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Visiting: SAM

On my list of key buildings to photograph was SAM, Shepparton Art Museum. It was therefore a happy coincidence that I was asked to work in my Safety Officer role at the recent Shepparton Illuminate – a festival of music and light adjacent to the building. While there I took great delight in visiting SAM with my camera in hand.

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VIC2022: Visiting – Lake Charm

Laked Charm under a very heavy sky

Decisions on where to go camping can be made based, on one hand, on detailed research, or on a whim without too much knowledge of the selected location. The great thing about the latter approach is that one does not have any great expectations and therefore is not disappointed with the outcome, as was the case when visiting Lake Charm recently.

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Project: Grain Harvest

In my post ‘Visiting Sea Lake’, I mentioned that the reason for the visit was to work in the grain harvest. Although this was aimed at filling in some time, the primary reason was to learn more about how the grain industry works. The seed was sown during our return trip through the WA wheat belt – where the paddocks of wheat were endless and workers were in short supply. So, this post summarises what I managed to glean from my fellow workers, truck drivers and farmers (and a bit of on-line research).

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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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VIC2021: Visiting Toolangi Discovery Centre

Originally constructed in 1994, the Toolangi Discovery Centre was established as an educational facility for the full range of all school groups where they could learn about the local forest and animals through informative and entertaining presentations. It was operated at the time by the Department of Sustainability and the Environment (now the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning). The Centre was closed in 2012 due to it not complying with bushfire building requirements.

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Architecture

Visiting: The Imperial Hotel, Rushworth

In my younger days, I have on the odd occasion fallen asleep in a bar – a few beers and a warm atmosphere can have that effect!

My most recent such experience was much less random when a visit to Rushworth in Regional Victoria included an overnight stay.

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Visiting: Kirkness

 

During May 2019, I was staying in Kinross, Scotland, with my brother on a visit to see my elderly mother who lived in Kirkcaldy. It was on one of the journeys between the two towns that I noticed what looked like a number of abandoned and derelict buildings on the top of a hill.

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Architecture

Visiting: MONA

Not many people would purposefully visit a museum when it is closed, but I did exactly that during a recent short stay in Hobart.

Of course, the museum is no ordinary museum – it was the Museum of Old and Modern Art – and, actually, I did not have much choice about it being open or not as the only day I could visit was Christmas Day.

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