Sunday, October 26, 2008
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.