One thing about uploading the images, is you get to see how each one fits in with the story the website is trying to capture. Individually each of these photos is just a pretty picture, but taken together in their random presentation on here, it sheds a whole different light on Bendigo don’t you think?
Anyway, one of the Poppethead photos was looking a bit crooked or like it was about to fall over, so I’ve leveled it up in Lightroom. Also these 4 photos look a bit better with HDR applied to them (a one click preset in Lightroom). It can be a bit tricky because sometimes the grass and trees look a bit greener with this HDR preset, than they ever usually are here in Australia (hmm, which perhaps might be the case here with the image of the broader view of the creek bed).
Not long to go now till Bendigo’s 163rd Birthday. For those unaquainted this plaque and monument is located by the Creek just south of Maple Street, Golden Square – the spot where in 1851 two women happened stumble upon some alluvial gold, and then everything changed thereafter. Not sure why they would have been wandering about the creek bed unless it was an abnormally wet springtime, as rarely does it have water in it. Who knows, without the Coliban River diversion and channel construction perhaps the drainage was much different way back then and a rainier-than-normal spring exposed the gold nugget, much to their delight?
Anyway, for this afternoons photo-editing pleasure its fond recollection of two other women who I thought were Canadian, but were actually originally from Seattle, Washington – the Wilson Sisters and Heart. Apparently they first made it big in Vancouver where I just happened to find myself at the time as a stowaway, and saw them in my first ever real live concert in 1978. Memories from long ago.
You can read more about them here: