Remember the other day, how it was my birthday, but I was sick and had to cancel a planned day out with a friend? Well, she called me on Thursday night to ask if I were feeling better, and would I like to go the following day, which was yesterday. I was feeling a great deal better, actually totally over the gastro that I had and ready for my day trip. So we set off for Nagambie, a relatively small town about an hour and half from Melbourne. It is north of Melbourne and off the Hume Freeway.
Sometimes when I go to places I don’t get a lot of choice about time or type of day for taking photos. Ideally you wouldn’t go to a place and take photos in the middle of the day, or on a day that is over 30ºC, but when you have a friend that says I want to take you out for the day, well, you can’t say no. I thought, I am going and I am going to take some photos. She was keen to show me around the main street, so I took photos of that.
One of the things the town is very proud of is that the racing horse Black Caviar was born there, and since she has went on to be the fastest horse in the world for a time, though now retired, the town have erected a statue in her honour. I was told about the statue before I went, and expected it to be of a horse just standing there, I had no idea it would be anything like this. I think it is fantastic and well worth taking a look at.
The statue that hasn’t been without its own controversy.
Where the statue sits, there was a Church, then in 2003 a truck went through it, I don’t know the exact details, but there is a photo of it. The Church was pulled down and many locals were angry that the statue was erected on the same spot as the Church.
Of course there is a lot more to see in the town besides the statue. We were shown around the Mechanics Institute by a lovely woman that volunteers at the Op shop in the front of it.
I guess in most towns there are going to be things to see, and little details that the locals probably don’t even think about. Things left from the past, that the present hasn’t destroyed yet. I love the old signs.
We had lunch there in one of the pubs, then headed out of town to a small property. Part of the reason for going up there was to see my friends new house. They have recently purchased a place for her and her family to spend weekends.
This is the driveway, and it is like this everywhere. That isn’t the house up there, but they like to tell people it is. I didn’t really take any photos of the house, but did take a few of what is around it. Lots of trees, and possibly lots of snakes. We walked around a bit, well we stomped around and didn’t see any, thank goodness. It was a lovely spot. Very dry, though, which is a little scary.
I have many more photos to show you and will put them in a gallery. Nagambie is a lovely town and they do have a website, Nagambie Lakes. I haven’t done a lot of research on the town, but I know I have missed things and would definitely like to go back again, but perhaps when it isn’t so hot.
Photography information, well, I hand held everything. I had my aperture set on around f/11. The ISO was on 250, mainly because I was bracketing shots. I find when it is so bright it is good to bracket, so I can choose between camera correct and underexposed, and mostly did choose the latter. I was using the Nikon D800 with the 24-70mm lens. All images have been further processed in Photoshop, but only in camera raw, and nothing extra has been done to them. All basic editing.