Friday, January 29, 2010

Travel by train - the countryside

Being a transport corridor, for cars, trucks and trains, this trip struggles to show off the diverse natural beauty of Australia.

The relative size of the two states is brought home by this journey, two-thirds of which is spent crossing half of NSW, and the other third crossing the entirety of Victoria, which is still considerably more parched than NSW.

Some of the strange light and colours in these photos are reflections from the inside of the carriage.


altadenahiker said...

The one that really captures my eye is upper right in the set of six. Roads like that are a story to me. Those look like oak trees.

Julie said...

Yes, me too, a story. I might even take that one over to my Riff blog and work on it.

Devilishly hard to take photos like this out of a speeding train. I kept seeing this sort of scene and so sat and waited for anothery. A lot of colour adjustment to counter the tinted windows ...

Joan Elizabeth said...

Now where did my comment go ... must have missed hitting the send key or something.

Was saying something like, I know how hard it is to get decent photos from a train but that doesn't stop me wanting to go on another ride.

I didn't know you were training it to Melbourne, was delighted to discover that you did. Isn't the country looking lovely again after the recent rains.

Julie said...

Not as lush as I was sort of expecting, Joan. Last time I went down (except by plane) was when I drove in 2004 down to a wedding. Then, if I recall, ALL NSW was green tipped. This time it wasn't. From about Goulburn down, it was much dryer. Not as dry as Victoria but dryer than I expected. There is fodder, but it is all dry wire-grass.

I will go on another train trip. Very relaxing way to go. I got one book red, and another 75% done.

Julie said...

Karin (AH), meant to comment to you that I would be surprised if they are oak trees in the paddock. My best guess is a variety of Eucalypt, maybe an ironbark.

Julie said...

The line of trees along the road are Poplars.

freefalling said...

I LOVE the strange light and reflections in the photos - especially the last one - gives them a 'other-worldly' feel - a bit picnic at hanging rock'ish.
You can understand why human beings are drawn to water (apart from the obvious benefit of not dying) - the blue of the river is so striking and mesmerizing against the landscape.
Which river is that? It would have to be a NSW one.
I LOVE the photos - looks so much like the landscape around these parts - makes my heart feel happy.

Julie said...

Phew, thought I was going to have to say this was the Nepean River! You may or may not know that Joan and I have "history" re this river.

However, when I look at the map I don't think it is the N.. n.. - that river.

All I could remember was that it was early into the trip and the order of the images confirmed that. I had thought it to be about Moss Vale - which would make it the Wingecarribee River.


Joan Elizabeth said...

*big grin*