Monday, June 17, 2013

OUR WORLD - Burra Mines on the Way to the Flinders Ranges


Two springs ago, we drove to The Flinders Ranges
fields of canola were flowering gold


trees on the way were coming into leaf


we stopped to walk the old mine site and 
pick up lumps of copper carbonate
at the side of this road


it once was an open cut mine but eventually
the water level rose and 
it had to be abandoned


the colour of the water is amazing but it was hard 
to get photos through a six foot mesh fence

if you enlarge this shot, you can see the bird at the water's edge


and onward to the folded ancient hills of the Flinders Ranges.


With gratitude to Klaus who started this meme as MY WORLD
which, after his passing was renamed to OUR WORLD 
and continues in his memory.

35 comments:

  1. What is canola Arija - is it another name for rape.

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    1. now if you'd goggled it . . .
      yes of course it is, I just shied off 'rape'!

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  2. What pretty scenery and shots!

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  3. Hi Arija That water is an awesome colour. Margaret

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    1. It certainly took my breath away . . .

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  4. I remember Klaus fondly. He was one of the first people to pay attention to my blog. I am glad that his memory lives on in the meme. These images show a beautiful place to wonder about and my, you are so right, the water is magnificent...goodness someone needs to slice a nice hole in that mesh wire...maybe not!

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    1. Klaus put up my first SkyWatch post because I had no idea how to do it. I was very computer shy.
      It was disappointing about the wire, there was no way of getting a good angle on the whole scene.

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  5. Is that gorgeous blue colored water caused from the minerals? Sure is pretty.

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    1. Absolutely Gaelyn, it was a copper mine and there is still plenty of copper there. I loved to use it for a bright green in pottery.

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  6. I love the golden fields. Very beautiful landscapes.

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  7. Gorgeous place!! I do love the color of the water is awesome! Terrific captures, Arija! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Sylvia, thank you so much for commenting so kindly and staunchly. You make such a difference in my life.

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  8. That mustard! I miss it very much from my days in wine country of N. California. You wrote you were envious of my peonies. I had no luck with them until I "sweetened" the soil with a handful of dolomitic lime twice a year. It made ALL the difference. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you Sara, with my peonies it is not the Ph of the soil, I know they need more alkaline than acid soil, it is the burning wind off the inland desert that dries the leaves to a crisp early in the growing season. It is difficult to hanker after cold climate plants in a hot, dry climate that is getting even hotter and drier.
      PS I have to use dolomite on my passionfruit as well as a number of other plants to have them thrive.

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  9. Sehr schöne Naturaufnahmen...
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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    1. Danke Karin, auch dir liebe Grüße!

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  10. Wonderful set of images, picturesque.

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  11. i love the field of yellow and green. and the color of water is inviting. it must be quite deep. beautiful photos.

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  12. beautiful fields of canola; it's such a wonderful sight to see. Have been to Flinders some years back but not when the canola was flowering; it would've been lovely. You got some really interesting pics

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  13. Arija, lovely capture of the golden canola field. The water and coast scene is beautiful. Your world is gorgeous, thanks for sharing. Have a happy day!

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  14. Great post. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  15. Lovely snapshots of your visit to Flinders..the water in that old mine is such a beautiful color.

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    1. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog and read something of Australia! Thank you for your comment.it must be great to see the wombat regularly even if it is in the vicinity of your garbage bin!
      Have a great day.
      Wil,

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  16. The Flinders Ranges are high on my list of places to visit - all I need to do is persuade the kids!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. What beautiful landscape Arija. Walking around is something I would love to do. Things here getting unsettled.Will send you an email soon.

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  18. Beautiful colours, whether it's the yellow field or the blues and greens of the water.

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  19. These are beautiful scenes, all of them!
    We enjoyed the yellow canola fields we saw a couple of summers ago west of us in North Dakota, the first I'd seen canola fields.
    Those ranges look remarkable!

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  20. Arija, such beauty! Is the water safe in that old mine though?

    P.s. thanks for all your recent comments! I am currently in CT with my mom helping around the house and counting birds where I can.

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  21. Such a contrast between the man made and the natural beauty - and yet so many similarities!

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  22. Such beautiful images, Arija! I'd love to photograph Canola fields one day but there aren't any up this way. The mine looks gorgeous with that aqua blue water and those mountains!!!

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  23. you grow Canola too, they gro them here, my son refuses to have canola.

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