Vanishing act (Lake George)

Lake George or Weereewa, by it’s Aboriginal name, is a mysterious lake!

When full it’s a wide, pancake of a lake only a metre deep on average.

But in low rainfall, it evaporates to lie as grassy sheep paddocks for many years. Fences stretch off to the muddy middle, parted only by a gently flowing creek.

It’s an on again, off again lake!

Snow storm over Lake George, New South Wales, Australia - Aug 2008

Who pulled the plug?

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It’s a local thing that everyone reminisces about “when Lake George was full”. For me that was the late 80s, before the hugging Sydney to Canberra highway was duplicated.

The waters lapped at the road bank. You could fish from near the roadside rest stops.

Then drier years followed.

Lake George struggled to get much more than the creek and muddy smears for a decade or so.

The constant rains of 2010, and then flooding in 2011, saw the windswept waters partly come back…And just as quickly vanish!

But now after our record wet winter, we have a water wonderland again! Wavelets cover the grassy paddocks. Pelicans and other water birds have returned.

Lake George from Marked Tree Rd, via Collector, NSW, Australia

Wonderful Weereewa!

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It’s not too hard to picture the lakeside resort that was once planned? Or the paddle-steamers that partied on the lake over a century ago!

So it seems, for the time being, the poor farmer has lost his paddocks!  ♦


 

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My old boots (Photo challenge)

 

Kickin' back in my old pull-up boots.

Kickin’ back!

 

My old pull-ups live in the back of The Buggy. Even if we’re just off to a café in the next village, you never know when you’re going to jump out and take a roadside photo.

And that might mean standing in mud at fence posts, or at least dusty road edges, and wading through long grass.

These are my ‘dry’ winter boots. In Summer, it’s red gumboots (because of snakes).

A country gal can never have too many shoes!  ♦

 


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Turret on turret (‘Iandra Castle’)

 

'Mt Oriel' homestead, known locally as Iandra Castle, via Greenthorpe, New South Wales, Australia

When one tower just isn’t enough.

As a youngun visiting my ‘grandparents’ I was fascinated by ‘Iandra Castle’. Iandra sort of backed onto the family sheep property between Young and Grenfell (central New South Wales) in a huge acres kind of way. I was always hoping for that country road detour to visit other rellies and a drive-by look at ‘the castle’.

A few years back we got to wander around inside ‘the castle’ on an open day! Sadly we weren’t allowed up in the turret. Can you imagine how impressive the view is from up there?  

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Photo taken with my old Canon Powershot A550

‘Mount Oriel’, commonly known as ‘Iandra Castle’, is the elaborate homestead of the Iandra property near the village of Greenethorpe, New South Wales, Australia. The first home was established from 1880 and completed in 1911 in its current form by Mr George Henry Greene MLC, an Englishman by birth connected to aristocracy. Greene bought 32,000 acres of the poor wooded country, clearing it to grow corn and wheat. He built Iandra up into a very successful enterprise and pioneered share-farming practices. He also built the village of Greenethorpe nearby, for his workers.

‘Iandra Castle’ is located on Iandra Rd, 11 kms from Greenethorpe village, NSW, Australia at 34°04′51″S 148°21′51″E.

It has open days on some long weekends throughout the year. See their website for details.

http://iandracastle.com.au/

Tomorrow’s fossil (Details)

 

Leaf imprint in cement path, Riverbank Park, Yass, NSW, Australia

Leaf a good impression!

 

In about 2000 CE a small town called Yass, in what was then inland Australia, constructed new civil works for connecting a minor waterway to the mercantile centre. At some time during the construction, leaves from nearby trees must have blown across the new pathway.  ♦

 


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Photo taken with my old Canon Powershot A550.

Sydney Harbour lights (Look up)

View under Sydney Harbour Bridge from Dawes Point at night, 21 Nov 2008

Under Sydney Harbour Bridge, Millers Point

There’s nothing better than a walk along Sydney Harbour shore at night. The crisp, salt tang of the air, the rush and bump of the traffic over the metal bridge, the lapping of the wash from ferries. Solid, grand and an icon of Aussie pride.  ♦

 


 

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An old photo taken with my Canon Powershot A550.

 

Riverside giant (Photo Challenge: Angular)

Giant eucalypt at Jugiong Creek Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Giant eucalypt at Jugiong Creek Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

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It was a cooler afternoon in late Spring, after so many hot days, so we hit the road!

We had a vague idea to run along the Murrumbidgee River from the village of Jugiong to wherever the end of daylight left us.

The village of Jugiong has been by-passed by the Hume Highway and is a riverside oasis of ancient eucalypts, a traditional veranda-ed pub and one of the best RV camping spots in the region.

It was a birthday and we wanted no fancy restaurants or silver service. The treat for the day was to sit, with a coffee and muffin for afternoon tea, by the banks of the majestic Murrumbidgee River.

We dreamed of another day when we would come back to fish under the pines and paddle the kayak in the gentle ripples – but today we had dirt roads to explore! We hitched the wagon and nosed across the bridge to the paddocks and river banks waiting on the other side.  ♦

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Photo taken 17 November 2014 with my old Canon Powershot A550

Jugiong, on the Hume Highway and on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, in southeast New South Wales, Australia

The Long Track Pantry, Riverside Dr, Jugiong  http://www.longtrackpantry.com.au/

Total eclipse of the moon

On the night of the 8th of October the skies were clear on our hill. Our front veranda was a brilliant place to watch the lunar eclipse unfold.

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We live outside a town of only 6,500 people, more than half an hour away from the bright lights of the Australian capital city, Canberra. So we had a clear view in the cold night air.

We watched the moon rise to the right and slowly turn red, then darken, before bursting open to a brilliant white. What a magnificent sight!

I took a series of photos over an hour and a half from 9.30 to 11.00 pm.  ♦

The lunar eclipse series as a gallery:

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Photos taken 8 October 2014 with Fuji FinePix S2980

Location: Yass, south eastern New South Wales, Australia