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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Oz Womble

By lawriemullins ·  · From Pic of the Week

Ross, Tasmania

By GasgasLex ·  · From Snapped: Long Exposure

Another magnificent convict built bridge in Tasmania. Beautifully back lit each evening and perfect for photographing.

Love is about sharing and caring

By lisahill555 ·  · From Pic of the Week

I was shown that recently at my cousins, by both the beautiful rainbow ???? lorikeets and her gorgeous family 

Shadow Boxers

By Greg Fisher ·  · From Pic of the Week
Always amazed by the dedication of these winter fitness devotees.Their reward a stunning North Beach sunrise.  North Wollongong NSW 2500


By the time we came across the drovers and their few hundred head of cattle we were somewhere between Boulia and Alice Springs. We had lost most of our water when our main tank was hit by a stone and the heat made you dizzy in the day then left you to freeze at night. The corrugated road had chattered our teeth and for hours we saw no one... After two days we had had enough but the drovers had been on the their trail for three months. They were travelling to the Northern Territory on horseback guiding cattle.

Flame pea

By Raeline Smith ·  · From Pic of the Week

The flame pea flowers in profusion this time of year, especially after recent fires. Published 15 Sep 2016.  Albany WA 6330

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

First attempt at cray fishing

By Jus109 ·  · From Pic of the Week

This is Todd from Nubeena and his haul from his first attempt at crayfishing a few weeks ago.
Todd is legally allowed to set a craypot this year for the first time . He caught two crays in the one pot on his first attempt.

The nectar of the blossoms on the flowering gum attract raucous and colourful rainbow lorikeets in Mildura, Victoria, photo Chris J

Windmill Sunset Shot
By 80kphkombilife ·  · From Pic of the Week

And when we stumbled upon this windmill standing tall and proud in front of the glowing, rolling Hamersley Ranges, we knew the ten month wait was worth it!

Published 25 Nov 2016.  Hamersley Range WA 6716

Shearer John ‘Pallo’ Pallisier’s hands.  He has been so busy working in the sweltering outback heat of Paroo, Queensland that his hot handpiece gave him blisters – which didn’t stop him working.  Photo Chantel Renae Photography

Beautiful Firetail Finch
By johnbro ·  · From Pic of the Week
Taken in paddock on farm.
Published 22 hours ago.  Margate TAS 7054 

 Yep that's me. I did a selfie long exposure.
By lisahill555 ·  · From Pic of the Week

Whilst in the Blue Mountains I walked over 20,000 steps in 2 days and took over 1,000 pics such an amazing place to visit. Yep that's me. I did a selfie long exposure. On my journey home now. Driving back to Dargo today to see my puppies so excited.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Why was Demitrious Gargasoulas out on bail?

It's almost too bizarre to be true.  But an out-of-hours bail justice, with no legal experience, was responsible for allowing killer Demitrious Gargasoulas out on bail.

Yes, you heard right.  He/she was a volunteer - someone who works for free yet had the power to send this maniac back on the street.

And yesterday we watched, sick to the stomach, as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews - the man responsible for this outrage - lay flowers at the site of the massacre.

Daniel Andrews

And then the premier made an announcement that was so lame, it was laughable.  He said that an after-hours magistrates court will handle bail matter from now on, and volunteer justices will no longer be used.


What does it say about a state premier who allows inexperienced volunteers, with no legal experience, to do such an important job in the first place?

It wouldn't have anything to do with saving money, would it?

Today's ABC photos

River Lett water colour

By Wendy Hawkes ·  · From Pic of the Week

The River Lett received its name when in 1813 surveyor George William Evans wrote "Riverlett" clumsily on his map while doing an initial survey of the area. It was copied as River Lett from then on.
With many small waterholes and rapids it is a beautiful spot on hot summer days.      Hartley NSW 2790

By Jason Schmidt ·  · From Pic of the Week

Great season for growing lambs. Bulart VIC 3314  

Rivergums, Marble Bar Road, Nullagine, Pilbara WA, photo Hugh Brown

  'I wanna dance the tango with chance.'
By pruno_mars ·  · From Pic of the Week

'I wanna dance the tango with chance. I wanna ride on the wire. Cause nothing gets done with dust in your gun. And no one respects a liar. So goodbye for a while I'm off to explore every boundary and every door.' ???? (Going North by Missy Higgins)

A barefoot homeless man
By _hego ·  · From Pic of the Week

A barefoot homesless man walks towards an early morning soup kitchen put on by a local church on Redfern street . He's Wrapped in a blanket that has become his jumper for now , that I can only imagine also doubles as his blanket/ mattress when he wants to sleep. part of my growing body of work anonymously documenting Sydney's inner city "rough sleepers".

Girl on a horse, Wendy Hawkes

Byron Bay sunset, photo Dave Hall

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

The joy of birds in your garden By Anne
This is a Western Spinebill tasting nectar from a Grevillia plant in our garden. Providing bird attracting plants in your garden provides a food source for the birds and gives pleasure to everyone who can observe the interaction of the birds with nature.

Sun Rays By Dee Hartin ·  ·
Just after sunrise and the fog was still hanging around enough to produce these beautiful rays through the trees at Casino.

Rainbow Lorikeet By Mitch Forrester 

A pair of Powerful Owls reaffirming their bond by preening one another. These are Australia's largest owl (Ninox strenua) 
By faunagraphic_ 

A bloody big Huntsman” by Wildman_photo

Photographer Annette Hobbs writes ...I saw this King Protea today on the Mornington Peninsula

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Car rampage in Melbourne

Yesterday, the man who deliberately drove his car at high speed into a crowd of people in the centre of Melbourne, intending to kill as many people as possible, was out on bail.

Yes, that's right, someone from the parole board let this maniac Dimitrious Gargasoulas back on the streets and now four people including a young child are dead and 31 have been hospitalised.

Chief Commissioner Ashton said although police opposed bail, some bright spark let him out.

Gargasoulas has a history of extensive family violence and is also a drug addict.  The 26 year old was charged last weekend after several violent assaults, but his violence and police record didn't trigger enough alarm in the person responsible for giving him bail, and we need to know why not.

Yesterday morning he stabbed his brother in the neck and face before he went on his murderous rampage across town in a stolen car.  He took a woman known to him hostage but she managed to escape.

Police called off the chase when it became clear he was out of his mind but finally rammed his car before shooting him in the arm.

Days before, he wrote on his Facebook page "I'LL TAKE YOU ALL OUT... YOU NEED AN ARMY TO TAKE ME."

Reports say Dimitrious Gargasoulas was given bail by a "bail justice." So who is this person?  They are responsible for keeping the general public safe.  So what happened?

Today's ABC Open photos

By Marilyn vanderbyl 

Climbing Red Springs Hill in the Stirling Range of WA, photo Genevieve Milnes 

Photographer Lynn Webb writes…

It was evident from the radar that there was to be some serious weather events around the Goldfields today. So why not head out to a favourite location?
There were flies, it was hot and it was a hard slog to the top, followed by a couple of hours to wait for the cell to arrive – if it would at all.
But it did, but nothing really gelled, just one of those brain fade days for putting things together. 
A hurriedly setup to put a camera out in the tempest, toiling away on its own intervalometer; a ten second exposure every two seconds, and I eventually snagged this one. A worthwhile day after all. 

Sunrise from the top of Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart, photo Andrew Leggett

Python Pool, WA by coglapofoz 

Wet Koala, photo by Russell Latter who writes…The photo was taken at 3pm on Wednesday 14th September 2016 on Old Carey Gully Road in Stirling. I found this wild koala sitting in the road.

He was surrounded by flood waters and so i guided him over a bridge he then went over to the fence post and climbed to the top where the photo was taken.

He then climbed down the other side and walked across a shallow flooded area to a nearby gum tree. He climbed to the top and settled down on a branch for a much earned rest. I went back to check on him today and he was in a nearby tree and snoozing and looking much dryer. So a good story with a happy ending.