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Monday, February 20, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Mikey and his new offsider, Rustle, cooling off in a trough
By Chris Ferguson ·  · From Pic of the Week
But those who know Mikey will know that he is only ever an offsider for other dogs, hanging back, being the backup. Lucky for him he's a nice dog. Published 04 Feb 2016.  Yantabulla NSW 2840

A kayaker glides across the peaceful waters of Ellery Creek
By KatieT ·  · From Pic of the Week
After completing the first sections of the Larapinta Trail, we visited some of the naturally beautiful wonders further along the trail.  Published 19 Apr 2016.  Larapinta NT 0870

Always something happening on country roads

Always something happening on Country Roads Published 23 Jan 2017.  Ballarat Central VIC 3350

Galahs having a snuggle on Bribie Island
By wildman_photo ·  · From Pic of the Week
  Published 27 Jan 2017.  Welsby QLD 4507

Gorgeous echidna
By gregfaull ·  · From Pic of the Week

I got up close and personal with a gorgeous echidna at Cape Deslacs, north-east of Clifton Beach. He almost high-fived me which would have been a great fist bump.             Published 20 Jan 2017.  Clifton Beach TAS 7020
Always worth the trek
By darren_heelis ·  · From Pic of the Week

Always worth the trek to Cyrstal showers falls Dorrigo National Park NSW           Published 15 Jun 2016.  Dorrigo NSW 2453

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

A welcome dip in Ormiston Gorge  By KatieT · · From Pic of the Week
There is something quite magical and soothing about floating in waters out in the great outdoors, looking up at the red majestic rocks soaring above you.                                                   Published 19 Apr 2016. Mount Zeil NT 0872

The Spit
By morl.ephotography · · From Pic of the Week  Surfers sunset
 Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

A hatful of mushrooms By Chris Ferguson · · From Pic of the Week
Picked at Yantabulla where it's hardly rained for years. This season is magical, it just keeps raining. Happy Days! 
Published 07 Jul 2016. Yantabulla NSW 2840

Rainbow Sunset - Lithgow main street
By Wendy Hawkes ·  · From Snapped: Your Top 3

Lithgow still retains many of its original shop facades, but they have been updated with a variety of paint jobs making for a rainbow of historic and modern architecture.  Published 02 Dec 2013.  Lithgow NSW 2790

A Usual Weekend in The East Kimberley                           By Landi Bradshaw ·  · From Pic of the Week                                                                             So  many places to explore we can't keep up!     Published 24 Jan 2017.  Kununurra WA 6743

Fitzroy crossing Western Australia the kimberley  By nicola.pele ·  · From Pic of the Week
         Published 23 Jan 2017. Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Basnett family tragedy

Andrew and Anne Basnett

Three tragic deaths of the Basnett family shocked the small rural town of Gunning, near Canberra on Thursday.

Husband and wife Andrew 69 and his wife Anne 63 and Andrew's brother Richard 68, all died when they collapsed inside a concrete water tank filled with noxious fumes.

When Andrew was cleaning out the tank, he called out for help and collapsed and when his wife and brother rushed to his aid, they too were overcome and died.  Before Anne went inside the tank, she asked a neighbour to call emergency services, but they arrived too late.

Andrew was using a petrol pump which caused a build-up of noxious fumes inside the tank which was virutally covered over.

Andrew's brother Richard was visiting the couple when the accident occurred.

'They were great community people, Annie was involved in a theatrical group and Andy played gold with us each week' family friend Kim Turner said.

The couple were finalists in the Flock Ewe competition at Gunning show and their event has since been cancelled out of respect.

Yass Valley Council Mayor Rowena Abbey said 'They loved their farm, their friends and particularly their children and grandchildren.'

A brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Today's ABC Open photos

Standing silently and still
By Di Lymbury (Nardoo) ·  · From My Back Roads

This disused rail line wends its way through the Northern Rivers area of NSW. 
It was the first on the North Coast and was opened in 1894. 
It went from Murwillumbah, Byron Bay and Lismore, extending to Casino in 1903. 
A branch line was built to Kyogle in 1910 and this was extended to Brisbane in 1930. 
Before too long, the link to Brisbane formed the main Sydney to Brisbane line and the Casino to Murwillumbah line became a secondary line. 
I remember travelling as a child on this line from Casino to Murwillumbah. 
It ran through the picturesque green hills of the Northern Rivers.
As a child, I also travelled on the Sydney to Brisbane line regularly from Casino to Whiporie, often home from boarding school on a Friday afternoon. 
My sisters and I had to arrive at the station early to inform the conductor that we would be on the train so he could have the train stop at Whiporie, (not a regular scheduled stop) to let us off.
One day, I remember the conductor forgot to stop the train so we ran through the carriages trying to find him. 
We were halfway to Banyabba before we found him and he immediately pulled the emergency cord so the train came to a sudden stop. 
He went through to the engine and the train started to reverse all the way back to Whiporie. 
I clearly remember feeling extremely embarrassed. 
Everyone around us was wondering why we were reversing and some very loudly spoken American tourists with strong accents were drawling, "Why are we going backwards?"
We scrambled out at the station feeling mortified, as only teenage girls of that era can. 
I can't imagine that in this day and age state rail would be so very accommodating.
It is sad to see this Casino to Murwillumbah branch line standing silently neglected. 
There has been talk of converting it into a cycleway but it never seems to eventuate. 
What a marvellously scenic tourist attraction it would be.
Published 29 Jan 2017.  North Lismore NSW 2480

Karlo pools, Royal National Park
By apall93 ·  · From Pic of the Week 

Uloolatrack Royal National Park bushwalk karlo pools.  Published 19 Jan 2017      Helensburgh NSW 2508

Keeping an eye out  By A McTavish ·  · From Pic of the Week
Tawny frogmouths come back every year to have their babies. One year we had a nest fall and managed to make another and return the babies to their mother who had alerted us by her mournful cries.
Yes it happened again as seen in the photo. This time the babies were older. We do not have any cats, dogs or foxes on the property, their only danger was being observed too much by us. Oh and the odd hungry goanna.
All survived and moved on.  Published 24 Jan 2017.  Goonengerry NSW 2482

Leaving our mark with everyone else
By Catherine ·  · From Pic of the Week

Port Macquaries break walls are decorated with colourful images and names from locals and visitors from afar.  Published 24 Jan 2017.  Port Macquarie NSW 2444

The bottom of Myrtle Forest Falls
By shelleaman ·  · From Pic of the Week

After crawling under fallen trees, balancing on island rocks and picking up a few hungry hitchhiking leeches along the way we made it to the bottom of Myrtle Forest Falls. Published 23 Jan 2017.  Wellington Park TAS 7054

Better in pots
By kathysharvest ·  · From Pic of the Week

I have decided that my large strawberries do much better in pots and hanging baskets as have had no dramas with critters eating them so will continue to grow them this way. The alpine strawberries do much better in a garden bed. I love that each day another delicious   strawberry is ready to pick.   Published 21 Dec 2016.  Melbourne VIC 3004


Friday, February 17, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Mustering the troops
By Moon mad ·  · From Pic of the Week

My favourite gum always has kookaburras, but to capture five in a row was a gift. Published 11 Jul 2016.  Denistone NSW 2114

Banksia flower in full bloom
By glennrsmith66 ·  · From Pic of the Week

Banksia flower in full bloom in the Australian botanical gardens, Mount Annan. These flowers certainly attract a wide variety of honey eaters.  Published 10 Oct 2016.  Mount Annan NSW 2567

Red waratah

By glennrsmith66 ·  · From Pic of the Week

The red waratahs are flowering this week in the Australian Botanical Gardens, Mount Annan. Last week I got the white.Published 10 Oct 2016.  Mount Annan NSW 2567

West MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia

By glennrsmith66 ·  · From Pic of the Week
West MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia. Published 01 Dec 2016.  Mount Zeil NT 0872

Looking out over the Jamison Valley at Wentworth Falls
By lifecatchme ·  · From Pic of the Week

Looking out over the Jamison Valley at Wentworth Falls yesterday afternoon. ... The clouds looked like another Sydney summer storm in the making, but just led to a lovely golden blue sunset. Oh, heard my first cicada song as well as chasing Christmas beetles out from the light last night. Summer in Sydney! Published 20 Jan 2017.  Wentworth Falls NSW 2782

River Lett water colour
By Wendy Hawkes ·  · From Pic of the Week

The River Lett received its name when in 1813 surveyor George William Evans wrote "Riverlett" clumsily on his map while doing an initial survey of the area. It was copied as River Lett from then on.  With many small waterholes and rapids it is a beautiful spot on hot summer days.  Published 13 Jan 2016.  Hartley NSW 2790

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Australian Botanical gardens, mount Annan.
By glennrsmith66 ·  · From Pic of the Week

A second shot from yesterday in the Australian Botanical gardens, mount Annan. Of the square tailed Kite. (Lophoictinia isura) hovering over the connections gardens.      Published 16 Jan 2017.  Mount Annan NSW 2567

Stuck on a post
By oznaturequest ·  · From Pic of the Week

Published 12 Jan 2017.  Daylesford VIC 3460

Stunning peonies
By tweetiepix ·  · From Pic of the Week

These stunning peonies were given to me today from my dear friend Alison Guilbert of Peonietta. Peonietta is a peony farm located in Nietta, in the rolling hills behind Ulverstone on Tasmania's north west coast. Although peonies usually flower in November, it has been a late season this year, allowing us to enjoy these stunning blooms into January.  Published 16 Jan 2017.  Ulverstone TAS 7315

What a way to end a day

By Annette Hobbs ·  · From Pic of the Week
Published 18 Jan 2017.  Sorrento VIC 3943

Just taking in the view
Bitten by march flies on the hike to get here, but well worth it!Published 20 Jan 2017.  Kununurra WA 6743

As the fog rises
By Moon mad ·  · From Pic of the Week

A stroll in the local reserve and greeted by amazing colours through the mist and sunrise  Published 02 Jun 2016.  Denistone NSW 2114