Welcome to a new month and a great big, new topic. It’s a bit ironic that the smallest of the seven continents is the sixth largest country and the only nation-continent. Of course, I’m talking about Australia. During the month of May, our writers will explore the country, it’s history, and customs. And probably tack on some beautiful photographs to please the eye. I believe we also have a special guest later in the month. So please keep us on your radar. Better yet, follow our blog to get our posts delivered to your email.
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Australia—it’s another checkbox on my bucket list. Someday when they perfect teleportation. I’m not a fan of long flights. Some of you may have gone walkabout downunder. Or, like my neighbors across the street, taken a very long cruise to the southern hemisphere. From what I’ve heard, it’s worth every hour of flight and/or cruise.
When I think of Australia, my mind conjures up a picture of Uluru (Ayers Rock), that big, red rock in Australia’s Red Centre. Iconic and impressive, Uluru is a sacred place for Australia’s Aboriginals. The sound of a didgeridoo fills my mind as I’m picturing that scene. It’s a different sort of tune, but different isn’t bad. A kangaroo hops by, a joey tucked into her pouch. Ah, the sights and sounds of the outback.
Australia is well known for its hospitality and, like many other destinations, highly dependent on the tourist industry. Like the US, they have miles and miles of beautiful coastlands, some far more rugged and dangerous than any we have at home. And while we’re talking about danger, one other thought comes to mind…
Weird wildlife. A land set apart must have some strange creatures, right? Strange only to us, I suppose. Wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, kookaburra, goanna, emu, platypus, the list continues and includes feral camels. Yes, feral camels. And of course, some of the world’s largest crocs. Our Creator was very…well…creative when He finally got to the lower continent. Or maybe He started with this one?
Gorgeous birds. One of my favorite among the thousands of species of spectacular birds – the budgie (not the ones pictured, those are parrots). I know they’re kind of ordinary, but I love the budgerigar, commonly known as a parakeet.
There’s gold in them thar hills! – Yes, the same phrase that drew thousands to the California coast way back when, also drew pioneers, gold diggers, hopeful trekkers going “downunder”. Some remained and mingled their blood with the earlier settlers, many of whom arrived on European prison ships. What a rich and diverse history.
Well, here I am at the end of my introduction and I’ve only skimmed the surface of the vast amount of information available regarding Australia. The people, the landscape, the flora, and fauna—and a rich culture as well. The Aussies are well known for their bravery in war time, alongside their great love of peace, and celebration of diversity.
And now, just for fun, a different sort of writing prompt. I dare you to try this one!
Writing Prompt: No native Australian animals have hooves. This is a true statement. Now, using your imagination, please explain why no native Australian animals have hooves. It doesn’t have to be true. 🙂 Have fun and G’day!