 200km north of Brisbane – is touted as the “whale-watching capital of the world”. After fleeing the Antartic winter to mate and calve in the warmer waters off northeastern Australia, the humpback whales cruise into Hervey Bay’s sheltered waters for a few days before returning to the deep south. Humpback are showy acrobats, you’ll see them waving their pectoral fins, tail slapping, breaching or simply ¨blowing¨. Whales are curious creatures, and many will roll-up beside the whale watching boats with one eye clear of the water, making those on board wonder who’s watching whom (text rom the Lonely Planet guide)

typical whale watcher

whale spotters

It took a while, but we finally spotted a couple of whales, in this case a mother with her child

and then we spotted some more, thanks to our experienced captain/guide

Fraser Island (côte ouest) au loin

humpback whale

baleine curieuse / curious whale

baleine joueuse / playing whale

almost passed under our boat / est presque passée sous notre bateau

splashing whale

suddenly jumping just in front of the boat, fascinating – Wanda managed to capture the moment /sautant soudainement à quelques mètres du bateau, fascinant – Wanda parvient à capturer le moment avec sa camera

goodbye / au revoir

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species’ diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.

Like other large whales, the humpback was and is a target for the whaling industry. Due to overhunting, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks have since partially recovered; however, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution also remain concerns. There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought by whale watchers, particularly off parts of Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.

23/09/2012

From Rainbow Beach to Noosa

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach

with Bruce

Le canyon rouge

Noosa à l’horizon

arrivée à Noosa