Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Australia Photos Australia Photos ..

Walking the horse - National park Ramat-Gan, Tel Aviv

When I saw this lady walk her horse from a distance in the park, I settled and managed to prepare my camera on time, and what a moment...
After a rainy morning, sun was up and enhanced the verdant surrounding's.
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Ike

Location in the park:32.04656,34.8226

*** I will post more on the National-Park in Ramat-Gan, which is merely 6km from my place.


Rainy days in TLV - Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa) with hot, humid summers, unpredictable springs and autumns, and cool, rainy winters. Humidity tends to be high year-round due to ocean breeze. In winter, average temperatures are usually between 9 °C (48 °F) and 17 °C (63 °F), with temperatures as low as 7 °C (45 °F) and as high as 20 °C (68 °F) occurring several times a winter.[62] In summer, average temperatures are usually between 24 °C (75 °F) and 30 °C (86 °F). Heatwaves are most common during spring, with temperatures as high as 35 °C (95 °F). There are barely any days in the year without sunshine, and even during the winter there are many clear days.

Tel Aviv averages 530.7 millimeters (20.9 in) of precipitation annually, which mostly occurs in the months of October through April. Winter is the wettest season, often accompanied by heavy showers and thunderstorms. Snow is extremely rare, with the last recorded snowfall within city limits occurring in February 1950. The rainiest month on record was January 2000 with 424.9 mm (16.73 in). The rainiest day on record was 8 November 1955 with 133 mm (5.24 in). However, Tel Aviv enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year with more than 300 sunny days annually.


Soon to loose it's title... - Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv

Could not ignore on beautiful day the Aviv-Tower was in sight, from street level to sky's aloft.
Soon to loose it's seniority as highest in Israel, a planned 70 stories high-rise to be built in the same area.
This 68 stories high, 235m above ground, more than 250m above sea-level, prominently rise on the Diamonds-center in Ramat-Gan. Less than 2km from my home.
Night picture, previously posted.


Birds view - beer sheva, Beer Sheva

The Northern Negev desert it in full bloom, following Jan-Feb showers.


The Negev is a triangular area with a maximum elevation of 3,300 feet and includes more than half of Israel's land area. The Negev Hills are a series of ranges with gentle northwesterly and steep south-easterly slopes. Some craters were formed by the erosion of upward-folded strata; they are 6 to 19 miles long, up to 3 miles wide, and surrounded on all sides by precipitous slopes. On their eastern side is an opening through which they drain into the Aravah Valley. August temperatures average 79°F, but they reach 90°F in the southern area and in Aravah. January temperatures average 52°F, reaching 59°F in the south and in Elat. The gateway from the north is the Negev's largest city, Beersheba, with a population estimated at 181,500 in 2002. To the south, the Negev opens onto the Gulf of Aqaba at Elat. The Negev has been irrigated in the northwest for agriculture; it contains some mineral resources, such as copper, phosphates, bromine, and potash, as well as natural gas and petroleum.

Under the British Mandate (1922 - 1948), the Negev was inhabited mainly by Bedouin. A few Jewish settlements were established by 1946. Control of the desert was contested by Arabs and Jews in the various partition plans. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly's partition recommendation assigned parts of the Negev to the proposed Jewish state. In May 1948, Egyptian forces entered Gaza and the Negev in the opening days of the Arab-Israel War. With the conclusion of that war by armistice agreement in 1949, the Negev remained part of Israel. The late 1940s and early 1950s brought hundreds of thousands of immigrants to Israel. With an aggressive settlement program, by 2000 the Negev reached a population of more than 300,000.


Motor boats and seagulls - Yarkon river, Tel Aviv

Just a diff. angel on those colorful boats(see previous post) on the Yarkon-river under morning light. 
A lone kayak rower passed by, and the Seagulls taken sit on wooden poles and boats motor's.

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Ike
Location : 32.0962, 34.7831


Highway 98 - Golan heights, Kinneret

Highway 98 is the primary north-south highway in the Golan Heights. It is shaped like an archer's bow, and it runs parallel to the ceasefire line of the occupied territory with the rest of Syria. The route runs from Tzemah junction south of the Kinneret, first through the Yarmuk valley, then it rises up a steep slope into the Golan Heights and crosses it until it reaches the lowest cable-car station on Mount Hermon. There it meets Route 999, which continues to Mount Dov. Highway 98 is steep compared to the highways in Israel, rising from 210 meters below sea level at the Kinneret to 1600 meters above sea level on the Hermon.


Daintree Cassowary - Daintree National Park, Queensland

As we drove between Port Douglas and the Daintree NP there were signs to take care as there were Cassowaries about. Just as we were beginning to think the signs were there to make tourists think they might see a Cassowary this one appeared beside the road. After pulling over quickly and grabbing my camera I managed just a handful of shots before it walked off into the forest and within moments was hidden.

Cassowaries are large flightless birds found in PNG and northern Australia. They can reach 2m in height and weigh 60kg, with a reputation for attacking humans (although this seems unlikely to be true).


Light's Vision - Adelaide, South Australia

Colonel William Light (27 April 1786 – 6 October 1839) was instrumental in choosing the location, and designing the plans for the capital of South Australia, the City of Adelaide. This settlement would in time grow to become Australia's 5th largest city.
Adelaide was established as a 'free settled' town in contrast to Sydney, Hobart and Brisbane which were all instigated as convict colonies. As such, the opportunity existed to plan the city from its conception which Colonel Light as Surveyor-General was tasked. 
The result is a spacious and efficient town with wide streets, easily navigated grid road network and reliable fresh water access. Adelaide is also the only city of its size in the world (of 1.2 million + people) which has its town centre completely encircled by a belt of parklands and green reserves.
Today Light's statue resides on a hill just north of the city he designed where he can watch its progress.


Chinese New Year #2 - Brisbane, Queensland

A masked character, (a cheeky one too!), who formed part of the Dragon dance parade in Chinatwon in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. This was part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations, where the Valley Chinatown is packed and full of noise and food and fun, all amongst the sub tropical humidy of Brisban'e summer, for a moment I felt like I was back in SE Asia.


Greek Orthodox Church II - Brisbane, Queensland

A Greek Orthodox church in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. Polarised, & I have used a wide angled lens, and tried to get the centre vertical of the right side of the tower perpendicular, leaving the left & right sides to fall where they will.

"Immigration by Greeks to Australia began in the middle of the nineteenth century. On the 29th May 1898, the foundations of the first Greek Orthodox Church, the Holy Trinity, were laid.

The first priest to serve the religious needs of the Greek Orthodox in Sydney and Melbourne was Archimandrite Dorotheos Bakaliaros (c. 1896). In March 1924, the Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was established under the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The first Metropolitan of the new province of the Ecumenical Thronos was Christoforos (Knitis) of Serres. In 1929 Metropolitan Christoforos returned to his homeland, Samos. He died on the 7th August, 1959.

By 1927 there were more than 10000 Greeks residing in Australia. Greek Orthodox Communities were established in the cities of Perth, Brisbane, Port Pirie and Darwin. However, the only communities with churches were those of Sydney, Melbourne and Port Pirie. In 1931 Timotheos (Evangelinidis) was elected as the second Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand, and arrived in Australia on the 28th January 1932. He presided over the Church of Australia and New Zealand until 1947 when he was elected Metropolitan of Rhodes."

More information can be found here:

http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/aboutus/history

There was a 2nd wave of immigration to Australia after World War 2, and currently, with the economic problems in Greece, immigration has again increased in a new 3rd wave of immigration.

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