https://flic.kr/p/R1Peqm | 5214ex2   P900  Uluru, as evening approaches | No photo can do this beautiful place justice.  The huge red sandstone monolith rises from the surrounding sands of the Outback sandy plains and commands the entire region.  The sandstone appears very different colors throughout the day, turning a deep red with sunrise and sunset.    Zoom in for more details of the rock itself.  Once known as Ayers rock, it is now called by its aboriginal name, Uluru.  It is still…

https://flic.kr/p/R1Peqm | 5214ex2 P900 Uluru, as evening approaches | No photo can do this beautiful place justice. The huge red sandstone monolith rises from the surrounding sands of the Outback sandy plains and commands the entire region. The sandstone appears very different colors throughout the day, turning a deep red with sunrise and sunset. Zoom in for more details of the rock itself. Once known as Ayers rock, it is now called by its aboriginal name, Uluru. It is still…

https://flic.kr/p/Q7S6tG | 5120ex  P900  Olgas and wildflowers | A view from in  Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.  You can see the desert scrub and wildflowers, with the Olgas ( Kata Tjuta) in the distance.  This was a winter with a higher than average rainfall, so the desert blooms were especially prolific for us to see.  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia   -- should be posting more ( almost) daily…

https://flic.kr/p/Q7S6tG | 5120ex P900 Olgas and wildflowers | A view from in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You can see the desert scrub and wildflowers, with the Olgas ( Kata Tjuta) in the distance. This was a winter with a higher than average rainfall, so the desert blooms were especially prolific for us to see. Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia -- should be posting more ( almost) daily…

https://flic.kr/p/QKGQmT | 7174ex  P900  Hiking above the rainbow | A wet day with snow and sleet shrouding the higher mountain range.  We were hiking the area, and came across this beautiful rainbow shimmering across from and below us towards the valley floor.  No Mt Cook views this day, but still lots of beauty.  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia   -- should be posting more ( almost) daily  www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736…

https://flic.kr/p/QKGQmT | 7174ex P900 Hiking above the rainbow | A wet day with snow and sleet shrouding the higher mountain range. We were hiking the area, and came across this beautiful rainbow shimmering across from and below us towards the valley floor. No Mt Cook views this day, but still lots of beauty. Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia -- should be posting more ( almost) daily www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736…

https://flic.kr/p/NsdR7T | 2050ex2 NZ countryside pano | Crossing the middle of the South Island of New Zealand, this is the rugged land between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.  This is typical vegetation-- low lying shrub and the cabbage tree, or cabbage palm.  The waters are a beautiful aqua blue since their source is glacial melt.  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia   -- should be posting more ( almost) daily…

https://flic.kr/p/NsdR7T | 2050ex2 NZ countryside pano | Crossing the middle of the South Island of New Zealand, this is the rugged land between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. This is typical vegetation-- low lying shrub and the cabbage tree, or cabbage palm. The waters are a beautiful aqua blue since their source is glacial melt. Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia -- should be posting more ( almost) daily…

https://flic.kr/p/S6mNTA | 6048ex  Lake Waynaka NZ | While in New Zealand we had several overcast gray days, but we were also rewarded with views like this when the sun broke through.  The mountain range across the lake is the Southern Alps.  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia   -- more postings to come  www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736  www.cameralenscompare.com/photoAwardsCounter.aspx

https://flic.kr/p/S6mNTA | 6048ex Lake Waynaka NZ | While in New Zealand we had several overcast gray days, but we were also rewarded with views like this when the sun broke through. The mountain range across the lake is the Southern Alps. Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia -- more postings to come www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736 www.cameralenscompare.com/photoAwardsCounter.aspx

https://flic.kr/p/NksDbJ | 4274ex Coral Sea via jetboat | This is the beautiful scenery you pass as you make the 45 minute jetboat trip from the Australia mainland (Port Douglas) out to the Great Barrier Reef on the Coral Sea.  We had the fun experience of snorkeling the Outer Rim of the reef.  Pics to come.........  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia   -- should be posting more ( almost) daily  www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736…

https://flic.kr/p/NksDbJ | 4274ex Coral Sea via jetboat | This is the beautiful scenery you pass as you make the 45 minute jetboat trip from the Australia mainland (Port Douglas) out to the Great Barrier Reef on the Coral Sea. We had the fun experience of snorkeling the Outer Rim of the reef. Pics to come......... Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia -- should be posting more ( almost) daily www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736…

https://flic.kr/p/Pg8NLr | 7145ex P900 Canterbury Plains & Southern Alps | Motorcoaching our way around the South Island of New Zealand.   The mountains rise dramatically from the plains, with few foothills to ease the ascent.  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia   -- should be posting more ( almost) daily  www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736   www.cameralenscompare.com/photoAwardsCounter.aspx

https://flic.kr/p/Pg8NLr | 7145ex P900 Canterbury Plains & Southern Alps | Motorcoaching our way around the South Island of New Zealand. The mountains rise dramatically from the plains, with few foothills to ease the ascent. Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia -- should be posting more ( almost) daily www.flickr.com/photos/25171569@N02/albums/72157676139226736 www.cameralenscompare.com/photoAwardsCounter.aspx

https://flic.kr/p/PvuRPD | 7597ex  P900  Keeping the peace, WWII style | The South Pacific was a huge battle theater in World war II.  Bora Bora was seen as a prime target after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, so the Allies placed some huge guns on the island to protect the harbors there.  Today, they look so out of place in a tropical paradise.  Fortunately, they were never used.  They do serve as a reminder of how fragile peace can be in our world.  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New…

https://flic.kr/p/PvuRPD | 7597ex P900 Keeping the peace, WWII style | The South Pacific was a huge battle theater in World war II. Bora Bora was seen as a prime target after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, so the Allies placed some huge guns on the island to protect the harbors there. Today, they look so out of place in a tropical paradise. Fortunately, they were never used. They do serve as a reminder of how fragile peace can be in our world. Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New…

https://flic.kr/p/RAFnLG | 6662ex  craggy contrasts | Cruising Milford Sound was a remarkable experience.  the snowy peaks, sheer mountain faces and the direct plunge to the pristine waters all made for incredible land and waterscapes.  Most shots of Milford Sound focus on the waters.  I like this view too.  But, if you want to see the more traditional shot, in panoramic view, see the set below.  Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia   -- more postings to…

https://flic.kr/p/RAFnLG | 6662ex craggy contrasts | Cruising Milford Sound was a remarkable experience. the snowy peaks, sheer mountain faces and the direct plunge to the pristine waters all made for incredible land and waterscapes. Most shots of Milford Sound focus on the waters. I like this view too. But, if you want to see the more traditional shot, in panoramic view, see the set below. Check back to my album 2016 Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia -- more postings to…

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