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    Australian Birds
     
    There are approximately eight thousand (8,000) species of birds living today. Bird species constitute the class AVES among vertebrates and are grouped into categories according to their similarities and differences.
     
    With 52 species Australia has the second largest number of parrot species.
     
    A number of photo images of Australian birds are featured in The Short Collection range of greeting cards. They include Eastern Rosella, Red-crowned Pigeon, Rainbow Bee-Eater, Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, King Parrots, Crimson Rosella, Magpie and Pink Galahs. The full range can be viewed and purchased at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page.australianbirds
     
    The full range of The Short Collection handmade Greeting Cards can be viewed at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/handmade-greeting-cards

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    Australian Flowers
    Australia has been isolated for thousands of years and thus plants have been able to develop independently to suit the often harsh natural conditions. Due to the wide range of different environments and plant communities the native flora of Australia is the most diverse and varied in the world. It has been estimated there are about 20,000 to 25,000 different plants native to Australia.
    A number of photo images of Australian Native Flowers feature in The Short Collection greeting cards. This includes Flannel Flowers, Golden Penda, Bottlebrush, Gum Blossom, Waratah, Grevillea and Kangaroo Paws. The full range can be viewed and purchased at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/australianflowers.
     
    The full range of handmade greeting cards can be viewed at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/handmade-greeting-cards
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  3. Australian Animals
     
    Scientists estimate that Australia is home to more than one million (1,000,000) plant and animal species. Many of these are found nowhere else on the planet. Since Australia was colonized in 1788, some 125 animal and plant species, or subspecies, are known to have become extinct. More mammals have died out in Australia in the last 200 years than in any other country. Today, more than 360 of Australia’s animal species are considered threatened.
    A number of photo images of Australian Native Animals are featured in The Short Collection range of greeting cards. They include Kangaroos, Wombats, Echidnas, Koala Bears, Humpback Whales, Dolphins and Possums. The full range can be viewed and purchased at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/australiananimals
    A complete range of handmade greeting cards with unique photo images of Australia can be viewed at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/handmade-greeting-cards

  4. Australia’s Blue Mountains, located just west of Sydney.
     
    Formation of The Blue Mountains
    Archaeological studies indicate that the Blue Mountains were formed around one million (1,000,000) years ago as part of the Kosciusko Uplift during the Pilocene Epoch.
    Pressure from the east raised the area upwards in a monoclonal fold, reaching an elevation of around one thousand four hundred (1,400) meters to the top of the Blue Mountains where Mount Victoria is today.
     
    Naming of The Blue Mountains
    In 1788 the Blue Mountains were originally named “Carmarthen Hills” by Governor Phillip. However, it wasn’t long after that the distinctive blue haze surrounding the area saw the change in name to the Blue Mountains.
    The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, in combination with dust particles and water vapor and scattered short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour.
     
    The Blue Mountains Today
    Just west of Katoomba the remains of a Eucalyptus tree can be seen with marks by the famous explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. The Marked Tree, along with Caley’s Repulse at Lawson, are the only remaining marks of the early explorers. A cairn of stones was also placed at Linden. However, it is not certain if the existing cairn at Linden is the original.
     
    A number of photo images of Australia’s Blue Mountains are featured the The Short Collection range of greeting cards. The full range can be viewed and purchased at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/thebluemountains
     
    If you are looking for handmade greeting cards with unique photo images of Australia just visit: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/handmade-greeting-cards

  5.  The Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Festival of Vivid Light, Music and Ideas.
    Early in June I photographed the Sydney Opera House, lit up for the Sydney Festival of Vivid Light, Music and Ideas. It was a cold miserable night and even my position on the top deck of Circular Quay’s overseas terminal failed to offer any relief from the bitter gusty winds.

    Along with my trusty Nikon 7000D I spent several hours photographing the wonderful sequences of images and modern designs, full of movement and colour, that were being projected on to Sydney’s great masterpiece, our Sydney Opera House.

    Trying to thaw out on the way home my mind slipped back to the very beginnings of these projections in colours and shapes on those wonderful sails. This was when I began photographing all the nights of testing leading up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Since then I must have taken thousands of photographs, in every shape, colour and design that have adorned our world renowned icon, and it still draws me back to continue to photograph each new event and projection, and I hope it will for years to come.

    I’m hoping some images from the above will find their way to my websites in the near future.

    My photo gallery can be found at: www.theshortcollection.com.au/page/photo-gallery

    Maureen Short

Birthday Calendar

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Using a Perpetual Birthday Calendar will help to remember all important dates and events that are not to be forgotten. Once a date is entered onto the calendar it remains there to remind the user of the event, year after year. Meaning these dates will never have to be copied to a new calendar each and every year. View the full article.
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