01 September, 2011

Mount Difficulty. (Not the winery) Ten views.

Mt Difficulty dominates.  It changes in aspect every hour of the day and every day of the year.
This is a series of ten images of our mountain.
June 2011.  From the track by the river.
Mt Difficulty was named by the gold rush miners as they walked into the area.  It was impossible to travel further upriver though the gorge you can see.  So they went up and over the mountain.  It was possible....... but not easy.
The kilometer of river you can see was the home of the worlds most successful gold dredge from 1900 to 1918.

Number two.  Our mountain dominates the field.
August 2010.  Our mountain looms over the Garden shed.
 Number three.
April 2008.  Autumn.
Turning into our road there is the mountain.  It's always with us.

Number four.  Doggie, or 'Bud' which is one of his many names, takes Mt Difficulty entirely for granted.   It's simply always there.
"Sir Budleigh of Bannockburn" with his mountain.
 Number five.  Important discussions.  Two men, one doggie, one mountain.
Summer evening.  January 2010

Number six. The light of morning comes to our mountain first.
17th July 2011.  Winter Morning
Number seven.
When the afternoon sun is low over Mt Difficulty the mountain is patches of shadow and light.
September 2009.  Doggie snoozes on the building site.  Mt Difficulty in shadow.
Number eight
January 2010.
Number nine
The impassible river gorge.  And the mountain that the gold rush miners found merely 'difficult' to cross.
Number ten

Vines, wind machines, and the ever present mountain.



  1. That contrast between wet and dry is shocking. I've been reading up. I hadn't realised JUST how arid it is down your way.

  2. Yes Vince. We have the best of both. Weather like the desert. Wonderful to live in. And unlimited water flowing past the back gate. 213 Cumecs and joins a bigger river just 8kms down. So flows that are significant on a world wide scale. And on that same worldwide scale, almost no people at all. No demands on it. See wikipeadia about rain shadows.

  3. Are the trees natural or were they planted?

  4. There were no trees at all in this area when the settlers came. The only timber for building came from about 100 miles away in the mountains and floated down the rivers.
    The landscape was tussock grass.
    The trees in the photo are however self sown, being 'wilding' spread from artificial planting.
    Today I am in New Zealand. Saturday i will be in Carmel, California at Point Lobos, where the two significant species we now have here originate.
    Pinus Radiata and Cypressus Macrocarpa native there are spectaclar growers here. They originally came with the gold rush californians (1860s) and like many californian plants thrive here. I intend to have a good week next week looking at those. I have written about this in a number of posts on this blog - Kerry


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