Thursday, June 28, 2012

G'Day Mate!!!

I've been MIA for awhile because we have been on assignment in Australia.  We've had a great conference, which we were in charge of organizing, and now are taking a few very much needed days off, since for a few days leading up to this conference I was averaging 4 hours sleep a night in order to get everything prepared.  It was all worth while as I think that everyone who attended had a great experience.


One day after our meetings, one of our local people asked if we wanted to go for a ride and see a bit of the area around Melbourne, then one of us said they wanted to see a kangaroo.  Our local man said it was doubtful, but he'd take us to a park where kangaroos have been seen at dusk foraging for food.  We drove through many lovely neighborhoods and just before dark, finally pulled into the parking lot of a park.  We were still in a suburb, not out in the bush, so I didn't think there was any chance we'd see a kangaroo.  We parked and walked about 15 feet from the car, and there were about 20 kangaroos.  They didn't seem too concerned that we were there and I managed to get my camera out, put on my flash and snap a few shots before they hopped off.  Another missionary couple working here said they had been in Australia 8 months before they saw a kangaroo.  What luck!

After our conference in Melbourne we flew to Sydney for more meetings, and now we have a few free days before returning to NZ.   

7 comments:

Sandra said...

totally awesome!!!

Robin said...

Karen, great capture! What exotic animals they have over there!

Madge Bloom said...

Great shot!

MTWaggin said...

Glad you are back and love the shot of the roo.

kwarkito said...

What an interesting blog... and how beautiful are your pictures ! It must be wonderful to live on this part of the planet... Europe is so old and boring...

darlin said...

g'day mate, 'ow u goin? :-)

What a treat to see the kangaroos, this one looks like a joey (still a baby). I don't know how anyone could spend 8 months in Australia and not see a kangaroo, well unless they were in the cities. In the desert and in the country there are mobs of them!

I love your photo, I'm missing Australia when I see others photos. It's fantastic that you get a few days to enjoy the sights and take in some of the countryside.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers.

janc@mac.com said...

So good to have you back. i was wondering where you have been.