Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Photos of Australia

A collection of images and memories of Australia.

Below you will find a mix of images that we took on a 
journey around this beautiful country in 2008. Will attempt 
to put short but imaginative captions to them all.

My Country

The love of field and coppice

Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!
The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.
Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.
Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze…
An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

there wouldnt be a state or place in this country 
that wasnt nice...these are the gibbor plains 
in Western Australias Pilbara are...the conditions 
are harsh most of the year but even her the 
deserts flourish in spring

There was a profusion of delicate plants in all their
glorious colour...there features contrasting strongly 


the old people lived here...perhaps had been coming back to
this area for countless thousands of years. they hunted the
abundant game and then retreated to there homes in the
gullies and crevaces of this ancient land. 

just out of interest, most of the portrait oriented photos on 
this blog are one of a pair of stereo photos so nearly all 
photos you see here can be viewed in 3D...or in a three 
dimensional picture.

The escarpments of Kennedy National Park in Western 
Australia is a geological phenomina with its sandstone 
cliffs carved into sureal sculptures by eons of wind and 
and rain.A truly magnificent art gallery carved by mother 

here we found traces of ancient human habitation as well 
with grooves carved into the sandstone sculptures.The theory is that they were made by people sharpening their spears 
and digging sticks.

these carvings looked almost man made and cover hundreds
of square meters along the cliff faces. There were wells in this area and grinding stones for food processing. As you can see the patterns formed are very intricate and would only have been seen by very few modern visitors.

Diana at Kennedy National Park...a photographers paradise. A lot of the pictures you see in this blog were taken by her. In the background the spectacular escarpments of Kennedy Ranges.

these things conjure up memories of days gone by when technology was simpler...as was the whole world in the days when these wheels last turned...they are the wheels that helped develop this country. Have taken a few photographic liberties here using phot shop to try and revive nostalgia.

To me these rusting relics gathering dust in old shed throughout this country are treasures. Randomly abandoned they represent an era many of us can still remember.

I love rumaging around in old shed and museums because to a stereophotographer there oportunities for images that preserve our history forever in glorious 3D format....like looking into yesteryear...

the Murchison district was a highlight in our around Australia sojourn....we stayed out till late in the afternoon because the country side was magnificent with its birdlife and the wildflowers at their best. A brilliant sunset as a large colourful moon rose over the opposite horizon.Decided to stay at the roadhouse and hired an old caravan for the night. Was possably the most hospitable place we stayed in ans were even invited for breakfast with the road hoses proprietor who filled us in with all sorts of information about the local birdlife and wildflowers.

to a botanist this country is like heaven and with a little artistic liscence interesting and varied floral arrangements can be created...a gift fit for a Princess

....and everywhere one casts his gaze there is a bewilderment of natural gardens...here were a profusion of plants I had only ever seen or heard of in botanical books...the most wonderfuly delightful experience...

....the shadow of withered shrub on an alcove of thriving life creating miniature floral gardens

a mind boggling array of wild flower species...Western Australia is a sight to behold in the spring time

Geraldton harbour...a growing town

One of the locals...a rather patriotic display at Geraldton Museum

Many towns in Australia have restored and proudly display the machinery that built a nation.

The tugs that operate in Geraldton are also the towns emergency fire tenders with powerful pumps that can direct the water from the harbour to the town.

Two tugs setting out to meet an ore carrier.

Tug headed out to intercept and guide a carrier

The carrier being helped towards Geraldton harbour.

North of Geraldton is Kalbari National Park...one of the more rugged and scenic parks in Australia.

Even here there is a profusion of wildflower species growing amongst spectacular scenery.

A feature called "the window" which is one of the subjects I was looking forward to photograph in 3D.

Diana giving perspective to this natural feature.

Although this is not a page to disply 3D photos this is the finished product of the "Window" in 3D...one of the best 3D photos I have taken.

Kalbari National Park

A sculptured sun clock on the outskirts of Geraldton...again a perfect subject for three dimensional photography..note the shadow time display

Another Western Australian geological treasure...the Pinnacles National park with its phallic columns giving the place that "other worldly"atmosphere.

and that brings us to the end of this page with a photo of Suzi parked amongst the Pinnacles. Would apreciate some feedback on what you think of this site.

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