Thank you for this comment! I loved the twig-roofed toilet and shower and the view from the loo was more than refreshing!

Sucker for cute animals? So am I!

A fascinating part of the world! How fortunate you were to be able to explore these streets with a local!

The photo of the Great Ocean Road brought to mind the Oregon coast. Loved the shot of Uluru.

They are. I wonder what happens to all the food after the artist has finished photographing these scenes!

Passed through Toad Suck earlier today and then found this article re the community which topped an online poll for the most unfortunate town name in the U.S. As a native of Massachusetts, I wasn't surprised to see Belchertown was one of the finalists in this "contest" but I think Assinippi and Athol should have ranked right up there as well.

Couldn't stand to look at the photos or read much of what is in this blog piece but someone may find the article of interest. EEEEW!

I wholeheartedly agree...these majestic, storied trees do--indeed--have the power to humble us. 

Count me out.

Thanks, Sonja, for responding with these details! One would REALLY have to trust the builders and owners of these hotel rooms to chance a check in to "sleep with the fishes"!

Hoping to see the exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden next week. One of my favorite installations is the Chihuly Ceiling at the Bellagio.

Being in the midst of such places restores the soul!!

@unboundly The hitchbot folks have offered assurances that "this great experiment is not over." They'll be focusing on what can be learned from what happened and they hope to "explore future adventures for robots and humans." Gizmodo is reporting that: "two video bloggers faked a 'surveillance video' showing the destruction of hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot. What’s still unclear is whether the pair were responsible for actually destroying the bot, and whether we can expect more to come from their 'prank.'" Such a shame if the two minor YouTube "celebrities" (who are alleged to have ended the bot's travels) did so for just a few more bytes of fame. 

Folks who have found this article of interest might also enjoy reading Bernie Krause's book, The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places. From the book cover: "Krause also shows that just as streetlights drown out the stars, human noise is making the sounds of nature vanish--and the very soundscapes that help us understand how wild sound and music connect."

Thank you for sharing this story. These fires, as you note, are devastating for wildlife and, when poor creatures like the orangutans go into villages seeking help, they are stoned and beaten. What's happening should, indeed, be receiving far more attention than is now being paid.

@wandering_j I agree.