New Farm Park, Brisbane

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A COUNTRY DRIVE

On our way home from Canberra, we left the town of Young and headed for Dubbo. Our new GPS called "Kate" took us across country in the most direct route instead of around on the faster highway. I was pleased with Kate because that is what I wanted to do, to meander through the countryside where I had never been before. I'm not too sure about TOH* who was a bit dubious about this adventure because the roads were a bit rough and narrow.
 Bumping over rough roads isn't conducive to sharp photography. (Before American readers get alarmed remember we drive on the left here and the passenger sits on the left.) I loved the country scenery especially with the bright yellow fields of rape seed or canola appearing around every corner.
  I wanted to get up close to it so when it was possible which wasn't very often we pulled over for a few up close pics. We were in a farmer's driveway.
 It is not so stunning up close and I was amazed how much green there is on the plants yet from afar ..
its all yellow.

 Across the road another delightful country scene.
 Then it was back in the car for another few hundred kilometres.
 We saw many tumbledown barns but once again it was hard to find a spot on the narrow roads to stop for a pic.

We zoomed past many grain silos too another icon of the country in western NSW. After about 4 hours we were in Dubbo.
TOH* The Other Half

31 comments:

  1. LIKE you too we also are off on a country driving trip.
    This Friday, in fact, 2 days after a whole day holiday here 2day for the Bendigo Cup.

    Friends from a baby-sitting club way back in the 80s still keep in touch after everyone's children are in their mid-30s. OK, a couple of the kids are only 32 or 33.

    So it's into the car and off to Mildura on the mighty Murray for a weekend reunion. Four hours central Vic to Sunraysia.
    Plenty of wine drinking and eating, not to mention "what's your son/daughter doing these days ?"

    Coming back we'll hug the Murray and stay in Swan Hill. Strange tho' it seems there's an Age Good Food Guide-rated Japanese restaurant in Swan Hill. Booked already via Colin's favourite device: the indispensable I-Phone.

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  2. Ah Richard E Jones!
    You actually went to the horse races - any tips for the Melbourne Cup???? ha ha. I think I will go French,French,Aussie and ???????.
    And suggestions for (????) will be welcome.
    Next thing you'll at last become a tennis tragic! Good forbid.
    Great photography Diane. The countryside is pristine, the canola fields are really looking great, but some slow drenching rains would be welcome before the harvesting, the same with the Young orchardists. Please no storms for 2012 like 2011 - All ruined within hours - all that hard work went! So horrible.
    The sheep (merinos) are so fat after a great year of weather.
    Swan Hill?????? - lovely place and for the record I didn't need "Kate" or that "indispensable I-phone" to find the place.
    Looking forward to a great report on Dubbo.

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  3. Oops - not "Good Forbid" - I refer to the Almighty - God Forbid!

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  4. The countryside is beautiful. Everything looks so green and the skies are amazing. I love your photos of the sheep.

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  5. Gotta love the Aussie sign 'Burrumundi' !

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  6. Well Kate is a better traveller than Madam tom tom ... she abhors rough roads ... I have to force her go where I want to go.

    Oh I love that canola. We didn't get out and about in canola season this year.

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  7. I do the journey from coast to Dubbo periodically (lived there for thirteen years) ... the canola was looking beautiful when I was there last month; it's a delight to see isn't it and I totally know about the pulling to the side for a photograph!

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  8. Diane, lovely photos from your country drive. I love the canola fields and the cute sheep. Thanks for sharing your trip. Have a great day!

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  9. Lovely summary of the country drive. I find taking photos in the moving vehicle fine straight ahead, provided the windscreen is clean...LOL..haven't had any luck from the passenger window.

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  10. I must admit I'm a city slicker Diane, but it does mean that a trip to the country is a special delight! Super rural images here, love the fields of yellow, a lot of things look better from afar haha!
    P.s. if I found a huntsman spider in the house...well lets just hope it never happens!!!

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  11. a beautiful adventure to add to your other adventures.. love those sheep and all the yellow flowers.

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  12. I love drives like this. Next time you're in Los Angeles, we should meet in the middle or something.

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  13. It was lovely to take a country drive with you this morning. The giant tree with the sheep under it is a beautiful photo! Today our canola is on it's way to market - or almost ... It was -15 celsius this morning and the auger wouldn't start so the grain truck was sent away and now a neighbour is bringing another auger and the truck is on it's way back. It will be hauled two hours south before being loaded and shipped by train. You're right - we should move to a warmer place!

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  14. lovely! so lovely!

    incredibly beautiful shots and views!
    glorious yellow too. what a great adventure!

    big hugs!

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  15. How wonderful, Diane! These are really beautiful captures!

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  16. Diane, very beautiful country pictures.I like them all. It is always a long drive to anywhere!

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  17. Love to see your country trip and the beautiful photos.

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  18. We LOVE driving through farm country. Amazing how much "yours" looks like "ours"....or maybe it isn't -- I get amazed easily.

    Great pictures -- drive by shots can sometimes turn out great -- yours definitely did.

    (Our GPS girl is named Jill. There's a gadget that can change her to Jack and I think I'm going to do it. She's awfully bossy!)

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  19. Weird how canola is best admired from afar!! And the whiny voice is one of several reasons a GPS won't ever darken my car interior!!!

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  20. Really love that 5th shot and TOH shouldn't be so nervous. I love getting off on the back roads and seeing different scenery and I kinda think it is nicer because you CAN stop and take photos without fear of being run over! :)

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  21. Lovely scenery Diane. Always fun to get on those back roads, you never know what you are going to come across.

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  22. Miss Kate is perfect for a sightseeing tur ! Wonderful pictures ! Until a few years ago I was convinced that the whole world except the UK would drive on the "wrong" side ! But there lots of others, lol !

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  23. We like it when our GPS (Miss Bar-beak) takes us along the back roads. The only complaint I have is that I'm usually driving, so Betsy gets all the good drive-by shots. I enjoyed your photos of NSW.

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  24. Just back to say that the tulip header shot is wonderful!!! (We always miss spring flowers here, because we're in Florida in our spring -- and it's too hot there. I miss them.)

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  25. I would say lovely flower field but then I saw sheep and that's even better.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  26. what is that yellow field. I love the open space and lambs.

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  27. Lovely photos. There's beauty in all the faces of nature. We're going that route December -on a camping trip. it will have a different look then.

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  28. Oh I love this stretch of the road it is so beautiful. That yellow is magnificent. I love the silo and I must say the old barn makes me sad but it is a awesome old place to photograph. B

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  29. Beautiful country drive, Diane... I can see why Colin loves this area. GORGEOUS!!!! Love the fields of YELLOW.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  30. A gorgeous day for your driving too. Love the country scenes and that photo of the silos - wow!

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  31. Beautiful photography and beautiful landscapes too! I love how much of this great southern land that you have seen!

    You are both inspiring!

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