Clarke’s Hill, just a few kilometres north of Ballarat. Beautiful rural scenery and rich farming country.
Joe Mortelliti‘s life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to ‘see’ the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
Braeside Farm has been operated and owned by the Ritchie family for 116 years, with ownership passing from father to daughter. In that time it has had 3 different homes on the property.
I liked the way the wave pattern of the freshly prepared potato field looked with the hill and trees in the background.
The rich soils on Clarke’s Hill near Ballarat are home to many potato growing farmers. In this shot we are looking along the pattern of ploughed furrows toward the seven hills of Smeaton, in the direction of Hepburn.
A beautiful farming landscape. While photographing over a 3 day period I noted cars with interstate number plates who toured this area. Located in the Clarke’s Hill district 11 km from Ballarat. This area is being proposed for wind farm development. The Bracks government seems happy to industrialise many of our rural landscapes which are particularly beautiful.
I don’t know whether this wind farm development has gone ahead. I do know that some distance to the east of this area several windfarms have been established. One or two windmills may look elegant, but bunches of them just look like an industrial site. Given the inefficiency of wind farms in achieving a real power generation improvement it would seem a pity to compromise the beauty of this area with wind farms.
Rolling Thunder, Lightning, and dramatic cloud activity. I photographed this area over 3 days and each day we experienced thunder and lightning.
Stormy weather darkens the sky and softens the light, enabling me to capture a soft moody image. A few seconds later the storm cloud passed and out came the sun. I took another shot of same scene, but the contrast three quarter backlight to same scene looked very harsh.
This is another rural area where the Bracks government has plans to develop wind farms. In the background is Big Hill, and the local school will be in very close proximity to the turbines on this hill. The local community are very concerned about where these turbines are planned to be located, especially as reports clearly indicate wind generation simply does not work effectively.
July 2022. The wind farm at Waurbra has been built. A total of 128 turbines on both sides of the Sunraysia Highway blight the landscape. It is hard to drive in western Victoria without having ugly wind turbines blighting the natural beauty of the landscapes.
Evansford, further north of Ballarat This country landscape will be affected if Bracks government plans to develop wind farms for area goes ahead.
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