Victoria’s London Arch on a clear warm Night.

The London Arch, Victoria on a clear night.
Photographer: Oat Vaiyaboon
by Oat Vaiyaboon · · From Pic of the Week
We didn’t plan on such a long drive but the night was calm, clear and not too cold.
So we decided that astrophotography at the Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria was on the cards.
After looking at a few stats and an app., the milky way seem to be in a optimal position for a star trail.
Port Campbell VIC 3269
Source: ABC OPEN: London Arch on a warm spring night || From Project: Pic of the Week

Eddie Mabo, Indigenous Land Rights Advocate, 1936-1992.


Edward (Eddie) Koiki Mabo, was born on Mer (Murray) Island in 1936.
He was exiled from the Island when he was 16, and worked across northern Queensland and the Torres Strait.
He then settled in Townsville with his young family in 1962.
Eddie established Australia’s first black community school in 1973.
In 1982 Eddie Mabo and four other Islanders initiated legal action, claiming customary ownership of their lands on Mer Island.
After being rejected in 1990, Eddie Mabo took the case to the High Court.
The High Court overturned terra nullius in Australia in 1992, but sadly Eddie Mabo died before the decision was handed down.
Following the desecration of Eddie Mabo’s grave in 1995, his body was re-interred on MerQueensland_State_Archives_2531_Murray_Island_court_house_and_people_1898
Murray Island Community 1898.
Read more via ‘Priceless’ Eddie Mabo self portrait held at AIATSIS – ABC News 

Rain & Sunrise, Laver Hill, The Otways.

Rain on the horizon threatens to overtake the sunrise near Laver Hill, in the stunning Otways of Victoria.
Photo by ABC Open contributor greens_pics
Source: Rain or shine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mareeba, Atherton Tablelands.

Image Credit: Australian Geographic by Phoebe Baldwin.
Take a hike, grab a bike and get airborne in this tropical oasis nestled in the fertile plateau of the Atherton Tableland.
Go on a trip to Far North Queensland and explore the area around the largest town on the Atherton Tablelands.
Mareeba experiences more than 300 sunny days a year and prides itself on being the ballooning capital of the world.
Abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery await you at this destination with something for everyone.
Rich in Aboriginal heritage you will find plenty to do with bushwalks and bike tracks galore.
Adventure during the day and enjoy the unique accommodation and fantastic local foods at night.
Source: Mareeba, Queensland – Australian Geographic

“Rooted” Aussie Bad Language.

Author: Amanda Laugesen

Bugger, rooted, bloody oath…What is it about Australians and swearing?

We’ve got an international reputation for using bad language (Where the bloody hell are ya?) and letting rip with a choice swear word or two has long been a very Aussie thing to do.

From the defiant curses of the convicts and bullock drivers to the humour of Kath and Kim, Amanda Laugesen, director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of Australia’s bad language to reveal our preoccupations and our concerns.
Bad language has been used in all sort of ways in our history: to defy authority, as a form of liberation and subversion, and as a source of humour and creativity.
Bad language has also been used to oppress and punish those who have been denied a claim to using it, notably Indigenous Australians and women. It has also long been subject to various forms of censorship.
‘If you’ve ever wondered why to use bad language in Australia is to ‘swear like a bullocky’, Amanda Laugesen’s Rooted will give you the answer.
Taking us on a colourful tour of more than two centuries of bad language that extends from the mildly offensive to the completely filthy, Laugesen tells the story of Australia through those words and phrases that have often been seen as unfit to print.
This is an engrossing social history – a bloody beauty – from one of our leading experts on Australian English.’ — Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History, The Australian National University Price $32.99(AUD.

Mural by Adnate the tallest in Southern Hemisphere.

by Richard Willingham
The 20-storey public housing tower and its mural dominates the Collingwood skyline. Image Credit: ABC News
The 20-storey mural is the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Artist Matt Adnate hopes the artwork brings pride to residents of the housing flats
The work follows widespread success of silo art across Australia
The grade one student’s face is hard to miss as it stares out towards the city, painted across multiple levels of the Collingwood public housing block where he lives.
The 20-storey mural is the tallest ever painted on a building in the Southern Hemisphere, and once completed, will feature the faces of four residents who hail from three continents.

Photo: Looking down from above Arden is Badria Abdo, an Oromo woman from Ethiopia, who arrived in Australia in 2006 after more than seven years in a Kenyan refugee camp.“When I saw my picture here I was very excited, I’m very happy,” she said.

Lakeside Galaxy – Benjamin Ewens.

Image Credit: Photograph by Benjamin Ewens · · From Snapped: Water
Whilst the wife and child slept in the car I was out shooting this amazing scene.
The skies stayed perfectly clear and with no wind I was like a kid in a candy store running around looking for compositions to frame the beautiful milky way core!
Please enjoy!
via ABC OPEN: Lakeside Galaxy || From Project: Snapped: Water.

Sunrise at Wooli Beach.

The sunrise colours over Wooli beach, on the New South Wales northern coast, on this particular day were absolutely stunning.
Photo by ABC Open contributor Di Lymbury (Nardoo)
Source: Sunrise over Wooli beach – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Undiscovered’ – Aboriginal Culture.


The Australian National Maritime Museum acknowledges all traditional custodians of the lands and waters throughout Australia and pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.
When Captain James Cook first arrived on Australian shores on that historic day in 1770, he wrote in his journal that the Aboriginal people ‘may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans’.
It is this journal entry that has inspired the Indigenous artist Michael Cook many generations and centuries later to produce his inspired and progressive art. NAG
His work poses many ‘what-if’ questions, specifically. ‘what if the British had realised Aborigines were indeed civilised?
Would history have been different?’
via Australian National Maritime Museum.

Melbourne’s Painted Streets.

LucyLucy, Box Hill
LucyLucy is a French artist who has made Melbourne her home.
Her works always suggest a story or a relationship.
This wall in a Box Hill laneway is a celebration of sisterhood with a Japanese city.
Her exclusively female characters are always beautiful but she adds to their charm by draping them in delightfully patterned fabrics or twining them with flowing ribbons.
Lucy is a member of the AWOL street art collective.
Image Credit: Photograph by LucyLucy.
See more Fabulous street art via Burn City: Melbourne’s Painted Streets gallery | Art and design | The Guardian