Monday, January 31, 2011

BRUNY ISLAND IN WIDESCREEN

Tasmania is Australia's only Island state & it is stunningly beautiful. A little less commonly known Australian Island is the stunning & surprisingly vast Bruny Island, which is situated off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania. Bruny Island is 362 km2 (139.8 sq mi) in land mass & is home to approximately six hundred residents. Although in tourist season the island swells with people.

Much of the Island remains an untouched wonderland of native plants, blue seas & sky. The air is clean & the feeling of escape from the city when you board the Bruny Island ferry is matchless.

South Bruny national park is a key feature in the epic landscape of Bruny Island & is a true asset to Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife.


Geologically Bruny Island is comprised of two islands - North Bruny Island & South Bruny Island - these two Islands are irrevocably joined by a long sandy isthmus of land, like a sandy bridge between the two Islands.


Bruny Island also has a traditional Aboriginal name which is Alonnah Lunawanna. Two hamlets on the Island have taken these names. The township of Alonnah is situated on South Bruny Island & overlooks satellite Island. There is also a township named Lunawanna which is also situated on South Bruny Island.


No matter how much you read about Bruny Island, no matter how many panoramic photographs you see, nothing can quite prepare you for the real place, the sights, sounds & smells.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

COASTAL ROCK FORMATIONS OF BRUNY ISLAND

This stunning rock formation stands like a statue in the coastal waters of South Bruny Island.

Australian fur seals regularly congregate on this craggy rock which juts out into the cool waters of the south Bruny Island coastline in Tasmania. The fur seals almost blend into the rock as if they were one with it.

There are several ecologically friendly boat charters that will take visitors to Bruny Island, on a voyage of true beauty to see the many coastal wonders of Bruny Island.

Bruny Island is a true jewel in the Australian state of Tasmania. There is so much too see on the Island & on her coastline.

As you are cruising through Bruny waters you will most likely spot a dolphin or three if you can take your eyes off of the more imposing scenery.

When the conditions are right sea water comes spraying through this natural blow hole carved by nature into the rock face.


Someone was so into the scenery here that they failed to notice their finger was on the lens! Good scenery will do that every time.

Monday, January 24, 2011

DOLPHINS ALONG THE COAST OF BRUNY ISLAND

Dolphins are a familiar site on Bruny Island. Dolphin & whale pods often cause excitement in Adventure Bay. When dolphins or whales are seen in the Bay word seems to spread by osmosis & quick as a whip people are peeping over the sand dunes with binoculars.

There are plenty of great opportunities for boating & yachting on Bruny Island & friendly dolphins often swim alongside the boats.

Oceanic Dolphins are highly intelligent mammals & members of the Delphinidae family. Dolphins are closely related to whales & porpoises.

Dolphins have a simple palate with their preferred dinner menu consisting of fish & squid.

The Delphinidae family which includes oceanic dolphins is a relatively new species in the scheme of the world, having evolved around ten million years ago.

Dolphins are happy in shallow water & generally feel at ease with other humans & animals.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Echidna on Bruny Island

Echidnas are only found in Australia & in the highlands of New Guinea. Echidnas live in relative peace on Bruny Island & can regularly be seen ambling about at an incredibly slow pace.

Together with the platypus, echidnas are the world's only monotremes, or egg-laying mammals. There are two species of echidnas, one which can only be found in the highlands of New Guinea, and one which lives in Australia and New Guinea.


Echidnas are frequently spotted roaming along the roads in Adventure Bay on Bruny Island. I have seen rows of cars banked up waiting for these little creatures to cross the street.

According to the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife literature Tasmanian bred Echidnas are said to be bigger than those living on the mainland. Adult Echidnas generally weigh approx between 4 & 5 kilos for females & approx 6 kilos for males.


Echidnas rely heavily on their snouts. The entire length of an Echidas whole body is in the range of 35 to 53 cm long while it’s snout comes in at a whopping 7 to 8 cm.

With a keen sense of smell, an echidna uses its long, hairless snout to search for food. The strong forepaws are used to open up the ant or termite nest and the echidna then probes the nest with its sensitive snout. The snout stiffens in order to facilitate this job. The Echidna uses it’s long sticky tongue to ensnare the termites then grinds them between its tongue & the bottom of it’s mouth as the Echidna has no teeth.


The spines on an Echidna are actually modified or evolved thick prickly bristle like hairs & grow to around 50mm in length.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bruny Island in Blue

View from the dock at Roberts Point Bruny Island Tasmania in sunny Australia.

A blue day never felt so good. View from Simpsons Bay Bruny Island.

A beautiful blue artichoke flower, found growing wild in a paddock on Bruny Island.

The blue Tasmanian waters really sparkle on a summers day at Roberts point at the Bruny Island ferry terminal. This wooden barrier is part of the ferry docking station.

Stunning cloud formations over Simpsons Bay & Cape Queen Elizabeth Bruny Island.

Beautiful fresh grown Bruny Island blue berries. There is a great berry farm on Bruny where you can buy juicy berries of all different varieties & they make their own stunning berry ice cream. http://www.brunyislandberryfarm.com.au

Friday, January 14, 2011

WHALE POD SCULPTURE ADVENTURE BAY

This lyrical sculpture is a three dimensional globe of the world. Inside the globe is placed a sculpture within a sculpture. look closely & you will see floating within the globe a majestic whale with her calf.

This sculpture is situated on South Bruny Island in Adventure Bay. Whale pods regularly visit Adventure Bay where they are very much admired & beloved by the local community.

A significant backdrop to this sculpture is Penguin Island which was home once to one of Tasmania's shore based whaling stations during the 1820's & 1830's.

This remarkable Bruny Island landmark is an initiative of the Bruny Island Art Adventure society. The work was conceived by the local community & skillfully brought to full fruition by well known Tasmanian sculptor Matt Carney.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Offerings of the Ocean

This seahorse was found washed up on the beach in Adventure Bay on South Bruny Island.

This net holds the plenty of the sea surrounding Bruny Island. These scallops were harvested by an amateur fisherman in the waters near Alonnah beach. These scallops are from fresh clean waters & taste sweet & fresh.


These fresh Bruny Island oysters are freshly shucked & full of the flavour of the sea.


These Bruny Island Mussels cling to rocks & can be collected at low tide.
Bruny Island Kelp can be collected & used on the garden as a mulch. Kelp is full of nutrients & is an ingredient in Seasol.
Kelp is fast growing & grows as fast as half a metre a day. Kelp makes it's home in Kelp forests in shallow nutrient rich water.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BRUNY ISLAND RUSTIC GARDEN

Bruny Island Tasmania has a very European climate. The plants that grow best here are a mix of native & classic English plants.

Native man ferns grow strong & green alongside nasturtiums & lavender & Daisy's.
Roses grow well in the Tasmanian climate.
This rustic country garden on Bruny Island Tasmania utilizes driftwood & ghost gum logs alongside local quarried rock. Graceful native grasses run riot alongside sunset orange nasturtiums.

No country garden would be complete without a sturdy tin watering can.

Hidden in the back of an old shed is a straw broom.