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Marysville then up Lake Mountain

My trip to Marysville on Sunday was hot, hot, hot.  It’s hot here, and it’s going to continue all week.  Though, the weather isn’t what I wanted to talk about.  I wanted to take some photos of Marysville, but I didn’t really get a chance.  Though I did notice that it is still like a construction zone with new things going up all the time.  I think it will be evolving for a long time.

Marysville Road The countryside is so lovely around this part of the state.  After some things that have happened, I thought I would never want to go back to this area, but all I could think about was how much I wanted to take photos.  I am thinking that I might have to do some early morning trips up there to check it out.  Winter is wonderful there.

Lake Mountain TreesGoing up Lake Mountain is like entering a world for giants.  The trees are so tall.  They are still recovering from the fires, but you can see the regrowth.

Lake Mountain GiantsThis is from the same spot, only looking up more.  The trees should provide a lovely cover, but you can see it is still very sparse.

Regrowth and DeathThere is so much regrowth here, but you can also see dead trees, in the foreground and in the distance.  It can take places like this many, many years to recover.

Winding Up the MountainHere is a cyclist riding up the mountain, a tough ride, and you can see what I mean about the trees.  It was quite solemn seeing it all.  I haven’t been up the mountain for a couple of years, and I think I expected it to be greener.  I was surprised because it seemed the same as when I was there last time.  I took some photos from one place that I had taken photos from once before, so if I can find the older ones, it might be good to do a comparison.

One day, slowly, those dead trees will make way for the new growth that is growing up from underneath, and one by one all those tall dead trees will fall down and provide nutrients for all the new trees growing.  One day the fires will only be a memory.

48 Comments
  1. Ooh I really like the 2nd and 3rd photos of the trees!

    March 5, 2013
  2. beautiful pictures!

    March 5, 2013
  3. Lovely photos of the trees and their regrowth and renewal – cycle of (tree) life.

    March 5, 2013
  4. Zoe Byrne (Zo-Zo) #

    Reblogged this on Zo-Zo's Travel Diary and commented:
    Awesome!

    March 5, 2013
  5. Wow, thanks Leanne. I am heading up there this weekend, with my three boys while my husband cycles Lake Mountain. I am new to photography, but I can’t wait to take some photos with my Nikon after my fist photography course.

    March 5, 2013
  6. Leanne – Impressive group of nature shots. That sunlight coming through the treetops is excellently captured.

    March 5, 2013
  7. Scenic views. Looks like a nice place to go for a bike ride.

    March 5, 2013
    • It is a very hard ride, 21 kms of up up and up. It is like it will never finish.

      March 5, 2013
  8. Liz #

    We went to Mt Buffalo in January and the stark grey white trunks of dead barkless trees there were quite amazing, and quite beautiful. There the undergrowth is getting pretty tall but the dead trunks still tower above it.

    March 5, 2013
  9. Gorgeous pictures of the trees 🙂

    March 5, 2013
  10. Beautiful – wish I was on that bike!

    March 5, 2013
  11. I’ve never been to Australia so your photos are a great way for me to experience it. Your photography is a fantastic testament to your love of the land.

    March 5, 2013
  12. And so the cycles of growth and decay continue…..

    March 5, 2013
  13. I’m always amazed when I see photos from different continents how much we all look alike. Your beautiful pasture shot you could have taken here in Texas on Old Plantersville Road that runs behind my house. Unfortunately, the trees ruined by fires could also have been photographed near my house from the wildfires of the summer of 2011. Tragic losses that will take generations to recover, if they ever do. The shared beauty and shared problems should make us all get along much better than we do, don’t you think?

    March 5, 2013
    • If this scene is like that road, then this is what it will look like in a couple of years, the a firestorm went through this area in 2009 and if you look on the mountain behind you can still see the scars.

      March 6, 2013
  14. Fire photos remind me of Yellowstone
    National Park in the US.

    March 5, 2013
  15. Love your tree shots, looks like a majestic kind of place

    March 5, 2013
  16. The second image you have posted is just stunning. I love that little bit of sun flare. Beautiful work!

    March 6, 2013
  17. Do you mean Marysville, WA?

    March 6, 2013
    • No, it is Marysville Victoria. I live a couple of hours away from it.

      March 6, 2013
      • Oh, I see. I love Victoria, it is like England, with all of the pubs, bed and breakfast resorts and the accents. Every time I go there I feel like I am back in England where I lived for several years. Have you visited any of the castles there yet?

        March 6, 2013
      • Castles, no, I thought we only had one and it was a tourist place or for people. Where else are they?

        March 6, 2013
      • You are talking about Victoria, British Columbia, correct? Not Australia?

        March 7, 2013
      • No,I mean Australia, in the state of Victoria. I live in Melbourne.

        March 7, 2013
      • Oh, right. Well, there is a Victoria, B,.C. here, just two hours north of where I live in Seattle. How funny,. And there is a Marysville here just 20 minutes north of where I live. I do want to visit Australia some day soon.

        March 7, 2013
      • Oh, I am in Seattle, just south of Victoria, B.C. How funny. I hope to visit Australia some day.

        March 7, 2013
      • There seems to be a few Marysville’s around the place. Seattle is supposed to be beautiful, would love to visit there one day.

        March 7, 2013
      • You are welcome any time!

        March 8, 2013
  18. beautiful, majestic trees!

    March 6, 2013
  19. Beautiful! I love the first one, oh and look at that sky!

    March 6, 2013
  20. Holy cow.

    March 6, 2013
  21. Trees look like they never end…

    March 6, 2013
  22. We could use a little…er…LOT…of heat in the Pacific Northwest of Canada!!!! It’s springtime, but there’s still a big chill in the air.

    March 6, 2013
    • Please come and take the heat with you. My daughter was asking yesterday when it was going to stop. We are expecting every day to be above 30 for the next week, which also means no rain.

      March 6, 2013
  23. I love the view of the trees from below…like looking up at them myself. Beautiful countryside, so nurturing to see these images! ~ Sheila

    March 6, 2013
  24. Beautiful images. It’s good to see the regrowth. Like everyone else elsewhere in the country I followed the fires on the news, and also read Kinglake 350. It’s good to see Mother Nature at least recovering, even if the towns are still a work in progress.

    March 6, 2013
  25. Nice and inviting images! I’d have a hard time adjusting to riding on the “wrong” side of the road though……..!

    March 6, 2013
    • I think you would be so exhausted that you wouldn’t care, there were a lot of faces showing a lot of pain going up there. 🙂

      March 6, 2013
  26. The trees in your photos are like nature’s cathedrals. You can’t help but look skyward. I love the ending to your post, that “One day the fires will only be a memory.”

    March 7, 2013
  27. I’m glad there are more trees growing under them, so sad when I see dead trees, but these are really beautiful 🙂

    March 8, 2013
    • The trees will grow back, not the same ones, but it will regenerate and one day you won’t be able to tell that a really bad fire went through it.

      March 8, 2013
  28. That final shot is quite shocking – the cyclist puts it in perspective – you can see the scale of the damage. I can see why you had mixed feelings about going back. Great shots.

    March 8, 2013
  29. Oh to lay on the ground and look skyward through the trees. I never tire of the perspective of the look you captured.

    March 8, 2013
  30. Hi Leanne – we drove through a little while and I was quite amazed how well the tree ferns have regenerated in around Kinglake. I would have liked to get some photos but a bit hard to stop along the mountain. Great to see some canopy returning for some of these trees that must have been thought to have been killed completely by the fires.

    March 11, 2013
  31. Wonderful trees, great shots.

    March 11, 2013
  32. Would love to cycle around here. Photographs are well taken giving perspective to our little influence in nature!

    March 12, 2013

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