We’re Back!

By Vladimir Brezina

We’re back from a trip to tropical Queensland, Australia—and, of course, processing a couple of thousand photos. Here’s a brief preview:

Saltwater crocodileJohna snorkeling on the Great Barrier ReefReef lifeIn the rain forestRain forest inhabitantLunch?CassowarySleepy koalaTame macropodsCrocodile feeding frenzy

Much more to come!

57 responses to “We’re Back!

  1. Glad to see you have been havi ng fun in my part of the world. Kayaking with crocs up north and sharks down south means never a dull moment.

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  2. Looks like quite a trip, and some great images! :)

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  3. FNQ is a photographers paradise. Was the cassowary in the wild? I’ve snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef many times, it’s still top of my list of things I must do before the lights go out! Love it

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  4. Kayaking with the crocs should be a different experience. By the looks of it not necessarily pleasant. Pretty exciting though.

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  5. Lovely! Was thinking of you two just the other day. I can’t believe you’re back already!

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  6. Wow! Critters! Beautiful photos! Thinking I would want a Kevlar boat! Thanks, Vlad.

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  7. What a fantastic trip. Only in my dreams.

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  8. Looks like you had a great trip! Welcome home. :)

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  9. Wow! Welcome back, mates!
    Will look forward to more piccies soon! 😍

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  10. Welcome back! :-) Envy, envy, envy … is all I can say, watching your brilliant photos.

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  11. impressive
    paddle
    companions :-)

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  12. Oh wow awesome photos

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  13. Can’t wait for more photos, these are great. Especially like the one of the croc, its eye sideways on the bird standing at the shore’s edge. Made me laugh. :)

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  14. Incredible trip! Great pictures!

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  15. awesome pics! and so great to hear the trip went well!

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  16. Looking forward to the rest!

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  17. Catherine Gibson

    Glad you’re back safe and sound! Loved the sneak preview photos; look forward to seeing more from your Down Under adventure.

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  18. I really want to hear more about your trip except for the crocs. The crocs scare the heck out of me. :-)

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    • Johna Till Johnson

      Judy–they ARE scary! I’ve lived with alligators (met up with them in the wild) and they are literally nothing compared with crocs. Crocs are cunning, mean, and incredibly powerful. Having seen a few up close (from the safe vantage of a boat or behind a fence) I am VERY happy not to have to deal with them daily.

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  19. Wowza! Can’t wait for ‘much more to come!’

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  21. That crocodile picture … wow. Really wow.

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  22. WOW!!! looking forward to much more!!! :) thanks for sharing

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  23. Welcome back !
    Wonderful shots !
    Ciao ciao
    Max

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  24. Ayayayay! Crocs got our attention! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!!! J&A

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  25. It seems that the Crocs have caught the attention of many of your readers.
    Many years ago I paddled an expedition with “Crocodile Dave” who’s best croc paddling story starts…..

    I jumped up and ran out into the water the ten or so metres to him. Below the surface I could see the outline of this thing. It was a big crocodile, and it was trying to sweep Arunas off his feet in a death-roll.

    Arunas stuck his fingers in its nostrils. It didn’t let go. He put his hands in the croc’s mouth, attempting to prise open the jaws, cutting his hand on a tooth. Still it wouldn’t let go, it’s teeth firmly embedded in Arunas’ right leg. I straddled the croc’s back and put my arms around its smooth hard belly and hung on.
    See the story from the archives here.
    https://nswskc.wordpress.com/1999/10/24/dead-man-walking-40/

    Funnily enough, at that time I had just come back from paddling the Daly River in NT and had also been stalked by a 3m “salty”. Luckily I saw him first.

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    • Crocs would catch anyone’s attention!

      Thanks for that story! Just what I needed to persuade Johna to paddle in northern Australia… ;-)

      But it does convey, too, how beautiful paddling out there must be.

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    • Johna Till Johnson

      That is one hell of a story… and SO Australian: “You’re not going to die.”
      Sigh. Vlad, you’re right, this isn’t exactly inspiring me to want to go. I’m FOND of my femoral arteries!!!

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