Sunday, October 26, 2008

Moliagul, Victoria

Saturday just gone, hubby and I went on another day trip to Central Victoria. This time we went a little further on from Castlemaine. I wanted to capture the terrain where gold was and is still found. Unfortunately the sun wasn't shining and the colors are not as true to the Australian landscape as I has hoped to capture. The day was hot, humid, windless and sunless, but the photos tell their own story.

Funny how differently men and women see things. I saw so many possible photographs as we were driving and when I asked to stop, hubby's comment was "that looks a bit boring". But on instinct I got him to stop and some of those spur of the moment pics turned out quite well.

I had a great time and took so many different snaps of the landscape in this area. It's a diverse area and I hope the photos show that diversity.

The first five photos are of the historical goldfields around Moliagul, all those holes are diggings, many times scoured for alluvial gold. One of the biggest nuggets in the world, The Welcome Stranger, was found in this area. That nugget weighed 210lbs gross. My man is not squatting in that hole for no reason. He is trying to figure out if these over worked holes have any riches waiting to be found by one hopeful bloke...(Aussie idiom for a man)

The rocks below are Rose Quartz and when polished are the most beautiful shades of pink, the funny green stuff is Lichen growing on the side of a hole.

This group of photos made me wonder who lived here a 100 years or so ago. As I walked around the ruins, the solitude and distance from anywhere brought to mind the isolation people used to live in. No electricity, cars, phones, medical centres or computers. Not really any neighbors either.

These next photos were some of the spur of the moment, "Stop the car I want pics of this". They are absolutely the epitome of this country's sheep farming industry. Anywhere you find sheep pretty much looks like this. Two months ago it was all velvety green, as you can see we really are in drought.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Castlemaine, Victoria

At least six months ago I noticed a developing urge to take photos. I didn't know of what exactly, just that the desire wouldn't go away. Procrastination behind me, I decided to go with this desire; see where it leads. My husband was taking a road trip with our second son to the historic gold mining town of Dunolly. I asked to go with them as far as Castlemaine, told them they could leave me there and pick me up on their way home. I must say they looked a little skeptical, but let me out do 'my thing'. :)

I chose this Town because it is larger than most of the smaller gold mining towns in the area. I hadn't been to this part of Victoria in a very long time and it seemed as good a place as any to start this photographic career of mine. I wandered around for a few hours randomly taking shots and ended up with over eighty photos all up. Don't think I'm up for a Pulitzer prize, or whatever it is photographers win, but I had a lot of fun. It was challenging being in a town all by myself, not knowing a soul and taking pictures. It was such an interesting experience that I am going to do it again and soon.

Castlemaine is 120km North West of Melbourne and was reputed to be the second most important town in Victoria, during the Gold Rush in the mid 1800's. These gold fields were the richest in alluvial gold in the world.