Friday, September 30, 2011

You know my methods, Watson

On a sunny day like today, what more can one do than to head out to the harbourside. My initial plan was to head off for a walk at Bondi beach, but as it was very windy I decided for a shorter trip instead.

I took a short ride with the ferry and arrived at Camp Cove beach in Watsons Bay.

Safely on land, I decided to first walk along the shore and breathe in the fresh air.

Once more I got to envy all the beautiful day, one day I tell you!!

I then realized that a paved road was leading up to a popular view point.

What awaited me up there was simply spectacular. 

The areas where the cliffs meets the water caused a ship to wreck in 1857.

The area goes now by the name The Gap or South Head.

I was in my true element with the ocean view wherever I turned.

One day in the not so very distant future I shall live in a place close to the ocean and the nature.

During spring I shall go for a daily walk and look at all the beautiful blooming flowers.

Back to reality, I ventured down the beach where there were lovely old caf├ęs and hotels.

The neighbourhood looked like it was taken out of a book.

Children played around in the sand and seagulls enjoyed the sunshine.

I sat down on the beach with my newly bought shoes and simply enjoyed what life had to offer.

Unfortunately the day had to come to an end when I had to catch the last ferry back to Circular Quay. I waved goodbye to Watsons Bay and promised myself that I would explore all the other bays around the area some other time.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Butterfly Effect

As it was drizzling outside today, me and Annie decided to go to Wild Life Sydney after a delicious Thai lunch. Actually we had not really planned to do so, but simply caved into the entire idea of meeting adorable animals, getting away from the dreary rain and to warm up a bit.

We ventured into a newly built complex and headed off to an exciting animal adventure.

The first encounter I had was with this beautiful snake, who didn't want me to go...

Once inside we saw an even bigger snake which had just shed its skin and was sleeping away.

Inside a +30C warmed up room were the cutest tree frogs sitting on a rock...

but the best encounter was these beautiful butterflies that were flying around.

2 of them were very friendly and didn't mind sitting on our hands.

Just look at those breathtaking colours!

I think they were the biggest butterflies I've ever seen. Pretty much the size of my hand.

Nature's true beauty that's for sure.

Following the fresh eucalyptus smell, we met some adorable koalas.

Me and Annie could just stand there for hours mesmerized by the cuteness.

Of course there were even more snakes...

Sitting on a branch was a huge kookaburra, however it didn't make its famous laugh.

A wallaby and...

a wombat were eating away in the desert area.

While in a corner, was a crashed out kangaroo.

and then I got to see....adorable lizards!

In the night-life section was a vampire bat waiting to "sack yar blad!"

But the biggest of them all was a 40 year old croc!

I managed to guess his correct weigh, which was 520kg. One big boy that's for sure!

And here are two videos as a treat:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Taronga Zoo

Since the sky cleared up today I decided to spend my day outside.

I took the ferry for the first time from Circular Quay and felt the wonderful breeze in my face.

The captain took us around the bay, showing us the Sydney Opera House from a different angle.

We also got the chance to be jealous of the multi-million dollar house owners along the shore. I'm definately not surprised that Russell Crowe got a house there.

After a beautiful ride, I got off at Taronga Zoo where I would spend the rest of the day.

While taking the Sky Safari lift I got stuck up in the air. Didn't complain as I had a nice view.

Once at the top I got to be face to face with Australia's most charming animal.

The Koalas spent a few minutes eating eucalyptus leaves, and the fresh aroma filled the entire zoo.

There were also some spectacular colourful birds and parrots to look at.

I was thrilled to get to see the largest lizard in the world, a thirsty Komodo Dragon

Inside Reptile World were colourful Green Tree Frogs.

A several metre long yawning Boa...or perhaps a mere attempt to show off. :)

There were of course plenty of Lizards for me to point and squeal at

To the foreground of the city walked the incredibly tall Giraffes.

A cheeky little fellow was the Tasmanian Devil, who didn't seem as intimidating as they do on TV.

The Kangaroos were casually relaxing in the sun and I almost felt like joining them.

Right next to them was a Wallaby who had a staring completion with a lizard. (no one got hurt)

Right in the middle of the park were adorable Ring-Tailed Lemurs and stout Gorillas.

In the midst of all the big cats was a remarkably beautiful Tiger who just stole my heart.

The Meerkats were preening themselves and just simply enjoying the day.

By the end of the trail was a delightful seal who seemed happy to see all of us.

As a whole, I couldn't have been any happier today. I got to see one Australia's most iconic animals, along with other gorgeous creatures.

I even got to hug a big Koala *ehem* ...ok perhaps some other time then. ;)

Here's some more Koala love!