Geelong region and towns.
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.
Windmills remind us of how dry our country is. The rolling hills of Barrabool on the edge of Geelong have been a favourite place for photographers to visit. I have not been able to find out why the farmer created the patterns in his field.
The rolling Barrabool Hills near Geelong. I always liked seeing the rolls of hay bales in the country side and I enjoyed adding depth to the scene by capturing them through the trees.
An old farm house in the Barrabool Hills near Geelong. The charm of old farm properties always attracts. Captured during a dry summer the warm evening sunlight adds a golden glow to the scene.
This was my first exposure with a new professional digital camera. It was a quick response to seeing the misty morning over the fields below Mt Duneed.
Driving along a dry weather only road this dead tree off Horseshoe Bend Rd, near Mt Duneed, looked dramatic as the sun started to set late in the afternoon. Standing out against the dry summer grass, and having had many years of drought, it conveyed the harshness of our land.
The windmill silhouetted against a spectacular sunrise caught my attention as I was driving home. I just had to stop and get an image. Hay bales in the foreground add depth and interest.
Our Australian landscape is dotted with hay sheds, and as a part of this landscape picture, reminds us of our harsh dry continent.
Sun burnt grasses and dry summer pastures are part of our Australian summer. The old railway bridge ties these elements together in this landscape near Geringhap.
This very interesting aqueduct was built from 1913-1915 over the Barwon river, just south of Geelong. It was built to take sewage from Geelong to the treatment plant at Black Rock, near Breamlea. It was built by the Tasmanian engineers Edward G Stone and Ernest J Siddeley. The style was modelled after the steel Firth of the Forth bridge in Scotland, but was built of reinforced concrete.
Using the ‘Considere’ system of concrete reinforcement, cantilever trusses were built on fourteen concrete piers, with concrete girders between them, for a total length of 756 metres. The ovoid shaped sewer pipe was suspended underneath the girders. Cracks in the concrete appeared pretty quickly, and repairs were made in 1923.
The aqueduct was decommissioned in 1992, though it still remains there. It is in a state of disrepair, and there is no public access. There are plans to make the area at the south end of the aqueduct into a parkland area.
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