Went to Kalbarri the other week as we needed a few days away. Of course I had to take a photo of the famous leaning tree at Greenough. There are lots of them throughout the Greenough Shire mostly on private property but almost all are visible from Brand Highway. This one is the most famous and even has a carpark on the side of the road for people to photograph it.
a pink & grey was having a rest on top of the arch of the tree.
Then we continued onto Geraldton and visited the HMAS Sydney War Memorial. The Sydney was sank on 19th November 1941 by the German raider Kormoran with the loss of all those on board.
This is the centre piece of the memorial. The cupola is made up of 645 silver seagulls to represent the 645 souls lost on that day in November 1941. The idea of the seagulls was directly inspired by the fact that a group of seagulls swooped over the assembled crowd as the sun set and the Last Post was played during the Dedication of the Memorial site on 19th November 1998. The seven pillars represent the seven states of Australia. I then went down to the Stele which represents the bow of the HMAS Sydney. I managed to get the sun behind it with the rays fanning out from the Stele. It is based on the concept of ancient Standing Stones that mark graves or commemorative sites.
I then followed the path to the Waiting Woman who represents all the mother, sisters, daughters, wives waiting for their menfolk who will never return.
Then following the paving I came to the Pool of Rememberance. The floor of the pool forms a map showing the location of where the Sydney rests 120 nautical miles off Steep Point, W.A.
We then left Geraldton after having a bite to eat and continued on our way towards Kalbarri.
the scenery as we leave Geraldton and head further north. It was a very sultry day and the clouds were amazing.
We came to The Hutt Lagoon a truly amazing colour, have never seen anything like it but on our return 3 days later the water was just a browny colour with only a slight hint of the pink we saw on this day. It must have to do with the way the sunlight hits it.
Then we came into Kalbarri at around 2 pm. and after booking in and unloading the car we went for a drive/walk along Red Bluff.
Sun getting a bit lower in the sky and the clouds are even more yellow. looking inland from the cliffs.
native pigface or carpobrotus virescens to give it its proper name, which was all along the cliffs.
fisherman on his way home
looking south along the cliffs out over the Indian Ocean then I wandered down to the beach just before dinnertime for the sunset. and was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t think there would be much of a sunset.
Another couple enjoying the setting sun. then back to the motel for a lovely dinner, was pleasantly surprised bythe quality of the food, very good and a reasonable price.
So ended our first day in Kalbarri and my first post on my new wordpress site, so glad I sorted out the muck only a bit upset that I have lost all my old blogs, mainly for my records.