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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. For much of my life I have been a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. Recently I have eased back somewhat, but am still writing, teaching, doing some radio work and running overseas tours - as part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past decade. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation. In January 2018 I was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for 'service to conservation and the environment'.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

... and the Sun Rises on 2013

Well, maybe it's a bit predictable, but it does seem appropriate to complement my symbolic sunsets from last time with some equally symbolic sunrises to mark the beginning of what I hope will be a bright new year for us all. As you'll see, I'm fond of sunrises over water. I hope I'm permitted to also include a couple that were actually taken pre-sunrise, in the first grey preludes to dawn. And at least this time I don't have to specify that I haven't been to all these places this year...
Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales; not smoke, but fog on this big inland water storage - natural, but now regulated.
I liked the Black Kite drifting through. (For more on this area see this earlier blog.)
Lake Edward, Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda.
I confess that this was the view from the breakfast area.
Across Cocha Anangu, Napo Lodge, Yasuni NP, Ecuador.
This is a superb lodge, run by the Anangu Quichua community.
Streaky Bay, west coast of South Australia.
It's unusual of me to include structures in such pictures, but this time there wasn't much choice.
Volcano Corcovado, southern Chile, taken from the sea.
The ferry trip from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco (about 20 hours) is superb;
I'll feature it in a future blog.
Table Mountain (of course!) but taken from the north, which isn't the most familiar view of it.
Cocha Salvador, Peruvian Amazonia.
Pre-dawn on Mount Kupe, western Cameroon.
The day spent birding up the mountain was among the most memorable and exhausting I've spent.

Machu Picchu, Peru, from below, in pre-dawn mist.
Sunrise over Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, western Uganda.
The start of another superb day, in primary rainforest.
 Now the sun is well and truly up, and next time I'll try to bring you something a little more substantial!

Back Friday.


Susan said...

Beautiful (but mostly way too early in the morning for me to contemplate :-)

Ian Fraser said...

Yes, that's a definite advantage of insects and fungi - birds are less forgiving... But really, once you're up, it is a beautiful time of day! Thanks for your kind words; hope you're enjoying l'hiver as much as I am summer.