Canberra is a city surrounded by bush, so it is possible to visit or work at Parliament House, and then drive out of the city into the bush within a very short time.
We live very close to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, a great place to see native wildlife in their own environment …….
However, not far away, from this Reserve, on 50 hectares (120 acres) is the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. It shares the Tidbinbilla valley with several sheep and cattle properties…..as incongruous as this sounds!
This space station is part of the NASA’s Deep Space Network that spans the globe.
As the earth rotates, three sites, Goldstone, California, Madrid, Spain and Canberra, Australia provide 24 hour coverage of the solar system.
The Space station provides two-way radio contact with dozens of robotic spacecraft and space telescopes exploring our solar system and beyond..
While we watched, many birds flew backwards and forwards, completely undisturbed and in fact, some Starlings perched on the dish, and stayed there while it moved around. Birds have amazing ability to adapt to their environment don’t they?
The Space Station has an excellent Information Centre, and I realised it deserved a much more detailed post, which I hope I can do in the next year.
However, for a complete change of pace….
….we had also promised our guests a viewing of the some young koalas nearby in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve…
This handsome young koala is called Billa, and he is one of a few koalas born at Tidbinbilla during the last few years, in a new breeding program started after the appalling bushfires in and around Canberra in 2003.
The koala in the photo below looks as if he has a thick furry black hat on, but this is actually another koala sleeping peacefully behind him.
We were lucky enough to see Billa climb down and hitch a ride with his Mum. This didn’t last long before she gently shook him off……tough love!
On the way out of the koala enclosure, we saw this kangaroo, completely oblivious of us…
As we drove back to the centre of the city, the sky looked promisingly as if it might rain..
and sure enough, as we sat by the lake having a glass of wine, there was some light rain…
Most people had packed up their picnic suppers and left when the rain came….but the few that stayed were stunned by the sight
This little girl was pointing the to height of the rainbow, little knowing the pot of gold was nearby..
After the rainbow came this glorious sunset…..a wonderful way to end a day of sight-seeing…
I hope you are getting a few rainbows in your life, and perhaps some magnificent sunsets as well!
For those interested in koalas, I have written a previous post about koalas at Tidbinbilla…..
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