Thursday, August 21, 2008

Airport

Visit SWF today!
This was the sky that confronted me as I stepped outside early this morning.

Talk about “the best laid plans”.... I had planned to kayak to a favorite shorebird roost but I just do not enjoy this kind of weather while out on the water. So instead I decided to organize my photos from the last few days and post a few of the Cooloola Airport. What a grand title for a very simple affair! I am sure there are other places like this in small towns all around Australia – but it still feels a bit incongruous when confronted with the reality after following the very proper looking signs! This is the airport hanger. Sometimes there are as many as three small planes parked there waiting for their owners.

This is the airport runway - a grass runway in an open space in the bush Right now the tracks leading to and from the runway are edged with flowers. Several varieties of yellow pea flowers (which I won't even attempt to ID) edge the track and sweet smelling Leucopogon is set back under the taller trees.

Yellow wattle (Acacia hubbardiana I think) overhangs the track.

The grass is everywhere starred with white milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata)

The airport is certainly not the biggest or best that one could see, but the landscaping - which owes nothing at all to those who planned and developed the airport - is definitely fantastic!





30 comments:

  1. Can you fly direct to London?

    Bet you won't find Burchardia umbellata at Mascot. Very nice!

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  2. G'day Mick,
    Thank goodness for our roadside verges hey? Several times I've been asked, "Was that your ute on the side of the road at .."
    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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  3. Hi Gouldiae, I'm glad there are places that are still left to just 'grow' like the roadsides.

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  4. Nice shots! Sorry about your cancelled trip!

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  5. Thanks Donna. There's always next time!

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  6. Those are very interesting Thanks!

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  7. Waht a terrific airport and runway. Great way to see the sky. I am sitting underneath a massive thunderstorm as I type here in Sydney early on this Friday morning. It is going to be freezing and cold here for the next two days. - well freezing for Sydney.

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  8. That's some runway. Looks a bit bumpy, but hey! It works. ;-)

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  9. Such beautiful photos! Love the flower:)

    Mine is here;
    Sky Watch #8

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  10. Thanks for visiting and commenting Sandy, Anne-Berit, Julie, Tourguide, Tommy and Yen.

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  11. It looks moody and evil in intent. Great SWF!

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  12. Mick: You have to take the good and bad weather of life. Hope you are safe.

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  13. Mick, I know another little airstrip that has heaps of orchids growing around it. The best one I ever found was there. Old cemeteries can be good too if there's still some spare ground left.

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  14. Happy Sky Watch...I love your pictures this week...and I also browsed back at all your other lovely birds...amazing...hope you have a great weekend and please come and see my big surprise for sky watch this week. cheers.

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  15. Thanks for your comments Andy, Fishing Guy, Lilli, Duncan, and Island Rambles. I didn't see any orchids there, Duncan, but maybe I didn't look hard enough. The other flowers were hard to miss and we were busy photographing them.

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  16. Hey I can probably top the hangar, you should see the one at the Andamooka Opal Fields! We dubbed it Andamooka International. The hanger is fully airconditioned, including the open to sky roof.
    If you want to tie down your plane, you need to go find some rocks. There's a reasonable dirt strip but at the official Andamooka air strip you land in a saline swamp. With a bit of moisture, forget driving there as well.

    Nice pikkie.

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  17. Hi Arija, I seem to have lost the first part of your comment. Sorry. The airport you tell about definitely tops mine! Thanks for visiting.

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  18. Great photos and a really interesting write up.

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  19. Hi there Mick.. Something best laid plans have to be put to one side.. and anway it give you the chance to show these crackers off... look forward to seeing more from here... Tom

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  20. Thanks for visiting, Angie, and for commenting.

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  21. Great post! Love the colors in the pictures, especially the grass, and the sky in the grass pictures. The last flower is beautiful. I think I just took a picture of one like it. I'll have to check.

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  22. Thanks Louise and Tom. Nice to have you visit.

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  23. I wouldn't want to be out on the water in that sky either BUT it is a beautiful sky

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  24. Hi Dianne, I agree definitely not a good day for it.

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  25. The airport hanger seams to be the gate to the sky, wunderfuld documentation

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  26. thanks Torsdag, that's an interesting idea about the hangar

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