Through my Lens – One day late

Yesterday was a glorious day for weather.
The sun was shining. It was not too hot and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. All in all, it was a beautiful Autumn Day.
We had decided that we were going to meet up with the GG’s family and visit places in the Mt Barney area that were holding open days however the night before the Garden Gnome put on his car enthusiast hat and announced we were also going to get up early and to a Swap Meet and Car Show. He was more interested in the swap meet as he is chasing parts for our old girl but I was more interested in the cars.
I happily strolled the rows of cars with my camera in hand. Moody Tween trailed behind. Even the prospect of a hot chocolate did nothing to brighten her demenour at first however she soon came around. We were snapped by one of the local rags whilst admiring an old caravan (Leanne Cole I thought of you and our discussion about caravanning a while ago). The photo has been posted to their FB page and it is hideous rofl.
I continued on taking photos. I must have looked like I knew what I was doing because one man asked me if I was competition? I’m sorry, “What did you say”? He repeated his question and then showed me the logo of the car magazine he worked for on his shirt. I just laughed and reassured him that I wasn’t any threat to him. lol
20140525-049-copyI found a Holden Special and had to capture a photo. I had my first couple of driving lessons in one of these old dears. And then my grandmother figured she wasn’t cut out for teaching me to drive and I learned through a driving school from then on.

20140525-047-copyA lovely young lady was buying a coffee at the same time we were waiting for the hot chocolate and kindly agreed to pose for a photo for me. She had driven her little Morris Minor to the show.
20140525-021-copyAfter the show, we went home for a bit and I did some more work on the Tween’s quilt. The end is in sight šŸ˜€
We then headed out for the rest of the day.
First stop was Mt Barney Lodge where I sampled the delights of a Lemon Myrtle Iced Tea. yum. The mountains were beautiful and clear today. Only Mt Maroon was covered with a light haze so I didn’t get any photos of her however Mt Barney and Mt Lindesay were outstanding.
20140525-061-copyAbove is Mt Barney and below is Mt Lindesay.
20140525-062-copyNext stop was Barney Creek Cottages and Winery. This beautiful place is managed by lovely young friends of ours so it was great to catch up with them. Then we travelled to Thistledown Country Retreat which is a Scottish themed B&B. We were met there by a huge grey Great Dane called Eric. He was very friendly. Afterwards we went to a place set on a huge dam that specialises in home made pizzas – Italian style.
Overall it was a lovely day and I enjoyed it very much, taking well over 100 photos.
I’ll put them in a gallery for you. I hope you enjoy them too.

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52 thoughts on “Through my Lens – One day late

  1. Wonderful photos Sue! You and the Moody Tween (lol) had a great day it seems. From what I’m gathering from the Aussie’s I follow, Australia is quite beautiful with varied topography and lots of water. Of course you are, you are “down under”. Do your toilets really spin the other way? I digress…beautiful shots! I love all of them and especially the flower. šŸ™‚

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    1. I was very proud of that flower because I took the camera off auto focus and focused it manually. lol
      Yes, Australia is very varied. We live in a rural area here and there is lots of wonderful natural things to photograph. I have been in parts of Australia that are rugged and also desolate. And I have no clue about the toilets. I don’t think ours actually spin, they just flush.

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      1. Good job in manual! What part of Australia do you live in? Oh, I meant the flushing lol. Our water spins left to right I think. It was always told to me that because of your location, your water spins the other direction. The things I hear. *shakes head*

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    2. Hi Laura, Yes the water goes down the drain the opposite way to the northern hemisphere. I nipped over and had a look at your blog. Beautiful, you now have another follower.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

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  2. Those are excellent photos. I love classic cars and you photograph them quite well. It was so sweet for that lady to pose also. That proves that you must have been looking pretty professional out there. šŸ™‚

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    1. Ha ha. If you’d seen the photo that the local paper took, we were looking far from professional lol. Even one of my co-workers commented that if they print the photo they have on their FB page, I should sue lol

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  3. A great collection here Suz. The mountains look good, now it’s getting cooler there’s less haze. I’m waiting until after the westerlies. šŸ˜‰ Cars make great subjects, oh and pretty ladies. We went to a rodeo at Crows Nest on Saturday and I was asked if I worked for the Toowoomba Chronicle. It must have been the studious look on my face. So you scared the crap out of Gran with your driving lessons then? My faves are Mt Lindsay and the close up on the flowers. Cheers,
    Laurie.

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    1. So I will look forward to your rodeo photos on Friday then Laurie? I’ve always wanted to photograph the local rodeos but to get great photos you’d need to be close to the action. I have difficulties with photographing in low light so until I get a grip on that the photos probably would be next to useless.
      The mountains were gloriously clear on Sunday. I was so excited the closer we got to them when I realised just how clear they were.

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      1. I’m putting them up on my Facebook page in an album Suz. I’ll attach a link on Friday’s blog. I used my 600mm lens for a few and then the 250mm one when my arm got tired. I have some interesting night shots, they’re a tad grainy but photography is not only about perfect shots, it’s also about the subject, in my opinion. Took some lovely firework shots in the mist. When I used to go home from work after a night shift at the jail in winter, I always thought how great the ranges looked on a cold morning.

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        1. You’re on FB too? I’ll look forward to seeing them.
          Did you use the tripod as well for your shots? I struggle with fireworks shots sometimes especially if I don’t have a tripod so I can keep the shutter open a little longer.
          And I agree that in winter the mountains look divine.

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            1. The only fireworks we see around here are at the local show and you have to claim your seats at least 4 hours before they even happen. Never going to fit a tripod in there.

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  4. Thank you so much for this lovely post. I feel like I’ve visited Australia – sort of. I’ve always wanted to go, one of my most favorite countries to visit should traveling become part of our routine.
    Your personal tour is wonderful. So enjoyable.

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  5. As well as living in Boonah, we also lived in Woodenbong on the border of NSW/Qld, and I loved Mt Lindesay. Always looked spectacular but also a bit inimicable. Not very welcoming. I later found it in literature on the area that there was a cave in the mountain were Aboriginal medicine men would “sing” people to sleep, ie, put the mockers on them so they died. Bit of a dark history but I thought you’d find it interesting.

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    1. That’s interesting. I can’t say that I’ve looked into the local history of the place. It isn’t in the news as much as Barney and Maroon though. Just last week there was another climber rescued off Maroon. I actually saw the rescue taking place this time but was too far away to photograph it.

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    1. I hadn’t noticed the reflections of the gums until my MIL pointed them out. I think they laugh at me taking so many photos but they will point out opportunities if they see them.

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  6. Holdens! Lol! When I visited your Land Down Under I noticed it to be quite a very popular little vehicle! It’s the one with the Lions (coat of arms) emblem, isn’t it? I was also surprised to notice that the American makers had modern models “like” the ones here but they called them long-forgotten names, like “Falcon” etc. That was odd to see. That countryside is so lovely. The Mounts are so unusual like towering bluffs. I wish I could return again to see more of the planet you live on Suz! Maybe someday. Fascinating land it is!

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    1. It used to be in Australian that you were a Holden person or a Ford person. Our family are a Holden family rofl
      Unfortunately things change and many of the Holden factories in the country have closed down and production is going overseas. The Falcon is made by Ford.
      I love our mountains. They are part of the Great Dividing Range and are volcanic (I believe).
      When you come back, let me know šŸ™‚

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