So, twelve years ago, Mr Oz and I came to Western Australia (WA) and The Pinnacles in Cervantes was as far north as we came. In a sense, we’ve been retracing our steps and, loving all things ‘natural’, we had to return. This time though, armed with digital cameras instead of firing blind ‘slides’ 🙂
These photos have not been edited. The sand and formations are naturally this yellow and the sky was this blue. So just a few of them out of the thousands Pinnacles that are in the Nambung National Park.
Now, last week I showed you some Thrombolites and this week I’m going to show you Stromatolites that are found in Lake Thetis, again, part of the Nambung NP. There are only a few places left that have these amazing living fossils – another site is Shark Bay, a bit further north.
The difference between Stromatolites & Thrombolites are in their structures – as pictured below.
At an overnight stop at Fig Tree Crossing, just outside Geraldton we loved the colours on this nearby hill.
Also with the high activities of bees in a nearby flowering eucalyptus tree.
Travelling like we do, we tend to pop into almost every crook and cranny we come across along the way. One of which was Jurien Bay – which has a great snorkelling trail (To be done in warmer weather though)
This remarkable sunset was just on the doorstep of where we were staying at Sunset Beach. Too tired to go out to photograph it, I stepped outside our caravan to capture it, and the viewing platform build in the park so you can take your wine, cheese and biscuits there and watch amazing sunsets like this one (unedited photo).
So, early in our travels we heard about this place and were immediately curious. We added it to our bucket list and finally the day came this week for us to see it. Now, this next part could be a post in itself and I could be here for a week or more telling you about it – I find it fascinating, but I won’t do that. Click on the link below and find out for yourself – there’s so much there!
The place is: Principality of Hutt River. It is found at Ogilvie Road West, Yallabatharra, WA. (See map below) This year, they’ve celebrated their 45th year of being a Principality.They’re open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm daily. River Hutt is an independent sovereign state having been seceded from Australia on 21st April 1970.
The entrance to the Principality:
It’s of comparable size to Hong Kong (not the New Territories). We met the founder His Royal Highness Prince Leonard and one of his sons Prince Graeme, who told us the history of the Principality. I was in awe of Prince Leonard who is now in his 90th year and still as sharp as a tack.
Excuse my hat, I flipped it up so I could take flash photography earlier and only noticed it after the p was taken. Funny look – like a baker’s hat, Haha!
Now, looking at Prince Leonard, he seems like an ordinary man, but taking into account what he has accomplished, he is far from ordinary. There is so much history about how he came to create the principality that if ever you’re in the area, it is well worth a visit.
Mr Oz, outside the Memorabilia Dept
The facilities include The Administration Building which has the Government Office and Post Office, Tea Rooms, Inter-Denominational Chapel, Memorabilia Dept and Historical Society displays.
Prince Leonard is a great mathematician and has formulas (based on energy) for all living things inside his Gateway.
Last, but by no means least, it’s Pink Lake near Port Gregory – officially named, Hutt Lagoon. It’s a salt lake with a pink hue due to the carotenoid producing algae, Dunaliella Salina, which is a source of Beta-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A. The lagoon has the world’s largest micro algae production plant and it’s best viewed at sunset.
Hutt Lagoon is being used by Lancome to market its new range of lipsticks. So when you see the ads, you can say, ‘I know where that is!’
Well, that’s it for now. See you next week 🙂
I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.
As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂