The sun’s last rays descend behind cliffs lining the shore of the Indian Ocean in Western Australia. These stratified cliffs are named Eagle Gorge after the wedge-tailed raptors that nest there.
The koala is the sleepiest animal I have ever seen–except for possibly the sloth. They sleep curled up in a ball in a eucalyptus tree most of the time. But they occasionally begin to yawn and stretch, and then they perk up and look around for a short time. A very short time! This koala had been relocated from its native home in eastern Australia to a national park in western Australian. The koala’s habitat has been encroached upon by development in the eastern areas and it’s existence is threatened, even though it is not officially listed as endangered. There are many Australians who love the koalas and others who are actively working to help them. However, there are a few who think of them similarly to the way some Americans see raccoons, a little pesky and not always nice.
The omnipresent boab is a delight in the landscape of the Kimberley Outback, Australia. It seems that no two are identical. They can be tall or short, fat or thin, symmetrical or asymmetrical. The boab is a rugged survivor of the seasonal extremes in the Kimberley, aptly named “The Wet” and “The Dry.”