The Fairmont Hotel’s

six million dollar view,

at Banff, Canada.




Three Moorabool  Valley views.

Up until January 2020, I loved driving these roads.

However, that all changed when

I saw similar roads being blocked

by fallen trees when last year’s

bushfires were burning.


Moorabool Valley

dressed in fog.



Perhaps my favourite

Moorabool Valley


On many country roads,

two vehicles constitutes a traffic jam.

So it was with our farm.

The reason I like this landscape

is that a hundred metres into the trees

road noise is nonexistent.

You can hear birds and the occasional kangaroo

crashing its way through the trees.


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Hay rolls


Fire trail among our Blue Gums.


Brandy and Molly waiting for me.


Poll Hereford steer.


Young Hereford cattle.

Dahlia Farm


An old three point linkage,

three furrow mouldboard plough.

From an old farm sighting to very modern farming

in South West Victoria…wind turbines.

In 2013 Australia’s largest wind farm (140 turbines)

was built at our farm’s back door so to speak.

At the time it was supposed to be the largest

Southern Hemisphere farm and

still is according to Wikipedia list.

However, there are 34 windfarms with

larger megawatt capacities,

mostly in the United States.


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Railway line a few kilometres out of Geelong.


Fire trail among our Blue Gums.

Vanishing into smoke haze and there is a

bend in the road just beyond the haze.




Port Fairy Beach,

South West Victoria.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...Vanishing-Point




Weekly Photo Challenge-My-Worldly-Place



My contribution for this week’s challenge…

My Worldly Place


I decided on a ‘then’ and ‘now’ slant

to my post this week.Now, Geelong is my place in the world…

Recent additions to the cement works.

Geelong Botanical Gardens


Geelong’s Eastern Beach


Cunningham Pier at dusk

An old wool store,

now refurbished to become

Deakin University’s

Waterfront Campus

Cunningham pier in the back ground

and what we dubbed ‘The Sharks Teeth’

in the foreground.

Recently told they represent sails on Corio Bay.

‘The Sharks Teeth’ and Geelong’s main street.

Now the small town where I spent most of my life. 

As a child these oak trees guarded

the northern entrance to our town.

In 2016 they did not seem to have grown much bigger.

A railway station not used since the late 60s.

Our Town Hall on the right.

Extreme left my first school,

recycled into a scout hall sometime in the 1960s


Our hardly ever used front door on the farm.

I loved the look of palm trees

before purchasing this house.

And where my Parents and Grand Parents

ran sheep and Cattle, I now grow trees.




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Wednesday this week I had a meeting

on our tree farm with the forestry manager.New tube stock will be planted shortly.

However at the moment this machine is…

turning poisoned, coppice into…

into fairly neat windrows/mounds for planting.

The planting should have taken place last winter.


Our first harvested paddock now

looks like this three years on.

However, all these trees are coppice growth

which were too large to poison

when contracts were signed.


Hope you enjoyed.


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Tuesday Photo Challenge



I have heard it said that the Amazon Basin

is the lungs of the World.So, in 2001, with some health problems,

the completion of my teaching degree,

I decided to take up the offer to

lease part of our farm for growing Blue Gums.

With 89,000 trees planted I felt

I was helping the world breathe.


 Harvest time came around all too quickly.

It wasn’t long before they began to coppice

into nice little bushes again.

A couple of years alter one would not know

that this was not the first crop on the paddock.

And so the cycle commences again.





Black and White Challenge:



Love this theme….

tree_021In slightly warmer, drier parts of Victoria ‘gum’ trees

are dotted around paddocks to provide shade.

I remember planting plantations, with Dad

as our farm did not have any trees on it.

Neither did neighbouring farms.

I think it may have something to do with clearing land

in the 1920s or that in 1939 fires ravaged our area.trees_1577

About twenty years ago the ‘blue gum’ companies came into our area.

Thousands of acres of Eucalyptus Globulus have been planted.

I was phoned just after Dad passed away and

eventually we decided to plant trees.

Harvesting concluded last year and left

a good deal more mess than promised.

However, the land has been re-leased and will be

cleaned and replanted with new trees.

Apparently wood pulp is used, in part, to make clothing.

Trees in  the background were to be harvested late last year,

but are still standing and maybe harvested this year.

tree_6111Although this is a scene near Geelong

it is also typical of many farms in Western Victoria.


My post is a bit early , but I am heading off on a day trip

with my son today…won’t be home till late this afternoon.  

Cameras are packed. 🙂


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Trees




Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Landscapes


My contribution for this week’s

Fun Foto Challenge


A couple of times this year I had cause to journey ‘home’

to where I lived most of my life…to date.

blue-gum_0507Since the early 1920s my Grandfather and Father

raised sheep and cattle on this land.

However, my Father passed away suddenly in 2001

and shortly after, I discovered that my ‘ticker’

was not ticking as well as it should be.


I was told to change my lifestyle.  I decided

not to sell the land but to grow trees on it.

Twelve years has passed so quickly

and harvest time arrived early this year.

This was the landscape which greeted me

in February/March this year.

blue-gum_1576By early October, another change…all the stumps

had begun to coppice, and…


the landscape was again taking on the bluey green of

blue-gum_1578young Eucalyptus Globulus,

blue-gums_1587commonly known as ‘Blue Gums’

windfarm_0502Another change to the landscape around there is…

 is what is claimed to be the largest wind farm

in the Southern Hemisphere.
windfarm_1595Spread over 5,000 acres and it

consists of over 100 wind turbines.

These wind turbines can be seen for

miles as the country side could

only be described as undulating at best.


Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Landscapes










Tree Farming

About twenty years ago a new industry popped up in southern Australia. Rather than farming livestock many farmers nearing retirement sold, or leased, their land to companies which planted trees.

Blue Gum

Varieties planted are quick-growing and are harvested between ten and twelve years after planting.


Blue Gums

These are twelve-year-old Eucalyptus globulus, commonly known as ‘Blue Gums.’ There were
80,000 trees planted in this 80 hectare plantation.



Click or tap on images to view full size.

Harvest, shipping and shipping is scheduled for the end of 2013.  It is a shame really as although there is very little road traffic around here, three or four hundred metres along this track and you are in a different world.  Any road noise is eliminated by the trees and all one can hear is the rustle of the leaves.

Native wildlife, mainly kangaroos, birds and reptiles, have found their way into this man-made forest and will soon be homeless.