Breathtaking Photos Of Australian Drought From Above

Breathtaking Photos Of Australian Drought From Above

Here: A windmill and solar panels stand next to a dam in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Scott Cooper’s property named South Park located east of the town of Gunnedah, in New South Wales, Australia, July 21, 2018. (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)

From ground level, Australia’s drought looks like a featureless, brown dust bowl, but from the air it transforms into artistry of color and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun. Circular dry plow tracks resemble the concentric circles in Aboriginal dot paintings that tell of an ancient mythology; starving cattle lining up for feed look like an abstract painting; and their black shadows stretching across the land create a surrealistic image. The worst drought in living memory is sweeping parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and many of them asking questions about the future. Continue reading »

Australian Bureau Of Meteorology’s 2018 Calendar

A full moon alongside the planet Mars shining through cirrostratus clouds over Kosciuszko national park.
Australian Bureau Of Meteorology's 2018 Calendar
Luke Tscharke/Australian Bureau of Meteorology

The annual calendar features stunning shots of lighting, cloud formations and the aurora australis. Hundreds of photographers from every Australian state and territory submitted images to the Bureau of Meteorology for selection in the year’s calendar, with only the best chosen to represent the full spectrum of Australian weather. Continue reading »

Beautiful Australian Landscape Oil Paintings By Graham Gercken

Beautiful Australian Landscape Oil Paintings By Graham Gercken

Graham Gercken is an award winning Australian landscape painting artist who was born in 1960. He is a self-taught artist who loves to paint with oil paint. Continue reading »

Australian Native Wildlife: The National Geographic Photographer Creates A Photo Archive Of Biodiversity Around The World.

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a travelling exhibition of photographer Joel Sartore’s quest to create a photo archive of biodiversity around the world. So far, Sartore has captured studio portraits of more than 6,000 species – a number that he hopes to double.

On 1 July, the ark will open at Melbourne zoo – the first time it has been exhibited in the southern hemisphere. More than 50 portraits will be on display, including many of Australian endangered animals being protected by programs at the zoo itself. These captions have been edited from text supplied by Melbourne zoo.

Australian Native Wildlife: The National Geographic Photographer Creates A Photo Archive Of Biodiversity Around The World.
Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark/The Guardian

Barking owl. So-named because its call sounds like a barking dog, these birds are native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In Victoria they are listed as an endangered species, and in 2003 there were estimated to be fewer than 50 breeding pairs.The main threat to the species in Victoria is loss of habitat, especially large trees with hollows in which they can nest and on which many of their prey depend. Apart from a bark, they may utter a chilling scream when they feel threatened. Continue reading »

Australian Photographer Captures Women Breastfeeding Their Babies In A Series Of Stunning Scenes

Australian Photographer Captures Women Breastfeeding Their Babies In A Series Of Stunning Scenes

A series of stunning images showing women breastfeeding in iconic locations across Australia have been captured on camera. Victorian photographer Sarah Murnane, a mother-of-two, took many of the captivating images as part of The Australian Breastfeeding Project which she set up after the birth of her second child. Continue reading »

Australian Photographer Put A Giant Mirror In A Salt Flat

Australian Photographer Put A Giant Mirror In A Salt Flat

Since 2003, Australian photographer Murray Fredericks has made at least twenty journeys to the center of Lake Eyre, a desert lake with an extremely high concentration of salt. Fredericks drags all of his equipment out into the barren landscape, capturing the dramatic sky reflected in both the inch-deep water and his rectangular mirror. The images are breathtaking color-based works, my favorites featuring a double horizon locked within the mirror and the water below. Continue reading »

Thousands Of People Are Living Inside A Luxurious Hole In The Australian Desert

Thousands Of People Are Living Inside A Luxurious Hole In The Australian Desert
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If living underground sounds like something you would enjoy, then Coober Pedy is the place for you. The underground town in the Australian desert has become home to 3,500 people who come from 45 different nationalities. People who live there seem to love it as the temperatures are maintained at 23-25 degrees C throughout the year. Continue reading »

Australian Nikon-Walkley Awards 2016 Winners

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“Jason has beautifully captured a year of politics, sport and art in Australia. Through his lens he has also helped put a human face to social issues in the news”. Here, Melbourne Ballet Company dancer Kristy Lee Denovan is pictured at Princess Pier. (Photo by Jason Edwards/The Walkley Foundation) Continue reading »

Australian Traveller Captures Moment He Was Photobombed By Humpback Whale

Will Rosner and a playful humpback whale pose for a selfie. This man is certainly knows how to enjoy life travelling the South Pacific and posing for selfies with a whale.

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Australian carpenter Will Rosner from Sydney, Australia, has been travelling the world for the past 18 months but nothing could have prepared him for this incredible postcard moment. Swimming in the pristine waters of the Tonga in the Pacific Ocean Will was lucky enough to have the chance to swim with an entire pod of humpback whales. Continue reading »

Australian Ballet Perform At Qualia Hamilton Island

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Photo © by James Morgan / Hamilton Island / Getty Images

Australian ballet dancers rehearse their moves on Whitehaven Beach on June 11, 2010 on Hamilton Island, Australia. Principal artists Lucinda Dunn, Robert Curran and Rachel Rawlins and Senior Artist Andrew Killian perform pieces from breathtaking ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake during a weekend titled “Pas de Deux” in Paradise. Continue reading »

Beautiful Photo Portraits Of Australian Women Painted In Vibrant Colors

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As part of FLAIR Melbourne – a Flinders Lane art festival – Melbourne’s Lisa Minogue presents stylised photographic portraits of Australian women of colour, their faces painted vibrantly to accentuate their individuality and encourage the viewer to study each face more closely. Minogue asked each woman the same question: “What do the words “coloured girl” mean to you?”.

Ayah. “When I was at primary school, all these kids would touch my hair and rub my skin to see if the colour would come off. I would think, “It’s just skin … what do you expect?”. Continue reading »

Meet This Colorful Australian Peacock Spider

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Several new species of peacock spider – just a few millimetres long and featuring extraordinary colours – have been discovered in Western Australia and South Australia. Jürgen Otto, a biologist from Sydney, has been researching the arachnids since 2005, and has gained a significant following online with his footage. He believes there are now 48 confirmed species of peacock spider within the Maratus genus, found across Australia but particularly in Western Australia – and many more awaiting confirmation. Here: Maratus Tasmanicus, one of seven new species of peacock spiders studied and photographed by the Sydney biologist Jürgen Otto. Continue reading »

The Photographer Has Travelled The Western Australian Coast Since The Early 90s, Capturing Clotheslines In All Their Glory

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The Perth-based photographer and journalist Frances Andrijich has travelled the Western Australian coast since the early 90s, capturing clotheslines in all their glory. In her images they take the roles of play equipment, Christmas trees and, in the summer, a homemaker’s dream. Andrijich admits she is hopelessly hung up on clotheslines; her latest book celebrates them under the spotlight of the Australian sun. Continue reading »

80,000 Budgies Form A Tornado Over A Waterhole In Australian Outback

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Stunning photographs have emerged of the dazzling moment tens of thousands of budgies are tornadoing through the sky in a vivid spectacle. Continue reading »

Australian Farmer Fights Erosion With A Patchwork Of Geometric Designs

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A South Australian farmer has transformed his land into a gigantic geometric patchwork in a bid to fight soil erosion. Brian Fischer created the patterns at Ashmore White Suffolk Stud, north of Adelaide, following recent bushfires. Continue reading »

Paws For Thought With Kitty Yoga Classes At Australian Cat Cafe

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What’s better than yoga? Well, according to Australian cat cafe Catmosphere, yoga with cats (of course). Continue reading »

Australian Life Prize 2015

From the rocks of Arnhem Land to the backyards of the Sydney suburbs, from stretching by the pool to waiting for evening prayer, snapshots for the 2015 Australian Life prize demonstrated a nation in colour and motion.

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Floatie. (Photo by Henrique Fanti-Floatie/Australian Life Prize 2015) Continue reading »

First Australian Cat Cafe Opens in Melbourne

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A customer plays with a cat as she drinks a coffee at Cat Cafe Melbourne on July 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Cat Cafe Melbourne is Australias first cat cafe. The cafe has several cats from rescue shelters which live at the premises. Patrons can watch and play with the cats while enjoying a coffee. Cat Cafes are becoming known world wide, the first opening in Taiwan in 1998. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Chinese Workers Prepare Australian Sheep’s Wool for Fashion Industry

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Chinese workers prepare sheep’s wool before it is processed and bleached at a factory on July 12, 2014 near Zhangzhou, China. The facility prepares wool to be used in the manufacturing of footwear and clothing for export to Western markets and for consumption within China. (Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images AsiaPac) Continue reading »

Australian Smokers React to New Tobacco Packaging Rules

Australian Smokers React to New Tobacco Packaging Rules

The new cigarette packs are a plain drab colour apart from graphic images of the effects of smoking, a move health researchers believe will cut smoking rates. Australia’s stringent anti-tobacco laws, making manufacturers package cigarettes in drab olive green packs with pictures of ill babies and diseased body parts, come into effect on 1 December. Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Monster Croc Brutus Thrills Australian Tourists

Photo of the Day: Monster Croc Brutus Thrills Australian Tourists

Yes, it’s real. Nothern Territory News photographer Katrina Bridgeford took this amazing front page photograph of Brutus, a 5.5m (~18 feets) saltwater croc, giving a boatload of tourists a moment they’ll never forget on the Adelaide River, just over 100km south of Darwin, Australia, last week. The huge saltwater crocodile, which is missing its right front leg (a shark issue), is a favourite with tourists on the Adelaide River Jumping Croc Cruises, because he loves his meal of buffalo meat and always puts on a good show for it. (Katrina Bridgeford/Nothern Territory News)