Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Travelling Along




Australia is a vast land with a huge range of geography and climate. Last Thursday we travelled about 700km (435 miles). Let me share some of the highlights.

We live along the flat coastal flood plains and we had to cross The Great Dividing Range which runs down most the east coast of Australia. This brought many twists and turns as we climbed higher.




Three hours later we reached our first snack break, a lovely university "city" with a population of around 20,000. Being at a higher altitude the climate and vegetation is quite different to our town.




The trees with lime green foliage appear to be covered in seed pods, not leaves or blossoms. Can anyone identify these for me?













From there we headed further on and down in altitude through drier country to the next city (pop. 60,000). We stopped for our lunch break under the shade of this marvellous spreading tree.




The next leg of our journey, which I drove, brought us to a smaller country town (pop. 3,000) with some interesting birdlife in the park.




The Blue-faced Honeyeater is always a treat to see.




These geese were rather more possessive of the park and a little aggressive.




Back in the passenger seat I had fun trying to catch shots of points of interest as we sped along at over 100km (60 miles) per hour. Please ignore the reflections and squished insects on the windscreen.....




Fields of wheat are now green and beginning to form heads. The green is a wonderful contrast to the dry yellow grasses which grow here naturally.










Mostly wheat and sheep are farmed "out west".




 It's now late afternoon. It's been along day, yet rarely quiet.




Around 700km later we are almost at our destination, yet we haven't even travelled half way across our state. I love the variety of our country - seeing all these scenes in one day is somewhat tiring but wonderfully invigorating too. We arrive at Dubbo, a stately inland city of around 33,000 people.

More to share in the next post......


Sharing at Wild Bird Wednesday, This or That Thursday, Show and Tell: Life, Nurture Photography: Green/Journey.

44 comments:

G C said...

Great photos.

I think the tree might be some sort of acacia retivenea.

Cinzia said...

I would you like very much to visit Australia, but I think at the moment it is impossible!!!
Very beautiful photos,
Cinzia

tinajo said...

I'd love to take my family to Australia one day, love the pics!

Joop Zand said...

Thats a great post......i like that honeyeater so very much..... we don't have these nice colored birds here.

Greetings, Joop

Michelle said...

Beautiful pictures in this post. The honey eater is quite colorful.

Lesley said...

Great pictures as always!! Love scenery and the new adventures it brings!

Gwen Ward said...

Thank you for sharing your trip. I am really looking forward to photos of Dubbo. My niece was brought up there and I also met a nursery woman from there when I was at the pelargonium conference at Geelong about 6 years ago. have a happy holiday. xx

flowersandhome said...

So much space!!!! Must be great to drive through it. We don't have that here. One village and then the next end then a town but never that wide spread of 'nothing', of space. I hope you understand what I mean cause it's normal to where you live, so maybe you think 'What is she talking about...???! ;-) Can't wait for more to see of Australia, a country I always wanted to visit from when I was still very young, never did (yet?) though. Traveling to the complete other side of the world would be such an adventure. Australia is so very different from everything else on the world, other plants, other animals, amazing nature....
Bye,
Marian

Rosemary said...

I love the countryside and the way it allows your eyes and mind to wander... Lovely family trip!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Looks like a fun trip! Love that lunch in the park! Beautiful family and country that you live in!

Barb said...

Fun to accompany you on your journey through the photos. I love the spreading tree where you picnicked. The children seem like seasoned travelers.

Sylvia K said...

What a fun, interesting trip you've taken us on, Karen, as always!! Such a beautiful country you have! Wish I could visit there! Hope your week is off to a great start!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Such a fun trip! Love the shot of that Blue-faced Honeyeater. His colors and markings are amazing.

Filip and Kristel said...

Beautiful church and I like your bird shot in the tree.

Greetings,
Filip

Linda R said...

I am really enjoying your photos of your trip. So many wonderful photos. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of them.

Hugs~

Giga said...

Taka długa podróż jest z pewnością męcząca, ale po drodze zawsze można coś ciekawego, pięknego i innego, niż w swoim miejscu zamieszkania. Zdjęcie najmłodszej śpiącej córki jest urocze. Pozdrawiam.
This long journey is definitely tiring, but along the way you can always something interesting, beautiful and different than in their place of residence. Photo youngest daughter is adorable sleeping. Yours.

marijke said...

You did have to travel a long way but what a vieuws you gave us out of your beautiful country.
Have a wonderful time ahead Karen.

✿ chica said...

Lindas fotos e deve ser lindo por lá!beijos,chica

Leeloo said...

:-)

Happy to see...

Deanne Langford said...

Great shots, looking forward to the next post as I am guessing to where you went and what you went to see!

Carole M. said...

...a delightful post and I loved the honey-eater shot, fabulous. I'll be very interested in your following posts since I lived in Dubbo/country-life for thirteen years, left there in '90. Was back there a couple weeks ago myself before venturing onwards to the Macquarie Marshes.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for sharing your great trip. Your family shots are beautiful and the scenery is lovely. And I love the pretty honeyeater. What a gorgeous bird. Wonderful post.

Rod said...

You've past through some of my favourite country in Australia. I love that area... I spent a few years of my life at the 20 000 population town and I want to go back there to live one day. Love your wonderful pictures.

Larry said...

This is a great post! I enjoyed seeing so much of your area, especially since I'll never get to that part of the world myself... thanks for sharing! Larry

mick said...

Great scenic photos. Is that Armidale? Blue-faced Honeyeaters are always beautiful with that blue patch.

Dave said...

Interesting photos Karen. Your countryside looks great. Nice to see your children in your pictures too - Dave

DeVona said...

Wonderful photos! Thank you for taking your blogging friends along, too! Great sweeps of wheat lands, colorful birds, interesting trees, lovely family....you are enriching our lives through your posts! Thank you!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Belas fotografias...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Leah said...

Beautiful captures on your homeland. Very interesting and delightful to look at post.
Cheers,
Leah

Gillian Olson said...

What a great trip, the vegetatio and terrain really change. The honeyeater is just beautiful.

Helene said...

I am really really enjoying this journey with you!

Adam Jones said...

Gosh the Honeyeater is amazing.

Georgianna said...

Having never visited your country, I find every photo fascinating! Beautiful light and scenery. :)

And thank you for your comment on the ranunculus. I also have failed to make them grow. Not sure what I did wrong but will try again next spring.

Safe travels!

Georgianna

Nikki said...

Great images Karen. I don't know what kind of tree that is. You've certainly travelled some klms. And done very well capturing those images while on the move. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Your green bushes just MIGHT be hop bushes? That's the common name, anyway!! Nice to follow you on your trip!!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - that a very nice portrait of the honey-eater.

Its not an area of Australia that I know at all.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Australia

deb duty said...

So many great photos! I hope I get to visit Australia one day!

Pieni Lintu said...

Great shots!

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

What an incredible journey!!! Amazing sights!

Pat said...

Lovely series documenting your trip!

Mama Bear said...

Lovely to see photos of Armidale! My VERY favourite place in all of Australia! I spent four years there studying. The seasonal changes are spectacular. What a beautiful country we live in. Bless you, Anna XXX

Liz said...

Lovely shots of so many familiar places!! And a great shot of the Blue-faced Honeyeater.

Mona's Picturesque said...

Well I'm so happy you shared. Awesome trip ♥

Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud said...

What an awesome adventure! I love the light and color in the 4th shot. So pretty!

Thanks for joining Rebecca and me in the Nurture Photography Challenge. We'll be moving on to a new theme on Friday: Yellow/Light. Can't wait to see your pics!

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