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24 September 2011 @ 07:05 pm
Drive in the country  
Headed out of town today to Rathdowney, 70km south of my place, to meet up with friends who were camping there. It was a lovely spring day, not too warm to be unpleasant, and even when the wind came up late afternoon and brought the clouds in it didn't get too cool.

The camping ground was only just off the Mount Lindesay Highway, 1km south of Rathdowney proper. As you can see, my friends come quite prepared (yes, that IS a solar panel array to the side of the pic!)

The camping ground:

Views around the place:

Rathdowney - such as it is, and on maximum zoom -

And then we found the koala! He was fairly high up, and disinclined to pose for the camera.

Back home now, arms and face mildly tingling from sunburn, and regretting not having thrown a sleeping bag and mattress in my car... I could quite happily have stayed the night.
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nadja heeft de sleutels: Eat More Roo!arjuna_lj on September 24th, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
Love that icon - and it looks like a beautiful day. I'm quite envious :)
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on September 24th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
It was a beautiful day. Heat haze in the distance, late afternoon breeze keeping temps bearable.
If it were a game of rock paper scissors, your icon would trump my icon.
Newsy: chibinewsy891 on September 24th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Aww, look at the camera-shy little guy. SO cute.

(Koalas are so cute I forget they also have giant claws.)
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on September 24th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
They do indeed. Most of the Aussie fauna is out to get you in one way or another.
sunray45: Pink Frangipannisunray45 on September 24th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos. That's what I think of as typically Australian. And you actually found a Koala! Love those gum trees too - Ghost Gums?

It was a lovely day for a little trip.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on September 25th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
I think they're ghost gums - the silver-grey trunks that shine in the night.
It took us ages to find the koala - we knew he was there somewhere as he'd been sighted in a different tree earlier that morning. He was fairly high up too. Obviously didn't want to be bothered by the pesky people with the cameras.
clmiles: Misc 04 (moving road)clmiles on September 24th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Great pics! It looked like a lovely day. I love camping!

Okay, my curiosity is getting the best of me... in that first pic, what are those square pannels set up in the grass on the left?
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on September 25th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
Those square panels are solar cells - they were helping to charge the battery that powered the fridge and the water pump. As you can tell by that, my friends are serious, frequent campers! They're off down the Birdsville track next week, out the back of nowhere.
(generic web picture of the approach to Birdsville)
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- CUPPA?draycevixen on September 24th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)

Silly remark time: It looks very Australian. *g*

Most of the time with city scapes you really don't think too much about the differences in geography but this landscape would tip me off to the location even if it wasn't labelled.

It does sound like an enjoyable day out.
miwahni: random kanga wavingmiwahni on September 25th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
I suppose it does look very Australian - I know it does, to me, because of the eucalypt haze if nothing else, but aren't there parts of Southern California that have eucalypts etc? I know it looks very different to the other countries I've been but that's hardly a good enough sample as I've not been that many places. (Thailand, Singapore, UK - all very different to Oz).
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- CUPPA?draycevixen on September 25th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)

I've only been to Southern California once but the land itself looks different there, very verdant, almost like it's been fixed by a gardener, and of course it has that look of "right by the ocean" about it.
anonpussynamer: Aussie Iconanonpussynamer on October 6th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Drive in the country
The country around the Scenic Rim is beautiful, isn't it? Sounds like you all had a great day out - one that you hate to see end - but sorry to hear about the sunburn. As for Mr Koala - first thing I thought of was him saying to himself, after a night out at the Rathdowney Pub, "oo'er, how much can a koala bear!!!!!". Great shots of him, even though he seems not to want his photo taken. :)
miwahni: random kanga wavingmiwahni on October 7th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Re: Drive in the country
It's quite stunning out around there. You've driven past this camping spot; it's on your right just before you reach Rathdowney, heading north on the Mt Lindesay Highway. I'd never noticed it before.
*giggling at your koala bear, as L insisted on calling him just that!*