Whale Watching in Sydney with Zeb and Eider Duck

We are back in Sydney, Australia.   We really like the Sydney Opera House.

Zeb and Eider by the Sydney Opera House

Zeb and Eider by the Sydney Opera House

Wow!   Look at this.   If we didn’t already love Sydney, this would do it.

A Chocolate Bar!

A Chocolate Bar!

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar.   And it is very close to our hotel.   Since we don’t have much time left in Australia, and Sydney is our last stop before the airport and our flight back to the United States, we wanted to do something special today.   We are going on a short cruise to watch whales.   The people at Sydney Harbor say we should see some humpback whales.   We are on the boat, leaving Sydney Harbor.

Leaving Sydney Harbor, we look back at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Leaving Sydney Harbor, we look back at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Behind us we are leaving the Sydney Harbor Bridge.   There are people walking on top of the bridge.   To the left is the Sydney Opera House.   The tall building behind the Opera House has a revolving restaurant on the top.   The humans ate there when they were in Sydney 10 years ago.   We are so amazed by these steep cliffs, so close to Sydney.

Steep cliffs as we leave Sydney Harbor

Steep cliffs as we leave Sydney Harbor

The humans on our boat are wandering around, hoping to spot whales.

Humans looking for whales

Humans looking for whales

We ducks also want to see the whales.   There are whales here!

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Humpback whales here

This shooting water is from a humpback whale.   Look!   More than one whale is here.

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Shooting water is from a whale

We see the whale frolicking in the water.

Humpback whale 2

Humpback whale

He jumped in the water and his tail is beautiful.

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Tail of humpback whale

We love these whales.

Humpback whales 4

Humpback whales

They seem to be putting on a show just for us.   Look at that perfect tail.

Tail of humpback whale 9

Tail of humpback whale

The lady on the boat is helping us find whales.   There are more than whales here.   She said this bird is an albatross.

An albatross

An albatross

It is time now to head back to Sydney Harbor.   We see more rock cliffs on the way back.

More steep cliffs are we return to Sydney

More steep cliffs are we return to Sydney

Back in Sydney, we head to the shopping area to purchase a few last minute souvenirs.

Last minute shopping at Circular Quay at Sydney Harbor

Last minute shopping at Circular Quay at Sydney Harbor

Our time in Australia is almost over, but we still some more things to show.   See you next time.

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Zeb Visits the Wyeth Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum

This week, my little friend, Lagertha Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, returned to the Denver Art Museum.   Lagertha Duck is named for a Viking Warrior Queen.   Great name, Lagertha!

The Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum

This museum has so many interesting permanent exhibits, and they have really great temporary exhibits.   Let’s go to the special Wyeth exhibit now.

Let's go in

Let’s go in

This exhibit will be in Denver through February 7.  This features Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and Andrew’s son, Jamie Wyeth (born 1946).   They are both famous and talented artists.   Here they are, father and son.

Andrew Wyeth and his son, Jamie Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth and his son, Jamie Wyeth

I loved this painting when Jamie was a young child, painted by his famous father.

Portrait of Jamie Wyeth as a child. Painted by Andrew Wyeth, his father.

Portrait of Jamie Wyeth as a child. Painted by Andrew Wyeth, his father.

Even at a very early age Jamie wanted to draw.   The scribbles at the bottom were done by Jamie.   This is Christina Olson.

Christina Olson by Andrew Wyeth

Christina Olson by Andrew Wyeth

She was a friend and frequent subject of Andrew’s paintings.   Andrew completed this in 1947.  At one time Jamie Wyeth had a place in Andy’s Warhol’s New York studio.  During this time, in 1976 Jamie painted Andy Warhol.   Andy is holding is dog, Archie.

Andy Warhol and dog, Archie. By Jamie Wyeth

Andy Warhol with his dog, Archie.   By Jamie Wyeth

Here is a painting by Andrew, finished in 1943, called The Hunter.

The Hunter by Andrew Wyeth

The Hunter by Andrew Wyeth

Both Andrew and Jamie really wanted to know their subject and the area well before they painted.   Both of the Wyeth’s spent summers in Maine and the rest of the year in Pennsylvania.   Included with our entrance ticket to the Wyeth exhibit, was an audio guide.    We enjoyed the audio comments by Jamie Wyeth.   This painting of the Kent House, by Jamie in 1972, was painted from inside a bait box.

Kent House by Jamie Wyeth

Kent House by Jamie Wyeth

The house painting is oil on cardboard.   The audio guide said Jamie did not want to be observed while he painted, so he borrowed this bait box from a fisherman, sat inside, and painted the Kent House on the hill.

Bait box studio

Bait box studio

Jamie says he never really painted the sea.   The sea is “more interesting when it’s reflected in a gull or sheep that lives the island”    This painting in 2008, named Jenny Whibley Sings, is oil on board.

Jenny Whibley Sings by Jamie Wyeth

Jenny Whibley Sings by Jamie Wyeth

In the background is Jamie’s home and studio in Maine.   Here is The Islander, with the sheep, painted in 1975 with oil on canvas.

The Islander by Jamie Wyeth

The Islander by Jamie Wyeth

Meet Kleberg.   He is Jamie’s dog.

Kleberg by Jamie Wyeth

Kleberg by Jamie Wyeth

This is an oil painting on canvas and completed in 1984.   Notice the unusual making around Kleberg’s eye.   Kleberg was getting too close to the easel while Jamie was painting one day, so impulsively, Jamie put his finger in the black paint and painted Kleberg.   The marking was so popular with humans, so Jamie repainted it about once a week.   You will laugh as you hear Jamie tell the story on the audio guide.   Jaime has another funny story about painting this Raven.

Raven by Jamie Wyeth

Raven by Jamie Wyeth

In the spring of 1980 he had a cow carcass delivered to his island.   The neighbors noticed.   The dead animal attracted the raven so Jaime could paint him.    Betsy is Andrew’s wife and Jamie’s mother.   Andrew completed this painting of his wife, Betsy.

Betsy by Andrew Wyeth

Betsy by Andrew Wyeth

Betsy did much of the framing for Andrew’s paintings.   She did frame her portrait.    Notice the embroidery on the bottom.    This painting and framing are spectacular when seen in person.   There are many works of art exhibited, completed by Andrew and by Jamie.   We hope you visit this exhibit and enjoy the paintings.   When you have seen the exhibit, we hope you stay in the museum and visit the North Building.   On level 6 there are a few more paintings by Andrew Wyeth.    This, Rough Hauling, a watercolor completed in 1940 is my favorite.

Rough Hauling by Andrew Wyeth, 1940, watercolor

Rough Hauling by Andrew Wyeth, 1940, watercolor

Then on level 7, you can see an illustration by N. C. Wyeth, Andrew’s father.   N. C. was a very famous illustrator.   His first commission as an illustrator, in 1903, was Bucking Bronco for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.   This illustration, owned by The Denver Art Museum, completed in 1916, is Gunfighter.

Gunfighter by N. C. Wyeth

Gunfighter by N. C. Wyeth

The illustration of a saloon fight represents a larger than life version of a bygone era.   We hope you visit The Denver Art Museum soon.   We like to visit here often.

Colorado Traveling Ducks Will Help Santa

We three Colorado Traveling Ducks have been practicing and are now ready to help Santa Claus deliver presents.   There will be a full moon Christmas night, so Christmas Eve will also have a bright moon, and we are confident that all packages will be delivered.   J B Duck, wearing a red tie, is on the first reindeer.   Soapy Smith Duck, wearing a blue tie, is in charge of the second reindeer.   Zeb the Duck is riding on the sleigh, wearing his Christmas hat and Christmas scarf.

Colorado Traveling Ducks are ready to help Santa on Christmas Eve

Colorado Traveling Ducks are ready to help Santa on Christmas Eve

We are ready Santa!

Zeb and Soapy Explore 3 Denver Malls at Christmas

Our moms love to go the malls to see Christmas decorations.   We try to go when they open in the morning, during the week.   It is not so crowded then.   I, Zeb the Duck, visited three malls this month.   First I will show you want I saw at PARK MEADOWS MALL.   Of course, I wanted to find Santa.

This way to Santa

This way to Santa

Here I am on the enter sign.   I really like this Santa house.   We even have reindeer pulling a sleigh full of presents.

Reindeer pulling sleigh

Reindeer pulling sleigh

Next we headed to Nordstrom’s.   Isn’t this red horse cute?

Zeb on Nordstrom's red horse

Zeb on Nordstrom’s red horse

Especially with me, Zeb, riding him.   We are pulling the cart.   The snowman is cheery.

Cheery Snowman

Cheery Snowman

Going through the mall, we noticed the fountain is also ready for Christmas.

Water rapids and fountain ready for Christmas

Water fall and fountain ready for Christmas

Walking down the halls, these lights make us smile.

Lights in Park Meadows Mall

Lights in Park Meadows Mall

I wanted to be sure you could see these decorations, also.

Christmas decorations everywhere. I love it!

Christmas decorations everywhere. I love it!

I really like the pine branches and huge red ornaments.   We decided to have a snack at the food court.   The fireplace, decorated with the wreath, makes everything cozy.

Decorated fireplace in food court

Decorated fireplace in food court

We really liked Park Meadows.   Now Soapy Smith Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, will show you what we saw at FLATIRONS MALL.   First we visited Dillard’s to see Christmas decorations.

Dillard's Christmas at Flatirons Mall

Dillard’s Christmas at Flatirons Mall.   Soapy, don’t jump

We liked this.   Soapy and Zeb are under the tree, sitting on presents.

Zeb and Soapy under the Christmas tree. Soapy, do not open the gifts!!

Zeb and Soapy under the Christmas tree. Soapy, do not open the gifts!!

All of these decorations in Dillard’s are for sale.   In the mall, we smiled at these lights.

Lights in Flatirons Mall

Lights in Flatirons Mall

Flatirons Mall has Santa’s Observatory.    This is the entrance to visit with Santa.

Santa's Observatory at Flatirons

Santa’s Observatory at Flatirons

Here is Santa.

Santa sees us!

Santa sees us!

He smiled at us.   Maybe we will find presents on Christmas morning.  Zeb and Soapy headed to CHERRY CREEK MALL next.   This Christmas display in Neiman Marcus caught our attention.

Neiman Marcus Christmas Display at Cherry Creek Mall

Neiman Marcus Christmas Display at Cherry Creek Mall

Then we spotted the Ice Palace.

The Ice Palace at Cherry Creek

The Ice Palace at Cherry Creek

This is the entrance to see Santa.   Zeb and Soapy discovered the trees surrounding the Ice Palace.

Zeb and Soapy in Christmas tree

Zeb and Soapy in Christmas tree

The moms decided to get a cookie.

We are getting this cookie!

We are getting this cookie!

Great idea, we will all have a piece.   We like to see the Christmas decorations.   We hope you visited some malls near you this season also.   They are beautiful.

Zeb and Eider Continue Touring Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Zeb and Eider Duck and the humans loved this view from our hotel, Beacon Point Ocean View Villas near Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia.

First view of the day

First view of the day

Just before we left, we admired this rainbow.

Morning rainbow

Morning rainbow

Isn’t that a great sight first thing in the morning?   Driving to the Great Ocean Road, Fabian spotted this koala.

Koala. This is not his face

Koala. This is not his face

He is sleeping with his back toward us.   Walking at the marina at Apollo Bay,

Going on this pier

Going on this pier

we admired this clear water.

Really clear water here

Really clear water here

We also admired the boats.

Love boats

Love boats

We loved the waves breaking.

Crashing waves are beautiful

Crashing waves are beautiful

Driving on the Great Ocean Road, the views were beautiful.   This was from Cape Patton.

Great coastline from Cape Patton

Great coastline from Cape Patton

At the next stop, the humans fed colorful tropical birds.   Humans were given a handful of bird seed and this King Parrot knew what to do.

Feeding King Parrot

Feeding King Parrot

This Crimson Rosella was also happy to have a snack.

Crimson Rosella also having a snack

Crimson Rosella also having a snack

The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo were eager to get a share also.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos want some also

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos want some also

This King Parrot found a new place to sit.

Found a new place to sit while eating

Found a new place to sit while eating

Along The Great Ocean Road, we saw many of these Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.   We love them, but not everyone is a fan of these beautiful birds.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are plentiful. Considered exotic birds in US and farmers pest here.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are plentiful.   Considered exotic birds in US and farmers pest here.

They have very strong beaks and cause much damage in a farmer’s field.     Along the Great Ocean Road, we stopped at Memorial Arch.

Memorial Arch

Memorial Arch

The Great Ocean Road was begun in 1918 with 3,000 workers, many returning veterans from World War I, and the project was completed in 1932.  The road was built with axes and picks; no explosives were used.   This statue commemorates the men that built The Great Ocean Road.

Commemorating men who built The Great Ocean Road

Commemorating men who built The Great Ocean Road

Our last stop of the day was the Anglesea Golf Course where we were greeted y this kangaroo.

Is he saying welcome to our golf course?

Is he saying welcome to our golf course?

Several kangaroos were grazing on the edge of the fairways, but this young kangaroo wasn’t interested in grazing.

Mom is still the best!

Mom is still the best!

Mom is still the favorite.   We really enjoyed our tour with Australian Natural Treasures Touring, and the Great Ocean Road is breathtaking.   Visit them at http://www.anttouring.com.au   Thanks Glenn and Jeremy.

Rainforest Walk in Australia’s Great Otway National Park with Zeb and Eider

Temperate Rainforest in Great Otway National Park is visited by Zeb and Eider Duck.   We stopped at Maits Rest to experience the 800 meter rainforest walk.

Let's walk

Let’s walk

The trees are tall and the path is clear.

Boardwalk through rainforest

Boardwalk through rainforest

The trunk on this tree is huge!

Huge tree trunk

Huge tree trunk

Great Otway National Park consists of 103,185 hectares and is located 162 km southwest of Melbourne.  There is prolific plant growth throughout the dense rain forest.

Dense ferns

Dense ferns

The trees and tropical ferns are beautiful and create a peaceful environment.

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Even fallen tree trunks are huge.

Inside the tree trunk

Inside the tree trunk

The Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) grow over 100 meters, making them the tallest flowering plants in the world.

Story of Mountain Ash

Story of Mountain Ash

The rare carnivorous, Otway Black Snail, is found only in the Otways where it feeds on insects and other snails and worms.

Otway Black Snail

Otway Black Snail

We did not see a real Otway Black Snail, but maybe that was a good thing.   We really loved our time in this temperate rainforest.

Otway Temperate Rainforest

Otway Temperate Rainforest

Wow!   This tree trunk is huge.   Fabian can stand inside the tree!

Trunk large enough for Fabian to stand inside

Trunk large enough for Fabian to stand inside

Even the road leading out of Maits Rest was pretty.

Leaving the rainforest

Leaving the rainforest

We hope you visit a rainforest.   They are fascinating.