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Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – The Koala Kingdom

July 11, 2019, prompt: “My kingdom for a koala!” In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a koala in a kingdom. You can create a character out of Norah’s koala and give it a Vermont adventure. Or you can make up a story however you want! Can you pull off a BOTS (based on a true story)? Go where the prompt leads!

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The Koala Kingdom

“Welcome to the Round Table. The top agenda today is on Koala.”

“We had that six months ago.”

“I’ve met with Koala King. His concerns are about the millions of acres of their kingdom being destroyed.”

“By the developers for housing?”

“And the wildfires too. There’re no consistent legislation or adequate resources from the government to protect them.”

“What do we do?”

“The researchers suggested upgrading the Koala status from Vulnerable to Endangered. We’ll recommend that the government declaring the Koala habitat a sanctuary.”

“Yes, the Koala Foundations will jointly go to the government for securing the Koala Kingdom.”

 

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge – The Koala Kingdom

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #45 – Street Art

When I go places near my home or travel abroad, I’m attracted to the sculptures, wall paintings, and different art forms. I included samples of these art forms in this post.

 

The MGM Lion Statue is the largest bronze statue in the Western Hemisphere.  It is 45 feet tall and 50 feet long. It weighs 50 tons and is made up of 1660 pieces of bronze welded together. The sculptor was Snell Johnson, and the designer was M. Smeaton. The statue was installed on February 15, 1997. http://www.lionlamb.us/lion/lvlions.html

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The Walk of Fame was created by E.M. Stuart, its volunteer president of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 1953. By March 1956, the final design and coral-and-charcoal color scheme had been approved, and between the spring of 1956 and the fall of 1957, 1,558 honorees were selected by committees representing the four major branches of the entertainment industry at that time: motion pictures, television, audio recording, and radio. Official groundbreaking took place on February 8, 1960. As of 2018, the Walk of Fame comprises over 2,600 stars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Walk_of_Fame

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The Navy sailor kissing a nurse is 25 feet tall, weighs 6,000 pounds statue called “Unconditional Surrender,” by J. Seward Johnson, although the city of San Diego has officially labeled it the “Embracing Peace” statue. The original image of the moment was captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945 at the end of WWII. https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/20274

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This Marilyn Monroe life-like statue is in front of the Tropic Cinema in Key West, Florida. The famous picture of Marilyn Monroe laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway vent was shot on September 15th, 1954 filming The Seven Year Itch. https://shoestringweekends.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/marilyn

 

The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.  The Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding  East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the Wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, euphoric people and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the Wall.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Wall

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The following two are the sculptures we saw in Sydney next to a park we passed by.

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The next two sculptures are among the sculptures, murals and other street art we see at Laguna Beach, California where we often go for a half day walk.

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #45 – Street Art

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #9: Action

Action in the air, on the ridge of the high mountains, and in the depth of the ocean – a conservative description of my husband.

My husband is adventurous. He is a helicopter pilot. He keeps his pilot license active but doesn’t fly anymore because the air traffic in southern California is too busy. When he flew, he had a close call experience with a police helicopter. Helicopters are not within the control of Air Traffic Control and pilots must use their judgments.

My hubby rode dirt bikes, but he quit before he got married because I worried to death about his safety. He broke his wrist and ankle three weeks before our wedding. Walking down the aisle with a crutch was the decision, that’s part of life.

He is a diver. Diving was something he continued to do until the Key West trip in 2011. He dived in Aruba, Australia, Maui in Hawaii several times, North Carolina, southern California, and Key West in Florida.

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Travel Highlight – Australia

My husband was born in Australia. When we started our travel journey, it was logical that Australia was our first choice. We like to fly nonstop as much as possible. It was a 17 hours’ flight from Los Angeles, the longest flight we have had.

Our first visit was to tour the Sydney Opera House. Besides the tour, we watched an opera available during our visit.

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Bondi Beach

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was quite an experience. We wore the special suit that wrapped around us with nothing loose outside the suit.  It had belts and hooks attaching to the steel railing leading to the top of the bridge. It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring 134 meters (440 feet) from the top to water level. It was a climb of our life.

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We visited his aunt and uncle who lived in New South Wales which is less than a two-hour drive from Sydney. They took us to Blue Mountain, and we went down to the visitor area that provided a spectacular view to the Jamison Valley below the Three Sisters.

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Other sites of the visit were the Koala Zoo and the Crocodile Farm.

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Before we went further north, we stopped by Port Douglas.

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My husband always wanted to dive in the Great Barrier Reef. It was his highlight of the trip. I don’t dive but had a pleasant boat ride and a spectacular view of the ocean.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

The most impressive sand was what I found on Bondi Beach, Australia. The sand was as fine as flour. The color was beige. The amazing thing was the cleanliness of the beach. On the same trip to Australia, we went to Port Douglas which is north of Caine where Great Barrier Reef is located. We walked on the sand, then took a path to a higher spot overlooking the long stretch of the beach for photos.

As far as sand, I include a photo of the sand beach at Makena, Maui, Hawaii where we got married. We went to spend our anniversary there.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

I have posted photos of our travel in Australia. For this post, I include different photos to show “textures” for this week’s challenge.

We took a tour to the Sydney Opera House; my interest was to understand how the architecture was built to accommodate the curve of the roof. The close-up photo of the tile patterns explained how it was built.

While we were in Sydney, we went to Bondi Beach. I was surprised by the color and textures of the sand. It was as fine as the wheat flour.

We stopped by the park in Sydney and took photos of two beautiful sculptures. The trees in the backdrop and the bases have complementing textures to bring out the admirable textures of the sculptures.

We then traveled to Blue Mountain. The Three Sisters definitely have intriguing textures through the weathering over the years.

The Crocodile Farm Tour surely let us see close up of the amazing patterns of the Crocodile skins.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures 

Security in Australia Airport

My previous posts on our Australia trip, I missed posting this photo of atop of Sydney Harbor Bridge. At the Bridge Climb Center, we put on special suit with nothing loose outside of the suit. We were also strapped and hooked on to the steel railing as well as hooked on to the team members. A climbing tour guide led up to the top, took the photo, and then made a U turn to go back down to the Center.

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.

It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge, 503 m (1,650 ft), in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Harbour_Bridge

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When we left for Australia, we had no problem passing the security from the US airport with our passports. We had no problem entering Australia either. On our return trip, we went to the airline counter to get the boarding passes. The airline ground crew questioned our passports, perhaps for security reason.

What happened was that on our passports, our last names are hyphenated. But the names on our US Driver’s Licenses are not hyphenated. Since the names on both documents are not consistent, the crew member couldn’t issue the boarding passes to us. We spent a lot of time to explain, also tried to find other identifications to match with the names on the passports.

What we could find was secondary identifications with no photos. The supervisor stepped in and examined everything. Eventually we were issue the boarding passes to return home.

Ever since having that experience, we had carefully corrected all the major documents to have our last names hyphenated.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Daily Prompt: Passport

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