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Thursday, April 12, 2012

STANTHORPE'S AUTUMN COLOURS

Stanthorpe is a lovely country town in the area called the Granite Belt. It is a 3 hour drive south west from Brisbane up into the highlands. It is the coldest town in Queensland and therefore can show off some autumn colours, which we don't get in many other areas of Qld.
We went to Stanthorpe for a reunion of a few members of the Port Moresby Judo Club. 50 years ago we all belonged to the club in P/NG. We stayed for 2 nights in a motel which was on the banks of Quart Pot Creek. I went for a walk along the creek, I was enthralled with the beauty.



 The Granite Belt area is famous for its wine. The grape vine is showing off its colours.

This house is called a Queenslander as the architecture is what was used in the early days of settlement. The houses were built up off the ground and with  big wrap around verandas to keep them cool.


I mistakenly grabbed the wrong lens for my DSLR camera when I left home. I was mad with myself and so I had to make do with my phone and the macro lens which I had brought by mistake

28 comments:

  1. stunning colors in that first photo and the queensland house is much like what they build in the Southern USA, and many like that here, but not that big.

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  2. Hi Diane and Bill, nice pics from your trip...wonderful! Have you find the Blog App? Cheers from Orlando, now we're traveling at St. Petersburg Beach...more about on my blog...

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  3. Hello Diane,

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. You did pretty darned good with the lens at hand. Great sometimes to have that happen and see what you can do. The colors are lovely and I hope you had fun with the reunion!?

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  5. Whatever you used, you got some good shots - gorgeous colour. It felt autumnal here this morning, chilly, damp and misty. But we haven't had summer yet so I'm hoping for that first!

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  6. I was almost saying this is the wrong season but in Australia you have the opposite seaon as Europe. Strange to imagine this.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  7. Coldest town in Queensland sounds wrong. Then I realise that Queensland is probably the size of Great Britain.

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    1. Its a very big state. Quite a few Great Britains would fit into it. I have sent you a map by email.

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  8. Yes they can very occasionally have a very light fall of snow in Stanthorpe. Beautiful pics, Diane, and must have been a great weekend for you with those mates from way back.

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  9. Gorgeous Fall pictures, Diane... Those last two pictures side by side are awesome---one putting the focus on the foreground and the other --on the background..... Love it!!!!

    That old house is beautiful --and I loved the creek pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. Great photos Diane. Hope you took thermal underclothes????
    You can fit a lot of Great Britains into Qld!!!
    Cheers
    Colin (HB)

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  11. That's a very un Queensland like area. I guess it has a high elevation.

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  12. You got some beautiful pictures, even if you did grab the wrong lens for your camera. I like the house, and the creek is beautiful, as are those leaves.

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  13. Diane you've captured some stunning shots of autumn; I love the colors autumn offers. The old house is charming and the photos of the water are beautiful.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Great shots mum! And I can't tell which ones were taken on your phone even!

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  15. Well you've done well to capture these pics .... I love your top shot with the tree reflections.

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  16. What a beautiful place ! That's quiet strange for me to see autumn colors now, that our trees are just start to get leaves and it blooms all around.

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  17. What a lovely place to take a stroll. I bet you enjoyed your vacation there. Autumn, and the turning of the leaves, is one of my favorite things.

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  18. Cold is good for the grapes! I love going on shortish car trips -- love it when 2 or 3 hours brings you to a totally different area. Fun!

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  19. That first shot is a beautiful vista!
    Autumn is probably my favorite season with all the different colors.
    I never leave without my camera bag. What I usually forget is the memory card still stuck in the computer from downloading. :)
    You still got some really nice shots!

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  20. No mistake Diane, your macro pics are beautiful! I am wanting to come to Australia more and more.

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  21. While I have driven through Stanthorpe many times it has always been on our way to visit my parents ... generally in the middle of the night and nearing the end of a very long drive. I don't think we have ever stopped to explore there. It looks lovely and I will make sure I look in next time.

    I often use my macro lens for landscape shots, it it lighter to carry than my zoom lens, though I miss being able to zoom.

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  22. A beautiful house and great autumn colours We have them here too but the weather has been so summerlike I haven't even noticed that it was autumn

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  23. Hi Diane
    What beautiful colours. I love Autumn - a great time of the year.

    Ev

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  24. Lovely colours of Autumn, I love the Photographs of the creek.

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  25. Hi Diane, long time no see. Sorry about my long absence of visiting and commenting. But at last I have DECENT Internet and am having a ball catching up. Diane, since last viewing your blog, your photos are even more stunning. I love the autumn colours and the serene scenes. Spectacular house, the Queenslander. Hope you're having a great weekend. Jo

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  26. Your first photo in particular of Quart Pot Creek is absolutely stunning. I have strong family connection in the town and so I enjoyed all the photos in this post very much, and seeing the autumn colours just makes me want to go back there again.

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  27. Dianne, you have that "magic touch" with any photo you take and every photo turns out a real winner. Yes, that was a great reunion indeed.

    Charles.

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