“Twelve Apostles”.

The_twelve_apostles_Victoria_Australia_2010The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.
The apostles were formed by erosion: the harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 45 metres high.
The site was known as the Sow and Piglets until 1922 (Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, was the Sow, and the smaller rock stacks were the Piglets); after which it was renamed to The Apostles for tourism purposes.
The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks.
via Wikipedia.

“Plugger” the Pilot.


Photographer: Tiff Firth · · From Pic of the Week
I really wanted to capture this shot to picture the last day of winter.
Many thanks to the pilot ‘Plugger’, who made me wobble on my ladder when he zoomed up my driveway for this shot.
This is exactly how I had it visualised.
And don’t worry, that’s smoke he’s blowing out, not chemicals.
Aerotech Australia has the most awesome staff.
This is an Airtractor contract sprayplane and a paddock of our canola on the last day of winter.
Lower Eyre Peninsula. South Australia. Cummins SA 5631
Source: ABC OPEN: Hit The Deck || From Project: Pic of the Week

“The Cow and the Moon”.

118887Photo by Ann Killeen · · From Pic of the Week
A Full Moon Rising in Rutherglen, Victoria 3685
Source: ABC OPEN: The cow ran away with the moon || From Project: Pic of the Week

“Storms over Oz”.

Here are a selection of photos sent in by ABC Open audience members from around Australia. 
A shelf cloud rolls over Sydney on the afternoon of 6 November, 2015. – ABC Open contributor louise76
A lightning storm rolls across the Queensland town of Emerald. – ABC Open contributor Michael Gaskin
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“Monarch Butterfly”.

IMG_0332Photo taken by Jack Flack, South Australia.
The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae.
The viceroy butterfly appears similar in color and pattern, but is markedly smaller and has an extra black stripe across the hind wing.
The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico.
During the fall migration, it covers thousands of miles, with a corresponding multi-generational return North.
The western North American population of monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains most often migrate to sites in California but have been found in overwintering Mexico sites Monarchs were transported to the International Space Station and were bred there.

“Death from the Sky”.

Peregrine Falcon with Talons Open
The Peregrine falcon may be the perfect predator.
It dives from the sky in a daring plunge, snagging other airborne birds in mid-flight with its deadly talons.
Its body is the epitome of aerodynamic design, allowing it to reach—and survive—speeds that would kill other animals.
As it reaches its terminal velocity of over 200 mph, baffles in its nostrils prevent the force of the air from exploding its lungs—a feature that has been incorporated into jet engine design—and nictitating membranes on its eyes protect them from debris.
It snags its hapless victims in its talons, ending their terror with a killing blow from its deadly-sharp beak.
Read more via The Peregrine Falcon | Mendocino Brewing.