The Gold Trail, western Victoria, Australia
The Gold Trail. Travelling through the former gold rush towns in western Victoria brings many beautiful and interesting sights.
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.
The old fence shows a farmer’s bush craft, using wire to tie the parts together. Beyond the fence can be seen The Seven Hills of Smeaton.
This is a busy landscape, the old fences, telegraph poles and hay shed are all part of the Australian landscape. Coghill’s Bridge is within the “Gold Trail” and the country side has been very dry with many years of drought.
Along the river the historic gold township of Clunes presents a golden autumn scene as rich as any piece of gold metal.
Along the river a walk bridge in the historic gold township of Clunes the canopy of leaves enhance the golden rays of the autumn sun.
This old cart amongst a heavy growth of colour came to life as sunlight skimmed through the scene.
This old building is now a bed and breakfast in the gold rush township of Clunes.
Mt Cole is framed by the old hay shed and golden hay bales brought to life by the late afternoon light of the Pyrenees district.
Australia is a land of droughts and flooding rains, as the song by Dorothea McKellar goes. Sometimes people get caught out, as this photo of a vehicle with caravan in a fairly difficult situation. Such situations can quickly become serious and sometimes fatal, so a quick rescue before the floodwaters rise is essential.
Cairn Curran Reservoir is located on the Loddon River, about 10 km west of Maldon. It was constructed between 1947 and 1956. The storage has a primary spillway, and a secondary spillway situated 2 km south‑west of the main structure that will spill before the embankment is overtopped. A 2 MW Hydro-electric power station generates electricity when irrigation and flood releases are being made.
Info sourced from Goulburn Murray Water
The black and white really emphasises the derelict nature of the scene.
The brilliance of the yellow canola provides a brilliant counterpoint to the rustic windmill and the storm clouds and rain. A complete contrast to the previous pic.
To witness this 90 odd tonne Steam Driven Face Shovel work is just amazing. A hiss, clunk, chatter, groan, and it does really come alive as the operator puts it through its paces with the fire attendant keeping the fires stoked and the oilers lubricating the moving parts.
This machine was removed from the Geelong Cement quarries when it closed and placed into the safe hands of the Lake Goldsmith Steam Preservation Association Inc in Victoria where it now acts as a live display during the Rally meetings.
A scenic attraction near Beaufort in western Victoria, Beaufort Lake has a serene, peaceful atmosphere. The autumn colours highlight the scene.
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