We had a free weekend, the weather was glorious and there were many jobs in and around the house calling us. So we packed up the car and headed out on a road trip !
We didn’t have an exact plan but we knew that Canola was going to factor into it. We headed west and arrived in Merriwa where we decided to stop for a late lunch break. With some yummy pies and sausage rolls in our tummys we were getting ready to leave, when low and behold who pulls up – some of sundancer mates, which mate us laugh – I’m pretty sure the other customers thought we were a little weird until they walked in laughing and saying hello 🙂
Being polite – of course – we couldnt just get up and leave so we decided to test drive some of the awesome yummy sweet things on display, before heading off up the road to capture the Canola.
The canola starts just to the west of Merriwa and as you come over the rise and the down the dip the site you are greeted with is a little unbelievable at first. The yellow is so bright and spreads out almost as far as the eye can see. It takes a few moments to take it all in, oh and keep your eyes on the road.
We pulled into one of the laneways between a couple of the paddocks and starting shooting, and kept shooting for quite some time.
We moved around a few of the farm laneways until i was happy i had all angles, shapes and sizes covered .. for now 🙂
We then decided to keep heading a little further west to a place called “Hands on Rocks” near Ulan, which our sundancer mates had told us about at the bakery. We had known of its existence but not the exact location so we keen to try and find it.
The site of ‘Hands on Rock’ is at the eastern end of Wiradjuri lands, at the edge of the Great Dividing Range. It is a spectacular sandstone over hang situated on the edge of a dry creek basin that according to the local indigenous people holds great spiritual significance.
The site is located on the traditional boundary of the Wiradjuri and Wanaruah nations and was a meeting place where ceremonies and trading were conducted between these nations and the Kamilaroi and coastal nations from what is now the Lower Hunter, such as the Worimi.
These stencils of hands were likely to made by the Wiradjuri people, using a spray of ochre mixed with liquid.
Unfortunately it appears that there has been some rock falls that may have impacted the site and some of the rock paintings – although at this point in time this is our own observation only. It would be such a shame to lose an area of such significance.
We then headed home with only a few short stops for a few last minute canola shots.
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