Echuca-Moama Timelapse

Resting in Pieces

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The remains of a paddle steamer on the banks of the Murray River, Echuca.

Sun setting behind river gums, Moama

Draft Marks

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Across the river from the historic port in Echuca there is a working slipway, used to pull the paddle steamers out of the river for their biennial inspection.  Nearby, there are a number of relics of bygone days, including a barge that would have once been pulled by a paddle steamer, and loaded with wool or other local commodity.  The barge still looks relatively intact, but I doubt it will ever be seaworthy (or more specifically, riverworthy) again.  At the stern is a significantly large rudder, and adjacent on the stem, the draft marks can still be seen.

They look to be stamped, rather than carved into the wood of the stem, and yet the marks below the waterline are still as clear as those above.

1890’s Echuca Revisited

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The historic port at Echuca. From the river, you can really imagine what it would have been like 125 years ago, when the port serviced over 240 paddle steamers operating on the Murray.

An Unexpected Guest

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Returning to the villa we were staying at one afternoon (Moama on Murray), I found three kangaroos nearby enjoying some grass.  They were surprised by a car soon after, and hopped off in different directions.  Thinking the encounter was over I was about to head inside, when one of the three came right near the door – about 5 meters or so away.

At the time, I only had my 500mm Reflex lens on the camera, so was rather fortunate to be able to grab this shot (being almost at the minimum focus point for the lens!)  It is the equivalent of a 750mm lens when on an APS-C camera, and this was handheld in evening light.  There may be a tiny amount of camera shake, but it is still sharp enough to be able to count the eyelashes.

Rye Ocean Beach

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