More from Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Great photo guide to Rottnest Island.

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Rottnest Island was discovered by the Dutch in 1696.   The island was named Rottenest which means rat’s nest.   They believed the island to be inhabited by large rats.   However, they were not rats but quokkas.

Quokka Quokka

Quokkas are marsupials; smaller relatives of the wallaby.   In 1838 Rottnest settlement was established as a prison for the Aborigines from the mainland.

Former prison Former prison

Of course, the prison no longer exists, but you can wander around the convict built buildings,  such as the Quod.    In the Quod, prison cells have been converted into hotel rooms.   The Lomas Cottage has a large garden area.

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

It was nicknamed Buckingham Palace during the prison days, as the warden eventually lived here.    The prison guard’s homes are still here, with a different purpose today.

Former guard housing. Now shops Former guard housing.   Now shops

Walking among…

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This Time-Lapse Video of Flowers Blooming Will Fix Everything That Is Stressing You

This just goes to show that nature is pretty magical.

TIME

Spanish engineering student-turned-artist, David de los Santos Gil, who made waves with a stunning time-lapse video of flowers blooming in 2014, released a second video in the series this week that is equally as enchanting. The video, which is again scored by composer Roger Subirana with relaxing, uplifting music, features, among others, hyacinth, hibiscus, daisy, cactus, iris, almond blossom, amaryllis and gladiolus blooms.

In a blog post written after he released the first video, Gil wrote that he used basic camera equipment in his home to complete the time lapse, taking a total of 50,000 photos at intervals between one and ten minutes. (The second video required only 40,000.)

The process was not without its complications: “Over about every three photos I had to throw out two,” he wrote, saying the issues he encountered ranged from the classic changing light to the more unusual plague of insects.

Like Gil’s…

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A company made tiny road signs for tiny animals to remind people we share our cities

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#TinyRoad Signs:  CLINIC 212, a marketing and communications firm based in Lithuania, started a project to help protect these animals. Their latest installation, #TinyRoadSign, aims to enable driver awareness around areas that are wooded, or that are populated by animals. CLINIC2 12.com Hedgehogs crossing (Picture: CLINIC212)

A Lithuanian company has created teeny tiny road signs for tiny animals, to remind people that we’ve got to share our cities.

In particular, the #TinyRoadSign project aims to improve driver awareness around wooded areas that are populated with animals.

Clinic212, a marketing and communications firm, are the people behind the adorable mini road signs and zebra hedgehog crossings that have being popping up around Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital.

There’s the tiny crossing in Vingis Park – here it is being installed.

hedgehog (Picture: Clinic212)

Very carefully. 

#TinyRoad Signs:  CLINIC 212, a marketing and communications firm based in Lithuania, started a project to help protect these animals. Their latest installation, #TinyRoadSign, aims to enable driver awareness around areas that are wooded, or that are populated by animals. CLINIC2 12.com (Picture: Clinic212)

Ready for its precious cargo.

#TinyRoad Signs:  CLINIC 212, a marketing and communications firm based in Lithuania, started a project to help protect these animals. Their latest installation, #TinyRoadSign, aims to enable driver awareness around areas that are wooded, or that are populated by animals. CLINIC2 12.com (Picture: Clinic212)

There’s also a mini ‘ducks swimming’ sign in the Žvėrynas area.

#TinyRoad Signs:  CLINIC 212, a marketing and communications firm based in Lithuania, started a project to help protect these animals. Their latest installation, #TinyRoadSign, aims to enable driver awareness around areas that are wooded, or that are populated by animals. CLINIC2 12.com (Picture: Clinic212)

And of course the mini airport sign for birds on Tauro hill.

#TinyRoad Signs:  CLINIC 212, a marketing and communications firm based in Lithuania, started a project to help protect these animals. Their latest installation, #TinyRoadSign, aims to enable driver awareness around areas that are wooded, or that are populated by animals. CLINIC2 12.com (Picture: Clinic212)

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Top 5 green parks in Singapore

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Despite being very small in size, and despite having the world’s second most dense urban conglomeration, Singapore still has over 50 green parks and gardens, as well as a handful of tropical nature reserves. Let’s take a look at 5 of the very best of them!

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Perth: The Kings Park & Botanical Garden during Fall

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This blog was first published in May 2013.

Kings Park and Botanical Garden is listed as the most popular destination in Perth. This attraction boosts of a land area of 400.6 hectres of only about 1.5 km from Perth’s Central Business District. There is also a look out point of the meeting point of the Swan and Canning River. I spent a quiet afternoon in this beautiful park taking pictures of the flora and fauna, and quietly chasing after the various birds to get a snapshot of them. I will share some of the photos I took on my iPhone and they do not do the actual beauty justice but nonetheless… Drink in the beauty!

Perth - The 2 Rivers Meet The Swan and Canning Rivers meet

Perth Kings Park Tree Do you know what tree this is? =)

Perth Acacia Steps The Acacia Stairs with designs of various acacia on each step.

Perth Kings Park trees Love the serenity and freshness of these trees along the pathway…

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