Monday, August 13, 2018

Strap phone to girl's forehead

Girlfriend to boyfriend:
"Do you mind if I strap your phone to my forehead so I can pretend you're looking at me when I talk?

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

Rectangular block tree

Have you ever seen a fern tree with a rectangular block trunk?
Location:  Sunnyside Canyon, Gardens of Stone Nat Pk, NSW, Australia
Date:  2018 July

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Good Morning

I always say "Morning" instead of "Good Morning".
Because if it were a Good Morning, I'd still be in bed asleep.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Crazy road in Tasmania

Jacobs Ladder, Ben Lomond National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Jacobs Ladder is the name of an unsealed narrow sharp winding and precipitous ascent to Ben Lomand plateau in a zigzag part of Ben Lomond Road.

This pic is taken at Watchtower Lookout at the top of the Ladder, 2017 January.

From bottom of Jacobs Ladder, looking up at the road zigzaging its way to Watchtower Lookout ~~~
This pic doesn't show it ... It is a crazy steep road ... If you are afraid of height and exposure, you won't be able to drive through it !

More photographs of Jacobs Ladder are in my blogs when I climbed Legges Tor, 2nd highest mountain in Tasmania.  Photos #67 to #78  Photos #4 to #7

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Oyster is robbed

Female psychiatrist: "For therapy to work, you need to open up to me."
Oyster: "I just have a hard time trusting people."
Female psychiatrist: "Got it !  Ha Ha !"

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Giant Sequoia log

Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) are the world's largest trees; and largest living thing by volume. The trees grow to an average height of 50–85 meters and 6–8 meters in diameter. Record trees have been measured at 94.8 meters in height.

They are also among the oldest living things on Earth. The oldest known Giant Sequoia based on ring count is 3,500 years old. Sequoia bark is fibrous, furrowed, and may be 90 cm thick at the base of the columnar trunk. It provides significant fire and insect protection for the trees.

Here are two examples to show the large size of the tree ... both are at the same location and date.
Location: Crescent Meadow Road, Sequoia National Park, California, USA
                 near Giant Forest Museum
Date: 2018 May

1)  Tunnel Log

Visitors to Sequoia National Park can drive through a fallen "Tunnel Log" located along Crescent Meadow Road near Giant Forest Museum of the park.

The fallen log came into being after a Giant Sequoia fell across the road as a result of natural causes on December 4, 1937. The following summer, a tunnel was cut through the log as a visitor attraction.

When it fell, the tree stood at 83.8 meters feet high and 6.4 meters in diameter at the base. Its age when it fell has not been determined, but probably exceeded 2,000 years.

The tunnel, which remains in use today, is 5.2 meters wide by 2.4 meters high.

In the 3 pics below, I am driving a hired Toyota Camry through the log.

2)  Auto Log

The Auto Log was once another Giant Sequoia. It fell down in 1917. Because it landed right next to Crescent Meadow Road in Sequoia National Park, park authorities decided to turn it into a visitor attraction. A kind of parking space was gouged along the upturned side of the tree trunk, and visitors were encouraged to drive their cars off the road and onto the trunk as a way to convey the size of the big Giant Sequoia.

Nearly a century of rot, and countless thousands of cars, have been too much even for a Giant Sequoia, and the battered trunk is now off-limits to vehicles. But visitors can still walk the length of the former log roadway.

Base diameter: 6.4 meters (21 feet)

Etti is starring in the 2 pics below ...

... Whilst I climbed to the top of the tree root.

More on the Giant Sequoia

In volume of total wood, the Giant Sequoia is Earth's largest living tree. Its nearly conical trunk, which remains thick high into the branches, is the reason.

- At least one tree species lives longer.
- One has a greater diameter.
- Three grow taller.
But none is larger.

In all the world, sequoias grow naturally only on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, California, USA, usually between 5,000 feet and 7,000 feet of elevation. There are about 75 groves in all.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cairns, Cairns and more Cairns

The world's largest collection of cairns may well be here.
The cairns seem to be newly created.  Older photographs simply show an empty dirt ground.

Location: Kings Canyon Overlook, Generals Highway (Hwy 198), Sequoia Nat Pk, California, USA
                  near Buena Vista Peak Trailhead
                  N 36° 43.165   W 118° 53.824
Date: 2018 May

The cairns from another angle   (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

A sample of the gravity-defying cairns
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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Don't drink this water

Sign on toilet wall:
      Reclaimed wastewater
      Do not drink

Location:  Toilet in Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon Village (South Rim), Arizona, USA
Date:  2018 June
Reason:  No idea why such a sign is necessary. Perhaps it implies that in other toilets where reclaimed water is not used, then one can drink it from the bowl ???

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Be positive

One woman to another:
"Tragic really, he died because no one knew his blood type.
I'll never forget the last words he whispered to me ...
... Be Positive !"

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Men who never listen

Men who never listen
Actually men also don't see things.

Are you on the list?
I'm glad my name Paul is not on the list.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Snake - a very special moment during a bushwalk

Species: Highland Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi)
Location: Close to the summit of Mt Scabby, ACT, Australia
Date: 2018 January

Usually snakes would move out of the way when they heard people approaching.
Not this one !  This one was not afraid of us, not budging from its ground.
Glad we saw it first and didn't step on it !
It also liked to flick its tongue in and out.

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