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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #126: An Alphabet Challenge – A: Australia

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #126, Patti invited us to go back to basics–namely, the ABC’s. We’re starting at the very beginning with the letter A.  I chose A for Australia.

Australia was my husband, Lynton’s birthplace, and childhood home for 10 years. When we started our travel journey, it was logical that it was our first choice. We like to fly nonstop as much as possible and it was a 17-hour flight from Los Angeles, the longest flight we have had.

Our first visit was to tour the Sydney Opera House. I was especially interested in the design and the structure. From the tour I learned that 233 designers submitted the designs for the Opera House international design competition held in 1956. Jørn Utzon from Denmark was the winner, receiving ₤5000 for his design. There are over 1 million roof tiles covering approximately 1.62 hectares sitting over the structure. They were made in Sweden. Besides the tour, we watched an opera available during our visit.

The Sydney Harbor bridge opened in 1932. It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring 134 meters (440 feet) from the top to water level. It spans about 500 meters (1,650 feet). You can walk and cycle across the bridge. We joined the guided tour to climb the Bridge. We wore the special hooded suit that wrapped around us with nothing loose outside the suit.  There were belts and connecting straps buckled on to each climber of a group and each climber had hooks attaching to the steel railing leading to the top of the bridge. The view on top of the Bridge was breathtaking. It was a climb of a lifetime.

Lynton’s aunt and uncle 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.

We went to Koala Park Sanctuary in Sydney. Koalas are cute and calm creatures. They could cling on to the tree trunks for a long time without moving. We had photos taken with a koala at a photo booth.

Koorana Crocodile Farm was established by John and Lilian Lever and was open in 1981. It was the first crocodile farm in Queensland. The person at the gift shop told us that the average heart rate of crocodile is 9.8 beats per minute, and it can reduce to 2–3 beats per minute to save energy as reduced cellular respiration. Crocodiles do not have sweat glands and release heat through their mouths. They often sleep with their mouths open.

We flew from Sydney to Cairns and rented another car. At Cairns, Lynton went diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Most of the corals lost the colors due to climate change. The dive was his highlight of the trip. I don’t dive but had a pleasant boat ride and a spectacular view of the ocean. We drove north to Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation before flying back to Sydney to return home.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #126: An Alphabet Challenge–A: Australia

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge Connection

I came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago. At that time, there were nine bridges in the Willamette Valley. I had to remember which bridge to take from Milwaukie to downtown Portland, or which bridge to take to get on Interstate 5 to go to Seattle, Washington. Forty years later, there is one new bridge that makes ten bridges in Portland, Oregon. In this post, I include one bridge from Portland. Other bridges are from our travel.

Bridge 1

The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, USA. I took this photo from Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood.

Bridge 2

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor, Australia. My husband and I joined a tour to climb to the top of the Bridge.

Bridge 3

London Bridge, London crosses over River Thames in central London. We only had photos taken by the bridge.

Bridge 4

This Bamboo Bridge is in Lan Tau Island, Hong Kong. It needed attention and concentration to walk across this bridge.

Bridge 5

This Suspension Bridge is in Shenzhen, China. My family and I only walked to the middle of the bridge to have photos taken.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

Tuesday Travel Highlight – Australia

My husband was born in Australia. When we started our travel journey, it was logical that Australia was our destination.

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

sydney-opera-house

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was quite an experience. Special suit with belts and hooks were required to attach to the steel railing leading to the top of the bridge.  It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level. Climbing to the top of the bridge was the climb of our life!

sydney-harbor-bridge

bandi-beach

Bondi Beach, Sydney

We visited his aunt and uncle who lived by Blue Mountain, which is less than two-hour drive from Sydney. We drove to Three Sisters, and followed a Giant Stairway that provides a spectacular entry to the Jamison Valley, descending approximately 300 m (1000 ft) via more than 800 steps and runways.

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

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

port-douglas

My husband always wanted to dive in the Great Barrier Reef. It was his highlight of the trip, and a pleasant experience for me to ride along the boat to have a spectacular view of the ocean and the mountains.