2015 – The Year in Review

2015 has been a busy year of exploration, with several road trips between North Queensland and Victoria.  Taking a different route along the Australian East Coast for each road trip, I have enjoyed travelling through the rural areas and outback Australia, adding to my agricultural photography collection during my journey.

Some to the highlights of my 2015 photography year include:-

Canola Crops

One of my goals this year was to photograph more canola crops, that are prevalent between Victoria and central New South Wales, and in full flower around September.

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Blissful – Agricultural pasture under blue sky with cumulus clouds

Driving back to Queensland from Victoria, and travelling on Lachlan Valley Way (highway B81) between Cowra and Yass in New South Wales, I noticed a single tree on a hill under a blue sky with cumulus clouds.

It’s always hard to visualise images will concentrating on driving, but drawn to saturated colours, the deep blues and greens instantly caught my eye. Pulling off to the side of the road I let loose with the camera.

The cumulus clouds were formed by a recent storm over the east coast, and the scene reminded me of the image called “Bliss” that was used as the desktop for Windows XP (taken by former National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear).

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Spring in rural Australia and the Canola crops are flowering

It’s spring in Australia, and the canola crops are flowering in rural News South Wales and Victoria, producing the vibrant colours I enjoy.

The harvesters are getting their equipment ready, and the farmers are fretting over frosts damaging the plants.

I recently drove from Queensland down to Victoria (approximately 1900 km’s each way) to visit family on a rural property in country Australia, and along the way came across numerous scenes of the canola crops flowering.

Driving between Yass and Cowra in New South Wales, I came across the field above. There had been some recent strong storms along the coast producing the cloud pattern, and the sun broke through in different locations around the paddock as the clouds moved by.

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