Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Steam train

The delightful and fascinating Coal Creek Village (on the outskirts of Korumburra in Gippsland, Victoria), offers its visitors a steam train ride around its many acres.
 








Coal Creek Community Park & Museum was initially created to preserve the unique history of coal, the development of the South Gippsland railway and the rural settlement which was accelerated by the dairy and timber industries.

Coal was accidentally discovered in South Gippsland in 1872, near the present site of Coal Creek when James Brown’s horse, watering near the creek, kicked a sizable piece of coal free from the surface. Some 16 years later coal began to be mined. It was the first successful commercial coalfield in Victoria.  (Information courtesy of Melbourne Playgrounds)

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Port Albert

 
Port Albert, Gippsland

 
The adjacent tower


Pacific Gull
 
 
Here you can see how much larger the Pacific Gull is compared with its Silver Gull companions
 
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Empty threats !

As was often the case during the month away, the day began with somewhat
ominous clouds, only to give way an hour or two later to blue skies and sunshine 

 
 
 
Joining in the fun at Skywatch Friday
with continuing gratitude to our hosts

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Diverse scenery

One excursion took me to Tara Bulga National Park in south-eastern Victoria.
Following are images of some of the scenery en route
 


I drove through forests of Radiata Pine and Hardwood 


In the park itself was this sturdy suspension bridge

 
 
and a canopy of tree ferns throughout the walk
 

 


Although I could hear the calls of various birds throughout this 1.5 hour walk,
they kept themselves hidden.  Had hoped to spot a Lyrebird but, after hearing a rustle in the vegetation as I approached, all I managed to capture was it's tail !
 
Linking up with fellow bloggers at Outdoor Wednesday

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mt Baw Baw - Pt 1

Not wanting to tackle driving with snow chains on the car, or coping with black ice on the roads,
I opted for an experienced 4WD tour driver for my day trip to Mt Baw Baw
in the Victorian Alpine region. 
 
This snow-covered car was one of our first sights on arrival at the resort !
 
 
. . . . some frozen gum leaves



The rich colours of the magnificent snow gums constantly took my breath away,
providing a delightful contrast to the white snow

 
.... and this was one of many chalets within the Village.
 
 
Here is the delicious meal I referred to in an earlier post

 
"It's beginning to look like Christmas" don't you think? 
(well, those experienced in the northern climes anyway!)
 
 
(I hope this post doesn't take too long to load for you patient viewers -
I am still trying to decide what is the best resolution setting to choose when shooting!)
 
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Thawing out

Of course a trip to the snow was a must while in Victoria, so I enjoyed
a superb day at Mt Baw Baw in perfect conditions (well, for a photographer anyway!)
. . . . but more of that tomorrow.
 
Meanwhile, this growth thawing out on a branch caught my eye -
 

as did these icicles on the roof of the restaurant where I lunched on a delicious
lemon/lime chicken with chilli couscous topped with yoghurt
 as I took in the wonderful view!



Linking up with Macro Monday 2
(thank you Gemma for hosting)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fascinating Funghi

Throughout my Gippsland excursions, my attention was regularly drawn to the
extraordinary variety of funghi shapes, colours and sizes growing - and in unusual places !















 

Stay tuned for the next episode of my adventure in Victoria !
(Meanwhile, I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Unknown buds


Spotted these unidentifiable (to me, at least!) buds on a partly submerged branch
in the lake within Coal Creek Village at Korumburra, Gippsland, in Victoria.
 
Linking up with James' Weekend Reflection
and happy to be catching up with fellow bloggers after a month away.
 
Wishing you all a wonderful, safe and happy weekend.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Moon over Warragul


 
As I was preparing for another day's adventure exploring the Gippsland countryside,
I was staggered to see the moon still evident - it was 7.40 a.m. !
 
Joining in the fun at Skywatch Friday
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