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My first ancient was…Rome’s, Colosseum.

According to our guide was constructed

around 2,000 years ago.

 

 

My second ancient is something I have lived within sight of my whole life.

We call these mountains The Grampians and the the attraction in The Grampians is the township of Hall’s Gap.

In !976 while camping in the Canadian Rockies

I remember reading a plaque which stated that

Australia’s The Great Dividing Range was

older than the the Rockies.

In fact I believe that plaque stated that

the Australian Alps were well eroded

when the Rockies were formed.

 

Today Google tells me that The Great Dividing Range

was formed over 300 million years ago when Australia

collided with what are now parts of

South America and New Zealand.

Google also states that the Rocky Mountains were formed

between 80 and 55 million years ago.

I have never seen (in person) any form of snow on our Alps,

while I did see icy snow on Banff’s

Sulphur Mountain in August 1976.

And of course it snowed while we were at

the Columbia Ice Fields in June 2018

and the snow views at Whistler were simply awesome.

The Rocky Mountains definitely win the ‘wow’ for views and scenery,

however, I am claiming, for all Aussies, the ‘wow’ factor for age

for our Great Dividing Range.  😀

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In Victoria’s Western District about an hour and a half drive from my home town is the southern end of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. 


This southern tip is known as The Grampians. 

Nestled in The Grampians is the small

township of Hall’s Gap.

Whether one look’s east, west, north or south,

views of Western Victoria’s

undulating Western Plains…

like this one,

are occluded by The Grampians.

Pic and Word Challenge: Occluded

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The coloured version of my

Black and White Tuesday

photos.

 A foggy morning

Canola in bloom

 

Geelong Foreshore.

Yacht Club to the left and

twin peaks of the You Yangs

on the horizon.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Week 110

Rock

My first rocks are from South Africa.

I often wonder how these rocks managed

to erode to this shape.

The small one, on top, would not

look out of place among

the Northern Territory’s Devils Marbles.

 

South Africa’s rocks almost always

were hiding something worthwhile viewing.

Back home again.

I have already posted these rocks this week.

Hard to believe that many years ago I almost ran,

bouncing barefoot from rock to rock,

up the track leading to the top.

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With nearly a three hour drive ahead of me

this was…

one of my first views of the distant

Grampians, on Monday.

Taken from this perspective,

Cunningham Pier Restaurant

looks very distant behind the right most ball.

 

While Melbourne’s St Kilda Pier is longer

than Geelong’s Cunningham Pier,

the kiosk on the end of St Kilda Pier

also looks a long way off.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: In-the-Distance

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The coloured version of my

Black and White Tuesday

photos.

Southern end of The Great Dividing Range…

 

known as

The Grampians.

 

Last three photos taken….

from Halls Gap car park.

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Black and White Tuesday

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As mention in an earlier post, my Monday

drive to Halls Gap in the Grampians,

or the Southern end of the Great Dividing Range,

had a foggy beginning.

However once the mountains came in sight

they were worth stopping for a photo opportunity.

Taken from the Halls Gap car park this peak

appears quite distant.

 

At least forty years ago I did stand atop that peak

after a group of us walked…..

‘climbed’ would have sounded better,

up there mostly in bare feet.

I always wanted to repeat the walk.

Alas…I don’t think it is going to happen.

Just below this image, out of shot,

is the Halls Gap shopping centre.

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I’m sure I read, in the Canadian Rockies, in  1976,

that The Great Dividing Range was 40,000 years old

and well and truly eroded

before the Rockies were formed.

Ten minutes on Google can only tell me both ranges

were formed around 300,000,000 years ago.

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One Word Photo Challenge-Landscape

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My

Landscape

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On Monday morning I set off on a six hour drive…and this was all I could see

of the surrounding landscape.

 

Without warning I drove out of the fog into sunlight

and a sea of canola blooms guided me towards…

 

 my destination…Halls Gap.

Hall’s Gap is a pretty town situated in

the southern end of Australia’s Great Diving Range.

These two shots from a car park show

Halls Gap township surrounded by mountains.

 This end of the Great Dividing Range is known as

the Grampians.

Hall’s Gap is only about an hours drive

from where I spent most of my life.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Landscape

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