christmas eve

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warm evening

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Near Christmas eve at Ricketts Point on Port Phillip Bay. The birds are enjoying the peacefulness of this quiet time of day after all the people, (almost) have departed. One can almost feel the heat in the images as the sun dips towards the horizon.

As predicted Christmas day is hot and a strong north wind is creating havoc with fires down along the coast and in other parts of SE Australia.

Currently its 34 o C outside and  fire warnings on the internet tell us;

For the rest of Friday 25 December:

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Wimmera, North Central, South West and Central

The CFA advises that you:

For information on preparing for bushfires go to http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

Gariwerd

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a tourist playground

dreamtime memories

ancient survivor

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Gariwerd  to the Djab warring and Jardwadjali people for thousands of years, named The Grampians by a C19th Scottish explorer, now a Victorian national park and again known as  Gariwerd. This mountain range was formed  around 500 million years ago in a tectonic collision and then re shaped in another  about 400 million years later. This is a significant spiritual place for Indigenous Australians and a scientific dream for botanists and biologists. A thousand different flowering plants occur here which along with the  range of birds, mammals and insects, the ancient indigenous rock art and the unique natural landscape means thousands of people visit this national park from across Victoria, Australia and the world.

These 3 images are;

1.  Boroka Lookout at the Northern end of the park looking down to Halls Gap. And yes young males do go and sit on the edge sometimes.

2.In the middle of the park looking North to South a year after a devastating bushfire.

3. Gradual regeneration after a severe bushfire.