While driving to and from Canberra in the last two days I was struck by the beauty of the countryside. Just a short way from home, approaching Moruya, I was aware of a powerful cloud front overhead. In fact it was cool and dark at home, and stayed that way until I was over the Clyde Mountain and onto the Monaro plains. I had to stop the car and take this photo. Can you see how the land is in thick shade?
Those are the mountains I was driving over for the next hour or so, heading inland, where the bright sun was shining. Here and there around Braidwood there are plantings of Golden Poplars, and my trip happened at the right time to appreciate their autumn hues. Have you ever tried to stop on a highway where there is no room to pull over? I took one photo through the windscreen while moving but instantly realised this was a foolish thing to attempt. I managed to pull over once, but spied a few sections that might offer me a chance of brilliant photo on the way home the next day.
The next day, Friday, was very cloudy and dull! At least I have this one photo from the sunny day … but here is one I took on the way back, where I stopped in a side road and walked out onto the highway verge to capture it.
While driving I felt I was feasting on the marvellous colours of the landscape. After all our autumn rains we have green fields, unusual here where grasses are usually brown. Sheep and cattle were obviously enjoying it!
This post inspired by Ailsa’s travel theme “Glow“