Perth to Shark Bay along the coast and returned by a more
of our first stops was the Gravity Center, a museum with a lot of
information about the nearby LIGO gravity wave observatory.
The first picture is an
the inverted pendulum mounting that
is used to stabilize the mirrors.
It permits motions that
are about the
size of an atom's nucleus to be
recorded free of interference from earth tremors.
Other detectors in Europe, Japan and the US form a network that work
together to improve sensitivity, determine direction and further reduce
shows some things
that have fallen from the sky in Australia, part of a fuel cell from a
satellite and a meteorite.
Along the edge
of Lake Thetis
near the town of Cervantes we found living stromatolites.
These are colonies of
that trap sediment and precipitate calcium carbonate from the water
forming domes and rings just below the surface.
Fossil colonies like
considered to be the earliest living things that have yet been found on
earth (possibly as much as 3.5 billion years old).
This bird we saw there
is probably a
Black Winged Stilt.
Two beaches on the
Ocean. No other people, just these two cormorants.
Further up the coast we
salt lakes and gypsum mines.
If you are in this area
be sure to
There are walks along a
spectacular views that cannot be captured in a photo
Kalbarri's Bigurda trail
coastal cliffs with more incredible views.
Castle rock, cliffs and
bridge are just a few of them.
As we drove north along
Ocean Drive we noticed abrupt changes in the vegetation.
Even though it was all
would at times be a fringe of color along the road.
advantage of runoff
from the pavement during occasional rains.
We saw our first
I don't intend to insult
they aren't any smarter than the deer we have in Kentucky.
If they are standing
facing away from
the road you can count on them to turn and bound into the center of
When they see your panic
will jump into the bush only to leap back onto the road just when you
thought it was clear.
Here is an authentic
We stopped at a nearby
station, convenience store) for refreshments.
We saw a goat that had
come down to
get a drink but no jolly swagman.
Still further north we
Shark Bay where we saw more stromatolites.
The tides in this
protected arm of
the bay has allowed them to develop a variety of forms.
Another beach on the
same bay was
composed of nothing but these tiny shells.
The penny and Nancy may
give you some
idea of the scale.
Over time the shells
together and can be cut into blocks and used for building.
This is a quarry not a
Another beach along the
It was very private.
We had it all to
ourselves except for
this little guy.
He was about 9 inches
long but as you
can see, mostly tail.
More wildlife along the
This time, Emus
Returning to Perth we
took an inland
route to see more of what the area was like.
A few of the interesting
A radio telescope,
Eucalyptus trees that looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss story.
And it seemed that every
town had a
We saw fields with huge
sheep and others covered with flowers.
Here are links to other
sights in Australia
Springs, Uluru, Cape
Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania, Victoria, Wildflowers
other places we have visited here.
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