Let’s go for a drive

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #203: Local Vistas

Everyone ready. Get comfortable. Put some music on

OK, turn left out of the gate and down the road

Turn left and head down to Lilydale

Go past the Ospreys nest

Yes someone has to open the gate

and here we are at Lilydale. Want to go for a quick swim?

Back in the car we rattle over the old wooden bridge and are soon at Cangi

It is rather peaceful and a good place to grab a bit to eat

Back onto the highway and head up the Gibraltar Range

First stop is always at the Raspberry Lookout

Where we will find native wildflowers like these Paper Daisies

or other native flowers with Blue-banded Bees

and perhaps a Nobbi Lizard sun baking on the rocks

among the yellow Paper Daisies

Just a bit further up the road is Washpool National Park where the first stop is Granite Rocks

and then further into the valley and into the rainforest where the giants live

Time to head for home back down the highway

and down the road to home

Through the gate

and time for a cup of tea

Re-living the Past #17 – My first building photos

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Buildings

These are from 2017. I can’t remember all of them but I’ll give it a go

A wonderful old Sydney building with it’s front fascia preserved and grotesque modern apartments built behind. Australia has no idea of preserving our heritage unfortunately. This saddens me.

Up the road from my place on a farm on the Clarence Ricer at Lilydale an old shed and silo

Somewhere in Europe

Maybe Paris?

Iconic Sydney on a stormy afternoon

Another old shed a few kilometers from my place

A song by Train from 2010

It’s a bit wet

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Inundate
Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #70

These two photo challenges are quite pertinent at the moment. There has been so much rain south of my place and now it has hit my bit of the East Coast of Australia. So many places are flooded and the rain is going to continue until Wednesday. At my place I have recorded 252mls of rain in the past week and that is what some of the Cities further south of me recorded in one day!!! And it is still raining.

I would love to show you some recent photos but it’s too wet and I also have had car troubles so you will have to make do with some old photos from past inundations.

My House Dam has been overflowing for days.

A bit of an Aussie song to scroll to

This is the Clarence River up the road from my place. Yes there is a bridge under there somewhere. The bridge was built as a low level bridge so debris and large trees up rooted wouldn’t slam into it causing damage.

The floodwater bubble and boil. Bottlebrush trees are riverine species and the bend with the flow. The more rigid trees will snap and break with the force of the water.

On the beaches the floodwaters stir up a foamy mess

Even if it’s flooded, Cattle Egrets know how to stay high and dry.

Meanwhile in Grafton the river is rising but I don’t think it will reach this height this time

The boat shed went under water

A pub with a water view.

Afterward there is always a clean up

It certainly is weather for ducks

I am quite safe and secure just a bit soggy

The road to Lilydale

Time for sonofabeach96 Which Way

Driving home from my daughters place yesterday, I stopped on the hill just before the Clarence River at Lilydale looking towards my place, which isn’t in the photo as it’s around 15kms in the distance

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