Rowsley Valley, Bacchus Marsh and the Brisbane Ranges

Rowsley Valley, Bacchus Marsh and the Brisbane Ranges, south western Victoria, Australia

The essence of country Victoria. Rolling hills. Beautiful, peaceful scenery. Bustling farms producing food for the people here and in Melbourne. This area is not far from Melbourne, but it could be a world away.

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Joe Mortelliti's life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to 'see' the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Rowsley valley, near Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
Rowsley valley, near Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. Recent moves to cover the ridge lines of this valley in wind farm turbines have the local community up in arms. This Bracks government plan seems ill conceived for this area. July 2004.

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I checked this out myself yesterday - June 9 2013 - and there are no wind farms there at present. Whether it was the pressure of the locals protesting, or just the economics of the situation, or most likely some combination of the above, that caused the project not to go ahead, I don't know. Given the inefficiency of wind farms in achieving a real power generation improvement it would seem a pity to compromise the beauty of this area with wind farms.

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Lal Lal Falls, near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Lal Lal Falls, near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Lal Lal is located just south east of Ballarat Central Victoria. These falls have been a mecca for photographers since the 1800s. It is now listed in the national heritage listings for public use.

It is interesting to note the two basalt layers from volcanic activity in the region long before history here was recorded, and the clay layers where plant life flourishes.

Normally dormant and dry it is a welcome sight to see water cascade freely after recent rains. 2010.

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