Well I have finally seen wildlife in Australia, wildlife that is actually wild that is. This weekend I went to the Grampians. The Grampians are roughly 3.5 hours away from Melbourne. I drove up last night and spent the night in Ararat. On the way into the Grampians I saw my first wild kangaroo, I also saw my first kangaroo round kill.
While driving through Halls Gap I noticed a mob of kangaroo in a field behind Halls Gap Log Cabins. I decided to go in and book a room for tonight. The cabin is very nice. I think it is actually bigger than my apartment in Melbourne. I spent at least the next hour photographing the kangaroo. They are not tame but they are not too afraid of people. Getting with 20 feet is fairly easy.
Afterwards I went up into the Grampians and saw the Silverband Falls, McKenzie Falls, the Balconies and a number of other scenic outlooks. I also went over to the Little Dessert. It was a wonderful day. I finished to off by taking more pictures of the Kangaroo when I returned to the cabin in the evening.
Last night I had the best sleep I have had since coming to Australia. I live a rural area at home. My apartment in Melbourne is right by an expressway. I have trouble sleeping to the sounds of traffic and sirens at night. I suppose I will eventually get use to it but it hasn't happened yet. Sleeping in the quite of the Grampians was heaven.
I awakened to the calls of the Kookaburra, went out and photographed the kangaroos again. I even got shots of a couple mothers with joeys in their pouches. There are flocks of cockatoo flying overhead as I photograph.
After breakfast I went to the Halls Gap Wildlife Park. It is similar to the one at Ballarat. I feed and photographed the wallabies. They also had a family of dingoes. Dingo pups are terrible cute. I should not admit this but I stuck my fingers through the fence and got licked by a dingo pup. The mom was actually friendly too. When she came over I held my hand up about an inch away from the fence. She stuck her nose through and licked me also. I want a pet dingo.
As I sit in my apartment reviewing my photos I look out the window at the cityscape and feel trapped again. Cities do that to me, all concrete, steel, and glass. I don't know why anyone would choose to live in a city. I long to be someplace close to nature. Someplace where I can walk outside and see a deer or a kangaroo.
Two weeks after I was in the Grampians a bush fire ravaged the area. Halls Gap (where I originally spent the night) was in the news for days as the fire threatened to destroy it. I went back two weeks after the fire. The main road through the Grampians was still closed so I could not revisit the area the way I wanted to but I did get pictures of the devastation at the edge of where the fire went through.
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