Going south on the Princes Highway you pass through the lovely old village of Cobargo, where you can turn right over the bridge and drive towards the Great Dividing Range. Picturesque valleys gradually lead you out to Peak Alone, a striking mountain overlooking Wandella and Yowrie. We stopped at Wandella, to visit our friends for the night. Perhaps another time we will drive on into the mountains and maybe even continue up to Nimitabel in the High Country.
When we arrived our friend was on the roof, late afternoon sunshine lighting the scene. We had not seen the house for a few years, so it was exciting to see the main section almost complete.
This is dairy country. An electric fence keeps cattle out of the building site. I was fascinated by the huge old pine trees, where I could hear a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo crunching pine cones and talking softly to himself.
Even though he was right at the top my zoom could reach him! See how he is holding the pine cone with one foot while he tears it apart.
Then I investigated the spring blossom. Although our friends are not living here full-time yet, they have a small orchard doing well in the rich soil.
As the sun dropped lower clouds began to light up. By now we were sitting on the terrace with some refreshments, catching up with each other. I wanted to zoom closer to that striking tree on the near horizon … a dead pine stark against the glowing sky.
Evening shades of purple were reaching our to envelope us … until turning to the north-west revealed a golden sky, with great old gums along the creek bed silhouetted like standing sentinels.
We slept so well in the luxurious guest room on the completed lower section of the house, warmed by the sunny day and embraced by the vegetable garden. I had my camera ready for dawn, and when the sun had risen over the trees the whole valley lit up beautifully.
and here is the wider valley continuing north-west into the ranges … a road beckoning for a future adventure.
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