Monday, 16 February 2009

that's My World: Souvenirs from Australia II





 
 
 
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These souvenirs were taken from The Coloured Sands, a group of dunes with a variety of at least five colours sand. Every time we go to Australia we try to make a trip to these beautiful hills. They are situated in Aboriginal land, but we always go together with the in-laws of my daughter. As they are Aboriginal, there's no problem.

My daughter's mother-in-law went with us this time and, as she is a great fisherwoman, we expexted her to catch one fish after the other. This time she didn't catch one single fish. We boiled water in a billy over an open fire and when the billy boiled, we made tea. To keep those Australian memories alive I have my souvenirs in my Dutch world. There are creative people who put all the different colours one by one in a bottle and use fabulous patterns. The top photo shows how it looks. I must confess that I didn't create this, but bought the bottle at the local souvenirs' shop.


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37 comments:

Dina said...

Wow Wil, you see the great places in Australia. All that nature and history.

Ark Patti said...

What beautiful colors. Wonder what causes that?

Pam said...

Your pictures always amaze me:D They are so striking and beautiful. Your header photo is awesome too. I enjoy the surprise of not knowing what I will see when I visit...

Arija said...

I was expecting something else when I read coloured sads Wil, as there is also a beach in Q'land called that. To be able to experience tribal lands with a local is something indeed! Wonderful colours. Some twenty years ago one could buy sand paintings between two sheeets of glass tha you could turn like an hour glass and they created fabulous and varied landscapes as the sands did not mix, just formed different patterns like a kaleidoscope.
Lovely photos, your header is more like a painting than a photo.

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts during my enforced absence.

Middle Ditch said...

The top picture is absolutely fabulous. What some colours. You are so blessed with the family you have in Australia.

A new episode of MD will be posted on Saturday and I hope to see you then. LOL and a big HUG

Marja said...

what an amazing place I really enjoy it. It is indeed very artistic the different colours in the bottle

antigoni said...

I like to pick sand and stones from the places i visit, especially from the beaches during Summer holiday.
I love your souvenirs.

Babooshka said...

Australia really is a fascinating part of the world when we think about evolution alone let alone the stunning Landscape that you have captured in a jar.

Jeannette St.G. said...

It looks like Australia's landscape is as varied as that of the US - a few years ago in Colorado I saw red rocks mountains like these - it's called the "the garden of the gods" in Colorado Springs. A clever way to keep your memories alive, to put the sands in a bottle :) - beautiful!

Leanne said...

Great snaps. I remember making coloured sand bottle with my children but we cheated and coloured the sand ourselves.

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful photos. I enjoyed your story, too.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wonderful photos, Wil.

Are there laws against people traveling on aboriginal land without an Aboriginal?

Life with Kaishon said...

Your souvenirs are so pretty! I LOVE them! I also love your beautiful pictures. You are so talented. Your new blog header is lovely too. It's always fun to come and see your pictures. They make my day : ).

Today's Blah said...

The mountains are beautiful. And I find the sands so interesting as my girl is always up to collecting sands with every new place she visits. But these ones you have must be extraordinary. Thanks for sharing. Groetjes!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful colors! Fantastic shots! You have seen and enjoyed such wonderful sights! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

ViennaDaily said...

Who would think rocks could be so grand and beautiful? Of course no one, from the Grand Canyon to Australia, now wonder! Love your photos!!!

TheWritersPorch said...

Wil....someday, I'm going there! I love the photos as always! You need to hurry and come by the Porch and get your name in the drawing!
Hugs, Carol

starnitesky said...

Wow what an interesting place to visit, the coloured sands are so pretty.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a good idea to make a sand jar with native sand. Never thought of that ... we used to make them with colored sand at the beach ...

Wren said...

Lovely place, I'd like to visit it myself. And I'm in awe of being able to make sand paintings in a jar. It must take lots of concentration and steady hands.

Gaelyn said...

That's a beautiful representation of the landscape. Looks like a place I'd like to visit. Thanks so much for sharing.

Indrani said...

Whoa! Sand has so many colors there. I would have seen just two or three here. I liked the souvenir very much. May be when I visit Australia...

Smart Mouth Broad said...

What a clever way to keep the sand from your souvenirs. Great photos!

Ann said...

Do you go round looking for nice bottles to put your sand in?

My husband once bought lots of white sand from Australia for his work. he got some for Sam's sand pit. they were absolutely fine and white. The kids loved it.

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/11/popular-tourist-place-in-singapore.html

Etje said...

Goede morgen Wil,

prachtige foto's man, gunt ons een blik in Austrlië.

Groetjes

Barbara Martin said...

Interesting post about Australia. One of these days I'll have to go down for a visit.

Reader Wil said...

Wren I tried to answer you, but cannot reach your page. Thanks for your comment!

gnometree said...

I remember making similar sand bottles in art when I was at school. Thanks for sharing

Jenn said...

What a creative way to showcase the beautiful colors of the sands.

justin manas prince jaspher ligin said...

creative work with the sand...before few years i visited one beach named kanyakumari.. there i saw this kind of colorful sands which was arranged creatively in pockets and bottles..good work

W. Latane Barton said...

Craggy cliffs of many colors. Glad you took photos and also that you have some sand to keep for always.

Denise said...

that is so interesting. At first I thought it was the bottle that had been painted. Great photos indeed, and a very interesting post. Thank you.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What a wonderful place to visit in AUS and I love your souvenirs. I always find coloured sand or rocks like this fascinating.

allhorsestuff said...

What a cool array of sands!
I loved visiting Aussie land years ago.
Your header photo reminds me of many of my Equine photo's with my mare's head or ears in the fore front!
KK

Gramma Ann said...

I don't know how I missed these photos, they are gorgeous. And the header is just lovely.

Jeanette said...

gday Wil.. love your header . The colours in the cliffs are beautiful.. I got my sands from Rainbow beach.

I found this little imformation about rainbow beach

wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Beach,_Queensland
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in south-eastern Queensland, Australia, near Gympie. At the 2001 census, Rainbow Beach had a population of 999. [1] The town's name derives from the rainbow-coloured sand dunes surrounding the settlement

floreta said...

the first pictures remind me of:
http://thisissand.com/

it's fun!