The sky is not always perfectly blue, often there are clouds, some dark and ominous. Sometimes it's sunny but sometimes there are shadows and darkness. Somethings seem a long way off but often there closer than you think or only worth getting through lots of effort.
Thanks to all the folks who have visited Clarence Valley Today in 2012. I hope in 2013 that it is mostly sunny days and blue skies and you get to where you want to go.
ps. The shot is from Brooms Head looking towards Sandon River.
The Port of Yamba has a new pilot boat, the Governor Hunter. The boat has seen previous service in Sydney Harbour and Port Kembla. Behind it is the Francis Freeburn, Yamba's pilot boat for the last few decades, I wonder what will happen to it?
The location of the new Grafton Bridge was announced yesterday and surprise, surprise it will be downstream but adjacent to the existing 1932 structure. This sign, now in the local museum, predates any bridges over the wide Clarence River and was illuminated at night through the use of kerosene to warn that the ferry was closed and advise travelers where they could find an alternative route. Once there were over 30 ferries/punts that crossed the Clarence River, now there are only 2 left.
At the anti-coal seam gas rally that I showed yesterday, the crowd were entertained by a unique ensemble. The harpist is Geoff Welham of Copmanhurst, he is a famous maker of Celtic and Paraguayan harps.
Yesterday there was a large protest march and rally in Grafton over a coal seam gas test well being developed by Metagasco in Pillay Valley area. It was a very hot day and I admired how this lady used the now ubiquitous triangular yellow 'Lock the Gate' sign and turned it into a sun safe hat.
The historic buildings of Victoria St, Grafton have featured many times in my blog but I don't think I have ever shown you the enormous White Fig tree that dominates the intersection with the main shopping st, Prince St.
On Saturday, Yamba's citizens to awoke to discover their main street bedecked with thousands of colourful balloons. It was the creation of Bronwyn Mark, owner of cult bakery 'The Pie & the Pea' and employee Nicole Fowler. It looked fantastic and gave everyone a feel good moment at the start of the summer holiday season and was appreciated by everyone.
I love the irony of their banner, based on a quote German composer Richard Wagner, attached to one of the most unimaginative pieces of urban sculpture I have ever seen. For the first time since their construction, the cruel spiky trio of metal shapes sitting in the middle of Yamba's newest roundabout was partially obscured.
Like many places Yamba has had very little construction projects over the last few years. This is a new/old development on Coldstream St, with a second story being added to a shopping arcade built a few years ago.
The White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae, is one of the more common birds in Australia. Most days it can be seen perched on roofs or fence posts quietly going about it's business. It has a lovely slow and gentle flight.
The 'Tin Bridge' crosses the North Coast Rail Line and links Federation St with the Pacific Highway. It was closed to vehicular traffic over a decade ago.
The funny thing about the Tin Bridge is that it is actually made out of wood. As you can see it is in a terrible state.
I have often wondered why it was nicknamed the Tin Bridge and my theories are: the sound it made when you drove over it (tinny), perhaps corrugated iron was used on it's sides, or maybe it was built cheap.