Jun 22, 2015

Nov 16, 2012

Ballan 3342

Recent train journeys through Ballan have revealed this unusual structure visible from the rail station, and yesterday I was ready for it and had the camera out to capture the above image. Now I know that I just needed to put (Ballan+round+house) into Search and see a much clearer picture. 
Driving through Ballan you might see at the far west end of Inglis (the main street) the amazing opshop which serves coffee and among other drolleries has a photo of Salvador Dali on the sign indicating Menswear, and an old-style women's corset around a lampshade. 
There is a sheepskin-boot shop which appears to only open Fridays and you can also get (at the very opposite end of Inglis Street) a Ploughman's Lunch from Rose Cottage next to the impressive patchwork and wools shop - Ballan's a great place.

Oct 31, 2012


When I saw her flat out, sound asleep and snoring, I crawled up to get what I anticipated as a quirky image, and got something completely different when she woke up.
I looked after her and her two stablemates quite a few times.  Adjacent to the huge Enfield State Forest and surrounded by thick bush,  I said to the owner departing for the two hottest summer months, that with three horses and one float, evacuation was going to be tricky in the event of a bushfire.      She said " just open the gates and let the three of them loose."
 So I got nervous a week later when I had a clear view of Meredith only 20 kms away and burning.  It was a hayshed which spontaneously combusted, but I didn't know that on Day 1 of the 4 days it burned, when I looked out the window at 8am and saw the smoke and wondered how long it would take to travel to us.  There was a close snake experience and a very close snake experience and both times I thought the Border Collie was going to get bitten.    I can now identify Whipsnakes ('there's a gold Oroton belt on the grass'?) and Green Tree Snakes - which eat sleeping birds by the way.

Sep 29, 2012

take me to the river

My image of the Maribyrnong River flowing under the Footscray Road bridge. The nearby containers terminals on Webb and Appleton Docks work all through the night, floodlit and with continual highly-pitched grinding sounds. Ideal background for sci-fi filming if ever I saw one.  I was too scared to go down there at night to get a great photo, so this one
is lifted, and fails to make the place look as magical as it does. It should be a tourist attraction.

Aug 16, 2012

Barongarook near Colac.

On the Barongarook Creek, dawn over a forest, recently felled and the remaining stumps bulldozed into pyres which burn for days and nights.
Old Yeo Road from left and into middle distance. 
150,000  logging trucks unloaded last year at  the deep water dock in Portland, Victoria.
Forests that were home to koalas and  the endangered species Leadbetter's Possums just shipped to Japan for making Hello Kitty lavatory rolls.

Aug 14, 2012


Piper & Ebden Streets intersection,  Royal George Hotel on right, late afternoon.