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Weekend Wanderings – Greening of Lake Albacutya

Back in January I came to the Mallee and I went out to take photos at Lake Albacutya after fires had ripped through the parks and destroyed a lot of bushland.  I did a post on it back then, Weekend Wanderings – A Burnt Country. You should take a look at those photos first, if it isn’t too late.  Today I had an opportunity to go out and visit the area again and my guide was, again, Jonesy.


The weather was horrible, and gall force winds were blowing icy winds.  We drove around and I was reminded of what the area looked like back in January, and how trees, like the one above were.  It is a harsh slap of reality really.  This tree was about a metre and a half across, so very old, and now very much gone.  The whole inside of it was burned.  I have other photos of it in the gallery and you can see how the whole part of the bottom was burned out.  It is a very hollow tree now.


There is something in this image, I don’t want to give it away, see if you can find it, hint we saw a lot of them as we were driving around.


Flowers are starting to flower.  It was so nice to see some colour there.  Of course there is a lot of green, lots and lots of green.  I can’t wait to go back in the spring and see the wild flowers.


This is a Wattle seedling, and they are growing everywhere, apparently they are one of the first things to grow back after a fire.


It was so lovely seeing all the trees regenerating as we were there. You could see the new shoots coming up from the bottom of the Mallee gum trees. It still looks like a bomb site, or somewhere where fires have been, but with green grass growing all over the ground, and then the regeneration shows the life is returning, or perhaps continuing.


Jonesy took us to where his retreat had been burned out, and we had a look around, but I am happy to report that he has started to rebuild, and we enjoyed a coffee made in the bush kitchen, and around a warm fire.  It was great, though somewhat weird, sitting enjoying the warmth of the fire, knowing the reason we were where we were because of a fire. Jonesy has called his new place Lucky Pines, in honour of the pine trees that didn’t burn in the fire.

It was great to visit the place again, and I was shown some new places and got some great photos, they will have to wait until another day.  I do have more photos for you today to take a look at.  I hope your weekend is going well and has included lots of wanderings.  I have done so much in the last few days I am a bit worn out.



Weekend Wanderings – Taking a Walk with the Camera

On Thursday night the weather forecast was for a frost in the morning and some fog.  Can I just say I was excited.  Sure it would be cold, but the opportunity of getting out in the morning to a frost, or fog was too much to resist.  I just took the camera with the lens on it and away I went.  I also took my phone, I am trying to get in the habit of taking photos with my phone for Instagram. Which I did and if I can work out how, I will show you those images as well.

LeanneCole-banyule-6387-2I was hoping to get more of a frost, but when I got out, while it was cold, it wasn’t cold enough for a frost.  I am sure it will happen, but it didn’t happen the other morning.  The closest we get to seeing what it would be like if it snowed here is seeing frost all over the ground, and that only lasts until the sun comes up.

LeanneCole-banyule-6399When I got to the park you could see the mist coming off the swampland.  It is a common site here in winter, anytime it is a bit cold you will see it.  When I used to ride a bike, you would notice how cold it was when you rode past this part, it was always much colder than any other part of the road.

LeanneCole-banyule-6421A few weeks ago I took some photos of this same spot, I don’t know if you remember, here is a link that post, the area above is the same place I took photos, but back then there was no water in here, well, except for a small little bit.  Now it is full. We had a lot of rain a couple of weeks ago and it has done this.  It is so much nicer when it is full of water. The mist on the water just added to it so much.  Although, by the time I actually got here, there wasn’t a lot of mist around.  I knew I should have driven to the park.

LeanneCole-banyule-6451The house in the distance is the original homestead, or one of them, not quite sure.  It does stand out a lot, and the way that line of dead trees coming from it, it is interesting.  There were so many ducks in the water.  I scared them off a little and then tried to get photos of them taking off.  I didn’t do it on purpose, they just cleared out as I approached the water.

LeanneCole-banyule-6524There is lot of land like this around me.  We are a suburb of the city, but we also have lots of paddocks with horses and things.  Many people who come here for the first time think we live in the country, we don’t, but it looks like it.  It was one of the main reasons we bought our house.

As I said earlier I did take a couple of shots and processed them in Instagram.  I will put them in a gallery on their own now.

I really don’t do this enough.  I have lived in this area for just over 20 years and I have never really considered that when I live would be very photogenic.  I really need to change my views of this, and start thinking more about taking photos within a short distance of where I live.

I am going to put up the gallery now for you, with more images.  I hope your weekend has been good.