Friday Lens Affair 141

Emu Pass the Road, Blinman, Australia

Today I’m hosting quite amusing shot of emu pass crossing the road, taken by Lauren Owen from #ljojlo Blog.

I found it super cool, I myself have never been to Australia but such pictures make me want to visit.

Lauren is a full-time teacher and part-time traveller with aspirations to switch to the full-time traveller, part-time teacher!

And I’m sure she will make it a reality soon enough! You can follow her quest on Instagram and Facebook.

Photo Story: Emu Pass the Road

As Aussies, who love to travel, we sometimes have a tendency to ignore our own country.

We are so excited to jump on a plane, experience culture, visit snow, drink German beer, etc. That we don’t actually check out our own backyard.

This is something we are endeavouring to change at #ljojlo – the beginners travel guide.

I and my partner, who has created #ljojlo are making sure we now visit the incredible, natural playground within our own backyard. Known as the Flinders Ranges.

This picturesque, rugged and stunning landscape of the Flinders Ranges is 540 million years old.

Starting a mere 2 hours north of Adelaide (near Pt Pirie) and extending for over 400km into the Outback the Flinders Ranges is home to some magnificent hikes, 4-wheel driving, camping, incredible flora and of course fauna.

Equipped with our hiking gear consisting of gym pants and running shoes. A black Subaru Impreza, which isn’t a big car, and some mates we took off early one Saturday morning to explore.

Also at hand was our new Sony Alpha6000 mirrorless camera, which was another main factor in exploring the raw and stunning scenery of the Flinders Ranges just so we could give it a try.

Heading north through Quorn, Hawker and onto Wilken Pound, we often stopped to take photos of craggy mountains and rubble ruins.

After passing Wilpena Pound we hit the dirt roads in order to find the starting point of our hike.

Unfortunately, due to recent rain, we had to turn back in our small Subaru Impreza. It did not have 4wd capabilities (stupid I know) because the Flinders can be harsh.

This put us back on the bitumen and heading toward Blinman for a beer at the local pub before turning around and heading straight home without actually doing a hike. Super lazy we were that day.

On the drive to Blinman, we were excited to see the odd kangaroo and emu by the side of the road. Never did we expect to see a mob of emus crossing the road in front of us.

Slowing down and fumbling to get the Sony Alpha6000 ready I manage to take this shot of an emu slowly but surely crossing the road with not a care in sight.

He seemed to not fear us coming in our not so big car and took his time to do famous “emu pass” through the road.

I’m sure he was thinking ‘well excuse me….if you want to see my home you must wait while I cross the road!’

It certainly was an experience. One I would love to witness again in the future on further adventures to the Flinders Ranges.

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts about 200 km north of Adelaide.

The discontinuous ranges stretch for over 430 km from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.

Its most characteristic landmark is Wilpena Pound, a large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheatre that covers 80 km2, and contains the range’s highest peak, St Mary Peak (1,171 m) which adjoins the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

The emu is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich.

It is endemic to Australia where it is the largest native bird and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius.

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4 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair 141

  1. An emu mob! That is so funny. I agree that is quite an experience. Like you, I think I tend to focus in international travel and tend to forget about the area I lived in. The other day We visited the mountains of San Diego and saw flocks of Rio Grande turkeys. Now, that is not something you see every day!
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  2. What a great photo! Thanks for linking up with Let’s Get Real!

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