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Another in the series on outstanding places to sleep. My bed in my car at Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia:

Picture taken by myself.

Camping matress and warm duna in my friend's car.

Picture taken by me.

Picture was accidentally taken when camera fell out of my hands.

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That came as a surprise: A fluorescent yellow post-it attracting attention at a sign board for walkers. It came from a guy I had met that morning in my hostel in Katoomba and left earlier to do the same hike that day to Ruined Castle. Being a single track, we were sure I would meet him on my way back, but he changed his mind to take another side track. And he managed to let me know because he was carrying pen and post-its. Luckily I had a pen and calendar in my bag pack of which I could spare a page.

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I was in for a couple of surprises when I went on a whale cruise at Port Macquarie. First flashed through my mind the thought that I had seen these animals before. Then it hit me that it was still quite bizarre to see them for real and indeed from up close. Next I was entertained by the captain who was very well trained in giving us tourist our money’s worth. He was skilled in counting down the seconds that a whale would stay under water before coming up for a stunning bridge: a jump out of the water. Good pictures guaranteed and I suddenly understood why I had seen so many good pictures of the big mammals in my life. It does not require a professional photographer to take one.

Humpback whale at Port Macquarie.

Practicing my aim while glancing over my camera to get the best moment, I was practiced enough to take one of my own after two or three bridges. Satisfied, I resolved to turning my camera off, to enjoy the movement of our small boat on the sea waves, the splatters of the salty water and the sight of nature in front of my eyes. It was a little amusing to see the other passengers still glued to their screens. This amusement turned into surprise when my friend who had not parted with her camera either, asked me to send her my picture because she did not get one good shot!

A series about outstanding places to sleep.

The first one is this tipi at Orara River, New South Wales, Australia:

Tipi accomodation

Tipi accommodation with swags and a warm fire inside.

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