Art: The countryside (Part 1)


Art Friday: The South Australian country side

One very wet afternoon a few weeks ago, my two brothers, their wives and myself hopped in the car and went for a lovely drive in the countryside. The hills were emerald green and everything very damp — but as you can see, it was the perfect time for photography. Australia has the image of being hot, dry and brown — but as you can see from these photos, after a good winter, the hills are just beautiful. 



What a view

Once used in the manufacturing of hops

These flowers are commonly known as Red Hot Pokers



Grape vines covering the hills

This building is for storing fruit - the area we were visiting is known for its apples, stone fruits etc





Comments

  1. You've captured some beautiful scenes with your lens! What a glorious country~~thank you!

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    1. Thankyou Lisa :) It is very beautiful.

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  2. Very quaint! The country road is so charming. What a fun time with family.

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    1. Thankyou - we were using up time before we visited our mother in her nursing home :)

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  3. Beautiful photos! Love the incredible green! I only thought of South Australia as brown!!! :)
    Betsy

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    1. It was so beautiful, green is so much nicer than hot and brown!!!

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  4. Lovely. I am more familiar with the cooler climates of Victoria and Tasmania which produce the rainforests and all the green carpeted fields, but both areas have drought times where it turns brown. I love Australian countryside but also like the variety of fences and mail boxes in the neighborhoods.

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    1. When the Adelaide Hills get good winter rains, they are just beautiful - quite similar to the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. I love laneways which is why I loved that little laneway in the first two photos, a road that doesn't go anywhere but has so much character.

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  5. I love the dirt roads, the lush green hills....just beautiful pics. We grow apples in north Georgia also

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    1. I am quite the fan of dirt roads, they make for a much more interesting photo!!! My dad was an apple grower and I grew up on an orchard and had a wonderful childhood :)

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  6. Beautiful photos. Although after the storms I bet photos of the country side would be very different.

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    1. I think the creeks look a little worse for wear but everything is will just be as green . I visited this location back in January and it was so brown and dry, it was a nice change to see the differences.

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  7. These really are beautiful - thank you for posting these. Like another of your commenters, I too am from north Georgia - well, closer to Atlanta really. And I really didn't think of Australia as being so green! Green is important to me - I couldn't do without the trees. OK, I'm ready to move to Australia!

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    1. Australia can be very lush and green, we just need to get good rains and that doesn't happen as often as we would all like. I love green and I love hills and I also love trees :)) and this area is full of all three!!

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  8. Hi Jo!

    Wow, I came across this post just now, and thought, "That looks like near our place, but it can't be because Jo lives in NSW!" Then I saw the label! We live just out of the Adelaide Hills in the plains along Lake Alexandrina. By the way, I also saw on Facebook that your dad's family were settlers in the Barossa Valley in the 1850's. So were mine- on both sides of the family!
    My big brother is REALLY into family history. We could be related!:)
    I have been visiting your blog every now and then for about six months and love your focus on the home.
    God bless!
    Gabrielle

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    1. It is a small world!!! I think many of the German settlers to South Australia arrived around the 1850s and settled in the Hills and Barossa. We could be related or have been on the same boats to Australia. Whilst in SA we drove to your area of the world on our way to Victor Harbour. I have some photos from that day coming soon :)

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  9. Yes, our earliest ancestors to move to Australia came in 1946, I think, and the last ones came in 1900 or thereabouts. If you don't mind saying, what is your father's name? My brother would enjoy researching if you are related!
    I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures! It will be so nice seeing something so close to home! :) There are so many beautiful spots in Australia, but I do love where we live. Lake Alexandrina supports a lot of wildife-especially birds. And it makes great sunsets almost every single night!It is pretty seeing the Mt Lofty ranges over the wide blue water, and Mt Barker jutting up like a watchtower on a wall- every day from our home on a hill.

    Blessings!
    Gabrielle

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