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Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
The Great Aussie Salute

Iím back from my holiday in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Ė had a great time with my daughter and we wished weíd stayed longer. We did lots of shopping, ate out a lot, visited friends, took plenty of photos of the amazing Federation Square, and also did a tour up the Yarra Valley to a few wineries.

If you are interested in seeing some of the photos I suggest you look at my postings in TrekLens over the next few weeks.

Iím sorry but I didnít take many nature shots: one fly, and this is it on a poppy at the Moet et Chandon Winery; a couple of magpies, some sparrows, and a black and white bird that was too fast for my camera. We did hear other birds, but never saw them.


If you havenít heard of the Great Aussie Salute, it is something that you will soon learn once you arrive in Australia. Especially in summertime!

Flies in Australia have inspired a new style of body language. Known as the "Australian Salute", Australians have turned flicking away a fly into an art form.

Farmers use the salute to convey a regal presence, almost as if they are a billionaire waving his hands to stop his staff bothering him. So dignified does it look, some farmers even salute when flies aren't even bothering them.

On the beach, ladies may salute with a flick of the fingers. This can draw a male's attention to the sensuous nature of her hands.

In fact, one of Australia's proudest moments occurred in 1954 when the Queen first visited Australia. Menaced by flies, she adopted the salute and so won great applause at home and abroad. Onlookers felt that after years of dealing with convict taunts, the Queen's acceptance of a local custom proved that Australia had finally come of age.

Quoting from: www.convictcreations.com/animals/flies.htm

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Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
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Edited by:Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)

View of the Chandon Winery, showing the blue-toned Ranges in the BG.

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Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Good wine growing area.
Edited by:Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)

This is St Hubert's Winery in the Yarra Valley. I like how the sun was shining on the grapes on the far hills. And the clouds on the sky looked quite dramatic.
This area reminded my of Auckland as the grass and trees were much greener than up in Queensland.