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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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Angular’

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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/

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The Great Australian Bite? (‘One Shot Wonders’)

Hassans Walls Lookout is one of those jaw-dropping, no-words-do-justice kind of place. A place that mesmerizes and leaves you quiet and still.

I couldn’t help but think of the countless feet – with shoes and without – that had walked over the rocks. 

It’s ancient land.

Hassans Walls Lookout, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

On this trip to the Blue Mountains, in 2009, we drove the back roads between Oberon, Jenolan Caves, Hartley Valley and Lithgow.

It was our first trip out after a long time. I needed a soul kind of place.

On the drizzly, overcast day, and on this side of the Blue Mountains, there were far less tourists than the more famous Three Sisters and Echo Point at Katoomba. We could stop and take it all in almost undisturbed.

And an added special moment was that we met a local volunteer guide who was just there, happy to show his local pride and have a chat. He had as companion a young female dingo, on a leash, who sat patiently, attentively, for her master.

Seemed right, in this place of all places.  ♦

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‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken Easter 2009, with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here and my full post on Hassans Walls here.

Hassans Walls Reserve in the Blue Mountains, near Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Hassans Walls Reserve tourist drive, Lithgow Tourism: http://www.lithgow-tourism.com/hassans.htm

145 km from Sydney CBD (2 hours 4 mins)

287 km from Canberra CBD (4 hours 1 min) [Google Maps]

Puddle rock (‘One Shot Wonders’)

After a week and more of stifling, searing, can’t-do-anything heat we headed for the hills!

And it rained!!

My ‘rain dance’ worked!

Hassans Walls Lookout, Lithgow NSW, Australia_2009_16cpyrgt

Sadly, another camera card failure and my photos of our day trip are lost?! (I took emergency photos on an old mobile phone, to be downloaded when I work out how.)

So instead, the photo is of a rock puddle we found while walking at Hassans Walls Lookout in the Blue Mountains, near Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, at Easter 2009.

So my phone photos might be a surprise lottery windfall for later. Fingers-crossed!*  ♦

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Water, ‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken Easter 2009, with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here and my full post on Hassans Walls here.

* ‘Fingers-crossed’ – hoping for good luck

Old forgotten homestead (‘One Shot Wonders’)

A couple of years ago, on one of our ‘explores’ of the farmland and back roads out of town, we suddenly came across this old abandoned homestead. It was one of those ‘Wow, did you see that? Can you go back?’ times.

Pioneer homestead on a road out of Yass town, New South Wales, Australia

‘Forgotten’…but not gone

Tucked way back off the road in a copse of ancient garden and backed by thick scrub, it was a lucky thing I caught sight of it. The afternoon was blackening with a storm and the house was camouflaged in its dark, age-mellowed timbers and brown rusted iron. If it wasn’t winter, I may not have seen the homestead at all as the granddaddy trees would be shading most of the front and back verandas.

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Driving for my life

Marked Tree Rd, near Collector, New South Wales, Australia

The road less travelled

If there’s a sign pointing down a dusty single-lane dirt road, heading off well away from the tar, then we’re on it! All the better if the dirt passes beneath the shady boughs of shimmering gums and heads over a hill to an unseen destination. Continue reading