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This week goes from a bright to a somber mood.

One foggy morning, three years ago

I drove over to the

Otway Rainforest

It’s a beautiful drive as long as there is little traffic.

 

On a nice day being surrounded by the eucalypts of

the Otway Forest is just one of the best feelings.

Also three years ago I visited…

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery

in Belgium

which was…

…accessed is via this tree lined road.

Toronto Avenue is only a small cemetery and is the

only all Australian cemetery in Belgium,

and one of only two on the entire Western Front.

Buried in Toronto Avenue Cemetery

are 78 World War I soldiers,

two of which are unidentified.

The headstones in this and all cemeteries we visited,

which are shoulder to shoulder,

indicate that all those resting there

were killed on the same day.

There was something about

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery.

To say it had a profound effect on me,

would be a slight exaggeration,

however, there was a different

feeling about Toronto Avenue.

I don’t know why.

It may have been the tranquility, seclusion,

surroundings or something different altogether.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Trees

 

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Travel Theme-Earth

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My

Earth

Travel Theme.

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Some images taken along Victoria’s

Great Ocean Road.

Stone piles created by tourists, holiday makers.

After the bush fires of a year or two ago.

These fires burned to the sea and closed

the Great ocean Road to tourist traffic

for several days.

A scene from my favourite drive through the

Otway National Park on my way to

the Great Ocean Road.

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Where’s My Backpack: Earth

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Travel Theme-Forest

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My

Forest

Travel Theme.

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A few years back we went to Cairns (Queensland) for a holiday.

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The Daintree River and Rain Forest was about

an hours drive where we took the obligatory

Daintree River Cruise.

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I must confess to being a little disappointed in the Daintree area.

I was expecting huge rain forest trees growing down to

the water’s edge as do the river Red Gums in Victoria.

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 And I certainly did not expect cleared farming land to be within sight.

Maybe we did no go into the heart of the Daintree,

however, when one is at Daintree village and

on the Daintree River….

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 There were, however, a few strategically placed

‘do not swim’

signs posted along the course of our cruise.

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This is what I call a forest.

Taken near Forrest in South West Victoria’s

temperate rainforests, near the Otway Ranges,

this drive through these trees is one of my favourites.

And only about an hour or so from Geelong.

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Where’s My Backpack: Forest

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