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Australian Geographic May - June 2016

Australian Geographic, Australia’s premier geographic journal, brings you the best of the country from those who know it best. Discover Australia’s rich cultural heritage, its beautiful landscapes, its unique and diverse plants and wildlife, and explore outback towns and the true-blue characters who call them home.

Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
R 96,04
R 264,32
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Lord Howe stick insect: from extinct to 13,000 hatchlings Once thought to be extinct, the Lord Howe Island stick insect is now thriving through captive breeding – but more work is needed to protect them in the wild. Rescue mission for Percy the platypus A six-month-old platypus ended up in a spot of misadventure when it washed up in a stormwater drain. Ngura – aerial photography of Central Australia Josh Smith’s stunning aerial photos of Central Australia form part of a photographic exhibition called Ngura. ACTIVATE YOUR WEB ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT Three decades of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC at your fingertips Subscribers have access to all of these great features: Entire digital archive of the magazine Exclusive videos and documentary series Interactive maps 10% discount at the AG shop Membership to the Australian Geographic Society Join now: www.australiangeographic.com.au Talkb@ck Sign up to the Australian Geographic email newsletter on our…

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after the fires

IN RECENT weeks I’ve been leafing through some old editions of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC to identify articles to include in a celebratory book of the best stories from the past 30 years, which we’ll be publishing later this year. It’s been an enjoyable process and it’s encouraging to note that we’ve explored just about every corner of this vast continent, but still have plenty of places left to discover. What has also become clear is that we’ve been drawn to some regions more than others, and, in particular, this applies to Tasmania. It’s been disproportionately represented in the pages of this journal over time, and with good reason, given that this smallest of states boasts some of the country’s greatest natural treasures. Earlier this year, those unique and special environments were put…

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Prue Sailer has been a practising artist for 15 years, working out of a natural history art studio near Newcastle. She is also a casual lecturer at Newcastle University’s Natural History Illustration program, which is the only course of its kind in Australia. Prue, who is passionate about illustrating Australian birds, is the president of Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc, of which AG editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick is patron (page 28). Tim Laman is a US biologist and photojournalist who turned his passion for natural history and exploration into a career in photography. He went on an eight-year quest to photograph all 39 species of birds-ofparadise, which led him on his first trip to Queensland. Since then, he has returned to explore Australia on six expeditions, and relishes each opportunity, where such exciting discoveries…

4 min
featured letter

MAILBAG WELCOMES FEEDBACK Send letters, including an address and phone number, to editorial@ausgeo.com.au or to Australian Geographic, GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001. Letters will be edited for length and clarity. FRENCH ORIGINS Frank Povah seems on the right path with his ‘brass razoo’ explanation (Dinkum Lingo, AG 130). As an amateur in linguistics, allow me to add my ‘two-cents worth’ to Frank’s research. The most likely source of the expression does indeed lead to returned diggers of World War I. In old French currency, the sou (originally minted with a central hole) is equivalent to the one centime coin. By way of conjecture, one may readily assume that often soldiers would occupy their much-treasured, non-combat periods by playing improvised games, tossing coins for a wager or a win. Broadly, the French verb…

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readers’ photos

Rainbow bee-eater by Mike Cross I came across this specimen at Red Banks Conservation Park, SA. It perched briefly against some dried-out scrub just as the morning sun was starting to blaze. It was incredible to watch large numbers of birds gather around the park’s small waterholes. Bogong High Plains by Kyffin Lewis I visit the High Plains in winter to ski and in summer to hike. While hiking about 5km from Falls Creek Ski Village near Wallace Hut I came across an area that had been burnt by bushfires a few years prior. The trees seemed ghostly against a blanket of wildflowers. Happy wanderer by Jason Stephens It was amazing to see an echidna up high among the mountains in Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It was more than happy to walk…

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emerald city

WE SET UP to shoot this frame in Claustral Canyon in the Blue Mountains, NSW, which I’d been dying to capture for years. I was freezing cold, my hands were shaking and I was soaking wet, and then the light beam happened and I was instantly transfixed. I even forgot to shoot for a moment. I’d been inspired by canyon photography ever since I saw Carsten Peter’s iconic images many years ago. I love the challenge of the ropes and the cold water. It’s tough work but these places aren’t something many people get to see, so hopefully I can share my experiences through imagery. Dinkum lingo WITH FRANK POVAH Ringer/ring THESE VENERABLE words seem to be holding their own in the face of great changes in our onceunique dialect. One meaning, “someone who…