Three day trip to Northern Victoria

Last week I had a quick trip around northern Victoria to see a couple of places.

The first night was Hattah Kulkyne National Park. Water is being pumped into the lakes.

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Day two I visited Neds Corner. A large reserve owned and managed by Trust for Nature. This destination is a first for me.

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On the third and last day I ventured home via the Grampians National Park. A shot from the Pinnacle.

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It was good to get away, even for a short time.

July is going to be very busy for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is the love

What is it about music. What is it about a song that makes it good, fun, memorable.

It may be the music, that certain period of your life, a singer or often for me a guitar solo. But it’s time for me to come out and admit it . . . . .

I like the Black Eyed Peas.   There I’ve said it.

 

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Recently I purchased the video of: Where Is The Love, (2003)   and it was only $ 3.

I must also confess . . . . . I am a fan of Fergie (Nicole Scherzinger). 

 

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Feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
Gotta keep my faith alive ’til love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love?

Southern Sassafras

I was fortunate to have visited the Errinundra National Park for the first time during Easter. One of the highlights was to see Southern Sassafras, (Atherosperma moschatum). Apparently, they have a conical shape because they evolved during a period when snow was more common than current times. 

The tree in the photograph below was multi stemmed. This gave me an opportunity to stand in the fork of the trunks and take the photograph looking up.

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Squeeze Your Lemon

I have a broad range and musical likes. One is the Blues. Recently I listened to a segment on radio national about slide guitar. Apparently it originated in India, was introduced to Hawaii and then was picked up by blues players in the south of the America. That’s strange in itself.

But in my mind, what’s more strange is my buying the song, recorded in 1937, on my lap top from iTunes whilst sitting on my decking having a beer.

What would Blind Boy Fuller think of that?

Check out my “most recent song purchased” link and think of Blind Boy Fuller, the life he led and the music he created whilst experiencing hardship we could not imagine.

Just Imagine

It’s not unusual for me to stare into the distance and imagine what Australia looked like two hundred years ago.

The photograph below is of a creek at Arthurs Seat. This creek is relatively natural with a Eucalypt having recently fallen across the channel. Imagine the amount of branches and trees that would fall every year in a natural system two hundred years ago.

Just imagine the three dimensional complexity of the creeks. Decades, if not a hundred years or more of trees and branches falling to the ground, into and over creeks. The diversity of habitats would have been spectacular.

 

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On a more serious note

It’s not often I get extra heavy but . . . . a song I recently downloaded from iTunes started me thinking.

Christmas may work for children, the retail sector and some christians but it’s not stopping the problem of greed, discrimination and global conflict, to mention just a few of the world’s problems.

And whilst I’m not generally a Guy Sebastian fan, I like his song: Get Along.

Why doesn’t our planet have a, GET ALONG day?