Weekend Wanderings – The Sand Around Lake Albacutya
A couple of weeks ago I showed you some photos around Lake Albacutya and how it is regenerating after the fires that went through the area in January, but while we were out Jonesy took us to see some of the sand dunes that are around the Lake, some areas that were spared from the fires, some not.
I took a similar photo to this in January and where all that green is in the background, it was all black. It was dark and it looked like it was about to rain, which it did as we were leaving here, but not for long. The whole Mallee and Wimmera is made up of sandy soil and so the sand dunes up there are very common. I think they are from the lakes, when the lakes dry up their sandy bottoms are blown away.
I just thought I might briefly explain what the Mallee is, I’ve had a few people ask me. It is more a where, and it is a large area in the North West corner of the state of Victoria in Australia. It is possibly the driest part of the state. Though Lake Albacutya could be more in the area underneath, call the Wimmera. Both areas are very dry. I found a map for you so you can see where they are.
The map is from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
I really liked taking photos of the sand, and it is something I would like to do again. There is something really wonderful about sand, the patterns and textures, I don’t think you could tire of photographing it. Then there is the lack of life, or how things grow in it, or should that be struggle to grow in it.
Sand dunes are interesting because they are always changing and moving. They move constantly, rolling with the wind. Apparently Parks Victoria are trying to stop them moving. Something I don’t understand, if it is natural for the sand dunes to move, then why do things to stop them. Then in other situations, Parks Management say that you can’t do things because that interferes with natural way things evolve. It is very confusing.
There are patterns everywhere in the sand dunes for you to follow. It was great following them and seeing what sort of images I could get.
After Jonesy had driven us around, he took us back to his new retreat, Lucky Pines. He lit the fire and we had a coffee. I was fascinated with photographing the fire. I do like fire, I should just state that I don’t just light fires, or anything like that, but I do love seeing it in fireplaces and such. I was amazed at how well the fire photographed, and I took lots. It seemed too weird to be sitting around a fire on a very cold day, when several months before it was fire that had caused so much damage.
I have more photos for you now and I will put them into a gallery. I really enjoy doing these photos of the environment and I think it is a direction I would like to go in a lot more. I also think that many people who are not from Australia might find that theses images are more like how they had thought Australia was. It is a very dry country and this area and the Mallee is very much a dry area, and I think it is the beginning of what we call the outback, though people up there might disagree with me.
Here is the gallery. I hope you enjoy some weekend wanderings this weekend. I’m off to the beach, hopefully the weather will improve.