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Colors of the season

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Despite being Australasia's winter (or dry season, depending on the location) my mother & I spotted exuberant fowl endemic to the region.  Shark Bay's protected 2.2 million hectares supports 100 reptile and 230 bird species alone, comprising 35% of Australia's total!

Found only in the state of Western Australia, White-tailed Cockatoo flocks indicate precipitation, appearing just before the rain.

A male Plum-headed Parakeet with his variety of pastels.  Like the majority of animal species, the male has more vivid colors, in this case, a rosy head.  Hilariously, its contact call is an "oink."

Red King Parrots like I saw six years earlier at Australia Zoo. Also displaying a pastel palette, Princess Parrots.


The male Mulga Parrots displayed the most iridescent aquamarine of any wildlife I've ever seen.

These Gang Gang Cockatoos were so cuddly with each other I assumed they were a species of Lovebirds.

This Australian Magpie sang the loveliest song though the…

Changes

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"As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at 22, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at 22.  Aging is not decay, you know. It's growth.  It's more than the negative that you're going to die. It's also the positive that you understand you're going to die and that you live a better life because of it."
-- Mitch Albom [Tuesdays With Morrie]

Panting after walking up a flight of stairs; hangovers that leave you debilitated all day; wrinkles and gray hairs sprouting overnight... when did this happen?  We are all aware that we're aging, but then something that used to be so simple -- like staying up until 03:00 -- occurs & we feel 100 years old.  Typically followed by the abhorrence: my God, I can't believe how terrible I feel.  Next, the little white lie that runs through our mind: "Geez, I've got to do something about this!" knowing full well we won't follow through.

Now that I have been traveling internationally for…