If I didn’t know otherwise, I would think this is a photo of a rock, but it’s actually the trunk of an old gum tree. On the left side, the bark had peeled back to reveal smooth waves, but on the right side lichen had colonised the surface.
Speaking of contrasts, the last time I saw Baileys Rocks the creek was bone dry and the mosses were parched. After recent decent rains, the mosses were plump with water and the water burbled through the rocks.
Oftentimes, not getting what you don’t need is almost as good as getting what you need. That happened for me today, when what I wanted didn’t work out, and it was a bitter pill. But I know that, before long, new life will come to regenerate the cracks that have appeared, and I’ll adapt to the changing landscape of my life. That’s how we evolve into better versions of ourselves.
Like most Aussies, a certain amount of driving was involved on Christmas Day, which was the hottest since 1998. This dilapidated old Mazda sedan was spotted on a farm in the Wimmera, south of Horsham, and worth turning back for a quick snap before continuing to our destination.
Shot with Fujifilm X10, no editing done beyond adding a border in Snapseed app. I enjoyed getting this little camera out for Christmas Day snapshots, having used the Panasonic GX7 (itself a fairly small MILC camera) exclusively for a few weeks.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: beautiful colours on a eucalypt, made clear with rain; a marvellously textured puffball toadstool rising from a nest of leaves on the ground; tiny lichens decorate a limb; minuscule toadstool growing out of a eucalypt trunk.
Bailey’s Rocks is a natural wonderland of ancient mossy granite tors set in the Wimmera’s far south west, just north of Dergholm near the South Australian border. There is a 330m loop walking track, and a 5km trail that follows the Rocky Creek, or you can just meander off the track and through the creek to explore the rocks. A well-appointed bush campground is available, and you can have your dog on a lead at this Parks Victoria-maintained site.
My dear friend Kerry recently got an Olympus OM-D, which is a rather covetable bit of kit – although I’m really not complaining, because I love my pocketable little Olympus XZ-1 for bringing photography back into my daily life. I sneakily took a photo of Kerry checking the playback when she thought I was taking photos of the lichen that she was also.