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Victoria 2021

Visiting: Lake Tyrrell

At long last, after two weeks of waiting in Sea Lake, I started working on Monday at the Sea Lake Grain Flow receiving depot. However, the weather continues to be an influencing factor in my shifts, with two being shortened due to high moisture levels in the grain and today’s being cancelled all together. I spent my waiting time wisely by building up a series of images of Lake Tyrrell and Sea Lake, so in this post, I am pleased to share some of my stories and images of Lake Tyrrell.

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Visiting: Sea Lake

Lake Tyrrell Viewing Boardwalk

On returning from our WA2021 trip, I found that settling down into a routine at home rather challenging, due partly to the lack of photographic assignments. So, faced with a few months without any meaningful work, I decided to do something about it and successfully applied for a casual job working in the wheat harvest. For a number of reasons, I chose and am now visiting Sea Lake for an extended period.

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Visiting: Ballarto

Ballarto Sawmill 2020

During August 2020, I embarked on an outing to explore the possibilities of photographing the railway station which closed in 1978. Always looking for other opportunities, I spotted a derelict sawmill close by and took the time to go inside for some interesting shots. On visiting Ballarto again this October, I paid the sawmill another visit, with a surprising outcome.

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WA2021: Reflections

Cooper Creek

With just over a week since we returned from our three month trip, I now have a chance to look back on our adventure and to share some of my reflections with you. It is a strange feeling being back to a normal routine (well, as normal as Covid permits) and certainly not easy to settle down.

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WA2021: Back Home

Sand dunes on the road to Fowlers Bay

Three months to the day when we left on our adventure we returned back home on Friday. We had planned to take two days to drive between Adelaide, where we stayed with friends, Jill and Ross, and home. However, due to the lockdown we could not stay in Victoria and decided to make the journey in one day. It so happened that this coincided with a band of heavy rain moving from the west the east and, as a result our windscreen wipers were on for the whole drive. In a way, the weather reflected our mood of returning to increasing Covid cases and a lockdown. However, we still visited some interesting places on our way to Adelaide.

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WA2021: Rock Country

Can you guess what this is? Read on to find out!

Wednesday 25 August

During the past few days, we have covered a fair bit of ground that has included a recommendation from Narelle who we met at Milligan Island, to visit ‘Rock Country’ (as she calls it). This has taken us to many interesting places where we have learned a lot about all sorts of stuff. I am therefore dedicating this post to the rocks, rather than our itinerary.

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WA2021: Jurien Bay

Sunrise over Lipfert Island on our second morning at Milligan Island Campground

Our last stop before heading inland on the road back to Victoria has been Milligan Island campground, just north of Jurien Bay. We planned to stay two nights but have ended up making it three – perhaps because we are putting off the change in direction from south to east and back home. The news about the number of Covid cases in Victoria is not great, neither is the restrictions that we face when we get back (having had total freedom here in WA).

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WA2021: Kalbarri and Geraldton

The Pink Lake – yes it really is that colour!

Tuesday 17 August

It seems like I have so much to report since my last post – we have been to Kalbarri and Geraldton and a few other places in between. We have now landed in a Council bushcamp, which fortunately has Optus service. This is a really quiet and tranquil spot, but you will have to wait for my next post to read all about it. In the meantime, there was so much of interest around the Kalbarri and Geraldton areas. However, our visit to Geraldton was marred by some very disappointing news.

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WA2021: Shark Bay

Dirk Hartog Island – Office, café and bay

Thursday 12 August

After a very easy 200 km drive, we arrived in Denham for a late lunch, which turned out to be later than we had hoped, as you will find out below. Denham is located on the shores of Shark Bay, almost, but not quite the most westerly point of mainland Australia and we are were there for four nights and have now (Thursday 12/08) landed in a free camp next to the Murchison River (inland from Kalbarri).

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