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Poet, writer, teacher. Good humoured. Cynical and sarcastic. More than slightly subversive. I love language and words, and the power that they can hold when used well.

Halls Gap, The Grampians.

The locals are very friendly when there’s food about!

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One of many rugged escarpments.

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Overlooking Lake Wartook from the road from Halls Gap to Mackenzie Falls.

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Trees regenerating after devastating bushfires.
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Breathtaking scenery in every direction.
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After The Storm

Living on the south-western coast of Victoria means we get some pretty rugged weather off the Southern Ocean.
But when the storm passes and the sunlight hits the sea, the peacefulness really is beautiful.

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Late afternoon sunshine  begins to break through the clouds at Stingray Bay, Warrnambool.

 

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Late afternoon sunshine on calmer waters at Stingray Bay, Warrnambool. 

 

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Sunshine through the clouds reflecting on the Hopkins River near its mouth at Warrnambool. 

Mt Emu Creek, Ecklin.

People often think of Australia as hot, dry and dusty. They’re not altogether wrong, but it’s not always like that.

A line from one of my favourite Australian poems talks of Australia as a land “of droughts and flooding rains”.
We’ve certainly had those flooding rains lately.

Mt Emu Creek usually meanders quite sedately through farmland in western Victoria where I live, and joins up with the Hopkins River north of Warrnambool.
Recently though, it turned the farmland into a floodplain and created some new, beautiful imagery of its own.

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Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf, Camperdown.

I don’t know about you, but I love a stormy sky and the different qualities it brings to the landscape.

Mt Leura is relatively small for a ‘mountain’, but it does afford a spectacular view of the “lakes and craters” landscape of this dormant volcanic region.

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Overlooking Camperdown.

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Looking north – the rain is coming!
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Looking northeast.
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Looking east, over Lake Corangamite toward Colac.
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Mt Sugarloaf – a perfectly conical formation nestled beside Mt Leura.