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Weekend Wanderings – Day Trips Around the Mallee

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Normally when I go up to the Mallee I seem to photograph the same sort of things, but this last time, well I hardly took any of the usual photos.  I was too busy photographing stars and then taking trips to see Pink Lakes.  It was nice to be doing something different. I took photos of things that I have never photographed before.

LeanneCole-mallee-5769My mum needed to go to Hopetoun and I thought it could be good to take some photos there.  She wanted to go to the old Hopetoun Primary School.  It is no longer a school for children, but groups around Hopetoun use the premises for things like quilting and historic societies. It is nice that the school has a new life beyond being closed.

LeanneCole-mallee-5931These were the only photos I took in Woomelang.  I had a feeling there might be a half decent sunset, so I headed down the road to in front of the old shearing shed.  It was small, but it was a lovely sunset.

LeanneCole-mallee-6171The wood for the ramp into the salt lake is really weird now.  It is hard and how you would expect wood in some places, and in other places it is very soft and spongy.  It made a great subject for the photos.

LeanneCole-mallee-6282Here is a similar image to the one I used for the MMC8 the other day.  I thought you might like seeing how the real scene was.  It wasn’t that interesting.  The sky didn’t look that great at that time.

LeanneCole-mallee-6298Not long after that it was starting to look like this.  How funny that I was taking sunset shots in the Murray Sunset National Park.

If you read yesterdays post then you know why I was at the Pink Lakes.  I think I will just stop it here, if you see any images in the gallery that you think I should do more work on, let me know. Take care and have a great weekend, hope you get to do some wandering.

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  1. Lovely images, well taken !

    April 26, 2014
  2. Wonderful set! I like the silence and the space; and the way you take the eye to the horizon in several shots. See you!

    April 26, 2014
    • I like that you can see the silence and space, I love getting the silence into my images. Thank you.

      April 26, 2014
  3. Margy Rydzynski #

    I love to take picture of my adventures over a weekend. I’m no photographer (my camera is attached to my Android phone), but it is a nice way to share my experiences with other readers. I love looking at blogs by photographers who know what the heck they’re doing. Thanks!

    April 26, 2014
    • It is a great way of sharing your experiences, and people do like looking at images. Thank you so Margy.

      April 26, 2014
  4. What amazing skies

    April 26, 2014
    • You often get very dramatic skies there, thanks Diana.

      April 26, 2014
  5. A great set of shots, Leanne! Love the skies and colours and also the salt flats and rusty truck, do indeed make great subjects

    April 26, 2014
    • Thank you, there were photos everywhere up there, I can’t wait to go back.

      April 26, 2014
  6. Beautiful skies in your photos

    April 26, 2014
  7. Beautiful sunsets and all, Leanne!

    April 26, 2014
  8. Seeing the photo of the tennis court made me thing of your native player from a long way back – Roy Emerson. As a child of maybe 10 years, I saw him play many times here in the States. He was such a terrific player and had such sportsmanship. In those days (mid-sixties) you could walk right up to a player and get their autograph and chat a while. I remember so well the afternoon I had the pleasure of a chat with Emerson and Fred Stolle. They’d just won a doubles match. Thanks for triggering the memory with that photo!

    April 26, 2014
    • How wonderful, we used to have some very good tennis players back in the day, not so much anymore. I can imagine how good it would have been to have been able to go up talk to them like that. Thanks Mary.

      April 26, 2014
  9. I love the cloud structures above the sheering shed! All of these were great shots! Thanks for sharing.

    April 26, 2014
  10. Love the skies Leanne. What lens is this? It seems wide angle?

    April 26, 2014
    • Thanks Laura, yes, wide angle, my 14-24mm I think. I probably should have changed to another lens for some of them.

      April 26, 2014
      • I love the wide angle look especially when the ground occupies most if the frame, so nice!!

        April 26, 2014
      • I love that too, I think the wide angle was perfect for the lakes, though I wished I had changed lenses for the sunsets.

        April 26, 2014
      • Don’t you wish there was a button you could push to “change lenses”? Maybe some day…

        April 26, 2014
      • Oh yes, I really do, I am far too lazy when it comes to doing that.

        April 27, 2014
      • Me too although I did manage to change my lens today. SHOCKER! Only because it was easy to get back to the car. :)

        April 27, 2014
      • That is what I would be like too. It always seems a bit of an effort, but I do want to get better at it. It is cold here this morning. :)

        April 27, 2014
      • It’s in the mid-60’s here today after a downpour all day yesterday. it was good to get out. Do you do Fahrenheit? I just converted it…it’s 18 celsius. :) thank goodness for the internet.

        April 27, 2014
      • Haha, I have an app on my phone that converts them, we are all metric in Australia, so we use Celsius here. Yes, thank goodness, and for apps on the phone.

        April 27, 2014
      • How funny….at the exact time you posted this comment, I posted some of my pictures today. Just thought you might want to know. :)

        April 27, 2014
      • I have been checking them out. :)

        April 27, 2014
      • :D

        April 27, 2014
  11. Your photos are always inspiring Leanne. Thanks for the likes.

    April 26, 2014
    • That is great, thank you so much and you are welcome.

      April 26, 2014
  12. The rusted car shot is my pick.

    April 26, 2014
  13. stunning and breathtaking skies!!

    April 26, 2014
  14. Love the salt lakes set ….beautiful textures!!

    April 26, 2014
    • I think so too Trees, the textures, and the salt really are incredible. Thank you.

      April 26, 2014
  15. Not sure I will ever be able to visit the Pink Lakes and although they are pink, with the lake being dried up at the moment I would love to photograph them in Black and White. I can see some real textures in these images which I think will work well in Monochrome.

    April 26, 2014
    • I hear what you are saying Ben, but I have to say it never really occurred to me, as the pink part if the special part and is what makes them different to most salt lakes. I would find it hard letting go of the colour in these. Thanks

      April 26, 2014
  16. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    I loved the wide horizon of the ramp photo; it almost looks as of it is being viewed through a glass of some sort. :) Wood deteriorates in that manner and depending on what kind of water (or other substance) it is immersed in can harden or rot away. On wooden ships found in the sea bottom, they look normal until they come to the surface and then rotting accelerates rapidly. Your images were beautiful as always and I was glad t read the Hopetoun school is still put to good use.

    April 26, 2014
    • Thank you Jackie, I like the wide horizon too. Wood is so weird sometimes, I think the salt and then the water has a lot to do with it, as you say. I suspect the fact that the wood isn’t always under water is why it is still there. We saw what looked like remnants of others, but there was more water and there wasn’t much left. I am glad about that school too, I hate the way they keep building new schools and the old ones are just left to perish. :)

      April 27, 2014
  17. Amazing shots! Keep up the great work

    Eric

    April 27, 2014
  18. Oh my word! These are just so amazing Leanne! Those clouds and the colours. Just gorgeous hon! Stunning captures! Love them all! :D

    April 27, 2014
    • Thank you Sonel. That is wonderful. It was nice photographing something different.

      April 27, 2014
  19. Leanne, those beach images is just FAB – can feel the sand between my toes – it looks so soft …. Maybe it’s not sand ??

    April 27, 2014
    • They are photos of some lakes in land from Melbourne, and I think what you think is sand is actually salt, though the area is also very sandy. You are getting very close to the outback there, so lots of sand, but the lakes are salt lakes. Thanks

      April 27, 2014
  20. Great interesting pictures

    April 27, 2014
  21. sandlera #

    Beautiful skies Leanne.

    April 27, 2014
  22. I really like the beach shots!

    April 27, 2014
    • It isn’t a real beach, more the foreshore of the lake, but it is great, all that salt.

      April 27, 2014
  23. That rusted out piece of truck — love it. It has a story.

    April 28, 2014
    • It certainly gets you talking, we were trying to make out what make it was, but couldn’t find anything that identified it. Such an odd place that it was left. Thanks Elen.

      April 28, 2014
  24. Amazing sunset pictures! I particularly loved the wood-sand-salt lake image!

    April 29, 2014
    • Thank you Tiny, I think I like that as well, I love that wooden ramp.

      April 29, 2014
  25. I love these! The old car pics are great and lovely sunset photos!

    April 29, 2014
  26. Lovely shots, Leanne and ones that could only be taken by you.

    May 4, 2014
    • Thank you Richard, I don’t know about that, but it was a great place to get photos.

      May 4, 2014

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