Variations on a scenic theme…

After spending 4 delightful hours at Uki Markets we decided on the way home to take the road less travelled, at least by us, as we had not been this way before.variations-8_5184x3888

The narrow, windy road gradually rose above the Tweed valley and we were looking down on the Tweed river with the small village of Murwillumbah in the distance. Then we noticed a sign for mangoes on the side of this magnificent gum tree.

Can you see the small arrow and sign for mangoes?

We stopped, crossed the road to the honesty box, but look what else we found.variations-4_5184x3888I was in photography heaven.

So today when I saw that the WP photography challenge was “variations on a theme” I knew exactly what I was going to show you.

The dilapidated old shed, the huge gnarled and contorted roots we took them from all angles.variations-9_5184x3888But look also at the intriguing details. The rusted piece of corrugated iron, the decaying posts covered in moss and lichen, the solid, rusty chain. variations-6_5184x3888variations-7_5184x3888I don’t think these stock yards have been used for a long time.

These are only a few of the photos we took. There were more delights to come as, with a bag of delicious mangoes spreading their warm, tropical scent through the car we travelled on and wondered what else we would find along the road…

But wait there is more to come in the next post….


    • Strangler figs are in South America, and grow as vines up (or down) other trees, only to shade them out and strangle them. By the time the host trees dies and decays, the vines are able to support themselves. The fig tree in your picture grows as a tree with massive buttressed roots, and might be able to drop aerial roots from the limbs to the ground. That is why it looks like a strangler fig. The Moreton Bay fig in Santa Barbara (which came from Australia) looks something like this one

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      • Yes we have the strangler figs around here and grow down from seeds dropped in the canopy. Ive seen huge ones and the host tree has totally rotted away and you can walk right inside the strangler tree. I wondered if it was a Moreton bay fig, but it didn’t have any aerial roots

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  1. Quite possibly the prettiest part of NSW and just wonderful to wander the back roads. I’m envious that you found that old farm. I often joke with my husband. That I should have chosen to photograph every rusty shed…we wouldn’t have gone far.

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  2. Great photos, I love the textures too, it would work well in monochrome as well. All that and mangoes too, they are my favourite fruit and Kirlsnskirls is right, over here they’re rock hard and you have to time it just right to peel them.

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    • I must try a monochrome Gilly, I agree that does bring out the textures. Our mangoes are sooo juicy the juice all runs down your arm as you peel them. We only have them for a short season as they are not allowed to import them out of season so we have them every day at the moment because by about end of February they are finished till about October, the tinned ones are not the same….


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