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In the 1960's Geoff got his first serious camera, a Pentax single lens reflex, and has been taking pictures ever since. In the early days when we were travelling the cost of film and the problems of carrying it or obtaining it locally led to a limit, on average, of three shots per day. Quite unlike today when electronic cameras allow almost unlimited photos to be taken.

Back then transparencies offered better viewing, as long as you had a projector and a large screen, but they had a down-side as we discovered. All our early slides were stored under a friend's house (and also took an unsceduled trip to Tehran, but that's another story) and as a result the emulsion was attacked by fungi. Most were totally ruined. So Kaye took on the huge task of digitising all our slides, including repairing the damaged ones where possible. Of course more recently we have switched to using electronic cameras, so now we have all our pictures in digital form. But there might some old ones somewhere on our web site with a few blue streaks or overall blue cast due to their fungusy history.

Photo galleries
Pictures from our visit to Burma (Myanmar), flora around Youngs Siding on the south coast of Western Australia, some biological images, Patagonian ice, views of the farm at Youngs Siding where we used to live, spiders, roman mosaics from the Bardot Museum in Tunisia and Christmas Island
Neither plants or animals, but in a kingdom of their own, fungi are a fascinating but easy to overlook form of life. Normally what we see - the fruiting body - is just a small part of the entire organism. The fruiting bodies display a wide range of colours and fors, often very delicate and beautiful.
Lichens are "composite" organisms composed of algae or cyanobacteria living together in a relationship with one or more fungi species. A lichen typically has properties which are not found in its component organisms. Like plants, lichens rely on photosynthesis to produce their food, however they are typically slow-growing, but very widespread, often existing in extreme environments.
  Great Southern
The great Southern is the region of Western Australia along the central part of the south coast. The City of Albany is the main population centre with the town of Denmark about 50 kilometres to the west. Youngs Siding is a small hamlet and locality roughly half way between them. As the name suggests it used to be a stop on the railway from Albany to Nornalup. The Munda Biddi cycle trail follows the path of the now decomissioned rail line.
Our travels have taken us to many wonderful places. Generally, we have tried to go away for an extended period, often around three months, so we always had to travel cheaply to stretch our finances. This was especially true because of the high cost of air fares to anywhere outside Australia. More lately we have aimed for a little bit more comfort and have gone to Europe rather than less-developed countries, but we still travel independently and choose modest accommodation.

Kaye and Geoff