A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

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.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Born in the Purple

Bougainvillea is native to South America. Here it has escaped and formed a mauve dell for the cattle to escape the searing heat. The colour is beyond vivid and can be seen for many miles.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Welcome to Yamba

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?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

X is for eXremely Old Fruit

It's memories of Miss Haversham when it comes to Mr Crispin's winning fruit display from the 1866 Grafton Show.  At a 146 years old it still looks good but I doubt it is edible.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Taking a Punt

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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

W is for Willowtree Waterfall

Willowtree Falls is the smallest of the waterfalls at The Gorge. It is very difficult to access by foot and can only be accessed by a small boat when the river level is just right.

The willow tree that the falls are named after is long gone, probably swept away by a flood at some stage.

Here is the gap amongst the rocks that our very experienced boat driver took us through to view the Willowtree Falls. You can see the top of the outboard motor in the bottom left.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Anti-CSG Band

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.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Yellow is the Colour

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.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Go, Johnnie Go!

This great old pub mirror sign is on the staircase of Inverell's Oxford Hotel. Johnny was already 42 years old when the Otho St pub opened.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

V is for Victoria St

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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Colour Our World

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.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Yamba Construction

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.

Friday, December 7, 2012

White-faced Heron on the Tiles

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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Welcome to Maclean

This cheeky sign is used to entice traffic off the Pacific Highway and into Maclean from the southern side.

On the northern side is an older, more traditional advertisement. It is the work of Keith Howland who was a very well known Yamba artist in the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

St Mary's Grafton Turn 150

This week the Catholic Parish of Grafton celebrates it's sesquicentenary. It is the oldest parish on the North Coast and was originally part of the Diocese of Armidale.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Tin Bridge - South Grafton

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.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

CDP Theme Day - My Street

If you ever visit my street. I can promise a glass of good Australian wine, or something non alcoholic if you prefer.

On the first day of each month the City Daily Photo community come together by shooting to a common theme, for December it is 'My Street'. Click here to view other participants.

Linking to James's Weekend Reflections meme.
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