Black and White Challenge.
A landscape or the result of landscaping?
Many South West Victorian farms have
changed their landscape from one
which grazed sheep and cattle to one
which grows trees and is far less intensive.
A little over 100 years ago this idyllic
French landscape would have appeared
anything but idyllic as Villers Bretonneux
was in the middle of some of the
heaviest fighting of World War I.
As the sun goes down…
Spring sown canola crop on its way to maturity.
Canola in flower
Saint Kilda Pier
Moorabool Valley eucalypts.
In the distance are
The southern end of
The Great Dividing Range.
Moorabool Valley under fog…
Moorabool Valley on a sunny day.
Corio Bay sunrise.
I must confess to procrastinating this week
and decided that rather than give
other parts of the world a ‘plug’,
I would plug my own backyard
as I think it is pretty good.
Two very different Moorabool Valley images.
First, a foggy start…
…to a sunny day.
Corio Bay sunrise.
Blue Hour at Geelong Marina
Blue skies over Geelong.
One of many species around Geelong.
Eastern Beach, Geelong.
An African Harrier Hawk…
…and in flight.
A dark night illuminated by lightning.
Moorabool Valley covered in a grey fog.
Storm clouds rolling in from the West.
It has been a few years since I have had
a prolonged thunderstorm within range.
On January 27, 2016
these clouds dumped rain on Geelong
causing floodwaters to fill low lying areas
with three feet of water.
With the Moorabool Valley near by
the Midland Highway often gets
shrouded with fog
And then the sun shines over the valley…
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.
dressed in fog.
Perhaps my favourite
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.
Melbourne skyline from…
…a hot air balloon
…the Geelong-Melbourne Ferry Service
…on a foggy morning.
…when the fog has lifted