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My

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for Week 36

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War Memorials

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This afternoon I happened to glance up at a War Memorial.

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Being ANZAC Day tomorrow, April 25th, I remembered that one of my first posts was the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day at this memorial

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 It appears some people have left their memorials early.

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Behind the original memorial…

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is a more contemporary Memorial…

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to those who served in conflicts after World War II.

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As Thursday’s sun sets I know that at 0600 tomorrow this area will be…

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surrounded by 400 or 500 hundred people remembering loved ones and the liberties they delivered us.

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Look Up, Look Down-Wk-35

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My

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for Week 35

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Mountain Mist

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mist_0188This was the view into the Grampians at Hall’s Gap last Thursday.  It was damp but beautiful weather after nine years of relatively dry weather.  Hard to believe climates can vary so much in a relatively short distance.  Afterall it is only about 2 degrees of the earth’s circumference between point A and point B.

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My

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for week 34.

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Kookaburras

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On Thursday we had planned a drive to Hall’s Gap.

kookaburra_0328Hall’s Gap is the main town in the Grampians National Park and …

Victoriais located in the southern end of the Great Dividing Range which runs down the east coast of Australia.

kookaburra_0335Our main reason for undertaking this 6 hour round trip was to visit the gallery of an artist who had organised the South African Safari last year.

kookaburra_0336We have kept in touch with Steve Morvell via FaceBook.  Although we read his comments regarding the wildlife surrounding his gallery.  We did not expect to see anything like this.

These wild kookaburras did not take long to realise that while MGW was not their usual food provider she was not there to threaten them.

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My

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Balyang Sanctuary

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cockatoo_0968The day I had  a successful shoot at Balyang Sanctuary this pair of cockatoos were

overseeing all the action and enjoying the morning sun.

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for week 30.

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Should you ever decide to take a train ride from Melbourne to Warrnambool your journey will end here at Warrnambool railway station.

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rail_0675Warrnambool is literally the end of the line, as the railway, like many other services to regional/country areas has been reduced due to funding.  There are three rail services, to and from Warrnambool, each day with V/Line buses to take you on to  towns no longer served by a direct rail link.

Many small railway services to country areas ceased back in the sixties.   Back in the sixties our local rail line was closed down as it was, along with many others, deemed unsafe.  Unsafe, or unprofitable?  Lack of maintenance on these lines for many years helped the decision to close.  All produce that formerly travelled by rail is now hauled by trucks which are increasing in size, and speed, each year.  

In that era we also saw some postal services replaced by a system which decreed that mail posted at point A was sent to point B, sometimes hundreds of kilometres away, where it was sorted and then transported back to point A for distribution to the person for whom it was intended.  It is probably a world-wide phenomenon which can only be rationalised by management/red tape.

rail_0671Warrnambool is a comfortable three and a half hour train journey from Melbourne.  If you think there is not much city around the station, you would be partially correct.  To the left of the photo is the coast and the city is to the right.

These photos were taken from Cannon Hill.  Driving your car off Cannon Hill will take you directly up,

Liebig Street, the main street of Warrnambool

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Overlooking the Breakwater at Warrnambool on Victoria’s South West coast.

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DSC_0555Photos taken from Thunder Point

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My

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After Wordless Wednesday ‘Fires‘ post, I thought these sunrise photos equally as interesting.

sunrise-fire_0428About 0700 with no sign of the sun our eastern sky presented this rather eerie view.

sunrise-fire_0430Even at mid morning the smoke was more dense than on Tuesday afternoon.

sunrise-fire_0432However, the morning sky was far more beautiful than smoke haze of mid-morning.

sunrise-fire_0434Fortunately, by mid afternoon winds had strengthened dispersing smoke from our area.

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for week 25.

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Today, Friday February 7, I had to undertake a five hundred kilometre round trip to Western Victoria.

sky_0517About noon I happened to look up into the southern sky and saw this cloud formation.  Usually a precursor of windy weather, which was exactly the weather conditions forecast on the evening news, for Sunday.

It is five years today since the Black Saturday fires which took the lives of neatly two hundred Victorians.  The state, unfortunately, is going to experience similar conditions this weekend, as it did five years ago.  Let’s pray that there are no fires and that weak cool change forecast for Sunday morning is a bit more than ‘weak’.

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Olifants Camp, Kruger National Park

olifantsCamp_0479This view of Olifants Camp clearly shows the building, on the right, where we relaxed and had a magnificent view over Olifants River.

hippopotamus_0218Hippos relaxed in cool water..

hippopotamus_0218-1 oblivious that they were subjects of our photography.

elephant_0403While to our right this herd of elephants ventured down to water to re-hydrate

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Look Up, Look Down Challenge-Wk-23

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My

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for week 23.

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I had an unexpected visitor call in a few mornings ago.

Not sure if he was trying to tell me something but he was directly above my chair.

No way MGW was going to come near me……… !!

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It was a surprise to see him.  Before we moved to a drier climate we would normally associate his presence with the onset of rain within a few days….no matter what the weather forecast predicted.  We will just have to wait and see!

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