As promised a couple of weeks ago here is Part 2 of my recent trip out west. We pick up at lunchtime in Toowoomba 🙂 . After our wonderful lunch we headed back out to in the direction of Allora in the search of better sunflower fields. Along the way we couldn’t help it but take some side roads to see what we would find.
It was not long before we came across this charming little small town called Clifton. Clifton is known for been the backdrop to many Australian movies including The Thornbirds. The railway station was in service from the 1870’s and closed in 1998. Since 2012 it has been home to the Visitors Information Centre and has some great photo opportunities. One thing you do have to watch is when you are lining up a great low shot make sure to check your surrounds otherwise you may find something a little “extra” when you download your photos and find your photoshop skills are not up to the task of removing 😉 .
Heading back out of Clifton we found an almost deserted road, detour time! We came across this rustic old farm house, having the benefit of the afternoon light, we pulled over the car and got out to explore. One thing I found is that no matter how good a friend you have, when you are petrified of snakes, they will not hold your hand so you can get up to the fence to get a better photo (they want that photo for themselves), sometimes you just have to put on your big girl pants and either walk through the weeds or stand on the road and deal with the fence in the way of your shot. For those interested my big girl pants didn’t last too long 🙂 but I still got some awesome photos, even with the fence.
We then continued on to find other Sunflower field but unfortunately what we found was not favourable photographically with the direction of the afternoon light. It seems that these Sunflowers don’t actually follow and face the sun (something I didn’t know). It really didn’t matter we still found many things to occupy our time.
As it was getting late we were hesitant but needed to start our journey home. On the way back to the coast was a small sunflower field with a windmill that was filled with birds, we couldn’t help it and had to stop. The sunflowers were very damaged but the birds were all around. I didn’t have a lens long enough to just stay at the car and photograph the birds from the distance so had to take small steps across the road to try and to get close enough. Each time I moved so did the birds, we had to play the game of patience. At one stage I moved a little too fast and we were left in awe when the full flock of birds just flew off the flowers and tree trunks and flew directly above us and circled around. It was something that I can’t describe the feeling in words, all I can say is WOW what a magic moment to witness.
Off again on our way home, we had to stop again just before heading down the mountain due to an accident they were clearing away. I was ‘naughty’ and took the opportunity to put down the window and start photographing the mountain side with just the right amount of light. Make the most of every situation in life, right.
We couldn’t resist the afternoon light and made a few more quick stops on the way home (Lesson – If you are not a photographer don’t travel with one unless you are happy to be late). It was a wonderful and productive day spent with friends who enjoy the simple pleasures in life. We are so blessed Australia is truly the lucky country. There is just so much country to see, explore and shoot.
Until next week.