21 March 2006

Close, but no cigar

More pictures from the week away.
And by the way, no one has guessed the correct location. (Hint: head a little further west).

beach lone boy

rock formation

Son #1’s masterpiece.

castle

sandy toes

This koala was in a tree next to our site for two days.

koala cute

Son #2 did what any Dr Doolittle-ish child would do. Climbed the tree for an up close and personal experience. I tossed the camera up to him on a wing and a prayer, and he took a couple of shots. Then, carefully judging the situation for himself, he reached gently out and stroked the koala’s nose. The koala shook its head slowly so he backed off. But then, the koala leaned toward him, moving its head so the boy’s outstretched fingers ended up behind its ears. As #2 caressed and scratched, the koala moved its head about just as a cat does when it wants you to scratch it all over and in particular little places.

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

koala close

25 comments:

telfair said...

I'm going to guess Port Fairy!

Although it doesn't really look much like Port Fairy, now that I stop to consider...hm.

Well, I'll stick with that, because that's as far west as I've been on the Great Ocean Road.

Welcome back!! We missed you. The Commonwealth Games traffic and road closures have been maddening, though.

String Bean said...

Kudos to Son #1 on the Dr. Doolittle experience. The koala pictures are stunning as are the beach pictures. I have no idea where it is, but it's breathtaking.

dani said...

great ocean rd somewhere stunning. and that koala is so good!!!

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I know nothing about Victorian beaches so won't even try, I'm afraid!
But the koala story? wow. Definitely not a John Brown moment!

Di said...

Reminds me of the rocks at Walkerville...

Kim said...

OHMYGOD - how absolutely amazing. I wasn't even there and you could knock me down with a feather.

Your photos are remarkably lovely too.

But I'm with Bec - its south who cares.

God, sometimes even I am shocked at just how Sydney I am.

Anonymous said...

My guess, with those rock pools Johanna?

blackbird said...

gosh!

--erica said...

that is just amazing!!
amazing!!!
I'm just stunned by the koala story.

Gina said...

Was your son as moved by the koala as we all seem to be? Is this going to be a memory that he treasures? Or is this kind of the norm for him, and so not much different from befriending a stray cat?

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous pictures!
And how cool to be up close and personal with the koala.
My word verification: Zuglyy!

kimbofo said...

Who said Walkerville??

I used to spend childhood summers there! (I currently live in London, UK!)

The koala pics are adorable. Can't believe your son touched its nose. Perhaps the koala was sky high on eucalyptus leaves and so wasn't too bothered, but normally they'd rip your eyes out, they are viscious little b*ggers!! Have you seen the claws on them? Or heard the noise they make when they are angry?

Come to think of it, have you heard the noise they make when they are having sex? They squeal and grunt like stuck pigs.

Sorry, I didn't mean to bring the tone down... ;)

jorth said...

I'm going for Cumberland River. Yeah? Do I get the prize?

BabelBabe said...

I wondered what the normal temperament of a koala was.

What great phtoos!

Surfing Free said...

Never have been a big fan of the koala myself - they are smelly, cranky, and noisy. But those are great photos, especially given the subject ;)
If you are having a holiday at Port Fairy I will be soooo jealous. I love it over there. Actually anywhere on the Great Ocean Road does it for me. It is a dream of mine to live in the Otways one day ....

Suse said...

Ooh, Jorth and the anonymous Johanna guesser are soooo close. It's in between. I'll leave it for another day or so, and then reveal all if no one has got it by then.

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

You know, I started school in Victoria but that was so long ago that I can almost snicker saying "prep" instead of "kindy".

And your rocks are stunning and the holiday looks totally brilliant. But as Kim and I are both obnoxiously saying: Victorian beach? Oxymoron. Name it, Pea Soup: and then name the water temperature!!

Kim said...

Bec - I know you were changing your picture - but have you changed it to a penguin?
A short, fat, flightless bird that waddles?
Really?

danielle said...

that koala story is just about the coolest thing I've ever read. I am seriously green with envy.

Susie Sunshine said...

I want to vacation with you guys!!

doubleknot said...

The koala experience is great - a once in a life time happening.
Your pictures are wonderful.
Like the sand castle.

stephanie said...

You went camping at the beach and climbed trees to pet koalas!!!!

(knocked down by a tuft of koala fuzz)

Anonymous said...

Wye river

Suse said...

Two years late, but spot on Anonymous! Thanks for playing ...

Stomper Girl said...

Wow! Your son scratched a koala behind the ears. I will have to rewrite my ambition list! Wye River and Kennett River look so similar in our photos!