Adelaide, Australia’s Rundle Mall and Memorials with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb, Eider and the humans took Adelaide’s free city bus to view monuments and more.   This statue is in memory of those who fell serving and defending Australia.

Remembering fallen héros

Remembering fallen héros

The Honorable Dame Roma Mitchell is honored here.

Honorable Dame Roma Mitchell

Honorable Dame Roma Mitchell

She is a former Governor of South Australia, a former Chancellor at the University of Adelaide and a former Judge on the Supreme Court of South Australia.   Wow!   She was a great lady!   Here is the front of the Memorial remembering those lost in World War I and World War II.

Memorial for World War I and World War II

Memorial for World War I and World War II

This is the back of the Memorial.

Back of War Memorial. We ducks are on the steps

Back of War Memorial. We ducks are on the steps

Humans also walk inside the memorial to view additional exhibits.    The streets of Adelaide are very clean.   These trash containers are part of the reason.

We thought this trash container is pretty clever

We thought this trash container is pretty clever

Put trash in one place and cigarette butts in another place and keep Adelaide clean.   The Art Gallery of South Australia hosts a special exhibit.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

Sir Walter Watson Hughes, one of the founders of and the first donor to the University of Adelaide, is honored here.

Sir Walter Watson Hughs

Sir Walter Watson Hughs

Sir Douglas Mawson, Professor of Geology and Mineralogy was also an Antarctic scientist and explorer.

Sir Douglas Mawson

Sir Douglas Mawson

Australia honors many of its outstanding citizens.   Adelaide is also home to the premier retail area of South Australia.   Rundle Mall became Australia’s first pedestrian mall in 1976.   We wandered around Rundle Mall just before sunset.

Rundle Mall. A retail destination

Rundle Mall. A retail destination

The street is lined with world famous retail stores.

Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall

We like the sculptures also.   This fountain appeals to us.   We find water soothing.

Water is soothing for us

Water is soothing for us

Malls with flower shops always seem more friendly.

Flowers are so cheerful

Flowers are so cheerful

Of course, mom found the local chocolate store.

Wonderful chocolate

Wonderful chocolate

We are glad she did;  the chocolate was delicious.   We like Adelaide.   Tomorrow we will show you a little more before we leave town.

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Mythic Creatures at Denver’s Museum with Zeb the Duck

I, Zeb the Duck, saw Mythic Creatures at Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science.

Mythic Creatures in Denver

Mythic Creatures in Denver

This is a special exhibit through September 7, 2015.   It is good; don’t miss this one.   This is the Kraken.

Kraken

Kraken

Hundreds of years ago, European sailors told of a sea monster called a kraken that could toss ships into the air with its many long arms.   Today we know of a living sea animal, the giant squid, that has eight arms and two tentacles.   It can grow longer than a school bus, but it lives at great depths and is hardly ever seen.     I, Zeb the Duck, may be in love with this mermaid.

Mermaid

Mermaid

This s a Yawkyawk made from fiber, by Marina Murdilnga.

Yawkyawk

Yawkyawk

This is an ancient spirit of northern Australia’s aboriginal people.    This spirit that lives in the water, looks similar to a mermaid and has the power to give life.   Some believe a woman can become pregnant just by going near their water home.   This giant Optithecus blacki, lived in southeast Asia for almost a million years, until about 300,000 years ago.

He lived 300,000 years ago

He lived 300,000 years ago

In China fossilized teeth and jaws have been found.    I am sitting by a fossilized jaw bone.    This is a statue of a Griffin.

Griffin

Griffin

A griffin is a legendary creature with the body, tail and back legs of a lion.   A griffin has the head and wings of an eagle and has eagle’s talons on the front feet.  The Griffin was thought to be an especially majestic creature.   I liked this unicorn.

Unicorn

Unicorn

In modern fairy tales and stories, the mythic unicorn looks like a white horse with a single long horn on its head.   But in older stories, this fantastic creature has a short, colored horn and the body of a goat.   This is an ivory tusk from an arctic whale called a narwhal.   In the Middle Ages, many believed these tusks to be unicorn horns.

Narwhal Whale Tusk

Narwhal Whale Tusk

This chupacabra from Mexico lurks in the forest prying on goats and cattle, terrifying local residents.

Chupacabra

Chupacabra

The chupacabra acts much like a vampire, killing animals by sucking their blood.   The Barong Ket is King of the Spirits and an oversized village guardian for many residents of the island of Bali, Indonesia.

Barong Ket from Indonesia

Barong Ket from Indonesia

Rangda is the half-goddess, half witch demon queen of Bali who often battles Barong.   Elephant Bird is from Madagascar.

Elephant Bird from Madagascar

Elephant Bird from Madagascar

This bird, according to fossils, did exist on the island of Madagascar.   However, even though legend says the bird could pick up elephants, he would not have been able to lift an elephant.   Another problem with the legend:   Elephant bird lived in Madagascar, but elephants never lived in Madagascar.   The fossilized egg, also found in Madagascar is the largest egg ever found.   This is Pegasus, son of the monster Medusa and Poseidon, the god of the sea and of horses.

Pegasus

Pegasus

Of all the mythic creatures that rise from the water, prowl across land, or fly through the air, the dragon is the most famous.

Dragon

Dragon

A very impressive dragon.   The Chinese Parade Dragon chases the “Pearl of Wisdom,” a baton carried by the parade leader.

Chinese Parade Dragon

Chinese Parade Dragon

These are just some of the mythic creatures you will see at this exhibit.   We enjoyed our time here and believe you would enjoy it also.   But, go soon.   These mythic creatures are at Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science only until September 7, 2015

Adelaide Central Market with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider Duck only have a couple days to explore Adelaide, in the state of South Australia.   What to do?   The humans decided to ride the free city bus that will give them an overview of the city.   We like the old buildings that are still used today.

Old building still used today

Old building still used today

This old church looks really inviting.

Pretty old church

Pretty old church

While on the bus, mom started talking to a lady from Adelaide.   The lady moved to Australia from the Philippines several years ago.   She loves Australia.   She told the humans that they had to see Central Market.    The humans try to go where local people suggest, so we went to Central Market.

Central Market

Central Market

This is a huge market with small restaurants, many everyday items for sale, and of course, lots of groceries.   As we entered Central Market, we noticed that meat and vegetables are sold by the kilo.

Meat by the kilo

Meat by the kilo

We are accustomed to buying items by the pound.   But, one kilo is 2.2 pounds, so we are adjusting to the metric system.   The bakery is near the entrance.

Aroma of bakery draws us closer

Aroma of bakery draws us closer

It smells so good, we need a closer look.

Yum

Yum

Yum!  This aisle featuring fresh produce is so colorful.

Colorful Produce

Colorful Produce

This cheese shop certainly made us smile.    Smelly Cheese Shop.

Smelly Cheese Store

Smelly Cheese Store

The biggest surprise for us was the Some Thing Wild store.   This is no normal butcher shop.   Wild and exotic game is available here.   Duck breast???

We ducks don't like this

We ducks don’t like this

We Colorado Traveling Ducks are not sure we like that.   The assorted sausages are better for us to see.

Many kinds of sausge

Many kinds of sausage

This kangaroo stir fry is ready to take home and cook.

Kangaroo stir fry

Kangaroo stir fry

Could be a very nice dinner.   Check out the special of the day.

Special of the month?

Special of the month?

Crocodile ribs.   I have never seen them for sale before.   This market had all the normal market items, but we saw some new things too.   Visit Central Market and try some of the food.   You will enjoy new tastes.   Again, we like the old buildings being used today.   This one is across from Central Market.

Across from Central Market

Across from Central Market

When you visit Adelaide, ride the free city bus, routes 98 and 99.   And talk to people.   The people will suggest things for you to see and do.   It is fun, also.   We will show you more of Adelaide soon.

Zeb and Eider Explore Mercure Resort on Kangaroo Island

Zeb, Eider and the humans have one more day to explore and enjoy Kangaroo Island.    We are staying at the Mercure Resort here.

Our resort

Our resort

From the Mercure, we follow some trails around the resort grounds.

On the trail

On the trail

Kangaroo Island has a shortage of fresh water.  This is part of the first desalination tank.

Desalination tank

Desalination tank

Desalination is the process of removing salt from the ocean water so the water can be used for humans and landscaping.   From our trail, the views are wonderful.

View from the trail

View from the trail

We can see the ocean also.

 

Beautiful views

Beautiful views

You will notice that our resort is not in the cold, windy part of the island.   Flinders Chase National Park, that we showed you the last two times, was beautiful, but the wind was very strong.   Along this path, we enjoyed resting on this bench.

Enjoy the bench

Enjoy the bench

A little more walking took us past this old stone house

Stone house

Stone house

and to the beginning of another trail.

Cannery Trail

Cannery Trail

We loved this old equipment, once used on Kangaroo Island.

Old equipment

Old equipment

From the trail and road, we watched these black swans swimming so gracefully.

Swans are so graceful

Swans are so graceful

Back at our resort, this is where we enjoy our breakfast buffet.

Part of breakfast buffet

Part of breakfast buffet

The dining has this indoor portion

Inside dining area

Inside dining area

and also an outdoor seating section.   On a chilly evening, we enjoyed the fireplace near the bar.

A beverage, conversation and a warm fire here

A beverage, conversation and a warm fire here

The swimming pools are very nice and the view of the ocean from the pools is wonderful also.

Pools with a view

Pools with a view

We do want to tell you that you cannot rent a vehicle on Kangaroo Island and there are no taxis.   If you want a vehicle, you must bring it on the ferry with you.   Also, it is best to make all tour arrangements before you arrive on Kangaroo Island.   We were there in their winter, but we did not have tour options once we arrived, so be sure to plan ahead.

Our resort on Kangaroo Island

Our resort on Kangaroo Island

We really did enjoy Kangaroo Island and hope you visit the island if you are in South Australia.   However, we are taking the ferry back to Adelaide now.

On the ferry to Adelaide

On the ferry to Adelaide

We liked Kangaroo Island, but more adventures are waiting for us.

Zeb and Eider Visit Admirals Arch and Fur Seals on Australia’s Kangaroo Island

Zeb and Eider Duck are still in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.   This park is at the west end of the island and the winds are still quite strong.   The surf of the Southern Ocean dramatically crashes against the rugged cliffs.

Crashing surf

Crashing surf

We start down the boardwalk, heading for the New Zealand Fur Seals.

The boardwalk to see New Zealand Fur Seals

The boardwalk to see New Zealand Fur Seals

Looking down at the Southern Ocean, we are fascinated by the water crashing on the rocks.

Strong surf meets rugged coast

Strong surf meets rugged coast

As we descend, we see this New Zealand Fur Seal resting.

Resting New Zealand Fur Seal

Resting New Zealand Fur Seal

This is our tour guide while we are on Kangaroo Island.

Our guide

Our guide

He has been friendly and extremely informative.   We stop to admire this New Zealand Fur Seal.

Curled up for a nap

Curled up for a nap

He is curled up and seems very relaxed here.   Now we see Admirals Arch.

Admirals Arch

Admirals Arch

This arch gives us a different view of the ocean.

Admirals Arch

Admirals Arch

A very impressive rock formation.    From Admirals Arch, we look at the Southern Ocean and relaxing New Zealand Fur Seals.

Looking down at New Zealand Fur Seals and Southern Ocean

Looking down at New Zealand Fur Seals and Southern Ocean

We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, were on this walk, but it is very windy.   This is one of the few times mom feels it is safe for us to pose for a photo.

It sure is windy!

It sure is windy!

We like seeing these fur seals.

Sitting up for a photo

Sitting up for a photo

Isn’t this one just adorable?

So cute!

So cute!

We think so!   As we go back up the boardwalk, we keep turning around to admire the ocean.

Rugged land

Rugged land

Our tour of Kangaroo Island is almost over.   We will miss these ocean views.

We were here

We were here

We hope you visit Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island.   We had a great time on our tour, but we are not done yet.   Next time we will show you a little more of this wonderful island..

Zeb and Eider Explore Australia’s Flinders Chase National Park

I, Zeb the Duck, and my cousin, Eider Duck, are on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.   Today we are in Flinders Chase National Park.

Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase National Park

We head for Bunker Hill Lookout.

To Bunker Hill Lookout

To Bunker Hill Lookout

This is quite a steep drop to rough water.

Beautiful and powerful

Beautiful and powerful

We are on the west end of Kangaroo Island and the chilly, strong wind is really blowing.   We are walking to the Remarkable Rocks.   We are on the boardwalk on the way to the rocks,

On the boardwalk to Remarkable Rocks

On the boardwalk to Remarkable Rocks

but we have to be careful we don’t blow into the Southern Ocean.    Ready to climb up the rocks.

We are going up there

We are going up there

This sign with Danger makes these Colorado Traveling Ducks a bit nervous.   Wow!   These rocks really are remarkable.   The red on the rocks reminds us of the Bay of Fire in Tasmania.

Red on rocks

Red on rocks

The color is probably also from lichen.   We feel safe sitting while the rocks protect us from the wind.

We feel protected from wind here

We feel protected from wind here

These are great rocks.   The ocean looks cold and rough.

Beautiful ocean

Beautiful ocean

Little ducks would not have fun swimming in this water.   The landscape here indicates that the wind is fairly constant.

Terrain shows results of constant ocean winds

Terrain shows results of constant ocean winds

Not much tall vegetation and the Southern Ocean dominates this end of Kangaroo Island.    We are now heading to the lighthouse.

Great Lighthouse

Great Lighthouse

The date over the door of this lighthouse is 1909.   The view from the lighthouse is very impressive.

View from lighthouse

View from lighthouse

In our ducky opinion, a lighthouse was really necessary here to help guide the ships.   When a human lighthouse keeper lived here, supplies were brought in every three months.   This is the pulley used to haul supplies to the lighthouse keeper and to take anything from him to go back to town.

Pulley used to transport supplies

Pulley used to transport supplies

Flinders Chase National Park became a National Park in 1919.   We like seeing so many things here.   Our guide tells us there is still more to see here.   We will tell you more about the park next time.

Eucalyptus Oil Farm on Kangaroo Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Today we visited a farmer that does not grow crops, does not have cows and does not have sheep.   Lawrence, the farmer, does not use any sprays and no chemicals are used.   He plants and cares for native Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee eucalyptus trees.   This is not one of the varieties of eucalyptus trees favored by the koalas.

Emu Ridge is a working farm

Emu Ridge is a working farm

We were at Emu Ridge, the only commercial Eucalyptus Distillery remaining in South Australia.   The eucalyptus oil is distilled in the traditional method.   The eucalyptus plant is cut every few years and then taken to the distillery.

Eucalyptus still

Eucalyptus still

The leaf is placed into a pot containing water, beneath which a fire is lit.   The steam carrying the oil is passed through a system of cooling pipes.   The oil separates and is piped off into containers.   The raw oil undergoes another refining process to produce the final product, crystal clear oil.    This is the process used to produce or distill eucalyptus oil over 100 years ago.

Old farm equipment still used

Old farm equipment still used

All parts of the plant are used in this process.   There is no waste and any byproducts are recycled.   They even produce their own electricity.    Lawrence and his wife, Beverly, were sheep farmers, but in 1991 the wool prices took a sharp decline.   They decided to revive the old custom of producing eucalyptus oil.    Eucalyptus oil was the first true overseas export of Australia.

Why have eucalyptus oil?

Why have eucalyptus oil?

The old shearing shed is now a plant nursery.    Emu Ridge farm has been a major tourist destination since 1991.    There is a retail outlet where you may purchase pure eucalyptus oil and other products.

So many products from Eucalyptus oil

So many products from Eucalyptus oil

Mom really liked some of the lotions and creams.   Of course, the products also may be purchased online.   Please visit http://www.EmuRidge.com.au for more information.   The 4 minute video on the home page is really interesting.   The humans were watching these kangaroos.

Kangaroos in the back yard

Kangaroos in the back yard

We really enjoyed seeing these kangaroos, too

We are watching these kangaroos

We are watching these kangaroos

This is an emu, the inspiration for naming the farm Emu Ridge.

Emu at Emu Ridge

Emu at Emu Ridge

When you visit Kangaroo Island in South Australia, we hope you will visit Emu Ridge also.   We loved it and we think you would enjoy it also.