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Monday, 16 April 2018

Early morning in the wheatbelt, Western Australia

Last week I took you on a camping trip at Kwolyin to the central Western Australian wheatbelt. You can click here if you missed it - Camping in the WA wheatbelt

 The first night of our trip we parked our caravan at my nephew's farm for the night. We could see lightening in the far north east where a storm was raging. We only had a few spits of rain but the power went out on Friday about 5pm and didn't come back on till Sunday evening. 
 Here is a pic I took looking across their front paddock. I didn't have a tripod so I think I did rather well to get some shots. I used a long exposure which luckily caught sheet and fork lightening in the one frame.



The next morning I was up early and still in my pyjamas I put my boots on and went out to the front paddock to take some photos.  The storms had passed us by. 



 I love going to the wheatbelt. My mother and father were both born in the wheatbelt and lived there before moving to Perth early in their marriage. My sister married a wheatbelt farmer who she met during her first teaching posting. Although I have never lived there, when we go to the wheatbelt I feel like I have come home. Is there anywhere that makes you feel like that? 

I know the reality of making a living on the land is more difficult than my romantic views of it, but the peace I feel is wonderful. 





Those are green Mulla Mulla wildflowers you can see below left, and the bark of wheatbelt trees on the right. The land was dry and the farmers are waiting for rain to start their seeding. 

   
These are pink and grey galahs. I post about Red tailed black cockatoos a couple of weeks ago.



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24 comments:

  1. Love the first image, it is breathtaking, I can almost feel the electricity in the air.
    Whenever I go back to UK and visit my sister I feel that I'm home. We were there last month and I couldn't get enough of the Pennine views, ancient dry stone walls. Even the few and far between smoke blackened factory chimneys made me homesick!

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    1. wonderful isn't it to escape from our everyday life from time to time and go to somewhere familiar to us.

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  2. Your photos are amazing. That lightning photo, ooh-la-la! Lightning storms are exciting but also frightful for me. Whenever I visit Hawaii, doesn't matter which island, I feel like I'm home.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  3. Those birds are stunning! And it's neat to see the landscape there....so far away from me! I would like to travel back to the West here in the US and see the different mountains and terrain. Hugs!

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  4. I know exactly what you mean about feeling as if you're 'coming home' in certain places. Can definitely see how the Wheatbelt would make you feel that way - it's so atmospheric, and for you no doubt filled with memories.

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    1. Jo you have had so many "homes", but no doubt England is your "home-coming"

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  5. The lightening is as scary as it should look! Love the details of the bark, and the wheat. Wow, the red and black cockatoos - what a find, so unusual for the rest of the world! Many thanks for sharing your details of the early morning in the Wheat Belt with All Seasons! Jave a beautiful week!

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    1. actually I have never taken photos of lightening before, but this was so far away and we had such a clear view of it, that I wasn't scared at all!

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  6. The wheatbelt is a vast and beautiful place, austere on the surface, but with so much colour and detail when one looks more closely. There are places I love and feel very at home in, but I can't say that I feel like I'm "coming home" unless I am - literally - arriving home. Nothing can beat that feeling.

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    1. as they say, home is where the heart is, Lorrie.

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  7. What a series of beautiful photos..!Welcome to India.Have a nice day.

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  8. Jill, Here on prairies we are wheat country as well. Being out of power for that long has to be a drag. Great photos as usual. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

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  9. Fabulous lightning shot...two-for-one! And it's wonderful to have a place that feels like home, however or wherever you find it. Home is good for the soul.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    1. I must say that even though going to the wheatbelt feels like going home, coming back to my home is even better!

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  10. My heritage is the farms of Northwestern Ohio; they are known for dairy farming, corn, soybeans and sometimes wheat. That area was settled by German immigrants, and during college I had the opportunity to visit the small village outside Osnabruck where my ancestors lived. As I approached the village by bus, it looked the same as the Ohio town where many of my cousins still make their homes. So, I will always have a place in my heart for rolling farmland with the occasional church spire to let you know a town is there. Thanks for bringing this memory back to me!

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    1. I love the sound of that - the rolling farmland with the occasional church spire.

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  11. Simply stunning photos! Like Angie above, I come from the farmlands of Ohio - though my area is Southern and very flat. Anytime I'm in an area of cornfields, that's like home to me.

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  12. I've moved around so much that my concept of home is a little blurred! When I lived in Hong Kong I used to say I felt excited returning to HK and happy returning to Australia. I can see why you would feel at peace in the wheatbelt though, your photos are stunning.
    Wren x

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    1. I've only lived in 2 cities. But there are lots of places I wouldn't have minded living in, but I've never taken the leap.

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  13. Beautiful images! Love the wildflower blooms.
    We always say 'stormy weather is good sleeping weather' but I hate it when the electric power is off.

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    1. Normally I don't like storms, but this one was away from us. We couldn't even hear the thunder!

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  14. Such lovely images this week! Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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