Scenes from the Skeens

Archive for May, 2007

Kangaroos at Steve Irwin Zoo

May 23, 2007 1:30 am

Yet more video. Here’s a close-up of the gray kangaroos at the Steve Irwin zoo here in Queensland. A group of about 20 sits around in the grass and you can feed them and pet them. They are very nice and calm. It’s always a highlight for us whenever we visit the zoo.

Dan Wrestles with a Giant Octopus

May 20, 2007 3:17 am

Well, it wasn’t that giant I suppose. And by “wrestling” I mean to say gently poking it with a twig. Yet the salty mariners ’round here still whisper in awe about the day ol’ Skeenie tangled with the kraken.
We found this fellow hiding in a tide pool one day as we were walking back from the kids’ school.

The SS Dicky

May 19, 2007 9:58 pm

About a hundred years ago a small ship was beached along the coast here. They tried to remove it but a sandbar had built up around it making it difficult, so they gave up and left it. When it came time to name the beach they called it Dicky beach after the SS Dicky, an inadvertent landmark that gets more corroded and buried each year. Despite the inauspicious beginnings, it’s a nice feature that breaks up the monotony of a seemingly endless string of sand and surf.

Run Maddy, Run!

9:37 pm

We bought a new camcorder a while back, so get ready for a flurry of media on this site if I can figure out the best plugin for embedding video clips. What better way to start than Maddy’s track and field event. She finished 5th in the race at her school, a pretty amazing feat based on how much older and taller many of the girls were. Not to mention that Aussies take their athletics pretty darn seriously. So, with that finish she qualified for the regional finals, and she legged out a great race, finishing second among the girls from Currimundi in her age group. If I had some editing skills I’d layer in the Chariots of Fire music. Sorry, not there yet!