Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bits and pieces of Victoria

Before I continue on to our stop in Melbourne, I wanted to share a bit more of the beautiful countryside of southeast Australia.  I really couldn't get enough of those beautiful cliffs in the Twelve Apostles.  So indulge me with two more images.



As I said earlier, we took the Great Ocean Road with its incredible views of cliffs and the great Southern Ocean.  But there were some other sights that I found just as fascinating.  There happened to be some big biking event going on.  We encountered hundreds of bikers, fortunately on the opposite side of the road, strung out for miles and miles and miles.  These are hard core folks biking some serious steep inclines!


Another sight that initially we found curious but soon understood its design was this truck.  I have never seen an intake to an engine like this.  See the valve on the right side of the truck (your left).  They call it an intake snorkel over here and is quite common on trucks due to the dust and water which folks commonly encounter.  As far as the front grill, well, those I occasionally see in the states.  But over here?  Well, it seems like every other car has a front grill of some sort.  Let's just say that a lot of kangaroos meet their ends on the front of a car's grill!

Always needing a bird fix, these cockatoos seem to be everywhere.  
And are they ever noisy!!


For our return trip to Melbourne the next day, we decided to take a more direct route back through the countryside.  We drove through some beautiful forests.  The vast height of these trees was humbling.



We were also entertained with the wide variety of mailboxes that folks use to collect their mail.  
The milk can seemed to be the most popular.
But I think the most creative was a microwave!


As we neared Melbourne, it began to rain.  From a distance, I could see this huge yellow patch of color approaching and as we neared, I shouted at The Professor to "Stop! Stop!"  It was a bit dangerous with the rain and cars whizzing by, but we were not alone.  Two more cars pulled off and stood in the rain taking pics.  I joined in photographing and at the time had no idea what the crop was but googled later to discover it was a canola field!

It was a beautiful sight.



We returned to Melbourne for the next four days.  In between The Professor's work, we were able to explore this lovely capital of Victoria.  I look forward to sharing it with you.

Later, my friends,


18 comments:

Arija said...

So nice to see your impressions of Victoria. We lived in Melbourne for over 29 years and spent our weekends mainly in the high country. Since then, yo yoing between Adelaide and Melbourne we have often taken the coast road. Love your take on the Apostles and Eucalyptus regnans. They really are magnificent trees.
What you call a grill is called a bull bar over here. The danger is not only kangaroos but sheep and cattle in the outback where paddocks are not fenced off from the road.
So glad to see you had such a fruitful visit here.

Brian Miller said...

ha. cool mailboxes....the air intake reminds me a bit of our hummers...they have the same...also allows you to go into water....

Catherine said...

Such beautiful places you've been seeing - how wonderful!
Keep traveling safe!
xo Catherine

Out on the prairie said...

Positivily stunning, the snorkel was interesting

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures -- the next best thing to being there, Reena! Thank you for sharing! And what a fascinating and beautiful place it is!! Have a great weekend!! Enjoy!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It took me awhile to rearrange my senses seeing the bicyclists on the wrong side of the road. Down under they call the front end protectors Roo-Bars. The big rig trucks have massive ones. Although as Arija said in the States they are Bull-Bars, many off-roaders here still refer to one as a Roo-Bar. They work wonderfully in congested cities and freeway traffic of like say Los Angeles for example.

forgetmenot said...

Lovely photos, as all of yours always are. Don't you just love Australia --such a diverse and beautiful continent. Enjoy your trip. And, keep posting photos of your travels!!!! Mickie :)

Daryl said...

soooo beautiful

bailey-road.com said...

Such gorgeous scenery. How wonderful to see (and hear) those cockatoos in the wild!

bill lisleman said...

nice travelogue - I would have never thought to use an old microwave for a mailbox. Keeps the rain and dust out.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a wonderful adventure this must have been, Reena! Thank you for sharing it here.

Rose L said...

I love the second photograph--the clouds are amazing. If you think those trees are tall, you should see the firs and redwoods here in Oregon!

Betty Manousos said...

fantastic shots, reena!
what a wonderful trip this must have been!

Linda R said...

Such Beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. I just love the field of Canola.

Hugs~

rainfield61 said...

I get in these beautiful pictures in between my works too.

GailO said...

I really appreciate you sharing your trip with us through these gorgeous photos!

There were gorgeous yellow fields of canola on Prince Edward Island too. Canola fields with a rainbow above is now my screen saver:)

Love those mailboxes!

Cutella said...

Pretty awesome scenery!..What a lovely bird over their...

simply bev said...

A microwave mailbox? Hysterical!