October Squares – Week Three Review

Twenty-one days down, and only 10 to go.

I’m so glad I made time to join Becky’s challenge.  Yes, it does feel as though I actually made time because, right up until the day before the challenge started, I thought I would not be participating.  I even apologised to Becky for being so busy.  Silly me 🙂

I’m a bit of a ‘square’ and love taking part in Becky’s month-long photo challenges.

Here’s the story behind each photo I shared this week.

Another Barrier Line – New South Wales

Day 14 – Bonus Square

This was taken at Point Perpendicular Lighthouse which is situated on Beecroft Peninsular – the northern headland of Jervis Bay in New South Wales.

The surrounding cliffs are more than 75 metres (246 feet) high and, because of that, the lighthouse is surrounded by fencing with plenty of signage warning about the dangers.

You can see more photos from our visit to the lighthouse here including one that shows the view beyond the fence.

The Three Sisters – New South Wales

Day 15 – Formation Lines

The Three Sisters is a stunning rock formation and a must-see attraction in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales – an incredible area where we spent several days bushwalking and soaking in the natural beauty of the waterfalls and surrounding bush as well as the stunning rock formations.

I took this photo during a walk from Katoomba Falls to Echo Point.

You can see the entire image here and you can read more about our bushwalking here.

Turquoise Bay – Western Australia

Day 16 – Sandy Lines

Western Australia’s north-western region is a part of our country primarily visited during the cooler months because, during summer, it can be the hottest place on Earth.  But we don’t regret our choice to be there at that time because having all of this to ourselves was amazing.

We arrived at Turquise Bay at 7:00 am, swam in the Indian Ocean, snorkelled around for a bit, explored and enjoyed the area, and were gone before the heat became merciless.  We were flabbergasted at the number of people arriving as we were leaving – considering the heat – but we did have all of this to ourselves for almost two hours.

You read more about exploring the bay and Cape Range National Park here.

Sunshine Coast – Queensland

Day 16 – Half Way Bonus

This photo was taken in May of 2016 when we arrived back on the Sunshine Coast at the end of our trip.

Having spent my entire life where the Sun rises over the ocean, I was eager the get out of bed and see the day begin in all its glory, and although I was a little disappointed there were clouds on the horizon, I wasn’t disheartened for long.

You can see the whole photo here, and other photos I took that morning here.

Pentecost River – Western Australia

Day 17 – River Line

The Pentecost River in Western Australia’s Kimberley area is normally a raging torrent in the wet season, however, the rains never came in early 2016.  As you can see, a few showers ensured there was a little bit of greenery on show.

The lack of monsoonal rains meant we were able to travel through this part of our country without becoming stranded.  The sad thing was though, despite the lack of rain, roads were still ‘seasonally’ closed and many areas off-limits.  Thankfully, we were able to organise an aerial tour but only because other tourists making an enquiry within 30 minutes of us doing so.

This photo was taken during our ‘joy flight’ to see the Bungle Bungle Range.

Katoomba – New South Wales

Day 18 – Fern Lines

Getting all the way down to the floor of Jamison Valley was easy enough and like stepping into another world.  I thought it was beautiful, peaceful, and so lush, and found it stunning gazing up through the fern trees.

Getting back out of the valley was another matter and I’ve no doubt I annoyed Dean by having to stop so frequently.  Honestly, I still have no idea how I managed to continue to climb – ok, walk in a steep upward direction.  At one point I actually thought the state emergency service would have to winch me to safety.  But I didn’t give up (obviously) and was so relieved to actually reach the top.

You can find more photos here.

Photographed in Victoria

Day 19 – Furry Lines

On the road to The 1848 Cape Otway Lightstation in Victoria’s Great Otway National Park, you pass under the canopy of an open eucalypt (gum tree) forest that is home to several families of koalas.  They just sit there in the boughs of the trees, mostly sleeping, and all you have to do is pull over, be quiet, and observe these lovely creatures in their natural habitat.

Koalas only live in bushland where their favourite trees are growing, and they only eat a few of the hundreds of species of eucalypts that grow in Australia.

Click here to see the entire photo.

Manari Road – Western Australia

Day 20 – Dirt Lines

Red dirt abounds in many areas of Australia.  Some of the brightest we encountered were in Western Australia and this photo of Manari Road was taken on our way to visit Willie Creek Pearl Farm, just north of Broome.

This road was newly graded, as firm as bitumen, and (as the photo shows) travelled in a relatively straight line.  We were lucky, had the wet season been wet, we would not have been able to get through.

You can find more photos here.

Bells Beach – Victoria

Day 21 – Surf Lines

Bells Beach is such an iconic surfing location that any visit to the south-western reaches of Victoria would be unfulfilled without a stopover nearby – especially for a surfing nut like my husband.  (Although I must say, on this particular day, the waves were not big by Bell’s normal standards.)

We chose to stay at Torquay where our two younger daughters caught up with us for the weekend, and Dean thought he was a kid in a candy store.

You can find more photos here.

This is part of my October Squares – Day 21 entry in Becky’s photo challenge – Lines & Squares.

Here’s a coloured square of my featured image.

(It didn’t make the cut this week.)

Another photo of the Tumblagooda Sandstone in Kalbarri National Park – Western Australia

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

6 thoughts

  1. Another fabulous review Clare, thank you so very much. And so happy you were able to find (or make) the time to join us this month. Really wouldn’t have been the same without you. Also very glad you made it out of the Jamison Valley!!

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